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A Regency Sister–My Interview with Regina Scott

I am so excited to be hosting Regina Scott on my blog today. Regina is one of my August 2013 Love Inspired Historical release sisters AND she writes Regency Inspy. So we’re publishing sisters and sisters of the same genre/era too. Of course, she carries more weight than I do, because she’s written 25 books and I have only written 3 so far.

Here’s more about Regina:

Author Regina Scott.

Author Regina Scott.

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade.  Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing.  Since her first book was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian and Portuguese.  She and her husband of over 25 years reside in southeast Washington State with their overactive Irish terrier.  Regina Scott is a decent fencer, owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.  You can find her online blogging atwww.nineteenteen.blogspot.com.  Learn more about her at www.reginascott.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott.

Now, on to the interview!

LG: What “eras” are your favorite, and is there an era you haven’t written about that strikes your fancy?

RS: The Regency period is a long-time favorite.  So far, all 25 of my published books have been set in that era.  There’s something about the fine manners, the witty dialogue, and the influence of Society that appeals to the romantic in me.  However, I’ve wanted to write about pioneers in my own Pacific Northwest for a long time.  That’s why I’m thrilled that Love Inspired will be publishing a new series from me, beginning in early 2014, based on the real-life story of Civil War orphans and widows who came to Seattle to be brides for the frontier lumber barons and entrepreneurs.  Anyone remember the television series, Here Come the Brides?  This is the Love Inspired version. 🙂

LG: If you could only read one fiction author/book for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

RS: Oh, this is so difficult!  My first thought is Elizabeth Mansfield.  She is the author who introduced me to Regency romances.  I have reread her books so many times over the years!  But my “keeper” shelf is groaning, and it would be hard to leave any of those books behind.

LG: What was the biggest stumbling block you had to overcome with your writing career?

RS: Time.  When I first became serious about writing, I was a young mother with two preschoolers and a full-time job.  Writing was done in long-hand on park benches and on a computer late at night and early in the morning.  I still have trouble juggling other commitments, even now that the writing is closer to coming first.

LG: What is the biggest joy your career has brought you so far?

RS: Fan mail and blog comments.  I absolutely love hearing from readers who enjoyed my books.  Facebook and e-mail have made reaching out so much easier, but I’m still honored when a reader takes the time to let me know my words touched her heart.

I love hearing from fans, too. In fact, leave a blog comment on Regina’s guest blog, Lacy Williams’ blog, or mine from yesterday, and you will be entered to win an autographed bundle of the LIH August 2013 releases! US residents only, please.

And here’s a little bit about Regina’s August 2013 release, The Courting Campaign:

The Courting Campaign by Regina Scott.

The Courting Campaign by Regina Scott.

Emma Pyrmont has no designs on handsome Sir Nicholas Rotherford–at least not for herself.  As his daughter’s nanny, she sees how lonely little Alice has been.  With the cook’s help, Emma shows the workaholic scientist just what Alice needs.  But making Nicholas a better father makes Emma wish her painful past didn’t mar her own marriage chances.

Ever since scandal destroyed his career, Nicholas has devoted himself to his new invention.  Now his daughter’s sweet, quick-witted nanny is proving an unexpected distraction.  All evidence suggests that happiness is within reach–if only a man of logic can trust in the deductions of his own heart.

 

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Release Day for Healing the Soldier’s Heart!

Yay, it’s finally here! Release day for Healing the Soldier’s Heart!

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As you know, this is my third and final installment of the Brides of Waterloo series. This book is all about Sophie’s best friend Lucy Williams, who works as a governess for Lord Bradbury’s two daughters. Lucy is one of those people who has lived by he wits all her life. She had to, for she was orphaned when she was very young. By sheer intelligence and determination, she has made a life for herself from nothing. And at the same time, she expects very little from life. After all, romance is for women of means. She cannot afford to dream.

Lucy meets Ensign James Rowland through Sophie and her fiance, Captain Cantrill. Rowland also served at Waterloo, and though he was not gravely injured in the battle, his soul is scarred forever. One moment of cowardice on the battlefield has cost him the gift of speech, and he struggles in a meaningless, friendless existence. His quick temper masks a man in torment. And only Lucy’s sweet, impulsive friendship can bring him out of his shell.

I really loved writing this book–maybe it’s that it’s the third in my series, but I felt I knew the characters so well. They became old, dear friends. You can join my Goodreads giveaway to get your own free copy, or comment below for a chance to win an autographed bundle of all the August 2013 LIH releases! US residents only, please.

An Interview with Love Inspired’s Lacy Williams

Hi everyone!

This week is Release Week for my third book in the Brides of Waterloo series, Healing the Soldier’s Heart. And if you’re familiar with the way Love Inspired releases books, then you know that every month a handful of new books get wings. I decided it would be fun to interview my fellow release authors for the month of August–get to know them better and then offer one lucky reader a chance to win all four August titles–and autographed to boot!

