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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Great Scot tour with Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder (Excerpt/Giveaway)

Today we have excerpts to share with you from two historical romance, Paula Quinn's THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL, out now! And Sue-Ellen Welfonder's upcoming release of TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER! 




THE SEDUCTION OF MISS  AMELIA BELL
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Forever
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Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.
Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?



Excerpt:

What was left? Everything! Why was she saying all the wrong things today? Why were the two people she cared about forbidden? When he moved to turn away and leave her as Sarah had, she stopped him, taking hold of his arm. Forbidden had never stopped her before. She wouldn’t let it now.

He turned and she looked up into his despairing gaze. Did he care for her?

She reached her hand up to his face and watched his lids close as she touched him.

“There is something between us, Edmund. It draws me to ye even when every thought in my head is shouting to keep my distance fer our hearts’ sake. It tempts me to beg God that if this is a dream and I am still asleep at David’s feet in my uncle’s garden, never let me wake. I don’t want to contemplate
my life. I want to live it.”

She spread her thumb over his enticing mouth and inched closer toward it. “And all the pleasures of it. With ye. I know none of them and I want to learn with ye.”

He pulled her in the rest of the way and covered her mouth with a hot, hungry kiss. She answered, rising up on the tips of her toes and plunging her fingers into his locks, then pulling him down to answer her passion. She felt engulfed in flames. Her nipples burned, as did the crux between her legs. Her lungs, too, so she didn’t waste any breath speaking, except to say, “Take me inside.”



About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

http://www.paulaquinn.com/



TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER
Paperback, 1st Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 29th 2014 by Forever
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As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .
Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.


Excerpt:

     Mirabelle shivered.  She didn’t know if it was because of the way he was looking at her or if her body was simply reacting to his touch.
     Without question, he was the most dangerously handsome man at court.
     She suspected in all the land.
     He was also the man most suited to aid her.
     So she stepped back, summoning all her courage.  “You know women well,” she owned, her heartbeat quickening.  “I do have a reason for this visit.  It has nothing to do with the castle ghost.”
     “So we near the truth at last.”  He sounded amused.  “I’ll admit I am curious.”
“I have a business arrangement for you.”  She couldn’t believe the steadiness of her voice.
     He arched a brow.  “Now I am even more intrigued.”
     “You shouldn’t be.”  She made a sweeping gesture with her hand, taking in his room in all its opulence.  “You are known as a man of many skills, greatly favored at court.  I am in need of one of your talents.”
     “Indeed?”  He narrowed his eyes, no longer bemused.  “And what might that be?”
     “I require your amatory skills.”  Mirabelle kept her chin raised.  “I want you to ruin me.”



About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.
Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

http://welfonder.com/



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9 comments:

Paula Quinn said...

Hi Crystal, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! Sue-Ellen might not be able to stop in due to having work done on her house but on behalf of both of us, it's a pleasure to be here! We would like to wish everyone good luck in the giveaway and hope you enjoy the excerpts!

Cathy P said...

Hi, Paula and Sue-Ellen! I really enjoyed the excerpts. I am looking forward to reading both of these books.

Paula Quinn said...

Welcome, Cathy! I hope you get a chance to read us both! Have a fantastic day!

Jean MP said...

Have enjoyed reading the excerpts, have both the books on the top of my to buy list now

Janice Hougland said...

Hello Paula! I sure liked the excerpt on this post. I like Miss Amelia Bell's directness ("I want you to ruin me.")...ha! I can just tell this will be a romp of a fun story and I can hardly wait to read it. Sigh. I just love Scots stories. They are the best! BTW, what is an umbrella Cockatoo? I had a Cockatiel once, and I thought Cockatoos were about the same looking but larger. Wrong? jdh2690@gmail.com

Renald said...

Scotland just seems like a romantic place , I don't know why. The Castles ? Deb P

Paula Quinn said...

Hi Janice, yes, Amelia is direct :) I hope you get a chance to read her story! An Umbrella cockatoo is a large white parrot with a crest and a very big voice! He's a rescue!

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Morning, Crystal! Please accept my apologies for missing the tour stop day. As Paula said, I have been off the grid all week due to massive work on my home. I've only been back online since last night.

Thank you so much for hosting us on this tour, and for choosing such lovely excerpts for the visitors to enjoy. :)

Everyone, thank you for looking in. I was here in heart and spirit, and loved reading your comments now.

Carol L. said...

Loving this Tour and all the great excerpts. Thanks for this opportunity to win. Love both of these Authors books and can't wait to read the newest releases.
Carol L
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