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Amelia Grey | One Liners That Stick With You

March 30, 2010

Amelia GreyAN EARL TO ENCHANTGood morning! I’m very happy to be with you at Fresh Fiction today. Thank you for having me here.

Just a week or so ago I was reading over some old letters from my sister and one of them ended with, “May the force be with you.” I started laughing. I had not thought about that line from Star Wars in years. But it started me thinking about great one-liners I remembered from movies and books and I said, “Oh, I must blog about them!”

Are any of you old enough to remember Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Series and his famous, “Go ahead, make my day,” line? I think he is also the one who said, “Do you feel lucky?” I have to smile about that one! Do you remember Star Trek’s “Beam me up, Scottie.” Another favorite one-liner of mine is Love Story with Ali McGraw saying, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” A more recent quote that is often mangled and misquoted to the point of being humorous is Jack Nicholson’s line from A Few Good Men,”You can’t handle the truth!” I love them all.

There are some great lines from books, too. Probably two of the most famous are “It was a dark and stormy night and Frankly, my darling I don’t give a damn.” Both of which have been muttered by most everyone at one time or another. And then, for me, there are some great first lines in books that are so powerful and intriguing that I knew I had to read on. One of my favorites that may not come easily to every romance reader’s mind is the first line from Julie Garwood’s Honor’s Splendor, “They meant to kill him.” I immediately wanted to know; who is he, who wants to kill him, and why. Look at the first line in Laura Kinsale’s latest book Lessons in French. It says,”Lady Callista Taillefaire was a gifted wallflower.” I was instantly hooked by that description. What would make a wallflower gifted? I wanted to keep reading and find out about this young lady.

All writers want to find powerful, intriguing opening sentences so the reader will be immediately pulled in to the story and want to read on. I’m hoping I did exactly that with the first line of my current book An Earl To Enchant. when I wrote; “Was she late, or just not coming?” Naturally, my desire is that the line intrigues you enough to want to read on and find out who is she, who’s waiting for her and why.

So, now that I’ve told you some of my favorite lines from movies and books, I would love to hear about some of yours.

The first chapter of An Earl To Enchant, which is the third book in my Rogues’ Dynasty Series, is available to read on my website. I hope you’ll give it a try. I’m always happy to hear from readers. Please e-mail me at or visit my website at


He’s determined not to be a hero…

Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he’s determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and tempting green eyes…

She has a deadly secret…

Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father’s research until after his untimely death. Now she is in possession of his groundbreaking discovery, one that someone would kill for. She can’t tell Lord Morgandale her secret, but she knows she needs his help, desperately…

About the Author
Winner of the Booksellers Best Award and the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, Amelia Grey’s books have been sold in Europe, Russia and China. Married for twenty-five years to her high school sweetheart, she has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and now calls Panama City Beach, Florida, home. For more information, please visit her website.

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