Spotlight & Excerpt: The Most Eligible Viscount In London + Giveaway

he Most Eligible Viscount

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In bestselling author Ella Quinn’s intriguing new Regency trilogy, a dashing suitor must decide if love and marriage are mutually exclusive . . .

Viscount Gavin Turley is convinced that love matches cause nothing but trouble. Still, after months of courting, he’s fallen for Miss Georgie Featherton. He’s passionate about her, in fact. But words of love are not an indulgence he will allow himself. When he presents Georgie with his marriage proposal, he will lead with his head—not his heart. His qualifications as a husband are excellent, after all. What could go wrong?

No sooner does Gavin kneel on one knee than Georgie’s heart goes aflutter with joy. Finally, the proposal she longed for had arrived. Yet Gavin seemed to be listing his credentials for a business partnership, not a romantic union. Without a declaration of love, Georgie can only reject his offer—unless the ladies of the ton, and Georgie’s grandmamma, have anything to do with it. For sometimes it takes a wiser eye to see the love behind a guarded heart—and a clever scheme to bring it out of hiding . . .

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A light tap sounded on the door to Georgie’s parlor. Smith opened it and stood aside as Adeline swept into the room.

“I did not think you would be resting.” She sounded pleased to have been right. “How are you doing?”

Georgie shrugged. “I wish I knew.”

“I can tell you that he does want very much to marry you.” Georgie pulled a face. “Yet he is still haunted by his father.”

In an attempt to help, Littleton had told Adeline who in turn told Georgie about the mess the former Lord Turley had made of everything after his wife had died. “I understand why he thinks he should not love his wife, but I do not understand how one can stop oneself from falling in love.” And that was the essence of the matter. Georgie firmly believed that love was the thing that held two people together during difficult times. She began pacing the room again, changing directions so as not to wear a path in the rug. “Do I give him another chance? Or would I be wasting my time? If he is so certain he will not love his wife, I do not see what I can do to change his mind.”

Adeline’s forehead creased in thought. “Allowing him until the end of the month to convince you would still give you time to go back to Town before the Season ends, and it would answer your questions.”

“I suppose you are correct.” Georgie stopped pacing. Why was this so hard? She closed her eyes and reached deep into her heart. There was a chance that there might be another gentleman out there who was even more perfect for her than Lord Turley only because this unknown gentleman loved her. But until she knew for certain that Turley would never love her, she would give him an opportunity to prove himself. “I shall give him one more chance.”

“I need to tell you one more bit of information.” This time her friend had a wicked grin on her face. “Your grandmother and her friend the duchess arrive tomorrow. They are staying with Mama-in-law.”

“And Turley.” Georgie felt her eyes widen. “Oh my. That will be interesting. What I would not give to hear what they have to say to him.”

“That is exactly what I thought,” her friend agreed. “Frits has suggested that he be allowed to come here as often as he wishes in order to court you. Do you have any objections?”

Georgie began pacing again. For some reason, she could not remain still. Littlewood really was the perfect place for a courtship. Other than the house party entertainments, they could spend time out of the eyes of the ton. It would give her—them—both the opportunity to attempt to resolve the differences in what they each wanted in a marriage. “No.” She wondered what role her grandmother and the duchess would play. “No. I have no objections.” Having a course of action would, at the very least, help her shake off the malaise she had been experiencing. “In fact, I believe I am looking forward to seeing how he intends to convince me I should enter into a loveless marriage.”

About the Author:

USA Today 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 is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Great Dane. 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. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Where Your Treasure Is + Author Interview & Giveaway

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Where Your Treasure Is
by M. C. Bunn
Genre: Historical romance, Victorian romance

Feisty, independent heiress Winifred de la Coeur has never wanted to live according to someone else’s rules—but even she didn’t plan on falling in love with a bank robber.

Winifred is a wealthy, nontraditional beauty who bridles against the strict rules and conventions of Victorian London society. When she gets caught up in the chaos of a bungled bank robbery, she is thrust unwillingly into an encounter with Court Furor, a reluctant getaway driver and prizefighter. In the bitter cold of a bleak London winter, sparks fly.

