Pleasure Me With Amelia Grey

>Today’s post is a little different. Amelia Grey is an award-winning writer of historicals, but today, she’s here to tell you about a book about romance writers, including some of your favorite historical authors like Eloisa James and Teresa Medeiros. It’s a really different kind of book that I think you’re going to want to go out and buy the minute you finish reading this post! (Oh and she has a new historical, A Gentleman Never Tells, coming out June 2011, be sure to look for it!) Please welcome Amelia for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post. 

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Good morning everyone! Thank you, Monica for having me today on your blog to talk about how I put together my February book Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer.


It’s been a wild and crazy ride but worth every twist, turn, and roadblock that I’ve encountered. There were many times during the creative stage of this book that I was ready to give up and put the idea aside. I’m so glad I didn’t because I have collected 67 amazing stories from some of the most famous names in romantic fiction. It all started with, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…”

The idea came to me like a flash of lightning—what if the women who write about fictional love every day told their readers their own personal romance story. I found this idea very intriguing. Could I get the authors to write a page, or two, or three about how they met the love of their life, or how they have made their love last through the years, or what makes love and romance timeless? After studying on the idea for a few days I talked it over with some of my best friends and everyone loved the idea. Within a few months I had stories from 17 fabulous authors, enough for my agent to send the proposal out to publishers. When HCI made an offer I was thrilled and frightened at the same time. We couldn’t go to print with less than twenty names so that meant I had to solicit some authors I had met but didn’t know well, and authors I had never met. Talk about intimidation—imagine emailing someone out of the blue and asking them to write about their true love. I was so nervous.


But I began my search of e-mail addresses of authors I didn’t know and finally had to resort to simply going to websites and contacting authors from there. If you didn’t get an e-mail from me it was probably because your spam filter ate it. It wasn’t easy trying to explain what I needed/wanted in such a short space, but I did my best. There were a few authors I never heard from, and I’m sure in most of those cases my e-mail simply didn’t go through. Some wrote back that they loved the idea but didn’t have the time to write anything which certainly is understandable.  But after a couple of months, I had 67 authors all in varying stages of giving me what I needed for the book. I not only needed their story, I needed their picture and photo credit, bio, and a signed permission to publish form before I could put them into the book. It became quite hectic and once or twice comical keeping up with who had sent in what and who was complete.

Fall In Love
Like a Romance Writer
reveals a glimpse into the exclusive and private world of over 65 authors. Don’t miss this amazing collection of true love stories from your favorite romance novelist written in their own words. 
Some of the stories are heart-warming, some are inspiring, and others are filled with humor, but they are all sprinkled with that magical feeling of being in love. 

That wasn’t all there was to putting the book together. Their stories needed to be categorized. I had several different ideas for how to do that. I considered making the sections into the wedding vows— To Have and to Hold/ For Better or For Worse/ For Richer, For Poorer/ In Joy or In Sorrow/In Sickness and In Health/ To Love and To Cherish/From This Day Forward/ Until Death Do We Part. I also gave attention to the idea of dividing the stories into the popular and very familiar romance categories of Sweet, Sensual, Inspirational, Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit, Intrigue, and Suspense. But as I read the stories over and over again, I realized they had their own themes without any machinations on my part.


So after you have read Monica’s latest thrilling fictional account of love, I hope you’ll turn to the pages of my February book Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer and read about how your favorite authors found true love. For a complete list of the fabulous sixty-seven authors featured in Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer  visit http://www.ameliagrey.com/.

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About the Author

Amelia Grey grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle.   She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.
     
Amelia has won the Booksellers Best Award and Aspen Gold Award.  Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner she won the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, the Maggie Award and the Affaire de Coeur Award for best historical.  In June 2011 her 10th Regency A Gentleman Never Tells will be released and in November 2011 one of her earlier books, A Dash Of Scandal will be reprinted.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

44 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Amelia Grey

  1. >Amelia, thank you so much for visiting. It's going to be a popular book, I'm sure! I hope you'll return in the future!

  2. >What a fantastic idea! I love your historicals, Amelia. I just know this book is going to be a big hit. I LOVE the idea of reading the love stories of my favorite romance authors.

    Who was the toughest author to secure? Were there any funny stories or quirks involved in gathering this material?

