Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Promo: The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey


Thank you for having me today at Romance Reviews. I always appreciate the invitation to be with you and your readers.

1.   Tell us about your latest release.

The EARL NEXT DOOR is full of fun and romance. My heroine, Adeline decides to start a school for unfortunate girls in the house next door to the hero, the Earl of Lyonwood. Lyon lives on a quiet street and he’s not used to the delightful screams and high-pitched squealing that comes from little girls—especially in the early morning when he’s trying to sleep off a late night. The girls and Adeline upset his peaceful, well-structured life and that make for some really cute scenes. Being neighbors gives Adeline and Lyon plenty of time and reason to get together. Adeline is a widow who had an unhappy marriage and has no plans to ever marry again, but she wouldn’t mind a lover. Lyon wants one lady to love and adore with his whole being. He wants her to be passionate about him and what their futures can be together. He wants a lady who is forthright in all things, especially her attitude toward him.


2.   Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

Lyon isn’t used having a neighbor or anyone else taking him to task about anything he does and certainly not when the gentlemen in his card club are over for an afternoon of playing and betting, but that is exactly what Adeline does. She astonishes the thoughtless earl and his friends and proves herself a lady to be reckoned with.

3.   What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always enjoyed reading and romance books have long been my favorite kind of books to read. I was a teenager when I read my first Harlequin Romance. I want that happy ending that so many books don’t have. I’m happy to read action-adventure, trouble and angst, or any book that is filled with emotional triggers that make a story exciting or memorable as long as I have a happily ever after ending.

4. What is a typical writing day like?

On most days, I make it into my office around nine and usually start answering emails, looking at the three loops I’m on, and in general, doing whatever needs to be done on the computer. It is usually after ten that I start working on my book. I try to remember to get up often and walk around, but sometimes I simply forget and realize I’ve been sitting for hours. I eat a light lunch whenever I get hungry. I don’t snack throughout the day but most afternoons I enjoy a pick-me-up of a little orange juice, yogurt or chocolate covered peanuts and cashews. I usually work until late afternoon when it’s time to think about cooking dinner.

5. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

I like to hand write my outline of each chapter before I type it into the computer. This allows me time away from the screen to rest my eyes and to sit relaxed in a more comfortable chair. After I have drafted the chapter into the computer, I print and edit with a red pen and then make the changes.   

6. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

How giving other authors are. I joined my first writers’ organization many years ago. I was surprised at how generous published authors were with sharing their knowledge. Well-known and successful authors gave workshops to help beginning authors learn the craft of writing and how to market their books to an agent or publisher. They did it without expecting anything in return.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

An author named Deidre Mardon was one of the first authors I got to know when I started writing. She wrote for Harlequin. She was an amazingly generous woman with her time in sharing all she knew about the publishing industry and in critiquing my stories. She showed me ways to make my books better. Sadly, she has passed, but her influence lives on in the way I write my books.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband is my biggest fan. He has no problem telling people we’ve just met that I’m an historical romance author. He usually adds, “She writes as Amelia Grey. She spells it the English way, Grey, not the American way, Gray.” If they question him further, and most do, he’ll tell them to look me up on my website or on Amazon. 

9. What are hobbies or interests do you have?

My husband and I love to travel. Each year we try to take a long trip out of the country. We’ve been all over Europe, to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai just to name a few places. This year we are going back to England. I want to see the countryside again and sit in a pub and listen to British people talk.  

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?

Yes, thank you for asking. I am working on the second book of my First Comes Love series. This trilogy is based on three young wives who became widows with the sinking of the passenger ship the Salty Dove. Together they gain renewed purpose by opening a school for unfortunate girls. Each forged lives without husbands. Each gained strength in having to make her own way. But then, they each meet a man who changes their destiny.
The second book of the series is GONE WITH THE ROGUE and will be published May 2020.
This book is Julia’s story. Julia is a widow with a three-year-old son she absolutely adores. And her son seems to adore the rogue, Garrett Stockton. Though Julia comes to realize she loves the rogue, too, there are reasons she can’t give in to her love for him.

The third book of the series is HOW TO TRAIN YOUR EARL and will be published May 2021.
It’s been almost five years since Brina lost her beloved husband. She’s settled into a genteel, happy life of helping others until she meets the black sheep of the Blacknight family. He’s not the kind of man she expected to be the first to awaken her passionate desires, but the instant her gaze falls on his, she feels the ground shake. 

11. How can readers connect with you online?

It was my pleasure to share with you about my new book THE EARL NEXT DOOR. I’ve added an excerpt below and how your readers can connect with me. Please use at your discretion.

