Who Regan Hastings Is Not
Although VISIONS OF MAGIC is the first book by Regan Hastings, it’s far from the author’s first book. Under another name, her contemporary romance novels number in the double digits, and she has been nominated six times for the prestigious RITA award from the Romance Writers of America. Her romance novels have appeared many times on the USA TODAY bestsellers list. She’s holding a contest for readers to guess her true identity for a chance to win a Federal Bureau of Witchcraft fleece jacket. Enter at www.reganhastings.com. The contest ends February 1, the release date of VISIONS OF MAGIC, so enter right away!
"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." – William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet
Who am I to argue with Shakespeare? But when it comes to books, readers expect certain things when they see an author’s name on the cover. In a sense, each author makes a promise to her readers that if they liked one of her books, they’ll probably like the others. So when I got a wicked cool idea for a dark paranormal series about witches, my editor and I decided to publish them under a different name.
Ah, but what name? Coming up with a new pseudonym is a big commitment. If VISIONS OF MAGIC and the other Awakening books are as popular as I hope they’ll be, then I’ll be answering to this name for a good, long time. I’ll do book signings and media events, and fans will be shouting my name at midnight when the bookstores are finally allowed to sell the latest installment…
It could happen!
Then there’s the whole signature question. I needed a name that flowed off the pen. I couldn’t be Olivia Oliphant because I hate the way I write capital O. But I love the way I write the letter R, and my capital H makes me shivery.
Regan Hastings was born.
Regan Hastings, author of VISIONS OF MAGIC. Regan Hastings, bestselling author of VISIONS OF MAGIC. Regan Hastings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of VISIONS OF MAGIC.
It could happen!
I decided to have some fun with my new name. I’m holding a contest, inviting readers to guess my true identity. Who is Regan Hastings? The contest runs until February 1, the release date of VISIONS OF MAGIC. Readers can submit their guesses via my website, www.reganhastings.com, for a chance to win this Federal Bureau of Witchcraft fleece jacket. (The winner will get to choose the size and color.) I love this jacket, and just think about what a conversation starter it will be!
I’m going to give you a very special advantage in the contest. I’m going to give you a list of some of the authors that I’m not. These are actual incorrect guesses that have come in from readers as of January 14, the date I’m writing this post, in no particular order except that I put Nora Roberts at the top because HELLO – she’s Nora Roberts! She’s used to being at the top.
Who Regan Hastings Is Not:
Linda Lael Miller
Tara Taylor Quinn
Mary Janice Davidson
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Christina Dodd (no, but she did give me a cover quote, so it would be pretty funny if I was really Christina Dodd.)
If you had to go into the witness protection program and come up with a new name that you would have for the rest of your life, or at least until you witnessed another murder, what would your new name be? And how did you settle on that name?