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  3. >Good morning, Monica and ladies, sorry I never got back to the blog last night, but if anyone is looking at to today, THANK YOU for your warm reception and wonderful comments about Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer. I'd love to hear your comments after you read it, maybe even tell me your favorite and yes I have a favorite one, too! So stay in touch,
    Amelia

  4. >Interesting idea for a book. Wondering what categories the stories fell into.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    USA

  5. >I used to buy all the romance times now i read about my favs online i'll prob buy this in ebook

  6. >Amelia,
    What an intriguing idea for a book! Looking forward to reading all of the stories from all of the authors included.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  7. >See, what did I tell ya'll yesterday! I knew you were gonna love Amelia's book! I'm so glad she was able to come and share!

    Amelia, I love your love story too. I love bad boys. But I was the bad girl for my DH. LOL There can be only ONE baddie in the family.

  8. >Oh, this sounds like an absolutely lovely idea! I'm fascinated by love stories, and even more so of the ones behind the story. I believe another author hosted a slew of guests and asked them to tell their stories as well, and I was captivated. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  9. >OMG! What a great concept for a book! I've often wondered how romance authors are "inspired", particularly the men. Because if you all write based on "personal experience" I am sooooo jealous! 🙂 I would LOVE to read this book!! I'm putting it on my TBR list right now!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom
    Kansas

  10. >Amelia,

    What an awesome idea! Reading about how some of my favorite authors fell in love (and written in their own hand) is sure to be a jewel. Thanks for all your hard work in sharing this information with readers.
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  11. >What a great idea for a book! Thank you for letting us see a bit more of the life of our favorite authors!

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    CA

  12. >Danielle, Genius? Thank you!
    Artemis, I loved brilliant too!
    Maureen, it wasn't easy, but somehow I managed.
    Kris b, I think it is fabulous and I hope you do, too.
    Carol L, THank you!
    Kansassweet, You made my day and evening, too!
    Julie, I think you will love it!
    Estella, thank you!
    Maria, Good luck!
    Ladies, I'll try to check back one more tim tonight. I have fun being here with you and Monica today and I wish her MUCH success with Pleasure Me!
    Amelia

  13. >Fantastic idea for a book! Sounds like it would be a lot of fun to read too. Recognized quite a few of the names of the authors that contributed.

    Thanks for the contest!

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com
    United States

  14. >Hi! I have to agree with everyone else! Your book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read how each romance author found her true love! Thank you for thinking of it and getting it all together. It sounds like it was a massive undertaking!

    I met my husband in college and we have been together 17 years this past October. 🙂

    Hang in there, Monica! This is fabulous! You are doing a wonderful job! I am loving the build up to the Pleasure Me release!

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  15. >Hi Monica and Amelia,
    I have been a fan of Amelia's since I read Never a Bride when
    it first came out. I could hardly
    wait for the next book to come out. LOL I am a fan of yours too. 🙂 What a great idea to come up with, it gives readers a chance to learn about some of our fav authors and how they met their significant others and their own HEA's.
    Thanks for the chance to win books too. LOL
    Earlene from Kansas
    egille1677@aol.com

  16. >I think this is such a great idea for a book. I look forward to reading it. I also have to say I love your historicals Amelia.
    Great post Monica and Amelia. I really enjoyed it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  17. >ooh the list of authors is soo fun! karen robards! yayy! i am sooo going to get this book! I think its great to have the "real story!" monica why am I not surprised you found your hubby at kroger? I found mine at pizza hut! LOL and we have been married 23 years next month

    kris b

  18. >What an interesting idea and how great that you were able to get so many authors' stories.
    Pennsylvania
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  19. >What a brilliant idea to put together those stories. How hard was it to filter through all of those or did you use all of them?

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  20. >I think the concept behind this book is genius. I will definitely be putting this on my TBR list. I think it's great reading about how others found their true love.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    Florida

  21. >booklover0226, thank you!
    Karen H in NC, Good luck!
    Catslady, the book is divided into sections. Humor, Moonstruck, Inspiration, Second Chances, Trust and Respect, Hope, and the one you would fit in, Opposite Attracts.
    Kate, I hope you enjoy it.
    Monica, everytime I sign on I look at your cover for Pleasure Me. Wow! That has to be the sexiest cover I've ever seen. You must be thrilled!
    Amelia

  22. >Amelia, what a terrific idea. I think anybody who reads romances wonders about the people who write them – do they write about love so well because they have it all figured out? How fun to get a peek behind the curtain and see for ourselves.

