The Secret Life of Ella Quinn!

Ella 2Today I’m delighted to welcome a new visitor to the lair, historical romance author Ella Quinn.

Ella’s here to tell us about her second book THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH, the latest book in the Marriage Game series which began with such a bang with THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE. Love those titles!

You can find out more about Ella and her books on her website:

Ella, welcome to the Bandita lair!  Congratulations on the release of your new historical romance THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH. Can you tell us about this book?

I’m going to give you the blurb. It explains the situation quite well.

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Ella 1Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

What were the inspirations behind this book?

Anna and Rutherford were supporting characters in my debut novel, THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE, so naturally, they wanted their story told.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what’s coming up in the Marriage Game series?

I’m happy to. The third book, THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA, releases on January 14th. The hero of that book is Robert Beaumont, who readers will have already met, and the 4th book, DESIRING LADY CARO, which begins in Venice and ends in Paris, releases in April. My editor has book #5, which takes place in the West Indies, and I’m currently writing book #6 where we’re back in England. I think there will be a 7th novel as well.

What else is coming up for Ella Quinn?

Ella 3Writing and more writing. I have the first two books of the next series written but not fully edited.

As this is your first visit to the lair, we’d love to hear about your writing journey.

It’s been quick, considering. I began writing just about two years ago. I landed my agent in eight months, and my publishing contract with Kensington eight months after that. Hmm, maybe my new favourite number should be eight. Anyway, my goal was to be published in two years, and I was. THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE even landed on the Amazon bestseller list for a few days!

Congratulations! What do you like to do when you’re not writing sparkling Regency-set romance?

I love to read (don’t all authors?),  walk on the beach near my house, paddle board, and be on the race committee boat for the sailing races down here.

Thanks, Ella. We wish you all the best with THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH. It sounds great. Do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita Buddies?

I love a good series, how do you feel?

BanditBootyGet commenting, people. Ella has very generously offered one commenter today an e-book (international) of THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH. Good luck!

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  • flchen1 says:

    Ooh, welcome, Ella! Great to meet you and learn about your books! I love the sounds of Anna–she sounds like a fabulous heroine! And nothing like a little mystery to keep the hero on his toes 😉 As for a series, I love a good one! I enjoy all the little connections and getting to revisit people I’ve grown to know and like in subsequent books–it’s like visiting with friends 🙂

  • Oh Ella – I wish I had your ability to write so quickly. Please send some fairy dust my way 🙂
    What an amazing journey and a long series. I love all the different locations. Are these place you’ve traveled? Best of luck with the series!

  • ki pha says:

    Welcome welcome welcome Ella!!!! One more day!!!! Right?!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Ella

    I do love the sound of this book I do have the first one in the series I must move it up the TBR because I love books in a series and always have I love meeting up with old “friends” from previous books and finding out what they have been up too 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Helen, I often giggle when you mention your TBR pile. In my imagination, it’s as big as Buckingham Palace!

      • Helen says:

        LOL Anna it is I cringe sometimes I want to read every book I have now 🙂 but with working I just don’t have all the time I want I will never run out of great books 🙂

        Have Fun

    • Ella Quinn says:

      Boy do I know that feeling, Helen. I used to be able to keep with my reading, but not anymore. I hope you love the stories!!

  • Shannon says:

    Ella-I enjoyed your book which left me a wonderful sensation of characters that genuinely like each other. The family was caring and sought for the very best for the heroine. She was a little slow realizing what would make her happy but eventual with the support of family, she did find her HEA.

    I am a fan of series, although I’m a bigger fan of trilogies because those often have a unique arc over the three books. Either way, it is like meeting old acquaintances with a chance to get to know one or another better.

    • Ella Quinn says:

      Hi Shannon. I love a long series, mostly because I don’t want to let go of the characters. I agree Phoebe was a bit slow, and I did try to hurry her along, but it didn’t work. Sometimes one has no control over ones characters.

      Thank you so much for stopping by.

      • Shannon says:

        Speaking of hurrying, my boss has just decided to push my paper and needs me to completely type out the full citations of 86 footnotes. I’d much rather click-click your new book. Rushing off to utter-boredom.

    • Shannon, I must say I like the trios or quartet series too – like the way you’re working toward a definite ending in those.

