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

 

The Rogue’s Prize Book Cover Reveal!

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Rebranding a series is a spectaculARRR adventure, me hearties! It’s a lengthy process, but my journey with EsKape Press Publishing has been phenomenal, to be sure. (DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT and ROMANCING THE JEWEL are wonderful examples!) Thankfully, I’m blessed to see my books/series come to life through the wonderfully skilled and talented, amazeballz cover ARRRtist Lady Elaina, For The Muse. And with the help of my FABulous editor, Lady Kim Bowman, at EsKape Press THE ROGUE’S PRIZE will relaunched and back out to readers in October! Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

For those who don’t know, THE ROGUE’S PRIZE is book two in my Nelson’s Tea Series. And it’s my favorite so fARRR! A female pirate? Yeeaauuss!!! She’s the perfect foil for Captain Henry Guffald after his activities in DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT have left him an injured, tortured mess. In other words, SWASHBUCKLE galore! My ultimate FAV!!!

Without further ado, I give you my revamped, reimagined, relaunched THE ROGUE’S PRIZE book cover!

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 or resign his commission. 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 disreputable men ― pirates ― and a female pirate who not only wins his loyalty and respect but his heart.

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. But can a pirate be tamed?

Ain’t she purdy!!!

I’m re-editing this book now, but as soon as I get a release date, I’ll be sure to raise the signal flag.

But that’s not all, me hearties! I’ve got more great news for ye.

“It’s plain beyond disputin’, luv. You’ve kept this bottled up in a jar with me dirt too long. Spread your sails.” Jack winks

Claps hands together with glee. ~ Comin’ up next? The book cover for Gillian’s and Simon’s continuing love story in MY LADY ROGUE! Going to be EPIC!!!

So stay tuned, eh? I’ll be sharin’ the cover for MY LADY ROGUE on Monday, September 29th! Until then, may ye have fair winds and may your weekend be spectaculARRRR!!!

Blessings,

Katherine

 

Release Day ~ ROMANCING THE JEWEL!

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Italian Prince meets Southern Jeweler

Italian Prince meets Southern Jeweler

I thought this day would never get here and here it is! Woot!

It’s Release Day!!!

Yes, me hearty crew, my lil’ contemporary romance that could, previously titled LOST TREASURE, CAPTIVE PRINCESS has been given new life, a new publisher at esKape Press Publishing, new editing via my FANtastic editor Lady Kim Bowman and Lady Jolana, and a FABulous new book cover via the extraordinarily talented Lady Elaina. Without each one of these wonderful professionals, Carolina’s and Gian-Paolo’s story wouldn’t flourish the way it does now. And can I add that it sizzles? Huzzah!!!

As you can imagine, I’ve been tremendously busy preparing for release day. In fact, while finishing up edits on RTJ, I’m now doing edits for The Rogue’s Prize while writing the 3rd book in my Nelson’s Tea Series, The Rogue’s Surrender. And that after I handed in MY LADY ROGUE. Whew!

“Rum is what ye be needin’, luv.”

“It may keep me from face-plantin’. No. Wait. That’s wrong.” (Pirate!)

Sometimes Jack can be so distracting…

Where was I? Oh yes! I’m so excited that I just completed my very first newsletter and sent it out. Yeeaauuss!!! Jack raises a dram. If you’d like to sign up for future release day information, visit my contact page. I vow not to raise the signal flag unless I have a book setting sail or on sale.

Yesterday, I was privileged to blog about ROMANCING THE JEWEL at Romance Magicians as part of the Southern Magic September Blog Fest. Woot! Click on Romance Magicians to read that post.

Comin’ up, I’ve got two new book cover reveals for ye all! I’ve had these book covers for weeks but with so much to do, I’ve had to keep them under wraps from everyone but me Street Team. Though I did do a reveal at the esKape Press 1st Anniversary Birthday Bash a few weeks ago to a select group.

So stay tuned, me hearties! Lots more comin’ up this week. Now that I’m writing full-time, I hope to be blogging more often.

If you’d like a copy of ROMANCING THE JEWEL, you can find it at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Smashwords and ARE

Blessings,

Katherine

 

EsKape Press Birthday Bash w/ Giveaways!

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EsKape FB PartyAhoy, one and all! Here’s a reminder to me pirate crew. Don’t forget we’ll be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of EsKape Press tomorrow, September 14th from 12-11 p.m. (Eastern). Eleven authors hosting FANtastic giveaways!

