Friday, May 26, 2017

Regan's New Release! Echo In the Wind, a Georgian romance

When the French pirate Jean Donet first appeared on the deck of his ship in To Tame the Wind, shouting orders to his men as guns blazed all around him, he quite stole my heart. I knew then he had to have his own story. And I knew it would take an unusual woman for Jean Donet to ever consider loving again. I believe I found her in Lady Joanna West.

Joanna wondered if so elegant a man could, in truth, be a pirate. Still, she could not deny the air of mystery about him or the intense fire in his dark eyes.
’Twas as if Lucifer himself had paid them a visit.


If you have been anxiously waiting for my new seafaring Georgian romance, Echo in the Wind, the wait is over. The adventure is here!
 
England and France 1784

Cast out by his noble father for marrying the woman he loved, Jean Donet took to the sea, becoming a smuggler, delivering French brandy and tea to the south coast of England. When his young wife died, he nearly lost his sanity. In time, he became a pirate and then a privateer, vowing to never again risk his heart.

As Donet’s wealth grew, so grew his fame as a daring ship’s captain, the terror of the English Channel in the American War. When his father and older brother die in a carriage accident in France, Jean becomes the comte de Saintonge, a title he never wanted.

Lady Joanna West cares little for London Society, which considers her its darling. Marriage in the ton is either dull or disastrous. She wants no part of it. To help the poor in Sussex, she joins in their smuggling. Now she is the master of the beach, risking her reputation and her life. One night off the coast of Bognor, Joanna encounters the menacing captain of a smuggling ship, never realizing he is the mysterious comte de Saintonge.

Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?

See it on Amazon US, UK or Canada. And on Regan's website.

What the reviewers are saying:

“Flawless! Echo in the Wind has everything you would ever want in a historical romance, intelligently written, atmospheric and engrossing. The story is thrilling and exciting yet the love story is so tender our lead man really steals every scene. A complete and utter triumphant!” 
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals



“Regan Walker sweeps you away to a time and place you'll NEVER want to leave!”
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author Danelle Harmon

“A fast-paced drama with passion and romance and a magnificent, intriguing plot! I was glued to the pages from the first sentence. Another masterfully and brilliantly executed story!! Bravo!!” 
My Reading Addiction Reviews
 
“From the rugged English coast to the opulence of Versailles, Walker transports you to a world you will never want to leave. Echo in the Wind is a novel full of passion, danger and adventure, a story about seizing life and love and following your heart” –  Reading in Wellies

The beginning...

Bognor, West Sussex, England, April 1784

     Except for the small waves rushing to shore, hissing as they raced over the shingles, Bognor’s coast was eerily bereft of sound. Lady Joanna West hated the disquiet she always experienced before a smuggling run. Tonight, the blood throbbed in her veins with the anxious pounding of her heart, for this time, she would be dealing with a total stranger.
     Would he be fair, this new partner in free trade? Or might he be a feared revenue agent in disguise, ready to cinch a hangman’s noose around her slender neck?
     The answer lay just offshore, silhouetted against a cobalt blue sky streaked with gold from the setting sun: a black-sided ship, her sails lifted like a lady gathering up her skirts, poised to flee, waited for a signal.
     Crouched behind a rock with her younger brother, Joanna hesitated, studying the ship. Eight gun ports marched across the side of the brig, making her wonder at the battles the captain anticipated that he should carry sixteen guns.
     She and her men were unarmed. They would be helpless should he decide to cheat them, his barrels full of water instead of brandy, his tea no more than dried weeds.
     It had been tried before.
     “You are certain Zack speaks for this captain?” she asked Freddie whose dark auburn curls beneath his slouched hat made his boyish face appear younger than his seventeen years. But to one who knew him well, the set of his jaw hinted at the man he would one day become.
     “I’ll fetch him,” Freddie said in a hushed tone, “and you can ask him yourself.” He disappeared into the shadows where her men waited beneath the trees.
     Zack appeared, squatting beside her, a giant of a man with a scar on the left side of his face from the war. Like the mastiffs that guarded the grounds of her family’s estate, he was big and ugly, fierce with enemies, but gentle with those he was charged to protect.
     “Young Frederick here says ye want to know about this ship, m’lady.” At her nod, Zack gazed toward the brig. “He used to come here regular with nary a con nor a cheat. He’s been gone awhile now. I heard he might have worked up some other business—royal business.” He rolled his massive shoulders in a shrug. “In my experience, a tiger don’t change his stripes. He’s a Frog, aye, but I trust the Frenchie’s one of us, a free trader still.”
     She took in a deep breath of the salted air blowing onshore and let it out. “Good.” Zack’s assurance had been some comfort but not enough to end her concerns. What royal business? For tonight, she need not know. “Give the signal,” she directed her brother, “but I intend to see for myself if the cargo is what we ordered.”
     Without seeking the position, Joanna had become the smugglers’ master of the beach, responsible for getting the cargo ashore and away to inland routes and London markets with no revenue man the wiser. She took seriously her role to assure the villagers got what they paid for. Their survival depended upon it.

