Regan Walker joins The Author’s Journal to chat about WIND RAVEN, her Pirate Romance set on the High Seas (with an Irish surprise)

Author Regan Walker
Regan Walker

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2014 and Welcome to my site, Regan Walker!

We’re super-excited to learn all about you, and Wind Raven, your latest historical romance. Let’s share your good news with the world.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Paula!

One random commenter to our post this weekend will win a copy of Regan’s Historical Romance, Racing with the Wind, the first novel in her Agents of the Crown Trilogy.

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Our Interview

  1. Who the hell are you and what do you write, Regan Walker?

I am a lawyer turned historical romance writer who loves to travel and have adventures in my stories. I suspect my readers do, too. I have been writing (and publishing) Regency romances for a few years now and having a lot of fun with it. Each of them includes real history and real historic figures.

~Personally the Siren’s Song of the historical romance always pulls me in, and I’ve enjoyed reading your stories, Regan!

  1. Tell us what you love about your story.

Wind Raven is a different Regency. While it begins in London, it quickly moves to the hero’s schooner and thence to Bermuda and into the Caribbean, where pirates await! There is a lot of adventure and excitement as the hero and heroine face a storm at sea and pirates, cutthroats and thieves!

~The settings in Wind Raven took my breath away – I felt like I was on that ship, and you’ve done a great job of making the setting a character in and of itself. Brava, Regan!

  1. A Tweet is a short sentence ~ #140 characters. Describe your Protagonist in a Tweet:

Sexy ship’s captain loves the sea and his ships more than anything, well almost.

~ Indeed, the sexual tension in this story is palpable. I love Nick and Tara’s love story.

  1. Why does your Hero/ine have to deal with your Antagonist?

My hero, Capt. Jean Nicholas Powell, is sent into the Caribbean by the Prince Regent to spy on a confirmed pirate, and thus confronts El Pirata Cofresi in his own territory, a very dangerous prospect. When the pirate sees the heroine, Tara McConnell, he decides she is perfect for him.

  1. What specifically does your Hero/ine learn from your Antagonist?

Capt. Powell will realize how much he cares for the American girl whose hoydenish behavior has been driving him mad, a girl with a spirit and love of the sea like his own.

~ I found Tara such a classic heroine – strong, fiercely independent, yet humbled by the things in her world that meant the most to her. I loved the way you drew her, Regan.

Wind Raven, Regan Walker, Historical Pirate Romance
Wind Raven
Regan Walker
  1. What is your Protagonist’s FLAW in this story?

Tara is avoiding becoming a woman, sorta like a female Peter Pan. Nick, on the other hand, is all about living for the moment. He tried love once and lived to regret it. Still, he is happy to show Tara what her femininity does to him never considering he is becoming entwined.

~ Nick and Tara’s romance literally swept me away. I believe Readers will find their time in this story well-served.

  1. Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction, but based on real history. (The pirate in Wind Raven was a real, historic figure.)

  1. Romance/Thrillers/Historical/Horror/Paranormal/Contemporary…? What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations for the crowd?

These days I read almost all historical romance, partly because I love it and partly because I have a blog dedicated to the genre (Regan’s Romance Reviews: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com), that has me constantly reading to help other readers find the keepers. My blog features ten “best lists” of those I’ve rated 4 or 5 stars by subgenre: Vikings, Pirates/Privateers, Irish, Scots/Highlanders, Western, American Patriotic, Exotic Locales, Bodice Rippers, Medieval, and some special lists.

  1. Any Pet Peeves about Romance?

Oh, yes. I have read and reviewed nearly 700 romances on Amazon so I’ve had time to think about this. I wrote a post on the subject for my blog: A Reader’s Pet Peeves, the Ten That Get Me Every Time, http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-readers-pet-peeves-10-that-set-me-on.html.

~ Writers, take heed. Regan’s got some excellent points in this post. Readers might enjoy this one too!!

  1. Quick – Name the last movie you saw, and did you love it? If so, WHY? If not, WHY NOT?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and yes, I quite liked it. It was non-stop action with some great new characters, including an auburn haired female elf. Of course, you have to allow the producer to deviate from the book, which he really did in this one. But it was still very entertaining. Can’t wait for the 3rd one.

~ I saw that one too, Regan. Peter Jackson, the director drew Smaug as the best CGI dragon in the history of film, IMHO. My love of dragons in fiction is clear, and I thought Smaug was certainly worth the wait. I too look forward to the third movie. Did you notice Jackson’s clear bent toward the Romance in this story? I did, and I loved it!!

  1. Favorite music to write by?

For both reading and writing, I listen to movie scores, most of them by the French composer, Alexandre Desplat. (And, yes, I have a post on his music that I write by: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/2012/08/do-your-read-or-write-to-music.html.)

