21 February 2011

Taryn Kincaid

Healing Hearts is a sweet historical romance story that any girl could love. This tale is the perfect combination of drama, angst and passion that will entertain you throughout. If you are looking for that stunning, but all too brief read, Healing Hearts  is the novel for you. (Lisa, Once Upon a Chapter)
You know, sometimes you read a review that just screams, "buy the book!" Taryn Kincaid's Healing Hearts is winning a lot of those reviews.

Taryn Kincaid has written a wonderful Regency romance. I adore stories of wounded heroes and the heroines strong enough to help them heal. Life and memorable novels include tears, but a romance has a guaranteed happy ending -- and I like that.

Join Taryn as she answers my questions and shares her enjoyment of the Regency world.


You've called your heroine Emma, are you a Jane Austen fan? Do you have a favourite Austen novel? If you're not a fan (heresy), why not?

Well, really my heroine is named after Harry Potter's Emma Watson. No? Would you believe Emma Thompson? Oh, okay. I LOVE Jane Austen. And of course I love Emma. And Clueless! My top three Austen novels are Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Emma. I've read and re-read them all. And watched and re-watched almost all the movie versions of them! Loved Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennett. And Mathew MacFadyen. And Colin Firth! Need we say more? Colin Firth is Darcy. (Also Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones.) But I digress. I tend to go running off on tangents.

Emma just seems the archetypical Regency name. That or Jane. Couldn't very call my heroine "Babs," after all.

Who is your favourite side character in "Healing Hearts"? Tell us about them.

That would be Oliver Garrett, Adam's "valet" (I say this in jest) and right-hand man, the retired sergeant who was Adam's batman when they fought on the Peninsula. When Adam was wounded at the battle of Albuera (where Emma's brother was lost), Garrett watched over him, guarding him like a zealot and preventing any, shall we say, um, medical mishaps. Although he makes only a brief appearance in Healing Hearts, he's pivotal to the plot in two respects. What are those? Oh, ho, no. That would be telling!

I love Regency language, the genteel curses and the rougher thieves' cant. Imagine calling someone on a lie by saying, "What a whisker!" How about sharing some Regency phrases? Do you think we could work them into modern conversations?

When I first started reading Regencies, the comedy of manners short novels that seem to be disappearing now, I was enthralled with the colloquialisms, slang and cant. Sets the scene. Puts you right in the thick of things. You are there! Even if you haven't heard an expression before, somehow you just know. But, as in all things, a little can go a long way. There are very few in Healing Hearts--it's not your traditional London season ballroom/drawing room Regency. I love all the ways of saying someone is drunk (foxed), broke (without a feather to fly with, pockets to let, on dun street) or a simpleton: chuckleheaded, hen-witted. I do use these last--especially chuckleheaded-- in modern conversation! And I do make them up! You can couple anything teensy-weensy with "brained." (Don't tell. The Regency purists would shoot me for that.)

Release day in a week. I'm so excited for you and sending you tons of good karma. How do you plan to celebrate?

Aside from Snoopy Dancing around the house and everywhere I go? Oh, chocolate. Lots of it! Works in good times and in bad, don't you think?

Describe your perfect writing day. Does it include coffee and a quiet house, or rock music and an inspirational glass of wine? Would it include Twitter or disconnecting the internet?

My days, writing or not, include coffee. Coffee is one of my major addictions. That and Twitter. I'm not very good at it but I love it. Twitter, I mean. I'm great at coffee. No, I can't write with music on. I get distracted by the lyrics and start tapping and singing along. Not that I can do either. Um, yes. I mentioned the Twitter thing, right? Blogging is another. (I LIVE for comments on my blog!) My perfect writing day, a day I'm really in the zone and moving along, definitely means I'm ignoring the internet. (Except for dictionaries, thesauri, Google...well, maybe just the occasional Twitter peek...)