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Ella on her new book! I do enjoy reading a series since I am already familiar with some of the characters and it is always interesting to see these characters from different perspectives.

  • Quantum says:

    Hi Ella

    All these books in just two years … very impressive!

    My old (physics) research supervisor said that he believed in throwing new students in at the deep end, as supple young minds would always find a way to swim.

    Same with authors I guess. If you have what it takes it will just come bubbling to the surface!

    I love series with feisty challenging heroines. Phoebe and Anna sound like a very tasty brew to me. I’m downloading Phoebe’s story today to give it a try. 🙂

    As the Regency period now seems very crowded with excellent novels, are you perhaps considering other historical periods? I rather like the Tudors with all the intrigue and plotting at court. LOL

    • Quantum, how interesting about your old professor. I had a swimming teacher who literally used that method (his name was Brough, pronounced bruff, and his methods were rough, pronounced glug, glug, glug – my three-year-old self sank!).

  • Laurie G says:

    Hi Ella,

    I’m so jealous of you living on St Thomas especially as the weather here turns to frost and snow (Wisconsin).

    Love the covers for your Marriage Games books. Gorgeous gowns in pretty colors.

    As for your question about series. I do follow series. I do like to get to know the whole family, friends, and the town or area where the stories a re set. You feel like you are part of the community.

    However, the individual books must stand alone. I dislike it when they leave you hanging at the end or assume you know something from a prior book. I also don’t want repetition. I don’t need to know everything that took place in the prior books. It’s nice to have snippits of information to know how previous characters are fairing.

    I’d love to see what happens when Sebastian discovers Anna’s secret. I did read the excerpt on your website. Smuggling does seem like a dangerous occupation.

    Congrats on your amazing success. I can’t believe how quickly these books flow out of you. I’m in awe!

    • Ella Quinn says:

      Hi Laurie, I’m so glad you love a series. It’s difficult to dribble enough of a previous story in to bring a new reader up to date. I have read some books where the author repeats the beginning of the series.

      I have to have all the loose ends tied up. So It’s what I like to do in all my books. Thanks for coming by.

    • Laurie, you should come down to Australia! We’re getting nice and warm and I’ve been in the pool for a few weeks now. Sounds much nicer than Wisconsin in the winter!

  • Susan Gorman says:

    Congrats on the new release Ella! Loved Lady Phoebe and can’t wait to read about the mysterious Anna Marsh! Best of luck on release day!

  • Ella Quinn says:

    Hi Susan, thank so very much for all your support. I’m go glad you loved Phoebe!!

  • lizaoconnor says:

    This isn’t just a ‘good series’, it’s a GREAT series. (I was lucky enough to read the 1st three books for advanced Reviews. I gave this one 5 stars.)

    Be warned Ella Quinn’s books are addictive.

  • Toni Kelly says:

    I have to admit I love series as I completely get pulled into their world and with each book it is more elaborate and your knowledge of the characters expands.

    Congrats on your books, sales and success! Cheers!

  • Lucy says:

    Hello Ella and Anna,

    I love that Anna is getting her own book – this is why I love series as you have the opportunity to enjoy the supporting characters as much as the main ones!
    The only downside is having to wait for their book to come out 😉

    Enjoy the release of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

  • Daryl Devore says:

    Best of luck with new release tomorrow. Another great Ella Quinn book about to be released.

  • Minna says:

    I love a good series! I like to know what happens to other characters.

  • Hi Ella, Lovely post. I’m looking forward to your book! Tweeted and shared.

  • I love the covers! I can’t wait to read these novels. I’ve shared.

  • Congrats on the new book, Ella! I wish you many sales.

  • Ella Quinn says:

    Thank you, Callie, for your good wishes and all your help!!

  • Rue Allyn says:

    As long as each book stands on its own, I think series are terrific. Great interview, Ella.

  • CateS says:

    Ok, I keep reading about the perk of being a writer is that you can do your job in your pjs. I want to know what brand of pjs are you all wearing? Or is it just yoga pants and a tee shirt?

    • Ella Quinn says:

      LOL, Cate. I work out in the morning, and have to clean up before I “go to work.” Living where I do, it’s tank top and shorts for me.

    • Ha ha, Cate! I’m currently writing this in a very fetching pink cotton nightie. You probably don’t have the brand over there – it’s Givoni which is a classic Aussie brand!

