E.E. here, to introduce you to our newest crew member. Let's give a big HUZZAH to bestselling historical romance author Regan Walker.
I met Regan at an RWA conference a couple years ago, but I'd been following her blog for some time. This fascinating lady is serious about her historical romance. She's my type of romance author because she weaves rich historical detail with passionate romance.
Shirley Busbee calls her romances "riveting." Virginia Henley says "exciting." I say, HUZZAH!
When I found out how much research Regan does to ensure accuracy, I knew we would be soul sisters for life! (I'm a research geek, too, in case you hadn't figured that out.)
|Californian by artist William Lowe|
In fact, Regan set sail on a reproduction of a period schooner (the one in the William Lowe painting to the left) to do research for her current novel, To Tame the Wind.
You can watch an interview with Barbara Vey to find out more about her adventure. It involves sailors...er, I mean sailor's manuals.
Regency & Georgian
Her latest novel, To Tame the Wind, a prequel to her Agents of the Crown series, is set in England and France in 1782. It's the story of Capt. Simon Powell, an English privateer, and the wild Claire Donet, a French pirate's daughter, who became the parents of Sir Martin and Capt. Jean Nicholas Powell, heroes in books 2 & 3.
To Tame the Wind is also book 1 in the Donet duology.
Echo in the Wind, the story of Claire's dashing pirate father, is planned for 2016.
Against the Wind is a finalist for the RONE award and To Tame the Wind is on the "short list" for the Best Self-Published Work of 2015, awarded by Books Go Social.
Regan also has three novellas out, including The Holly & The Thistle, The Shamrock & the Rose, and The Twelfth Night Wager.
The Red Wolf's Prize, 2014
Rogue Knight, coming in Fall 2015
Besides writing, Regan reads...a lot. She's a top reviewer on both Amazon and Goodreads. Her "other" blog is dedicated to lovers of historical romance. http://reganromancereview.
Regan, in her own words...
I loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time I got to college more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of my professors suggested a career in law, and I took that path. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave me a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown.” Hence my romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” Each of my novels features real history and real historic figures. And, of course, adventure and love.
An interesting fact about me is that I had never read a romance until 2009. Since then I've posted 800 reviews on Amazon (with a 91% helpful rating), one of their top reviewers. Same on Goodreads. And once I discovered historical romance, my passion, I never looked back. I like the deep historicals, the ones that stick with me long after I've read the last page. You can see my Top 20 list here.
|Regan and Kaki |
on Jacobite Steam Train
I recently took a trip to Scotland with author Kaki Warner (she's up for a RITA this year for her book, Where the Horses Run).
|Regan in the heather|
|Regan and a fellow Walker |
at the Highland Games in Pitlochry
Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.
Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Regan!