I’m delighted to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Loreen Augeri here today for an interview and a look at her historical romance, Lost Honor.
Hi, Loreen. Tell us a little about Lost Honor. What inspired this story?
I have always enjoyed reading about pirates, so I decided to write a book with the pirate as the hero. I took a workshop about pirates and discovered certain aspects of their life I thought were true were myths. The truth didn’t fit with the plot I envisioned, so I made the hero the captain of the ship and the pirate a villain.
Captain Morgan Danvers sets sail to rescue his brother, kidnapped by pirates. Fearing he will become like his father who abandoned him, he has cut himself off from his emotions. Then a willful stowaway crashes into his life, awakening dormant feelings and firing his lust. Soon he finds his all-important honor threatened, for even though he is betrothed to another, he is drawn to her against his will.
Arianna Pemberton hides in a barrel she thinks will be loaded on her brother’s ship but lands on Morgan’s brig. Her father has forbidden her to sail, and this is her only course of action. Unwilling to allow a man to control her, she is determined to make her way as a seaman, a profession she knows and loves. But when Captain Danvers discovers her deception, he refuses to permit her to prove herself. As she struggles to convince him, unwanted passion emerges, jeopardizing her plans for independence.
How do you come up with ideas?
When I am walking, taking a shower, or supposed to be sleeping, my mind wanders and a situation or character pops into my head. Once I have a hero and heroine, I give them a goal, motivation, and conflict. I am a pantser, so the story develops as I write.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Creating lives for the characters in my books and hopefully giving readers a few hours of pleasure.
Do you have a favorite time of day for writing?
No. Sometimes I work on the manuscript in the morning and at other times in the afternoon. It depends on what is happening that day. I also work part-time outside the house.
What do you like to read?
I like to read historical romance. I enjoy reading about different time periods in history. I have learned a lot about history from these novels.
Do you listen to music while you write?
No. I like complete quiet. When I first started writing, I used to play music, but I found I write better without it. I see the action taking place in my head like a movie, and music interferes with the flow.
Who first introduced you to the love of reading?
My mother. She always read, and I guess I followed in her footsteps. I have loved to read for as far back as I can remember.
These are few of my favorite things:
And Loreen has a question for you all: I like to read historical romance. What genre do you like to read?
Shoved by powerful hands, she fell to her knees before booted feet. “Found her in the hold, Cap’n. Thought she was a boy at first, her wearin’ pants and a cap, but she has tits.”
“I can see that, Jurgens.”
Arianna followed the shiny boots up to tight-fitting, brown breeches hugging muscular thighs, and slim hips. A loose, white shirt covering broad shoulders next met her gaze, then a corded neck, square jaw, stern lips, crooked nose, and cold, dark eyes that stared down at her. “Where’s my brother? Who are you?”
“I will be asking the questions. Who are you, and why are you on my ship?” The deep voice thundered through the cabin.
Her stomach flip-flopped. Dizziness swamped her. Swallowing convulsively, she battled to contain the contents of her queasy stomach. Hiding in that empty molasses barrel hadn’t been the brightest idea of her twenty-one years. “I’m not talking to anyone but my brother.”
Jurgens’s forceful hands yanked her to a standing position. “You answer the cap’n.”
The abrupt movement snapped the fragile control she clung to. Spasms seized her throat. Arianna struggled to turn away, but the fingers digging into her arms held her in place. The contents of her stomach erupted.
All over Captain Danvers’s boots.
Her captor released her and jumped back in horror.
I started reading historical romances when my children were babies. When my youngest daughter started school, I decided I wanted to write a novel. At first, to see if I could, later as a hobby, and then seeking publication. Becoming a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History, and my local chapter, New England Chapter helped in the process. I live in Massachusetts with my husband of thirty-one years and my two adult daughters. When I am not reading or writing, I enjoy walking, dancing, and spending time at the beach.
You can find Loreen at:
You can find Lost Honor at:
The Wild Rose Press e-book (PDF/Mobi/ePub): http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5133
The Wild Rose Press paperback: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5144
Amazon.com Kindle: http://amzn.com/B00AD99TSM
Amazon.com paperback: http://amzn.com/1612177298