Winifred and Court are two misfits in their own circumscribed worlds—the fashionable beau monde with its rigorously upheld rules, and the gritty demimonde, where survival often means life-or-death choices.

Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they fall desperately in love while acknowledging the impossibility of remaining together. Returning to their own worlds, they try to make peace with their lives until a moment of unrestrained honesty and defiance threatens to topple the deceptions they have carefully constructed to protect each other.

A story of the overlapping entanglements of Victorian London’s social classes, the strength of family bonds and true friendship, and the power of love to heal a broken spirit.

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Chapter 2
A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted

Approaching the right turn that would take him to Swift Street and the Royal Empire Bank, Court Furor concentrated on traffic. Cold bit his cheeks and hunger gnawed his belly, but he ignored both through force of habit. The soles of his boots were thin and his gloves pointless…No point worrying about what the day would bring, never mind the next one…He was a man of no prospects and no property but preferred to think of it as freedom from responsibility…It was no secret he fancied himself a bit of a lad though he wasn’t overly tempted by long, romantic entanglements. An hour or two with a willing girl would suit…

He directed the horse to a slow walk, trying to secure a place in the queue for the curb. In the gleaming brougham beside him sat a woman, her face hidden under an enormous, bright green hat trimmed with black ostrich feathers. Her driver signaled, and Court tugged his reins…Though a thick veil covered her face, Court caught a glimpse of golden hair, coiled in heavy masses on her shoulders. The wind lifted the edge of her mantle, and he was briefly amazed by the brilliant green of her dress…She’d obviously never missed a meal in her life.

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1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

The characters in Where Your Treasure Is came to me in a flash. My father had been dead for several years. My mother and I had spent the summer cleaning her house and clearing their offices, so we’d shared hours sorting through business documents and family mementoes. It was August and nearly time for me to return to work. I had been reading. A man and a woman’s voices, then their faces just happened. It was like a darkened theater had suddenly lit up, though I could still see my book and the yard. Their argument threatened to disintegrate into a physical altercation. Poof—it was gone. After a couple of weeks, I saw the end of their story in much the same way, only I was walking my dog. I spent the next four months chasing after Winifred de la Couer and Court Furor, their friends and their families, trying to document what happened to them.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

What I always told my students and what my teachers always told me, that writing is re-writing. Not the first draft—that was so exciting, I bolted through it. The challenge was acknowledging my early readers’ feedback, then my editor’s, to expand scenes or cut and re-order others without changing the essential plot. I also set aside Treasure’s second draft for a few years and wrote several more books in the series before finally circling back around to revise it again.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?

What I learned by waiting, then rewriting the book several years later. Treasure is a historical romance, a late-Victorian love story, but by the time I’d finished the other books, I’d realized there were themes I wanted to bring forward in Treasure that had emerged and were important in the other stories. As I strove to flesh out Winifred and Court’s characters, the minor characters’ personalities and significance to the plot simply bloomed. I’ve always loved old books where the “quality” and the “common folk” interact, the gods and the mortals, the high and the low—the mingling enriches and changes everyone’s point of view.

4. What does the title mean?

It’s an allusion to verses in Matthew and Luke, though this is not a Christian romance novel. I don’t want a reader who enjoys that genre to be misled by the title or shocked and offended by some of the book’s contents. Court and his half-siblings grow up in the Old Nichol and learn to read at a slum school run by missionaries. All the major characters and several of the minor ones have a person or dream they cherish, rightly or wrongly. What they’re willing to risk to hold onto or to obtain their “treasure,” and how their lives collide and are transformed while they do so, is what the story is about.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

All of these characters are fictional. You can believe that if you like. No, they’re fictional.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

Love is the greatest power on earth. Wedded to Truth, it’s a force that transforms even the most hopeless lives.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?

Ah, I’m not going to tell because it’s a spoiler! It’s also related to the second half of my answer to your last question. I’m supposed to say the love scenes, but I also really enjoyed the boxing and horse races!

