Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Liza interviews the book The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn

Today, I'm very excited to interview Ella Quinn's book: The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh.

Peep Rep: Is there a prize?

Liza: Yes, but it's a secret.

Peep Rep: But how do I know I'll want it?

Liza: Trust me, this is something you'll want.

Peep Rep: Sure are a lot of secrets going around. Well, I doubt the book will have a secret once the interview is over.

Liza: I'm not sure about that. Books can be closed covered you know. Some even had latches that lock.

Peep: *snorts* I can't imagine that stopping you.

Liza: Well, hopefully, it won't come to that. And if it does, maybe Ella will send the key along with the book.

Peep: How is this book arriving.

Liza: By carriage. Oh look here it comes now.

Liza: Welcome The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh. Here, let me help you out of the carriage. May I call you Secret? 

Book: The Seduction Of Lady Phoebe told me you could converse with books, but I didn't quite believe it until now. This is most intriguing.

Liza: Yes, I'm uniquely special in this way.  So may I call you Secret? Your title is very long.

Book: I'm more comfortable with Anna Marsh. 

Liza: But you do know you aren't THE Anna Marsh in your story. You are the story, not a character.

Book: Naturally, I am not a character.

Liza: We'll call you Anna Marsh, but I'm using the initials to reduce space.

AM: Very wise of you. Many times it is best not to use whole names. In case the letter would fall into the wrong hands. I’m sure you understand.

Liza: Not really, but I'm often confused. Did you know I met your two main characters while reading TSLP.

AM: Ah, so you are also required to hide your activities. I’ve not had to use codes, but if you provide me with the key…
Liza: No, that's the initials for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.

AM: Oh, of course. 

Liza: Perhaps you can share a bit about--

AM: My secrets? No! I couldn’t possibly, not only I, but my family would face ruin!

Liza: About yourself. 

AM: Since Anna Marsh--

Liza: The book or the character?

AM: The character. We already agreed I would be AM, did we not? In addition, I never refer to myself in 3rd Person.

Liza: My apologies, proceed.

AM: Apology accepted. As I was saying since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. 

Liza: Well then, this should be an easy story, since I know from TSLP that he wants to marry her.

AM: Yes, well, unfortunately, her dream came from an earlier time when her brother Harry still lived. A time before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for.

Liza: And what work was that?

AM: I cannot tell you. Did you not believe me when I told you disclosure would destroy all Anna Marsh holds dear? And if she were to die, as her brother did, her parents would never recover.

Liza: Sounds serious.

AM: It is. And painful for her as well. Now that Sebastian had finally decided to marry Anna, she must thwart his advances.

Liza: Why?

AM: Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife.

Liza: And what does poor Sebastian think about all of this?

AM: He's always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles--

Liza: Well, that' a bit cheeky. He spends years courting Phoebe and then thinks when that doesn't work out he can  snap his fingers and Anna will come running?

AM: I meant to say he expects a few obstacles, just not an impenetrable wall. Anna dissuades him at every turn.

Liza: And what does he think about that?

AM: *chuckles* He concludes there is much more to this intriguing woman than he'd realized. Not only must he prove they are meant to be together, but first, he must unravel the seductive mystery that surrounds Miss Anna Marsh.

Liza: Thank you for not asking me how the book will end.

AM: Why would I do such a thing? The book doesn't come out until November 7th. How could you possibly know in advance?

Liza: Exactly my point!

AM: So, I'm confused. What exactly is the point you are trying to make?

Liza: That you're doing a great job.

AM: Oh. I hadn't actually derived that from your response, but never mind. Is there anything else you wish to know before I waddle back to the carriage?

Liza: A great deal! First, may I have a peek under your cover?

AM: Why?

Liza: Because I want to read a bit.

AM: You're trying to discover Anna's secret!

Liza: That would be nice, but I just want to read a bit. I love the way Ella Quinn writes. She soothes me.

AM: In that case, I will allow you to read a piece taken from the part of the story that does not involve Anna Marsh’s secret.

Percy grabbed Anna’s hand from Rutherford’s arm.
Without a thought, she whirled, pulled him to her, and punched him in the face. Percy stumbled back into the fountain, landing in the cold water with a splash.

Rutherford smiled as she was wiping her hands. “Well done, my dear. A perfect flush hit.”

Percy floundered for a few moments, before she said, “I suppose we should help him out.

“Not you,” Rutherford said. “It would minimize the effect, and you might ruin that perfectly lovely gown. I’ll do it. Though it goes sadly against the grain.

He reached out, grabbed Percy’s flailing hand, and pulled him out of the fountain.

Percy, cold and angry, fixed his gaze on Anna. “When we are married, you will not do that.”

Anna closed her eyes and struggled not to hit him again. “We are not going to marry. I don’t know where you got such a ridiculous notion. I would rather be a spinster than marry you.” She pointed to the door to the drawing room. “You are no longer welcome at Marsh Hill. Go. Now.”

Dripping, Percy left.

Rutherford put his arms around her. “Allow me to congratulate you on a stellar performance.”

Anna heaved a sigh. “Do you think he’ll stop?”

“If he doesn’t, either you or I will pummel him into the ground.”

She brightened. “Yes, of course. What a grand idea.”

Rutherford shook his head. “You’re a bloodthirsty wench.”

Liza: That didn't soothe me exactly, but it was delightful.  I found something that gives a hint to Anna Marsh's secret.

