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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway with Diana Quincy!


I have Diana Quincy here on my blog tour, talking about her newly released Compromising Willa, the 3rd book in her Accidental Peers series! 

** Diana is giving away a $20 Starbucks giftcard and an e-copy of her book, Tempting Bella via Rafflecopter below. She is also giving away an e-copy of her debut, Seducing Charlotte, to one lucky commenter**

About the book:
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

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Interview with Diana:
1. How did you get the idea for your Accidental Peers series?

As an author of historical romance, I often draw inspiration from true life events I come across in my research.

For example, Luddites feature prominently in my debut novel, Seducing Charlotte. Once I learned about these machine breakers—weavers, tailors, and other workers who’d been put out of work by mechanization—a story began percolating in my mind. What if my hero owned a factory that used the new machinery, while the heroine had close ties to the machine breakers? Voila! The basic structure for Seducing Charlotte fell into place. 

The same is true of my second novel, Tempting Bella, which was inspired by the true story of the heir to a dukedom who is married off to a young girl to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. He does not see her for many years after that, but when he finally does see her again, he falls instantly in love, not realizing she is already his wife.  What an excellent concept for a romance!

However, the idea for Compromising Willa started out a little differently. I was touched by the story of an older friend of the family who never married because her parents had disapproved of the gentleman she’d wanted to marry as a young woman. When our family friend was in her forties, and both of her parents had passed away, her early love was still single and remained interested in marrying her.

To my young, romantic mind, this was perfect: the star-crossed lovers would finally marry and live happily ever after. The only problem was that our family friend no longer felt the same about the man. The spark, she said, was gone.

That provided the seed for Compromising Willa. But then the story took on a life of its own and the ex-love became the villain. An entirely new man, a duke, became the hero and Willa finds herself caught between two powerful men who both want her.    



2. When you are writing do you find yourself more hero-centric or heroine-centric?

I think I tend to be more hero-centric in this series because I mostly knew the heroes first. When I sat down to write the Accidental Peers series, I conceived of Willa and her five male cousins, one of whom would inherit Willa’s father’s title. So aside from Willa, I already knew and was fond of the heroes, while I had to get to know the heroines when the time came to write their stories.         

3. What are themes prevalent throughout your books?

I think the themes of family, human decency and social justice resound through all of my books. Romantic fiction taps into women’s fantasies and  I do like to provide an entertaining escape for my readers. However, at the same time, I inject a bit of reality into my stories. In historical times, women and the lower classes had no rights and I highlight that in my books, which I hope creates a more compelling book overall.  

4. With villains, do you like them to be close to pure evilness, or with redeemable qualities?

I do like a redeemable villain, but I haven’t written one yet! The villain in Compromising Willa is my favorite so far and he is so evil, that he is completely unredeemable. Augustus, Earl of Bellingham, is physically beautiful, but his insides are very black. He’s a user who will do whatever it takes, including unspeakable things, to get what he wants. I had a lot of fun writing Augustus and readers seem to love hating him!


5. Which of your characters would you want most as your best friend?

That’s a difficult question because I am fond of all of my characters. I have to rule out all of the heroes because I couldn’t possibly be friends with any one of them without falling madly in love. Looking at the ladies, I would love to have either Willa or Charlotte as my best friend because both are smart, sharp, witty and loyal, plus they don’t mind breaking a few rules every now and then. They’d be fun to hang out with!

6. What is coming up for you in 2014?

It’s going to be a busy year. Engaging the Earl, the fourth book in my Accidental Peers series, will be out this summer. The hero is one of the five brothers who returns home from the war just as the woman he left behind becomes engaged to another man.

I’ll also kick off a new series in late summer and early fall of 2014. The first book, Heaven Is No Place for Scoundrels, features a heroine who is a parachutist in 1801. She’s loosely based on a real person. 
Excerpt:
                 Hartwell frowned. “I scarcely see how Lady Wilhelmina can belong to Bellingham if there is no betrothal.” 

