Release Day! The Rogue’s Prize Available Now! Let’s Partay!!!

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TheRoguesPrize453x680Shoutin’ from the top of the mizzen, me hearties! Sails on the horizon! It’s Release Day for THE ROGUE’S PRIZE! Huzzah and Hoorah!!! Can you tell I’m totally jazzed? Only slightly? Od’s Blood, but I need to put a bit more muscle into this. LOL!

Like Captain Henry Guffald and Lady Adele Seaton roving the sea in the Dragon, THE ROGUE’S PRIZE has certainly taken a wild journey to re-publication. Rogue has always been one of my favorite books. Why? Well, Adele is THE pirate I always wanted to be, free of social constraints in the Regency Era AND treated like an equal to the hero of her dreams! She’s unafraid to go after what she wants, sometimes even equipped for the risks, other times not, but she’s always willin’ to take chances on achieving her goals for kith and kin with oftentimes riotous results. Just ask all six of her brothers! They’ll tell ye the truth of it. (Pirates!)

Release Day The Rogue's Prize 2Back to me ship and celebrations galore! Don’t you just love the way Jack helped me celebrate THE ROGUE’S PRIZE release at 11:37 p.m. last night? He’s such a gentle-spirited rogue, isn’t he? O’ course, he tries to tell me it’s because I have rum.

But I digress…

There be much activity on board ship today, luvs! Packages were mailed off to my military sons, Air Force TSgt in Japan and Army Sgt in Alaska. Woot!!! Happy Mommy! Now I’m busy trying to get my Christmas Cards addressed and sent out, gifties made for special Street Team members, all of me Christmas packages wrapped and under the tree, as well as tend to various author-to-dos too. For instance: I’ll be tryin’ to get the word out about me release today, as well as happily participating in the EsKape Press Publishing Facebook Christmas Party from 4-10 p.m. (EST). Join me during the Roundtable Discussion at 5 p.m. (EST) and then at 9 p.m. (EST) for me shenanigans, eh?

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Tonight!!! #Giveaways #Prizes #Treasure and #fun? Who could ask for more?Author Schedule for this Holiday Event is as follows:  (Times are EST)

4:00 pm Sherry Gloag
4:30 pm Patricia Kiyono
5:00 pm Author roundtable with several EP authors! (Me included!!!)
5:30 pm Elaina Lee
6:00 pm Kim Bowman
6:30 pm Calle Jaye Brookes
7:00 pm Melissa MacKinnon
7:30 pm Cherry Fyfe Christensen
8:30 pm Ruth J. Hartman
9:00 pm Katherine Bone
9:30 pm Moriah Densley

But without further ado, I give you my precious baby, THE ROGUE’S PRIZE!!! Isn’t she purdy? ;)

The Rogue’s Prize ~ Book Two in the Nelson’s Tea Series 

TheRoguesPrize453x680An unlikely alliance earns Henry the ultimate prize…

Captain Henry Guffald is no ordinary sea captain. A member of Nelson’s Tea, he’s been ordered to rescue a comrade captured in Spain. The rescue is Henry’s last chance to prove his loyalty to Admiral Nelson. Not so easy a task when the job entails joining forces with a female pirate.

Lady Adele Seaton would no sooner give up the call to rove than marry, contrary to her father’s wishes. When news arrives that her brother has been captured in Spain, Adele quickly develops a plan to rescue him and sets sail to intercept the first royal navy ship she encounters. A brilliant tactician, she doesn’t count on meeting her match in a navy captain bound and determined to outwit her at every turn. Can a pirate be tamed?

Here’s an EXCERPT of Henry and Adele’s first meeting!

“Captain! Captain!”

Henry spun on his heel at the frantic sound of his first mate’s voice. Lieutenant Lucas Winters rushed toward him, sword drawn, his hat askew, eyebrows fretfully knit together, his mouth set in a scowl. It was the same expression the man had worn when he’d forewarned the Dragon was being boarded by pirates. What the deuce was happening now?

Hair rose on the back of Henry’s neck. “Mr. Winters, what has you in such a state?”

Winters’ face turned ashen, and his eyes lit with feral purpose. “There’s a problem below, sir.”

“What kind of problem?” Dreading the answer, Henry drew his own sword.

“We’ve a breach, sir. Several of the prisoners have escaped.”

“Escaped?” he bellowed. His blood began to boil. “Out of an iron cage? How is that possible?”

“I don’t know, sir.”

“I gave strict orders the prisoners were not to be left unguarded.”

Enraged by the incompetence of his men, Henry followed Winters down the gangway to the next deck, hurrying as fast as his laborious gait allowed. Damn the useless appendage!

“Where are the guards?” His gaze traveled the length of the deck, finding it empty. “When I said not to let those pirates out of your sight, I meant it.”

“Your orders were carried out to the letter, sir. Still, this development—”

“What development?” he spat.

“This one.”

This strange, new voice knotted Henry’s gut. He stiffened.

Winters looked to Henry’s right. Taking his lead, Henry turned with his sword drawn, prepared for whatever fight would soon befall him. He heard a ping of clanging steel and felt a powerful weight thrust against his sword. He shifted back then stepped forward, lunging as the two blades chinked together, slicing the distance between captain and foe, creating sparks that fired, faded, and then sparked anew.

