The Donet Trilogy Book Tour & Giveaway

To Tame the Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 1
by Regan Walker
Genre: Historical Romance
A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!”
– SHIRLEE BUSBEE, NY Times Bestselling author
Paris 1782…AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN
All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell’s schooner, the English privateer decided to take the thing his enemy held most dear…her.
A BATTLE IS JOINED
The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire’s father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.
Echo in the Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 2
“Regan Walker sweeps you away to a time and place you’ll NEVER want to leave!” ~ Danelle Harmon, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
England and France 1784
Cast out by his noble father for marrying the woman he loved, Jean Donet took to the sea, becoming a smuggler, delivering French brandy and tea to the south coast of England. When his young wife died, he nearly lost his sanity. In time, he became a pirate and then a privateer, vowing to never again risk his heart.
As Donet’s wealth grew, so grew his fame as a daring ship’s captain, the terror of the English Channel in the American War. When his father and older brother die in a carriage accident in France, Jean becomes the comte de Saintonge, a title he never wanted.
Lady Joanna West cares little for London Society, which considers her its darling. Marriage in the ton is either dull or disastrous. She wants no part of it. To help the poor in Sussex, she joins in their smuggling. Now she is the master of the beach, risking her reputation and her life. One night off the coast of Bognor, Joanna encounters the menacing captain of a smuggling ship, never realizing he is the mysterious comte de Saintonge.
Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?
A Fierce Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 3
“Simply Magnificent!” – Stew Ross, author of Where Did They Put the Guillotine?
France 1794.
Zoé Ariane Donet was in love with love until she met the young commander of the royalist army fighting the revolutionaries tearing apart France. When the dashing young general is killed, she joins the royalist cause, rescuing émigrés fleeing Robespierre’s Reign of Terror.
One man watches over her: Frederick West, the brother of an English earl, who has known Zoé since she was a precocious ten-year-old child. At sixteen, she promised great beauty, the flower of French womanhood about to bloom. Now, four years later, as the Terror seizes France by the throat, Zoé has become a beautiful temptress Freddie vows to protect with his life.
But English spies don’t live long in Revolutionary France.
Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.

The skiff shoved off, disappearing into the fog that had settled in wisps on the
dark waters of Granville Harbor. Zoé and her uncle began to walk down the wharf toward
the quay when a small boat carrying three men emerged out of the fog and pulled up
alongside them. She recognized the two men at the oars as crew from la Reine Noire.
Behind them in the stern knelt Freddie, beckoning to her.
“’Tis Freddie!” she said, her spirits lifting at the sight of her friend.
“Get in!” he implored.
“Be quick,” said her uncle, directing her to the wooden steps built into the side of
the wharf that ran down to the water.
She climbed down to the rowing boat and her uncle followed. He was nearly to
the end of the steps when shouts from the wharf drew their attention.
“Vous, là! Halt in the name of the Republic!” The musket-bearing soldier strode
toward them, his boots loud on the wooden planks. A short distance away, a half-dozen
soldiers hurried to join him.
Her uncle ascended the stairs, pulling a pistol from his coat, and fired. The soldier
stumbled and fell to the wharf.
Racing down the stairs, her uncle leapt into the boat. “Vite, away!”
The two crewmen pulled hard at the oars.
Freddie drew his pistol.
The cluster of republican soldiers knelt at the edge of the wharf, took aim and
commenced spewing shot toward their small boat. Zoé crouched low as the balls whizzed
over her head and the loud crack of pistols and musket fire exploded around her.
Freddie and her uncle returned fire.
The crew pressed into the oars and the boat slipped into the fog. Her uncle
subsided onto the bench in the bow, stuffing his pistols into his coat pockets.
Zoé cast a long look toward the lights on the receding quay. The sound of muskets
still firing echoed in the mist.
One of the soldiers shouted, “I told you he was the one! That was le porc who cut
Pierre.”
Her uncle shook his head. “I should have killed him when I had the chance.”
Zoé turned her gaze away from the shore. Finally, the shots died, leaving only the
rhythmic sound of the oars pulling through the water. “Dieu merci, at least ’tis over.”
“Oui, for now,” said her uncle. “We have West to thank for our lives.”
One of the crew pulling at the oars glanced over his shoulder. “The Englishman
has been shot, I think.”
Zoé looked behind the seamen. In the darkness, it was difficult to see but she
could just make out Freddie’s form slumped in the stern. “Freddie!”
A FIERCE WIND, Copyright © 2018 Regan Walker

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Women Are Trending Up In This Predominantly Male Field #InternationalWomensDay

In the past, the field of cheesemaking has been a predominantly male. Even though women have played a crucial role from Europe to here in the states like in Wisconsin, the cheese state.

