Friday, February 17, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway! Whisper Cape, a sensual paranormal romance by Regan Walsh



Hi Cassie, and thanks for having me here on your blog today.

My Top Ten Novel Locations

Readers often asked why I chose the Oregon Coast as the setting for Whisper Cape. When I pick a location for a novel, I try to take into consideration what the story is about and what I need in order to make it seem real. For Whisper Cape, I needed a setting with steep cliffs, ocean views, winding roads and fog, and the west coast is full of those. I also wanted it to be a bit colder than California—no particular reason on that, though. I just had it in my head.

Why choose one over another? I mean a love story can happen anywhere, right? Well, yes, but the location usually has a dramatic effect on how the story develops and what the characters are like. Where a story takes place has a great influence on characters’ personalities and descriptions, taking in consideration everything from the clothing they wear to the local customs of the area. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite book settings that I’ve read about or would love to write their scenery into one of my own books. I couldn’t stop at ten so here are my top eleven favorite locations in the world that have or could inspire me.

Starting the countdown with … 

11. Good old Southern California. With the many beautiful beaches and dramatic sunsets, there’s gotta be a love story there somewhere. Or perhaps a historical romance that takes place in Hollywood back in the
1930’s.










10.  I like to use places I’ve either been to or want to visit in my stories and a great setting for a story would be the island of Bora Bora where I spent my honeymoon. And yes, I did manage to work it into Whisper Cape, but I would definitely consider using it again. I can already envision young woman swept up in the beauty of the island, smitten by a handsome local islander who wants nothing more than to show her a good time with lots of sex on the beach. I loved Bora Bora and would love to go back again.

 

9.  Italy. I wouldn’t mind writing a story that takes place in Italy. At least, part of the story. Two stories come to mind that do just that. One would be The Villa by Nora Roberts and the other is Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, a 1996 memoir by American author Frances Mayes, later adapted by director Audrey Wells for the 2003 film “Under the Tuscan Sun.” I have to pick Venice, because well, having been married on a gondola while floating down the river being serenaded by the driver … need I say more? So what if it was faux Venice in Las Vegas. Someday … a girl can dream can’t she?

 






8.  I have to include North Carolina in this list since my husband is actually from there and has told me some wonderful stories about his adventures as a boy trapping fox and muskrats. There’s gotta be a story in there somewhere. I should start recording some of those. Problem is, he always tells the best ones at dinner parties and well, it might seem sort of rude to jump up and get a recorder—maybe not now that I have an app for that. I hear the beaches are pretty nice, too.

 

7.  New York has got in goin’ on. Everybody loves a great New York detective story, like, J.D. Robb’s Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke. Of course, they live there fighting crime in the future, but what the hay. In addition, another fab fave,  J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood takes up residence in Caldwell, New York. So yeah, I could definitely get wrapped up in some sort of creation in that location whether it is the city or some beautiful countryside upstate. Not to mention the beautiful colors of autumn. There’s plenty of good going on in New York.

 

6.  Tralee, Ireland. Just look at those pictures. Talk about dramatic cliff sides. I can’t think of a reason not to go to Ireland and I have to pick Tralee, because a very dear and wonderful friend of mine is named after that town, and, well … who doesn’t like fables of fairies and leprechauns? They could be true. I’d like to visit and find out some day. But my first stop would be to visit a local’s hangout, where I’d sit and listen to some good old Irish accents. Of course, I may not understand what they are saying but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the Guinness while I try.

 

5.  Loch Ness, Scotland. Yeah, I’m a sucker for accents and, well, mystery, and there is certainly something exciting and mysterious about Loch Ness that calls to me, begging me to visit. I’m sure I could think of a great plot for this area. In fact …
 


4.  Well, it would almost be sacrilegious not to have the Northern California Sierra foothills close to the top of the list. After all, this is where I live and it’s where my young adult novel, “Allusive Aftershock” takes place. Looks like a great location for two teenagers to fall in love while trying their best to stay alive. And we have some awesome sunsets. The beautiful orange and red sunset here was taken from my bedroom balcony.

 


3.  Lake Wallowa, OregonWallowa, Oregon.

 


2.  The Mendocino coast comes in at number nine. Some of the most beautiful landscape in the world is right here in Northern California and the Mendocino coast is no exception with its sweeping hillsides and winding coastal highway. Man, just thinking about it makes me want to pack my bags and of course that is where I took the picture for the cover of Whisper Cape.

 

 And Drum roll please …

1. The Oregon Coast has to be number one, because it’s the location where my very first novel, Whisper Cape and its sequels take place. Somewhere in Oregon, half way between California and Washington, the fictitious small coastal town of Whisper Cape sits hovering over the all powerful Pacific Ocean. A town of secrets and mystery. How can you not think of mystery and romance when you look at these pictures?

 

These are just some of the locations I've thought about. I'm sure I can think of a dozen more. What are some of your favorite settings for your books or places you would like to visit? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments. Thank you for reading and thank you, Cassie, for hosting me today.

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You can catch me tomorrow at http://beaconstreetbooks.com/ for an interview and ebook of Whisper Cape giveaway.
then on February 19 I'll be at  http://angelakayaustin.blogspot.com/ talking about why I write romance?
On February 20th, http://ramblingsofananonymousreader.blogspot.com for an Interview and review of Whisper Cape
Then on Feb 21, at http://www.myfictionnook.com/ where I talk about what inspired me to write Whisper Cape.
Feb 22, I’ll be at the Book Whisperer www.book-whisperer.blogspot.com, revealing my top ten Birthday wish list.
And last on my tour, Feb 23, come to Anna’s Read Between the Lines blog, where there is a Birthday Surprise giveaway!



Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible.
WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father’s sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.
Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road—a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?
Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father’s death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities—a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie’s heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she’d left for dead.
Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he's also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them both in end?

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9 comments:

Tiffany Bradford said...

The book sounds great. I love settings that are places I've been to (gives you that extra believability factor) as well as places I've never been, but are described in an interesting way. Especially if there's something special about the place that the author highlights in the book.

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

I would love to visit Ireland and I love when books are set there.

Vanessa K. Eccles said...

Enjoyed the post. I signed up for the giveaway! :)

Jenni said...

The plot sounds really great and interesting! I don't think I have some special settings that I prefer, it's more like I will like the setting as long as the author described it as really realistic and interesting.

Sam said...

Great post! I love the look of number 10. So pretty! :)

Chani Lynn Feener said...

The book sounds really interesting! I would really love to go to a different country, like Ireland or Scotland.

FireStarBooks said...

I would to visit Italy! So historical and vintage! <3

Hushed Paradox said...

One of my favourite setting in a story is the world set up by Cinda Williams Chima in her Seven Realms series. The Demon King etc.

natashaisme said...

Historical, England, London. Newyork... Any rural setting. :)