Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker - Interview/Giveaway


The Twelfth Night Wager
by Regan Walker

BLURB:

On a dull day at White’s, the Redheaded Rake agreed to a wager: seduce and abandon the lovely Lady Leisterfield by Twelfth Night. After one taste of her virtue, he will stop at nothing less than complete possession.


Excerpt:

Eustace slowed the horses and guided the phaeton to the side of the path. Holding the reins in one hand, he turned to face to her. His eyes seemed to glow in the dim light.

“I never would have thought the serene Lady Leisterfield would be so stimulated by a ride in the park. You are flushed and your eyes bright. I do think you enjoyed our dash through the Row.”

“Yes, I quite liked it,” Grace said, breathless. “Though you must admit, the ride was more like a race.”

He looked at her lips and then her neck. “I can see your pulse jumping. Perhaps you like to race as much as I do.”

Grace wondered if he was still speaking of horses or something else. Her heart sped as he leaned toward her and brushed his lips across hers. After only a moment, she pulled back.

“Too soon?” he asked.

“That question implies such is inevitable, my lord. I can assure you it is not.”

Interview:

What made you realize that writing was it for you? Do you write full time?

Except for stories I wrote as a child, I didn’t begin to write fiction until I had a career as a lawyer. My best friend boosted my ego by saying that I was a natural author and storyteller when I told her I’d change the way books ended. She was the one to encourage me to write a Historical Romance since I loved the genre. Even before I was an author, I had my Regan’s Romance Reviews blog (http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com) dedicated to lovers of Historical Romance. I was working a day job when I began to write, but now I write full time - and I love it.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

I think it might be best to start with the first in my Agents of the Crown trilogy, Racing with the Wind. Though each book can be read as a stand alone, there are some characters introduced in that book that will show up later, even in my new novella, The Twelfth Night Wager.

Racing with the Wind is the story of a member of the aristocracy, the Marquess of Ormond, who is a spy for the Crown in France during the war with Napoleon who returns to Paris with a new assignment. The heroine, Lady Mary Campbell, is a rebellious daughter of an earl who insists on accompanying her statesman uncle to Paris in 1816 (after the war has ended) where she gets caught up (with the hero) in a plot to assassinate the French king, who has just been restored to the throne.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Oh, yes. I love to travel and have been to 40 countries, England and France among them. I like my readers to experience travel, adventure and love in my stories. It helps if you have been to a place when you set a scene there, though with the Internet it is possible to learn enough to feel as if you’ve been there. Recently, that’s what I did with some scenes set in Bermuda.

Tell us about your current release.

The Twelfth Night Wager is set in England in the fall of 1818 with the opening of theater season and extends through January 5th, 1819, or Twelfth Night. It begins one night at White’s Club where two bored members of le bon ton enter into a scandalous wager involving a virtuous young widow. It has a little history, a little mystery and a lot of romance.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m very excited about the third in my Agents of the Crown trilogy, Wind Raven, scheduled to be released in early Spring. It’s a pirate Regency with a handsome English sea captain and an American hoyden he is forced to take as a passenger who thinks she can crew with his men. Set on a schooner of the period in London, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Baltimore, it’s a real sea faring adventure. And the pirate, a handsome blond hunk, was a real, historic figure.

Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?

I’m on Facebook and Twitter and my blog, of course. But most of my exchanges on a daily basis are on Facebook. I post nearly every day so it’s a good way to follow me. But joining my blog will get you my reviews, my best lists and what I’m reading next. How fun is that?



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 thought her suited to the profession of law, and Regan realized it would be better to be a hammer than a nail. 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 will be awarding a copy of three (3) of her books, Racing with the Wind, The Holly and the Thistle and The Shamrock and the Rose to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour here

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