I’d like to kick things off by introducing Lacy Williams. Lacy sent me her bio, and it goes like this:

By day, Lacy Williams is a stay-at-home mom battling dirty diapers and dog-hair dust-bunnies. By night, she is an award-winning novelist. She loves dogs, chocolate ice cream and romantic movies. Oh, and her number-crunching husband.

I love it. Short, sassy, and to the point. I decided to ask each author the same set of questions so we could get a feel for each other’s quirks across the board. So…on to the interview!

LG: At what point did you decide to write Christian historical romance? In other words, what was your “a-ha!” moment?
LW: I knew that I wanted to write something both my grandmas and my daughters could read. For me, that mean inspirational romance so it would be clean but still have a lot of emotion. I have always loved reading inspy romance as well, so it was a natural fit for me.
LG: What “eras” are your favorite, and is there an era you haven’t written about that strikes your fancy?
LW: I love writing Westerns and I think it must’ve started when my dad read me and my siblings Louis L’Amour books during my childhood. I love the action and cowboys and how tough people had to be just to survive.
I love reading Regencies and have completed about a third of one before I wrote my second Western. I still like the story and may go back and finish it some day.
LG: If you could only read one author/book for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
LW: Oh, wow am I glad this is only hypothetical! There are too many good ones that I am addicted to. Probably Kim Vogel Sawyer. I love the romance and emotion and heroes in her books.
LG: What was the biggest stumbling block you had to overcome with your writing career?
LW: Getting past the sagging middle. When I was still learning the craft, I would get mid-way into a manuscript and be unable to finish. When I finally started learning how to develop full, well-rounded characters the middles got a lot easier for me. What do I still struggle with? Deadlines. It seems like the kids always get sick about a week before I have to turn something in.
LG: What is the biggest joy your career has brought you so far?
LW: “Meeting” new readers through emails and letters, and at in-person events. I love hearing that my writing has touched someone or just that they enjoyed it.
Roping the Wrangler (Love Inspired Historical Series)
And here’s a sneak peek at her newest release, Roping the Wrangler:

Teacher Seeks a Husband

Schoolmarm Sarah Hansen longs for a family of her own. But horse trainer Oscar White is the last man she’d consider. Still, she can’t help noticing the care he shows three motherless girls and the gentle way he helps Sarah overcome her fear of horses.

Too bossy by half—that’s the Sarah that Oscar remembers from their teenage years. Yet as a former orphan, he finds the little Caldwell sisters—and their pretty teacher—getting under his skin. Could the tender heart Sarah’s always hidden tame a once-reckless wrangler?

Remember, drop by to comment all week on these blogs and you will be entered to win the autographed bundle! Contest open to US residents only. Thank you!

Writing Wednesday: New Year, New Series

So, I was shopping in Target just before Christmas when I received an email from my agent, Melissa Jeglinski. Love Inspired had accepted my proposal for a new series, and would I please call her back?

Um, is a frog’s bum waterproof? Of course I’d call her back.

And I did, right in the middle of Christmas shopping chaos at Target.

What a way to end 2012 and start the new year–a new series for a new year.

This new series is centered on the Siddons sisters. (Try saying that line 3 times fast!) Susannah, the eldest, is the heroine of my first novel in the series. Her sisters, Becky and Nan, make an appearance but then the second novel is devoted to Becky. Both books are set in the Regency period and both are set in the same village that played such a large role in my first books–Tansley, in Derbyshire.

Tansley is a real place, although I’ve never visited it. When I originally planned out my first book, Captain of Her Heart, I picked Tansley off of a map because of its close proximity to Matlock Bath, which also played a role in the book. But over time, Tansley has come to mean much more to me and to my characters. I think of it as a place for new beginnings. Perhaps 2013 can be the year I visit Tansley in person, and soak up the atmosphere to add a little extra dash of authenticity to my writing.

For most of 2013 my time will be occupied with the Siddons of Tansley Village, and I hope you will join me on the journey. I’ll try to blog, as time permits, about how the writing process works and about how you can map out your own novel.

May 2013 bring you and yours many blessings! Happy New Year!

Six Sentence Sunday: The Temporary Betrothal

I am so excited because the release date for The Temporary Betrothal is less than a month away! In this scene, Sophie is anticipating her next meeting with Lieutenant Cantrill:

Thursday morning dawned crisp and cool, but at least the rain had stopped. There was even a bit of watery sunshine peeping through the clouds. And since today was her day off Sophie could do exactly as she pleased. Not that she minded her work, of course. But there were some days when a girl just wanted to lounge in bed, even if she had the most wonderful job imaginable. Of course, her eagerness to enjoy the day had nothing whatsoever to do with meeting Charlie Cantrill.

Six Sentence Sunday: The Temporary Betrothal

OK, everyone! I am so excited because the release date for The Temporary Betrothal is drawing ever closer. And to celebrate, here’s a little six sentence sampler for you! In this scene, Lieutenant Cantrill is waiting to escort Sophie Handley home, and he feels a little too interested in this pretty young gel for comfort:

The door to the haberdashery opened, and Sophie stepped out. “Thank you for waiting.” Her voice was lovely. Perhaps she could sing–that would explain her musical tones.

Careful, man–you have your marching orders. Do not become yet another fool.