The Author’s Journal welcomes Angela Quarles and her new book: Must Love Breeches

Must Love Breeches, Angela Quarles
Angela Quarles

Welcome to my site, Angela. We’re super-excited to learn all about you, and your story. Let’s share your good news about Must Love Breeches with the world. Your novel is available for pre-order now, and it releases September 3rd! Awesome!

Who the hell are you and what do you write?

Well, I’m a reasonably nice person who writes under the pen name of Angela Quarles, mainly time travel romance, and steampunk.

I love time travel to begin with, as it’s always fun to imagine what-ifs in history. In Must Love Breeches, the first in my Must Love series, I love that I get to shine a small light on the historical figure of Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter and the world’s first computer programmer. She takes my heroine under her wing. It’s also during that in between time in nineteenth century England–too late to be a Regency and too early to be a Victorian romance–my heroine gets zapped back to 1834.

Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction?

I actually like both, since I’m a history nut. So I’ll alternate between the two.

Romance/Thrillers/Historical/Horror/Paranormal/Contemporary…? What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations for the crowd?

Historical fiction, historical romance, and paranormal romance, as well as science fiction. Hmmm, recommendations, I always find that tough and I work in a bookstore. Maybe that’s why? I love giving recommendations to customers, but I always like to get a bead on what they like by asking what’s the last book they read that they enjoyed. Since I can’t do that here… I’m going to give one for a mid-list author, since usually everyone’s heard of the popular ones and they don’t need any more help pushing their books–Hounded by Kevin Hearne. It’s the first in an urban fantasy series featuring a two-thousand-year-old, smart-mouthed druid who lives in Arizona and it is rich in mythology, even the obscure ones. I think there’s an Estonian thunder god in one of them, can’t remember. I know the Finnish one is in there. Anyway, they’re great reads and loaded with humor.

Favorite music to write by?

I have a playlist in iTunes that I write to that includes movie soundtracks (The Piano, Pride and Prejudice -2005 to name a few), as well as tunes from Nick Drake, Adele, Tori Amos, and more. Usually ones where the lyrics don’t get in my way. I have a separate one that’s completely devoid of lyrics for when I’m finding it very hard to get into the zone. I also created one composed of only music from the 1200s when I drafted Must Love Chainmail.

Any advice for new writers?

Be fearless. Don’t let what you don’t know get in your way of going forward. Sometimes being ignorant is bliss, BUT always keep learning and striving to improve your craft. Rejections and other roadblocks are just tests to see how badly you want it, so don’t give up.

Describe your next project in #140 characters or less: What’s the story line, Dude?

A micro-managing bride-to-be is thrust thru time 2 medieval Wales during a revolt she can’t control & in2 the arms of a knight of questionable allegiance she can’t resist.

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Book blurb:

She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?

A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, but before she understands the card case’s significance a thief steals it. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her time-traveling origins a secret, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes.

To Lord Montagu nothing makes more sense than keeping his distance from the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge reaches a stalemate, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. What he did not bargain on is being drawn to her intellectually as well as physically.

Lord Montagu’s now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and her common sense. Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home—as well as her heart—lies.

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Book Buy Links:

Amazon (universal): http://bit.ly/MustLoveBreeches

Kobo: http://bit.ly/MLBkobo

ARe: http://bit.ly/1rXAZmw

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1rXKylc

Google Play: http://bit.ly/MLBGoogle

Nook: http://bit.ly/1AVWtFh

 

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Excerpt:

A reenactment ball was the perfect setting for romance. Or not.

Isabelle Rochon fidgeted in her oddly-shaped-but-oh-so-accurate ball gown, surrounded by women who’d sacrificed historical authenticity for sex appeal. Red carpet ball gowns in the nineteenth century, really? Once again she was like the dorky kid participating in dress-up day at school when everyone else had magically decided it was lame.

“Gah. I feel like a green robot with strange battle armor.” Isabelle pointed to her dark green dress, the shoulders flaring out almost to a point, exaggerating their width. “What were the fashionistas in 1834 thinking?”

“I have no bloody idea.” Jocelyn squeezed the poof of fabric at her shoulder. “These huge-ass sleeves are ridiculous.”

“Ah, screw it, we’re having fun, right? I’m not going to self-sabotage the ball. Not after all the time I spent obsessing over my costume.”

“And obsessing over the etiquette rules.”

“That too.” Besides, how fun was it to learn Jocelyn shared her obsession with guys in period clothes and bodice-ripper romances?

Isabelle eyed a guy strolling past in tight-fitting, buff-colored pantaloons. She pitched her voice to be heard over the string quartet. “Hmm. How about the clothes on that daring derriere?”

Jocelyn sucked on her olive and plopped the empty stir stick into her martini. “Oh, yes. Definitely a breech-ripper.”

Isabelle choked on her Bellini, the champagne fizz tickling her throat and nose. This was the first opportunity they’d had to socialize outside work, so she treated this moment delicately, afraid to puncture the mood. No need to point out he sported pantaloons, not breeches.

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Angela Quarles
Angela Quarles

Angela Quarles

Bio:
Angela is a geek girl romance writer. What makes her romances geeky? Whether it’s fan girling over Ada Lovelace by having her as a secondary character in Must Love Breeches, or outright geek references with geek types in her romantic comedy with paranormal elements, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, or going all Southern steampunk in Steam Me Up, Rawley, she likes to have fun with her romances and hopes her readers do too.

Angela works at an independent bookstore and lives in an historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the usual stuff like gardening, reading, hanging out, eating, drinking, chasing squirrels out of the walls and creating the occasional knitted scarf. She’s had a varied career, including website programming and directing a small local history museum, and has discovered that writing allows her to explore all her interests.

She’s an admitted geek and is proud to be among the few but mighty Browncoats who watched Firefly the first night it aired. She was introduced to the wonderful world of science fiction by her father, by way of watching reruns of the original Star Trek in her tweens and later giving her a copy of Walter M. Miller Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz as a teenager. She hasn’t looked back since.

She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She was an exchange student to Finland in high school and studied abroad in Vienna one summer in college.

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Links
Amazon (universal): http://bit.ly/MustLoveBreeches
Kobo: http://bit.ly/MLBkobo
ARe: http://bit.ly/1rXAZmw
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1rXKylc
Google Play: http://bit.ly/MLBGoogle
Nook: http://bit.ly/1AVWtFh
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/MLBGR
Must Love Breeches board on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1qCPKcy
Official Book Page: http://bit.ly/MLBBook

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Must Love Breeches, Angela Quarles
Angela Quarles

Angela Quarles

Find Angela Quarles here:

Website http://bit.ly/VMFK00

Facebook http://on.fb.me/VMFT3L

Goodreads http://bit.ly/MLBGR

Twitter http://bit.ly/Se5gQ0

Must Love Breeches board on Pinterest http://bit.ly/1qCPKcy

Thanks for playing along!

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