Thanks for having me in, Jenny. This was so much fun. I hope everyone enjoys Emma and Adam and Healing Hearts as much I enjoyed writing them!


from Carina Press

As a girl, Emma Whiteside asked Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, to wait for her to be of marriageable age. Now, twelve years later, Emma hates Adam as much as she once loved him, holding the former army major responsible for the death of her brother on the battlefield.

Adam already blames himself for the loss of the men under his command. But the fiery young woman Emma's become sparks his arousal, as well as emotions Adam thought long dead. The passion between them makes him want to reclaim the man he was before the war.

Though she tries to hold on to her hatred, Emma's longing for Adam is undeniable, especially after the two share a smoldering kiss. Still, Adam is certain no woman would want a man so damaged. Can Emma prove him wrong?


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  1. Thanks for having me in to play, Jenny! I'm thrilled to be here!

  2. Taryn -- I was just about to email you, and you're already here. I'm so slow this morning I had a huge comment to welcome you, and deleted it *sigh* So, how was the flight from the US to Australia? good food? any crying babies in the seat behind? You'll notice we've brought out the hot summer weather to welcome you :) Just a tick and I'll go switch on the air con. Thanks so much for visiting!

    Hey Laura :) Were you on the flight out with Taryn? Welcome to Australia! and my blog

    I think the heat has made me rambly and silly. If I could think of an appropriate Regency phrase I'd insert it here. Maybe something like "betwattled like a duck in a thunderstorm" although its more like "frazzled like a lizard on a desert rock".

  3. I want one of those cute plushy Qantas koalas. Maybe some shrimp on the barbie. Oh. And black opals. Lots of black opals!

  4. Laura!
    Thanks for coming. How was your flight? LOL!

  5. Black opals, plushy koalas, ha! You should be so lucky :) You're visiting Western Australia. We're strange over here. They call us "sandgropers". So if you want a cuddly toy, this is it! http://theworstofperth.com/2010/09/16/sunny-sandgroper/

    As for opals, it's more like gold or diamonds in our mines. Could you settle for one of those?

  6. OK, that was funny. I actually LOL'd a little. More like a wheeze. But there was sound. Really.

    Hmm. Gold or diamonds. Let me think about that. Um. Yes.

  7. Sounds great...another to put on my TBR list!

  8. Taryn -- wheezing is ... uh ... good. :) I'll throw a few of these babies your way http://www.argylediamonds.com.au/argyle_pink_diamonds.html Pink diamonds. I'm not actually a fan of diamonds, but if any billionaires are listening, I'm prepared to change my mind for a few of these.

    Hi Marsha, welcome to the craziness! or should I say hen-witted party?

  9. Chuckleheaded. That's my favorite. I usually reserve it for the heroine's incompetent suitors!

    Waves at Marsha!

    Accepts showers of diamonds.

  10. Oooh. I do like that pink diamond. My birthstone is garnet so I have a lot of red, red stones.

  11. This is another one I will be adding to my TBR. Sounds lovely!

  12. Chuckle-headed. That's a great word. Perfect for incompetent suitors.

    Pink diamonds make me think of pink champagne. Is it classy or tacky? Do I care?

  13. Waves to Liz!

    I guess it is prolly on the cheesy side. But I don't care either. Oooh. Shiny!

  14. Hi Liz! Great books coming out all the time. I can't keep up -- and nor can my book budget *sigh* Here I am talking of diamonds and the reality is I'd kill for someone to shower me in books. (well, maybe not "kill" and maybe not "shower", books being heavy and all).

  15. aww when we arrived in oz, a friend was waiting with cuddley kolas for our kids! I was jealous LMAO And opals... the duty free store was FULL of cheap opals. OMG I'm gutted I didn't buy myself one on our flight out of there..so gutted. But when we return for a holiday, I'll stock up then :)

    I've got a green sapphire from Oz -- OMG GORGEOUS! I need to get it set in a ring, but I just can't decide on a design heehee
    I love the sound of Healing Hearts, and as soon as it's out, I'll be snagging myself a copy. Only a week to wait :)

  16. This is the benefit of digital. Pixels weigh nothing.

    Though I wouldn't want to drop a Nook on my foot.

  17. JoAnne -- Now I'm totally jealous!

    If it weren't for the 18 hour trip and all (is it more than that?), I'd love to visit Australia. Whenever I see it on TV or in the movies, it always looks so sunny and bright. The Opera House, Ayers rock, the beaches, the brawny guys, the g'days. All of it.

    Can I reel off stereotypes and misinformation or what?

  18. And digital means immediate gratification -- no more mugging the postie

    Hi JoAnne! You have the nicest friends. Those cuddly koalas are seriously cute. An ex-housemate's granddad used to be an opal miner. Be very careful. Opals are addictive ;)

  19. Love the Q & A. I laughed about the Regency language because if I read too many historicals in a row I start to throw in odd things when I talk to people. I particularly like "hoyden" for some reason.

    Someone once told me that it's bad luck to wear opals if it's not your birthstone. Is that true?

  20. Hi, Tara!
    I love hoyden! And you're right. I do that too. If I go through one of my Regency reading jags, all of a sudden my speech is peppered with "don't make a cake of yourself" and "no need to fly into the boughs" and "I'd wager" and "dare say."
    As for opals, I've heard that too. They were my mom's birthstone. I used to love to wear the rings because of the fire and sparkle and show of colors. But I'd invariably lose the stones and have to get them replaced. Not very cost effective!
    As for the superstition...well, of course I had to go Google that:

    As it turns out, the myth is not very ancient, but attributable to Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Gerstein, published in 1829 (appropriate, what?!)
    The novel's main character dies, supposedly because she wore an opal. Before the book came out, opale's were good luck!

  21. Great interview girls! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I'm not a fan of Regency as a whole, but every snippet I've read from Healing Hearts leaves me wanting to read more. Congrats on your upcoming release, Taryn! Enjoy the ride!!

  22. Hi Taryn!
    As I've said before, I'm really looking forward to reading Healing Hearts! I'm a sucker for a wounded hero.

  23. Jenny -- These are some of my RWA chapter pals. I whine to them to come visit me. They are nice enough to oblige!

    Weren't Jenny's interview questions great? It's always so much easier for me when I have questions to answer!

    I know your own wounded heroes are on the back burner right now, Wendy!

  24. Sounds like a lovely warm read. Hugged a koala and patted a kangeroo on a visit to Australia. A never forget experience.

  25. Good interview. I really liked what I heard of this story when I heard it.

  26. Greetings, Elise and Janet.

    Poor Jenny. Didn't realize when she scheduled me that I'd be off from work today and willing to yap away. Non-stop.

  27. Hi RWA Chapter Pals! :)

    Y'all are more than welcome. And I loved waking up to read your comments. Yeah, waking up. What a slack blog host, I've been sleeping. Blame the time zone challenges of living in Western Australia. Not that I'm planning to move any time soon :)

    Tara -- I've never heard Sir Walter blamed before for the opal superstition -- but I have heard that the diamond tsars of South Africa didn't want opals competing with their diamonds, and so, helped spread the bad luck superstition. And of course, there's the fact that opals can lose sparkle and crack if they dry out.

    Elise, I'm so glad you got to touch our Aussie animals, not just take photos. So much more a memory to treasure and bring you back. I have to admit, we Aussies use our animals carefully. We try to keep spiders, snakes and saltwater crocs away from visitors, while pushing forward the furry, cute critters :)

    Taryn -- thank you for a great post and a fun, day-brightening comment chat. Visit again anytime!

  28. Thanks, Jenny. Had a blast! Hope you'll come back and visit with me at my place again when THREE WISHES comes out in May!

  29. You won't be able to keep me away -- besides, it's only fair that you have a chance to ask me the tough questions -- are you a pantster or do you plot? ;)


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