HRR Top 5 & Contest: Shana Galen


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Shana Galen’s Top 5 Places to Visit

As an author, I find inspiration everywhere. Even as a kid, I’d amuse myself by making up stories while I was bored in school or grocery shopping with my mom or waiting in line. Now I’ve found that some locations spur my imagination more than others. These are places anyone can go to have fun or brainstorm a new novel.

  1. New Orleans — New Orleans has been a favorite destination of mine since I was in high school. I was always a big Anne Rice fan, and I found it thrilling to walk the streets of the historic city and picture vampires hunting there as well. As I got older, I learned to appreciate the city’s architecture and the historic homes. New Orleans is a city teeming with culture and history. It’s hard not to have fun or to imagine historical characters walking the streets where tourists walk today.
  2. Epcot at Disneyworld — Epcot might seem a strange place to find writing inspiration, but the World Showcase always spurs my creative juices. Strolling through Canada then England through Morocco to Japan is like a fast jaunt through an adventure novel. Need some hero inspiration? Go to Italy. Want a yummy libation? Try France. Of all the parks in Disneyworld, I find Epcot the most relaxing and the most beautiful.
  3. London — Since I write historical romance mostly set in England, I had to put London on the list. There’s nothing like going to the place you’re writing about to make your scenes even more authentic. I remember the first time I was in London, and I strolled by myself down old streets and alleyways. Imagine my pleasure when I spotted boot scrapers from long ago still positioned outside historic houses. I could definitely see my hero wiping his boots before entering the heroine’s town house. England is also home to beautiful museums, grand castles and estates, and my favorite collection of royal jewels.
  4. Paris — If you’ve read many of my books, you know I have an ongoing affair with Paris. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. Not only does Paris have a riveting history, it’s also beautiful. Nothing inspires me like Paris.
  5. My local museums — Since I don’t always have thousands of dollars to spend on trips near and far, I find that my local museum of art or natural history are also great places to visit. I learn something, I enjoy great art, and I usually leave with some tidbit of information I know must find a place in one of my novels. P.S. They’re also great places to take the kids when school is out.

In my new release, I Kissed a Rogue, the hero Brook must keep the heroine Lady Lila safe from a crime lord. He takes her to a bachelor flat in London and then to a ramshackle cottage in the countryside. For the spoiled duke’s daughter, the venues do not inspire. Where do you like to go when you have a vacation?


Author Bio

Color Shana Galen L-R-2118Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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One person who comments will win digital copies of the first two books in the Covent Garden Cubs series, Earls Just Want to Have Fun and The Rogue You Know (must be able to read on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, or Google Play).  A winner will be chosen on Friday, March 18.  To enter, answer the following question:

What’s your favorite place to visit and why?




15 thoughts on “HRR Top 5 & Contest: Shana Galen

  1. Elaine Carlson says:

    I like to vacation where I can see and hear the ocean while breathing in “beachy” air. It is relaxing and to me that’s what a vacation is all about.

  2. Sharon Doucett says:

    Disney World seems to be the only place we vacation at…my sons don’t want to go anywhere else. They need to have their horizons broadened

  3. Elizabeth Schroedle says:

    I love Rome, Italy. I love the art history and architecture. I could spend days in the Vatican museum. I would love to buy an apartment in Rome for vacations and retirement.

  4. erinf1 says:

    The beach! I haven’t been to too many as I live in the Midwest but if I had a choice, that’s where I’d visit all the time! This series sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am an east coaster currently living in the East Bay. I LOVE visiting San Francisco (about 40 minutes away) – this city takes my breath away every time!

  6. JoAnne says:

    Nice top 5 list except I’ve never had any interest going to Paris.

    New Orleans is on my bucket list; been to London, Epcot and lots of museums.

    My #1 spot would be Italy. Been to Sicily, Rome, Florence and Venice. Want to see more of the rest of the country.

  7. Sue P says:

    Mackinac Island, MI – have been going there off and on since I was three. It’s a renewal place for me. I seem to find my center there again. We stay on the island, which is awesome. The nighttime is so different from the day, once the last ferry has left for the day. I find peace there.

  8. Mary Preston says:

    Has to be the Sunshine Coast, QLD. I have family there and the beaches are the best in the world.

  9. girlfromwva says:

    LOVED visiting my sister in Florida. also love to go to Nashville, TN. it isn’t too far from us-few hours drive & there is so much to do!

  10. Janie McGaugh says:

    Of the places I’ve been, Scotland would be my favorite. I love the scenery, the accents, and the history.

  11. Tanya Guthrie says:

    I haven’t been anywhere of note. The library is my favorite local place to go. Someday I hope to visit Ireland and possibly Scotland.

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