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I’m back! First we have lots of winners today, so we’ll start there.

Congratulations to Lisa Myers who won a copy of Christi Caldwell’s book More Than a Duke!! ChristiCaldwell_MoreThanaDuke_1400

Give a hand to Lori Patterson for winning Miranda Neville’s book, The Duke of Dark Desires!Cover

And to Jennifer Lowery for winning Marina Gabrielle’s book Royal Regard!! Royal-Regard-cover-500x750

Last, but certainly not least, Barbara Monajem picked three winners for her boxed set, Captivated by a Kiss!! They are Linda Thumb, Pat Walker Pinkston, and Patricia Wissore!!Captivated by His Kiss 3-D cover on transparent @ 72 dpi  low res- 800px

As you know, we had been in Ft. Lauderdale waiting for a weather window.

Las Olas mooring

The morning we were supposed to leave, squalls developed in the Bahamas. So we resigned ourselves to depart the next morning and did some last minute shopping. When we returned, the squalls had dissipated. It was already after 3PM, but we decided to go and finally left Ft. Lauderdale, after being held up by a cruise ship, around 5PM.

Off shore sunset

 

We passed out of the Bahamas late the next day, and were in open water for the rest of the nine day trip.  This is our first sunrise at sea.

First morning off shore

My seasickness passed on the third day, just like everyone said it would. For the first few days we ate the passage meals I’d prepared, navy been soup and Boeuf Bourguignon. After that, we cooked. Which worked well until our wind indicator stopped working. That was the night Hubby decided to grill. All of a sudden the winds and seas kicked up, and we had to reef the mainsail. But because it was already dark, and we had no idea what the winds were, he wanted to take the sail down and motor. He no sooner put the chicken on the counter than a swell hit us broadside, and the chicken went flying. Fortunately, I had just cleaned the floor. Unfortunately, that was the end of it. We ended up just putting the rice, green beans, and chicken in one pot. It was a very uncomfortable night.

Next the outhaul (the thing that holds the sail on the boom) broke, and damaged the wind generator. So we ended up completing the trip with the sail reefed.

Days on end with nothing but water can be pretty boring, but I was able to get a lot of writing done.

We stopped by Puerto Rico for fuel and had our first experience anchoring in the dark. This is what we woke up to.

Anchorage in PR 2

 

This guy was bound and determined that we weren’t kicking him off the fuel dock.

Getting gas

We are now home on our mooring at least for a little while.

Home at Magens

Now I just need to finish the last few chapters of the book and edit it, complete the copy-edits on Lady Beresford’s Lover, and the galleys on A Kiss for Lady Mary.

What were you doing while I was gone?

 

Ella

 

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Yes, I was not supposed to be here. I’ll tell you all about it after we congratulate Glenda who won Susanna Fraser’s book, Freedom to Love!

Now for the boat drama. While we were in the Gulf Stream coming up from the Keys, we started taking on water. Not a thing you want to have happen. I made a quick call. We sailed overnight and put into a boat yard that morning. The problem was fixed, as well as several other items that we had not gotten done.

We were at the boat yard for a week and were fortunate to meet some other cruising couples who have become friends. Alicianna and I both went to groomers.

Alicianna at groomer 2

I bought some much needed prescription sunglasses, and green bags to help keep fresh vegetables longer, as well as a new bilge pump. Part of the reason we had so much water in the boat was that it had stopped working. Unfortunately, we missed our weather window. So we’re in Ft. Lauderdale until late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. If anyone wants to stop by, just let me know.

Here are some pictures of our anchorage in the Las Olas mooring field.

Las Olas Jan 14

Las Olas night view

I also got to make a quick stop at the Elbo Room. I hadn’t been there since around 1974. Elbo Room

In the meantime, I have been writing the last book in The Marriage Game series. To say it’s been slow going, would be putting it mildly. I wrote a few scenes out of order. One of which I got to, the other I’m still slogging my way towards.

