Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED HIS PRIZE
Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed Lady Serena, the heiress that goes with them.
SHE WOULD LOVE HIM AGAINST HER WILL
Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.
Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.
As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?
A big thank you to Regan for joining us!
CW: Tell us a bit about your transition from law to writing?
RW: At first, it was difficult to take on a slower pace since my
last job was pretty much 24/7. To give up the responsibility for the problems
of others was not easy when that had characterized my legal career. I love
solving problems and helping others, whether business or government leaders.
But once I got used to having time on my hands, and setting my own schedule, I found
I loved writing and reading (I am an avid reader and reviewer with my own
Historical Romance Review blog). I love the research that goes into my novels.
I learn something new every day. And that became very satisfying. Finally, my
right brain was waking up after a very long sleep. I have no desire to go back
to the practice of law.
CW: “The Red Wolf’s Prize” is set just after the Norman
Conquest. What appealed to you about this era and/or plotline?
RW: I was drawn to the medieval period and
specifically to England after the Conquest. I kept wondering what a feisty
English maiden would do when her country was conquered, her beloved father was killed
at Hastings and she and her lands were given to a Norman knight. I knew this
happened many times after the Conquest, so I was writing a story that could
have occurred. It was an adventure to dive into the 11th century and take a
look at England after the Normans descended. It wasn't all a pretty picture, to
be sure. William the Conqueror was a brutal king who treated his enemies despicably.
But the knights in my story, The Red Wolf's Prize, are of a noble bent,
inclined to pay homage to womanhood, even if the hero does lust after the
heroine. And of course, my heroine is brave and noble of heart, though her
independence leads her into trouble. I wanted to sweep readers away to that
time and let them fall in love. I think I achieved my purpose.
CW: Was research terribly difficult given that nearly a thousand
years has passed?
RW: Well, it was much more difficult than that for my other
stories. I had to learn all about the Saxon/English culture (housing, food,
dress, horses, armor, fighting techniques and weapons) and I had to learn about
the Normans and the changes they brought to England, which were considerable. I
spent hundreds of hours pouring over books, maps, old paintings and drawings as
well as all the online material that was available. In the end, I found more
than I thought I would—even some reported quotes by William the Conqueror
CW: What are your influences? Perhaps a favorite author?
RW: I like the deep historicals where history is a real
character. The authors whose names come to mind whose books I love are Jan Cox
Speas and Kathleen Givens (Scottish historicals), Penelope Williamson, Kathleen
Woodiwiss, Virginia Henley (my mentor of sorts), Elizabeth Stuart, Candice
Proctor (Australian historicals), and many others. I have featured their novels
on my “best lists” and shared my reviews of their books on my blog.
question: If you could live during any historical period, what would it be?
RW: It would probably be Scotland, on a gorgeous lake (“loch”)
in a castle, most likely prior to 1600 in some rare period when the clans
thrived, had enough food and the Scots were not plagued by England. Hard to
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Praise for The Red Wolf's Prize
“Ms. Walker has the rare ability to make you forget you are reading a book…the characters become real, the modern world fades away and all that is left is the intrigue, drama and romance.” - Straight from the Library
“An engrossing love story grounded in meticulous research. Regan Walker makes the transition from Regency London to Anglo Norman England with consummate ease.” - Glynn Holloway, author of 1066 What Fates Impose
“Regan Walker has delivered an exciting tale and a passionate love story that brings to life England after the Conquest—medieval romance at its best!" - Virginia Henley New York Times Bestselling Author
“Regan Walker has once again written a story that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. There is intrigue, action and a beautifully developed romance." - Vickie Moore, The Reading Cafe
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About the Author
As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. For more information please visit Regan Walker's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
The Red Wolf's Prize Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, October 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, October 2
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, October 3
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry
Monday, October 6
Review at Historical Romance Lover
Tuesday, October 7
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Wednesday, October 8
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Thursday, October 9
Spotlight at Book Reviews by Lanise Brown
Friday, October 10
Review at Unshelfish
Saturday, October 11
Spotlight & Excerpt at The Lusty Literate
Monday, October 13
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Tuesday, October 14
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Wednesday, October 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, October 16
Review at Book Marks the Spot
Saturday, October 18
Spotlight at Romantic Historical Reviews
Wednesday, October 22
Review at Princess of Eboli
Spotlight & Giveaway at bookworm2bookworm's Blog