On Tap (Brew, rather) with Regency Author Ella Quinn
I had the pleasure of meeting Ella at RWA’s National Conference in Atlanta this summer. She is a very active member of The Beau Monde chapter, of which I am considerably new. She is a delightful person, vivacious, gregarious, and all around friendly. I welcome her and you. Be sure to comment for a chance to win one of her magnificent titles.
Kathy, thank you so much for having me on your blog today.
When Kathy told me she’d rather have me write something about my book, rather than do an interview, I have to admit I froze. I can give you the blurb, and an excerpt, which I will do, but what else would you be interested in? Then I thought, what is different about my books, and I harkened back to a recent conversation I had with another Regency author, who said to me, “No one is writing books like yours.” What does that mean? My books are traditional Regencies, but with the bedroom door (as well as the parlor, carriage, cottage, etc) wide open.
One of the things I love about authors such as Georgette Heyer is that the customs and mores of the time play a large role in her books. What always frustrated me was the lack of sex. Granted she wrote in a much different era, but nevertheless, when I began writing I wanted to remain true to the customs and satisfy my need for a spicier read. I think, at least I hope, I’ve accomplished that goal.
Research helped a great deal. Did you know, for example, that during the Regency over 50% of births took place in less than 9 months of the marriage? Or there were plays featuring female characters masquerading as men? This was also a time of political and social progressive thinking. All in all, it gave me a lot to work with.
How do you like your Regencies or other historicals?
I’m giving away either a copy of either The Temptation of Lady Serena the 3rd book in my series The Marriage Game or, the first book, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, to one commenter who says she wants the book.
Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts…
Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…
Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…
Excerpt of The Temptation of Lady Serena
The ladies completed the first of their shopping and returned to St. Eth House. Phoebe followed Serena up to her parlor,
sat down at the small writing table, took a sheet of paper, and dipped the nib of the quill into the standish.
“Now then,” Phoebe said, in an efficient tone, “tell me what you want in a husband. What must you have to make you happy in marriage?”
“You make it sound like shopping.” Serena grinned. “Are you really going to make a list?”
Phoebe’s lips tilted up. “Of course. There is a reason it’s called the Marriage Mart, you know. It’s very much like shopping, although choosing a husband is more frustrating—and enjoyable—at the same time.”
Serena sat on the small chaise. “I’ve never seriously considered the question of what I would like.” She paused. “The attributes with which he must be endowed.” Thoughts jumbled, then fell into place. “Very well. Sufficient fortune to support a family. A country estate. Kindness. He shouldn’t want to rule me. I realize that, under the law, he is allowed to do so, but I could not bear it.”
She glanced at her cousin. “It would be nice if he were handsome. Though, if he met my other requirements, I could overlook that. Superior understanding. I could not abide being married to a stupid man. A sense of humor is important. As long as he is a gentleman, I don’t care about his rank. And I want a love match.”
Phoebe put her pen down. “I should warn you, the heart is an independent organ. It is very difficult to tell it whom to love and whom not to. We must hope yours chooses wisely.”
The Temptation of Lady Serena available through Kensington. Other buy links:
The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is available for pre-order.
Thank you so much for visiting, Ella. I know we’ll stay in touch. The Beau Monde chapter is a fabulous venue for us Regency authors. It was wonderful meeting you and having you stop by.
Until next time . . . Kathy L Wheeler