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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