These women have become roll models for girls, taking on the physical challenges involved with cheesemaking and stepping into this male dominated field to become successful entrepreneurs.

Of the over 1,200 active licensed cheesemakers in Wisconsin, there is a definite trend developing of more women starting their own cheesemaking businesses and becoming cheesemakers. From Marieke Penterman, who emigrated to Wisconsin from Holland to start her own dairy farm and began making Dutch-style raw milk gouda, creating a new business, to Pam Hodgson, Wisconsin’s second ever woman Master Cheesemaker and Julie Hook, the only woman to ever win the Wisconsin Cheesemakers World Championship – these notable women are breaking the mold in the world of cheese and shaping American’s modern artisan movement.

There is just too much info to post in one post on these women so I encourage you to check out their pages. From awards, to extensive training these women have earned their spot in this post.

I’ve always waned to try making cheese. It’s definitely a skill that takes a lot of hard work and patience.

What is your favorite kind of cheese?

Which States Are Savannah Cats Legal To Own

When I first learned about Savannahs, I fell in love. I’m definitely a cat person. I was determined I was going to have one some day. But as I read more about it, I realized they might not be legal to own in all states!

What is a Savannah?

A Savannah is a cat breed recognized by the The International Cat Association or TICA for short. It was developed by breeding an African Serval with a domestic house cat. This creates the striking patterns, ear shape, and size of the Savannah. Savannahs are identified by generation to show just how close to their Serval lineage they are. An F1 Savannah would be a direct offspring from a Serval and house cat pairing. It goes on to F2, F3, F4, and so on. The further generation they are form the Serval the higher the number would be. F1 Savannahs typically have more of the size and closer resemble a Serval than other generations. This is generally speaking.

Because Savannahs are bred using a wild cat they are considered a “hybrid breed” This is important because this helps you to find out if owning a Savannah is legal in your state.

Savannahs can come in different colors from the yellowish coat with black spots, to gray with spots, to “melanistic” – all black. Savannahs are very smart and are said to have dog-like qualities. Savannahs can learn to walk on a leash, play fetch, and learn other tricks. They are known to be very loyal.

My F3 Savannah has learned to walk on a leash and play fetch so far. She follows me around the house and will sleep at the foot of my bed. Savannahs are good with families but are high energy so they need space to play and climb.

Are Savannahs Legal In Your State?

This question needs to be asked this way because every state is different. In fact, in some states, it can be different depending on your town or borough.

I live in Pennsylvania. Before I got my Savannah I did a lot of research. Savannahs can be expensive, and I wanted one for so long that I didn’t want to have my cat taken away because I failed to research for my area. As it turns out, Pennsylvania considers all generations of Savannahs a domestic cat so I could own any generation of Savannah I wanted.

Some states like Iowa only allow later generations as pets to include an F4 or further removed. While some states, like Rhode Island, do not allow Savannahs as pets at all unless you get a required permit.

The website, hybridlaw.com has a link to state information for owning hybrid cats. This would also include breeds like Chausies. Understand that these are general state laws but individual towns may have their own ordinances so it’s important to check both. For instance, New York allows later generations of Savannahs in some area but prohibit all Savannah generations in NYC.

F3 Savannah cat with gray color

What Happens If You Don’t Do Your Research?

Sadly, it happens. Or worse, people know but try to obtain a Savannah any way. Most reputable breeders will not knowingly sell a Savannah to someone who is in a state where it illegal to own them. People owning Savannahs can risk fines, confiscation of the animal, pets have been shot, or even jail time if they animal were to do harm. If you find yourself in this situation it’s best to consult a criminal defense attorney for advice as each state has their own laws and penalties.

Beware of Scam Breeders!

Because Savannahs are expensive pure bred cats there are plenty of scammers out there supposedly offering Savannahs (that don’t exist) for incredibly low prices. They often will steal pictures from websites or Savannah groups and create a website. You send the money and you get nothing in return! When looking for a Savannah breeder you can search sites like: the TICA website mentioned earlier and check Savannah owner facebook groups. Savannahs can run from $900 or more for a late generation (F7, F8, etc) to upwards of $16,000 for an F1. This is because often special enclosures or permits may be needed to own a Serval to breed F1s and Servals require raw meat diets. Also reputable breeders will breed ethically so there may only be one or two litters a year.

If you’re not sure if a breeder is legit, it’s best to just steer clear.

