I have the very great pleasure to be the first stop on the How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Knott (one half of the lovely Blossom Twins) blog tour. I will be sharing my review on this wonderfully, uplifting book and I have an exclusive interview with Lucy.
Lucy is a new author her up-and-coming debut How to Bake a New Beginning is a feel good, heart warming romance about family love and food. She is also a Book, Food, Family and Lifestyle blogger with her twin sister; Kelly who own the charming Blossom Twins Blog.
Frankie Hi Lucy, Congratulation’s on the book! Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Lucy Romantic. Sensitive. Passionate. Dreamer. Creative.
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Lucy Ooh I would probably go back to The Beat Generation and the streets of San Francisco. I’d love to hang out with Jack Kerouac and experience a San Francisco night talking the night away and listening to music, then find quaint cafés to write in while drinking lots of coffee.
Frankie Can you tell us a little about your latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.
Lucy My upcoming release is my debut novel. It’s called ‘How to Bake a New Beginning.’ It follows the journey of three sisters; all at different stages in their lives, all dealing with job struggles, boy troubles and finding the courage to take that next step in their lives and follow their hearts. After losing their beloved Grandpa they travel to Italy and events occur where they must start taking ownership of their feelings and of their dreams and their futures.
Frankie It really is a wonderful book, who was your childhood hero?
Lucy My childhood hero was professional wrestler Jeff Hardy, one half of the WWE tag team The Hardy Boyz.
Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Lucy Ooh that would be pretty amazing. I’d love it if this book was made into a movie. Let me think:
Amanda: Britt Robertson / Sabrina: Rachel Bilson. / Louisa: Lily Colins.
Dan: Harry Styles. / Levi: Chris Evans. / Luca: Giulio Berruti.
Frankie Wow!! Gorgeous cast, this is a movie I would love to watch. Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Lucy Hmm, I love all my leading ladies because I feel like they are strong women, yet they have their vulnerable moments. It takes them a minute, but they go after what they want and follow their dreams. They all have good hearts and I love that about them. I do have a soft spot for all my boys too.
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Lucy My inspiration was very much love and my experiences. I’m a hopeless romantic and just wanted to write a romance that was quite simple, not too much drama, not too much back and forth, just something that focused on love conquering all and that fairy tales can exist. Also, my life in general, things that make me happy, things that I love, like Italy and sisterly bonds. I very much enjoyed writing about those things.
Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Lucy Always believe in yourself.
Don’t compare yourself/your book to others. No one else can write the book that you are writing. Your book is yours, it is special, and you must love it first and foremost and be proud of yourself for writing it.
Write, write, write.
Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Lucy Harry Styles, Sal Paradise (On the Road) and Angela Clark. (I heart series.)
Frankie Oooh, fabulous! I am a big fan of Angela and Alex. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Lucy. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Lucy Eeek I love food, so that’s a tricky one, but probably any and all Italian cakes and biscuits.
Frankie Sound’s good to me, Thank you Lucy!
About the Book
Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.
Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…
Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?
Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…
When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!
Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver, Carole Mathews and Lucy Diamond.
How to Bake a New Beginning is to be released on 9th September and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
This is a wonderful debut from a talented new author, who I am positive is going to go far with her writing career. I found Ms Knott’s writing to be fresh, stylish and full of real passion for the story. I was incredibly interested in this book when I first saw the cover, which is cheerful and eye-catching. I know we should never base our opinions on a cover, but on the word’s inside, but for this one, I couldn’t really help it. The cover is as charming as the word’s within.
This is the story of three completely different sisters, who are all at different stages of their lives and who are still trying to find themselves in such a hectic world. Even though two have great careers they are a little lost with the love side of things, as different as Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa are they are all devoted to their family, they may have gone down different path’s but that absolute love for family is the driving force for each of them. Which as someone who is as equally very family focused this really rang a bell with me. When their beloved Grandfather suddenly passes away, the sisters are forced to confront some very personal issues. They decide that to really say goodbye to their grandfather they travel to Italy, their trip turns out to be just as emotional as they expected, but in completely different ways. What started out as a farewell to grandpa trip, ends up with each of the sisters discovering themselves and learning how to take charge of their lives and more importantly how to love.
Each sister is so different, each has their own views and private heartaches, Amanda the eldest is the one with the real passion for cooking, she is doing what she has always wanted to do and is working as a chef, but beneath that stubborn and protective older sister mask there is a heartache, something is missing from her life, now she knows what but can she pluck up the courage to finally grasp it?