His opponent moved with lithe grace, whipping his cloak about him and then retreated just as Henry had gotten another foothold. Lurching forward, Henry challenged each lunge more aggressively than the last, taking note of his adversary’s skill. Tall and lean, the masked pirate thrust a gleaming weapon close to Henry’s shoulder then took a step near his side as he skirted around a wooden cask.

Sidestepping another advance, Henry moved forward, dipping low, using his good leg to support his retaliation. Yet again, his efforts were challenged with an agility that surprised him. Changing tactic, he spun on his good heel and brought his sword down in a thunderous swoop, carving wood as his quick-footed enemy dodged his thrusts with uncanny agility.

There was an odd familiarity about the way his opponent fought, a methodic grace he’d practiced with only one other. But that was impossible because that man was in Spain, waiting on the ransom Henry still had to acquire. Yet, the swift turn of his attacker’s wrist, the flexible maneuver of the arm, and the parry behind an arched back illustrated Garrick Seaton’s trademark thrust.

Another well-aimed lob ricocheted off of Henry’s blade, redirecting his thoughts, sparking the twilight with brilliant light. Alarmed, Henry doubled back, retreating toward the Dragon’s rails. His enemy marched toward him. Lightning flashed, momentarily blinding them. Henry took advantage, quickly taking the upper hand, settling his blade against his opponent’s breast bones.

“Tell your men to stand down.”

The pirate moved toward him, baiting him to slide the blade home. Was defeat so horrible a cost that death was a better option? Henry drew back his sword slightly so as not to draw blood. He didn’t want to kill the man, only glean what he could about the Black Belle, who captained it, and where it hailed from. Though he already suspected the truth. He also wanted to know how the vermin had escaped his brig.

His attacker moved menacingly forward again.

“Stay where you are, or I will be forced to drop you where you stand.”

“Surrender is not an option, Captain.”

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There’s nothing like working hard then seeing the long hours of hard work, face plantin’, loss of hair and scratchin’ your eyes out madness come to fruition, is there? LOL!!! (Those of you who ARRR writers will know what I mean.)

I’m so proud of Adele and Henry and I hope you’ll enjoy their journey to an HEA! In Book Two of my Nelson’s Tea Series, you’ll also get to meet Lord Garrick Seaton, Adele’s brother and the hero of Book Three, The Rogue’s Surrender. Woot!

*Treasure Alert* To celebrate this phenomenal moment in my Nelson’s Tea Series, I’m offering a $20 PIRATE 101 Game Gift Card, providing ye 2 months of unlimited access to a wild pirate computer ride. Embark on adventurous quests through mysterious skyways and learn strategic ways to combat good and evil with silly characters. Yeeaauuss!!! Now we’re talkin’ pirate! This #giveaway mania will go to one lucky commenter selected over a 2 day period. So stop by. Tell your friends. I’ll post the winner at 9 a.m. on December 18th. Huzzah!

But how do you play to win, ye ask? Cap’n doesn’t expect ye to sword fight on board the Dragon like Adele and Henry, if’n that’s what you’re thinking. LOL!!! To get your name into me Random.org tally, post your pirate name from the Pirate Name Generator to be eligible to win. Woot! Join me in a day of fun and games, eh?

Until next time, I wish ye safe journeys. May your holidays be filled with warmth, joy and shenanigans aplenty!

Cap’n out!

Jack Announces Bestselling Author Patricia Kiyono’s Interview Winner!

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Jack with RumThree cheers for the winner of Bestselling Author Patricia Kiyono’s interview with Captain Jack Sparrow ~ Lady Deborah O’Neill Cordes!!!

Congratulations, m’lady, I’ve got a bottle of rum set aside just for this occasion! Minted in 1795. Waste not, want not, I always say…

Oh! Where was I? Ah yes, I’ve had my fun with Lady Patricia Kiyono. Lovely wench knows Samurai. Zounds!!! I shall not be sneakin’ into her bed tonight!

Lady Deborah, on the other hand…. Ahem, your gifties, should you like to accept them…

Get your mind out of the scabberous mud! I’ll have ye know I meant Lady Patricia’s books: ROMANCING THE ROGUE Box Set, HOLIDAY ESKAPE Box Set and CHRISTMAS JOURNEY. They shall be settin’ sail to your inbox very soon, luv!

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Fondest fondlings… I mean rum imbibing delights!

Captain Jack Sparrow

 

 

Jack Interviews Bestselling Author Lady Patricia Kiyono!

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3076d453b5b24f7942a3f80fde4b6ce2Ahoy, me hearties, from Contemporary & Historical Romance Author Lady Patricia Kiyono’s port of call! Aye, Lady Patricia is here today to answer me interview questions and take part in shenanigans. ARRRR!!! Join us aboard deck, won’t you? And while you’re at it, bring along some rum, eh? We’ve got treasure in store for one lucky commenter today!

“Lady Patricia.” Jack bows with humble swagger then stands to take her hand. “It’s definitely a pleasure to have you on board Rogues, Rebels & Rakes today.” Kisses Patricia’s ringed fingers. Eyes perk over a sparkling piece of treasure on her third ring finger. “Per my normal interview, I start with a question about one’s heading. What does your compass point to, eh?”