However, I wrote the pirate scenes in Wind Raven to the score of Skyfall. I needed music that moved very fast, that swept me along and got my juices flowing, just as the scenes in my book will do for you.

~ I often write to Desplat myself! I’ll have to listen to the Skyfall score as that story held one of my most favorite Antagonists – So tortured!!

  1. Any advice for new writers?

Yes. Finish the book. Then get a few honest and candid beta readers to tell you what they think of the story and the characters. Don’t choose your good friends who can’t bear to criticize you. If the betas tell you the book is solid, then get a good editor. You can always get the editor through a publisher, but I recommend the first two steps before you even go there. I’ve reviewed a fair number of historical romances that have major story or character issues.

  1. Describe your next project in a Tweet ~ #140 characters or less: What’s the story line?

The story is a medieval set in England in 1068, two years after the Conquest. It’s titled The Red Wolf’s Prize, here’s the Tweet:  Powerful Norman knight claims a Saxon maiden’s lands and her body, only to find her gone. Or is she?

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Wind Raven, Regan Walker, Historical Pirate Romance
Wind Raven
Regan Walker

Wind Raven

Ordered by the Prince Regent into the Caribbean, English sea captain and former privateer Jean Nicholas Powell has no time for women onboard the Wind Raven, especially not Tara McConnell. The impudent American forced herself aboard, and so she’ll get more than she bargained for: Instead of a direct sail to Baltimore, she’ll join their quest to investigate a rampaging pirate, the infamous Roberto Cofresi.

But the hoyden thinks she can crew with his men, and though he bans her from the rigging, Nick is captivated watching her lithe, luscious movements on deck. Facing high seas, storms, cutthroats and the endless unknown, he must protect his ship, his passenger, his crew. But on this voyage, with this woman, there is a greater danger: to his heart.

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To honor the history that is this St. Patrick’s Day weekend we’re including a special Irish Scene from Wind Raven:

As ships’ galleys went, the Wind Raven’s was fairly average. It was not large, but Tara thought it sufficient in size to produce the simple meals served to the more than thirty officers and crew. A rack holding carving knives, kettles and pans was set into the bulkhead, the tools of the cook’s trade swaying with the motion of the ship.

Crates and barrels containing salted meat, flour and rice stood in a neat row nearby. Canvas bags holding a supply of coffee, dried peas and oatmeal leaned against them. Above her head, small squares of heavy glass were set into the weather deck, acting as miniature skylights providing dim light during the day. These were aided by the glow from the large black stove radiating orange light from the open firebox, and from a lantern hanging above.

Tara could see quite clearly the stout middle-aged man laboring over a chopping block. His graying red hair was in disarray, sprinkled with the same flour that coated his hands, as he kneaded a large mound of dough.

Sitting on a small stool watching him with wide eyes was the captain’s cabin boy. Behind him Charlie Wilson, the gunner, leaned against a stack of crates in one corner with his arms crossed over his chest. Charlie was a seasoned member of the crew, his deeply tanned skin and sun-bleached brown hair a testimony to his life at sea.

“’Tis not my favorite of the stories Cook tells, that one about the banshee,” said Mr. Wilson, scratching his stubbled chin. “All that screeching as a herald of death would send me screaming over the rails. I like the one about the leanan sídhe. Tell us that one, McGinnes.”

“Oh, yes!” joined in Peter enthusiastically, his dimple in full display.

McGinnes looked up while still kneading the big lump of dough, his green eyes fixed on Tara as he began to speak, a faint hint of an Irish brogue in his voice. “The leanan sídhe be a tall one, fair-haired and beautiful, a fairy mistress of dreadful power.” Tara avoided the cook’s pointed gaze and smiled at Peter as she accepted the stool he offered and continued listening to the fascinating tale the cook was weaving for them.

Never taking his eyes off Tara, McGinnes spoke. “She often bestows a gift like the power to create art or music or she might give her protection and healing. In doing this, ye’d best be aware,” he said, passing a look of warning to the gunner and the cabin boy, “the leanan sídhe seeks the love of mortal men. If a man can refuse her, she will be his slave, but if he loves her, he will forever be hers.”

“Sounds wonderful,” said Peter with a wistful sigh.

“Nay, ’tis not so wonderful, lad,” he said, diverting his gaze to the boy. “The sídhe can be quite fierce if angered, and the price of her dark gifts is often sorrow and a broken heart. The more suffering she inflicts, the dearer she becomes to the one she desires. ’Tis said she will only meet her mortal lover in Tir-na-n-Og, the land of eternal youth. Sure an’ a man who would be hers must first pass through death.”

Silence hung in the small space as the seaman and the boy, held in rapt attention, appeared to contemplate the high price for love of an ethereal being.

