[ #Excerpt + #Giveaway ] Tempting Bella by @Diana_Quincy #HistoricalRomance

Finally, a day back in my original love.  I fell in love with books over a historical romance.  It is still my very favorite sub-genre of romance.  sigh..  

Tempting Bella
(The Accidental Peers Series, Book 2)
by:  Diana Quincy

Publication:  Entangled Publishing (Sept. 2013)
Length:  197 pages
Genre:  Historical Romance

Book Description: 

Mirabella can hardly remember the man she married as a girl.  And it's just as well.  She feels nothing but contempt for the man who married her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed.

Since then, Bella's had no use for the company of gentlemen --until temptation appears in the form of an olive-skinned stranger with haunting eyes the color of a turbulent sea.

Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day, after a teenaged marriage forced upon him to rescue his family from certain ruin.  His attempt to honor his vows to his absent wife have earned him the nickname, " The Saint."

But when he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, Sebastian cannot resist learning who she is.  He is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride.

Already resentful of his early abandonment, Bella is suspicious of her husband's unusual activities -- mysterious midnight outings and apparent liaisons with pretty servant girls.  Then there is the mounting evidence that Sebastian is not who he claims to be.

Guarding the painful secret of his true identity, Sebastian is entranced by Bella.  Delighted by his good fortune, he is eager to make her his wife in truth.  But he soon realizes the beguiling lady has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed!

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Sebastian Stanhope’s first glimpse of his future wife came minutes before they were bound for all eternity. 

He’d rushed from university in a haze of disbelief after receiving the urgent summons from his father. His father now sat across from him during the long carriage journey to the bride’s ancestral home, barely acknowledging his son’s presence, his open disdain crowding the closed space. 

Sebastian sucked air into his lungs, his unease growing as the coach-and-four closed the distance between him and the stranger with whom he would be forever intertwined. He should be grateful. Being joined to the daughter of a duke was a much better match than he, a mere mister, had a right to expect. And, more importantly, the alliance would save his family from certain financial ruin. 

A mammoth baroque edifice rose into view, dwarfing the surrounding landscape, its numerous chimneys, towers, and domes sprawling across a blue, cloudless sky. Sebastian’s stomach loosened, a faint cramp deep in his belly. 

The fortress hovered over them as the carriage jerked to a full stop on the circular drive. The heavy front doors gaped open. Sebastian alighted and strode into the clutches of a murky future, barely noticing the stone-faced butler who showed them in. Squaring his shoulders, he walked ahead of his father through the mirrored hall. His black Hessians clicked a protest against the marble floor, the sound echoing high into the endless ceilings before trembling away. 

His hand went to his cravat, adjusting it even though it had been perfectly wrought that morning. He always took care with his grooming because his appearance was not extraordinary. He stood only average in height, lacking the towering elegance of his four brothers. He’d always been different from the rest of the family. His powerful build and dark features lacked the gilded radiance of his lithe brothers. And their father.

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 dreaming of traveling much more than my current schedule (and budget) allows.

I am a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington Romance Writers (WRWDC) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRWA).  I am fortunate to be represented by Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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