As part of the celebrations, I’ll be revealing two new book covers! ARRR!!! The EsKape Press Birthday Bash is going to be EPIC!!!

Behold ye author line-up!

Noon – Lisa Orchard

1:00 – Sherry Gloag

2:00 – Kim Bowman

3:00 – Elaina Lee

4:00 – Melissa MacKinnon

5:00 – Cherry Christensen

6:00 – Patricia Kiyono

7:00 – Ruth Hartman

8:00 – Calle Brookes

9:00 – Moriah Densley

10:00 – Katherine Bone

11:00 – Samantha Combs

Hope to see ye all there!

Blessings,

Katherine

Welcome Author Becky Lower!

Captain Jack in TortugaJack is back, me hearties, with a another colorful interview! Winks

“Two in one month, ye say? Aye, upon my honor, two is better than one, true enough!”

Aye, he’s a sly one, especially in Tortuga after imbibing rum. So come aboard and help welcome Historical and Contemporary Author Lady Becky Lower today. Let’s give Jack and Becky a big piratey welcome, mateys!!! ARRRRR!!!!

“Thank ye. Thank ye. ‘Tis true I like plenty of fanfare, especially when me compass points to what I most. Wouldn’t ye agree, Lady Becky? Where does your compass point to?”

It seems that my characters, be they historical or contemporary, are always headed west, young man.

“Young man?” Spews rum and checks to make sure no one else heard. “I’ll have ye know that I’m well-seasoned and porportionately outfitted with tackle and pieces of eight, dearie. Significant treasure, to be sure. Now I ask ye, if you could have eight pieces with you at all times, what would they be?”

A kindle crammed full of books, a laptop so I can write about my adventures on the high seas, photos of each of my four siblings, a change of undies and a little dog, Mary.

“Undies?” Downs more rum and licks his lips! “Clap a stopper on me eyes and a dog too!” Swallows another dram. “You’re an interesting fish. When did the wind take hold of your sails?”

From the time I was a mere lass. I thought the writers of the Bonanza TV show could benefit from my insight, so I sent them a script when I was 12. I’m so grateful YouTube—

Eyes bug wide. “I do not tube, m’lady. I swear on me effects.”

YouTube wasn’t invented in then, Jack, because I can only imagine the hysteria I caused. They did send me a very encouraging rejection letter too.

“A slap, as it were? Mayhap ye’ve been to Tortuga? I need more than one hand to count the times I’ve… No? Tell me then, were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”

When I first started writing, the critiques would really get to me. My time-travel, which I have yet to finish, is a victim of people being overly critical of it. I’ve learned now not to let them drag me into the deep end, but still, I can feel a bit of a prod with the end of a sword when I get a nasty one. So I strive harder.

“Prod aft, as it were?” Shivers “During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

I work jigsaw puzzles, call a buddy to comisserate, or go shopping with my sister.

captain jack sparrow w birdRegards parrot. “I commiserate with this fellow.” Ponders for a moment then shakes head. “Though most likely he’ll just repeat what I’ve said. Rum is more satisfying. Lady Becky, once the course for that coveted horizon had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”

It took me four long years from the time I decided to take myself seriously until I got a contract. Not a great deal of time in the scheme of things, but I am a bit long in the tooth, so every year counts.

Knits brows and fingers his gold plated teeth. “Every day counts to a pirate as well, dearie. We have a code, more like guidelines anyway. But they keep us alive. What is your code?”

I use a loose outline, following Blake Synder’s Save The Cat technique. That helps me see the track I’m headed down, but still leaves me room for surprises.

Captain Jack Sparrow Undead MonkeyLooks around for a cat. “I have an undead monkey, but I can’t save it. It’s already dead.”

Your all time favorite pirate is:

Katherine Bone. I hear she’s fierce on the high seas.

 

Kathy RWA Conference 2010Claps hands together with glee then, as an afterthought, looks for the black spot. “Aye, a right fair captain, Lady Katherine is. And a good sport willing to put up with me shenanigans.”

 

1f1868b212d10ad8986c23.L._V144050270_SX200_Becky Lower has traveled hither and yon to find great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west in the 1850′s or in present-day America. Historical and Contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of the RWA, an Amazon Bestselling author and a member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter.

roses2Every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story. What story do you have to tell, Lady Becky?

THE DUPLICITOUS DEBUTANTE

In 1859, ladies of New York society are expected to do three things well: find a husband, organize a household, and have children. But despite her mother’s best intentions, making her debut is the last thing on Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s mind.