Second sister Sabrina is living the high life in LA, to the whole world she is a high-flyer spending night’s out at lavish celebratory parties, her social media is full of enviable pictures. But really, she is stuck in the office with a boss who wants to make her life hell and suffering her own heartache, she is far from the happy-go-lucky socialite that she present’s herself to be.
And finally, baby of the family; Louisa after dropping out of university she has always felt inferior next to her older and much more confident sisters. She is definitely the one most people can relate to, she has lost her way a little. She appears cocky and out spoken but beneath the surface there lies a shy, young woman who is desperate to find her way and I think she has lost a little self-confidence especially while sisters are around.
This trip to Italy is the chance all three of them never expected but also what they needed, but will they have the courage and take control of the lives?
This is a wonderful holiday read, the relationship between the sisters is very real and relatable, the love that they share for their family is the driving force of this story. Ms Knot has done a cracking job at engaging the reader with her relatable character’s, beautiful setting and wonderful storyline. From page one you are immersed into the sister’s lifes, the story and relationships develop and evolve in a natural way and the story moves along at a brilliant pace.
You can real get a sense of how much this book and story means to the author, her heart and passion is evident in every scene, the driving force of the story is absolute family love, this really resonates with me. Another thing I love is how each chapter starts with a recipe, it’s cute and personal and links each chapter together nicely.
This is a delicious book, that you will devour in one bite! (Sorry I couldn’t help the food reference)
This was an ARC copy via the author as apart of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
I have the greatest pleasure of welcoming Historical Romance author; Lara Temple back to Chicks Rogues and Scandal’s for a very special release day post. I have a very insightful chat with lovely Lara, plus an exclusive giveaway.
When I was fifteen I found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later I emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance.
But the love remained one-sided as I progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until my mother gave me a firm shove by entering one my many drawer-directed novels into Harlequin’s annual writing contest. To my shocked surprise I not only made it to the top ten but Harlequin commissioned me to write five Regency romances.
I write strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion.
Like every (or most) writers, I would love to hear from you about books (not only mine) and history and whatever you find that makes you love this period and genre.
I live with my husband and two children who are very good about my taking over the kitchen table for my writing (so I can look out over the garden and dream). I love to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up my dream vacation).
I recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…
About the Book
Now he can’t resist her!
A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story: Lord Stanton’s stay on the island of Illiakos is shrouded in memories of fever and his mysterious nurse. Years later, an Illiakan royal visit to Stanton Hall reveals the princess’s chaperon Christina James is the woman who saved his life! Alexander is a master of control, but Christina makes him long to unleash the sinful side he’s buried…and unlock her passionate nature too!
Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress can be found at Amazon
Frankie Hi Lara, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! It’s so good to have you visit again.
Lara Hi Frankie, it is lovely to be here again, thanks so much for inviting me!
Frankie For those that don’t know you, can you tell us a little about yourself and your work?
Lara I’m Lara Temple and I write strong and sexy Regency romances for Harlequin/Mills & Boon. I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember but I never thought I’d actually become a published author and I’m still pretty new to the romance writing world. I was so lucky – I entered the Harlequin SYTYCW contest and was shocked to discover I not only reached the finals but I was offered a contract! It was an amazing experience and the beginning of a real romance with writing…
Frankie When you first sit-down to start a new book, do you work from a well drafted plan, or do you just go with the flow and hope for the best?
Lara I’m a definite panster with a hint of plotter. Part of what I love about writing is not quite knowing what my characters will to do next – some of my best scenes (I think) were a complete surprise to me, and sometimes I wonder where they came from! It’s like I sometimes look at my kids and am a little dumbfounded at how amazing they are (when they aren’t driving me up a wall, of course) and I wonder – could they possibly have come from me? But now that I write professionally there is always a point in my writing when I stop and take stock – when the story and characters are strong enough already to stand up to criticism and then I sit down and write an outline and begin to see what is working and what isn’t and then I go back to some more (now informed) pantsing.
Lara I always cringe when I have to choose just one story – I feel I’m cheating on all my other loves! But at the moment I have to say John Thornton and Margaret Hale from North and South. I’m writing about a dark and serious Highland Duke and John Thornton keeps buzzing around in my brain. I loved the book and the series almost equally – they both brought together romance, history, and social commentary in a beautiful and vivid way. Both the hero and heroine went through a full emotional journey and they truly earned their HEAs. I adore them.
