Watch Diana on “Good Morning Washington”

Posted at Jun 15, 2015 1:44 pm in , , ,

I appeared on the television show Good Morning Washington recently.

We talked about what makes a good romance and how to juggle it all.

I was super nervous before we went on but anchor Larry Smith, segment producer Nancy Norman, and everyone at “Good Morning Washington” made it a fun experience!  

 

 

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Diana Appears on “Good Morning Washington”

Posted at May 22, 2015 12:56 am in , ,

Getting ready to appear on "Good Morning Washington".

Getting ready to appear on “Good Morning Washington”.

I had a blast appearing on Good Morning Washington in the nation’s capital to talk about my books and being a romance writer.

I was a little nervous but anchor Larry Smith was gracious and charming, which made the interview a breeze.  

We talked about writing, juggling it all, and “Mother’s guilt”.  There was also some interesting conversation about the romance industry. I mentioned that romance novels outsell every other genre, including mysteries, science fiction, and literary fiction.

All in all, the interview was over before I knew it and I’m looking forward to the next one! 

The floor director makes sure my mic is set before we go on air.

The floor director makes sure my mic is set before we go on air.

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I don’t remember what was said but I clearly found whatever it was very entertaining.

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Visiting Mont-St-Michel Abbey

Posted at May 17, 2015 1:11 pm in , , , , , ,

Sometimes, when the tide is high, Mont-St-Michel is surrounded by water, but that wasn't the case on the day we visited.

Sometimes, when the tide is high, Mont-St-Michel is surrounded by water, but that wasn’t the case on the day we visited.

Perched on a rocky inlet, Mont-St-Michel looks like something out of a gothic fairy tale and there is definitely something very magical about the place. 

The abbey, which was built between the 11th and 16th centuries, is located in Normandy, France. The architecture is breathtaking and natural glowing light streams through the windows, contributing to Mont-St-Michel’s calm, serene atmosphere. 

UNESCO refers to the abbey as a “technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site”. 

We were lucky enough to visit recently and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the pictures.

Walking through the village leading up to the abbey.

Walking through the village leading up to the abbey.

The spectacular gothic architecture practically glows under the natural light streaming in from the windows.

The spectacular gothic architecture practically glows under the natural light streaming in from the windows.

I guess you would need spectacular fires to keep the abbey warm. My husband is 6'2", to give you a sense of how big the hearth is.

I guess you would need spectacular fires to keep the abbey warm. My husband is 6’2″, to give you a sense of how big the hearth behind him is.

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The courtyard at Mont-St-Michel.

The courtyard at Mont-St-Michel.

A side view of Mont-St-Michel as we were leaving.

A side view of Mont-St-Michel as we were leaving.

 

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Death Becomes Her: Ladies in Mourning

Posted at May 6, 2015 1:26 am in , , , ,

I was fortunate to be able to visit Death Becomes Her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibit showcased a century of mourning attire. The gowns on display proved that even ladies in mourning could wear beautiful clothes. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mourning gown worn by Queen Victoria

Mourning gown worn by Queen Victoria

 US Civil War-era wedding dress in half-mourning colors in honor of the fallen


US Civil War-era wedding dress in half-mourning colors in honor of the fallen

American mourning ensemble circa 1897

American mourning ensemble circa 1897

Mourning coat by the House of Worth circa 1907

Mourning coat by the House of Worth circa 1907

Half-mourning gowns from 1902

Half-mourning gowns from 1902

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SPY FALL Goodreads Giveaway!

Posted at Dec 21, 2014 6:39 pm in , ,

I’m giving away 5 print copies of Spy Fall on Goodreads. Click on the link below if you’d like to enter to win.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Spy Fall by Diana Quincy

Spy Fall

by Diana Quincy

Giveaway ends January 20, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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Fun Times at My First Book Signing!

Posted at Oct 22, 2014 4:16 pm in , , , , ,

I had my first book signing in New Jersey last weekend at the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Book Fair.

To be honest, I hadn’t expected to enjoy the book fair as much as I did.

I loved talking to people and meeting readers. I can’t wait for the next one, which will probably be in March.

I’ll keep you posted!

Me at the New Jersey Romance Writers Book Fair in Iselin.

Me at the New Jersey Romance Writers Book Fair in Iselin.

This is me with two readers who were visiting from Belgium and happened to stop by the book fair. They picked up a copy of TEMPTING BELLA.

This is me with two readers who were visiting from Belgium and happened to stop by the book fair. They picked up a copy of TEMPTING BELLA.

I gave away some "swag", including custom matches, candy and postcards for SPY FALL, my newest release.

I gave away some “swag”, including custom matches, candy and postcards for SPY FALL, my newest release.

