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When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

Published August 30, 2016 by francesothomas

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 Ella will be awarding a Signed ARC of When A Marquis Chooses a Bride (US ONLY) to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

About the book

Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this…

 

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

 

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

Excerpt

“Kimbal,” Dom called to his valet.

“Yes, my lord.”

“I shall be dining at White’s.”

“Yes, my lord.”

Dom scribbled a note to his friend Viscount Fotherby asking if he would like to join Dom for dinner. By the time he was dressed and had donned his hat, Fotherby’s answer affirming the invitation had arrived.

A short while later, just as a light sprinkle turned into a persistent rain, Dom handed his hat and cane to the footman at White’s and found his friend lounging in the room that held the club’s famous betting book. William Alvanley, another of Dom’s friends, was seated next to the window with another man staring intently at the rain.

He turned to Fotherby. “What are they doing?”

“Five thousand quid on which raindrop will reach the bottom of the sill first.”

Despite being close with many of the Prince Regent’s circle, Dom could not abide the excessive wagers his friends made. Alvanley would end up ruining himself and his estates at the rate he was going. “Are you ready to dine, or are you waiting the outcome?”

“Famished.” Fotherby tossed off his glass of wine. “Thought you weren’t coming to Town this year.”

“My plans changed.” Dom and Fotherby entered the dining room. “I have decided to take a wife.”

“Wife?” Fotherby choked. “Any idea who?”

“Not yet, but I have a list of qualifications. She must be well-bred, not given to fits of temper or strange starts, quiet, biddable, easy to look at—I must get an heir on her after all—know what is expected of a marchioness. And not prone to scandals. You know how my uncle hated them. I think that about covers it.”

“A paragon, in other words.”

Dom gave a cut nod. “Indeed. I could wed no one less.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

Website: http://www.ellaquinnauthor.com

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Buy Links:

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 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-a-marquis-chooses-a-bride-ella-quinn/1123105744

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Mary Green book review

Published March 12, 2016 by francesothomas

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MARY GREEN

MELANIE KERR

Historical Fiction, Regency era

Stonehouse Publishing

Release Date: May 1, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mary Green by Melanie Kerr. This story is very much in the Jane Austen tradition of manners and country estates.

The title character starts off Cinderella-like. She’s living with the relations of a woman who adopted her from an orphanage and subsequently died. Never really part of the family, she’s treated almost as a servant. When her twenty-first birthday arrives, it brings with it some startling news. Suddenly she’s rich.

Guided by her own conscience and her newly acquired companion, Mary slowly finds her way to happiness in the new world she’s entered. Finding love is a bit more complicated. Which of the three brothers from a neighboring family has actually captured her heart and not just her infatuation?

This is the Canadian author’s second novel. It is both well-written and well-plotted. Kerr has created distinctive characters that we like in spite of their flaws. Theirs is a gentle world where forgiveness is possible and goodness is its own reward.

I predict we’ll be seeing much more of Kerr’s writing in the future.

Mary Green, obscure orphan and ward of the wealthy Hargreaves family, has always accepted her inferior position with grace, humility, and gratitude. When she discovers that her only friend is to leave the country forever, that her confidence has been betrayed by the unfeeling youngest daughter of the family, and that her very deprivation is the object of the mockery and scorn of everyone she has sought to honour, she determines to cast them off and make her own way in the world.

On her twenty-first birthday, free to choose her own destiny, she dreams of peace and tolerance, and perhaps a partner who might be noble enough to love her in all her simplicity. But when an unexpected foray into London society disrupts all her plans, she is faced with an uncharacteristic storm of feelings. Will she grow strong and happy in her independence, or will her character be lost amidst her newfound ambition? Unable to trust the whims of her own heart, Mary is forced to confront the question that has forever plagued her: Who is she and where does she come from?

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About the Author

Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English, and theatre at the University of British Columbia, and law at the University of Alberta. Kerr is a reckless lover of clotted cream, a staunch defender of the semi-colon, and a fierce opponent of unpleasant music. She wooed her current and only husband with false promises of skill at word games and eternally good hair. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her three young children, sews her own Regency costumes, organizes Regency costume events, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world, and occasionally practices law.

The Royal Ascot Contest

Published February 11, 2015 by francesothomas

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While searching for something entirely different, I came across information about an annual contest geared just for Regency authors, called, fittingly enough, The Royal Ascot Contest. The contest opens Feb. 16, and entries are due by March 27, 2015. The winner will be announced at a Soiree in New York City on July 22.

The fees to enter are modest-$25 or $30-and the categories are inclusive-YA, mainstream, even paranormal. The stipulations are they must be unpublished and have at least a partial Regency setting.

According to the sponsoring site, Beau Monde, the contest has been going since 1994. Why didn’t I know this?

Last year’s winner, Cora Lee, is still revising her book, The Only Exception, according to her website. It looks like she’s won several contests, presumably with the same book, yet it hasn’t been published. What’s up with that?

When do you stop revising and let it fly? Personally, I’d be so happy just to finish any of my many WIP that I would rush to get it in print or out as an e-book. Maybe I’m just not picky enough.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

Published November 26, 2014 by francesothomas

I promised the folks at Avon that I would post a review today, the release date of Sarah MacLean’s fourth book in her Rule of Scoundrels series. Alas, a nasty case of bronchitis infringed on my reading time. It is perilously difficult to try to cough and read at the same time.

i have been reading Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover all day, so I wouldn’t miss my deadline. Not surprisingly, I quite enjoyed it as I had the earlier three novels.

What one might have supposed would be the hero of the book turns out to be the heroine. Or rather, two heroines. Lady Georgiana has not one, but two alter egos. One of them is the fourth owner of the gaming hell, the Fallen Angel.

Newspaperman Duncan West is observant enough to put two and two together and quickly realizes the lady and the madam are one and the same. It is that third identity that eludes him and causes him to be jealous of a man who doesn’t exist.

The protagonists need the wisdom of a precocious nine-year old to help them sort out what they really need in life from what they only think they need.

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