Frankie Totally agree, I love their story. *Swoon* How do you decide which characters will take centre stage and which will be more background extras?
Lara That’s an interesting question! I love writing secondary characters even through there is not much room for them in 75,000 words. Often they shove their way onto the stage as I’m writing and I have to rein them in so they don’t take up too much space. But they are so important to give depth not just to the story, but also to the hero and heroine. For example, in my latest book, Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress, Alex’s aunt and Christina’s adoptive family help me show just how loyal and warm my damaged hero and heroine are. They are part of who Alex and Christina. I can’t imagine telling the story without them? The same goes for the animals that often find their way into the stories and even some inanimate objects or scenery. For example, Alex finds calm and expresses himself through wood carvings – they can be found throughout the house and Christina unknowingly connects to Alex through them. So they’re in the background, but also an integral part of the my hero and heroine…
Lara I have a few but probably I am most faithful to my collection of Georgette Heyers – I’ve had them since I was a teenager and somehow they have managed to survive all my moves and travels. I particularly adore Sylvester and The Grand Sophy – two utterly different heroines but like all Heyer heroines they are unique and powerful characters and so worthy of being loved. Sometimes I think I might not have become a romance writer if I hadn’t come across Heyer’s books.
Frankie Which do you enjoy writing most, a series or a one off/standalone?
Lara I love series because they allow me to develop different nuances in characters. They are like a kaleidoscope – in each consecutive book I get to see a different aspect of the other characters and so when I reach their turn, they are more complex (which means more challenging but also much more rewarding for me). Right now I’m working on two series – one is my one and is called the Sinful Sinclairs (if you’ve read Lord Stanton you know his scandalous mother’s family is called Sinclair and this is about siblings, love letters, and uncovering the value of family).
The other series I am writing with three other Harlequin Mills&Boon authors (Janice Preston, Elizabeth Hobbes, and Nicole Locke) and it is a Highland romance series that goes back through time following two families. I’m writing the Regency book and absolutely loving it – I adore the setting (my first Highlander) but mostly I love collaborating with these amazing, talented ladies!
Frankie Oh, wow! Loving the sound of all this, I can’t wait to meet the Sinclairs and your Highland collaboration sounds so good. I have a last question, that’s just for fun.
If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would do with your winnings?
Lara Oh, I’m boring. I’d probably first help my mother and brothers and put money way for my kids. But THEN I would take my kids and husband on a long leisurely trip around Italy and probably eat far too much pasta and ice cream but come up with marvellous ideas for more books. I’d also forget about my other job and spend more time writing – that would be marvellous!
Frankie That sounds marvellous! Before, I let you go, I have something a little different. If you could ask your readers one question what would it be? And I will try and answer it.
Lara This is hard. Although I read romance, I would really like to get into the mind of more readers’ heads and ask what are the three key things they find make a perfect historical romance (so I can see if I’m heading in the right direction).
Frankie I will do my best to answer, the three key things that I find make a perfect historical romance are:
- Atmosphere! – I love it when reading historical romances where the story is charged with feeling and you become so absorbed into the mood and tone of the era that it feels very real. Which includes the environment, and surroundings it all adds to the overall feel of the story.
- Realism! – The best thing about reading historical romance has got to be getting to know the characters as people, understanding their actions and getting to know their history. By knowing them, you can connect with them and I love that.
- Dialogue! – The key to a great romance is the to-ing and fro-ing between the hero and heroine, whether they start out as enemies and do nothing but argue or have been friends for life and are always teasing. For me there needs to be great bantering between them, everything from witty, fun and playful to snippy, naughty and gruff.
Frankie Thank you so much, Lara for chatting with me again, its always pleasure.
Lara It’s always a pleasure chatting with you, Frankie. Thanks so much for having me on your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more about your own amazing writing project based on your family’s history!
Frankie Thank you, so kind of you to say.
I have the most amazing giveaway, Lara has very generously donated signed copies of the brilliant Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series to be given away to one very lucky winner. That is THREE SIGNED BOOKS!!!
!!!This series is amazing, by the way!!!
All you have to do is answer the very simple question, as Lara and myself have been chatting about heroes and heroines, the question is;
Who is your favourite Hero and Heroine?
This can be TV or Books or both, Lara has shared hers, mine is Heathcliffe and Cathy, so what yours?
Comment below, or on Twitter and Facebook
*Giveaway if open Internationally, closing date is 6th June 9pm GMT. Giveaway is open on here, Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be contacted by myself.
