Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Welcome Regan Taylor to Ramsey's Reviews 2nd Annual Halloween Bash! I am excited about hosting you for the next several days and I know your readers would like to know what you have been up to lately.

Tell us your latest news. Do you have any current projects you are working on?
Always! Okay, with several of the Awe-struck and Mundania authors we’re doing a blog tour – 7 authors, 7 weeks and surprises along the way. You can find out more info at my website at www.regantaylor.com

I’m also going to be doing a book signing with fellow authors Mary Martinez, Tawny Weber, Dee Brice and Julia Barrett at the Rios Winery in Calistoga (Napa Valley), California from 6-8 on October 20. If you are in the area, come by, have some wine, chat with us and enter to win a gift basket from the 5 of us!

And as to current projects, I am completing edits on Neverending Dream which is the fourth book of my Four Cups series with eXtasy (www.extasybooks.com). This one is a little different for me and was inspired by my 85 year old aunt who happens to be a major Facebook aficionado. Major into the games.
Following that I’ll be in edits for Devil’s Details, also with eXtasy. Pretty much at the same time Jennifer Cloud and I will be in edits for Her Eyes, coming with Awe-struck (www.mundania.com – the parent company for the Awe-struck imprint) this fall.
And I’m always writing. It’s my escape from my day-to-day life which is actually pretty cool. Currently I’m writing The World, a romantic suspense.
When and Why did you begin writing?
My first two books were non-fictions. The first was in response to my own experience with carpal tunnel and coming close to losing everything – literally everything. The second was a textbook for college students with disabilities, primarily learning disabilities and to be used in a class teaching skills to help those students make it through university. I began writing fiction in 2005 as a way of dealing with my job as a police dispatcher.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Oh everywhere. Not a day goes by that I don’t see or hear something that is either a potential story line, a quote that is just too good to pass up or event that would make a good scene in a book. Life is so full of what seem to be isolated or even mundane incidents that can be transformed into a story if you just tune into them.

What do you think makes a good horror story?
I can answer this best by giving an example. My co-author for Her Eyes, Jennifer Cloud writes chilling horror. It’s not just scary – Jennifer takes your worst childhood nightmare, brings them into adulthood and you soon find that the monster under your bed was real, is alive, well and coming to get you.
What is your favorite scary movie or book?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
What makes you interested in the genre your write?
I mainly write time travel, but it often has a twist with a hint of reincarnation or past lives reaching out to pull you back in. With time travel I can, at least in my imagination, go to any place, any time and meet anyone I want. The possibilities are endless.
When you were a child, what creature or story scared you the most? And did it propel your creative muse to write about it later?
I grew up in a family of psychics. We believed in ghosts and communicating with the dead. What scared me most was actually pretty silly – the open scenes of the original Zorro when Guy Williams would make the Z in the opening sequences. For some reason it terrified me. It wasn’t the scary part of it that got me writing but the dashing hero Zorro was.

Do you remember ever coming up with anything so wild that you scared yourself, leaving you to wonder where that came from?
Yes, but not the normal kind of scared. When I wrote a scene in The Glass Cage where someone dies it scared the hell out of me because I’d never been that much in touch with my own dark side. It came out again in With All Dispatch (book 2 of my Treasure Antique series due out in spring 2012 with Awe-struck) when I wrote a scene with someone dying in a particularly brutal way.
Where do you as an author draw the line on gory description and/or erotic content?
No. Not really. I believe in telling the story that needs to be told. You know how we hear we use, for the most part, only 10% of our brain? I believe that when we write, if we let the story unfold the way it wants to be told, we tap into at least a part of that other 90%.
Could you share some of your blurbs or excepts with us?
Sure!
My latest release is America's Hero, a time travel that features Marine Corps F/A -18 pilot Cass Winter and Hollywood Hottie, Austin Quinn. CJ Hollenbach was my ideal for Austin when I was writing the book and talk about thrilled when DCL signed America's Hero and he agreed to be on my cover. He is everything Austin is -- if you ever have the occasion to chat with CJ you'll find he is a very warm, caring and interesting person.

