Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Blog Tour: The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker; Interview + Giveaway

I'm very pleased to welcome Regan Walker back to Rookie Romance with an interview, for her novella The Twelfth Night Wager!

The Twelfth Night Wager
Author: Regan Walker
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: 4 Novermber 2013

It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.

She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to find her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight her coming out would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. It would indeed. The night would bring about the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.
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Hi Regan, welcome back to Rookie Romance!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog.

Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
  • I am a romantic: I cry at sad movies, and I love happy endings, roses, chocolate and French and Italian love songs.
  • I am a dog lover, especially the big cuddly ones like my Golden Retriever.
  • I do most things fast: think fast, walk fast and drive fast. It’s not that I’m in a hurry; it’s just my natural pace.
  • I make the best popcorn ever.
What drew you to writing romances in an historical setting?
I think it was the depth of the stories that first attracted me to Historical Romance as a reader. When a story reflects deep research, it seems more real. I love diving into the past. So, when I began to write Romance, it was the only kind I considered. Research is my passion. I’m like a dog digging for that lost bone. And my readers have remarked that they love the history in my stories, so that makes me happy.

If The Twelfth Night Wager was made into a movie, who would you cast as Christopher and Grace?
That’s pretty easy. I see Eustace, in his 30s and very experienced, as Gerard Butler, that Scots cutie, though we’d have to dye his hair red and turn his blue eyes brown with contacts. As for Grace, Lady Leisterfield, I’m thinking the beautiful young Evan Rachel Wood. Once you read the story I think you’ll see my casting is pretty close to the mark.

What’s your favourite way to just relax and unwind, any hobbies?
I don’t suppose you’ll be surprised when I tell you I love to read, and that is how I relax. After all, I have a blog for lovers of Historical Romance (Regan’s Romance Reviews, with 10 “best lists” by subgenre. (I’m always looking for the “keepers” for myself and other readers.) My hobby used to be cooking (I love to cook), and then it was writing Historical Romance. Now, I cook very little (it’s only me these days), and I write Historical Romance full time—it’s my living. So I think that leaves my blog as my hobby.

Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
Well the third book in the Agents of the Crown trilogy, Wind Raven, my pirate Regency, is done and on my editor’s desk (it is scheduled to be released in early Spring). Currently, I’m writing a medieval, The Red Wolf’s Prize, set in England in 1068, two years after the Conquest. The hero, Renaud de Pierrepont is a Norman knight, one of King William’s favorites, who has been granted the lands of a Saxon thegn slain at the Battle of Hastings. The lands come with an English maiden, Lady Serena, the thegn’s daughter, who hates the Normans for taking her country, her lands and her beloved father. She has no intention of being wed to a knight who may have killed the man she all but worshipped. Sir Renaud (aka “the Red Wolf”—so named for the wolf he killed with his bare hands (the prologue!)—is a man shaped by his past who clings to a rigid set of rules (his men call him the “warrior priest”). He considers the lands he’s been given as his “prize” for his years of service to William. He will discover he is wrong. I’m having lots of fun with it.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for having me! I just want to say how delighted I am to have readers in the UK. Sequentially, The Twelfth Night Wager is followed by the short story, The Holly and the Thistle, which takes place in that same December 1818 and tells Lady Emily Picton’s story. It begins in the historic wine shop of Berry Bros. & Rudd in London, where one can still buy elegant wine today.

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.

Author Links: Website | Blog | Twitter


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. You can increase your chances of winning by following the tour and commenting on the stops, the tour dates can be found here. Good luck!

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