Prepare to be Boarded! Romance on the High Seas- Release Day!

May 18, 2017


If you love historical romance, pirates, adventure, and thrills, you’ll love this 7-book set by these award-winning and best-selling pirate romance authors!  And it’s only .99!

THE PIRATE’S DEBT by National Best-selling Author Katherine Bone:

An earl-turned pirate is ordered by his benefactor to find an adventurous young runaway and return her home. To do so, he must retrieve her without being discovered by the most ruthless pirate hunter on the seas: her brother.

DEAD MAN’S KISS by Award-Winning Author Jennifer Bray-Weber:

Eight weeks. That’s all pirate captain Valeryn Barone has to escort a tempting naturalist untouched across the Caribbean or face the gallows. Can he resist the beauty who’s fallen for him? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?

THE BLACK MORASS by USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin:

In exchange for a chance at redemption and pardons for his crew, Jean Marc Cavalier accepts a pact that could result in liberty or death, if only he can survive the terms, but at least he will be free.

PIRATE HEIRESS by Award-Winning Author Chloe Flowers:

Captain Conal O’Brien has already lost control of his ship to the most unlikely band of pirates sailing the seas. If he’s not careful, he’s going to lose his heart as well as his ship to a headstrong lady pirate determined to destroy both.

MY LADY PIRATE by N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Danelle Harmon:

He holds the fate of nations in his hands. She’s the Pirate Queen of the Caribbean, savage, beautiful and untamed. When danger, secrets and deceit threaten both their love and England herself, can even an admiral named Nelson bring together this man who longs for a lady pirate and a woman who dreams of a gallant knight?

CAPTIVATED BY THE CAPTAIN by USA Today  Bestselling Author Amanda Mariel:

What happens when an American shipping company heiress crosses paths with a pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

CARRIED AWAY by Kamery Solomon:

After falling through time and being forced to join a pirate crew, Mark Bell falls in love with his fellow time traveler, Samantha. She’s a woman he can’t have, though. Will their presence in the past alter the future they know and love?

Get your copy for just PENNIES today!






Link of the Week – Romance on the High Seas

March 28, 2017

Seven Swashbuckling Romance

One Thrilling & Epic Box Set


Seven best-selling and award-winning authors of pirate romance take you on thrilling and epic high seas adventures with seven swashbuckling romances sure to satisfy the pirate in you. Argh!

The box set weighs anchor May 18th but you can PRE-ORDER your copy TODAY at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, or iBooks.

You can also stop by and LIKE our Facebook page where you might just pick up some booty.

Link of the Week – History Undressed – Yuletide with a Pirate

December 13, 2016

What do pirates do at Christmastime? Raid, of course.

Check out the blog I wrote for History Undressed on Dutch pirate Laurens de Graaf who had a pretty nice Christmas in 1683.


Toe the Line and Blow Me Down

June 25, 2014

Song of the Day: Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin

Continuing the fun of the Mutiny of the Heart release, here are some phrases and idioms that you might be surprised to learn are nautical in origin. To stave off wordsmith referees calling foul, my disclaimer is not all etymologists agree with the derivation of each term. However, some are backed by centuries of documentation, while others seem plausible in their own right. Either way, it’s fun and interesting.