AM: Impossible! I was most careful not to reveal anything.

Liza: You have been. But Ella, not so much. She sent me the following quote: 

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

Liza: This indicates that Anna Marsh is a spy attempting to break up a smuggler's ring.

AM: *Slams Book Cover* Ella! How could you?

Liza: It's all right, Anna Marsh the book, I recently hired a Regency Investigator pup. You never stood a chance of keeping your secret. IP Jr. come out and meet the book The Secrets of Miss Anna Marsh.

IP Jr: Allo there. Nice to meet you TSMAM.

AM: Put me back in my carriage now. 

Liza: Your pages are trembling. Are you angry or scared?

AM: Terrified. Have you seen what a pup can do to a book?

Liza: Actually, I have. Good point. I'll send you home now. It's been a pleasure talking with you.

Don't worry, I'll talk about Ella for you. 

AM: Yes, yes, just let me go now.

Liza: Clearly, Anna Marsh the book isn't quite as brave as Anna Marsh the character.  Otherwise, she would have given IP Jr. two black eyes...oh wait he already has those. 

IP Jr. You shouldn't judge the book too harshly. I'm clearly a boxer and it doesn't have any limbs are all. I could shred it to pieces in 10 seconds flat.

Liza: Well, if I need to terrorize a book into talking, I'll give you a call. Otherwise, when I'm interviewing books, you need to keep a low profile.

IP Jr: Grrrrrrr *leaves*

Liza: Great. Another bad attitude employee. 
Speaking of people with a great attitude, let me tell you a bit about Ella Quinn.

First, she's just about the nicest person you'll ever meet. 

IP Jr: I'm back with the goods on Ella Quinn.
Ella Quinn was born in County Longford, Ireland in 1850. As a young woman she immigrated to the United States and made her home in Philadelphia. She owned her own business as a wig maker and is listed in the 1890 Philadelphia Directory. Ella married John Brennan and had two children.  She continued to run her business and kept her maiden name until her husband died in 1899. I’ve only found one census record of her.  But I’ve found several ships’ manifests. She sailed from Philadelphia to France at least once a year until WWI was already underway. To me she was truly an amazing woman.

Liza: Wrong, IP Jr. 
Ella lives a dream life in the Virgin Islands. I think that's her great-grandmother, Ella Quinn, you investigated. However, it does show why Ella's heroines are so strong, both mentally and physically.

IP Jr.: Then it's good I dug this up?

Liza: It's most interesting. Well done, IP Jr.
Great news Peeps! Even though this book won't release until November 7th, you may pre-order the book now.

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And be sure to leave a comment. I love to get comments, so does Ella, and I'm sure once Anna Marsh the book recovers from near death by puppy, she'll want comments too.

IP Rep: I like pats on my head and good boy comments too. Oh and I discovered what the secret prize is. For only lucky commenter who leaves an email address, you'll get a copy of the book I just chased off: The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh.


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  2. Liza does a wonderful job!! Thanks for stopping by, D'Ann

    1. What's the prize? I want to tell peeps about it. Unless I already have, but have forgotten it....That's entirely possible.

  3. Loved the interaction! I can't wait for this book!!

    1. Thank you Marie. Ella's books are proving to be addictive. I wonder if libraries can act as rehab centers...

  4. Fun interview, Liza and Ella.


  5. That was fun

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  6. Great interview, as always, Liza and an excellent excerpt, Ella! This book is going to fly off the shelves. But Liza, what did you do with Peep Rep? He was not here today which I find quite odd. You haven't done anything drastic, have you? :) I tweeted.

    1. Excellent question. Not sure where peep rep went off to. He was there before the carriage arrived then I forgot all about him. He may be off looking for Ella's prize.

    2. I sure hope so, Jenna. Keeping fingers crossed and lighting candles.

  7. Very funny interbiew. I love the carriage btw. Good luck for the new book

    1. Thanks, the books show up in various manners.Jenna Jaxon catapulted her book over. Ella sent hers in a far more dignified manner.

    2. Yes, well, my character tend to be rather dignified. Thank you so much for visiting, Juliana.

  8. Very clever interview! Can't wait to read it. I do like Anna's sauciness!

    1. Thank you. Yes, Anna is a delightful character.

    2. Thank you, Collette. Anna is an interesting lady to deal with.

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  9. Witty and I quite liked the Book..
    Marilyn (ewatvess@yahoo.com)

    1. I wonder if it was me or the book Mari considered witty. I'm thinking ME! Thank you Mari.

  10. Wonderful interview! I cannot wait to read this book. I have it on my list and I am really looking forward to discovering Anna's secrets!

    1. Thanks, Lindsey. There are a lot of spoilers in this book.

    2. Glad you liked the interview. Ella's right, I'm discovering lots of surprises in this book.

  11. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt!

  12. LOL Liza, you always crack me up! Fantastic interview! Loved the excerpt, Ella!! :D

      Karen Y Bynum has cracked up and is now in a psych ward after reading Liza's latest interview with a book.

  13. OMG!!! This interview was so much fun! I can not wait for this book any longer~ LOL Now we know the secret.

    1. LOL, Kipha. There are a lot of secrets in this book!

    2. Waiting is hard. Ella seems so sweet, but then she writes fabulous books, but tortures us months in advance of their release.

  14. Great interview.

    I love the cover, the purple dress is just beautiful!


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