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!