The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen

Shana GalenWhen you ask Shana Galen why she decided to become a writer, she’ll tell you it wasn’t so much a choice as a compunction. She’s been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. One of her first attempts was a story about Star Wars. (Mine featured the MONKEES–wasn’t that Davy Jones just the cutest thing?–but that’s another post!)

Anyway, after her start in Sci-Fi, Shana switched to romance and we’re so glad she did! Otherwise we wouldn’t have her delightful The Rogue Pirate’s Bride!

The Rogue Pirate's Bride

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…

The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope…

British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…

Shana is offering an indie copy of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride to one lucky commenter. Open to International entries.

Maidensong

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This hour, I’ll also be choosing another reader to receive an ebook of my Maidensong for winner’s choice of Kindle or Nook.

This was my debut novel, so I’m delighted it’s available again. You hear writers enthuse about “the book of my heart.” In this case, it’s true. I feel I’ve lived every moment of Bjorn and Rika’s tumultuous love.

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Touch of a Rogue

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Remember today is Touch of a Rogue‘s release day!

I’m not a good judge of my own work’s worth. By the time I’m done with a manuscript, I’m so close to the story, it’s like a Monet canvas, too blurred with my own emotions about the characters to see them clearly. That’s why it was such a thrill to learn that Publishers Weekly named Touch of a Rogue one of their Top Ten Romances for Spring!

Publishers Weekly’s
Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012

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32 thoughts on “The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

  1. Sharon says:

    One of the most beautiful love stories that I’ve read began with the woman planning to kill the man to avenge her family.

    And the Davy Jones comment is a little freaky given what’s happened since then.

  2. kristiana says:

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY, MIA!

    And glad to see you here, Shana! ^^

    I just know that you are a sci-fi author before switched to romance author. What is the first book you wrote?

    Thank you for let international readers enter your giveaway. You both ladies so amazing!

  3. Aretha says:

    Hi Shana my question is will you create historical romances that set in Australia or maybe America one day? Really2 wish you will do so;)

  4. Na S. says:

    Every pirate I’ve encountered have been rogues…and I don’t think I would want it any other way ;)

  5. Gwen Hansen says:

    There’s nothing better than a free read, unless of course you add free chocolate :)

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Couldn’t have said it better, Gwen!

  6. StacieD says:

    How do you come up with the names for your characters? Do you need to have the names set in stone in order to write the stories or can you change them half way through? I know some authors can’t write if the names aren’t working.

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Stacie, the names really just come to me, even before i start the story. I’ll have an idea and can’t progress until I have the name. Sometimes I look at a baby name book, but usually a name just sort of comes to me. I do have a hard time writing if the name isn’t working. I have to change it before I go on. I’ve written two books where I had to change a character’s name after the book was turned in to the editor because she didn’t like the name I’d chosen. I will always think of those characters by their original names.

  7. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Shana. Your book sounds wonderful. Such a pretty cover. When is your favorite time of the day to write?

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Crystal, I am an early riser. I do my best writing about 5 a.m. I like that my mind is fresh and the house is dark and quiet. it makes slipping into another world easier for me.

  8. Kanya Chhet says:

    Hi Shana and Mia!
    Shana, I’d like to know how the covers of your books are made. Do you participate in the creative process or are they proposed to you? I particularly love the cover of The Roge Pirate’s Bride!
    Thanks! And congrats to Mia for your release!
    Kanya :)

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Kanya, I often make some suggestions to my editor about what I’d like to see on the cover. For example, for Lord and Lady Spy, I said I’d like to see something that made readers think of the movie poster for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. That’s exactly what I got! Most of the time I don’t have a lot of input, though. My editor shows me the covers at various stages of production and asks for feedback. My editor and i are pretty much on the same page when it comes to my covers–we want them to look historical, adventurous, and sexy.

  9. Lisa Hutson says:

    Dont have any real questions. Nothing interesting anyway! Mostly What should I make for dinner? My granddaughter will be here today. So if I can get something in the crock pot, life will be a lot happier and easier come dinner time! LOL Hope you are having a good time. And good morning!! :-)

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Lisa, we’re having baked potatoes for dinner with veggies and possibly chicken nuggets. Does that help?

  10. Crystal Chandler says:

    Good Morning Shana and Mia!!!

    I love historical based romance!!

    I am loving blog hopping with Shana also. I have found several new authors to check out!!

    Good luck with the new releases!!!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Crystal! It’s good to see you here.

  11. Susan Gorman says:

    Good Morning!

    I enjoyed Making of a Duchess. Loved the characters and the historical setting. I have noticed that several of your books are part of a series. Do you plan to write a series? or does it work out that way?

    Can’t wait to see what happens with Captain Cutlass.

    Good Luck Mia–Happy Release Day!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Susan, most of the time I plan to write the series. I am contracted for the series, but sometimes I write stand-alone books, like Lord and Lady Spy. Except now that will probably turn into a series–and that was unplanned!

  12. Millie McClain says:

    Love the first two shanna and cant wait to get my hands on this one!!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Thanks so much, Millie!

  13. Good afternoon Shana, I am very selective about covers in historical romances.

    I love when covers suggest passion, but not too much (and not only because I have two kids around spying on my readings, LOL!).

    My question is: what are the main features that make you choose covers for your books?
    (BTW: I love Touch of a Rougue’s pic very much!)

    Thank you!!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Hi Carla,

      I don’t get to choose the covers for my books. Sometimes I’m asked what I’d like to see on them, but usually I just get to see the final product. I was really happy with this cover when I saw it. I loved the blue and the fact that she’s the one holding the sword.

  14. Cate S says:

    Congrats to you on your release…
    Your various blog stops have been really interesting and fun to read!! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Definitely, Cate! I think I learn something new at every stop.

  15. Shana Galen says:

    Hey Eli,

    I suppose every author approaches chemistry differently, but usually I make it work by having my characters be at cross-purposes. There’s nothing stronger than the push-pull of two people who don’t want to like each other but do.

    1. eli yanti says:

      i can imagine how two people who don’t want to like each other but then fallin in love, so sweet ;)

  16. Shana Galen says:

    Hi Desere, that’s a great question! I know this is going to sound kind of weird, but the names sort of just come to me for the most part. I start thinking about the story and the characters have names already. Sometimes I choose a name that doesn’t work and i have to go back and change it, and I always know when I’ve found the right name because all of a sudden the story feels “right.”

  17. Andrea says:

    Hi Shana,

    I’m just here to say congratulations on the release today!

    1. Shana Galen says:

      Andrea, I’m sure Mia would say thanks! The book looks great, doesn’t it?

  18. eli yanti says:

    Hi Mia, Hi Shana,

    I always wonder how an author create a chemistry between hero and heroine?

    so exciting with this celebration especially you include international reader although no guarantee to win but happy can join this celebration ;)

  19. Desere Steenberg says:

    Hello Shana

    My question is where do you find the inspiration for the names of your characters?

    Thank you for a really nice contest and thank you so very very much for allowing international entries I am very gratefull.

    Desere

  20. Shana Galen says:

    Hi everyone! I’m so excited to celebrate with Mia! If you’re up early, say hi and enter to win!

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