Against The Wind
Author: Regan Walker
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publish Date: March 2013
A night in London’s most exclusive bordello. Agent of the Crown Sir Martin Powell would not normally indulge, but the end of his time spying against Napoleon deserves a victory celebration. Yet, such pleasure will not come cheap. The auburn-haired courtesan he calls “Kitten” is in truth Katherine, Lady Egerton, a dowager baroness and the daughter of an earl as elusive as she is alluring. She flees a fate worse than death. But Martin has known darkness, too, and he alone can touch her heart—as she has touched his. To the English Midlands they will steal, into the rising winds of revolution.
They stepped into the ballroom just as the orchestra stuck up a waltz—and Martin froze. Standing not twenty feet before him was the object of his long search, shimmering in a silver gown that reflected the lights above, her only other adornments her auburn tresses and a string of pearls. Even here, amidst the ton’s finery, she stood out, once again an ethereal creature.
“Kitten,” he muttered under his breath. She stood with two debutantes and an older man and woman, her back to the dancing couples. She appeared unaware of the attention she was drawing from the men around her, but Martin saw the looks they were giving her and felt a wave of jealousy sweep over him.
“What is it, Martin? Why did you stop? What are you staring at?”
“She is here. Just there.”
Out of the corner of his eye Martin saw Ormond’s head turn toward Kit. At the same time, Kit turned her face to the side and it became a mask of horror. Whatever she saw had shaken her badly.
A man. She was looking at a man.
“Who is that?” Martin said, gesturing for Ormond.
Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
- I am a refugee from the practice of law and trying not to look back.
- I love European dark chocolate, my current rave being the Ritter Sports bar with hazelnuts from Germany.
- I am a rank sentimentalist, crying at sad movies and poignant love stories.
- I am an avid reader and reviewer of historical romance (as well as an author) with my own review blog, Regan's Romance Reviews (http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com).
Could you tell us a little bit about Against The Wind?
Against the Wind is the story of Sir Martin Powell, a spy for the Crown who returns from ten years in France during Napoleon’s reign for one last assignment from the Prince Regent. In his one night of leisure, he meets a beautiful redhead named “Kit” in a bordello, never knowing she is the daughter of an earl and a dowager baroness. While still knowing little about each other, he will sweep her away to the Midlands of England—and into the storms of revolution.
Who would you cast as Martin and Katherine, if your book was made into a movie?
When I first thought of Martin, I thought of Keanu Reeves with his black hair only I’d have him with dark blue eyes. And for Katherine (“Kit”), it would have to be Julianne Moore. The cover of my book, which I helped design, isn't too far off from the characters, and I was pleased that a reader could see the cover as telling the story, too. Martin has a sensitive and charming side and Kit’s beauty is ethereal.
What makes Martin and Katherine perfect for each other?
Sir Martin Powell, the hero in Against the Wind, is a complex man. A former sea captain, a rebel and a spy who served in France during Napoleon’s reign, he is also a widower, a rescuer and a reluctant hero. He is haunted by the death of his first wife that keeps him from loving again. But oh, is he tender in his loving when he finally gets to it. And that is why he is perfect for Katherine, Lady Egerton or “Kit,” the beautiful auburn haired woman Martin calls “Kitten.” She is a spirited woman who has lost several loved ones and has been harmed by the men in her life—or so she thinks. She is strong and caring and has sacrificed much for those she loves. Now she is alone and afraid to love—afraid of loving too much, of being destroyed by love as her father was. Patient Martin, who will be gentle with her but will get his way in the end, is just the man she needs.
Do you have any rituals for when you’re writing?
Not many. I have a large table where I spread out with piles of my research at hand. I confess it used to be my dining room table. I try to get my social media out of the way early in the day and write in the afternoon. If I am writing the first draft, I often get scenes and ideas late at night and so I keep a pad of paper next to my bed to write them down (else I may lose them). I rarely write for an entire day like some authors do unless I am responding to my editor’s suggestions or editing myself. Then I’m very focused and can sit writing for hours on end. As a reformed lawyer, the right brain stuff is a bit of a challenge for me—though I love it. I have always been a disciplined person, but there are days the words just don’t come and so I may leave my current MS and come back to it later. Typically, the middle of the novel is the toughest.
Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
I’m writing Wind Raven now, the third in the Agents of the Crown trilogy. The hero is Captain Nick Powell, Martin’s brother. You meet him in Against the Wind. A privateer during the War of 1812, he is now a merchant sea captain in his family’s business. A rake, he loves all women and yet he loves none—that is until he meets an impudent American named Tara McConnell who he is forced to take on his ship when he sails from London on an assignment for the Prince Regent. It’s research intensive since I have to learn all the nautical terminology and understand life on a schooner at the time. And, I've a very worthy Caribbean pirate to understand, too. It’s so important to get all that “right,” elsewise some clever reader will point out that I got it all wrong! I hope it will be out late 2013 but could slide to early 2014.
About the Author
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 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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