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Ella Quinn | Intuition Versus Research

Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret
Ella Quinn



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Marriage Game #5

August 2014
On Sale: August 7, 2014
Featuring: Viscount Wivenly; Eugenie Villaret
359 pages
ISBN: 160183327X
EAN: 9781601833273
Kindle: B00IUPCLN6
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Also by Ella Quinn:
The Most Eligible Viscount in London, April 2021
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, December 2020
The Most Eligible Lord in London, April 2020
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The Marquis She's Been Waiting For, September 2019


It’s wonderful to be back on Fresh Fiction!! Last time I visited, I talked about my muse. Well, she was out while I was writing ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET, book 5 in The Marriage Game.

Although I live in St. Thomas, where the book is set, finding any information between the end of the Napoleonic war and the mid-19th century is difficult to say the least. The pirates had, for the most part ceased to be active and life had become a lot calmer. During the war, England had twice taken possession of the Danish West Indies, but gave it back in 1815. In 1816 St. Thomas had one of the few protected deep water harbors in the Caribbean. It was made a free-port and had attracted a number of different nationalities. It wasn’t until the middle of the century, when the island was hit with a triple whammy, hurricane, disease, and the advent of steamer ships, that it lost its position of power. Believe it or not, most people living here had no idea of that it had been a popular port.

As I was pouring over really old books with a friend, a refrain kept repeating it’s self in my head. “St. Thomas is a salubrious island.” Hmm.

So I asked my friend, “Katina, did St. Thomas ever have a reputation of being healthier than the other islands?” “Of course not,” she responded, and went on to tell me about the triple whammy.

Several minutes later, I ran across a passage in one of the books stating that St. Thomas had been known for being the healthy island. My muse refrained from telling me I told you so, but she was very smug.

Because England had ended the slave trade, there was a great deal of tension between the Danish and British islands. The Danes would smuggle slaves into places like Tortola. There were also those that helped free slaves. Since I had some slaves I had to get to safety, I went searching for the best island to relocate them. Once again my muse started to speak: “The British West Indies.”

Well, after spending hours studying the manumissions laws for all the islands, sure enough she was right. Every other island required documents proving freeman status. In the British islands, all one had to do was get there.

I’ll leave you with a short excerpt and a question. Do you ever get feelings that turn out to be spot on?


An hour later, Will clasped the older man’s hand. “I hope I see you before you’re on your way again.” “I’ll make a point of it.” Black gave Will a sly wink. “Sir. You’ll find a tailor on Main Street, what the Danes call Dronningens Gade, as well as most everything else you’ll need.”

“Is there a printer there as well?” Even if he only used his assumed identity for a short time, calling cards would be necessary.

“Yes”—the captain nodded—“just down from the tailor. Gentlemen, enjoy your stay. It was a pleasure having you onboard. Perhaps we’ll make the return trip in the spring.”

Will tipped his hat. “Thank you, Captain, for all your help.”

Captain Black indicated a woman garbed in a colorful skirt leaning against the door of a building. “A word to the wise. St. Thomas has a reputation for being the healthy island, but that doesn’t apply to the brothels.”

“Good of you to warn us.” After over four weeks a sea, Will was definitely in need of female companionship, but his tastes ran more to widows than members of the impure. He’d never had any trouble finding willing women, even when he’d used the name Munford.

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6 comments posted.

Re: Ella Quinn | Intuition Versus Research

So exciting to see a Regency set in an exotic locale like St. Thomas! Hope to visit
one day!!
(Julia Tagan 9:27am August 13, 2014)

I believe that everyone gets a "gut feeling," myself
included. Mine have been pretty accurate, although I can
usually sense when something bad is going to happen. As for
your book, it's something that I'm truly looking forward to
reading this Fall!! The cover took my breath away, and any
Lady wearing a purple gown scores extra points in my book!!
Congratulations on what I'm sure will be a big hit!! Not
everyone can write a Romance story taking place in St.
Thomas!! I can picture myself with my toes in the sand as
we speak!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:55am August 13, 2014)

Hi Ella!
I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading
all the books(so far) in The Marriage Game series and how
excited I am that Amazon already has Madline's Christmas
List available for pre-order! October can't come soon

I hadto let you know that I got a kick out of Enticing Miss
Eugenie Villaret because my father (whose name is Eugene)
wanted that to be my name (I was suppose to be a boy and
named after him!). Fortunately my mother prevailed and I
ended up being Jeanne instead!

Keep writing and we'll keep reading!
(Jeanne Miro 9:55am August 13, 2014)

Thank you, Julia! It was fun setting it there!
(Ella Quinn 1:53pm August 14, 2014)

Hi Peggy, I'm so glad you plan to read it!! As to the big hit, from our lips to God's ears!
(Ella Quinn 1:54pm August 14, 2014)

I suppose they wouldn't have pronounced it the French way, so I can understand why you'd prefer Jeanne. Thank you for coming by.
(Ella Quinn 1:55pm August 14, 2014)

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