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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Little Mischief by Amelia Grey (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to best-selling romance author, Amelia Grey!


The Appeal of Regency

Good morning! Thank you for having me at Reading Between the Wines. I’m happy to be with you to discuss my favorite subject: What makes a Regency so fascinating.

To me there’s just something extremely appealing and very sexy about a tall, handsome gentleman dressed in buff-colored trousers, black Hessian knee boots, and a white shirt, A man whose honor is more important than his life. Men were gentlemen and women were ladies. Most of the gentlemen wanted to make a young lady feel beautiful, desired, and treasured. A Regency man was not only expected to open the door for a lady, pull out her chair, and watch his language and his manners around her, he wanted to do these things. He was the epitome of class and standards dressed in perfectly tied neckcloths, cutaway coats, and boots polished to a sexy gleam.  

         I like to think that ladies of the Regency were as strong and as spirited as the heroines in my books. Clothing for the ladies was stunning and delicate. Beaded and brocaded gowns trimmed with wispy bits of lace fell softly over fine cotton chemises, silky smooth stockings and stylish satin slippers. A well-dressed lady was never without a fancy embroidered handkerchief peeking out of a velvet reticule, jewels or pearls lying delicately around her neck, and ribbons, flowers, or alabaster combs adorning her hair. 

        The intricate dance of manners is just as romantic as the actual dancing during the Regency. Think of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth on the dance floor. The sexuality sizzles as they perform the steps of the quadrille in keeping with impeccable decorum and manners.  The reader is sitting at the edge of her seat, waiting for Mr. Darcy to please brush his thumb against her wrist, hold her waist just a little tighter, or gently caress her gloved fingertips.  But alas, his gallant manners are perfect, and we are left breathless!

        I love all the trappings of the Regency. Lavish accompaniments of the setting, can make readers wish they were there. The glossy black of a barouche pulled by six white spirited horses, an ivory handle walking stick, a jeweled brooch settled in the hollow of a pale throat, and an expansive marble floor. Wall scones that flicker candlelight in dark corridors are perfect for a romantic rendezvous between an innocent young lady and a handsome gent, or star-crossed lovers.

        Titled gentlemen and ladies of quality- -quite simply--fascinate me!  The ton is well, the ton!  In that elite group, in that exalted, inner circle of the ton I find the most curious thing: I want to be a part of them.  They are courtly and powerful, in the know, and a station above everyone else.  I want to hear their secrets and share their intimate lives.  I can vividly see ballrooms glittering with candlelight and cooled by a night wind.  
 
        The love scene in a Regency book is in a word, delicious.  When I’m reading a Regency book, it’s like I’m a part of the fabric that ties the story together.  The innocence of the Regency intrigues me.  I enjoy the first blush of true love that simmers and sizzles until the lady and the gentleman know the moment they must be together. There is a definite feeling of contentment when the hero and heroine succumb to their destiny. I let out my breath and savor the sensations.

        I love the Regency 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. I love the hustle and bustle of busy London streets, and all the secrets and mysteries that are hidden within the boundaries of Hyde and St. James’ Parks.

        Now, that I’ve teased your senses with all that appeals to me about the fabulous Regency tell me, do you read Regency romance? If you make a comment you’ll be entered to win a copy of my latest book, a re-issue of A Little Mischief. Here’s a short synopsis of the story for you to enjoy.



Isabella Winslowe is finally flourishing. She is gaining respectable notoriety for her ‘Wallflower Society’ until the unthinkable happens. She finds the darkly handsome Earl of Colebrooke’s sister in the back garden with a stone cupid in her hand and a dead man at her feet. The newly titled earl is formidable in looks, personality, and reputation.  He’s not a man Isabella wants to tangle with over such a delicate situation.
Daniel Colebrooke, is juggling all that he can handle when the most alluring young lady he has ever met arrives at his door and tells him his sister never intended to kill London’s most eligible bachelor. Daniel is certain he has a beautiful madwoman in front of him.  Highly suspicious of Miss Winslowe’s story, he goes with her to the garden and finds it empty. She insists someone has stolen the body.
Daniel decides to keep an eye on Miss Winslowe to see what kind of mischief is she up to? She might tell someone else her outrageous story about his sister. If something like that got out, Gretchen’s reputation would be ruined beyond repair. But what Daniel finds is that Isabella sets his heart to racing like no woman ever has. She’s engaging and exciting in a quiet and captivating way. But Daniel can’t give into his desire for Isabella…there’s a supposedly missing dead body standing them.