The cook’s fingers resumed working through the dough and his sudden slap of the raw pastry sent up a cloud of flour dust, startling the two men out of their daydreaming.

Tara let out a sigh and rose, disrupting the silence. She thought it time she offered her greeting. “Mr. McGinnes, we’ve not been introduced. I am Tara McConnell.”

The cook gave her a skeptical look, his eyes falling to her breeches. “I’ve heard much about our passenger. Sure an’ not all of the crew welcome a woman aboard. Mr. Greene here tells me you’ll be offering your cookin’ skills to my galley.”

Tara cast Peter a sidelong glance, knowing the offer to help would not be well received by the ship’s cook who, she was certain, viewed the galley as his domain. “Oh, no, Mr. McGinnes. I would never presume to suggest I have skills such as yours, but since I’ve been limited to the deck for any help I can offer the crew, I’d be pleased to do what I can to assist you.” She smiled broadly. “Besides, the galley on my brothers’ ships is usually the best place to find not just food, but good conversation.”

“’Tis the same here,” said Charlie. “Better still, McGinnes is the keeper of fairy lore.”

At her wide smile, the cook’s gaze sharpened and he looked at Tara with sudden interest. “Are ye Irish then?”

“Half,” said Tara, hoping it would make a difference.

“Well, then.” His mouth turned up in a grin and he slapped his dough again. “Sure an’ I’ll be directing meself to that half, Miss Tara. Ye can help in the galley if you’ve a mind to.”

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Author Regan Walker
Regan Walker

Author’s Bio

As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool.

Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

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Find Regan Walker: 

Regan’s website: http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com/

Regan’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Regan-Walker/e/B008OUWC5Y

Regan’s blog: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @RegansReview (https://twitter.com/RegansReview)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/regan.walker.104

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6450403.Regan_Walker

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A British privateer & an American hoyden clash on the high seas as they attempt to resist the passion growing between them while chasing down a diabolic pirate.
“A salty, sweeping, evocative tale of romance on the high seas—and a good old-fashioned love story that will keep you up far, far past your bedtime. So, reach for the coffee. Brava for Regan Walker!”
— Danelle Harmon
                                  New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Wind Raven is grand romance of the sea with much insight into piracy in the early 19th century and the tropical lifestyle of the island of Bermuda under British rule. The scenes of both everyday life and storms on a ship at sea were well done, very real.”
–Jennifer Blake
New York Times Bestselling Author

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We welcome Reader’s comments here at The Author’s Journal. Have a burning question for Regan? Are you curious about this period in history? Did you love the book? Have you read Regan’s Lunch Box Romances, or Novellas? Leave a comment.

One lucky commenter will WIN a copy of Racing With The Wind, Regan’s first novel in The Agents of the Crown Series. Comments are open through the weekend. I’ll choose a random winner Monday night, March 17, 2014.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Author: Paula Millhouse

Author Paula Millhouse http://www.paulamillhouse.com Where Fantasy, Romance, and Suspense collide.

26 thoughts on “Regan Walker joins The Author’s Journal to chat about WIND RAVEN, her Pirate Romance set on the High Seas (with an Irish surprise)”

  1. Jackie Allen has conceded her WIN to the next random winner who is BEV IRWIN!!
    Huzzah’s for Bev, Irwin and her WIN of Racing With the Wind, the first novel in Regan Walker’s Agents of the Crown series!!

    Congrats, Bev Irwin!!
    Regan will be in touch with your prize!!

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  2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone!
    As promised, I’ve randomized the comments, and the WINNER of the free copy of Racing With the Wind, Regan’s first novel in her series, Agents of the Crown is JACKIE ALLEN!!!

    Everyone join me in Huzzah’s for Jackie taking the prize!!

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    1. Hi Jodi,
      Glad you joined the St. Patrick’s Day madness – have you read Regan’s romances? She has a flair for all things historical. Wind Raven may just wind up being one of my favorite stories ever.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Eileen – Thanks for stopping by The Author’s Journal!!
      I’m delighted you reblogged our post and I hope your readers enjoy the Expo on Wind Raven as much as I have.
      I mean really – Regency Romance on the High Seas – I think Nick and Tara have their hands full, and I can’t wait to read your review.
      Regan has done it again!

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  3. Thanks, Paula, for having me as your guest on St. Patrick’s Day weekend! I’m so glad to be here and answer all those questions and share a bit from WIND RAVEN!

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Regan!! Thanks for all your excellent answers to the questions, your links to the posts on your website, and for entertaining every one of us who love historical romances with your stories, and all your reviews of the genre`.
      Wind Raven really takes the cake.
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!!

      I’m honored you’d join us this weekend!!

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