Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Patricia Sargeant introducing Regina Hart

How often do you listen to your subconscious mind when writing? It pushes through with references and ideas but perhaps you rein it in too tightly perhaps out of fear or thinking readers wouldn't find it interesting.

My guest, Patricia Sergeant talks about finally listening to her subconscious mind and the roller-coaster ride it's taken her on.  

Sia, thank you so very much for allowing me back to chat with your community at Thoughts Over Coffee. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here. There are few things I enjoy more than chatting about the business and the craft of writing.

This visit with old friends also gives me the opportunity to introduce my new alter ego, Regina Hart. Regina Hart’s debut coincides with the release of the first book in my contemporary romance trilogy featuring the Brooklyn Monarchs, a fictitious National Basketball Association team based in Brooklyn, New York, where I grew up. Fast Break introduces the Monarchs’ franchise owner, Jaclyn Jones, and the team’s rookie head coach DeMarcus Guinn. 

This trilogy is a good example of writing about what you know. I'm not by any stretch of the imagination and expert on basketball, but I do love the sport. I love the excitement, emotion, and suspense of a good competition. The roller-coaster ride of the game. Doesn't that also describe a good read? Excitement, emotion, suspense--a roller-coaster ride.

The birth of the Brooklyn Monarchs stories also is an example of my subconscious talking to me and of me finally listening. You see, I love basketball but I’m more of a football fan. If my New York Jets were on television at the same time as my New York Knicks, I’d watch the Jets game – and record the Knicks. But I’d noticed that I’d managed to put a basketball reference in all of my books. In You Belong to Me, my heroine, a Knicks fan, resents my hero because he’s a Lakers fan. In On Fire, my heroine watches basketball games with her mother. There’s a passing reference to a basketball jersey in Sweet Deception. Finally, my subconscious hit me over the head by making my Heated Rivalry a former NBA superstar. 

That’s when I developed the Monarchs trilogy.

As an author or aspiring author, have you managed to work any of your hobbies into your stories? As a reader, do you look for stories that include hobbies that interest you, whether sports, cooking, needlepoint or other hobbies?

Before I step away for a coffee refill, I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by to chat with me. If you have a moment, check out my Fast Break book video on my Regina Hart website,

FAST BREAK –Available now at your favorite bookstore.

It’s 24/7 money, fame, and game on-and off-the court. But the real action is behind the scenes in Regina Hart’s sizzling new pro b-ball series, where the stakes are everything and winning means playing for keeps…

He’s a two-time MVP and three-time championship winner. He lives to be the best. And now that he’s a first-time coach, DeMarcus Guinn will lead the NBA’s worst team to the top his way-or no way at all. But the team’s fiery franchise owner, Jaclyn Jones, is fighting him at every turn. And their unexpectedly seductive one-on-one is the kind of game time he can’t resist…

Turning her family’s team into winners is Jaclyn’s only hope of saving them and her community. She’s used to being in control, but DeMarcus’ determination-and the way he makes her feel-are like no moves she’s ever seen. And with everything they care about on the line, they’ll have to play to win … or lose their hearts. Excerpt

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Patricia Sargeant writes romantic suspense under her own name and contemporary romance as Regina Hart. Patricia’s suspense puts ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Regina’s contemporary romances feature the franchise members and friends of the Brooklyn Monarchs, a fictitious National Basketball Association team set in Brooklyn, New York. You can learn more about Patricia’s books at Visit Regina and her Monarchs at Patricia and Regina love chatting with readers. You can contact both at



~Sia McKye~ said...

Patricia, it's such a pleasure to have you visiting Over Coffee again. I really enjoy your books. They're a lot of fun to read and your characters are so vivid! Since I love to be a spectator at basketball games, I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I can already tell I like the 2 main characters. It will be fun to read their battle of wills.

Mason Canyon said...

Patricia, it just goes to show that listening to that little voice inside does pay off. As a reader, I like books that include hobbies I enjoy. I've also found new hobbies and interests thanks to learning more about them in books I've read. Wishing you much success.

