July 18, 2011

Guest Author Grace Elliot

Those of you who have been following my blog over the past few months, you know that I really enjoy giving independent authors, or as they are called "indie authors" a platform to showcase their work.  They put their heart and soul into writing their novels and just need somewhere to visit and speak about their novel.  The other thing you should know about me by now is how I feel about my followers and visitors and that is, you guys are the BEST.  I also know most of your likes and dislikes when it comes to what books you like to read.  So when I received a very gracious email from today's guest and read the synopsis of her book, I instantly offered her a Guest Author showcase spot and booked her.  So please help me welcome Ms. Grace Elliot!

Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats, acting as housekeeping staff to five mischievous moggies.   Grace believes intelligent people need romantic fiction in their lives as an antidote to the modern world and as an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work. Her debut novel ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ is a story of blackmail, duty and unexpected love.
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Dream Dinner Party - Who Would You Invite?

If you could invite five people from history to a dinner party – who would they be?

Here are my choices.

As an author of historical romance, I have a fascination with history and characters from the past don’t come much bigger than King Henry VIII. Contemporary accounts indicate that Henry, as a young man at least, was a golden Adonis whom women adored, and yet he became such a monster – breaking up the monasteries, ordering the massacre of rebels, beheading wives…the list is almost endless. I’d love to know what motivated him:  arrogance or insecurity.

My second guest would be the legendary Italian lover, Casanova. Now this choice isn’t as superficial as it sounds because Casanova was truly a resourceful man who lived life to the full. When he was down and destitute, he always found a way back up. It was Casanova who had the idea for the first lottery….I imagine his lust for life was something to behold, and just for a short time, I’d like to bask in that energy.

Now to balance the male guests, let’s invite a man of imagination and foresight, a man who envisaged the future and wrote about it in such extraordinary books as ‘The War of the Worlds,’ ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘The Invisible Man’ - author H. G. Wells.   As a girl my father gave me H. G. Wells collected works and despite the intimidating thickness of the book, I couldn’t put it down. Here is a Victorian, writing about
technology not yet dreamt of and I imagine he and Casanova would get on like the proverbial house on fire.

My final two guests are both female. Let me introduce Lady Emma Hamilton (best known for being Admiral Nelson’s lover) and the scientist, Marie Curie.  And my reasons for meeting them? Emma Hamilton, like Casanova, was one of life’s survivors. Born into poverty, she rose from walking the streets to inspire artists with her beauty, captivated a Lord and became mistress to the celebrated hero of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson. I’d love to witness first hand that indomitable spirit that drove her to rise far above her station in life.

And the physicist Marie Curie, who harnessed the properties of radioactive materials to develop the first x rays – why would I like to meet her? Well, to warn her of the dangers of radioactivity and tell her to use lead screens, in the hope of preventing the cancer that killed her.


SYNOPSIS (from the author):
Celeste Armitage has a plan…and that plan doesn’t include marriage.  After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to thecountry. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him…
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just asRanulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed… facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger….

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Amber said...

I would invite Marie Antoinette, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, and Catherine the Great to my dinner party!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Gigi Ann said...

I would invite all of the Jane Austen characters in her books. It would have to be a party set in the 1800s. So I guess I could call my party "A Blast From The Past" Don't count me in on the giveaway this time. But couldn't resist answering the fun question.

AngelaK said...

I would invite James Rollins! He is my favorite author and I just want to get inside his head!


Mysharona said...

I'd invite Stephen King.

Literary Chanteuse said...

I would love to have a dinner party with the Twilight Cullen family. Hopefully I wouldn't end up as dinner!


Denise Z said...

My mind is in turmoil - I keep flashing on Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I just can't help myself, somebody help me please LOL I love characters in history, but I do not know if I really want to meet the real individuals. Would I be too tongued-tied and not be able to even speak with them? I would love to meet with Dorothy Gilman, Joanna Lindsay, Dude Deveroux, Julie Garwood, and I really want to pinch Socrates cheeks:) Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity today.


Krista said...

So hard to choose! My dinner guest list would include Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.

kristakimmel at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar & Cleopatra and watch the sparks fly.


Victoria Zumbrum said...

I would invite King Arthur, Lancelot, Lady Guinevere, JF Kennedy and George Washington. Please enter me in contest.

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David said...

I would love to invite Robert Frost to dinner. Thank you so much for this chance.

Maureen said...

I would invite Amelia Earhart, Jane Austen, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe and Benjamin Franklin
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Lim said...

Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, Oscar Wilde, Siddhattha Gotama, and Erma Bombeck (hey, she's no longer living, so I consider her fair game.)

mogrill said...

For me it would be Walt Disney,Princess Diana,Michael Jackson,Abraham lincoln and Freddy Mercury.
Thanks for the chance.