There is also a Pinterest storyboard for Echo in the Wind. See it HERE!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

THROUGH MY LENS

More from last year's vacation to Saint Marten. The first video is the villa access from our hotel...just waves. The pictures are from our catamaran to Dog Island on Bluebeard Charters (on the Arawak). You'll see Tim steering the boat (everyone got a chance). On the return trip from the Island where we explored a little and saw a bay full of nurse sharks that migrate there each year. The Arawak is a certified racing catamaran and was a very unique experience. We're so glad we took the excursion.





































This is just 25 seconds of our return trip at 19 knots which is about 21 mph. That might not sound like much...but when the catamaran is only on one pontoon...believe me...it's fast.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Anna J. Stewart, Harlequin Romantic Suspense Author!

Prolific Author, Anna J. Stewart, is making her debut on the blog today with her new release, Reunited With The P.I.


*GIVEAWAY BELOW*
Exactly why should P.I. Vince Sutton take his ex-wife's case? Because she, assistant district attorney Simone Armstrong, put his brother in jail? Because the ambitious spitfire still drives him crazy? No, he'll take it because "The Avenging Angel" makes him a deal he can't refuse. Sparks fly when Vince works all-too-closely with Simone to locate her missing key witness...but in the process, they are drawn into a cold case. As much as he tries, Vince can't deny that he's never gotten over beautiful Simone, but can he admit his feelings to her--and himself? And can he save her from the danger that's heading their way?



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“Now that’s not something you see every day.”
The dazed wonder in his most recent hire’s voice had
Vince Sutton glancing up from where he’d been filling a
third pitcher of beer. It was a Thursday night and the
regulars were in The Brass Eagle. “What’s that?”
Since he’d hired Travis Fielding all of three months
ago, Vince had found there was little that didn’t amuse the
college senior. Tall and gangly with an odd penchant for
retro seventies’ paisley and sideburns, the computer
science major seemed to be off in his own world most of
the time.

“Tell me that’s not an angel who just walked in.” Travis
suddenly jumped back as he’d over-poured the line of
tequila shots. The pungent liquid dribbled over the lip of
the bar and onto the kid’s pristine white sneakers.
Despite hearing the distinct cha-ching of lost cash,
Vince tossed Travis a towel. When he glanced over again,
he found his employee’s “angel” standing directly across
from him. “Simone.”

Vince went numb as he took in the familiar lush waves
of thick hair, her startling sapphire-blue eyes that, despite
every attempt, couldn’t hide her emotions. Not from him,
at least. Had it really been three years since he’d touched
her face, those cheekbones? Trailed his finger down that
pointed nose that only hinted at the stubbornness he knew
she possessed? Traced that small tattoo on the base of her

“Hello, Vince.”

Her voice washed over him, sultry, intoxicating. How
two words could hold so much—a greeting, a promise, a
reminder—was beyond him. Then again, he’d stopped
trying to figure out Simone Armstrong around the time he’d

served her with divorce papers.



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USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart currently writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). When she's not writing, you can find her at fan conventions, at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing service for writers. You can find her online at www.authorannastewart.com.



Jan Schliesman: Do you ever get lost in your own stories?
Anna J Stewart: Absolutely. And I think that's probably the best part of the job (aside from hearing from readers). When I get lost, I call that "in the zone"; it's when the story just takes off on its own and my fingers fly. It also means I'm on the right track. I'm always waiting for that moment when my characters take over and forget I'm around, LOL

Jan: My maiden name is Stewart! Do you think it’s exciting that we might be related or is it a pen name? (Third choice would be a restraining orderJ)
Anna: It is most definitely my name! And I wouldn't be surprised to hear we're related. I hear the Stewarts got around, LOL. One of my best friends traced our ancestries back to Scotland--where her ancestors actually imprisoned and fought mine (mine were protecting Mary Queen of Scots)! Funny how we all find each other in some way :)

Jan: Name three things on your desk right now.
Anna:  A water bottle, bills, and a picture of George Clooney (he inspires me *sigh*)

Jan: Do you struggle to find fresh ideas or do they come naturally?
Anna: Sometimes I struggle, certainly. I tend to write out of the box ideas anyway, but finding a fresh spin, doing something unexpected is something I really focus on. I'm a reader, too, and I don't want predictable! I want the reader to be turning the pages of my story because they can't wait to see (and they can't anticipate) what's going to happen. When I'm really stuck, I put out the call to my two critique partners (authors Melinda Curtis and Cari Lynn Webb) and we brainstorm over Skype. Honestly? I couldn't write my books without them.

Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Anna: First, I love writing reunion stories. There's something about focusing on characters as they are now, comparing them to how they were, that really adds layers. Simone and Vince are clearly made for each other, but the first time around, I think they got caught up in the physicality of their relationship and never took the time to see the other for who they really are. They do this time around and that's what makes for an unbreakable bond. My second favorite thing about this story (and the entire trilogy) is the friendship among the three heroines (MORE THAN A LAWMAN was the first book). I've enjoyed exploring how each of them dealt with the same childhood tragedy.

Jan: What are you currently reading?
Anna: I just finished reading ECHOES IN DEATH by JD Robb. And before that, I read THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts. I have a bit of a fan fetish with her, so...they're on the top of my TBR list whenever I get the time to read (which isn't much these days).

Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Anna: Hmmmm...I think I do? I've never experienced it myself, but I know a number of friends who have. With that evidence (and their lasting relationships), I'd have to say yes. 

Jan: If you had the skills to be in any other profession, what would it be?
Anna: I would love to be a professional chef--but I don't think I have the energy. Those people work HARD! I like my solitary writing world, LOL.

Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Anna:  Oooooh, I've had a bunch that have been awesome, but I think the last trip I took to Hawaii with my best friend (who had never been before) tops the list. Normally I'm ready for vacation to be over. I didn't want to leave!

Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Tombstone/DiGiorno. What do you like on your pizza?
Anna’s GOTTA ANSWER: I'm a "the works" kind of girl. I like everything, even anchovies. Except spicy things. So everything but jalapenos and banana peppers.


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UP NEXT: In August I'm releasing the third in my Butterfly Harbor series from Harlequin Heartwarming (these are sweet romances). A DAD FOR CHARLIE features Deputy Fletcher Bradley and Paige Cooper, along with her daughter Charlie, who's decided Fletch is the dad she wants. I got to play a bit of Parent Trap with this one.  Then in October, I've got book 3 in the romantic suspense trilogy, GONE IN THE NIGHT, where readers (and my heroines) will finally learn who murdered Chloe Evans twenty years ago.

PREVIOUS RELEASES: As I said before, I love writing large groups of characters into my stories. My Tremayne Family Romances (ASKING FOR TROUBLE, HERE COMES TROUBLE, and THE TROUBLE WITH NATHAN) features a large cast that also includes a cat burglar, an art forger, foster kids, a Robin Hood do-gooder, a con artist and some other fun stuff thrown in (I call these my kitchen sink books-they have something for everyone). 

My Butterfly Harbor series takes place in a town inspired by the Monterey, CA area (one of my favorite spots on the planet). THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR and RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION are the first two in that series).

I also write a holiday novella every year that takes place in Christmas Town, Maine (THE CHRISTMAS WISH was my first sale to Harlequin). After our previous boxed sets (A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS and A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY), I'll be adding yet another this year.

And then I've started writing in Marina Adair's St. Helena Vineyard's Kindle Worlds. STRAIGHT TO HIS HEART just came out on April 3rd and I'm mulling the possibility of more.

THANKS SO MUCH, Anna for sharing your writing world with us! Anna is offering an e-copy(format of your choice) of ASKING FOR TROUBLE, the first in her Tremayne romances. Open to international readers. Answer this question in the comments:

I'm always interested in hearing what readers want to read. Tell me what your favorite type of romance is? Genre, story, hero or heroine? I never know what will kick start a new idea and readers have a lot of great ones!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy

Today I'm thrilled to welcome back Linda Broday, a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, who has a second book out in her Men of Legend series.   

One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs to claim.

I've been waiting eagerly for this book and I can assure you it was worth the wait! The Heart of a Texas Cowboy has been garnering well-deserved praise...

~~ STARRED REVIEW Publisher’s Weekly
The exciting plot, rich setting, and superb writing will delight fans of historical romances.

~~ 4 Stars Romantic Times
This compassionate, poignant marriage-of-convenience love story demonstrates Broday’s ability to bring a wide range of emotions to her characters in a fast-paced plotline without losing a bit of the powerful love story.

~~ Long and Short Reviews - 5 stars
“One of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a long time.”

