Monday, April 26, 2010
Guest Blogger Amelia Grey: My Own Special Hero
Today I am delighted to host fellow Regency author, Amelia Grey. Sourcebooks will release her latest book, An Earl to Enchant, this month.
Sourcebooks will give away two copies of An Earl to Enchant. Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win one. Amelia will select the lucky winners, and I will contact them by email. Check the comments to see who won, and how to contact me to claim your book. If I cannot contact the winners with a week of their announcement, I will award the books to alternates. Note that Sourcebooks can mail only to addresses in the USA and Canada. The winners are Beth Caudill and Susan. Susan, please email me at email@example.com by May 5 so I can have your book sent to you.
Good morning! Thank you for having me, Linda.
You know, I think one of the reasons I’m such a fan of romance books, Regencies in particular, is because of the heroes. Earlier this year my wonderful husband, Floyd, and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. The day was as special for me as the day we married. He’s my high school sweetheart, and I’ve been blessed to call him my best friend all these years. He’s the man I look to as my hero. That said, I do enjoy writing heroes who are not the typical modern-day husbands.
Inasmuch as Floyd is my knight in shining armor, I love to create a larger than life man! A dark-haired Earl wearing shiny Hessian boots and sitting tall in the saddle, a hint of arrogance on his chiseled face, is the perfect escape between the pages of one of my Amelia Grey books.
While my heroes are works of fiction, their deep-rooted, fine character comes from the man I am married to. My husband has been very encouraging of my career. I’ve often told him he supports me in ways he’ll never know. I’m so fortunate he’s proud of what I do. Thinking back to my wedding day, I could have never foreseen all that we have experienced together or even that we would still be together. The years have been full of surprises and joy, some not so easy times in the early years--but we’ve had each other and that’s all that’s mattered.
I absolutely adore Regency gentlemen because they truly wanted to make a woman feel beautiful, tempting, and cared for. And back then, a lady expected a man to open her door, pull out her chair, and mind his language and manners in front of her.
What I enjoy writing most is that first meeting between the two main characters, and I think back to myself as that young high school girl with a secret crush on my hero. Little did I know when I first met Floyd, I would become his wife. Much like Arianna Sweet, my heroine in An Earl to Enchant, which is the third book in my Rogues’ Dynasty Series and on sale now at your favorite local or online bookstore. Arianna definitely vexes Lord Morgandale with her headstrong ways. I would like to say that I didn’t resist Floyd as coyly as my heroine, but he may have another story!
In a romance novel, we all know the happily ever after conclusion before we start a Regency, but it’s how the hero and heroine fall in love that keeps readers turning the pages. The journey is so much fun just as the journey has been with my own true love.
So join me in celebrating over thirty years and counting. Share with me something about the very special person in your life.
The first chapter of my latest book An Earl to Enchant, the third book in the Rogues’ Dynasty Series 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at ameliagrey.com.
Thank you for coming, Amelia. Come back any time.
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.