Today’s guest is author Amelia Grey.
Amelia’s book, A Duke To Die For hits stores in April!
Here’s a blurb:
The handsome fifth Duke of Blakewell is more interested in card parties, horse racing, and carousing than in settling down to manage his extensive estate and vast fortune. When young Miss Henrietta Tweed arrives on his doorstep and announces he’s her new guardian, she also tells him that a family curse accompanies her, and each of her previous guardians has met an untimely end. Finding her remarkably capable and cool-headed, Blake sets about to get her a husband, but finds something wrong with every one of her suitors.
When Blake suffers a series of accidents, Henrietta is more than ever convinced she must free him from the cursed guardianship. Just as Blake realizes he wants nothing more than to marry her himself, she accepts a suitor and now he has to win her back. But someone or something definitely seems out to get him, and one final accident may prove to be deadly.
Now here is Amelia…
“Bits of Wisdom”
by Amelia Grey
I absolutely love quotes, sayings, and clichés. Be they clever, inspiring, funny or too puzzling to spend a lot of time trying to figure out the meaning. I can find a use for them all. When I came across the book of Lord Chesterfield’s letters to his son I knew I had to write a book using some of the earl’s most famous quotes.
I already had the idea for my new Regency trilogy The Rogues’ Dynasty, with three handsome, titled cousins, simmering in the back of my mind. All I needed was someone to connect the heroes to the earl, and their famous grandmother fit the bill for that. So throughout A Duke To Die For(in stores in April!), A Marquis To Marry (Fall 2009), and An Earl To Enchant (Spring 2010) you will find bits of wisdom from Chesterfield.
The fun of this idea was to have characters throughout the three books attribute quotes and sayings to Chesterfield that he never said. For instance in the first book of the trilogy A Duke To Die For Chesterfield is given credit for saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” He didn’t say that, but he did say, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
It’s been so much fun weaving familiar and odd quotes into the trilogy. Some of my favorites, I have gleaned from workshops at conferences. In a RWA chapter a few years ago there was a contest to come up with the best sentence to describe a hero. I don’t remember the winner’s name, but I remember the quote; “An outlaw in a white shirt.” I’ve always loved that. In a workshop I attended a few years ago one of the presenters said, “Every romance book needs to do three things: make them laugh, make them cry, and make them wait.” Now I think this is a close variation of something Charles Dickens wrote, but I still believe it fits for a romance book today. And my favorite quote of all time I copied from the movie poster of Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood. It goes like this: “For the love of one woman and the good of all men, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law.” Quotes don’t get any better than that.
I hope you enjoy all the quotes you find in The Rogues’ Dynasty Trilogy. What are some of your favorite quotes?
Thanks Amelia for that great post…I, too, love quotes and actually keep a notebook full of them.
Readers, as Amelia asked, what are some of your favorite quotes?
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And to learn more about Amelia and her books, be sure to check out her website: http://www.ameliagrey.com