Debra Brown said...

Hi Grace, I was beginning to think that I'd have to send your hubby to dinner with you, but then you changed the guest list. :D I would want Jane Austen there to pump her with questions about why she did not marry. If I had more time, I know I would enjoy thinking about who else I would invite. Great topic for an article!

hale2005 said...

I would invite Elvis, michael jackson and my immediate family for the dinner.


Julia Munroe Martin said...

Very interesting choices -- I just saw Midnight in Paris so my thoughts are leaning toward 1920s authors: like Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and T.S. Eliot. What a dinner party that would be....!

David Hollingsworth said...

I would invite Andy Warhol, Keith Harring, and Audrey Hepburn, because they are all gay icons, and it would be interesting to hear their views on popular culture.

Anonymous said...

Brigitte Guy king arthur. george washington. queen elizabeth jf kennedy and . i would want to talk with jf kennedy and bran stoker get to know queen elizabeth but to be able to meet and talk with king aruthor would be my dream dinner party.

to meet the first ever president and see what he was really likie would be great. i am a great lover of dracula

Anonymous said...

I would love to invite my grandparents. They passed many years ago and I do miss them.

Anonymous said...

Oops! I forgot my email address above.

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Bethie said...

I follow on GFC under Bethie

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buzzd said...

Princess Diana, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart

Cindy M said...

The five I would pick: Lucile Ball, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Fred Rogers and Jim Henson \:
All favorites of mine.

intensev5 said...


AubreyLaine said...

I would invite Oprah, Drew Barrymore and Barack Obama :)
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wigget said...

brad and angelina

5webs said...

Fun question, and an easy one for me to answer. Pema Chodron (author), Christopher Hitchens (author), Celia Rivenbark (author), Judi Dench (actress) and Joe Queenan (author). All living--apparently the dead folk don't appeal to me.
Alicia Webster

guettel78 said...

I think my dream dinner party would probably include Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, and Dorothy Parker. Thanks!

clynsg said...

It would be interesting to see the interaction between Wellington, Napoleon, Peter the Great (although would have to make sure nobody had a beard), Elizabeth I, and Robert the Bruce.

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Kristen said...

Gosh, I would love to invite Edgar Allen Poe...what an INTERESTING dinner that would be!
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Barbarawr said...

I would invite Auguste Renoir, Thomas Hardy, and my grandmother to my dinner party. Hey - with these people, I'd probably make it a sleepover :-)

Email address is in blogger profile

Julieh said...

I'd invite the beatles and mick jagger.honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

Thierry123 said...

i will invite abraham lincon


Anonymous said...

Debra Hall i'd like to have dinner with Thomas Jefferson
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Erica C. said...

I would invite family members that died before I could meet them.

mandala said...

I'd invite Jane Austen, Gandhi, Vincent Van Gogh, Shakespeare and Cleopatra. Thanks!
mandalarctic at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

i would invite william shatner

Anonymous said...

I would invite Nostradamus, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Leonardo Davinci , and Albert Einstein.

Roy F.

Denise Donaldson (MistySunrise) said...

I would invite Abraham Lincoln, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, and Alexander Graham Bell. It should make for interesting conversation. ;)

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Katharina said...

Five people from history... what fun! Okay, thinking here...
1.Jean Ribault... to ask what went wrong at Matanzas Inlet (beyond the obvious)
2. Martin Luther, the Reformer- to hope some of his courage and spunk would rub off.
3. Queen Elizabeth I (1500's)- because she shaped history in ways often not realized.
4. Pontius Pilate - I'd ask what his true feelings were concerning his orders.
5. Eve - I'd ask what she thinks of how her millions of offspring have turned out.

Now THAT would be a dinner party worthy of a great novel! :-)
Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

susansmoaks said...

i would invite 2pac, biggie and bob marley
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mail4rosey said...

William Rehnquist, Thurhgood Marshall, Stephen Ambrose, Margaret Thatcher, and Patrick Henry.

E said...

I would like to invite Mendel and Jesus to my dream dinner!

Unknown said...

interesting question...Jesus, Princess Di, mother Teresa
kendraco22 at yahoo dot com
thanks for the giveaway

cman said...

Extended family and relatives that we haven't seen in a long time.

dvice12 said...

I'd invite my friends from high school to my dream dinner party

sue14625 said...

I would invite Rhett Butler-Queen Victoria and King Arthur to my dinner party

Amy delong said...

lets see,rob zombie,obama,2pac

Unknown said...

I would invite Jesus, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Winston Churchill and Teddy Rooselvelt.

Breanne said...

I would invite Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Dean Martin, and young Ronald Reagan

Sand said...

I'd invite Diane Sawyer, I bet she'd be very interesting!