Jack_finds_his_headding“The compass pointed far, far east! I was born in the Camp Zama Army Hospital near Yokohoma, Japan. My father was an US Army Civilian working for the Central Exchange, and mom was a secretary in his office.”

Captain Sao Fung“Camp Zama? Yokohoma, Japan? You haven’t run across Captain Sao Feng during your exploits, have ye? No? That might be a good thing. He’ll sell ye out for gold, luv.” Jack’s eyes widen. “Shhh. I’ve got pieces of eight in my pocket. Significant treasure, to be sure. If you could have eight pieces with you at all times, what would they be?”

“I usually travel with just my wallet, which has a pocket for my smart phone! I have an iPhone, which means I always have a phone, a clock, a calendar, a notepad, several books to read, puzzles to work on, a flashlight, and an encyclopedia!”

Blinking. “What magic is this? All eight pieces in one phone?” Looks left then right, pondering whether or not to abscond with Patricia’s treasure. Then realizes he won’t get cell phone service at sea. “Ahem… You mention you’re a well-traveled wench. When did the wind take hold of your sails, m’lady.”

“I’ve always loved to write, but it wasn’t until I retired from full-time teaching in 2005 that I had the time to devote to writing with the goal of publishing.”

“A teacher! I should have known…” Grumbles with an intense dislike of being stuck in a classroom.

Patricia winks. “I joined a couple of writers groups and a critique group, and all those connections helped me make the leap to write and complete my first novel.”

“Well now. A grand leap, it was, luv. You’ve quite the spirit for adventure. Teaching wee ones takes savvy.” Fidgets. “Best to let the young know about dangers of the sea.” Leans forward with hand near his mouth. “The Kraken is a wild beastie. Speakin’ of the Kraken. Were there times it tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”

Samurai Pirate“When I first started submitting my samurai story―”

Jack Sparrow And RumJack swallows a healthy dram of rum. “Samurai! Sink and scupper me!”

 

Patricia winks. “I was only submitting to agents and editors, but the two main criticisms I got were that the story wasn’t long enough for a historical romance and that the lack of explicit love scenes would prevent it from being published. Fortunately, my writing groups all encouraged me to keep shopping around for a good home for the book, so I didn’t give up.”

“Lack of love scenes. Luv, it’s clear ye’ve never been to Tortuga. If ye had… Well, speaking of broadsides. What do you do to mend your sails, eh?”

“I have far too many hobbies. I was a music major and taught music for many years (still do, part time at a local university), but I hadn’t done much performing until the last few years.”

“Have ye sung the diddy?”

Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest—Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! 

Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

“Sorry, Jack. No, I haven’t.”

“What about the Kraken Song, eh?”

Oh forty fathoms deep he walks
With rusty keys his locker locks
Just like hes half asleep he stalks
Forty fathoms deep
Forty fathoms deep he owns
Each sleeping sailor’s soggy bones
The legend they call Davey Jones
At forty fathoms deep

(Read more: Hans Zimmer – The Kraken Lyrics | MetroLyrics)

“No but…”

5cb05c11-3089-45dd-961f-74293ad47be6“Have ye heard this one? I got a jar of dirt, I got a jar of dirt, and guess what’s inside it!”

“No. I spend a few nights each week rehearsing with a few local groups. I also like to sew with our church’s quilt guild as well as another charity that makes hats for homeless and needy.”

Jack preens. “I know this! Lady Katherine has knitted hats for the Downtown Rescue Mission.”

“I also belong to a scrapbooking club that meets monthly, and recently started making greeting cards with a woman who opens up her basement workshop and shows us how to use her materials.”

“By fire and flame, ye ARRR a well-propertied woman, Lady Patricia! But back to that coveted horizon. Once your journey had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”

“It took seven years from the time I started my first novel until the time it was released. I’ve sped up a lot since then!”

“Seven is a magical number, eh? A speedy trip to port, if ye ask me! And now, pirates codes, more like guidelines anyway. What is your code, m’lady?”

“I like to look at the overall conflict first. What is the problem that the main characters have to overcome? What are ways that they can do it? After that, I start looking at the characters. What skills do they possess that will help them solve the problem? What problems do they have that might hinder them? And since I write romance I have to think about what it is that could drive them apart. Then I set up scenes that throw them together. I do some planning, but often the characters take me on a completely different trip than I planned!”

“An excellent navigation plan! Now, for the last and most important question of me interview. Your all-time favorite pirate is?

charac_larry_lg“I guess I’d have to say the one I married! Other than that, I guess it would be Larry the Cucumber.”

Jack’s face krinkles. “Your husband I understand. A fine pirate he must be. But Larry the Cucumber? Lady Patricia, I do believe the Kraken has taken your mind to the locker.”

_MG_6982-57Guest pirate: Patricia Kiyono is a retired elementary teacher, a wife, mom, and grandma. But she’s not quite ready for shuffleboard and canasta – there’s too much to see and do! She loves to travel, and likes to infuse some of those experiences in her stories. Patricia also likes to create things – she spends a lot of time sewing, crocheting, and scrapbooking. Unfortunately, organization is not her strong suit. Her family wishes she would spend less time creating, and more time cleaning. Patricia’s first book, The Legacy, was published by Astraea Press in July, 2011. Since then she’s kept busy writing five other books, and had stories appear in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Follow her on Facebook and Twitter or visit her blog to find out about her current projects!