    My husband and I met because we were college "friends with benefits." We both swore up and down we didn't want anything serious. Then we really swore up and down when we realized (oops) that we'd fallen hard for each other. Ten years later, we're still joined at the hip.

    Monica, your blog event has swallowed me whole. I did a post last Friday, and ever since then I've been checking every morning to read everyone else's!

    katequinnauthor at hotmail.com
    Long Beach, CA

  23. >Oh what a wonderful idea! I think most of us romance readers would love to hear authors true love romances. True stories always get to me. I met my hubby in high school – he was the new kid that had traveled the world and I had never left my hometown. We are complete opposites but have "managed" to stay together for over 41 years lol.

    catslady5(at)aol.com

  24. >Hi Amelia,

    I read about this book from one of the authors included in the line-up. When I read about it, I thought at the time 'what a great idea'. As a reader, I'm always interested in the lives of the authors I read. So, as soon as I heard about, I put it on my BTB list. Maybe I'll get lucky and win a copy here! LOL

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  25. >Hi, Amelia.

    Your post was interesting; I enjoyed reading it.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  26. >Monica,
    You gotta love a cute and cheerful man! Thanks for sharing. I do have my story in the book, as well. I only wanted to showcase my celebrity authors, but my editor insisted. Here's a teaser: "The first time I saw him he was leaning against the fender of a sporty, 1965 Cyclone Comet holding a thin cigar. Surprising I know, considering he was a senior in high school and not a well seasoned man about town, but true. Thankfully smoking didn't become a habit, but looking at him that late Sunday afternoon with smoke curling up from his fingers made my seventeen-year-old heart thump loud enough to cause a roar in my temples. One thing was sure, he wasn't from our small town. That golden-eyed, brown-haired hunk dressed in tight jeans and a blue button-down collared shirt had the appeal of the all-American bad boy and I couldn't believe my good fortune when he threw down the cigar and walked over to my car and said hello."
    Cindy if you're not one of the three lucky winners I hope you'll pick up the book and let me know what you think.
    April and Lousia, it's music to my ears to hear you love my historicals. Thank you!
    Lousia, I think the toughest thing I had to do was get Karen Robard's signed permission to publish form. I had her story in hand, but she kept forgetting to fax the signed form. She's a very busy author and I completely understood but I was really cutting it close to get her in the collection. So glad I did!
    Amelia

  27. >Good morning everyone! What a novel idea to share how your favorite author meet their true loves. Sounds exciting. Amelia,I love your Regency/historical books. Can hardly wait to for the new one to hit the shelves. Hope everyone is haveing a great week.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    Henderson, NC

  28. >What a great idea for a book! It's nice to hear that the authors that write the books we love have their own HEA too!

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  29. >It just occurred to me that I could share how I met my DH. I used to shop at Kroger regularly around 5-6pm because I worked down the street at one of those minor emergency clinics. The DH generally was working, and I would always go through his line because he has this great smile and was always so damn cheerful. I envy that about him. I went in regularly for ten full months before he asked me out. We had our first date on 11/4/83 and were married 2.5 years later. Celebrating 25 years this Jan. The man has gone through hell with me, but that's what true love is about IMHO. Sticking with someone through thick and thin, even when you feel like choking them. LOL

    Amelia, if you didn't include your own story in the book, why not share it here!

