Two Chances to Win a Free Read!
Update: Amelia Grey’s two winners are–Dani Harper and Karri Lyn Halley. Congratulations! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. I’ll have a new guest next Monday and there’s always my contest. Good luck!
Happy Monday! Please welcome historical author Amelia Grey to Read, Write, Love. Not only is she offering 2 chances for YOU to win A Gentleman Never Tells, she’s sharing a bit about her life, love and books. I met Amelia on my recent trip to NYC for RWA Nationals and she’s a delight. Here’s your chance to listen in on our coffee clatch:
MM: I’ve lived in 9 different states. Looks like you’ve bopped about the country a bit too. What are some of the things you loved about the places you’ve lived?
AG: Mia, I was born in Florida and I’m a Florida girl through and through, but because of my husband’s jobs I’ve also lived in Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. I moved to Connecticut in the summer and loved it until it started getting cold at night in August! Oh my! And one winter I didn’t see the sun for 3 weeks. I had cabin fever so bad. I am a sunshine kind of girl and I don’t like gray, snowy skies and days it doesn’t get above freezing, which happened often the winters I was in Connecticut and New Hampshire. And I’m certainly not used to seeing snow on the ground before Thanksgiving and not seeing grass again until mid-May which was the case one year in New Hampshire.
MM: Wow, you’d never have made it through a Park City UT winter. We had 12 mortal feet of snow, but if you had skis strapped to your feet, it looked like heaven.
Other than writing, what is your passion? Do you have a hobby or interest you’d like to share?
AG: The first thing I would like you to know about me is that I’m a girly girl! I love pearls, lace, ruffles, candlelight, and soft music. I don’t want to get my hands dirty and I like my make-up on. But I’m a big fan of college football, and I always pick a team and watch the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and the World Series. I love to watch sports—I just don’t want to play sports. I love living on the beach but I don’t like to walk barefoot on the sand or getting in the water. I love to watch the waves roll in and listen to them crash on shore and one of my favorite things to do is watch the sun set over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. I enjoy going to movies, reading books, and traveling to places I’ve never been before. I would rather have a quiet dinner with my husband and a few friends than be at a loud, rocking party.
MM: I see you and your high school sweetheart have been together for over 20 years. What do you do to keep romance alive in your real life?
AG: I’m a ‘always kiss and make-up and a happily-ever-after’ kind of woman. I’m a true believer in lasting love and keeping romance alive through courtship, careers, children, and retirement. And I’m living that American Dream right now. My husband and I married when he was nineteen and I was a mere eighteen years old. Right from the start, our youth put three strikes against us staying together for any length of time. But over thirty-five years and counting, we’re still happily married.
I never thought much about this until recently when we were approaching another anniversary. Friends and family members kept asking me, “How have you made your marriage work for so long and still be so happily married?”
My answer was always, “We grew together rather than apart.”
The question was so frequently asked that I found myself pondering what my answer really meant. How had we managed to live together so long and with relatively few bumps in the road?
Immediately words like respect, compromise, patience, understanding, love, and encouragement came to mind. All of these reflected our devotion to each other. But those were followed just as quickly by words like anger, despair, ambivalence, confusion and grief. Through the years my husband and I have experienced all these good and bad emotions and many more. Most of them more than once, but we’ve never allowed them to weight us down or tear us apart. Even when our differences of opinions seemed impossible to overcome, we never gave up and called it quits. We talked and found a way to reconcile them and move on.
MM: Words to live by. Tell us about your newest book. Why will we love your hero?
AG: Thank you! I’m happy to. A Gentleman Never Tells is currently available at your favorite local or online bookstore.
Viscount Brentwood is minding his own business, walking his mother’s Pomeranian in Hyde Park early one morning when a lovely and alluring young lady walks out of the mist and into his arms. Of course, this is all very much to his liking until they are caught, and he finds out that she is not only another man’s fiancé, she also happens to be the daughter of a powerful duke. And if that wasn’t enough trouble for the Viscount to be in the middle of, he’s lost his mother’s dog, too.
Lady Gabrielle is dependable, sensible, and obedient. That’s why she had accepted the practical, unemotional marriage her formidable father had arranged for her. That’s what those of her kind did—or so she had always believed until early one morning, when her defenses were down, she threw all of her upbringing away for the chance to spend a few passionate moments in the arms of a handsome stranger.
But kissing the stranger didn’t free Lady Gabrielle. She only thwarted the shackles of one arranged betrothal to immediately find herself stuck in yet another forced engagement. The strong-willed lady isn’t going to give up her freedom so easily. She has plans that her father and Lord Brentwood don’t know about and scandal and mishaps become the order of the day while Gabrielle and Brent scour London to find a notorious dog thief.
Now make a comment about something I’ve said for a chance to win one of two copies of A Gentleman Never Tells. Good luck!
Amelia Grey is a pseudonym for Gloria Dale Skinner, the author under various pen names, of more than twenty books. She grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle, and has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty-five years.
Amelia has won the Booksellers Best Award and Aspen Gold Award for writing as Amelia Grey. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner she has won the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, the Maggie Award, and the Affaire de Coeur Award for best historicals.
Her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs and have sold to many countries in Europe, and in Russia, China and most recently in Indonesia and Turkey.
Amelia’s most recent books were The Rogues’ Dynasty Trilogy—A Duke To Die For, A Marquis To Marry, and An Earl To Enchant. Watch for Amelia’s new Regency historical A Gentleman Never Tells July 20ll.
Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine.
Thanks for dropping by Amelia!
Now, it’s YOUR turn. Leave a comment or question to be entered into Amelia’s drawing. She’s choosing two winners of her newest release A GENTLEMAN NEVER TELLS. I’ll kick it off with a question for Amelia: I love that your hero is walking his mother’s Pomeranian. There’s something endearing about a man who is comfortable enough with his own masculinity not to need a “power pet” on the end of the leash. What’s the dog’s name and does Brent find it again once he disentangles himself from Gabrielle?