               There is certain talk no gentleman would ever repeat.” Heenan reached for his mother-of-pearl snuffbox. “Some say it is why the lady has kept herself away from Town for so long.”

               And this is commonly discussed in society?”

               It is not the kind of thing one hears in Mayfair’s drawing rooms,” Selwyn answered in halting tones.
        
              "But most gentlemen about Town eventually hear the talk,” Garrick added with a lascivious smirk.

               Heenan leaned over and inhaled snuff into his nose. “Not that anyone dares to cut her in public.” Leaning back in his chair with a satisfied sigh, he used a handkerchief to wipe remnants of the powdery substance from his upper lip. “Impeccable family lines and all. The family carries on as though nothing has happened. She is under the protection of her cousin, the Marquess of Camryn, who is quite influential in the Lords. No one dares risk his wrath.”

             "I don’t follow.”

             Garrick leaned forward. “They say the chit is compromised. Utterly and completely, if you get my meaning.” He winked at Hart. “But she still acts the frigid princess, all high and mighty. Otherwise, who wouldn't want to toss up those skirts and give her a good hard—”

              Something in his head snapped loose, blinding him to anything but the desire to crush the drunken whoreson beneath his boot heel. He bolted to his feet and shoved the table back with a loud clatter. Towering over Garrick, he grabbed the man’s cravat with one hand and drew back his fist with the other. Garrick shrank back in his chair, wide-eyed, his face pinched with fear. Action at the other gaming tables screeched to a halt. Silence descended; all eyes were riveted on Hartwell.
   
             Selwyn jumped up and placed a calming hand on his shoulder. “Now Hartwell,” he said, partially positioning himself between the two men. “This is just a friendly misunderstanding among gentlemen.”
    
             His neck burned. It was a lie. It had to be. “It is hardly the act of a gentleman to insult a lady's honor in the most grievous way possible.”
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Author Info:
Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana visited many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with  laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.


Connect with Diana:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diana.quincy.10
a Rafflecopter giveaway
** Diana is giving away a $20 Starbucks giftcard and an e-copy of her book, Tempting Bella via Rafflecopter below. She is also giving away an e-copy of her debut, Seducing Charlotte, to one lucky commenter**

14 comments:

  1. I am really excited to find you and to read your books! They sound amazing. Anytime the women of the time are lifted up it makes me smile. Off to read. :)

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    1. Hi Lisa - My heroines do have to deal with the constraints of the time period in which they live, but they are also smart, strong and determined in their efforts to overcome these constraints.

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  2. I must say, I like your writing style and that you like happy endings to your books. Me too.

    As asked in the Rafflecopter giveaway, my favorite coffee is actually an expresso called Caramel Macchiato.

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne - I'm flattered you like my writing style. Thank you! And as to Caramel Macchiato? We are in agreement on that too ;)

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    2. I'm a fan of caramel macchiatotoo, Jo-Anne. I even watched this Asian tv show centered on it. Lol

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  3. Love this series . When in 2014 is the 4th book out Diana ?

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    1. Hi Jayne - I'm glad your enjoying the series! Book #4, ENGAGING THE EARL, will be out in Summer 2014, but I don't have an exact date yet. The story revolves around Edward, Cam and Sebastian's brother, who returns from the war after having made his fortune at the exact same time his first and only love becomes engaged to another man.

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  4. Great interview. I loved learning more about your process. You are so prolific. I can't wait for the next Diana Quincy Novel!

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    1. Hi RoseAnn - Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your kind words :)

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  5. I love bailey creme brulee creamer in my coffee

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    1. Carolyn - I've never tried creme brulee creamer but I love creme brulee so I can imagine that the creamer is pretty yummy.

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  6. Oh I love what inspired each of the books. How neat. And yes I totally would have thought that entirely romantic had they waited and really did marry.

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    1. Yes, sadly it didn't work out but she was very accomplished professionally and beloved by her nieces and nephews.

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  7. Great interview, Diana! Kinda sad that your inspirational characters didn't get their HEA with each other....

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