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Let’s start with the winners of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh!!

CongratulationsCongratulations to:

Adventures in Authorland ~ Juanita Decuir

Jenna Jaxon’s Blog ~ bn100

The big news this week is that I got my cover for The Temptation of Lady Serena Book #3 of The Marriage Game which will release on January 14, 2014.

I have to tell you I love this cover. Let me know what you think.

SERENA

Oh! You want to know more? Here is the back cover copy and an excerpt.

Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts… 

Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…

Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…

Early the next morning, Serena ordered a stable-boy to saddle Shamir.

After he’d done as she bid, he glanced toward the stable. “I’ll just get your groom, Will, to go with ye, my lady.”

Serena’s nerves were strung too tightly for company. She needed a good gallop this morning, and Will would slow her down. “No, I’ll be fine without him.”

The boy helped her mount without arguing. After she’d cleared the stable yard, Serena cantered south up a rise and gazed out over the still barren fields. The frost was not as heavy this morning, nor the air quite as cold. It was late, but spring was coming. The land tugged at her. She’d rather be planting than dancing.

A man on a large black horse appeared in the valley and stared up at her. He looked tall, but it was hard to tell at this distance. A breeze ruffled his fair hair as he rode toward her. After a few moments, Serena realized he was riding not simply in her direction, but to her. Her aunt had warned her not to ride alone. Was this man the reason for the warning? Whirling Shamir around, she gave the horse his head and rode back to her to aunt’s house as if someone was chasing her.

Robert Beaumont rode toward the woman on the crest of the hill. She sat atop a raking roan, much too large for a lady. Her riding habit, a dull rust color, reminded him of autumn leaves. Her long auburn hair curled down her back, and she wore a small hat with some sort of feather—pheasant, by the way it stuck out. He wondered how the devil she kept the hat on her head with her hair down. His interest piqued, he urged his horse to a trot. As he neared, she took off at a fast gallop.

She was gone when he reached the top of the hill. Beaumont looked out over the valley. A horse and rider were in the north. How had she got that far so quickly? Disgruntled, he turned and rode home. After throwing his reins to a groom, he strode through the doors into the main hall and called to his housekeeper, “Norry!”

She came out from a parlor. “I’m here, my lord. There’s no reason to shout.”

“Who lives to the north?”

“Well, my lord,” she muttered, “if you were here more often, you’d know. It’s a widow lady. I can’t remember her name right off my head. Why?”

Ignoring Norry’s all too familiar complaint, he pressed for more information. “Does she have any children?”

The housekeeper narrowed her eyes. “I heard all her children are grown. She moved here after her son married. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my lord, I have work to do.”

“Norry, let me know if you remember. Especially if it concerns an auburn-haired female.”

Master Robert,” she began in a censorious tone, “we’ll have none of your carrying on up here. You leave it in London.” She nodded her head curtly and left.

Beaumont clenched his jaw and stormed off to his study, cursing the fact that so many of his servants had been with him since childhood, and never let him forget it.

And finally, in case you didn’t notice, I changed the blog banner. How do you like it?

Check out my website for the latest blog tour dates. Have a great Sunday and rest of the week.

Ella

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Good morning everyone. Today we start off with book winners.

Sandy Kenny won Amara Royce’s book Never too Late. <cough> this one was extremely late being announced, but…

bn100 has won Ann Cleeland’s book, Tainted Angel.

Ladies you will be contacted by the author.

I’m being plagued with technical difficulties this morning. First McAfee blocked my email program. I finally got that up. Now my computer can’t see my iPhone so I can download the  pictures I’d planned for today.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

As many of you already know, The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, Book #2 in The Marriage Game is now available for pre-order. The release date is November 7th.

Here is the cover. What do you think?

I’ve sent the book out to three reviews, but if you are a reviewer and would like to review The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, please contact me.