The book doesn’t have a name yet. I’ve been playing with Miss Featherton’s Christmas Marquis. If you have any ideas, I will submit them to my editor, and if he picks it, you’ll get a copy of the book.

I had to give my editor an idea of what Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth looks like.

Damon

As well as Miss Featherton. Meg

The premise of the book is that after experiencing two betrayals and heartbreak, Meg has decided to marry a man she cannot fall in love with. Damon, however, has other ideas. Here is an unedited excerpt.

Damon swallowed his frustration. “Have you never even considered being the Marchioness of Hawksworth, and future Duchess of Somerset?”

Her head jerked up. Her eyes resembling a startled dear. “Marry you?”

“Why not.” He captured her lips, and this time she opened her mouth, allowing him to plunder. A few moments later, he grinned. “We at least have passion. I’ll wait for you to fall in love with me.”

“Fall in love?” Her jaw dropped, but she quickly recovered. “Are you telling me that you love me?”

“Yes, but I must admit that I have sworn not to marry unless the lady loves me in return.”

Once more she attempted to break loose, but apparently settled for glaring at him. “You cannot be serious.”

On Thursday Christi Caldwell will be back visiting, and on Friday Miranda Neville is here. Please make sure to stop by and welcome them. Also, be patient if you get stuck in moderation. If the wind and sea gods are good, I will be underway and on my sat phone wifi. Not the speediest of things.

What have you all been up to?

Ella

 

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I know I’m a bit early, but this will be my last post of the year, and probably for a couple of weeks into 2015. I have my guest author posts already pre-programmed to post, so please stop by, comment, and make them feel welcome.

Before I go any further, let’s congratulate to Glenda for winning a copy of Louisa Cornell’s book  and to Bonnie for winning a copy of Callie Hutton’s book!!

There will be a massive giveaway on New Year’s Eve as well.

Hubby and I have come to an arrangement allowing me the time I need to write. The last book of The Marriage Game series is finally coming together. Kensington is putting the other books on sale in January. The information will be on Facebook and Twitter.

Now for my sailing update. It took us three and a half days to sail from Dinner Key in Coconut Grove to Key West. The first full day here, we went ashore, had lunch, and toured the town. Unfortunately, when we returned, our boat was attached to someone’s barge. The story we got was that the anchor dragged, and it was in danger of hitting another boat a half a mile away. I was immediately suspicious. The barge and a sign were in the way and would have gotten Silver Penny long before it had a chance to go anyplace else. Also, our anchor is a 55 lb Rocha, and we had over 100 feet of chain deployed. What that means to you non-sailors, is that it was highly unlikely that the boat dragged anchor for any distance, and it certainly wasn’t on a smooth walkabout.  Long story short, the guy wanted $2000 then reduced it to $200 when he found out my husband knew people at the Special Forces Scuba School here. It was a scam pure and simple. We didn’t pay him, but it put a damper on our time here.

However, we are determined to spend a couple of days enjoying Key West. Our thirty-first anniversary is on Tuesday, and we will spend New Years with sailing friends, some new, some old. How are you going to spend New Year’s Eve?

Here are pictures from the past week.

Leaving Miami

Leaving Miami

 

 

Rodriguez Key Ancorage

Rodriguez Key Anchorage

 

Key West

Key West

I hope your Christmas was joyful, and I wish you peace, love, and prosperity in 2015.

 

Ella

 

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Happy Sunday to everyone. We were supposed to have left yesterday, and it didn’t happen. I’ll tell you all about it, but first I want to congratulate Jan for winning Judith Laik’s book and Connie for winning Collette Cameron’s book!! Congratulations ladies!!

Now back to the boat. As  you know we have been waiting for a weather window and we got one. Then about four days ago, the second engine’s alternator stopped working, the watermaker needed an additional pump, and the SSB was still not installed. Even if we got it all going by next week, that would put us at sea for Christmas. Not a pleasant prospect. So it looks as if we’ll be in Florida for Christmas, and catch the next weather window out.