Every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story. What story do you have to tell?

CHRISTMAS JOURNEY by Bestselling Author Patricia Kiyono

ChristmasJourney500x750Helen DeGroot is a widow, a mother, and grandmother. Her quiet life in Zutphen includes her children, grandchildren, and church committee work. She can’t shake the feeling that life has something else in store for her. But finances are tight, and her grown sons always seem to need her help.

Mike Sikkema has a high-powered job at a travel magazine. He’s never had time for settling down with a family. But when his brother tells him about their mother’s health problems, he drops everything and heads to Zutphen, Michigan to help out. Apartments are scarce in the small town, so he rents a room from an attractive widow in his brother’s congregation.

The road to self-discovery and happiness can be long and painful. Can these two help each other navigate the journey?

Ports: Patricia Kiyono  Facebook  Goodreads  Amazon  Patricia’s  Blog  Twitter

One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Patricia’s books A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY and a copy of ROMANCING THE ROGUE Box Set, including Patricia’s story SEARCHING FOR LADY LUCK and a copy of HOLIDAY ESKAPE Box Set, including Patricia’s story CHRISTMAS WISHES. Woot!!!

Thank ye kindly for playin’ pirate with me today, Lady Patricia! It’s been a pleasure!

Blessings,

Jack

 

Join Collette Cameron’s Triumph & Treasure Facebook Release Party!

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UntitledHoist the signal flag from the mizzen! It be time to sail, me hearties! Join Collette CameronChristi Caldwell, Lauren Smith, Amylynn Bright, Sarah Hegger, and me as we partay in style, celebratin’ Collette Cameron’s Triumph and Treasure’s release, December 3rd, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ARRRR!!! Ye know where I go there will be giveaways too: ebooks, print books, earrings, Starbuck gift cards, SWAG, and a $20.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter.

And to make sure everyone in all time zones can participate, Lady Collette is leaving the comments open for 24 hours. She doesn’t want anyone to feel left out! Pirate’s love to share treasure so I’m all for this wonderfully generous idea!!!

Behold the Brethren Court Schedule:

7:00-7:30- Amylynn Bright

7:30-8:00- Lauren Smith

8:00:-8:30- Christy Caldwell

8:30-9:00- Katherine Bone

9:00-9:30-Sarah Hegger

9:30-10:00-Collette Cameron

 

TRIUMPH AND TREASURE ~ Book One in the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series

Untitled2A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.

Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.

Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.

Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

Available at: Amazon

Join us, won’t ye? Help us celebrate Lady Collette’s latest release at the Triumph and Treasure Facebook Release Party, December 3, 2014 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Eastern Standard time!

See you there!

Katherine

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Johnstone’s FB Partay!

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Ahoy, me hearties, it’s party time! Nothing like getting together a historical romance author crew and sailing toward exciting adventure with the promise of treasure in sight! And that’s just what I’ll be doing tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. (Central) to help USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Johnstone celebrate the release of her latest romance AFTER FOREVER.

Behold the brethren court!

5:00 – 5:30 – Elizabeth Johns

5:30 – 6:00 – Ava Stone

6:00 – 6:30 – Samantha Grace

6:30 – 7:00 – Jane Charles

7:00 – 7:30 – Jillian Chantal

7:30 – 8:00 – Deb Marlowe

8:00 – 8:30 – Katherine Bone

8:30 – 9:00 – Christi Caldwell

9:00 – 9:30 – Lauren Smith

9:30 – 10:00 – Julie Johnstone

#Giveaways #Laughter #Crumpets #Tea and my favorite #rum will be put to excellent use and rationed out to ye all. So sail away to adventure, eh? Don’t dally! Sign up to join Julie Johnstone’s Facebook Celebration today!!!

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Catch you cresting that horizon, mateys!

Katherine

Southern Magic Holiday Giveaway is Back!

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Southern Magic Holiday Giveaway returns with books, Gift Cards,

and swag, me hearties!

Aim your spyglass at this between November 1-30th!

 

21 books!

Author Swag

2 Gift Cards

~ 15 talented Romance Authors ~

New Adult

Historical

Pirates!

Contemporary

Erotic

 

Something for everyone, eh?

 

How do you win?

 

One lucky winner will be selected at random, so don’t delay!

Get ready to swoon the month of December away

 

Visit the websites below to learn more:

 

Betty Bolte

(“Emily’s Vow” and “Amy’s Choice” Paperback)

Katherine Bone

(“The Rogue’s Prize” ebook & surprise!)

Nancee Cain

($25 Gift Card)

Louisa Cornell

(“Christmas Revels” eBook + $15 Gift Card)

Jamie Farrell

(“The Husband Games” Paperback)

Larynn Ford

(“Dreams Do Come True” eBook)

Christine Glover

(“The Maverick’s Red Hot Reunion” Paperback)

Callie James

(“Innocent” and “Student Bodyguard for Hire” Paperback)

Suzanne Johnson

(“Royal Street” Paperback)

Susannah Sandlin

(“Redemption” and “Lovely, Dark, and Deep” Paperback)

Ingrid Seymour

(“The Guys Are Props Club” Paperback)

Naima Simone

(“Secrets and Sins: Raphael” and “Secrets and Sins: Chayot” Paperback)

Carla Swafford

(“Circle of Deception” Paperback)

Peggy Webb

(“The Language of Silence” Paperback)

Meda White

(“Winter Formal”, “Fall Rush”, “Spring Fling” and “Christmas Give” Paperback)

So climb aboard and sail for Naima Simone’s blog to enter for a chance to win! ARRRR!!!!