Here's an excerpt:

  With night wrapped around her like a cloak, Lara hummed while she washed the dishes and put everything away.
  Houston sat on the ground with Gracie, his back against his saddle. The babe lay on his chest with his hand patting the small back. He caught Lara looking and winked as boldly as some scoundrel. Heat rose to her cheeks. She lowered her gaze and made quick work of the dishes.
  “Do you want me to take Gracie to her bed?” Lara asked, joining him.
  “If you can pry open her fist to get my vest out of it. For such a little thing she’s sure got a grip.”
  Houston was so near his soft breath fanned her cheek. Her pulse raced. This man she’d married invaded every thought. He’d shown kindness and caring and brought hope back from the grave where she’d buried it.
  He laid a hand on her arm. “You’ll be back?”
  “Yes. I won’t be long.”
  “I’ll only be in camp a little while,” Houston said, yawning. “Have to spell the other drovers.” At her questioning glance, he explained, “Everyone shares guard duty, me included.”
  She nodded and hurried to lay Gracie in her crib next to her crib beside the chuck wagon. With her precious daughter sleeping soundly, she returned to the fire to find no sign of Houston. Her heart sank with disappointment. She’d missed him, missed her goodnight kiss that he’d begged for.
  Houston called quietly from the deep shadows. “Over here, Lara.”
  Following his voice, Lara discovered him leaning against the trunk of a mesquite tree. Rays from the full moon lightened the dark brown strands nestling against his collar, adding glints of silver.
  “I didn’t want to take a chance on us being interrupted so I walked out here,” he explained.
  Lara wet her lips. “I thought you’d changed your mind.” That he didn’t want to kiss a woman so scarred.
  “Not a chance, lady,” he growled low and pushed away from the tree. “It’s all that’s been on my mind since you agreed.”
  When she moved to him, he opened his arms. She walked into his embrace as though it was a door and pleasure awaited there. Inhaling the scented air, she laid her head against the hard wall of his chest. She wanted to stay there forever.
  Houston lightly rested his chin on the top of her head. “I’m real glad you came on this drive. Nights can get lonely out here.”
  His deep voice vibrated inside her. It was like he became part of her. “I’m glad I did too. Even though I had to work to convince you.”
  “Yeah, well, I’m a stubborn fool.”
  He put a finger under her chin and lifted her face. Without a word, he lowered his mouth. The minute his warm lips touched hers, Lara had to clutch his arm to keep from falling. Her heartbeat pounded as though trying to keep up with the blood racing through her veins.
  A hot, demanding, achiness swept over her. She needed this man and at the moment didn’t think she could live without him. Nor did she want to try.

Meet Linda

I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical western romances and I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. At times, I can feel their ghosts lurking around every corner. I love research and looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. Chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.

Where you can find out more about me and my books:
Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/lindabrodayauthor 

E.E.: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

Linda: Well, since I don’t know how to perform brain surgery and I’m far too old to learn, I’d have to do something related to books. Way back when I was young, I yearned with all my heart to be a librarian. I still do. Back then in 7th grade, I got to work in the school library and I thought that was the greatest thing. I loved to be surrounded by books. And if I can’t be a librarian, I’d want to own a small bookstore so I could smell the paper, the ink, the adventures between the pages all day.

E.E.: What do you do to unwind and relax?

Linda: I watch TV, go to the movies, or read a book. I love to immerse myself in stories even when I have a free moment. Is that strange or what? Maybe we need to call the men in white coats. But it’s relaxing to me.

E.E.: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?

Linda: I wouldn’t have wanted to live during the Civil War years. Oh my goodness, those corsets, hoop skirts, and five layers of clothing would’ve done me in.  I don’t know how they sat down, rode a horse, or anything else. Their clothing was so restrictive. I would love to have lived during Cleopatra times with their soft, flowing dresses. No corsets, just all natural.

E.E.: If you were a T-Shirt, what color would you be and why?

Linda: Purple. I’ve always been drawn to the deeper hues of the color. Maybe it’s because purple is a royal color and worn by kings and queens. Put me in something purple and I’m very content. I get this feeling that everything’s right with the world.

E.E.: What three things are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse or satchel?

Linda: Lara Boone would have diapers for her baby daughter, a change of clothes for herself…and a gun. She’s being stalked by a man who wants to capture or kill her so Houston Legend gives her a gun so she can defend herself if he’s not around.

E.E.: What drew you to write the genre you do?

Linda: I grew up watching all the westerns back when they were in their heyday. We didn’t own a TV but my aunt and uncle did and we’d go over to their house. I saw how honorable, tough and loyal they were and how they sought justice for themselves and others. When I set out on this writing path, I fashioned my heroes like those cowboys on TV. Only instead of riding off into the sunset alone, I wanted to give my men someone to love because no one should be alone. Just think what would’ve happened if Matt Dillion had told Miss Kitty he loved her? Sure wish he had.

E.E.: What books are in your TBR pile?
LindaHallowed Ground by Darrell Sparkman
Chasing the Heiress by Rachael Miles
Tempting the Earl by Rachael Miles
Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
Blame it on the Cowboy by Delores Fossen
Closer to You by Amanda McIntyre

Today's GIVEAWAY:  Two autographed copies of THE HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY

QUESTION FOR READERS:  What is it about Marriage of Convenience stories that you love?


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