CentreStage with Amy Gregory: ELI’S HONOR (Racing to Love)

Welcome to another edition of CentreStage this week!


Well, you know what they say. Good things always happen all at once, so it is my great pleasure to bring you a second CentreStage feature for this week. Today’s edition showcases the amazing Amy Gregory and the third novel in her Racing To Love series.

Give it up for Amy and Eli’s Honor!


Good morning, Nicky!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!  I know you’re crazy busy with Sophie and her world.

So since you’re from the music world, I thought I’d bring up how different authors use music sometimes as a source of inspiration for books.  I know I do.  I have seen many, many authors make a complete playlist for one book and describe each song and draw a parallel to which part of the story it inspired.  For me, it’s a bit different.

I’d written the first two books of Racing to Love, as well as the novella about Brody before I came across the perfect song.  It was just one of a long list on my iPod and when it played, it was like a light went on and I knew “it” was the ‘theme song’ of sorts to the entire series.  You’ll have to go to YouTube and search for The Pretenders, I’ll Stand By You…it’s AMAZING, but the lyrics also seemed to fit each book of the Racing to Love series perfectly.  So instead of a playlist for each book…I have one song I just drift to during the ‘it’ moment of the book.

Well, I couldn’t resist the challenge, seeing as that this is one of my all-time-favourite goosebump-ballads too. Sadly, there’s no official (legal) Pretenders version to share via YouTube, but I found you this one instead ~ it’s nicely done and quite true to the original. Enjoy!

However, my process is evolving.  The next series, it seems as I’m writing each book, I’ll hear a song and have my ah-ha moment.  So it seems that each book will have its own song.

Then we jump forward about ten paces and Alex hit me hard.

I never spoke the title really of the last book of the series.  I had led people to believe that all the books were really focused heavily on the hero, well, in Eli’s Honor, we find out just who Alex is of Alex’s Destiny.  Music seemed to be one third of the puzzle that was her saving grace.  To the point, I actually wrote the song that is in the background of the book.

I’ve circled around, hitting about every type of influence music has on my stories.  I’ve always heard the lyrics when listening to a song, then the musical notes.  Some touch you and never leave, just as some books do.

Here’s to a great day, I hope you have a wonderful week.  Thank you again, Nicky.  And keep music and books near your heart!



About the Author

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Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions.  Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created.

I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory

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6 responses to “CentreStage with Amy Gregory: ELI’S HONOR (Racing to Love)

  1. Wow I feel punch drunk….what a gal! Enjoyed this and wishing her much success wither her books…oh and LOVED Kansas City (another great song – The Beatles)…..:)

  2. Hi Nicky

    You’re keeping me extremely busy this week girl coming up with appropriate songs to go along with your post/music selections. Now for the third time this week I believe I’ve another prefect song. This song is one I heard growing up as a child in the 1960’s. In trying to find this song I found it one which has been sung by numerous artists during these years, both male and female, ranging from Frank Sinatra/Elvis Pressley to Brenda/Peggy Lee [no relationship], with each one singing it their own style. There’s even a version done by Shirley Bassey and another by Anne Shelton which contains an introduction. In fact, Frank Sinatra did another version it in the 1940’s with Tommy Dorsey.

    We’ve learned during our lives that “Racing For Love” is wrong as it will usually involve some sort of heartbreak. Love is something in which fools rush in and where wise men never go.

    So for you Nicky, and your guest Amy, I leave you with the one I love the best. Let me know what you guys think of it.

    I guess I picked another goody again.

    And Amy congratulations and continued success in all of your writing endeavors/endeavours.

  3. Thank you Nicky for hosting me sweetie, and for finding the video!!!!! Miss you hon….

    And I love the replies! There is a very strong connection, to me anyway, between music and books. 😀
    Have a great week!

    Hugs, Amy

    • You’re so welcome, Amy, it’s lovely to have you here. Miss you too, hon. Hey, what are we talking about? We’re still here, chatting, right? Big hugs!! Come back soon!

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