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COMPROMISING WILLA by DIANA QUINCY
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.


Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?






EXCERPT

Cam regarded Willa with weary resignation. “Your reputation cannot survive another scandal.”

“We shall marry,” Hart said in decisive tones, certain of the inherent rightness of his decision. “It is the only answer.”

Willa’s arms crossed under her chest, drawing his eye to her abundant, softly quivering bosom. One that would soon be his to cherish—along with the rest of this heavenly woman. The thought of it triggered a surprising burst of gladness in him.

But she didn’t seem to be reacting with the same equanimity. “You two and your misplaced sense of honor are not going to force me into marriage with a man who has made his disdain for me quite clear.”

A glancing pain stung Hart’s chest. “Do you find the idea of marriage to me so abhorrent?”

“I won't consent,” she said stubbornly to Cam. “My reputation be gone. I won't be forced into a silly charade of a marriage for no good reason. I won't do it.”

“I cannot force you.” Sadness weighted Cam’s voice. Willa exhaled with obvious relief, but then Cam turned to Hart. “She leaves me no alternative. I demand satisfaction.”

 “What! Are you cracked?” Willa blurted. “Don't be a fool. There is not going to be any duel!”

Tension snaked into every muscle in Hart’s body. “Name your seconds, Camryn.”

Willa whipped around to Hart. “Don’t be so beetle brained,” she cried. “Cam’s a perfect shot. He’ll kill you.”

“So be it.” A sense of calm infused him. “Your honor has to be avenged.”

“Avenged?” Willa's voice rose in panic. “What of your mother? You would leave her alone in this world? She has already lost one son. You would condemn her to a life without either of her children?”

“It is not ideal, but I have little choice in the matter.” Heaviness settled in his heart. His mother’s grief would be unimaginable. “Name your seconds, Camryn.”

“Not ideal? Aren’t you the last of your line?” she asked in a voice gone shrill with a rising sense of panic.

He nodded in assent without taking his eyes off Cam’s stony expression. “What will it be, old friend, bullet or blade?”

“Wait!” Desperation edged her voice. “You must give me time to consider this. If marrying Hartwell is the only alternative to you two killing each other, I should at least have a few days to consider it.”

“No.” Cam’s impenetrable stare moved from Hart to Willa. “I will have your consent now.”





About The Author

Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana visited many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.



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What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?

I’m pretty sure it involved Dick, Jane, Sally and their dog, Spot. Those early readers are the first books I can remember. When my children started reading, I was a little disappointed that Spot and the gang were no longer used in schools. Still, for nostalgia’s sake, I did manage to find a volume of Dick and Jane stories to share with my two boys. The kids were pretty indifferent to the books, but revisiting the characters as an adult was a lot of fun for me!

 What are you reading right now?
I’m listening to the novel, Longbourn, by Jo Baker, while I do my walking. The story focuses on the lives of the Bennet family servants from Pride and Prejudice. I’m also reading Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I recently finished The Paris Wife, Paula McLain’s fictionalized account of Hemingway’s first wife, which piqued my interest in Hemingway’s works. It also prompted me to read A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s account of his days in Paris with his first wife, which I found fascinating.

 
 How does your garden grow?

My garden, if we are to be literal, does not grow. Any plants that are still alive inside my house have my husband to thank for dutifully watering them. Any plants that prosper outside of my house have Mother Nature to thank for their existence. If we are talking in metaphors, my garden is my family and my writing. Both are blossoming and, thankfully, thriving far more than my actual plants!

 
 What is the last thing you Googled?

How to spell “Longbourn” correctly and to make sure I got the author’s name right while answering question #2 above.


 What makes you cringe?

Cruelty to people, especially children. And really terrible writing, especially when it’s my own!


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77 comments:

  1. I love your answers almost as much as I loved your Accidental Peers series. Can't wait to read what you have in store for us next. Congratulations on your blooming garden!

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    1. Thanks RoseAnn! At least there are some gardens I can get to flourish...

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    1. Hi Jeanne - I enjoy black coffee too...as long as I'm having it with a rich dessert ;)

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    1. Maria - I tried the flavors at McDonald's the other day and they were surprisingly decent.

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  4. I liked your answers too, Diana! I grew up with Dick & Jane books too. We'd all sit around in a circle with the teacher and she'd ask each one of us to read a page. There was not this kind of structure when my kids went to school; perhaps that one of the reasons why they have never been good readers to this day. I also have given up intentional gardening! Here in California we are in drought conditions and nothing blooms or grows, except weeds. To buy drought-resistant plants for the entire yard would cost a fortune! And to preserve coolness in the house we keep our blinds closed a lot during the day. So no light--no indoor plants either. :-( Now reading we can also agree on! I adore regency romances, despite sampling other romances...mainly historical. So I'm so glad to be introduced to you today! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  5. Oops! Forgot to mention that I have to have any coffee I drink flavored/sweetened with lactose-free French Vanilla flavoring. Mostly I get a soy Chai Tea at Starbucks.

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    1. Hi Janice - We are clearly simpatico...all the way from Dick & Jane to our "gardens!" My husband also likes to close the curtains - to keep out the heat in summer and the cold in winter. It's a real writing cave! If you do get a chance to try my books, I'd love to hear what you think. dianaquincyromance@gmail.com

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  6. i like the coffee with just a bit of sugar in it denise smith

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  7. I really like French Vanilla coffee, with a little cream.