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

George Broughton-Caruthers, Winifred’s handsome neighbor, long-time friend, and rogue. He’s part of a love triangle or two. I didn’t want readers to simply write him off as a third wheel, an impediment to true love’s course, or a simplistic villain. There are several very bad boys in this book. He’s one of them! He’s also a very complicated man.

9. What are your immediate future plans?

I’m excited to promote Where Your Treasure Is and hope I’ll be able to share what I learn about the process with others. I also look forward to revising the second novel in the series, a late Edwardian, World War I historical romance, Time’s Promise. It brings back many of Treasure’s major characters and explores their children’s coming of age.

Author Bio:

author photoM. C. Bunn is a writer of Victorian romance and historical romance novels, a singer (in the indie rock band Mister Felix), and a songwriter. She holds an English degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from North Carolina State University.

“I’ve always loved writing. It’s a joy to do what makes me happy and to share it.

“My father was a great story-teller. He read to us at the dinner table and passed on his love of history. He’d haul me out of bed in the middle of the night if there was a great old movie on the late show, and family trips always included visits to historic sites. His father was born in 1888, and I have Granddaddy’s letters to his bride-to-be in my dresser. I’m working on the story of Daddy’s first ancestor in America. It’s set in Jamestown, 1690. My mother’s grandmother was placed in an orphanage after the Civil War because her father died on the way home, so I always felt that connection to and had a curiosity about the past. Both of my parents read to me before I could walk. Daddy gave me Dickens, Twain, and Stevenson. Mama put the dictionary in my hands and let me watch I, Claudius and Shoulder to Shoulder when they first aired on Masterpiece Theatre. She told me I’d be a writer one day.”

Acting was another girlhood passion. “I wanted to play all the characters in the books I’d read, or in the stories I made up, like Dickens and Louisa May Alcott did. I also wanted to be an archaeologist because we knew one who worked on digs in Israel. There was never a time when I wasn’t making up a story, and it was always set ‘a long time ago.’ What I really wished for was the car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so I could fly back in time and see what it was actually like for women in Victorian and Edwardian England.”

When she’s not writing, she loves reading long old books. “I love Anthony Trollope’s series, and Anna Karenina. Of more recent vintage, I really enjoyed The Forsyte Saga and The Raj Quartet.”

Her idea of a well-appointed room includes multiple bookshelves, a full pot of coffee, and a place to lie down and read. To feed her soul, she takes a walk or makes music with friends. “I try to remember to look up at the sky and take some time each day to be thankful.”

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dog. Where Your Treasure Is is her first published novel.

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Book Blitz: Her Scottish Scoundrel + Giveaway

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Her Scottish Scoundrel
Diamonds In The Rough, Book 7
by Sophie Barnes

Regency Romance

Release Date: May 25, 2021

Destined for the hangman’s noose, love is a dream he cannot afford…

When Blayne MacNeil agrees to be Miss Charlotte Russell’s bodyguard, he doesn’t expect her to expand the job description to fake fiancé. After twenty years in hiding, announcing his engagement to a viscount’s daughter could prove fatal. For if anyone were to recognize him, he’d be charged with murder.

Determined to keep her independence in order to safeguard her writing career, Charlotte must avoid marriage. After all, no respectable gentleman would ever permit his wife to pen outrageous adventure novels. But when her most recent manuscript disappears, the roguish Scotsman posing as her fiancé becomes her closest ally – and the greatest threat to her freedom.

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All Books in the Diamonds In The Rough Series:

 

A Most Unlikely Duke
Diamonds in the Rough, Book 1

The Duke of Her Desire
Diamonds in the Rough, Book 2

The Illegitimate Duke
Diamonds in the Rough, Book 3

The Infamous Duchess
Diamonds in the Rough, Book 4

The Forgotten Duke
Diamonds In The Rough, Book 5

The Formidable Earl
Diamonds In The Rough, Book 6

Her Scottish Scoundrel
Diamonds In The Rough, Book 7
Coming May 2021

The Dishonored Viscount
Diamonds In The Rough, Book 8
Coming September 2021

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Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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