In book news, A Kiss for Lady Mary, book #6 of The Marriage Game is on pre-order!! Here is the cover, blurb, and an excerpt!

A Kiss for Lady Mary

Ella Quinn’s bachelors do as they like and take what they want. But when the objects of their desire are bold, beautiful women, the rules of the game always seem to change…

 Handsome, charming, and heir to a powerful Viscount, Christopher “Kit” Featherton is everything a woman could want—except interested in marriage. So when he hears that someone on his estate near the Scottish border is claiming to be his wife, Kit sets off to investigate.                                                                                                                                                                

Since her parents’ death, Lady Mary Tolliver has been hounded by her cousin, a fortune-hunting fool after her inheritance. Refusing to settle for anything less than love, Mary escapes to the isolated estate of rakish bachelor, Kit Featherton. Knowing he prefers Court to the country, she believes she will be safe. But when Kit unexpectedly returns, her pretend marriage begins to feel seductively real…

 

Kit and his small group of servants had stayed in Alnwick last night and got a late start this morning. It would not do to arrive at Rose Hill too early. After luncheon should be time enough.

God knew he didn’t want to spend any more time under the same roof with the female pretending to be his wife than was necessary. He’d had had a great deal of time over the past week to plan how he would arrive. In the end, he decided to do so in as impressive a way as possible. That ought to convey to the woman that he was serious about recovering his property. All his life he had worked hard to avoided scandal, and he refused to have one touch him or his family now. He would give no quarter. If she would not willingly pack her bags and leave by tomorrow morning, he’d help her out the door.

He glanced at his pocket watch again. For the past half hour he had been waiting on the outskirts of Rosebury for Piggott to catch up with him. Finally he spied a carriage being led by his father’s coachman. Of all the bad luck. The wheeler had gone lame. At least it wasn’t one of his father’s horses. After they’d left York, he’d been on his own for cattle. He’d have to get the poor animal looked after. He hoped that Rosebury would have a decent hostelry. He would be damned if Dent had to lead the carriage led all the way to Rose Hill.

“Sorry, sir,” Robins, the coachman, said as he approached. “He threw a shoe. Shouldn’t be too bad once we get it fixed.”

“There’s nothing you could have done to prevent it, but time is of the essence. We’ll have to find a replacement.”

After they made their slow way to the center of the town, Kit located the blacksmith, while Dent went off to ask about a stable where he could board the horse and hire another.

Kit stepped into the large stone smithy, peering through the dim light until he located a figure. “Good day. I have a horse that’s thrown a shoe. Can you help me?”

A large, middle-aged man with coal black hair materialized from the dark interior. “Aye, gimme time t’finish here.” He retreated back into the darkness, and the next sound was the sizzle of hot iron being put in water. “Passin’ through?”

“Here on business. Name’s Featherton.”

The smith stopped what he was doing and turned. “Be ye the Featherton what owns Rose Hill?”

Kit smiled. “I am.”

The other man scowled. “See here, ya not plannin’ on causin’ trouble for our Lady Mary, are ya?”

Good God, what had that blasted female been doing? He wondered if Mary was even her real name.

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How was your week?

Ella

 

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Hi everyone and Happy Sunday!!

First join me in congratulating Lain who won a copy of Susanna Fraser’s book, A Christmas Reunion!!

As you know we left Melbourne on Saturday. On Monday we did indeed get our new sail and Mack pack which holds the sail.

new sail use

It took much longer than I expected, so we didn’t arrive in North Palm Beach until Tuesday afternoon. The marina was nice, but it didn’t have nearly the atmosphere of the one in Melbourne, which was a little disappointing. On Friday we moved to the anchorage and I love it here.

NPB Anchorage

So does Raphaella.