  30. >Good morning! I'm so excited to be here today and thrilled there are already so many posts. Thank you, Monica for having me!
    Barbara, so glad to hear you love my historials. And I know you will love my Fall In Love Collection. I want to know your favorite story after you've read it!
    Monica, I'm here! I'm on Central time and not an early riser.
    Kris b it was truly wild at times as times but so worth it in the end. Sure hope you enjoy reading the book.
    Lindalou, all the stories are different and the authors own true story. Most stories are less than a thousand words so it's easy to read.
    Virginia C I can't imagine a romance reader who woulnd't enjoy this book.
    Andrea, if you don't love it, you'll have to email me why, but i think you will.
    Mary, oh, yes there are some that bring on the tears, Mary Jo Putney's, Deb Stover, Cathy Maxwell's just to name some of them but then there are some laugh out loud funny ones like Robyn Carr, Teresa Meddeiros and Wendy Coris Staub.
    Jeanne M you are so right! I am a sunshine kind of girl! And I need to tell everyone that just this week I found out that my June Regency A Gentleman Never Tells got a brand new, fabulous cover and a new release date of July. I'll have the new cover up soon so stop by ameliagrey.com next week and take a look.
    Lynn R I'll let Monica answer the questions about contests, but 3 lucky winners will receive an ARC of Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer!
    Chris, let me know what you think after yov've read it.
    Amelia

  31. >What a great idea! I can't wait to read this book to see how my favorite authors fell in love with their true life partners!

    Best wishes,

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  32. >ACK!! My mistake Lynn, It should have read Friday, not Thursday. The date was correct. Entries for not only the daily giveaway and Grand/Second Prizes at the end of the event must be entered in the 24-hour period of each individual post.

    So sorry for the confusion. I can only say that running this event is a huge undertaking and I'm behind on deadline, so frantic doesn't describe my current mental state.

  33. >Hello, Ladies!

    I must say that I have often wondered about some of my favourite authors and how they met their "one and only", but never had the courage to write to them and ask (not to mention that I didn't want to be accused of stalking them!). So, you can imagine that I'm thrilled that someone did it for me!

    I do have one question, however, about the contest. My calendar says that the 28th of January is a Friday (tomorrow), not Thursday (today). Yes? No? Maybe? Anyway, thanks for the contest, and good luck to us all!

    Later,

    Lynn

  34. >I bet right about now Amelia is glad she's living in Florida and not in Connecticut! I live in Rhode Island and even though we've gotten lots of snow Connecticut has gotten even more!

    It's a perfect day to be home reading a good book but unfortuantely I got shoveled out this morning and the road (finally) got plowed so I'm at work (so far the only one that's made it in).

    I love that the authors wrote about their own love stories – what a great idea and I can't wait to read it. I love all of Amelia's books and am looking forward to the next Rogues dynasty book to be released in June. Amelia, as a reader I love how you draw us into your stories!

  35. >Good Morning Amelia and Monica,
    What an original idea for a book and to get so many authors who felt like it was a great idea that they decided to do it, is amazing. Great job! sounds like a great idea for a book and I can't wait to see who all is telling their story and read them. I'm sure there are going to be some heart warming stories in this book.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada, USA

  36. >Hi, Amelia!

    What a terrific idea!! Congrats! So many people have misconceptions that people who read and write romance are looking for love or romance, so this is a great way to let them know that true love does exist! Brava! Best of luck to you with this. I'll definitely be picking it up! 🙂

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  37. >Hello, Amelia! What an amazing, awesome collection of beloved romance authors! You had such a wonderful idea, and you brought together so many interesting and talented women who continue to enrich our reading lives with their talent as storytellers! I can't wait to hear their own personal stories : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  38. >Good Morning, Amelia & Monica…
    Thank you both for having this event today.
    I'm very interested in reading this to see how it flows… Will it connect thru-out or is it a collection of many short stories with the same central theme? I love Regency Romances…
    Please enter me in your contest.
    Linda T.
    lindalou@cfl.rr.com
    Florida, USA

  39. >good morning ladies!
    well who'd have thunk it! sounds like a very very interesting book I would never have thought to put all that together and the work of keeping it all straight! OMG! dont want to think about that part! I am going to check out the link to the book tonight when i get home 🙂 didnt have time this morning. looking forward to it as it sounds like fun fun fun!

    Kris b indiana

    krysti33@ frontier dot com

  40. >Everyone, I've notified Amelia that her post is live. I know she's eager to get her because she emailed me last night wanting the link! *grin*

    I hope you enjoy today's post, I know that Julianne MacLean, who's blogging here next week is one of the stories Amelia shares in her book, so I'm eager to read it!

  41. >I've loved all of Grey's Regencies that I've read. Can't wait to read this one…what a great premise and how fun to read how some of our favorite authors found their own TRU LURV!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia