Saturday, March 9, 2013

Loreen hooked on historicals

Hi Loreen, welcome to Adventures in Authorland. Please get comfortable and tell us about your adventure.

Thank you for having me on your blog, Jean.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I loved reading historical romances, and one day, I decided I could write one. When my youngest started school, I began my first book to see if I could finish. I did and started the second and then the third. The problem was I enjoyed the writing and creating aspect, and I never went back to edit the manuscripts. Around the fourth book, I decided if I was ever going to be published I had to edit. It is not my favorite part of writing.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading “One Good Earl Deserves A Lover” by Sarah MacLean. I like her books because her heroines are just a little bit different and her heroes are tormented by a previous event in their lives. Her books are filled with emotion.
In which genre do you prefer to write and why?

I love to read and write historical romance. Life was simpler and slower.  Since historical romances take place before World War II, the plot can be set in the fifteenth century for one book and the eighteenth century the next. I also enjoy learning about different time periods and events in history while researching.

Who are some of your favourite authors?

I love Johanna Lindsey’s and Catherine Coulter’s earlier historical romances. I also like Brenda Joyce, Sabrina Jeffries, Candace Camp, Shannon Drake, Teresa Medeiros, Joanna Bourne, and Pamela Clare.

Do you have any advice for new writers beginning their adventure? 

To never give up. I wrote for ten years before I had a story published. If you don’t continue to write and send your manuscripts to publishers, it will never happen.
Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

I cry at any movie where the hero or heroine dies. That is why I read historical romances. The hero and heroine have to struggle through trials and tribulations but there is always a happy ending.

Can you tell us a little about your latest writing adventure, LOST HONOR?
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.
   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.

Lost Honor is available in e-book and paperback. You can view my books with buy links on my website

Buy links

Amazon e-book

Amazon paperback

The Wild Rose Press paperback

The Wild Rose Press e-book


  1. Hi Loreen - I'm also a fan of historical romance. I enjoyed finding out about your writing journey. All the best for your new publication. I popped over to Amazon to like your page and download a copy. Eek - amazon have removed the like button (again).

  2. Hi Loreen,

    Sounds like a VERY enjoyable read. I mean, how can you not love the heroine when she (ahem)"hurls" over the Hero's feet upon first meeting him. Makes me chuckle just visualizing that one!


    KJ Montgomery

  3. Thanks for stopping by and for downloading Lost Honor, Amy. A lot of people have mentioned the missing "like" button recently.

  4. Thanks for the congratulations and for stopping by, KJ.

  5. Hi Loreen
    Great cover and excerpt. For some reason girl who stows away on a ship is one of my favorite plots. Maybe it is because they can't get away from one another.

  6. It is one of my favorite plots, too. I also enjoy reading about pirates. I hope other readers feel the same way. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Sounds great and thanks for the inspirational. Someone once told me that the difference between a published author and an unpublished author is that the latter gave up too soon.

    I love reading historicals but I'd never be brave enough to write one - all those details, I'd be bound to mess up. Well done you.

  8. Hi Loreen,
    Nice to find out more about a fellow TWRP author. I love historicals too. What woamn doesn't love a swashbuckling pirate?
    I love the sounds of your book.



  9. lol, what a fabulous excerpt & intro to each other. I loved it. Your book sounds great Loreen, will look out for it. Congratulations on its release & I wish you every success.
    Oh dear, my TBR pile is now blocking the door.

  10. Although I read and write contemporary now, back in high school I read a lot of historical. My junior year, I had two study periods. I remember reading Johanna Lindsey's "Captive Bride" during those periods when I was supposed to be studying. Best wishes with your release.

  11. Maddy,from your comment I am assuming you are an unpublished author. Keep on writing and submitting. Never give up. You will be published one day. Good luck.

  12. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Margaret.

  13. Thanks for the congratulations, SE. My TBR piles are falling over.If I find a book that looks interesting, I buy it, but I will never find the time to read them all.

  14. Angela,I loved Johanna Lindsey's earlier historicals. Her books inspired me to write historical romance. Thanks for the best wishes.