My Furry Bundle of Joy

I got my F3 Savannah from Cutting Edge Cats located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They only have a facebook page where Chris lists his Savannahs, Bengal cats, and Legend Leopards when available. I have personally met him when getting my Savannah and Cutting Edge Cats is well established as a cat breeder.

This is my F3 Savannah Malkia. A curious cat with high energy.

This post is sponsored. Any opinions expressed are my own.

An Alternative To Prescription Meds and Cannabis

I have written a few times about my ulcerative colitis and IBS. Currently I do Humira injection every week. I worry though, because the potential side effects of the Humira can end up causing me more problems. I have to have blood work done every few months to check my liver function. In some cases, Humira can actually cause cirrhosis of the liver. That’s all I need is to have cirrhosis on top of my UC and IBS too!

Ulcerative Colitis can also manifest into the joints causing pain and discomfort not unlike arthritis. At only 39 years old have trouble getting up off the floor, finding a comfortable position to sleep because of joint pain, and have to make adaptions to my gardening because I just can’t crawl around like I used to.

In my quest for finding safer, alternative ideas to try I’ve come across a number of articles and research. CBD oil, cannabis, Turmeric, cayenne pepper, and even donor stool (yea I’m not trying that one). Each had benefits and each has had some research to support it. Not everyone is on-board with cannabis and it can be hard to get a medical script. CBD, because it’s not regulated, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting a quality product or even CBD at all.

Comfort! by Vergence has an option for pain relief, offering cannabis-like medicine without the cannabis.

Neuropath Brazos Minshew was featured on on NBC’s Desert Living discussing endocannabinoid system and plant based medicine:

This is where Comfort! by Vergence comes in.

Dr. Minshew and Abbatis successfully combined five phytocannabinoids to create Comfort!, including:

–          Turmeric phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy inflammatory response without the side effects of cannabis. Curcumin from turmeric powerfully activates cannabis receptors for relief of occasional pain1.

–          Ginger phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy COX-2 inflammatory response, balance leukotrienes and quiets certain genes associated with pain.

–          Kaemfera galangal phytocannabinoids and terpenes inhibit pain from multiple pathways, including histamine-induced, serotonin-induced and bradykinin-induced pain models.

–          Frankincense phytocannabinoids and terpenes strongly inhibit occasional pain that arises from the nervous system itself (neuropathic pain). This is important because, over time, the brain pathways related to occasional pain tend to experience pain even when nothing is really wrong.

–          Red Pepper phytocannabinoids and terpenes harmonize and amplify the cannabinoids of other plants. Further, pain is often worsened by obesity and obesity, in turn, may produce sensitivity to pain. Red Pepper reduces the pain process that is directly associated with obesity.

Dr. Brazos has dedicated his professional life to the development of wellness technologies that promote health and prolong vitality.  His cutting-edge work in bioscience has led to the creation of life-enhancing therapies and helped expand the knowledge and understanding of Functional Medicine.   He ranks among the most respected product developers in the burgeoning field of nutraceuticals. Brazos Minshew graduated Hollywood College in 1981 with a degree in Naturopathy, from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985 in Psychophysiology, from Brantridge Forrest School in 1987 as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and from Brantridge University in 1993 with a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for more than 35 years.  Dr. Minshew has significant experience in creating formal and ad hoc Medical Advisory Boards and Scientific Panels in support of Wellness initiatives worldwide. As a media contributor, Dr. Minshew has prepared over 250 Weekly Wellness Reports for 320,000 subscribers, as well as more than 180 VitaJournal articles with circulations exceeding 450,000 and produced a series of audiobooks including the acclaimed Body Systems 101.  He.  At the same time, his collection of YouTube videos on Health and Wellness have achieved thousands of visitors. As a speaker, Dr. Minshew’s travels have taken across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, where he averages more than 60 speaking engagements each year.

So you just want to know if it really works. I have been taking 1 capsule a day for a little over a week now. I’ve also recently gotten back into a regular workout routine. I’ve noticed I definitely don’t have the joint pain I had in my knees like I did. Squats, lunges, planks, didn’t bother me near as much as they normally do.

I’ve read a fair amount of articles about how tumeric and cayenne pepper can have anti-inflammatory properties too. Comfort! by Vergence is a great alternative to those that just aren’t sure about cannabis or CBD options but also don’t like the prescription drug route. Prescription drugs can be pricey too!

You can order a bottle of Comfort! by Vergence on their website.

The is a sponsored post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Spend $10 at Walgreens Get $10 Cash Back!

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