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    1. Anita - Vanilla. I'm with you on this!

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  8. Lake Effect Mocha from South Bend Chocolate Cafe.

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    1. Jillyn - the name alone sounds intriguing...

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    2. It's espresso with their white chocolate and steamed milk, and a chocolate coated spoon. SO good.

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    1. Theresa - I love vanilla flavoring as well. In everything. I always add an extra dash of vanilla in pretty much everything I bake.

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  10. My favorite is Starbucks skinny peppermint mocha. It's so good!

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    1. Amanda - Mmmm. The peppermint is tasty. I'm generally not a fan of peppermint but I do make an exception in this case....

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  11. I love vanilla flavored coffee, and I usually add some creamer an sugar.

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    1. Carmen - Another vanilla fan! I like a little bit of vanilla in pretty much anything sweet - whether it's coffee or baked desserts.

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  12. I love mochas, the more chocolate the better!

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    1. KV H - Hot chocolate is a big favorite in my house, which marshmallows AND whip cream. (Nothing but excess around here apparently)

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  14. I will admit to being partial to starbucks coffee even though I know the flavors are all syrups that are not good for me. I love a white chocolate mocha with a shot of raspberry. It tastes just like white chocolate raspberry cheesecake! Yummy!

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    1. Chanpreet - I've never tried white chocolate mocha with a shot of raspberry, but I think I am going to now.

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    1. Cherry - Starbucks' lattes are definitely a golden standard!

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    1. Sam - Mmmm. In the summer, there's nothing better...

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    1. Terri - I tend not to get the same thing every time I go to Starbucks. I change it up!

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  18. I love caramel macchiatos and vanilla lattes.

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    1. Hi Kim - I tend to go through phases with my Starbucks preferences but lately it's been caramel macchiatos all the way!

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  19. I love a smooth cup of cappuccino, made with Guatemalan Antigua coffee, with lots of froth and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top. :)

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    1. Vicki - You sound like an expert coffee drinker. That sounds delish and I am big on cinnamon too!

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  20. A mocha. The best are are the ones my husband makes for me first thing in the morning. :-)

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    1. Glenda - I'm thinking the "husband" part of this equation adds a great deal to your love of mocha...

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  21. My thumb has recently turned a shade of olive. (from brown, so this is an emerging thing, haha!!
    I love pumpkin spice flavored creamer 1Tbs, with 1Tbs creamy chocolate! So delicious, should try it :) mix in some ice if you like it cold.

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  22. I have wanted to try Starbuckfor a while.

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    1. I do like to try different coffee houses and their different offerings.

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  23. Any creamer with coffee is good for me :)

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    1. Marissa - Sounds like you are low maintenance when it comes to your coffee!

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  24. I have a Keurig and will drink any flavor of coffee--it doesn't matter because I load it down with sugar and creamer. My fave creamer is Italian Sweet Creme. YUMMMM. Also, I just tried a Salted Caramel cappucino at Moto Mart. What?! Yummmm! lol

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    1. Cindi - A salted caramel cappucino really does sound yummy.

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  25. I prefer just regular coffee with cream. I don't care for the flavored ones.

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    1. Carol - The purists would say drinking coffee black is the only way to go. But I disagree. Depending on my mood, I'll take it black, with cream or with both cream and sugar.

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  26. White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks. :-) If I make it at home, I like it flavored with French Vanilla creamer. Has to be sweet for me. :-)

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  27. Love me some Caramel Macchiatos

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  28. I love Brazilian coffee w/hazelnut creamer. Yum!

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  29. I love the salted caramel mocha, and I see it being made almost everywhere now and not just seasonal :)

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  30. I don't drink coffee but I love hot chocolate.

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  31. I drink coffee occasionally and I like flavored creamers in mine. Sometimes I want it just milk and sugar in black coffee.

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  32. I take my coffee with either almond, coconut, or soy milk (depending on whether I am home or out and what is available) and with two splendas. I am also addicted to Pumpkin Spice Lattes (still with non dairy milk) in the fall, hot or cold!

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  33. I don't care for coffee but I love tea...earl grey...hot

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  34. My local coffee shop makes this great coffee called a Cloud Nine. My favorite coffee anywhere!

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  35. I just love a strong black coffee.

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  36. I'm more of a Teavana gal, but I like macciatos sometimes too.

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  37. I prefer tea, but if I do drink coffee, then it has to have milk and sugar added.

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  38. I like black coffee with cream.

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  39. 16oz double shot vanilla latte ;) I don't go out to get coffee very often, but if I do this is what I get!

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  40. I like good, black coffee best and am enjoying Starbuck's return of Casi Ceilo right now!

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  41. I love the mocha frappe's from mcdonalds.

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  42. Actually I don't drink coffee. I drink Tetley or Red Rose black tea with half and half. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  43. My favorite cup of coffee is with double cream and a shot of vanilla

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  44. I hate to admit it and just know one day someone will hang a sign around my neck that says coffee snob LOL I love my coffee strong and rich roasted with just a splash of cream and perhaps a dash of sugar free Irish cream syrup. Sumatra is likely my favorite bean from Starbucks and the bags of beans are always in my cupboard. Of course on occasion a fancy frothy drink is a treat, but my real joy is in smelling and tasting the bean ;) Thank you for sharing with us today, Compromising Willa looks like a hoot of a read.

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