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Friday, April 16, 2010

Guest Blogger Amelia Grey: Permanent Attraction


Linda Banche here. Today I welcome Amelia Grey, whose latest book is the Regency historical, An Earl to Enchant. All you Regency fans, take notice as she talks about the attraction of that unique and fascinating British era.

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of the two copies of An Earl to Enchant which Sourcebooks has generously provided. Amelia will select the winners. Check the comments to see who won, and how to contact me to claim your book. If I cannot contact the winners within a week of their selection, I will award the books to alternates. Note, Sourcebooks can mail to USA and Canada addresses only. The winners are Amber and StephB. I'll contact you for your snail mail addresses.

Great to have you here, Amelia!

Good morning! Thank you for having me at Historical Hussies. I’m very happy to be here.

I want to share with you today my long standing love affair with Regency Romances and my permanent attraction to all things British. Maybe I got it from growing up in the sixties when the Beatles and Rolling Stones were my idols, and I went to sleep each night listening to their songs. I loved their proper-sounding accents when they talked and sat glued to the tv when they were performing. I love the English countryside with its green, gently rolling hills, dotted with stately manor homes surrounded by fabulous gardens that go on forever with vistas, waterfalls, and neatly trimmed yew. So I loved the British long before I read my first Regency Romance.

To me there’s just something very sexy about a powerful, titled gentleman dressed in buckskin trousers, shiny Hessian knee boots, and with his neckcloth perfectly tied. Back then men were gentlemen. They wanted to make ladies feel beautiful, tempting and cared for. He expected to open the door for her, pull out her chair, and he watched his language and his manners around her.

I love thoughts of brocaded silk gowns, white cotton chemises, satin slippers, and three strands of pearls lying delicately against skin the color of warm alabaster. I like to think that all the grand ladies of quality of the Regency were as strong and spirited as the heroines I write in my books. Innocence during the Regency intrigues me and I enjoy writing about that first blush of true love that simmers and sizzles until the hero and heroine know the moment they have to be together.

I enjoy writing about ballrooms glittering with candlelight and cooled by a night wind, while beautifully gowned ladies and handsomely dressed gentlemen dance a quadrille. I love to imagine young ladies smiling behind fans, winking at a rogue, or dropping a lace handkerchief as a dashing gent walks by.

Oh, and I absolutely adore the Ton. I dream of what it must have been like to be a member of that elite group of people who were born to power, privilege, and money. They were courtly, in the know, and station above all the rest. I love writing about the Season when young ladies make their entrance into Polite Society in hopes of catching the eye of debonair gentleman or a rake of the highest order.

These are just a snippet of what makes the Regency so special to me. Now, please let me know what you think is sexy about the Regency!

I hope I’ve teased your senses about the British and the fabulous Regency Romance. I’d like to think that you’ll a taste of all things I’ve written about it here in my latest book An Earl to Enchant. It’s the third book in the Rogues’ Dynasty Series and the first chapter is available on my website. I invite you to stop by and give it a try.

I’m always happy to hear from readers. Please e-mail me at ameliagrey@comcast.net or visit my website at ameliagrey.com.


AN EARL TO ENCHANT by AMELIA GREY—IN STORES APRIL 2010
He’s determined not to be a hero…

Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he’s determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and tempting green eyes…

She has a deadly secret…

Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father’s research until after his untimely death. Now she is in possession of his groundbreaking discovery, one that someone would kill for. She can’t tell Lord Morgandale her secret, but she knows she needs his help, desperately…

About the Author
Winner of the Booksellers Best Award and the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, Amelia Grey's books have been sold in Europe, Russia and China. Married for twenty-five years to her high school sweetheart, she has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and now calls Panama City Beach, Florida, home. For more information, please visit www.ameliagrey.com.

13 comments:

catslady said...

Oh, I've been reading about this book on other sites and it truly sounds wonderful. Regency is one of my favorite time periods. Thanks to authors like you, I can get lost in your stories and it's almost like being there :)

catslady5(at)aol.com

Linda Banche said...

Welcome, Amelia. I loved "An Earl to Enchant"! And I'm with you about what makes the Regency the era I love best. If only a time machine existed so we could visit.

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Amelia said...

Good morning everyone! I'm very happy to be here! Sorry I'm late checking in but it's spring break here and I have guest family visiting and life gets hectic as I'm sure all of you knnow.

Thanks Catslady and Linda for your comments, I hope you will give the Rogues' Dynasty a closer look.

I'll be checking back in later today to see if there are any questions. I love talking about Regency books!
Amelia

Tiffany Green said...

Wow, Amelia, you took the words right out of my mouth! I love the Regency era for those very reasons. And to read about crafty little vixens who dare to break the rules. "An Earl to Enchant" sounds like a wonderful read!

StephB said...

Amelia, I agree - Regency England was a fascinating time. George IV knew no limits, no bounds. He was the king of excess. It's a fascinating time period because of the nobility and the power they commanded. I'm a sucker for a good historical and you definately have me intrigued with your title. It's very catching.

I do have a question - What hisotrical(s) have you read that you could consider your favorites? Who are historical authors that might have influenced you?

Smiles
Steph

Amelia said...

StephB,
I do have a favorite author for Regency and she is Amanda Quick. I've read all her books. If you haven't, I highly recommend her. And no, I don't know her so I'm not just promoting a friend's book. I love the humor in her books and the dialogue between the hero and heroine is always fast paced and fun.
Amelia

Mary Ricksen said...

That era is so dreamy. I could put myself in a good regency with no problem. I won't like the corset, but the dancing and the treatment by men. Ah, take care of me.
Gotta buy this book Amanda!

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Amelia, thank you so much for this post! I just began writing a Regency and this helped me get into the mood of the era. The most sexy think for me about the Regency romance is that there are so many rules characters get to bend or break :)

Linda Banche said...

Amelia just sent me an email with the winners: StephB and Amber! Congratulations, you two. I'll contact you for your snail mail addresses.

And thanks to Amelia for coming over.

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Oh yay! Can't wait to read it!

a.leigh86@yahoo.com

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