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I have the great pleasure of hosting an exclusive cover reveal of Ashley York’s up and coming release; Daughter of the King which is book three in the Derbfine Series.
A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder. Was it self-defense? Or Regicide?
Trained as a warrior, Brighit of Clan Cruadhlaoch despises the trappings and demands of womanhood…
Selfish dreams need to be set aside for the good of the clan, but a shocking murder only causes more turmoil. Especially as she stands accused. With no one else to turn to, can Brighit find escape in the arms of her new husband or will he require she reveal her inner most secrets?
Darragh of Clan MacNaughton is expected to follow his father into kingship but has little desire for the coveted title…
His willful wife is another matter. He has great desire for her. Despite her denial, he sees her womanly virtues and it sets him afire to know her, both body and soul. Will she resist his overwhelming need to possess all of her?
Award-winning author Ashley York writes historical romance full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England where life was wild and survival was never guaranteed.
Whether it’s in the mysterious ring forts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, or the battle fields of Hastings, her characters fight hard and play hard. Good or evil, primary or secondary, they’ll yank at your emotions and make it hard to put her books down.
Passionate about history and research, York may tweak some historical facts (like the location of the Baron’s Rebellion) but the flavor of the time is undeniable. With heroes and heroines you’ll want to read about again and again, her stories are fresh and unpredictable but still finish with a satisfying HEA.
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Today I have the great pleasure welcoming Contemporary Romantic author Therese Beharrie to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, so sit down and let’s get to know a little about Therese…
In 2015, I left a full-time job to pursue my dream of becoming a romance writer. That same year, I entered Harlequin’s ‘So you think you can write’ competition for the second consecutive year. An editor requested my full manuscript, and on 6 May 2016, I got the call Now, I’m one of three South African Mills &Boon/Harlequin writers!
With each romance I write, I hope to take you through the complexities of falling in love. There will be laughter and tears, and happiness and heartbreak, all leading to a guaranteed happily-ever-after!
It’s a dream come true, one I’m happy to share with you. You can read about my writing journey and my love of romance on the Mills & Book SA website and on my blog.
Frankie Hi Therese, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Therese Hi Frankie! Thank you so much for having me! This is a tough question (I try not to think about describing myself if I can!), but I’d have to say ambitious, kind, friendly, supportive, and passionate.
Frankie If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Therese I’m much too boring to answer this question! I love living in contemporary times, probably because the utilities are much better (sorry!).
Frankie No need to apologise, and definitely not boring. Who was your childhood hero?
Therese Roald Dahl!
Frankie What is your favourite time of the year?
Therese Summertime! But with air-conditioning 😊
Therese What a great question! I love Nalini from my February 2018 release, Falling For His Convenient Queen. She’s so determined to prove herself, but at the same time, doesn’t want her past to taint her present. She’s strong and vulnerable; my favourite kind of heroine!
Frankie That sort of heroine is a favourite of mine too, she sounds great. Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Therese All around me! Sometimes it’s a real-life event, sometimes it’s a theme or trope that I’d love to explore, sometimes it’s an emotion, and sometimes it’s people (but don’t tell people who know me that!)
Frankie Ha,ha my Los are sealed. What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Therese One, read the genre you want to write in. It’ll help you know what’s popular, what publishers are looking for, and what might be expected from you.
Two, make your writing a priority. It’s easy to make excuses about not having time, but even if it’s for fifteen minutes a day, write!
Three, do your research. Know where you’re interested in submitting to, or whether you’d like to self-publish. Knowledge will help you plan, and planning will help you make better decisions about your writing career.
Frankie What fantastic tops, Thank you. If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Therese Ooh, I’d LOVE to invite Jane from the TV series Jane the Virgin and the actress who plays her, Gina Rodriguez (is that against the rules?), and then I’d invite author Beverly Jenkins because I think the four of us would have amazing (and endless) things to talk about!
Frankie That sounds like an very entertaining dinner party. Thank you, Therese for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Therese Chocolate! ALWAYS chocolate! 😊
Mine too! Thank you Therese.
Therese’s up an coming release; Falling for His Convenient Queen is to be released 28th January and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
…until the queen melted the king’s heart
King Zacchaeus’s plan to marry Princess Nalini was purely to secure the alliance between their kingdoms—but his bride has ulterior motives! Nalini has no intention of settling for anything less than love, and she’ll enjoy every second of challenging the reluctant king to open his heart.
