Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret and giveaway with Ella Quinn

Thank you for welcoming me back to Maniac Readers! I’m here to tell you a little about my latest release, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret, book #6 in, The Marriage Game.
As this book takes place in the West Indies, sailing would naturally be involved. I was in love with sailing long before I wrote this book, but although I knew how to sail, there was a great deal I had to learn about navigation. As some of you may know, every year I volunteer for the St. Thomas International Regatta. This is a several day event with sailors from all over the world. What better place to find help regarding a pesky detail about getting my characters from St. Thomas’s Charlotte Amalie harbor to Road Town, in the British West Indies, which as the crow flies is about three nautical miles. Bear in mind this story takes place in 1816. I did mention that to the sailors I sought help from. Despite that, the conversations went something like this:
Me: I’m writing a book set in 1816 and I need to sail from Charlotte Amalie to Road Town. What is the best route?
Sailor: Leave from the East End.
Me: Um, I can’t. It didn’t exist yet.
Sailor: Hmm, then you’ll have to motor.
Me: That would be nice, but engines hadn’t been invented.
Sailor: Are you sure you don’t want to change your date?
Me: I’m pretty much stuck with the year.
Sailor: In that case, you’ll have to sail toward the East End, go around St. John and approach Road Town from that direction.
Me: What’s that, about twelve hours if I can make six to eight knots?
Sailor: That should do it.
Well, at least the wind was at their backs on the return trip.
Have you ever sailed? If not, would you like to?
Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret

William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction…

Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities…

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Barnes & Nobel and Amazon 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 twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.

Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. I’ve only sailed once and it was on a lake. I’m sure it’s very different on the ocean! Aren’t you sailing now, Ella?

  2. I learned to sail on a lake, Glenda, and yes, the ocean is very different. We’re not on the boat yet, but soon. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. His instructions reminded me of the reply “You can’t get there from here.”

  4. I have sailed with friends. it’s a lot of hard work.
    The sailors directions reminded me of how my husband would give directions.
    Loving this book!

  5. Close, Liza. It’s a bit of a trip. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. It’s all the way the winds go, Sue!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book!!

  7. I’m sure it is fun researching these things and getting into that time period with everything. Funny how we take all our modern conveniences as if they’ve always been. Thanks to you authors who do a marvelous thing researching, we can relive those long ago times.

    I haven’t sailed before, but I’ve a son who has and took lessons. Does that count? 🙂 I do my sailing through all the nice novels on sea during the 1800’s.

  8. Ella, I’ve never sailed but I have steered a narrow boat along a narrow canal and opened the locks. Walking along the narrow side of the boat and jumping onto the towpath can be pretty hairy.

  9. You can sail vicariously, Eileen! It is interesting that so many people have trouble removing themselves from the 21st and 20th centuries!

  10. I can imagine, Carol! We plan to get to England and Europe in the next year or two. Maybe you can sail with us!

  11. I have never sailed but I think I could enjoy it. Just stopped to say Hi Ella!

  12. Hi Ella. I am a water bug. Boating, sking, tubing camping….I love it. But I have never sailboated. I think they are so graceful looking out in the water, I think i would really like it. Someday maybe i will get the chance to sail.

  13. Thanks for visiting, Nicole! Maybe someday you’ll be able to give it a try.

  14. I’m a water baby myself, Debbie. I think you would love it!!

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