HAIKU HORIZON # 19 – TASTE

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Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “TASTE” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:
[ https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com ]

The taste of the wine
Reminds me of her sweet kiss
As I mourn her death

No weight I can lose
This smorgasbord’s taste divine
Diet starts next week

Garden of Eden
Adam and Eve tastes apple
First sin has been made

Would love to get your feedback

 

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: REGAN WALKER

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I know I haven’t done any interviews in a good long while, so I felt the time has come for me to start doing them with my fellow romance authors. I therefore want to thank Regan Walker for responding to my recent offer to interview authors on FaceBook. While we might love to read their books, we don’t really know anything about them. So with the song “Getting to Know You” from “The King and I” playing softly in the background I’m going to interview my first guest, Regan Walker.

Please introduce yourself.
Hi, all! Regan Walker here. I am an author of historical romance. My favorite periods in which to set my stories are the Regency, Georgian and Medieval eras. I also love seafaring romances and have several set on the high seas. I live in San Diego where the air is perfumed with blossoms and an ocean breeze invariably blows, at least if you live near the coast as I do.

Regan Walker profile pic (1)Can you tell us about your latest published novel?
My latest is Echo in the Wind. It’s book two in the Donet Trilogy and a second chance at love for the dashing former pirate, Jean Donet. It begins on the coast of West Sussex where he is engaged in a bit of smuggling. You know, French brandy, tea and assorted other highly valued cargo.

What was the inspiration/description for your latest novel?
When 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 consider loving again. I believe I found her in Lady Joanna West.

ReganWalker_EchoInTheWind800Here’s the short description:

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?

How did you decide on the title for the book?
It began with this quote: How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart! (from the poem “Ephemera” by William Butler Yeats). Donet is 40 and thinks never to love again after losing his first wife whom he loved with a passion.

Do you have any current writing endeavors? What are they?
Ah yes. I am writing A Secret Scottish Christmas, book 4 in the Agents of the Crown series. You can spend Christmas in Scotland with Spies, Scots and Shipmasters… Set in 1819 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it’s the story of the Powell twins, Robbie and Nash, spies for the Crown, who celebrate a “secret” Christmas with William Stephen, the hero in The Holly & The Thistle, and his English wife, Lady Emily Stephen. Each will vie for the love of William’s younger sister, Aileen, but which one will win the prize?

Do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
I generally have the beginning in mind long before I write and my stories are led by actual historical events so there is that, too. But the rest is all magic. In other words, I’m a modified pantster.

What made you decide to become an author?
My best friend who, when I was complaining to her about the ending of a romance I’d just finished, told me I thought like a writer and I should write one of my own. I can still remember our conversation, which took place in my kitchen toward the end of 2010. I took her advice and the next year wrote Racing with the Wind, published in 2012.

Since you’re a romance author, of all the sub-genres of romance which exist, what made you choose the genre you write in.
I love the history and diving into the past. I love being swept away to another time and place but one that is historically authentic.

Do you have a schedule for your time to write, answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?
I try, though life intervenes. The first two hours are given to answering email, social media and promotion. Then I write (and research) till early afternoon. Of course, in there are two walks and occasional telephone calls.

Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?
Yes, but mostly nonfiction historical books related to my research. You can see them on the Pinterest storyboards I do for each book.

What are the items you must have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?
I write to music, sometimes critical to a particular scene. (You can see my playlist here: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/2016/06/do-you-read-or-write-to-music-by-regan.html. My writing took over my dining room long ago and the table has all I need: computer, printer, supplies, stacks of research, pens, sticky notes, good light, calendar, etc.

