Please welcome Diana Quincy to the virtual offices! She’s here to share her Top 10 favorite places to travel. She also has a giftcard and a digital copy of her book Seducing Charlotte up for grabs!
TOP 10 FAVORITE PLACES TO TRAVEL by Diana Quincy
Paris – Because it totally lives up to the hype. There’s nothing like walking its streets and soaking up the atmosphere. The architecture is breathtaking, the coffee at the sidewalk cafes delicious, and the street fashion a feast for the eyes. Plus, with the Louvre and Versailles, what more could a person want?
New York – I’m entranced by the high-energy, people-on-the-go vibe of this city. The museums, fashion, shopping, food and sights make this iconic city hard to beat.
London - Because I write Regency romance, this destination is almost a given. It’s been too many years since I last traveled to this capital city. When I do return, I plan to hit some of the fabulous country estates, the British museum and Hyde Park, of course!
Jerusalem – You can feel the history in the walls of this ancient city where the world’s three great religions meet. Walking along the stone walkways in the old city, with the voices of Palestinian peddlers and the aromas of Middle Eastern foods filling the air, one can’t help but feel a very special sense of connection to this vibrant place.
Bangkok – On a boat ride along city channels or visiting the city’s temples, the Thai people are among the nicest I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The sites are exotic and awe-inspiring, the food delicious, and the mouth-watering fruit in the market unlike anything one can find in the US.
San Diego – I don’t just want to visit this coastal California city. I wouldn’t mind living there. The weather is beautiful—sunny with a slight, humid-free breeze off the water—and the ocean views are spectacular. The laid-back vibe I experienced while visiting made me want to stay a while.
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia – The mountain views are dazzling, especially when the peaks are capped with snow. It’s as picturesque as anything I’ve seen. A feeling of serenity always comes over me when I take in the splendid views
The Caribbean – This is the ultimate place for complete leisure and relaxation, especially at the all-inclusive resorts where you don’t have to worry about the cost of food and water activities once you’ve paid for the package. With pristine beaches and water is so clear I can see the fish swimming around my legs, this is THE place to recharge and refuel.
Italy, Greece and Spain – I haven’t visited any of these places yet, but all three are at the top of my list!
Of all the places you’ve visited, which is your favorite? Is there some place special you hope to visit one day?
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About the book:
A grand passion. A ruinous secret. An impossible choice.
The wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn is an industrialist who stands for everything social reformer Charlotte Livingston detests.
She’s mortified by her intense attraction to the aristocratic factory owner who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of honest work.
Stirred by Charlotte’s tart tongue and refreshingly direct manner, Camryn launches a relentless campaign of seduction to win the spinster’s heart, but she is loyal to another man.
As a violent Luddite rebellion rages across England, unrelenting desire flares between the passionate adversaries.
Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware Charlotte harbors a secret — a shocking connection to the machine wreckers that could shatter them both.
About the author:
Although I’ve always loved reading and writing, I’m not one of those people who has always known I want to be an author.
I discovered my love of romantic fiction about four years ago, while picking up summer library books for my two boys. I noticed a historical romance by Shirlee Busbee on the end cap and picked it up to browse through while waiting in line to check out our books.
That’s all it took to hook me.
I spent that summer reading every historical romance I could get my hands on.
A few months later, I was motivated to try writing my own story, which resulted in my first manuscript, Compromising Willa.
Now I cannot imagine not writing.
I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer.
I’m now working on my fifth manuscript, which is my first foray into contemporary fiction.
When not bent over my laptop or trying to keep up with the laundry, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and dream of traveling much more than my current schedule (and budget) allows.
Online, you can find me on Twitter @Diana_Quincy and over at The Dashing Duchesses, where I blog about history and romance with a talented group of authors.
I am a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington Romance Writers (WRWDC) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRWA).
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Excerpt: Seducing Charlotte
© 2013 Diana Quincy
He marveled at the way the sun illuminated the clear blue in her eyes. “I won’t bother to dissemble, Miss Livingston.” Taking hold of her hand, he pulled Charlotte around the massive tree trunk, out of the sight of the rest of the guests. “I hope to steal another kiss. Actually, I have thought of little else since our last one. Will you allow it?”
She flushed, her gaze floating beyond him. “Really, Camryn, if you ask for permission, it hardly qualifies as stealing a kiss.”
Blood raced to his vitals when it registered she’d just told him to take what he wanted. Shaking his head, he wondered what is was about this woman that made him desperate to touch her again. It had been an agonizing week since he’d last felt her lips beneath his. Now, finally offered the opportunity, he greedily grasped it.
Cupping Charlotte’s cheeks, he marveled at their satiny softness before lowering his face to hers, kissing one side of her succulent mouth and then the other. Then he intensified his actions, pressing down on her lips, bidding her to open them to him as she had once before. When she did, he kissed her as deeply as he had ever kissed a woman.
He licked and plunged his tongue deeper, greedy to taste more, losing himself in her subtle floral scent. She tasted of lemonade, a woman’s softness, and unlimited possibility. Her untutored tongue ventured to taste him as well, provoking a delighted sound of surprise from him. The wondering hum that sounded from the back of her throat made his body quicken in a rush of heat.
Awareness gradually filtered back to him, reminding Cam of their surroundings. He pulled away with great reluctance, his blood at a boil, and forced himself to take a step back lest he pull Charlotte to the grass and make love to her right there with other guests nearby.
She stood frozen in place with her eyes still closed, red circles burned into the high arches of her cheeks. After a moment, as if in a daze, her lids fluttered open. He easily recognized the hazy arousal in those unfocused blue depths for they mirrored his own.
They stood facing one another for a moment, bodies apart, but gazes interlocked. She blinked. “When I said you had a clever tongue, I really had no idea.”
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