Oh, purple is my new favorite color! Ella Quinn is celebrating the release of ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET:
William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he’s bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can’t resist such a beguiling distraction…
Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family’s livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities...
How Do You Say Hello
by Ella Quinn
Unlike in Hawaii, we don’t give lei when a visitor arrives in the Virgin Islands. Guests are more likely to receive a shot of our excellent rums. Why am I telling you this? Because my latest release, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret is set in St. Thomas, which is currently a United States Territory, but in 1816, the year the book takes place, it was part of the Danish West Indies.
Charlotte Amalie was and still is the main town in St. Thomas. My heroine and her best friend live off the Ninety-nine Steps, one of the many step-streets in St. Thomas. They were originally constructed from the ballast in ships. The Ninety-nine Steps are located on King’s Hill where many of the wealthy merchants lived. All the houses lining the step-street had one or two gates built into their wall.
One of the interesting things I discovered while researching this book was that the old houses were built with one main floor where the dining room, a large drawing room, office, pantry, the master’s bedroom, and parlor were located. Children lived on the next level lower. There were no inside stairs, therefore, staircases were located at each end of the house on the outside leading to the lower levels and garden. Kitchens could be across a small courtyard from the main house or on a lower level.
Since I mentioned rum, you’ll probably be surprised to know that unlike in England, ladies drank it as well. The most common concoction was a rum shrub, which consisted of fruit juices mixed with rum. You can try some yourself. All you need is some fruit juice and a jigger or two of rum.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013.
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I use to love rum and coke but never drink soda any more and rum seems sweet to me now lol.ReplyDelete
We have so many different rums here, you can get what you want. I'm partial to painkillers or a good dark and stormy.Delete
Purple has always been my favourite colour.ReplyDelete
I love the colors Jon Paul used, Mary!Delete
I had rum something when I was in the Virgin Islands. Pretty tasty.ReplyDelete
I agree, Debby!Delete
Beautiful cover. I'm not a big rum drinker!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Danielle. I wasn't either until I moved to St. Thomas!Delete
Wow, I've really enjoyed all the interesting tidbits I've found out about you on this blog post, Ella! I think it's wonderful you are writing a romance that takes place where you call "home." And I'm fascinated with the little-known-to-me history about St. Thomas. All of this really enthuses me about your newest story. I thank you for sharing these bits about yourself and your writing. And thanks for this post! email@example.comReplyDelete
I'm so glad you liked it, Janice!! I love St. Thomas and really enjoyed setting the story here.ReplyDelete
I love the facts about your home, Ella. I'm not a drinker, but my sister makes a tasty Black Walnut Rum Cake every Christmas that I love. ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Marcy! Your sister might be interested in a Jamaican Black Cake. it has other dried fruit as well as rum and wine.ReplyDelete
I have been to St. Thomas when we stopped there on a cruise. So beautiful! I didn't try the rum though.ReplyDelete
What an interesting place! I'm especially intrigued by the step-streets.ReplyDelete
Wow. I learned a few things. :-)ReplyDelete
It is kind of odd to have the stairs outside, IMO. Lol. Thank you for sharing, Ella.