I’m thrilled to be back on Miss Ivy’s Book Nook. In my new release, Desiring Lady Caro, my hero discovers Caro has a weakness for chocolate. The only problem is that in 1816 there was no going out to the store for a box of candy, unless you are in particular French cities, but we’ll get to that later. It wasn’t until much later in the century that lecithin, the stabilizer used in chocolate bars, and other hard chocolate was isolated for use. The first chocolate bar was produced in 1847 in England. So for my book, I had to rely on chocolate as it is used in cooking and drinking. Fortunately, that was not too much of a problem, especially since I enjoy researching food. Not only did I have hot chocolate, which I already knew about, but chocolate torte, Italian style with ground nuts, and Austrian style with rasberries, but an old recipe for tiramisu with chocolate, and a cake made on a spit, where the droppings were covered in chocolate.

It was not until my couple got to Strasbourg, that my hero discovered chocolate pistoles. These were disks produced by Debauve & Gallais. It seems that Sulpice Debauve, a chemist, was commissioned to find a way to make Empress Josephine take her medicine, and in 1800 found a method of making chocolate pistoles in different flavors in which her medicine was included. Sort of reminds me of the song in Mary Poppins, where she uses sugar to make the medicine go down. Today Debauve & Gallais are still producing high quality, and very pricy, chocolates.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt.

He could take small steps to convince Caro to be a real wife to him and protect her at the same time. To-night was the warmest she’d ever been toward him, and he wanted it to continue. Yet if he went even a little too quickly, she would draw back like a scared animal in fear for its life. He wondered if they could ever grow to love one another. Strange how he looked forward to having a real marriage when he’d been so set against it only a few months earlier. This must be what Beaumont and Rutherford had gone through for their wives.

Huntley sipped his wine. It would be largely up to him whether they did or not make it work. He must craft a plan to woo her: feeding her, which included finding chocolate, keeping her busy and engaged, and showing her how safe he could make her feel. He’d not take any steps toward physical intimacy until she was ready, but little by little, he would convince her to be a wife and make her his, body and mind. By the time they got to Nancy, she would be his countess and his lover.

What do you think? Would wooing you with your favorite foods work?  Ella’s giving away an ecopy of DESIRING LADY CARO to one (1) lucky commenter who answers her question. Giveaway ends ! 12 am est on 4-10-14. Good luck y’all! 


Ella Quinn     Barnes & Nobel and Amazon bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.


She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.


Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013

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