Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Rebel Warrior by Regan Walker #Historical #Romance #Medieval #Scottish



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If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters? For Catriona I would pick the Scottish actress Karen Gillan, a natural redhead. And for my English thegn’s son, Steinar of Talisand, I would pick Chris Hemsworth.

How do you come up with the titles of your books? Typically, they just come to me and speak to the story. When I had a publisher (my first six stories, all Regencies), they allowed me to keep my titles. I guess they liked them.

What does your writing space look like? Crowded by efficient. My dining room table has not served guests since I became a full time writer. It’s large and is now my office. On the table are my desktop Mac, my current research (stacks of books with yellow stickies), my 8x11 yellow tablets full of notes, my supplies, a 5x7 calendar in a frame, my favorite gum, a bottle of water, a high intensity lamp and my printer.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I read both for pleasure and as a reviewer for Amazon, Goodreads and my own blog, Historical Romance Review. I was a reviewer before I became an author and have no trouble putting on my “reader hat”. I also like to watch period TV series like Outlander, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Marco Polo, Poldark, the Tudors, the Borgias, etc. I limit myself to 1 hour at night during dinner. Then I read till late. I can’t write at night but if I get good ideas, I write them down.

What is your favourite color? Crimson red.

What is your favourite pleasure food? Chocolate, the dark, gourmet kind.

What is your favourite season? Spring. It promises much and summer is not far behind. Of course, in San Diego where I live, any season is wonderful.

What is your favourite television show? Possibly BBC Masterpiece, but I watch series from Netflix or on DVD. I hate commercials.

What is your favourite movie? Ah, now that’s difficult. At one time it was Casablanca. Then it became Pride & Prejudice (the Matthew Macfayden version) and then my latest favorite is The Last of the Mohicans. Here’s a link to my favorite romance movies: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/2014/02/regans-favorite-romance-movies.html

Who is your favourite actor? Also difficult. Perhaps Russell Crowe or Daniel Day Lewis or Gerard Butler, but there are so many I like.

What is your favourite song? In general it might be The Battle Hymn of the Republic (I am an American patriot) but for a love song, it might be Someone Like You by Van Morrison

What is your favourite comfort clothing attire? Leggings and a soft shirt of some kind.

What books might we find on your bedside table? At least 3 historical romances in the queue to read (I also read on Kindle) and my Bible. I read it every night, too.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Courageous, Independent.

BLURB:
Scotland 1072

The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

Excerpt
“Here,” he said reaching toward her, “take my hand and allow me to help you out.”

There was fire in her eyes but she took his hand while holding on to her shoes, soaked with water.

He pulled her from the stream, sodden and shivering. It was the first time they had touched and even dripping wet, the feel of her skin caused a surge of desire to course through him. The wet gown clung to her body, revealing her nipples hardened to small buds and her curves in vivid detail. Wet, she was even more alluring than before. He wanted to pull her close, to feel her softness, but instead, he merely steadied her with his hands. “Did you not see the moss that grows on the log? ’Tis quite apparent.”

Her brow furrowed. “You might have warned me.”

“You fell before I could.”

Wiping water from her face, she looked up at him. Her eyes were the green of the forest around them. Light filtering through the trees added a soft glow to her pale, damp skin. His gaze dropped to her lips, the color of wild roses. He ached to kiss them.

Bending his head, he moved his lips closer to hers.

Water suddenly dripped from her hair onto her nose, causing her to sniff and step back.

Still holding her shoes in one hand, she shivered. “I… I must look a mess.”

“Indeed not, but you are pale.” Recognizing her predicament, he said, “I wear no cloak to offer you, but I can give you the heat of my body.” Taking the shoes she carried and dropping them to the ground, he pulled her into his arms and held her against his chest, ignoring the water soaking into his tunic. Her breasts pressed into his chest, warming him as his body responded to the nearness of the woman he could not dismiss from his thoughts.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Regan Walker is an award-winning, bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She has five times been featured in USA TODAY's HEA column and four times nominated for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf's Prize won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the medieval category).

Regan writes historically authentic novels with real history and real historic figures where her readers can experience history, adventure and love. She lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever who she says helps her to smell the roses every day.

Links:

Rebel Warrior on Amazon:
 
REVIEW QUOTES:

The cover quote:
“Master storytelling transports you to medieval Scotland!” – Paula Quinn, NY Times Bestselling Author

And the others:

“Rebel Warrior is beautifully layered with true historic figures, facts and authentic history of Scotland woven into a creative and intriguing fictional story. A spectacular, riveting adventure … 5 Stars!”  –Tartan Book Reviews

“Touching and well written and my favorite by any author. The storytelling and world building are phenomenal and the romance between Steinar and Catrìona will have you cheering as well as shedding a few tears. Very well done!”     – The Reading Cafe

“Ms. Walker has written another WOW, Medieval Romance. Fast paced, action packed story of betrayal, passion, destiny, fate, healing, romance and finding peace and a HEA. Walker is a talented storyteller, who pulls readers into the story and holds them transfixed. A page turning Medieval Romance!”    – My Book Addiction

“Spellbinding and Expertly Crafted"… “The path to true love is never easy, yet Regan Walker leads the reader to an entertaining, realistic and worthy HEA. Walker’s characters are complex and well-rounded and in her hands real historical figures merge seamlessly with those from her imagination.”    – A Reader’s Review



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4 comments:

  1. Good morning, Louise! Thanks so much for having me on the blog. Great questions!

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  2. A bright Good Morning to you and thank you for the opportunity you have brought all of us to win

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    1. Hi, James. Thanks for stopping by!

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