I will be all over the place doing a mini-blog tour and giving away copies of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh. Here are this coming week’s places and dates:

Monday I’ll visit Collette Cameron on her Blue Rose Blog

Tuesday Anna Small has graciously invited me to join her at Anna Small Books.

On Wednesday I’m back over at Jackki Leatherby’s Leather Bound Reviews

Friday Lord Rutherford, the hero of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is being grilled, er, invited for tea at Susana Ellis’s Parlor

Here is my publisher’s blurb followed by a short excerpt. Check out this wonderful cover quote. I can’t thank Sally MacKenzie enough!

“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

Available at:

Amazon US * Amazon Canada *Amazon UK Barns & Nobel * Kensington * iTunes

Excerpt:

Anna met his gaze coolly. “Lord Rutherford, pray, what brings you here?”

“Oh, Anna dear,” her mother said. “Lord Rutherford has very kindly offered to help by escorting you to Charteries for Lady Phoebe’s wedding.”

Anna raised a brow and stared at Sebastian for a moment before turning to address her mother. Lady Marsh reminded Anna of a wraith. Her mother’s dark brown hair was still unmarked by silver. She always dressed in flowing gowns and draped gauzy shawls around her shoulders, giving the impression she would blow away if one breathed hard enough. Mama desperately wanted Anna married and could not understand how it was she’d reached the age of one and twenty still single.

As objecting to Sebastian’s escort would do her no good, Anna kept the smile on her face. “Yes, Mama, very kind of him.” She glanced at him and thought she saw the remnants of a smug look on his face. “How do you think of these ideas?” she asked sweetly.

His lips twitched slightly. “I really couldn’t tell you, Miss Marsh. It just popped into my head. We are both attending the wedding after all.”

It did not auger well for him that he had used her mother to get his way. “Yes, we do have that in common.”

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The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

Yesterday The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, the 2d book in the Marriage Game went on pre-order. To celebrate, I’m asking you to post your blurbs or a short excerpt of your book or WIP. If you have them, please post your buy links as well.

Contest: The book is already on Amazon US and Kensington, but I’ll give a copy of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh to anyone who is the first to post a buy link from anywhere else. Just post the link in your comment.

Here is my publisher’s blurb for The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, releasing on November 7th, 2013

“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie

For Ella Quinn’s bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn…

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

Buy links:

Amazon US

Kensington

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Regency Author Grace Burrowes

Regency Author Grace Burrowes

Please help me in welcoming my guest star, er, author today, New York Times Bestseller, Grace Burrowes. She’s also the only author who made me actually like <Ella shudders> Victorians.

She is also giving away a copy of her book Once Upon a Tartan. Please leave you email to win.

Ella: Grace, thank you so much for being here today. I am a huge fan of your books.

Grace: Ella, it’s a sincere pleasure to be here AND to say, “LIKEWISE!!!”

Ella: Thank you. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. For anyone who didn’t know, Grace was kind enough to give me some wonderful cover quote for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. Now back to Grace. Tell us a little about yourself and what prompted you to start writing.

Grace: I’m second to youngest in a family of seven children. What does that have to do with writing? For one thing, it means you have a lot of opportunity to observe human relationships early on, and it means if you don’t hone your verbal skills, you’ll get lost in the noise and bustle of a large family. Then too, if you are being ignored in that large, busy, family, writing is an artifact that says you’re real, your experiences happened, and they’re worth memorializing.

Ella: What have you found most challenging about the historicals and what do you love best about the genre?

Grace: Historicals have a wonderfully loyal following, and there are many terrific authors who belong on the historical reader’s keeper shelves. That said, historical accuracy is a tough call. The detail that I toss in for authenticity might work for some readers and not for others. The compromises I make regarding language (sleeve buttons were cufflinks in the Regency, and fizzle meant to, um, pass gas), will work for some readers, and not for others. I want to make the choices that keep the greatest number of readers happy with the story, and it’s sometimes hard to know which choices those will be.