Raphaella

 

It now looks like we’ll have a weather window to head south around the week of the 8th. Wish us luck.

My new daily schedule includes learning knots as well as writing at least a chapter a day. I have three of them down, and I have about three more to learn.

It’s a big week in the writing world. I’ll be a Collette Cameron’s FB party on the 3d. Also Eileen Dreyer, me and several other authors are having a month long giveaway starting tomorrow.

Temptation tour

Click here for the link. I’ll also post it on my FB page.

How was your week?

Ella

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Happy Sunday!!

Let’s begin with the winner of Bron Evans’s book! Congratulations goes to Yanne!!

Between the boat and writing deadlines, I have been completely overwhelmed. However, I did manage to get Lady Beresford’s Lover, which will release in July to my editor. I’m working on the copy edits for A Kiss for Lady Mary and we-writing it as I go. That has to be in tomorrow. Then I have to write the next book which will be the last one in The Marriage Game.

In boat news, we now have two working engines, the boat is provisioned for our 14 day off shore passage, and we are motoring down the ICW to Stuart for our new mainsail.

We anchored in Ft. Pierce last night and this morning awoke to dolphins!

dolphins ft pierce

I was finally able to get a good photo of Alicianna. She is 10 weeks old today and a lot of fun!

Alicianna 11.16.14

This morning we had to get fuel, and I decided to dock the boat. That involved turning her completely around in the marina, but it couldn’t have gone better.

Now I’m back to Lady Mary. I’ll be checking your comments later today, so let me know how your week has been!!

Ella

 

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It is release day for Madeleine’s Christmas Wish!!

Madeline's Christmas Wish_ebook

Yesterday on Sunday News I offered a free book. So many of you wanted copies, I picked two winners.  Congratulations to  Demetra and Christina Riggs!!

Here is the release tour schedule. There will be giveaways at some of the sites. Unfortunately, I don’t have all the links, but I will post them as they go live. Thank you all so much for your support!!

Madeline’s Christmas Wish Tour

10/27/14 – Romance At Random

10/27/14 – Romance Divas

10/27/14 – Mary Gramlich

10/27/14 – Manic Readers

10/27/14 – Readers Entertainment Magazine

10/27/14 & 10/29/14 – Karen’s Killer Book Bench

10/28/14 – SOS Aloha

10/28/14 – Miss Ivy’s Book Nook

 

10/28/14 – RomCon

10/28/14 – Fresh Fiction

10/29/14 – USA Today HEA

 

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Happy Sunday!!

We didn’t get to book winners last week, so we’ll start there today.

Congratulations to Hanny Van de Kamp for winning a copy of Heather Boyd’s book, Keepsake, and Lisa Day for winning a copy of Christi Caldwell’s book, For Love of the Duke!!

Last week was the all sail boat show week in Annapolis. This was the first year we spent five days there. Some of the time was spent in seminars and workshops on everything from mending sails to blue water cruising. We had a long shopping list for the boat, including an anchor, ours is rusted, a new mainsail, and stove, as well as safety and foul weather gear, and other smaller items.

We did get a couple of fun things, such as these cups with the boat name on them and hats, also with the boat name.Boat name on glass 2

Despite the rain, the show was crowded. This is photo is later in the day when the masses had thinned a bit.

Boat show 2

There was even a man in a kilt.

Man in kilt

No boat show is complete without at least one trip to Pusser’s for a painkiller. For those of you who may not know, Pusser’s had restaurants all over the Caribbean. All their cups are a little different in each location.

Pusser's signPusser's cup

 

 

The upstairs bar sported a band. This reggae one made me feel right at home.

Band

It also turned into a meeting place for friends and sailing groups.

Annapolis has many cute and unusual shops. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit any of them this time. I did take this picture of a cookie fort for you.

Cookie fort use

I’d love to hear how you spent your week!

Ella

 

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I did say I’d be late. Let’s start with book winners then I’ll tell you about my crazy week.

