Who among us ladies hasn’t dreamed of a knight in shinning armour? Or, of living in a time when valor prevailed and honorable men did great deeds and women of character loved them? (I did say we were dreaming, right?) Well, the historical romances on my updated best list will take you back to those medieval times. See the list HERE.
I answer 10 interesting questions for the Examiner...see how you would answer these:
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
And see my answers HERE.
Medieval romance has been around for centuries. The love story of King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere, as memorialized in "Lancelot, le Chevalier de la Charrette," an Old French poem written in the 12th century, and Wagner's composition of Tristan und Isolde are classics we never tire of. And, many of us read Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, set in 12th-century England, when we were in school. It might surprise you to know that romance writing developed in Britain after the Norman Conquest and flourished right through the Middle Ages. But it just might be that medieval romance is experiencing a resurgence today. See more of my article in USA TODAY -- HERE.
Before there were stone castles, there were castles made of timber. Yes, wooden castles! In the course of doing research for my new medieval romance, The Red Wolf’s Prize, I learned much about 11th century castles. For the most part, the castles erected in England by William the Conqueror were not the stone edifices we think of today, the monuments that remain. The castles the Normans first constructed, the ones built in mere days, weeks or months, were timbered structures erected upon a “motte,” or a mound of earth with a flat top, and surrounded by a deep ditch sometimes filled with water (a moat). The castle included a central tower, the donjon or “keep,” used as a lookout post and built on top of a summit. See more HERE.
It's Release Day for The Red Wolf's Prize, my first medieval romance! I'm very excited that it's already #10 on Amazon's Hot New Releases and #31 on the Top 100 for Medieval Romances.
HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED HIS PRIZE
Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed Lady Serena, the heiress that goes with them.
SHE WOULD LOVE HIM AGAINST HER WILL
Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.
Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.
As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?
Praise for my writing and The Red Wolf's Prize:
“Ms. Walker has the rare ability to make you forget you are reading a book…the characters become real, the modern world fades away and all that is left is the intrigue, drama and romance.” Straight from the Library
“An engrossing love story grounded in meticulous research. Regan Walker makes the transition from Regency London to Anglo Norman England with consummate ease.” Glynn Holloway, author of 1066 What Fates Impose
“Regan Walker has once again written a story that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. There is intrigue, action and a beautifully developed romance." Vickie Moore, The Reading Cafe
You can see it on Amazon HERE!
I belong to a group on Goodreads, Bodice Ripper Romance Anonymous, that has sent me some of the greatest recommendations for historical romances. And so I could not resist this new list, however difficult this category may be to define.
Some think this subgenre is comprised of just the classics. That is not so. While many of the classics were bodice rippers, certainly not all were. And, lest you think it’s a subgenre of the past, there are new bodice rippers being written today (some of which are on this list).
At least one of my Goodreads pals defines this subgenre as stories “containing an element of sexual peril.” Possibly that is so, as the ones on my list all have this. But for me, there is usually more. Typically there is a forced seduction by the hero involved or an actual ripping of the heroine’s bodice. Let’s just say I know it when I see it.
If you like stories that feature an alpha male hero who begins demanding his way, but falls at the heroine’s feet at the end to beg forgiveness and confess his love, you’ll find them on THIS LIST.
The Red Wolf is coming...October 1st is release day! But you need not wait. It's available for preorder on Amazon HERE.
During October and November, I'll be doing a virtual book tour with lots of interesting posts on medieval subjects from my research, like What English Women Did in the Face of the Conquest, Motte and Bailey Castles, Churches in England before the Conquest, The Weapons of the Normans and Saxons, Destriers and other horses, The Longbow in England before the Conquest, Medieval Music and Musical Instruments, The Battle of York, and England Two Years After the Conquest.
If you'd like to get a copy of my newsletter that has the complete blog tour schedule, just send me a message HERE and be sure and ask for the tour schedule. Thanks!
For all my followers, in case you are wondering, I’ll be traveling to the Western Highlands of Scotland during the first two weeks in September, seeing some spectacular sights as I research Scotland's past for some historical romances that I’ve a mind to write. I thought it was fitting I should do a post on my own name as regards the Scots.
So here is The Walker “clan” for you to enjoy!
From what I can tell, there is more than one belief on how the surname Walker came about. Some say it refers to the men who walked about the castle to watch for intruders or thieves. Others say Walker originates from Waulker, “son of the fuller or cloth maker,” and refers to those who walked on the wool that was cleaned and thicken by being soaked in water and trampled under foot. In any event, the name is widespread throughout Scotland. (It is the 21st most common name in Scotland.)
The Highland or Gaelic version of the name Walker is MacNucator and derives from "Mac an fhucadair" (son of the fuller of the cloth), of which the old Scots equivalent is Waulker. In modern times, the name is associated with both the Stewarts and the McGregors. See MORE.
With all the interest in the new Outlander TV series (which, I must say, is quite wonderful and seems to be following the books closely), and my travel to Scotland in September, I thought it timely that I share my reviews of the books...well, at least as far as I have read (through book 5). See my review HERE.
The Goodreads Giveaway is on! Enter to win the paperback to be released Oct. 1st!