Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Diana Quincy + #Giveaway


Meet Diana:
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 lived in 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.

Diana loves to hear from readers.

Connect with Diana: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Jamie and Kati: Hi Diana! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

J&K: Share 5 fun facts about yourself
Diana Quincy:
  1. I was born in Thailand and spent most of my growing up years overseas because my father was a United States foreign service officer.
  2. As a one-time local television reporter, I covered the Lorena Bobbitt court case about the woman accused of literally emasculating her husband. And yes, gruesome pictures of the injury were entered into evidence.
  3. I had never read a historical romance until about six months before I started writing them.
  4. I hate paranormals.
  5. After considering cooking a boring chore for most of my life, I have recently discovered a love of baking.
J&K: What is Seducing Charlotte about? [no copying blurb :)]
DQ: Charlotte is a writer and workers’ rights activist who dismisses the Marquess of Camryn as a heartless member of the aristocracy once she learns he owns factories which put the people she champions out of work.

Cam is stunned by his intense attraction to a woman who appears to abhor him but, once he comes to know her better, decides life with Charlotte as his marchioness will never be boring. But she is loyal to another man and has a secret connection to the machine wreckers that Cam must never learn about. Not one to be easily discouraged, a smitten Cam is determined to make her his wife and sets about the task of seducing Charlotte.

I stumbled into the idea for Seducing Charlotte while researching another project. When I read about the Luddite uprisings—an 1811 workers’ rebellion during which desperate, unemployed workers took to breaking into factories at night to wreck the machines which had stolen their livelihoods—I was intrigued to learn the machine breakers were led by the elusive Ned Ludd, a man who may or may not have been fictional. That sparked the idea for a story about machine breakers and placing my hero and heroine on opposite sides of the conflict.

J&K: In one word, describe how you felt when you got “The Call”
DQ: Relieved

J&K: What is it that makes your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
DQ: They’re both intelligent, independent and strong minded. As a charismatic and charming marquess, Camryn is used to having women fawn all over him, but Charlotte isn’t one of them and that intrigues him. They challenge each other to overcome certain prejudices and misconceptions they might have about themselves and each other. Oh, and the steamy chemistry between them makes it difficult for these two to keep their hands off each other.

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals?
DQ: I have a day job so I mostly write in the early morning and on weekends while everyone else in the house is still asleep. I put on the coffee, then check email and social media. Then I’ll spend a few minutes indulging in my guilty pleasure, the Daily Mail Online. After about a half-hour, I’ll pull up my WIP and get to work.

J&K: What 5 books (any genre) should be on everyone’s TBR pile?
DQ: There are so many good books out there so let me narrow it down to my genre, historical romance. My Top 5 at the moment are: The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne, The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh, An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley, Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter and The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.

J&K: What’s next for readers? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
DQ: Next up is Tempting Bella, the second book in my Accidental Peers series, which was inspired by a true story. As a teenager, Sebastian marries the plain 13-year-old daughter of a duke to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. He returns to university and doesn’t see her again for many years. One night at the opera six years later, he’s mesmerized by a beauty sitting in a box across the way. He’s thrilled when he realizes she’s his wife, but Mirabella has her own agenda. Angry at being abandoned by her husband, she has no intention of going meekly to the marriage bed. Tempting Bella will be out this September 2013.

Lighting Round:
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
Debutante or Spinster? Spinster
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret baby
Titled peer or Working man? Working man
Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer
Vampires or Shifters? Neither
Past, Present or Future? Past
Writing or Reading? Both!
Paperbacks or e-books? Both!
Plotter or Pantser? A little of both. I plot and then the pantser in me takes the story off in a different direction.
Author’s choice: What are your favorite tropes (secret baby, virgin bride, reformed rake) and which ones do you hate? I’ll kick off by saying I hate, hate, hate amnesia storylines. How about you? Which ones do you hate? Which ones do you love?

He marveled at the way the sun illuminated the clear blue in her eyes. “I won’t bother to dissemble, Miss Livingston.” Taking hold of her hand, he pulled Charlotte around the massive tree trunk, out of the sight of the rest of the guests. “I hope to steal another kiss. Actually, I have thought of little else since our last one. Will you allow it?”

She flushed, her gaze floating beyond him. “Really, Camryn, if you ask for permission, it hardly qualifies as stealing a kiss.”

Blood raced to his vitals when it registered she’d just told him to take what he wanted. Shaking his head, he wondered what is was about this woman that made him desperate to touch her again. It had been an agonizing week since he'd last felt her lips beneath his. Now, finally offered the opportunity, he greedily grasped it.

Cupping Charlotte’s cheeks, he marveled at their satiny softness before lowering his face to hers, kissing one side of her succulent mouth and then the other. Then he intensified his actions, pressing down on her lips, bidding her to open them to him as she had once before. When she did, he kissed her as deeply as he had ever kissed a woman.

He licked and plunged his tongue deeper, greedy to taste more, losing himself in her subtle floral scent. She tasted of lemonade, a woman’s softness, and unlimited possibility. Her untutored tongue ventured to taste him as well, provoking a delighted sound of surprise from him. The wondering hum that sounded from the back of her throat made his body quicken in a rush of heat.

Awareness gradually filtered back to him, reminding Cam of their surroundings. He pulled away with great reluctance, his blood at a boil, and forced himself to take a step back lest he pull Charlotte to the grass and make love to her right there with other guests nearby.

She stood frozen in place with her eyes still closed, red circles burned into the high arches of her cheeks. After a moment, as if in a daze, her lids fluttered open. He easily recognized the hazy arousal in those unfocused blue depths for they mirrored his own.

They stood facing one another for a moment, bodies apart, but gazes interlocked. She blinked. “When I said you had a clever tongue, I really had no idea.”

Excerpt from Seducing Charlotte ©2013 by Diana Quincy. All rights reserved.


A grand passion. A ruinous secret. An impossible choice.

The wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn is an industrialist who stands for everything social reformer Charlotte Livingston detests.

She’s mortified by her intense attraction to the aristocratic factory owner who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of honest work.

Stirred by Charlotte’s tart tongue and refreshingly direct manner, Camryn launches a relentless campaign of seduction to win the spinster’s heart, but she is loyal to another man.

As a violent Luddite rebellion rages across England, unrelenting desire flares between the passionate adversaries.

Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware Charlotte harbors a secret — a shocking connection to the machine wreckers that could shatter them both.

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Leave a comment answering Diana's question: What are your favorite tropes (secret baby, virgin bride, reformed rake) and which ones do you hate? for a chance to win one of two $25 giftcards to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winners’ choice).

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