The Seduction of Lad#C46729The winner of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is Mystical Manuscripts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner of Collette Cameron’s The Earl’s Enticement is Isabel!!TheEarlsEnticement3_850 3rd

Congratulations ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

The week began Hubby finding a boat he really, really wanted. We called our broker, and by Sunday afternoon had sent the offer. Several tense hours passed before we received the counter-offer on Monday. We countered that and it was accepted. I had to quickly arrange the boat surveyor for the general survey and the rigging. Hubby couldn’t get off work, so I flew down to Florida for the survey. There ended up being several issues, so the price was re-negotiated, and it’s now in the boatyard getting repaired. Fortunately, the other broker arranged a marina slip for us until we start heading south. There was more scrambling to meet the closing date tomorrow. I finished that this morning.

Me and boat 2

I arrived back on Thursday to an email from my editor telling me Lady Mary has to be in two weeks earlier than planned, and I’m still editing Lady Beresford’s Lover and the novella. Also, Madeleine’s Christmas Wish releases on October 27th.Madeline's Christmas Wish_ebook

I got some work done, but also did a lot of packing.

We are getting a Portuguese Water Dog, and yesterday I went to look at puppies. Their eyes had just opened, and because the mom had so many, they are bottle feeding as well as nursing, and I got to feed the babies.

Me and puppy use

They are so cute! Here is Mom.

Mom

 

I also got a hicky on my chin because one of them started licking it and then stared nursing on it.

While I was gone, Hubby was supposed to be packing household stuff and getting his clothes packed. As you can see, that did not happen.

 

Me Packed

Me Packed

 

Hubby Not

Hubby Not

Today he went downstairs and the van we rented was gone. Apparently he did not know that it had to be parked in visitor parking, so it was towed. He is on his way to retrieve it as I type this. Oops, he just called. It appears that since I’m on the agreement, I have to go get it.

Habitat for Humanity is coming to pick up furniture and the rest of the stuff that’s not going on the boat. We still have to mail boxes, but they are in the van.

The day is bound to get better. How was your week?

 

Ella

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Happy Sunday!

Let’s start with the winner of Grace Burrowes’s book!! Congratulations to Sherry Lady Needs coverTeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a print copy of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe show up in my mail this week. The only thing to do is sign it and send it to one of you. Tell me you’d like the book The Seduction of Lad#C46729and you’ll be entered in the drawing.

My week has been taken up with editing, packing, and being rejected for the boat we wanted. We have our eyes on a couple of others.

 

 

 

My editor emailed me the blurb for A Kiss for Lady Mary which will release in May 2015!

Ella Quinn’s bachelors do as they like and take what they want. But when the objects of their desire are bold, beautiful women, the rules of the game always seem to change…

Handsome, charming, and heir to a powerful Viscount, Christopher “Kit” Featherton is everything a woman could want—except interested in marriage. So when he hears that someone on his estate near the Scottish border is claiming to be his wife, Kit sets off to investigate.

Since her parents’ death, Lady Mary Tolliver has been hounded by her cousin, a fortune-hunting fool after her inheritance. Refusing to settle for anything less than love, Mary escapes to the isolated estate of rakish bachelor, Kit Featherton. Knowing he prefers Court to the country, she believes she will be safe. But when Kit unexpectedly returns, her pretend marriage begins to feel seductively real…

 

For fun, we’ve been watching the kitten.

She discovered the washing machine.

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and a basket.2014-09-19 22.20.37

Raphaella decided to go for a stroll and was taken in by a nice woman who thought she was lost, put her on the balcony, and left for a couple of hours. Raphaella was not happy when I called her and she couldn’t get to me. She also completely disagreed with the woman’s version of events. Her story was that she’d lain down for a short rest and was catnapped. She wanted to know why it took me so long to pay the ransom.

What have you been doing this week?

Ella

 

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