I have the great pleasure of Welcoming Contemporary Romance author Katrina Cudmore, author of Tempted by her Greek Tycoon to Chicks Rogues and Scandals. So sit back and lets get to know a little about Katrina…
Katrina Cudmore grew up on a farm in the Irish countryside before leaving to study for a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Cork and subsequently a M.Sc. in Human Relations at the London School of Economics. Katrina met her husband in Boston U.S. and worked for several years in the UK before returning to Ireland where she now lives in Cork city with her husband, four busy children and her beloved dog. Katrina writes sweet romances for Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love.
Frankie Hi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Katrina Hi Frankie, thank you so much for asking me to participate in this interview. Five words to describe me? I guess, a chatty, introverted, laidback but anxious Gemini!
Frankie Ha,ha! I love that, If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Katrina California in the 1950’s. Think Grease the movie! Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by all of that sunshine, fab music and boundless optimism?
Frankie Ooh! How fabulous, Who was your childhood hero?
Katrina Countess Markievicz, who was an Irish nationalist, suffragette and advocate for the poor in the early part of the twentieth century. She was fearless and outspoken and was jailed on a number of occasions for her role in the fight for Irish independence.
Frankie Ooh, what a wonderful lady, I will have to read up on her. What is your favourite time of the year?
Katrina Without a doubt springtime. My heart lifts when I spot the first daffodil of the year and I welcome the longer days and dawn chorus with open arms.
Katrina That’s a really hard question! I think I’d have to say the hero of my latest book, ‘Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon’ Loukas Christou. I love his family values, quiet sense of humour and fundamental kindness. The fact that he’s a six foot four, Greek God helps too!
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Katrina Usually it’s something I observe in either real life or a quote from an interview. For instance, Georgie the heroine in ‘Tempted’ was inspired by a TV programme that followed people trying to make a new life abroad- one participant was building a boutique hotel in Spain which had always been the dream of her father who sadly passed away before he was able to realise that ambition. In my story, Georgie travels to the Greek Island of Talos to realise her own dad’s dream of renovating a property on the sun drenched island.
Frankie What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Katrina Persistence – rejections are really tough to take but believe that with each manuscript you submit, you are becoming a better writer.
Read – read the romance writers you love and analyse how they manage to draw you in. Read other genres. Read writing blogs. Listen to writing and creative podcasts. Write for your own enjoyment, find your own authentic voice.
Frankie What wonderful tips, thank you for sharing those, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Katrina Only three! I’d have to go with Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Sandi Toksvig. I adore all three, for their humour and intelligence.
Frankie What a cool dinner party, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Katrina I love food! Naming one is almost impossible…but if I have to, I’d go with Sherry Trifle with lashings of cream. The ultimate comfort food
Frankie Oh, yes! That sounds amazing! Thank you so much for visiting today, Katrina.
Katrina I’ve had such fun taking part in this interview Frankie, thank you!
Katrina’s lasted release is ‘Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon’
For the luxury hotel tycoon, honoring his parents’ memory by acquiring their dream hotel should be simple. But to complete the deal he must be married. Enter temporary PA Georgie Jones, who offers to be his matchmaker!
Georgie never stays anywhere long-term—her mother’s abandonment proved that even the strongest relationships never last. She should be focused on finding Loukas a bride, but resisting the temptation of her Greek tycoon’s kiss is easier said than done!
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Spotlight on A Little Christmas Faith by @KathrynFreeman1 @ChocLituk @rararesources #Spotlight #BlogTour
I was born in Wallingford but have spent most of my life living in a village outside Windsor. A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also loves to write romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
I’ve two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in my life is all in my head. Then again, my husband’s unstinting support of my career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Is it time to love Christmas again?
Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are the guests …
But what she didn’t bank on was her first paying customer being someone like Adam Hunter. Rugged, powerfully built and with a deep sadness in his eyes, Adam is a man that Faith is immediately drawn to – but unfortunately he also has an intense hatred of all things Christmassy. As the countdown to the big day begins, Faith can’t seem to keep away from her mysterious guest, but still finds herself with more questions than answers: just what happened to Adam Hunter? And why does he hate Christmas?
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Today I have the great pleasure of having award-winning, bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances; Regan Walker visit Chicks, Rogue’s and Scandals. As well as chatting about her work Regan is very generously giving away two copies of her book; The Holly and the Thistle.
But, firstly lets get to know Regan.
A former lawyer turned writer, Regan Walker is an award-winning, bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. Her novels weave history and historical figures into fictional stories with political intrigue, a bit of mystery and love. She lives in San Diego and loves to take long walks looking out at the ocean.