This book is special to me on several levels because I have Marine's in my life. There are elements of those Marine's in Cass and even in Austin.
We have a bit of a trailer for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0ofkupYQA
On the heels of a dramatic rescue, Hollywood Hottie Austin Quinn decides he's the man to play United States Marine Corps Major Cass Winter's role in the film. The problem is the Major wants nothing to do with the actor -- no matter how many men and women swoon over him. When Quinn wrangles a ride in the Major's F/A-18 Hornet, they land in a time and place neither ever expected.


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Treasures Antique Series

My latest release with Awe-struck is The Photograph, book 1 of the Treasures Antique series. The series is set in nearby Napa, California. Well, nearby to me . If you’ve ever been there you know Napa is an interesting blend of rural wineries and small town charm.
I’m sure I’m not the only avid reader, or even reader, who found herself imagining what it would be like to have one of our romance heroes come to life. Okay, I will admit, my personal romantic hero is in my life and has been so through good times, rough times, happy and sad. He was my first beta reader, a former Marine and U.S. Marshal. With The Photograph I took that imagination of having a hero walk off the pages in a different kind of way. You also meet a few other characters, one whose real identity is revealed in future stories. I recently signed book 2 of this series, With All Dispatch which has a special place in my heart because I wrote in the last days of my 22 year old kitty Molly’s life.
Oh! And you do meet my own kitty Maitai in the guise of Taister.

But on to The Photograph:

From the time Carrie Taylor discovered the magical worlds of romance novels, she has devoured them one right after the other. She not only thrilled to each new hero, one more dashing than the one before. Carrie clearly saw herself as each beautiful heroine waiting to be rescued by each daring hero. And then one day, she brought home a photograph. A very special photograph and suddenly her imaginary hero turned into a living and breathing man. Or did he? At one time Black Eagle scoffed at the girls of his village wishing on a falling star. And yet his one great wish, that of a woman of his own, was never realized. And then one night, he wished upon a star. Can the love of a man from the past help a modern woman with her modern problems in a modern world?
backed her against the door, holding her firm in his embrace. "You are mine, Cassandra, mine and mine alone."
As the stunningly handsome blond-haired man took the dark-haired beauty in his arms, his oh, so sensuous lips coming closer and closer to her own, Cassandra knew he would take her in a passion that only grew hotter and hotter with each taking. She felt him hot and hard against her, leaving no doubt what he wanted of her. "Yes, Erek, yes. Now and always."
He reached for her, pulling her into his embrace, knowing this was the love he had waited a lifetime for. No man, no army could keep them apart. Never again would they be torn from each other. This would be a love for all time. "I love you, Cassandra. I will love you forever."
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Carrie Taylor sighed and closed her eyes as she held the book to her chest. "Why don't they make men like that in real life? Why can't I meet my own Erek? A man who's not only totally gorgeous on the outside with a fabulous chest and nice butt, but a really nice guy on the inside? A guy who you can tell anything to and he'll listen and help you do whatever it is you really want to do?"
While good for company on a dark, cold, rainy winter night, Taister's 'meow' didn't really answer her question. She scrunched the long-haired black cat's ears before turning off the light beside her bed. As she snuggled under the covers, she heard Taister's purr from the foot of the bed. At least he was faithful, not like that jerk Dean. "Dean Welman--what an absolute loser," she told the cat. "The porker. Taister, tell me this, just because I hung out with him--all right, dated him--am I a loser?"
When the cat didn't respond with more than a louder purr, Carrie thought back on the man she'd recently broken up with. Dean had come on all charm and kisses, promised her the moon and then went and two-timed her. Such was the story of her life. "Hell, he wasn't even that hot in bed!" Chalk up number--well whatever number he was. And come to think of it, he was definitely the loser. "I'm well rid of him, Taister, that's for sure."
Drifting off to sleep, Carrie replayed the last few chapters of Her Knight in her mind, seeing herself in the role of the heroine, Cassandra. Erek, of course, looked just like the model on the book cover. She could almost feel the soft velvet of the deep burgundy gown worn by Cassandra on that same cover, her cheeks warming at the thought of the bare-chested Erek with his long blond hair flowing over his shoulders, his powerful hands kneading her breasts. Erek was the best hero she'd read in a long time. As a dream lover, he was ideal. At least in her dreams someone loved her.

Where can your fans go to find more information about you and your books?
My website at www.Regantaylor.com
Is there anything else additional you would like to share with your readers?
No, just thank you for having me!


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