That's me obviously enjoying myself at the New Jersey Romance Writers book signing in New Jersey.

That’s me obviously enjoying myself at the New Jersey Romance Writers book signing in New Jersey.

Having too much fun with fellow writer Michele Mannon who writes hot contemporary sports romance.

Having too much fun with fellow writer Michele Mannon who writes hot contemporary sports romance.

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My pal RoseAnn DeFranco, who writes heartfelt, sexy contemporaries that also make you laugh, sat across from me at the book fair.

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Spy Fall: Anatomy of A Cover

Posted at Sep 22, 2014 10:20 pm in , ,

The first three "Spy Fall" samples I had to choose from.

The first three “Spy Fall” samples I had to choose from.

So much goes into a cover. I’m talking about how my newest book, Spy Fall, got its look. I was fortunate to work with the very talented Carrie at Seductive Designs. I absolutely adore the finished product. Check out what makes Spy Fall an effective cover by visiting me over at The Violet Femmes.

Spy Fall (final) 500 @ 72 dpi low res

The finished product! Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

 

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Cover Reveal!

Posted at Aug 24, 2014 3:37 am

I am very excited to share the cover of my next book with you!

Spy Fall features a parachuting heroine who also pilots hot air balloons. The character of Mari was inspired by a true-life parachutist who made several jumps in the early 1800s. These jumps were a spectacle that attracted large crowds and I’ve tried to capture some of that excitement in the story.

Spy Fall (final) 500 @ 72 dpi low res 

   To read an excerpt from Spy Fall, book 1 in my Regency Spymasters series, click here.

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Why I Published My Series Out of Order

Posted at Apr 8, 2014 6:50 pm in , , , , ,

The one thing all newer authors learn pretty quickly is that there is no blueprint, no “how to” guide, to publishing.underwoodkeyboard

I’m a new-ish author.  Even though I’ve published three books in the past year, I remain a novice in many ways and how I handled my first series certainly attests to that fact.

My debut novel, published in April 2013, was not the first manuscript I wrote; it wasn’t even the first book I sold. The first title I sold was Tempting Bella, the third book in the series. My fabulous agent went to bat for me right away, asking my editor to publish the second book in the series, Seducing Charlotte, first.

Why not the publish the first book in the series first? After all, that would make the most sense as reviewers have certainly pointed out.

One friendly blogger, who had given the first two books nice reviews, wrote this about Compromising Willa:

“Overall, not a bad read once I got past my confusion at the beginning.” 

Another reviewer, who gave all three books excellent reviews, wrote:

“For some reason ‘the men in suits’ that bought these stories, decided they should be published out-of-order. Don’t ask!”

I wish I could blame the ‘men in suits’, but the responsibility lies with an insecure author in elastic-waist pants. Yes, that would be me.

Diana Quincy’s Accidental Peers series in order of publication, although not in chronological order.

Diana Quincy’s Accidental Peers series in order of publication, although not in chronological order.

Compromising Willa, the first book in the series, was also the first book I ever wrote. It had finaled in contests for unpublished writers but had never won. By contrast, Seducing Charlotte and Tempting Bella racked up a number of contest wins and I thought they were “higher concept” and would sell better. In my mind, Willa was relegated to less-favored child status even though I loved the story and the characters.

Because of this, I never sent Willa to my agent and my editor wasn’t even aware Willa existed until she asked, “Do you have any other books in this series?”

“Um, yes,” I said and promptly emailed the manuscript. My publisher bought it, along with the unfinished fourth book in the series, demonstrating more confidence in me and my writing than I had.

I am sorry if this created confusion for my readers and, in some cases, diminished their reading enjoyment. Thank you for your patience.  The good news is that the next book in the series, Engaging the Earl, is being released in the proper chronological order!  

 

 

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Compromising Willa Blog Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Posted at Feb 16, 2014 1:44 am in , , , , ,

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February 17   Michelle Chew Writes
February 17   Bookworm2Bookworm
February 17   Simply Ali
February 18   Bookworm Blurbs
February 18   herding cats & burning soup
February 19   Margay Leah Justice
February 19   Curling Up With A Good Book
February 20   Ramblings From This Chick
February 20   Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
February 21   BookGroupies
February 21   Romantic Reads and Such
February 24   Always Reiding
February 24   Fade Into Fantasy
February 25   The Gal in the Blue Mask
February 25   Fab Fantasy Fiction
February 26   What I’m Reading
February 26   Ex Libris
February 27   Becky on Books
February 27   Reviews by Crystal
February 28   The La La Land of Books
February 28   Talking Books Blog

Join us! I’m giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card, a digital copy of Tempting Bella (Book 2 in my Accidental Peers series) and a canister of Willa’s custom blended Peppermint Apple Black Tea. Grand Prize_edited-1

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