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Body Image in Regency

lady-beresfords-loverBY ELLA QUINN

My new release deals with body image, and how a perfectly lovely woman can believe she is undesirable. Naturally, that meant that I really needed to get my research right about what was considered beautiful during the Regency era. What I discovered may surprise you.

If you are a Regency reader, you have no doubt seen the fashion plates that depict tall slender women. But was the idea of beauty really tall and slender. Not so much. In fact, not at all. Just a glance at the portraits of the day will show that none of the women considered Diamonds of the First Water were anything but what we would consider plump, or even a little on the plus side.

A little more research revealed that if a woman’s collar bones were showing, she was considered vulgar. And here is a quote from 1809, which shows one lady’s distress at the possibility that she might have lost weight. S. T. Coleridge Three Graves iv, in Friend 21 Sept. 94   Oft she said, ‘I’m not grown thin!’ And then her wrist she spann’d.

Why was it that being thin was so unfashionable? For the most part, it meant that the person was too poor to afford sufficient food, or was suffering from ill health.

As for being tall, well the cant term, ‘long meg’ says it all.


Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.

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.

Blog http://ellaquinnauthor.wordpresscom


Lady Beresford’s Lover

Ella Quinn’s bachelors are quite sure of what they want in life—and love—until the right woman opens their eyes…

After a painful heartbreak, Rupert, the handsome young Earl of Stanstead, has decided that when it comes to love, avoidance is best. Until he meets a woman who makes him forget his plan—and remember his longing for a wife and family. Yet he senses that she too has been hurt, though she attempts to hide her feelings—and more—in the most baffling and alluring way. Intrigued, Rupert is willing to play along, if winning her is the prize…

Crushed by her late husband’s scorn, Vivian, Countess of Beresford, believes she is monstrously undesirable. Sadly childless, she has moved to London resigned to a solitary life. Still, when she encounters Rupert at a masquerade ball, her disguise as Cleopatra emboldens her. Convinced he doesn’t recognize her, she begins an after-hours affair with him, always in costume—while allowing him to innocently court the real her by day. But when Rupert makes a shocking choice, will Vivian be able to handle the truth?…

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

To Genre or Not to Genre


When I started sending my first novel, MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH, to agents, I got several flat-out “thanks but no thanks”. But frequently I got “personalized rejections” I would read these dismissals over and over, trying to decode the mystery of why I wasn’t selling my book. Basically, the personalized rejection letters all said the same thing – the agent found the book funny/smart/insert positive feedback here, but they weren’t sure how to sell my story. While there was romance, the story didn’t’ fit the classic definition of a romance novel. But it also didn’t have the “weight” of women’s fiction.

Meet Joe Reilly


Hello! My name is Debbie Morgan and I’m a host for Good Afternoon, Football, the program for women who think football is better than sliced bread. This afternoon we have a man that Granite Falls High School still sees as their golden boy fifteen years after quarterbacking the team to the state championship. Good afternoon, Joe.

What Happens When You Turn A Single Title Into A Series?


Some series are planned as such from the beginning…several books with common characters all mapped out ahead of time. I’ve done that before and had great fun with the process. But my current series, Who’s Watching Now, began life as a single book. I wrote Every Move She Makes, the first book in the series, to stand alone. It wasn’t until quite some time after it was finished that I decided I couldn’t let the characters go. My heroine’s sister, Grace, needed a book of her own. Every Step She Takes was born.

Top Sports Moments: Wow!


Recently, I was driving in my car, and on the sports talk radio station that I listen to (yes, I’m that much of a sports geek!), they were talking about the best moments in sports.  American Pharaoh had just won the Triple Crown, an incredible feat no doubt, and some callers were saying that was the top moment in sports.  It got me thinking.  Was that really the best moment in sports (so far)?

Finding Mr. Right

BacheloretteForSaleBY GAIL CHIANESE

Remember the good old days when you met your significant other in high school, the two of you fell madly in love, survived college, got married and lived happily ever after?

Probably not (not me anyways). Although, I do know a few couples that has happened to. I also know a few who’ve met the loves of their lives through friends or the other old fashioned way… at a bar (like me).

My Favorite Heroes


Thanks for having me here today to celebrate the release of Wicked Ride!  I thought it’d be fun to talk about my favorite television or movie heroes, and I thought I’d choose lucky seven.  What do you think?

Fashion Divas Move onto Main Street


I adore watching the reality fashion shows. I’ve been the one to try to adjust a pattern, badly, and have the seam of the dress bunch in the wrong place. I get the designer’s frustrations as their less than perfect clothes walk down the runway. When it was time to add a new conflict and new characters to Jill Gardner’s almost perfect life in South Cove for the Tourist Trap series, I wanted someone to balance her casual California cool style.

Proof of Virginity


Virginity was a major concern for women in the eighteenth century and after. Men wanted a virgin bride to assure that their children would be their actual issue. Most women guarded their virginity scrupulously, the risk of being ruined and therefore an outcast in society was great enough to keep them pure. There were, however, other women who slipped, or who chose to indulge in their passions. These women and others, like midwives or brothel madams (bawds), came up with ways to counterfeit the virgin state.

Inspiration – The Holy Grail of Writing


Everyone always asks a writer “Where do you get your inspiration?” Many of us have witty or trite remarks stored up for such occasions. I have a couple but keep them to myself. There really isn’t an elusive golden mechanism to spark ideas. I am confident that the truth for the mass majority of authors is – drum roll please and make it crescendo a bit – life, of course.