When you were an aspiring author you needed advice, what advice would you give to an aspiring author in those shoes today?
Well, the first thing is to learn a bit about the craft. I learned it on the fly but you can actually take a class or get a book. Then write… and finish the story just so you know you can. Get some eyes on it, not your sister or your friend but some impartial eyes, like a critique partner. Once you are happy with it, get a professional editor to look at it. I am also a reviewer and I can’t tell you how many authors submit published books to me that have been poorly edited. I have a list of the Top 10 things which, as a reader, I really dislike: http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-readers-pet-peeves-10-that-set-me-on.html

If there’s anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.
I do encourage readers to follow my on Amazon and BookBub and to sign up for my newsletter (from the home page on my website).

Just so you know, I read, review and write what I love: historically authentic historical romance. I have a blog, Historical Romance Review (http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com/) that I began before I was an author where I post reviews. I try to find the good ones for my fellow readers. I have 15 lists to help readers.

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Where can we find your book?
On Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07116NJ2W

Where can we find you on:

BLOG/WEBSITE: http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/regan.walker.104
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RegansReview
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Regan-Walker/e/B008OUWC5Y

THANKS for giving me your time in allowing me to interview you.
Thank you for inviting me!

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-031 – LILLIE, A MOTHERLESS CHILD

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

This underlining essence for true story of Lillie Fritsche tends to harken back to the traditional Negro spiritual “A Motherless Child.” The reason I’m saying this is that like the song being a clear representation of the agony and depression felt by the children of slaves who had been forcibly taken from their parents at an early age, Lillie had to deal with the reality of losing her mother when she was seven.

Lillie instead of feeling the prejudice which had been so prevalent towards blacks while she was growing up, she had to face a similar animosity because of her German ancestry and the unpleasantness of the nationalistic sentiment at that time.

In this book, Ms. Hobbs has given her readers an exceptionally poignant reading experience, regarding her mother, Lillie’s life. The author allows them to follow Lillie’s life as she grows up facing the hurdles which were continuously placed in front of her until becomes an inspirational example of how far faith can take a woman if she believes in herself; which is why it has gotten the 5 STARS I’ve given it.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2IZZ6HT0TWOU8

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1Z8GC9TJS5IOM

HAIKU HORIZON # 18 – SKY

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Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “SKY” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:
[ https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com ]

Today’s sky is blue
Not a single cloud be seen
Rain can’t ruin day

Flock of birds in sky
Hundreds flying over me
Hope no gifts are left

My love is true blue
Like the sky overhead of me
No heart be broken

Would love to get your feedback

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-030 – ONLY 60+ YOU GO GIRL

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If anyone looks up my bio you’ll find I’m not only a Blogger and a voracious Book Reviewer with 572 reviews already under my belt since I started this, my 2nd second career, three years ago this week, I’m also an author with two books under my belt; an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions and my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel [which I’m currently re-editing.]

I found that this book speaks to me. Having married in my early 40’s to my dear OH about 23 ¾ years ago, we wound up having no children [probably good since there’s a genetic condition one of us has]. After having a massive heart attack and a quadruple by-pass surgery around age 60, I decided to sit down and finally fulfill a dream I had when I had been a young child. The dream had been to become an author which I’d fulfilled about two years later, and now I’ve the two books already written as I mentioned above, I’ve also got two endeavors which I’m working slowly on’ an adult Contemporary romance and a MG/YA Urban Fantasy. Now I’m just awaiting to get enough sales so I can quickly finish them and get them self-published as well through CreateSpace.

I haven’t let my age stop me with what I love doing now, which is my writing. Not am I only writing the stuff I’ve mention, I’ve writing stuff which can best be described as erotic.

As you can probably tell from what I’ve written above I’m not letting my age stop me from writing what I do; nor is my age stopping me from other endeavors. I believe I’m epitomizing what this book is trying to offer all those who read it. And if you’re like me, you shouldn’t let anything stand in your way from doing what you want to do or fulfilling those dreams which have yet to be fulfilled.

As I tell any woman, to whom I’m connected to on FaceBook, on their birthdays:

Happy Birthday Girl !!!
And Many, many more
Remember… The older you get, the better you get !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Given the above, it should come as no surprise that I’m giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves. So, to use a US Army campaign, “Be All You Can Be,” and consider getting a copy of this book.

