Guest Author & Giveaway: Samatha Grace featuring Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half

Tuesday, June 19

Did you know that one of the reasons I started blogging was because no one else that I knew loved reading romances?  *Gasp*  I know right, how could you not love books about love?  And when you find a great book that reaffirms what you love about the romance genre, and don't have anyone to share that love with, and talk about and dish with....I think you all know exactly how that feels, just like I do.  I think that is why book clubs became so popular, among other reasons.  The blog became like my online book club :)

Historical Romance author Samantha Grace is here today to share with us the beginnings of her romance reading love affair, and how that has influenced her own writing, like in her new book Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half.  Enjoy!


Hi. I’m Samantha Grace, one of the newer voices to join the Regency historical romance. It’s great to be back at Seductive Musings today talking about the second book in my Beau Monde Bachelor series, “Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half”.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of romantic tales. One of my earliest memories that led to my love for romance was watching “Love Story” on TV with my mom and grandma. I was too young to understand most of it, but I loved that moment of bonding with the two most important women in my life.

I think that’s still part of the reason I love romance. There is a special camaraderie between romance readers that comes from sharing a similar experience. We know the same people—uh, I mean characters. Just the mention of Viscount St. Vincent makes historical romance readers of all ages and backgrounds sigh. “Ah, Sebastian.” Oh, how we love a reformed rake. And every subgenre has at least one hero fans recognize and SQUEE over.

Last week I was trying to remember the first time I read a historical romance. I must have been age fifteen or sixteen. It was a sweet story and so romantic, but I can’t for the life of me remember the title. I’m not surprised, though. I have a horrible memory for titles. Anyway, the story was about a young orphan woman who goes to live with a male cousin who is her guardian, I believe. They had never met and I think they were pretty far removed cousins. At least I hope so, otherwise the familial connection should have given me the heebie jeebies.

I believe the story takes place in Spain and the male cousin is a landowner with tenant cottages. I remember they made a visit there and somehow the heroine did something that was helpful to the hero. (I know, my mastery for details is to be envied, isn’t it? I promise my ability to tell a story is much better than my recall of this book. LOL)

The heroine thought she was going to have to marry and move away, but she had fallen in love with the hero so her heart was breaking. The hero had fallen for her, too, but maybe he thought he was too old or something. Then there was a storm that may have placed them in danger, and the couple revealed their love for one another. A little bit of sweet smooching followed and they lived happily ever after.

I LOVED THIS STORY! I just wish I knew who wrote it and what it was called.

In college, I moved on to Lavyrle Spencer and Kathleen Woodiwiss and eventually found my favorite historical romance author, Johanna Lindsey. “Tender Rebel” was the first Mallory book I read, and I was a goner. I adored the Mallory clan. Seeing my old favorites make appearances in other books was heavenly. I became downright giddy when Tony and Roslynn showed up in another Mallory book. I didn’t know that could happen!

I’m often asked who influenced me as a writer. There are several authors I sometimes mention, because they have impacted me in different ways. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, I was heavily influenced by the Mallory family. Ms. Lindsey created a whole new world for me, and I wanted to visit as often as possible. When I sat down to write a regency historical romance for the first time, I wanted to create a world I would love to visit again and again. I wanted a story about family and all the things that go with it: squabbles, good natured teasing, competition, loyalty, love. So that’s what I did.

My Beau Monde Bachelor series is based off two families, much like Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory series. The Forests and Hillarys are linked in my debut book “Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel” when the youngest Forest son marries the only Hillary daughter. (The family trees can be viewed at my website)

In “Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half”, my second chance at love story, Jake Hillary gets his shot at finding lasting love with a lady he has admired for years, that is if his brother doesn’t win Amelia first. His brother, however, should be the least of Jake’s worries.

Thank you so much to Seductive Musings for allowing me to come back. I’m really looking forward to chatting with fellow romance lovers.

He has no idea what he’s getting into…

Widowed philanthropist Lady Amelia Audley would like nothing more than to forget wealthy bachelor Jake Hillary, but it’s blasted difficult when he is seated next to her at a dinner hosted by his mother. It’s even harder to forgive him for kissing her senseless a year earlier then disappearing without a word. Yet, Amelia must endure Jake’s company if she wishes to benefit from his mother’s connections and win support for a project dear to her heart, the renovation of the foundling hospital.

Jake Hillary has known nothing but heartbreak since he met Amelia. First, she chose his closest friend instead of him then she dismissed his love letters and took up with a rake while he tended to urgent family matters. When his debauched brother sets out to seduce her, Jake risks his heart once more and begins to court Amelia. Soon he and Amelia discover an abiding affection for one another, a love that has survived despite the efforts of others to keep them apart. Happiness seems within their reach at last until the past resurfaces and threatens to destroy their love forever.


Congratulations Samantha and thanks for being our guest today!  And while I've never read Ms. Lindsey's romances, I am right there with you on Lisa Kleypas' Sebastian St. Vincent!  I can't wait to read how Jake wins Amelia, and why she chooses other men over him (how dare she!), LOL.

If you'd like to learn more about Samantha Grace and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her Blog, Facebook, Twitter,  & Goodreads.  Her extras page has Family Trees, which I always love :)

To celebrate the release of Samantha Grace's second book in the Beau Monde Bacehlor series, Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half, her publisher Casablanca Sourcebooks would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

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Barbara E. June 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM  

I don't remember the title of the first romance, but I know it was one of Georgette Heyer's books. I then went on to read every one the library had. I love the happily ever after, that's my favorite part of romance.