I write novels with real history and real historic figures and a wonderful happy ever after ending. I want my readers to experience real historical events as well as adventure and love. For each of my novels, I do hundreds of hours of research to “get it right”.
“Through my prior work, I have come to love international travel and meeting new people. I also have a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence, when I turned to writing historical novels, it seemed only natural that my novels and stories would feature a demanding sovereign who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool—and so was born the Agents of the Crown series, and then came the Medieval Warriors.” ~ Regan Walker
Frankie Hi Regan, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Regan Oooo, hard question. The words my friends have told me describe my character would be “independent, courageous, loyal, honest (to a fault) and compassionate.” But in fairness, I am also sensitive to criticism, demanding (of myself and others) and a perfectionist.
Frankie If you could live in any era and place, when and where would it be? And Why?
Regan Well, I’ve travelled to 40 countries and while there are some I love and want to return to (Scotland comes to mind), I wouldn’t want to call any place home but America. I am very proud to be an American and I love my country.
I think if I were to live in another era, it would be America after the Revolutionary War in Williamsburg, Virginia when the country was in its youth and excited about what lay ahead. Exploring the West in the late 19th century also appeals. But if I were to live in modern times, my preference would be for the Pacific Coast, as I love the ocean and the sea breeze.
Frankie Who was your childhood hero?
Regan I grew up without a father and it wasn’t until I was in high school that I discovered my other hero, Winston Churchill. For most of my life, and to this day, my hero has always been God.
Frankie What is your favourite time of the year?
Regan It depends on where I am, but generally it’s autumn. October is nice the world over. Spring is a close second. And if we’re talking the Rockies or the Pacific Northwest, it has to be summer.
Regan Not until I wrote Echo in the Wind could I answer that question. Now I know it’s Jean Donet, comte de Saintonge, former pirate, privateer, smuggler and spy. A widower who never thought to love again. He is introduced in To Tame the Wind, but he doesn’t find his soul mate until Echo in the Wind.
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Regan The characters (mostly). A character pops into my mind and then I go looking for history in which to set him/her. Sometimes the history leads me, but generally I begin with a character. In my new novel, A Secret Scottish Christmas, it was Aileen Stephen, the only daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilding family who, as a child, developed a passion to design ships. If you were to ask her if she would ever fall for an Englishman she would have showed you the door.
Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Regan Read what you love, write what you love and finish the book.
Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
Regan J.R.R. Tolkien, Abraham Lincoln and Margaret, Queen of Scots (11th century). I admire them all. My tastes in people are pretty eclectic. Now, if you’d given me 20 names, I could really have a party.
Frankie Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Regan. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Regan Flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and a glass of Rosa Regale (the wine made for chocolate). It’s my Valentine’s Day default dessert.
That sound’s delicious, thank you so much.
About the Book
Twin brothers Nash and Robbie Powell of Powell & Sons Shipping, London, sail with their fellow Agents of the Crown to Scotland for a secret celebration of Christmastide, a holiday long frowned upon by the Scottish Kirk. But more than Christmas is being kept secret. The two brothers have accepted an assignment from the Home Secretary Lord Sidmouth to ferret out a fugitive fomenting rebellion among the Scots.
Aileen Stephen, the only daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder, had to be clever, devious and determined to gain her place in the family business. She succeeded to become a designer of highly coveted ships. One night, a man’s handsome face appears to her in a dream. When two men having that same face arrive on a ship full of Londoners, Ailie wonders what her second sight is telling her. Is the face she saw a portender of the future, a harbinger of danger, or both? And which of the two Englishmen is the one in her dream?
Older than Nash by a mere five minutes, Robbie has always been protective of his twin. When he realizes Nash is attracted to the sister of their Scottish host, he thinks to help matters along. But Nash wants no help from his brother, not where Ailie Stephen is concerned because Robbie is attracted to the girl himself!
Two brothers vie for the affection of the Scottish lass but only one stirs her passion. Which one will it be? And what will she do when she learns they are spies?
If you like a bit of a love triangle, handsome spies and artistic heroines, secrets, traditions and romance all wrapped up with a big Christmas bow, then this is the book you need to read. Seasonally enchanting and romantically perfect! ~ Chick’s Rogues and Scandals
Regan is so very generously giving away two copies of her Seasonal story; The Holly and the Thistle.
London, December 1818
A chance meeting at Berry’s wine shop, a misunderstanding and Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift ever: a marriage not of convenience, but of love.
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