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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thursday Spotlight: Sourcebooks Casablanca
A Duke to Die For by Amelia Grey
I have had a long love affair with Regency set romances. There’s just something extremely appealing and sexy to me about a powerful, titled man. I feel the same way when I see a military man in dress uniform. Think of a young Richard Gere in An Officer and A Gentleman and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about. He was so good looking in that movie! And yes, I thought of him when I was describing the hero of my new book A Duke To Die For.
But of course it’s not only the hero who makes the Regency time period my favorite to read and write. I love the clothing of that era, too. To me there’s just something especially sensual about the way the high-waisted, empire dress fits snugly under a lady’s breasts. I won’t tell you how many years ago it was, but I will admit that my wedding dress was empire style.
But there’s more to think about in a romance than the sexy heroes and beautiful clothing. In A Duke To Die For I wanted to explore the emotions of the guardian and ward relationship. It was a type story I hadn’t written before, and I was eager to see what I could do with it. I knew I wanted my hero, Blake, to be reluctant to take on this duty. He was having too much fun as a devilish duke to be tied down with responsibility. And I wanted my heroine, Henrietta, to long for independence which, of course, was an almost impossible thing to accomplish back in those days. I also enjoyed exploring the fact that as her guardian, Blake was sworn to protect her from rakes just like himself and he found it difficult to keep his hands off her.
But even with all that going on, I felt the story needed more for them to have to deal with so I added the very real possibility that Henrietta was cursed and that curse could very well cost Blake his life. It confounded him and enlivened Henrietta. I had tons of fun with that aspect of the story.
So let me hear from you—Do you enjoy the guardian/ward type of story? Do you believe in curses?