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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

“When I’m not writing” with Regan Hastings

Regan Hastings Maureen Child


Our Valentine’s Day visitor is Regan Hastings, author of The Awakening series. You may also know her as Maureen Child, author of dozens (and dozens!) of contemporary romance novels. She’s an absolute delight and I hope you’ll join me in warmly welcoming Regan/Maureen to the blog!


Oh God, I’m having anxiety trying to think of something interesting that I do when I’m not writing!!  Mostly I am writing. Either contemporaries for Harlequin Desire or witchy paranormals for NAL. I’m either in the middle of a book or doing the proposal for the next book. Sounds so boring.

Quick! Be interesting!

Regan Hastings Maureen Child

I read a LOT. This is just one of a gazillion or so bookcases at my house, this one is crammed with research books, photos and a few of the awards my books have won. I have a million or so ‘keeper’ books, that I reread constantly and I always seem to get something new out of those old favorites.

There’s travel, of course. Haven’t been there in a few years now, but our favorite place to go is Ireland. Last time, we rented a cottage in County Mayo for a month and it was fabulous—and I just warned my husband I’m really ready to go back.

Maureen Child Charms

Lately though, a lot of my ‘free’ time has been taken up with getting my backlist books up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. While it’s really fun and great to get my older books out so people can read and enjoy them, I’m getting a real lesson in things like covers! Who knew it was so hard to get a really good cover look? I have a whole new respect for publishers’ art departments. This picture is the latest book we put up and I love the cover! The book, CHARMS, is a western historical that’s sexy, funny and heartwarming all at the same time and I think this cover really gets that message across.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the guy’s gorgeous and naked.

Saint Joseph

Oh, and another new hobby…cleaning. That’s just horrifying, but we’re trying to sell our house and I’m having to clean every other minute or so just to keep a lid on what happens to a house when you have two people who work at home! This picture’s of a St. Joseph statue my cousin sent me. I still haven’t buried it by the For Sale sign. Hmm. Maybe that’s why I’m still cleaning every other minute……


Thank you for visiting the blog today, Regan! I think your anxiety was unfounded. =)

For more information about Regan, check out her website or Facebook page.

And here’s the scoop on The Awakening series:

Regan Hastings Visions of Magic


In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.

 Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository






Regan  Hastings Visions of Fire Every witch has a destined mate, an Eternal who will serve as her guardian and complete her powers. Once the coven has awakened, the witches must race against time to join with their Eternals and protect the relics that will prevent the destruction of the world…

The Awakening is upon Teresa Santiago. Despite training for this moment since she was a child, Teresa is unprepared for the vastness of her power or for her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined mate.

United by purpose—and passion—Teresa and Rune must locate one of the missing artifacts before its power unleashes the forces of darkness on the world. His strength and her ability to summon lightning should be enough to protect them from the government agents charged with imprisoning witches. But their enemies are both mortal and magical—and danger follows Teresa at every turn.

In this ultimate battle between good and evil, only through sacrifice will love conquer all…

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository


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Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

6 People left their mark' :

  1. Hey Regan, I loved both VISIONS OF MAGIC and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE. I have CHARMS on my Kindle and am anxiously awaiting VISIONS OF CHAINS!

    I'm pulling for St. Joseph to rescue you from the manic cleaning!

  2. Hi Maureen! Hi Regan! Hi Tynga! :-)

    Fun blog! I'm sorry to hear about your cleaning hobby. That doesn't sound fun at all. But if it helps you sell your house, then go for it. Maybe if you bury St. Joseph, your house will stay clean miraculously. It could happen.

    PS, Love those book covers!

  3. Hi Jen, thanks! Hope you look for VISIONS OF CHAINS when it comes out in June!

  4. Oh, Kate, I'm sorry about the cleaning habit too!

    Hey, you think St. Joseph does cleaning??? worth a shot!

  5. Good luck with the sales Regan! And I hope you get to go to Ireland again soon.