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Today I'm visiting on My Book Addiction answer questions about my writing and my new seafaring adventure To Tame the Wind, the prequel to the Agents of the Crown trilogy. If you want to know more about me, and what I'm working on now--and if you want to see the trailer for my new story, come join us!
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As Geddes MacGregor once said, “No one in Scotland can escape from the past. It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost." Scotland’s past is the subject of my new Best Scottish Historical Romances list, romance novels I have come to love that are set in the past of Scotland, most in that magical part of Scotland called the Highlands. Some are romances with a Scots hero. All are rated 5, 4 ½ or 4 stars. See the list!
My latest novel, To Tame the Wind, is the first I’ve set in the 18th century. It’s the prequel to my Agents of the Crown trilogy and it’s set in 1782 in London, Paris and the waters of the English Channel. I do have several scenes that take place in London: on the London quay, on the Thames and on Oxford Street. I did not wander farther afield to the poorer areas like St. Giles. But all of London in the 18th century had a stench one could not miss.
To say it did not smell very good would be an understatement.
There was no sanitation. Water was unpurified and raw sewage ran down city streets in open drains. In the air, there was the famous London fog, smoke from burning coal for heat and the general dirt of the city. And that was only the beginning. See More.
I love the sea and the ships that sail upon it. I also love a good seafaring romance. Throw in a pirate or a privateer and I'm there. But I want it to be historically accurate. To Tame the Wind is my second novel set (at least in part) on a schooner of the Georgian period involving a privateer hero. In doing the research for Wind Raven and my newest release, To Tame the Wind, I have learned much about the challenge of setting a romance on a ship.
When I began, I had no idea where my adventure would take me.
I'm on USAToday's HEA column today talking about what I did. See More.
When Benjamin Franklin arrived in Paris in December 1776 to solicit France's aid to the American cause, a spy moved in with him... Edward Bancroft who became the secretary to the American Mission. In that role, Bancroft was privy to many secrets and reported them to the English using secret ink and messages left in a tree. Sound fantastic? Well it happened! Read about it HERE.
From my research for my new Georgian romance, TO TAME THE WIND!
At the time the Colonies declared their independence, the Continental Navy had only 31 ships (that number later increased to 64). But the sea fighting ability of the young America vastly increased as Congress issued Letters of Marque to nearly 1,700 American privateers.
Privateers were a large part of the total military force at sea during the 17th and 18th centuries. During the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), privateers acting for their respective governments—American, British and French, among others—seized thousands of ships, sometimes the same ship more than once! See the rest of the story HERE.
You may not know the name but you will recognize his art. Tom Hall is an icon when it comes to romance novel cover art. His art has graced covers long treasured by readers of historical romance.
Hall became famous during the 1970s with 200 book covers to his credit, including such books as The Thorn Birds, Shanna and Ashes in the Wind, which sold multiple millions. New York art directors called him the “leading paperback artist in the country” and “a giant in the industry.” So he was and so he remains. See more.
Looking for an adventure? How about love on the high seas as the American Revolution rages? Well, To Tame the Wind is here for your reading pleasure. The prequel to the Agents of the Crown trilogy, it's #1 in Amazon's Hot New Releases for Sea Stories since it's publication on May 9. Here's what some reviewers are saying:
“A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!”
– NY Times Bestselling Author Shirlee Busbee
“Intrigue, adventure, and love, everything a romance reader wants in a great story." — Written Love Reviews
“An adventurous, romantic and mysterious page turner from the gifted story teller Regan Walker—another keeper!” — Tartan Book Reviews
“I was hooked from the first page! Political intrigue, a bit of mystery and a beautifully developed romance that swept me from Paris to London and to the waters of the English Channel! Very, very, very well done!” – The Reading Cafe
How we got to where we are today...a recommended reading list of historical romances for the uninitiated!
Sometimes when I talk to fellow readers of historical romance, or even authors, and I mention a name from the past, an author who helped shape the genre, like Kathleen Woodiwiss or Rosemary Rogers, I get a blank stare in return. It occurred to me that as lovers of a genre it might be helpful to read some of the classics to see where we’ve come from and to enjoy the greats who have contributed so much to the craft.
I’m not going as far back as Ivanhoe or Jane Eyre. I’m not even reaching back to the seminal novels of Georgette Heyer in the early 20th century. Except for three novels of note in earlier decades, I’m starting in the 1970s when the bedroom door was flung open never to close again. And while I may not have included your favorite author, by reading the romances on this list, you’ll have a good idea of our beginnings and what so many wonderful authors have done for the genre. Think of it as an education in modern historical romance.
So, here’s the list of the historical romances I recommend you read. Each has something to show you. Some may require you to shop online for a used book though many are available as eBooks. Some that are out of print can be downloaded online. I’m not saying they will all be your favorites, or that they are all mine, and I know that some readers will think I left off one I should have included. This is just a sampling meant to give you a picture of how the genre has developed. Most are novels I’ve rated 5 stars, so I promise you won’t be bored. See MORE.
Today, I was to have a very special guest on my blog, one I’d been looking forward to for a long time: historical romance icon Bertrice Small. Alas, she passed away in February. We will all miss her. I could not let this month go by, however, without doing a tribute to such a wonderful woman and author.
For those of you who don’t know, she was the author of more than 60 novels, 42 of which are historical romances. They include her first, THE KADIN, which I will review this month, the beloved O'Malley Saga and one of my favorite series, the Border Chronicles, among others. See MORE.
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