  • Bitter End – to the end no matter what. A bitt is a wood or iron post on the deck used for fastening ropes (and cables). The bitter end is the free end of a rope. Often the working end of the rope is for anchors. So, say you drop anchor and pay out the rope, using all the rope until the bitter end. Yeah, um, does this boat have brakes?
  • Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – in a precarious situation. The devil is a long seam that runs the length of a ship between the deck and the topmost plank of the hull. From time to time this seam would need to be caulked (with pitch). It was one of the most dangerous duties on board as the crewman were often hung over the ship of the moving vessel to do the task, leaving him hanging between the devil and the deep blue sea.dreamstimefree_120703
  • Flotsam and Jetsam – odds and ends. Flotsam (floatsome) are goods likely from a wreckage floating in the sea. Jetsam are items deliberately thrown overboard (jettisoned) to make a vessel more stable out of circumstance.
  • Footloose – carefree, acting without commitment. The bottom of a sail is called the foot. If the foot becomes free, it flaps (or dances 😀 ) wildly about in the wind. Are you picturing a rebellious Kevin Bacon swinging across a yardarm and dancing across the deck? Yeah, me too.
  • Jury Rig – an improvised repair. It was a temporary fix to keep a disabled ship sailing.
  • No Room to Swing a Cat – crowded. Back in the day, when someone was getting punished for gross misconduct or deed, they were flogged. A lot of the time, the whipping was carried out using a cat o’ nine (a leather whip with nine knotted lashes). It was required by the entire crew to witness the punishment, but with everyone standing around, it was hard to swing the cat.
  • Over a barrel – helpless. Oops. Someone screwed up and got themselves on the receiving end of a flogging. Punishment could be carried out while the unlucky jack was tied to a mast or barrel of a gun (cannon). This is also where the term kissing the gunner’s (or captain’s) daughter comes from. *cue song What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor*
  • Pooped – to be tired. The highest deck on the aft of the ship is known as the poop deck. When high following seas swamped or washed over the ship it was pooped. Makes staying afloat and sailing tough. Getting washed overboard during a storm might make you poop in your breeches, too. Just sayin’.
  • Scuttlebutt – gossiper/rumor. A butt is a barrel. To scuttle is to hack a hole into something. So a scuttlebutt was a water barrel with the top chopped off. Crewmen dipped their cups and ladles into the barrel for a drink. And just like the office water cooler, the ship’s low down was discussed on the down low.
  • Shanghai – tricking someone. It wasn’t uncommon to get someone drunk or deceive them in some other unsavory manner into boarding a ship lacking a crew for some very long journey, oh say, like to the Orient.
  • Son of a gun – an expression of surprise; reference to a rascal. My favorite idiom. Being at sea for long periods of time makes a man, well, horny. While in port, women were often brought on board for a release, er, fling. Space on ships were limited and without much privacy, and, well, between the guns (cannons) provided just enough room for a rollicking good time. It also provided a good space for bearing a child.  So, a kiddo conceived and/or born on the gun decks of a ship and/or with questionable paternity were noted in the ship’s log as a son of a gun.

 There are many more I intentionally left off. I bet you can name a few. Let’s hear them.

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Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard—especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.







Bring Me The Horizon – Cover Reveal!!

March 5, 2014

I am super excited to unveil my latest pirate adventure, available everywhere e-books are sold March 17th! Behold!

Bring Me The Horizon


The blurb:

Graciela DuBois is desperate to find the vile pirate who took her sister. What better way to hunt a pirate than with another pirate? When she strikes a reckless bargain with the infamous Captain Banning, she soon realizes a ship full of rogues isn’t as dangerous as her growing desires for the captain.

Captain Cutler Banning is hardly impressed by the lass’s quest—especially when the man she seeks is a member of his pirate brethren. That is, until  she offers to pay handsomely with a legendary gold nugget and her body. The beautiful temptation is too great and, despite the curse the gold is said to bring, he agrees to help. Doing so invites trouble both on board his ship and in his wounded heart. And Gracie has a secret that just may destroy the brethren.

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Making Magic

May 26, 2010

Song of the day: High Enough by Damn Yankees

I admit. I’d been feeling down the last week or so. I hadn’t been accomplishing as much as I’d like and had a few disappointing items of news land on my doorstep.

What better way to feel chipper than to create something new, something that gives me pleasure. How about making a movie? Now, I know what you are thinking . . .  and you should be ashamed.  Besides, Robert Downey, Jr. was busy.

So I made the unofficial book trailer for A KISS IN THE WIND. This is the second adventure in my fun romantic sea-faring pirate historical series.

Tell me what you think.

Got Alpha?

January 27, 2010

Song of the Day: Pull Me Under by Dream Theater

So what makes a male character Alpha? What makes the heroes we love to read about larger than life, someone to fantasize whisking us away? What makes the villains we love to hate someone we want to save?

