Thursday, February 20, 2014

Compromising Willa Blog Tour ~ My Top 10 Historical Romances by Diana Quincy & Giveaway



My Top 10 Historical Romances by Diana Quincy:

There are so many excellent historical romances, that it’s hard to narrow the list to just ten, but I’ve given it a try.

I tend to be drawn to working class heroes who’ve come up in the world. Derek Craven in Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas might just be my favorite all-time romance hero. He’s someone who has pulled himself up from the gutter to become the owner of a successful gambling hell.

The same is true of the hero in Madeline Hunter’s Secrets of Surrender—a coal miner’s son who becomes an architect and saves the heroine from complete humiliation after her protector sells her off to the highest bidder at a house party.

I also enjoy books that break some traditional romance rules; the unhappily married hero in The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh commits adultery by hiring a prostitute he ends up falling in love with.

Although the books are very different, the titles on my Top 10 list do share some similarities, such as excellent writing, compelling plots and—let’s face it—super-hot heroes. Oh, and they stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.


Diana Quincy’s Top 10 Favorite Historical Romances (in no particular order)

Mine Until Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley

Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter

Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long


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England, 1805

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?

Book Details:

Title: COMPROMISING WILLA

Author: Diana Quincy

EBook: 267 pages

Release Date: December 9, 2013

ISBN: 978-1622664146

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Compromising Willa 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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About the Author:

Displaying Diana-Quincy.jpgDiana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. 

Fans of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries will love her Regency world of dashing dukes, irresistible rogues and the headstrong, determined women who capture their hearts. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes says SEDUCING CHARLOTTE is "Sweet, steamy, and thoroughly enjoyable...Equal parts action, passion and fun." 

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. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy or visit her website at www.dianaquincy.com 

To learn more about Diana's upcoming books and for sneak previews and other special exclusive giveaways, please consider signing up for her quarterly newsletters at www.dianaquincy.com. Diana understands your information is private and promises NEVER to share it with anyone.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/17/2014-Michelle Chew Writes- Review

2/17/2014- Simply Ali- Scavenger Hunt

2/18/2014- Bookworm Blurbs- Review

2/18/2014- herding cats & burning soup - Interview

2/19/2014- Margay Leah Justice - Review

2/19/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Scavenger Hunt

2/20/2014- Ramblings From This Chick- Review

2/20/2014- Sapphyria's Book Reviews- Guest Post (Top 10's)

2/21/2014- BookGroupies- Review

2/21/2014- Romantic Reads and Such- Scavenger Hunt


Week Two:

2/24/2014- Always Reiding- Review

2/24/2014- Fade Into Fantasy- Scavenger Hunt

2/25/2014- The Gal in the Blue Mask- Review

2/25/2014- Fab Fantasy Fiction- Interview

2/26/2014- What I'm Reading- Review

2/26/2014- Ex Libris- Scavenger Hunt

2/27/2014- Becky on Books- Review

2/27/2014- Reviews by Crystal- Guest Post (Top 10's)

2/28/2014- The La La Land of Books- Review

2/28/2014- Talking Books Blog- Scavenger Hunt

6 comments:

Beautiful Disaster said...

Enjoyed the excerpt and am looking forward to reading this book.
Thanks :)
Lori

lorih824 at yahoo dot com

Sapphyria said...

It's on my to-read list, too! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Steph F. said...

Great excerpt and post. This is definitely a series a will be picking up.

Sapphyria said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Saph

Diana Quincy said...

Sapphyria - Thanks for having me on the blog today!

Lori - I hope you enjoy COMPROMSIING WILLA if you get a chance to read it!

Steph F. - I'd love to hear what you think of the series!

Megan Leigh said...

I love historical!