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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interview + Giveaway with Amelia Grey

Welcome to our virtual tour stop of Amelia Grey's The Rogue Steals a Bride Blog Tour brought to you by Sourcebooks.
Thank you for having me today. I’m happy to be here to talk about my new book The Rogue Steals A Bride and answer any questions you might have. 

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I’m a girly-girl from the word go. I want my hair styled, my fingernails polished, and to be wearing pearls, bows, or lace. BUT I’m a big sports fan, too. I love to watch football, baseball, and basketball on TV or when possible go to the games. I love to travel and sit out on the patio in the late afternoon after writing all day and have a glass of wine and relax. Romance books have always been my favorite books to read and I’ve never wanted to write any other kind of book. The Rogue Steals A Bride is my 25th published book.

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

I’m usually up at 6:30. My coffee pot is on a timer so coffee is ready when the clock alarms. I do stretching exercises and get on the treadmill every other day. My main place to work is my husband’s office building. I have an office there. But I also have the same computer in my home so I can stay home to work as well. I download whatever I’m working on to a thumb drive when I finish each day so I’ll have it with me no matter where I decide to work. I usually get to my office between 9 and 9:30 if I have no errands to run, but there is always something to do once or twice a week. I answer e-mails, look at the loops I’m on and any other office chore that needs to be done. I usually start writing by 11:00. I have lunch at my desk and it’s usually a salad, cup of soup or sandwich. I head home about 5:00 and start unwinding and thinking about dinner.

3. Tell us a little bit about The Rogue Steals a Bride and why readers should check it out? 

The Rogue Steals A Bride is the sixth and final book in the Rogues’ Dynasty Series. The 5 previous books do not have to be read in any order and you can read this one without knowing anything about the previous books. Some of the characters are in all the books but each book has a different hero and heroine and their story and plot do not relate to the other books.

In The Rogue Steals A Bride, Matson and Sophia both have darn good reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Feeling she had good reason to do it, Sophia, a shipping heiress, promised her father on his deathbed she would marry a titled gentleman. Matson, the man who has captured her heart, isn’t titled. And for Matson, the bold and lovely Sophia is the lady of his dreams, but her guardian is a man he’s sworn to hate so their conflict runs deep. I like light-hearted humorous stories so I added a boy-thief that Matson and Sophia are trying to find. And Sophia’s twin spinster aunts make for some very funny and heart-warming moments in the book.

Here’s a short synopsis of the book.

Matson Brentwood has finally met the woman of his dreams. The lovely, red-haired Sophia Hart heats his blood like no other lady. Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way because she is the ward of the man he’s sworn to hate. 
Newly arrived in London, Miss Sophia Hart is looking for a husband—for herself and for one of her twin spinster aunts who has decided she wants a man. Sophia agrees to help her aunt by allowing older gentlemen to call on her and then come up with ways to make sure her aunt spends more time with the gentleman than Sophia does. 
But there’s more than just an unwanted guardian and a long list of beaus standing between Sophia and Matson. Sophia can’t give into the maddening charms of the darkly handsome and intriguing Matson. She must deny her love for him and pay her debt to her father for costing him the love of his life. 

4. What inspired you to write The Rogue's Dynasty novels? 

I love to read connecting book. When I get to know characters I like to see them in other stories—especially when I like the characters. The heroes are cousins in the first three books and the heroes are brothers in the last three books.

5. What was the easiest and hardest scene to write in The Rogue Steals a Bride? 

The love scenes are always the hardest to write. The hardest by far. It’s every author’s dream to make each story, each character and each love scene fresh, tantalizing, and satisfying. The easiest scenes for me are always the first meeting of the hero and heroine. Once I know how I want them to meet the scenes almost write themselves.

6. What makes Matson Brentwood so desirable? 

He’s a reluctant hero. I always love it when the hero is not looking for love, not wanting to get married and then suddenly the woman of his dreams walks into his life. I like to watch him squirm like a worm in hot ashes trying to keep from falling in love with her. And then once he does, he will move Heaven and earth to make her his.

7. Who designs the beautiful covers of The Rogue's Dynasty novels? 

My publisher, Sourcebooks gets all the credit for my fabulous covers.

8. Fun question: If you could travel back in time, which era would you travel back to and why?

Regency England. Oh, I’ve written blogs about why I love the Regency. Let me see if I can make it short. To me there’s just something very sexy about a powerful, titled gentleman dressed in buckskin trousers, shiny Hessian knee boots, with his neckcloth casually tied. During the Regency men were gentlemen. They wanted to make ladies feel beautiful, tempting and cared for. A Regency gentleman was expected to open the door for a lady, pull out her chair, and he watched his language and his manners around her, too.
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, too.
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.

9. What is up next for Amelia Gray? 

I am already writing the first book for my new Regency trilogy. I don’t have a pub-date for it yet, but I hope you’ll invite me back when it comes out.

10. Do you have anything specific your want to tell your readers? 

Yes, I want them to know that I write books that I love. If I’m not falling in love with the hero, I throw him out and start over with a new man. If I don’t love him, I can’t make anyone else love him and to me, what makes a romance work is having a hero I can fall in love with.

I love to hear from readers! Please email me at ameliagrey@comcast.net, follow me at Facebook.com/ameliagreybooks, or visit my website at ameliagrey.com
The Rogue Steals a Bride
(The Rogues' Dynasty #6)
by: Amelia Grey
Publishing Date: 7/2/13
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance

Description:
Matson Brentwood has finally met the woman of his dreams. The lovely, red-haired Sophia Hart heats his blood like no other lady. Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way because she is the ward of the man he’s sworn to hate.

Newly arrived in London, Miss Sophia Hart is in need of a husband, but not for herself. She has twin, spinster aunts and one of them has decided she wants a man. Sophia agrees to help her aunt by allowing older gentlemen to call on her and then make sure Auntie spends more time in the gentleman’s company than Sophia does. But when Sophia meets the darkly handsome and intriguing Mr. Matson Brentwood, she knows that for the first time, she in danger of losing her heart.

But there’s more than just an adversarial guardian and a long list of beaus standing between Sophia and Matson. Sophia promised her dying father she would honor his lifelong plan for her as an heiress and marry a titled gentleman. Matson isn’t titled so she must deny her love for him and make up to her father for costing him the love of his life.

Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida. 

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur's best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia and China.  

Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine.
Sourcebooks is giving away a paperback copy of The Rogue Steals a Bride to one lucky winner.
Giveaway is only OPEN to U.S. and Canada Residents ONLY.
Winner will be announced on 7/30
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9 comments:

sheryl said...

Sounds like a great story, can't wait to read it. New author for me

Amelia said...

Good morning!

I'm very happy to be here today at this fabulous looking site. I'll be checking in throughout the day so if you have questions or comments let me hear from you.

Sheryl, thanks for commenting. I hope you'll give my books a try!

Amelia

Natasha D said...

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Barbara E. said...

I think The Rogue Steals a Bride sounds like a great story, I can't wait to read about Sophia, Matson and the spinster aunts. :D

chey said...

Sounds like a great story!

Anita H. said...

Hi Amelia, thanks for introducing us to Matson and Sophia, can't wait to read their story!

Ada said...

I can't believe I haven't read this series yet!! I'm going to add the whole series to my TBR list for sure!

jmcgaugh said...

I like the premise for the book. Sounds good!

laurie said...

Sounds like a great story, can't wait to read it. New author for me

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