I am Alpha. Hear me roar.

It’s not just about looking hot.  Sure, windswept hair, rugged jaw line, rock-hard muscles, piercing eyes, make us girls drool and giggle. Physical descriptions are certainly very important. Let’s face it, a Pillsbury dough boy with more hair on his back than his head who refers to his protruding gut his “shed” for his “tools” does not evoke dreamy images. Nor does the lanky, beady-eyed, pasty-skinned fellow with the nasal drip. Guys like these just are not sexy – unless you’re into that sort of thing.

But, alas, there is so much more to an Alpha male than a pretty face. No really, there is.

Like what makes him tick.

There is the man who is the tortured soul or the man seeking redemption. How about the man who has nothing to lose? Let’s not forget the man who has been once bitten and is now twice shy. Vengeance, honor, love, hate, greed, lust, these can all be a driving force behind our Alpha. The reason for who he is, his goals and motivations, are boundless in a writer’s imagination. That in itself can be the foundation for any hero to be Alpha.

Hop in.

Again, there is more to our Alpha.

His journey and his growth with his heroine are a given. That is a basic element of any romance. It’s imperative that our Alpha has a weakness. He is after all, human. Mix in the frustration, distrust, arrogance, confidence, danger — Stay with me here. I’m still referring to the Alpha. — or whatever obstacle he must overcome or change to be with his heroine and we’ve added another layer to this already complex man.

Still, there is more.

In my opinion, his mannerisms are critical. Those little nuances that are unique to him that makes the reader take notice and say “oh yeah”.

Savvy? Oh yeah!

Take pirates for example. I enjoy making the pirates I write about Alpha. And by the giggles from one of my writing friends (and she knows who she is) every time my hero, Blade, is mentioned, I guess I’m doing a fair job.

Pirates historically are vile humans. Pillaging, plundering, torturing, murdering are not heroic traits. Yet, look at Errol Flynn’s Captain Blood or Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. They are mega Alpha heroes but still pirates. Circumstance forced Captain Blood to piracy. Jack Sparrow was born into it. Either way, these pirates have us swooning. Yummy good looks and raison d’être, a foundation and building blocks are there.

Die, you scurvy dogs!

Now think about Jack Sparrow standing proud on the yardarm of the Black Pearl with that ever slight grin on his face. Or the crazed enthusiasm in Blood’s eyes as he orders an attack. Ooh –manly.

Subtle mannerisms carefully placed throughout the tale grips the reader, not letting them forget who’s the man.   Reaching up with both hands and grabbing the door frame, he fills the space with his relaxed form. He mindlessly sharpens his gully knife and checks it’s sharpness on the back of his arm. His strides are long and meaningful. He takes a slap, or two, without flinching. Though he’s wound tight, his hand rests casually on the hilt of his cutlass hanging low on his waist. He braces a hand on the wall behind the heroine’s head, pinning her with a lusty stare before pushing off and leaving her still waiting for his kiss. (Tease.)

Internal thoughts are important, too.

They sailed close enough to see clearly through billows of smoke the silhouettes of the battling ships. He almost prayed for a stray shot to splinter his ship just so he could join in the fight. Aw, hell. Why wait? It’d been awhile since the lads had seen any real action.

And dialogue, especially between the heroine, can clinch his Alpha status.

He scanned her dusty clothing and with his heated expression she swore he could see right through her dress. “See to it that you make yourself presentable to me before I come to your cabin.”

Perhaps you should do the same for me.” Though, she imagined, if the circumstances were different, she wouldn’t even mind if he were covered in fish scales.

Could you help me with my back?

“Perhaps I shall.” He circled around her. “But not because I find it necessary. Nor would you, I think.” He leaned over her shoulder and let the last of his words drip into her ear.

Makes the testosterone palpable, doesn’t it?

My next few blogs will focus on various Alpha males. Cowboys, detectives, warriors, creatures that go bump in the night; I’ll highlight what make these guys Alpha. You can bet I’ll have some juicy eye candy to make my point.  I may also post about Alpha females and Alpha villains, too. Won’t that be fun?