This was brought to you by a frustrated pirate who couldn’t figure out how to attach the rafflecopter to this blog post. #Technologyfail

 

Patricia Preston’s & Donna Cummings’ Interview Winners!

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captain jack sparrow 4All hands! Jack is back!

Flashes a gold-tooth sparklin’ grin. Lend an ear, ye scallywags, for I be here to announce winners from Lady Patricia Preston’s and Lady Donna Cummings’ interview. Aye, we had a rowdy crew on board ship. Hyjinks. Laughter. There was rope… Where was I? Ah, yes. Katherine thanks ye all for sharin’ the booty, as it were.

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Speaking of booty... But I digress. I’m here to spill the rum, no, crumbs, no. Aha! Fun!

Congratulations are in order for Rose Anderson and Glenda! You’ve won a $5 Gift Card from Lady Patricia and Lady Donna. Huzzah!!! Katherine raised signal flags revealing your heading.

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Now forgive me. Too much rum into the wee hours of the morning. I simply must search for my effects while Katherine is busy in her writing cave.

Fair winds and all that,

Captain Jack Sparrow

 

 

Jack Welcomes Patricia Preston & Donna Cummings Aboard!

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Captain Jack Sparrow 5ARRRR! We’ve a very special treat on board ship, me hearties. Look who’s come to play, eh? Not one, but two spry wenches will share the pristine deck with me today.

Now as ye may know, I take over Rogues, Rebels & Rakes when Katherine isn’t lookin’. Interviewing roving authors is one of the perks I get for keepin’ m’lady in rum. So, prop up your boots and pour yourself a dram. I’ve got a plan for authors Lady Patricia Preston and Lady Donna Cummings. Aye, that I do.

First, necessary introductions are in order, eh? Jack takes a suave bow. Make way for Patricia Preston, a delightful friend of Katherine’s with a sense of humor and a passion for all things Supernatural, especially those Winchester brothers. Alongside her stands Donna Cummings, a wench of the first order with a penchant for hulky heroes. I also hear she’s got an obsession for Thor’s brother, Loki. Pirate!

Methinks these ladies have been to Tortuga… That being the case, have I met them before? Shakes head. Now that formalities are over, let’s get this party started, eh? And I do mean partay, me hearties! Today is Lady Donna’s Birthday!!! Happy Birthday, wench!

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Undead monkey flies by on hempin’ rope. Jack dodges. Watch your trinkets, m’ladies. He’s king of the quick snatch. What? He’s gone? Aye. Then here’s me first question. If’n ye were to take to sea, where would your compass point to, Patricia?

“My compass broke a long time ago. That’s why I’m out in left field…”

Did she just reference a landlubber’s game? Jack winces… Lady Donna? Surely you use a compass.

“Compass? What’s a compass? I have the worst sense of direction, which is fun when you just want to explore, but other times. . . I’m still hoping I’ll end up in some tropical locale.”

Jack’s eyes widen. Aha! You have been to Tortuga. Taps braided beard. You are aware of the money system there, pieces of eight, are you not? Significant treasure to keep stored in me pocket — in case I’m marooned in a tavern. Which brings me to me next question: If you could have specific items with you at all times, what eight pieces would they be?

“In no particular order: A fleur de lis, a flintlock pistol, red lipstick, epic music by Audiomachine, a silver mask, sweet iced tea, Thor, and condoms.”

Wide-eyed, Jack braces himself against the mizzen. Breaks out into a sweat, grabs a pitcher, and guzzles large quantities of rum. He swipes his mouth on his sleeve. Donna, did she just say what I thought she said?

“Hmm, I’m quite intrigued by those last two items. Patricia, quick! Look over there! Grabs Thor and runs. Okay, my 1 through 7 would probably definitely be coffee. I’m happy as long as I have my laptop with internet (so I can tweet!), and my crockpot making dinner so I don’t have to. Oh, can I add Tom Hiddleston to this list? He’s definitely a treasure.”

Shakes head. Lady Donna, I am thoroughly perplexed. I thought you preferred Loki over Thor. And what is this laptop, internet, jargon? I thought only birds knew how to tweet. Blood and hounds, I simply must get on with this interview before Katherine steps back aboard. Patricia, when did the muse take hold of your sails?

“Something grabbed hold of my sails back in the day and damn, I’m still flapping around in the wind. Just when I think things are gonna calm down, new people show up in my head, and I’m like: “Who are you?” and they’ll be like: “Bitch, who do you think we are? We’ve been here all along, just waiting for our chance to tell you our story, but you just keep working on that other book. You’re gonna die before you ever get to us.” See what I have live with.”

Undead MonkeyBy the holy poker, I know exactly what you mean. Jack’s jumps back with fright, recoiling at the sight of Donna caressing Barbosa’s undead monkey. Lady Donna?

