I'd like to welcome author, Diana Quincy, joining us now with her historical romance, COMPROMISING WILLA!
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT COMPROMISING WILLA
1. Compromising Willa is the third book in my Accidental Peers series, but it is actually the first book I wrote and chronologically takes places before Seducing Charlotte and Tempting Bella, the first two books in the series. Readers can consider Compromising Willa to be a “prequel.” All of the books are loosely related but can definitely stand alone.
2. A coffee house figures prominently in Compromising Willa. While researching the book, I learned those historic establishments had a lot in common with today’s coffee houses. In his Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755, Samuel Johnson described them as houses “of entertainment where coffee is sold, and the guests are supplied with newspapers.” Sound familiar? The coffee house tie-in is also why I am giving away a $20 Starbucks gift card.
3. The villain in Compromising Willa relieves himself at the dining room table where the men are gathered for after-supper port and a smoke. This unappetizing scenario is something that actually occurred in Regency England; chamber pots were kept in the dining room in case a gentleman needed to relieve himself. When I came upon this little factoid, I knew I wanted to use it in one of my books. The bad guy, August Manning, Earl of Bellingham, got the nod!
4. I originally wanted the hero and heroine to meet when he strikes a match out in the garden, alerting Willa to his presence. Sadly, matches had not yet been invented, so I had to rethink this scene.
5. Compromising Willa changed the way I drink tea. Since Willa is a master tea blender, I had to research tea preparation during that time period. Tea pots were pre-warmed with boiling water to keep the tea temperature at a nice hot level. Now, whenever I have tea, I start by adding boiling water to my mug to pre-warm it. I then spill out this water, slip a tea bag into the toasty mug and add new boiling water to brew my tea.
(Accidental Peers #3)
by Diana QuincyLady Wilhelmina
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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?
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.Website: http://www.dianaquincy.com/