Sia, thanks for the introduction to another great author.

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Patricia Sargeant said...


I didn't know you were a basketball fan! How awesome! Who's your favorite team?

Thank you so much for your kind words about my books. I really appreciate them. And I appreciate your letting me visit Thoughts Over Coffee again.

All the very best!


Patricia Sargeant said...


Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes. Thank you also for stopping by to say hello.

May I ask what are some of your favorite hobbies?

All the very best!


Phyllis Bourne said...

Headed over to Amazon now. Looking forward to getting to know your writer alter ego and meeting those hunky Monarchs!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Patricia, I like to take in a college game now and then out here. But of the national teams, I'm partial to Boston Celtics. When visiting my husband's family I've had the chance to take in a game or two. And Golden State Warriors--I used to live not too far from Oakland.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Phyllis, sounds like Patricia has a good line up of hunky players. Didn't you just love her trailer?

Patricia Sargeant said...


Thanks a million for stopping by and for your interest in my Monarchs. Smooches!!!

Yeah. All the basketball games I have to watch for research for my books ... It's rough. ;)



Patricia Sargeant said...


I love college basketball as well. I'm a Syracuse Orangemen fan. I also love the Boston Celtics. They're SOOOO exciting to watch - except when they're playing my Knicks. LOL!

And thank you for your kind words about the book video. Smooches!



Talli Roland said...

Great question, Patricia! Hm, I haven't managed to include many of my hobbies into my novels, but I do include a lot of my workplace experiences. Not sure what that says about me!

Anonymous said...

Interesting about the role of hobbies and the subconscious in writing. I hope the series does well, Patricia.

Donna MacMeans said...

Hey you - Just got back from the Polaris B&N (signing stock) where I sold one of your books. Found you another fan, girl!

Janie Mason said...

Our friend, Marcia, just told me about Fast Break yesterday! Heated Rivalry's Steven gave me a small taste of your love of sports. Fast Break's DeMarcus might turn me into a fan, too.

tonya kappes said...

Hi, Patricia! Great to see you back having coffee!! You had me at subconscious mind! This exact thing happened to me yesterday!! A girl I NEVER thought would read my books...HAS! And I put a quotes at the beginning of chapters. I remember seeing this quote and put it in. It was on forgiveness. Who couldn't use a quote on forgiveness??? WELL....long story short, this gal found me from years past and pointed out that quote! I have to wonder if it was my subconscious mind or the universe!

Kat Sheridan said...

Hi Patricia/Regina! I'm not a fan of sports, but I AM a fan of romance, and this one sounds like fun! I love two strong willed people battling it out! I don't put my own hobbies in my work (my heroines don't have much time for cross stitching) but I do think things like that make for a more realistic, well rounded character. Good luck with your latest venture!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hi Patricia! You probably knew more about basketball than I did when I wrote the final book of my series. But I enjoyed the research and even got to chat with Clemson's former women's basketball coach.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Patricia!

Your book sounds great. Best of luck.

Rose Maybud

Olivia Cunning said...

Yep, I turned my love/lust for rock stars and rock music into a writing career. I think you were right to listen to your subconscious and write about a basketball hero. Your love for the sport will shine through.

D.D. Scott said...

Great stuff here, Peeps!

I'm all about my books being centered on what makes me and my muses dance like nobody's watching!

My Bootscootin' Books were born out of my luuuvvv of all things Bootscootin - AKA country line dancing - and Sex and The City too.

And my Cozy Cash Mysteries were born outta the plan I have to be a Bond Girl in my next life!

Cheers to lettin' our muses dance across our pages to their own beats and James Bond martinis!!!

VA said...

Sweet mercy! I am having some serious doubts about Jaclyn. Marc sounds way too fine to be sidelining. Sure there's common sense, but then there are the things that eradicate common sense.

I know there's a question, but the brain was hijacked by the excerpt, Patricia. Great cover, btw.