“That sounds just like my characters! I remember writing a story when I was in first grade or something, and it made the adults chuckle, and I thought that was very cool. Still, it took a long while before I began to trust my storytelling abilities. Part of the reason may be because my muse is Endora. Yep, that one. LOL She’s such a cranky, demanding wench, almost impossible to please, and unwilling to work a regular schedule. . . Uh, she’s not standing right behind me, is she?”

Captain Jack with Jar of dirtJack looks past her and shakes his head. ‛Swounds and blood, I believe I met this Endora once. Does she barter in jars of dirt? No? Scratches chin. That’s an interesting barnacle… Oh! Speaking of barnacles, I’ve had a few close encounters of me own. Were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?

“I’m a Southern Gal, so my response is “Oh. Hell. No.” But if I did have to escape, I’d bring out my bad girl, Darlene, and nobody messes with Darlene. She’d rip Davy Jones a new one in a heartbeat and bury him beside Mayor Clifford Stroud. Now, she fussing on me for having her stuck in a haunted house story for over a year. I’m gonna get you out soon, Darlene…”

Jack winks. Ye’ve a way of talking, lass, that brings me to me knees. If only I’d had Darlene with me when Elizabeth…

Donna bursts out laughing. “I love Darlene so hard! Although sometimes I think she and Endora share some DNA.” She frowns. “Maybe there’s room in that haunted house for a cranky muse. . . What was the question again? Oh! There seems to be something about my writing that makes critique partners want to rewrite it, and not just a little bit, but completely. LOL! So I’ve had a tendency to stay away from critique groups. Luckily one of my writing friends, Melissa, is a wonderful critiquer/beta reader, and I’m thrilled we found each other online. She gives me great suggestions on my books, AND I get to be the first to read her stories. #winwin”

Aye. I have the urge to club a wooden-headed, bard slab at times too. No true pirate appreciates a broadside. Tell me, Lady Patricia, how do you mend sail after weathering a storm?

“I eat chocolate. I do my happy dance. Read. I make beignets. I tweet. I dabble in photography. I look for clearance sales. Watch good shows that feature rough, awesome heroes. Darryl is The Man, according to Darlene, who knows a hot redneck when she sees one.”

Jack touches his neck and frowns in confusion.

Donna lunges for beignets. “Oh, sorry. I just needed a little something to keep my blood sugar from getting perilously low. And just one more — for Endora. #lying I don’t have nearly enough time to read, but when I do, I’m always recharged afterwards.

Jack grins and flips open parchment. I read treasure maps!

“I think you need to fill up with words in order to keep writing new ones. The sad thing is how often I have to remind myself of this!”

Rolls up map, frowning. Ripping and cutting with words, logging adventure is Katherine’s business, not mine. I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. I sail for coveted horizons like the one you’ve come to announce today —new book releases. But, I wonder, how long it took ye to make port?

Lady Patricia rises then weaves slightly. “I can’t remember that far back. It’s all the rum. Excuse me, I gotta burp.”

Jack’s eyes flash with pride. ‘Tis beyond doubt, you’re true as true, luv, a spirited wench who can hold her rum. Do go on, Lady Patricia.

“Well, you know, I started writing when I was a kid and I’ve been in and out of a lot ports. Non-fiction, short stories, newspapers, books. But, I’d say right now is the best time ever for writers. I’m like sailing the high seas of creativity now.”

Donna giddily twirls around in a circle. “I definitely took the scenic route, and I even docked my ship for about 10 years before getting back to writing. I started self-publishing three years ago, and I have a novella with Samhain (which has also been translated into German). I had offers from a couple of smaller presses, but decided they weren’t right for me at the time. I’m a happy indie hybrid author. Especially since this last book is finally done!” Donna falls to the ground in a dead faint but holds her beignet up in the air so it doesn’t get dirt on it.

Aye, unless I am mistook, you cannot hold your rum, lass. The only way to spread your sails is with practice. Pirates have codes for this. Jack leans close. More like guidelines anyway. What are your codes?

“Let it all hang out. That’s how to write a great story. Channel those characters. Their hopes, fears, sorrows, agonies, joy. I laugh with them and I cry with them. Sometimes, we all get drunk together…”

Jack’s respect for Lady Patricia grows. He checks Lady Donna’s pulse. Are you all right, luv? Do I need to cut your corset strings? Donna awakens and grins.

“Looks like we have a similar philosophy, Patricia! My writing rules boil down to just one: “story first”. If the rules keep me from getting the story written, I jettison them. My characters are a mutinous lot, so I pretty much let them do what they want, because I’ve discovered they’ll just stand there and smile politely if I try to make them do something they don’t think is right for them. Some days I feel like I’m a court reporter, just there to document their activities, and other days they let me believe I’m actually in charge. LOL!”

Captain Jack Sparrow Undead Monkey Jack’s experience with mutiny isn’t something he remembers fondly. If you lose command of your own ship, make sure you have your effects. Turns to undead monkey, aims and fires.

We’re square on several things, m’ladies, except one. Who is your all-time favorite pirate? Do take your time. Jack preens. No need to speak hastily.

“Captain Jack Sparrow, of course. Johnny Depp did a great job!”

Jack flashes a sparkling smile then gazes hopefully at Donna.

Donna grins mischievously. “My fave is Beauvallet.”

Crestfallen, Jack frowns. Beauvallet? Isn’t that a man who parks cars?