I love to get emails from readers and I always answer so you can email me at ameliagreyauthor@gmail.com. I send a newsletter once a month and I always give away a book or gift card. You can sign up at  https://madmimi.com/signups/214982/join or you can like me on Facebook at FaceBook.com/AmeliaGreybook. I give away a book every Friday. In order to be eligible to win all you have to do is make a comment about my Fun Day question.

Excerpt of THE EARL NEXT DOOR

Adeline’s spine remained rigid. So this was indeed about the school. That was a troublesome matter and would have to be dealt with gently. She and her friends had hoped to keep information about The Seafarer’s School from the ton until the girls moved in, thinking it would be more difficult for the old guard of Society to object their her charitable project if the children were already settled into the residence. There would be a certain amount of gossip about the reasons she, Julia, and Brina were opening the school, but they were prepared for it. Their hope was that everyone would be accepting as long as the three of them kept their distance from the girls and, as all proper ladies should do, leave the business and management of it solely in their solicitor’s hands.
The clock in the drawing room chimed and didn’t stop until it had resounded five times. Her gaze remained locked together with his as if neither wanted to be the first to blink. Adeline had to make a choice. She could continue her battle of wills with him, call for Mrs. Lawton to help her toss the man out on his ear, or, less satisfying, relent to his cocksure resolve and find out exactly what he wanted.
The decision was suddenly easy. She only wanted to be rid of him and the desirous feelings of excitement that stole through her when he looked too closely at her. And she looked at him.
Adeline stiffened her back again with all the aplomb her title required and said, “I am one of the owners. You can talk with me.”
“You’re much younger than I assumed the proprietor of this establishment would be,” he confessed. “And as beautiful as you are in your crimson and gold, and in any other circumstances, or any other location, I would be happy to pay whatever fee you charge to fulfill my needs. However, this is a respectable neighborhood and I cannot and will not sit by and allow a madam to move in and set up her business here.”
A trio of thumps echoed in Adeline’s chest, and then a few more. The pendulum on the clock must have ticked a half-dozen times. Adeline’s brain seemed to freeze before the air swooshed out of her lungs. Shock roared through her. Her whole body stiffened before she felt her eyes narrow in outrage.
“Just where do you think you are, sir?”
“A house of pleasure.”
Outrage quickly morphed to fury, which flowed hot and fast, consuming her. Oh yes, she knew about such disgraceful, secret places. She’d overheard her husband and his small group of gentlemen friends talk about visiting them.
Adeline was skilled at holding in her emotions, but this man had gone too far. With only one step she stood toe-to-toe with him. Lifting her face, she rose up on the balls of her feet and edged her nose closer to his. “You think this is one of the many private underground brothels hidden from all but Society’s most elite gentlemen?”
“Isn’t it?” he asked huskily.
There was no time to consider what her next move should be. Hardening her resolve and taking a step back, she proclaimed, “I am the Dowager Countess of Wake and you have trespassed too far. How dare you push your way into my house and speak to me the way you have. You, sir, are an abomination to the term gentleman.”
She fought to regain every ounce of her normal calm, her abiding restraint, her guiding sense of decorum in any unpleasant circumstance. But then she accidentally looked at his mouth, felt that long-suppressed surge of yearning. Adeline didn’t want this unusual mix of longing and angry dizziness to control her. She hated the truth of how womanly and desirable it made her feel to see hunger for her in his eyes. Hated the truth of how she was presented.
And then, in a moment of insanity, she thought of the very real possibility of those full lips on hers stirring with passion, and reason was gone.
Unable to do anything else before she lost herself completely, she drew back her hand and struck him soundly across the face. It was that, or kiss him.
Perhaps she chose the wrong one.


ABOUT THE EARL NEXT DOOR:

What does a fiercely independent young widow really want? One determined suitor is about to find out…

When Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, learns of her husband’s sudden death, she realizes she’s free. At last, she can do, go, and be as she pleases. Finally, she can have the life she has always dreamed of. She doesn’t need, or want, to remarry. Especially not the supremely dashing future Marquis of Marksworth, who makes Adeline yearn for his desire…

Lord Lyonwood, son of a philandering marquis, will not be like his father. He wants to run his estates and watch them flourish—and find a wife who brings love to his life. When he meets spirited and self-reliant Adeline in a case of near-scandalous mistaken identity, Lyon feels he’s met his match. But Adeline isn’t interested in a marriage proposal. She will only accept becoming his lover—and Lyon finds it hard to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author AMELIA GREY read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of over twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.




Author website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/

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