BTW – If you’re wondering about my age, I’M ONLY 66 ½ YEARS YOUNG !!!

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2AZF93ML7316T

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1FWPVK6WHJEOK

STATUS REPORT # 110

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Well my dear followers I’ve FINALLY did it. I’ve completed the making the suggestions given to me by the marvelous line editor who I’d gotten from CreateSpace. This is a lesson I’m going to remember, from now on I’m going to use a line editor instead of a regular to review the manuscript for all my future romance endeavors. The only thing I’ll need to do going forwards is to increase my promotional endeavors to raise the necessary funds to pay for it; that is unless some rich relative dies and leaves me the funds [the problem is I’ve got no rich relatives] and only other way is for me to hit the lottery big enough to cover the expenses, even it’s only one endeavor at a time.

Yesterday, I submitted the parameters I’d like to have for the re-edited manuscript for what had been my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” Once the wonderful folks at CreateSpace tell me the parameters are okay, I’ve got to correct the line spacing on the manuscript the line editor had made her suggestions, as well as deleting the suggestions she’d made. With this done, it’s one more run through the manuscript to see if everything looks okay, rename the file again [want to keep a record of everything] before downloading the final manuscript file to CreateSpace. There are a few more steps before I’ll be able to release the revised edition of my novel.

With this off finally off my mind I can return to my two current WIPs, an adult Contemporary romance, with a paranormal element [no ghost] running through the storyline, entitled “His Darkest Secret.” My second WIP is a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella entitled “The Secret of the Well”; which is a stand-alone sequel to my debut novel, where I need to slightly increase the romance aspect for the storyline.

Going forwards, hopefully I’ll be able to set up a regular schedule for the diverse types of posts I do each week. I would also like to start interviewing my fellow romance authors for my two blog sites. If you’re interested send me a DM through my Twitter account [ http://www.twitter.com/MyPenNameOnly ].

Please DON’T be shy, I’d love to read any feedback you might have regarding my posts. The weekend is almost here, so, have a GREAT WEEKEND with your families. !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

O X O X O X

Robin Leigh

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-029 – SECOND MARRIAGE

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE unlimited download.

As a romance author who is also a voracious book reviewer, I read a wide variety of genres for all ages; so, naturally my favorite genre to review is romance. Romance has a multitude of subgenres, and of these, second chance romances is one of my favorites.

In reading a second chance romance the characters involved have gone through a traumatic experience such as a horrendous separation or even worse a divorce, which causes them to carry a lot of baggage around afterwards. When they finally do find someone they’re fearful about history repeating itself, and it doesn’t if it’s the guy or the woman, they both shared the same apprehensions about falling in love again; although the woman feels it more. They must overcome their trepidations if they’re ever going to have the HEA they desire.

In this book, the author, Sharilee Swaity, doesn’t deal with a fictional romance; she deals with real life situations and real people. And in doing this the author analyses the reasons from why married couples have disagreements in their relationships to why their marriages fall apart.

To accomplish this the author includes real life stories and studies in addition to her own personal second marriage experiences which also includes her husband’s. I loved reading the honest advice she gives to have a second marriage not have the pitfalls the marriage might have had. There is a definite need to in knowing how to overcome conflict before it gets out of control, and to resolve any disparities which might exist between either half of a marriage to the other.

Perhaps there’s some truth in Frank Sinatra’s song “The Second Time Around”:

Love is lovelier the second time around
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground
It’s that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young
Love’s more comfortable the second time you fall
Like a friendly home the second time you call
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around

For having given her readers palatable information for the possibility of a second marriage being successful, in an empathetic manner, how can I not give Ms. Swaity the 5 STARS she deserves.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R394BNRRDF78XI

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RJOTBDVRA449D

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/review/R34DU9L14QGDQD

 

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