If you don’t win a copy, I hope you’ll pick up the reissue of A Little Mischief if you missed it when it was first published in 2003. It won the Booksellers Best Award and Aspen Gold Award for best Historical.

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



~*GIVEAWAY*~
As Amelia mentioned above she is giving away one copy of A Little Mischief to one reader today. (Sorry, open to US/CA only.) To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering the author's question above and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

20 comments:

lorimeehan said...

Yes I read Regency Romance. I love romance books and all of it genres. Thanks for the interview. I love the cover.
lorimeehan1@aol.com

Joanne said...

Congrats on the release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I love reading Regency romance, when the men were men and the women were beautiful.
Thanks for the great post.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Amelia said...

Hello everyone! Happy to be here at this great-looking site. I'll be checking in several times today so if you have any questions or comments for me I'm glad speak up. I love talking about the Regency, romance and reading!
Amelia Grey

Chrisbails said...

Yes, I do love regency romance. I love seeing and reading what it is like to be titled. I love the era, and how things are so different. The clothes are different, manners are different, and so many other things.
Amelia is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Alicia said...

I like regency romance! It is one of those genres that create such a magical setting! I especially love them when they are written in the spring or fall, just such a beautiful time of year!

I read regency pretty often and I would love to get the chance to read "A Little Mischief"! Thanks for the contest!

orangepeacock313 AT gmail Dot com

*yadkny* said...

I love to read read Regency romance! I've had A Little Mischief on my wishlist and would LOVE to win a copy... thanks for the giveaway!

Tore said...

Yes I read Regency Romances. I love romances in all genres. Tore923@aol.com

erin said...

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! Congrats to Amelia on the newest release!

I'm game for pretty much anything and that includes regency romance :)

Soft Fuzzy Sweater said...

I love regencies and I can't explain why except they give a behind the curtains peak at all those Jane Austen novels with no sex!

Please enter me in the giveaway!!

annfesATyahooDOTcom

kimbacaffeinate said...

Love Regency books thanks for the giveaway..i want to read this and post a review to my blog in November..i am reading almost all HF that month..woot! woot!

heather said...

Yes, I do. Actually my grandmother got me reading regency romances and now I'm glued to it :)

Joy Gifford said...

I Love reading Regency Romances, it's about the only kind I read, it's Regency or nothing and A Little Mischief sounds like my kind of book, bring on the wine!

Jasmyn said...

Regency is my favorite type of Romance. If I see that in the description I have a really hard time not wanting to pick it up. The period is so interesting to read about.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

Yes I read Regency Romances. I love nearly all subgenres of romances. It gives me a great variety.

Barbara E. said...

I love historical romance, and it seems like all the best ones are set in the Regency period. Georgette Heyer got me started on them, and I've never stopped.

June M. said...

Regency set historicals are my faves, maybe because I have read so many of them. I do love the time though for the balls, the customs, clothing, etc. I have only been reading romances for a few years so I know that I missed this book when it was first released. But I am def putting it on my TBR list now.

Maureen said...

I do read Regency romance. I enjoy the balls, gowns, jewels and manners of that time.

Carin said...

I love regency romance, I love the history, I love the manors and the decorum, I love the 3 to 5 changes of clothes a day, I love the big hair and hats galore. Thanks Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

Di said...

Yes - I read a lot of Regency Romance - there's just something about that period that appeals - maybe because it's just before we move into the modernizing of the industrial age.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Kristyn Phipps said...

I enjoy Regency romances. I think it has to do with the fact that it's a fairly romantic time. I've not read this one, but the synopsis is very intriguing!

Thanks for the contest!