Jane June 19, 2012 at 12:47 AM  

My first romance was Julie Garwood's The Bride. I was hooked and have been a romance fan ever since. The appeal is the promise of a HEA.

Danni T June 19, 2012 at 2:51 AM  

Irish Rebel by Nora Roberts was the first romance book I read(when I was in the 8th grade). From then on I was hooked. The thing I like about romances is that they make me happy. Something about 2 people falling in love and everything working out, makes me feel good. I'm a GFC Follower.


Carol L. June 19, 2012 at 5:32 AM  

It was Nora Roberts Born In Fire, Book 1 in her Born In Trilogy. And then it was Romance all the way. I loved the first book Samantha.Miss Hilary Schools A Scoundral. So I'm looking forward to this next book. I enjoyed your interview.GFC is Lucky47.
Carol L
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Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

Hi, Barbara!

I've heard a lot of people started with Georgette Heyer. I didn't read her until a couple of years ago. She seems a bit tame after the other books I've read. LOL. But she definitely has a charm and wit about her. :)

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM  


I really should read Julie Garwood. One of my critique partners loves her. When I tried to find one of her books, all I could see where contemporary stories that day. I like contemporary, but I really wanted to read one of her historicals.

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM  


Nora Roberts is great! I've read a lot of her books, too. Thanks for stopping by today. :)

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM  

Aw thanks, Carol. I'm so glad you liked Miss Hillary. It was a lot of fun to write. Good luck in the contest. :)

erin June 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM  

The first romance that I read was For the Roses by Julie Garwood. I loved, loved, loved that book. It was sweet and romantic... I was hooked after that :)

Congrats on the new release! I really enjoyed Miss Hillary. can't wait read this one :)

gfc: erin

Kathleen O June 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM  

There are many years between me and the time I read my first romance novel. It would be in my teens and was most likely a Harlequin Romance, I think they were under the Mills and Boon label at that time too. Thats how long ago it was,because that is what my mother read and I borrowed my books from her.
But the first historial romances I remember reading are what I called the Top Three Romance writers of the 70's, Kathleen E. Woodwiss, Rosemary Rogers and Beatrice Small. I devored their books. Also Fern Michaels was writing historical romance back in the day and then I also was and still am a big Johanna Lindsey historical romance reader...


CrystalGB June 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM  

I was a preteen when I began reading romance. The first romances I read were Harlequin Presents by Anne Mather and Carol Mortimer. From there, I began reading Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jude Devereaux and Judith McNaught. I have been hooked on romance for many years.
What I love about romance novels is how you get to follow the couple's journey to finding their HEA and that you get to visit different places and times.
GFC CrystalGB

Bethie June 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

The romance that I remember reading, and I was probably about 9 or ten, was the Summer of the Sky Blue Bikini. I was always reading things way above my years, but my folks were happy that I was reading and really had no clue what i was reading.

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Jeanne M June 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM  

Hi Samantha -

I just finished reading Lady Amelia's Mess and A Half and had to stop by and let you know how much I loved it.

Just a note of caution for anyone out there who hasn't enjoyed the pleasure of reading Samantha's stories THERE ADDICTIVE an as soon as you finish one you'll want to start the next!

I'm loved Miss Hilary's School for Scoundrels and am glad I read it first but if someone didn't pick it up initially they still have time to read it before starting Amelia's story.

My only regret is that I have to wait until the Fall before Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie is released. Guess what's going to be pre-ordered for my Kindle as soon as you set the date!

Sheree June 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM  

What a great Paul Marron cover!!!

Okay, now that that's out of the way, my first Romance read was Jennifer Crusie's ANYONE BUT YOU and I chose it because it had a dog on the cover. What got me to read more and more Romances was my other reading choices, YA, in which I had a run of truly depressing post-apocalyptic/dystopian books and I needed HEAs after that.

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Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM  


Thank you! I really appreciate when readers let me know they liked one of my books.

I'm going to have to try Julie Garwood. I've heard so much about her books.

I'm sorry I've been away so long today. I ended up working a longer shift and I wasn't able to get to a computer.

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM  

Kathleen O.

Yay! Another Lindsey fan! I really enjoyed any era she wrote. But of course I liked her Regencies best. :)

Thank you for stopping by and sharing some of the early authors you have enjoyed over the years.

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM  

Crystal GB,

I agree! I love a book that can sweep me away to a different place and make me care about the couple and their journey. I also love a guaranteed happy ending. :)

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM  


I never read that book, but I think if my 9 year old was reading a novel, I would probably be impressed and encourage it too. So long as I didn't know it was romance. ;D

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM  

Jeanne M.,

That was so sweet of you to stop by and let me know you loved the books. Thank you! :)

I may have to learn to write faster to keep books coming out in a timely fashion. LOL

Have a great evening!

Samantha Grace June 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM  


It really is a great cover, isn't it? :)

I used to read a lot of Oprah Book Club picks, but they often were so depressing. I definitely want a happy ending with my stories now.

gamistress66 June 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM  

Don't you always remember the 1st good one ;) for me it was Shanna by Woodiwiss. Hooked me (many, many) years ago, & I haven't regretted it since :D

congrats on the newest release!
gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
GFC follower

Samantha Grace June 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM  

LOL. So true, gamistress66! I should read Woodiwiss again. It has been so long. It would be fun to read some old school romances.

Thanks for the congrats! Best!

Maureen June 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

I would say Nora Roberts Hidden Riches is the book that turned me into a romance lover.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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