Hi Shelley, thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Although Shelley writes contemporaries and I write historicals, we do have a couple of things in common. One, we share a publisher and we love to travel.
Travel also plays a large part in my books. In my series The Marriage Game I’ve set books in Italy, England, and the West Indies. A Kiss for Lady Mary begins in England’s Mid-lands and ends up in Edinburgh. Much of the story takes place in a remote area of Northumberland, a lovely, but not well known part of England. Years ago I drove through the county, but did not actually see much of it as we were on our way to Edinburgh. So, naturally, I had to do some research.
I thought I’d hit the jack-pot when I discovered another historical author was from there. She lives near the coast, and, let’s harken back to the aforementioned unknown part above, thought that most of the county was filled with sheep. Well, sort of. The very northern part is mainly grazing land, but the central and southern areas are fertile farm land. I based my fictional town, Rosebury, on the lovely old market town of Rothbury. I’ll show you some pictures.
Why remote you might ask. Because my heroine is running from her nasty and unscrupulous cousin, and my hero happens to have an estate there that he hasn’t visited in years. Ergo, it is the perfect place for her to hide, or so their grandmothers think.
Do you like to travel? If so, where have you been?
Ella Quinn’s bachelors do as they like and take what they want. But when the objects of their desire are bold, beautiful women, the rules of the game always seem to change…
Handsome, charming, and heir to a powerful Viscount, Christopher “Kit” Featherton is everything a woman could want—except interested in marriage. So when he hears that someone on his estate near the Scottish border is claiming to be his wife, Kit sets off to investigate.
Since her parents’ death, Lady Mary Tolliver has been hounded by her cousin, a fortune-hunting fool after her inheritance. Refusing to settle for anything less than love, Mary escapes to the isolated estate of rakish bachelor, Kit Featherton. Knowing he prefers Court to the country, she believes she will be safe. But when Kit unexpectedly returns, her pretend marriage begins to feel seductively real…
A Kiss for Lady Mary
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 has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington.