Sunday, October 6, 2013

Liza checks in on The Seduction of Lady Phoebe by Ella Quinn

Way back in April of this year, I invited the book The Seduction of Lady Phoebe to stop by for an interview. To be clear, I interviewed the book. Ella stayed at home. And what a delightful book it was!

And thus began my love affair with Ella Quinn's books.

Later in June I wrote a  5 star review, comparing it to Jane Austen. (I had received an advanced copy)

Finally, the book came out September 19 and for three days it soared to the Amazon bestseller list for regencies.

A superb showing for Ella Quinn's debut novel!
And well deserved, for it's a fabulous novel.




“Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore—plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus. A marvelous find for Regency romance readers.” —Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author

Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze…

For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

“A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!” —Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby


EXCERPT
Phoebe entered the library and realized she was not alone. A tall, broad-shouldered man stood across the room with his back to the door looking out the window.

“Oh, I am sorry to disturb you. I thought the room would be empty.” She turned to leave.

A deep voice that seemed like a caress responded, “Stay. Please.”

Her heart leapt. Her knight-errant.

He walked toward her, stopping just a few feet from where she stood. Once more, his turquoise gaze captured and held her.

“I came in here to think, after the meeting,” he said, then took a step closer to her. “Being new to the political world, I wanted to ensure I fully understood the problems and solutions being proposed before taking a position.”

Unable to speak for a moment due to the strange occurrence of her heart jumping to her throat, Phoebe nodded. “I think that is an eminently sensible desire. There is always so much to learn at first.”

Her chest tightened with excitement, and she couldn’t believe he was here.

“Have you much experience in this sphere?” Her knight moved a bit closer.

“I believe I stay well informed as to the issues. When I visit my aunt and uncle I attend all the political dinners and other entertainments.” When she glided nearer to him, a hurry of spirits coursed through her.

He narrowed his eyes curiously. “What made you seek out the library?”

“I was avoiding someone.” Phoebe found herself even closer to him and wanting to be in his arms again. His deep, soft voice was like a warm wave, drawing her in. Did male sirens exist?

“I see.” He closed the distance a little more.

She searched his face. Barely a foot separated them. If only he would reach out to her. “You were in Littleton for the fight last week.”

“Yes, I attended with a friend,” he replied, his tone, intimate.

Phoebe tried to steady her thudding heart. “I remember your voice. You rescued me from the young man pounding on my chamber door and spent the night guarding me.”

She drew a ragged breath. Why was it so hard to breathe? “You didn’t want to be thanked. You have now saved me twice from importuning young men.”

His gaze seemed to focus even more intently on her. “Yes, I took him from your door. I thought, at the time, I didn’t need to be thanked.” His lips curled into a provocative smile. “I may have been mistaken. You may thank me, if you wish.”




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Great news! Ella is giving away a copy of The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. Be sure to ask for it if you don't already have your copy.

26 comments:

  1. It's fun to see a book that you love get good marks! It's like you can say "I told you so!!"

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    1. I agree, Melissa. I'm so proud of Ella and Phoebe on their debut outing.

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  2. What a wonderful excerpt. I have a copy of the book already. I can't wait to start reading!!
    Congrats on your success!

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    1. Stacy, thank you!! Let me know how you like it.

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    2. Warning, one you read one, you will NEED to read them all. They are highly addictive.

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  3. Loved the excerpt! Congrats on the release, Ella!!

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  4. Ella, SUPER CONGRATULATIONS! I have your book, I just need to find the time to start it.
    As always, loved your excerpt.

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    1. I read an hour a day until I finished it. It gave me such a peace and comfort to visit it daily. I suffered withdrawal when I finished it.

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  5. I don't normally like to read part of a book, I get too anxious to read the rest. I read it and it certainly provokes! Such a marketing tool that is! Ms. Quinn, I missed winning in your last contest, but I'm hopeful to win this book this time. Liza O'Connor's blog is also new to me.

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    1. Good luck in the contest, Eileen, and thank you so much for your interest in Phoebe and Marcus's story.

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    2. Welcome to my blog, Eileen. I'm normally silly, but I behaved today because I wanted an update on Ella's book. I'm on her biggest fans.

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  6. Yes! Like the others, I loved the excerpt!!! So strong! So moving!

    Wishing you much more success!

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  7. Congrats, Ella! I'm so excited for you, and I loved the book!

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    1. Me too. It's my second fav so far. I like the third book the best, thus far. (I got ARCs on the first three.)

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  8. Way to go, Ella!! Congrats and many more happy sales :) Barb Bettis

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  9. The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is a delectable Regency! I just finished reading it, so I don't need a copy. Just want to say how much I love the story. I'll be reviewing it on Amazon, 5 stars of course. Can't wait for your next book, Ella!

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    1. Lyn, you definitely will want to grab the next two. They just get betterer and betterer. You'll want to give the 3rd one a six our of five. At least I did. lol.

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  10. Thank you, Lyn!! I'm happy dancing!! The wait for the next one is not long!

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