  • Sandra Owens says:

    I do love a series, Ella, as long as each book as a clear cut ending. Love getting to know all the brothers/friends/children’s (or whoever their based on) stories. Best of luck with your release tomorrow.

  • Lyn Horner says:

    Ella, you time from first sitting down to write to being published is phenomenal. But then, so is your writing. I’m sure Anna story will be just as much a joy to read as Phoebe’s was.

  • Quantum says:

    Hi Ella

    Writing so many books in 2 years is awesome.

    My old physics research supervisor used to say that throwing new students in at the deep end was good as brilliant young flexible minds would always find a way to swim.

    I guess the same goes for writing. If you have what it takes it will just come bursting out!

    I love a feisty challenging heroine and Phoebe and Anna sound like a tasty brew. Think I will try Phoebe’s story for starters. I love series but always like to start at the beginning. LOL

    As the Regency period is now becoming very crowded with excellent novels, I wonder if you are thinking about other historic periods. I particularly like the Tudors for example, with all the intrigue and plotting at court.

    Always great to find a new author to try.

    • Ella Quinn says:

      Hi Quantum, I’m so glad you want to read my book!! Phoebe is a good place to start. I always have to start at the beginning of a series.

      As to other time periods, Regency is really what I love, but my next series will take me into the Victorian era.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    • Quantum, the Tudors definitely seem to be flavor of the month with more ‘historical’ novels, that’s for sure!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Ella, welcome to the Lair! And congratulations on the release of THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA MARSH, and your amazingly quick rise to publication! Love your titles, too!

    I do enjoy series, especially if they’re well written and have a freshness to them. I like the blend of revisiting previous characters who’ve moved on with their real lives, but the development of new characters who have their own love journey to travel.

  • Ella Quinn says:

    Thank you so much for having me on, Jo. I’m thrilled to be here.

  • Marsha Saenz-Jones says:

    I just have to say, I love your covers! You just take one look and can’t wait to dive into the story.

  • Elf Ahearn says:

    Ella, if it’s a series by you, then I love it! Already have The Seduction of Lady Phoebe and will dive in soon.

    Currently reading The Lost Lords series by Mary Jo Putney, my fav author. It’s awesome.

  • I’m reading The Seduction of Lady Phoebe now, actually just got started, but already I’m being drawn into her story. It’s lovely when characters from one story flow into another. It’s not as if you’ve lost your friends when you finish a book, but the friendship is extended through the remainder of the books. In my mind, series books are the best.

  • Angie says:

    I enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • bn100 says:

    like books in a series only if they’re standalone

  • Welcome to the Lair, Ella! Fun interview, Anna!

    Like everyone else, I do love a series when it comes to romance or mystery. It’s nice to know that when you find a wonderful new book, you’ll get a chance to return to that world again soon. And it’s also nice to discover a fabulous new author and then find out that’s she’s a speed demon writer. More books, yay!

    • Kate, seems to be everybody loves a series! And I can see why – as you say, not just in romance but in mystery, readers love to return to the world.

    • Ella Quinn says:

      LOL, Kate! I hope you like my stories. I’ll be putting out three full length books a year. Next year there will also be a Christmas novella from one of the characters in Anna Marsh.

  • Hi Ella, welcome to the lair! Anna, thanks for bringing Ella to us today. Love the sound of your books, Ella. I’m a sucker for lovely historical romances.

    I love series! Love reading them, love writing them! When I’m enjoying an author’s books I never want to leave that world.

  • Melissa Keir says:

    Series books are my favorite. When I find an author that I love as well as characters that I adore, I never want to let go!

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  • Ella, welcome and congrats on your new release! It sounds wonderful.

    I love series. I read quite a few stand–alones, but I gravitate toward series. I love seeing the same characters over and over, and I enjoy seeing couples who’ve had their HEAs.

  • Thanks to everyone who swung by today to make Ella feel so welcome. Ella, all the best with THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH and the rest of the series.

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the download of Ella’s book!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    I adore series! I like it when characters feel like friends and family and I want to know what they’re going through from one book to the next. 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Sorry I’m late to the party Ella, but welcome. I must say your series sounds splendid! And I love a series, especially when recurring characters are brought back in so we can see where they are “now”.

  • Ella Quinn says:

    Thank you so much, Amy!!! Better late then never. I’m so glad you came to visit!