Ella: You’ve got Darius out, which is the first book in your Lonely Lords Series. If anyone hasn’t read it, they should. Grace has dealt with a sticky issue very deftly. Can you give us a hint of which book comes next and a little about it?

Grace: Sure! Darius’s sister, Leah Lindsey, is a damsel in need of a swain, posthaste, and Nicholas Haddonfield (hence the title, “Nicholas”) has a soft heart where damsels in distress are concerned—and yet, Nick seeks only a marriage of convenience. Leah eventually figures out why, and it leaves her even more in love with her husband than ever—and him with her.

Ella: Oooh, that sounds like a wonderful story. What’s happening with your Scottish Victorians?

Grace: The second book in the series, currently titled, “Once Upon a Tartan,” comes out in August, and this couple—Tiberius Flynn, Earl of Spathfoy, and Hester Daniels—are among my favorites. Tye is an English earl who likes naughty talk—in Latin. He’s come to snatch his niece from Hester’s care, but forgets to disclose that until AFTER he’s fallen in love with Hester. Oops.

Ella: That is a rather large oops. I’m guessing she doesn’t take it at all well. Thank you, Grace for coming on. I’m thrilled to have you here.

Grace: Ella, thanks for the invite, and best of luck with Lady Phoebe. Does she have a pre-order link up yet???

Ella: Yes I do!!! She is on Amazon in the US, UK and Germany, and on the Kensington and iBookstore. The links are on this blog under My Books or click here https://ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=20&action=edit.

Here is an excerpt from Grace’s new book, Darius.Darius

Chapter One

“If one knows precisely where to inquire, one hears you provide favors to a select few ladies in exchange for the next thing to coin.”

William Longstreet—the Fourth Viscount Longstreet, no less—delivered this observation without so much as a quaver to his voice. His veined hands were rock steady, and his tone cordial as he held his glass out to his host. “Just a touch more, perhaps? The wind is bitter, even for November.”

And Darius Lindsey, veteran of more unnerving moments, stiff beatings, and bad luck than any earl’s younger son ought to have endured, took his guest’s glass to the sideboard and filled it with another finger of cognac—a scant finger.

Lord Longstreet was known as a shrewd politician, capable of quietly negotiating compromises between embattled factions in the Lords. He’d sent around a note asking to make a call privately, after dark, and Darius had accepted out of curiosity.

A curiosity he was apparently going to regret at length.

Darius crossed his arms and leaned back against the sideboard. “You’re repeating rumor, my lord, and slanderous rumor at that. Just what did you come here to say?”

“Blunt.” Lord Longstreet’s faded brown eyes gleamed with humor. “Suppose you’ve learned to be, and that’s all to the good. Excellent libation, by the way, and I notice you aren’t keeping up, young man.” Longstreet raised his glass with gentlemanly bonhomie, while Darius wanted to smash his drink against the hearthstones—not that he had the coin for even such a small extravagance of temper.

“You needn’t confirm or deny these rumors,” Lord Longstreet went on, shifting a bit in a chair more sturdy and comfortable than elegant. “I have no intention of recalling the information or where I came by it once I leave you tonight.”

“Gracious of you, when you’re repeating the kind of insinuations that can get a man called out.”

“Involving as they do, the honor of several ladies,” Longstreet rejoined. “If one can call them that.”

Darius didn’t rise to the bait. Tonight was not a night when he was expected elsewhere in the wee hours—thank a merciful God—and in deference to his guest’s age, Darius had for once built up the fire to the point where his quarters were cozy. This also resulted in more illumination cast on threadbare carpet, scarred furniture, and a water stain high up on the outside wall.

“Ah, good.” Longstreet’s amusement was in evidence again. “You don’t rile, and you neither gossip nor disparage the women. This comports with your reputation as well.”

Here is Nicolas as well. Nicholas simpler background

To read more, or buy any of Grace’s books. Please go to www.graceburrowes.com

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