“He’s an Elizabethan pirate written by Georgette Heyer, although it seems like I’m the only one who knows about him! Which is fine, now that I think about it. I’m not so good at sharing the spoils. :)”

Aha! Now here be the greatest link between these women yet. True pirate wenches all! And to make this day even brighter, they be offering $5 Amazon Gift Cards for 2 lucky commenters on the blog! So read on, me hearties, and don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win, eh?

Patricia PrestonToday’s guest pirates: Patricia Preston is a Southern gal who writes historical and contemporary romance as well as humorous Southern fiction. Her publishers include New Love Stories, True Romance, Affaire de Coeur, Cloverdale Press, The Blue and Gray Magazine, Sea Oats Review, and Carina Press. She won William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, the Lone Star Writing Competition for Historical Romance, and Harlequin’s World’s Best Romances Short Story Competition. Her short stories have been best sellers on Amazon and listed on Amazon’s Top 100 in comedy. She is currently working on a historical romance series, French Quarter Brides, and a contemporary series, Lafayette Falls Romance.

Every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story. What story do you have to tell, Lady Patricia?

FinalCoverforToSaveALadyTO SAVE A LADY is set in the exotic French Quarter of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

A move from Paris to New Orleans brings disaster to Elise Plaisance’s predictable life as a lady’s maid. The son of her grief-stricken mistress disappears, and Elise is drawn into a dangerous web of conspiracy and deceit as the threat of war divides the city and brings hostilities to the French Quarter.

A stalwart commander, Captain Jesse Cross doesn’t fancy himself as a lovelorn soldier desperate for a wartime sweetheart until a mysterious French spy captivates his imagination. Their romance is a frail illusion, born in the darkness of a moonlit courtyard and never meant to last forever.

The enemy strikes. Both on the battlefield and in the Quarter. Lies are exposed, and promises broken. Torn between loyalty and love, Elise must risk everything to rescue her mistress’s son before all is lost. Jesse knows he must stop her even if it means sacrificing his honor and his life to save a lady.

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Thanks for having me, Kathy!! Sailing with you has been a blast and I haven’t gotten seasick once!

Aye, I shall pass along your message, Lady Patricia! Katherine will be greatly pleased. ARRRR!!!!

Donna CummingsOur second guest pirate: Donna Cummings has worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances. She resides in New England, although she fantasizes about spending the rest of her days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

She can usually be found on Twitter, chatting about writing and coffee, or on Facebook, chatting about coffee and writing.

Every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story. What story do you have to tell, Lady Donna?

LW_medLord Wastrel, Book 2 in The Curse of True Love Series

When Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, plays matchmaker, true love can seem like a curse

Lord Wastrel—the most notorious rake in London—has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he has no idea how to actually raise one. He has to learn quickly, since he is the little girl’s only surviving parent, and he’s determined to find a wife who can assist him with this daunting task. All he needs is someone demure, and biddable, and most importantly, scandal-free.

Lady Felicia Selby is no stranger to scandal, thanks to Society’s insatiable curiosity about her numerous failed elopements. She has devoted many years to finding her one true love, desperate to escape the consequences of the family curse, but she has begun to give up hope.

Then, one evening, a chance encounter with Aphrodite changes everything. . .

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Thank you for stepping aboard ship, Lady Patricia and Lady Donna. May your latest book releases tip the literary scales! And don’t forget these two generous authors have got two $5 Amazing Gift Cards for two lucky commenters! Post a comment for a chance to win, eh?

Blessings,

Katherine

 

ROMANCING THE ROGUE Box Set Release Day!

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Writing about pirates has long been my passion, as many of you already know. When the idea for my Nelson’s Tea Series came along, I knew I had stumbled upon something exciting — characters vying to have their stories told, regardless of the struggle. Fast forward six years of ups and downs and intriguing adventure. Duke by Day, Rogue by Night’s journey to publication has been quite a journey, me hearties. Contests, pitches, 3 1/2 years negotiating with Harlequin, and two publishers later, I can honestly say, my characters have found a wonderful home at EsKape Press Publishing. And today, I’m happy to announce, Constance’s and Percy’s story is experiencing another rebirth.

Behold the ROMANCING THE ROGUE Box Set!

RomancingtheRogue3DAll Hallow’s Eve ~ Halloween. Woot!!! A brilliant time to re-introduce Duke by Day, my Regency Pirate Romance phoenix to a wider audience is through a combined box set with 10 other fabulous authors offering readers a bundle of joy in just one purchase. I can’t tell you how humbled I am to have my book included with USA Today Bestsellers Rose Gordon & Christi Caldwell, including Moriah Densley, Ruth J. Hartman, Kim Bowman & Kay Springsteen, Kristin Vayden, Patricia Kiyono, B.G. Lashbrooks, and Melissa MacKinnon. Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

But that’s not all! What’s a book release without a celebration, eh? To raise the signal flag, we’re hosting a giveaway venture at Eskape EPress Pulblishing’s FB Page. Oh, a true pirate loves a good treasure hunt. Aye, that he/she does.

“To be sure, luv,” Jack heartily agrees.

*So here’s what ye have to do mateys. Read me excerpt carefully then go to the EP FB Page and follow the instructions listed under EP BLOG BONANZA GIVEAWAY and answer me question for a chance to win. And… if’n ye feel real lucky, don’t forget to follow the trail to other bonanza posts by these FANtastic authors.

*But that’s not all. Oh no! Pirates love to share booty and Jack and me be no different! Be sure to leave a comment below deck. We’ll have a prize package dragged out of the hold for one lucky commenter. ARRRRR!!!!

Jack swirls his fingers in the air. “Aye. ‘Twill be better than the black spot.”

Here’s a peek into Duke by Day, Rogue by Night. Remember. Read well and comment for a chance to win then sail over to the EP BLOG BONANZA GIVEAWAY to post your answer there for a chance to win EP’s big prize. ARRRR!!!

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Book One in the Nelson's Tea Series

Book One in the Nelson’s Tea Series

IN THE SMALL confines of the captain’s cabin, Constance shivered as Percy held her in his lap, massaging her stiff muscles, encouraging blood flow back into her torso. Eager for his warmth, she leaned into his touch and, with primitive longing, wrapped her stiff, cold arms around his waist.

“Why didn’t you let me die?”

“Shush. You’re safe now,” he promised.

“L-liar,” she stammered as a chill swept through her. “You’re a pirate.”

Frink’s attempted rape, the violence men were capable of, flashed before his eyes. It galled him to be linked to a man like Frink. He understood her view of him however. She’d not seen anything to convince her otherwise — yet.

He answered her honestly. “Aye. I’m a liar and a pirate.” He reached for the desk and picked up a bottle of French brandy — probably smuggled in from Portugal — on the side table. “Now drink this. It’ll warm your bones.”

She eyed him skeptically, shaking without stop as she grabbed the proffered container and greedily swallowed a large gulp of the fiery amber liquid. Her eyes brightened. Her nostrils flared. Then she coughed uncontrollably.

“Burns?” At her nod, he added, “Drink up. The burning serves to warm you from the inside out.”

“For what purpose?”

“Whatever purpose I choose,” he said.

Her green eyes narrowed and her eyebrows furrowed. “I’ll die before I succumb to the likes of you.”

“So you’ve promised.”

She drank another long swig of brandy and stared up at him, her eyes piercing into his soul. “You saved me,” she said, her voice whisper soft. “A pirate saved me.” Then, before he could reply, she heaved a dreamy sigh and collapsed into oblivion.

All for the better, he supposed.

Lifting the cask to his lips, Percy turned it over and shook the empty bottle. Damn his ill-fated luck. He looked down at his commander’s fragile relation. Fate had an indecent way of mocking him. Constance Danbury was a woman he’d be a fool to spoil. She was meant for dandies and tepid young men of gentle persuasion, not a man with secrets or vengeful ambitions.

Casting the empty cask aside, Percy lifted Constance in his arms. He laid her on Frink’s bunk — his bunk. Her body warmed beneath his fingers. Her weary face lay obscured in shadow. In the stillness of the cabin, he could hear her breathe and took great pleasure in the fact that her lungs sounded clear.

He contemplated the treasure he’d found. Simon had mentioned that The Duke of Throckmorton kept his daughter on a short leash. For that reason, he’d seen her on only one other occasion — a ball three years earlier where Nelson’s Tea had met for a secret rendezvous with the admiral. Would she recognize him?

*Remember the question is at the EP BLOG BONANZA GIVEAWAY page. Post the answer there then come back here and post your answer for a chance to win twice! ARRRR!!!

Pirate on!
Katherine

MY LADY ROGUE Book Reveal!

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When I first started writing my Nelson’s Tea Series, I had no idea Lord Simon Danbury and Gillian, Baroness Chauncey would spin off into their own little novella series. It wasn’t until a wonderful reader suggested Simon have his own book, that the seeds of inspiration sprouted in me noggin’.

Readers are extraordinarily valuable to authors!

What began with one golden research snippet — Admiral Nelson desiring tea even on board ship — became code for mercenaries under Nelson’s command, Nelson’s Tea. And so, in MY LORD ROGUE, Lord Simon Danbury and Gillian, Baroness Chauncey, are forced to deal with fate throwing them back into each other’s lives. The year is 1801, a time of intrigue and danger forcing them apart. But as time passes ~ 1801-1805 ~ and events take place in DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT and THE ROGUE’S PRIZE, unruly forces bring Gillian and Simon together in a hot and steamy flash of passion, intrigue, danger, and betrayal in MY LADY ROGUE.

I think this is one of my best covers yet, me hearties! What think ye?

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All that Simon and Gillian have done has led to this moment… Will it be too late?

Talented actress, colleague, and spy, Gillian Chauncey’s devotion to Simon Danbury and his men is tested when captivity and death invade Nelson’s Tea and a traitor is discovered in their midst. In a true test of courage, Gillian must face the ultimate challenge when Simon’s life is threatened — saving the man she loves.

Simon serves England and Admiral Nelson with distinction, sacrificing his own happiness by choosing duty over passion. When a series of unfortunate events occur and a mole infiltrates Nelson’s Tea, threatening his men and endangering the woman he loves, Simon must choose to lead the clandestine organization or risk losing everything.

I don’t have a set release date on this book yet, but look for it sometime the end of 2014. Oh, I can’t wait for ye all to read this one!

What snippets of research or conversation have led you on to adventurous endeavors, me hearties?

Blessings,

Katherine

 

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