Writing the popular Harry Hawk dime novels as F.P. Elliott, she’s too busy hiding her female identity from her new publisher, Henry Cooper. To protect her clandestine career, she ends up posing as the enigmatic author’s secretary.

Henry is not the typical Boston Brahmin, nor the typical publisher, and Rosemary entrances him from the moment they meet. As they work together and grow closer, he wonders how his traditional-minded father will react when he brings her into the family, because Henry firmly intends to marry the working-class woman.

But when her deception begins to unravel at the cotillion ball, will Henry be able to forgive her or has deceit cost her the man she loves?

Ports: Becky Lower’s Amazon Page   Author Becky Lower  Facebook  Twitter

THE DUPLICITOUS DEBUTANTE is book six in Becky Lower’s COTILLION BALL SERIES. Have you read her other books?

Welcome Aboard Author Leslie P. Garcia!

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ARRR!!! Jack is back, me hearties! Come aboard and help us welcome contemporary romance author, Lady Leslie P. Garcia, eh? An author of over 7 books, Leslie believes words still have power and always will. We’re inclined to believe her!

captain jack sparrow 4“A well-propertied wench, she is. Welcome, welcome, Lady Leslie! Up first, a formidable question to be sure. We all come from somewhere. If I may be so bold, where does your compass point to?”

Home. Alas, there is little true adventure in this landlubber’s soul. I could walk beaches for miles, but a bad lightning storm in a 12 foot aluminum boat called the Little Jumper cured me of wanting to wallow amongst the swells of a heavy sea. Plus, being waterborne in this day and age takes an awful lot of coin.

Pirate Money“Coin. Aye. We’ve a sayin’ for that… treasure. 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?”

Wow. A provocative question. Family, to be sure, and that’s like double the allotted amount, but if we call family just one, then also my passion for words, the books that have enlightened, entertained and devastated me over years, the strange twists that have become the stories I tell — you know what? That’s 3 pieces, right, and it’s more or less enough, so I’ll add my friends and be done, because otherwise — I’d just wish for the material pieces one occasionally lusts after.

“Lust? Swounds and blood. You’re a sassy wench to be bringin’ up lust and we’ve only hit on question two. Belay that! Ye do write romance, eh?” Winks. “But easy now, we’re just gettin’ started and we’ve yet to drink rum. When did the wind/muse take hold of your sails?”

May all your further questions be this easy.

“Easy? I’m a gentleman of fortune. I live rough, risk swingin’ and eat and drink like a flightin’ cock. I wager nothin’ is easy, includin’ your journey to port.”

I could read and write before I entered school. I honestly believe it to have been osmosis — my mother and father valued books over everything else, and when we didn’t have clothes (really) we had books. My very first sale was when I was in six, in first grade, to a magazine called Kids. I made a $1.50. Unfortunately, that treasure had to see me through pretty much a lifetime of lean earnings.

“Pirates know about lean earnings, luv. Nothin’ to do but put your back into it. Were there times the Kraken,” Jack shivers “tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”

Oh, and when didn’t they attach themselves to my veins and suck, or to my feet and drag me under? So many “We regret to inform you,” each one a burning criticism. But my biggest hurt came from the grandmother who told me my writing was worthless, and the teacher who said I should find another path to pursue. How did I escape? The Kraken still pursued me, but habit is a stern master, so I just go on until they’re momentarily behind me.

“In situations like these, there’s nothin’ for a pirate to do but scupper your hide out of there and escape the beastie. Well done, m’lady. Now for me next question. During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

Not good at that. This ship hasn’t launched a thousand faces, but man, have those broadsides sunk it a thousand times. I allow myself way too much whine time, a little time for what my mother called my brown funk, and then I just sigh deeply and go on. Once I take those next few steps — I’m all better.

“Ye’ve a good plan. Get to windward, I say. Batten down the hatches and back to your post. Which leads me to this question. Once the course for that coveted horizon had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port/publication?”

Well, as I said — the first time was the easiest. I was six. After that — a few publications in magazines over the years, most notably, a poem in McCall’s. My breakthrough, though, didn’t come until Crimson Romance published Unattainable in 2013.

“Avast and likewise belay that! Congratulations on your first sale! Ye stayed your course, m’lady. Test of a true pirate. Pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway. What is your code?”

Funny, you’d think a land seeking anchor like me would plot and plan and plot — but it’s the seat of my pants, bumping along until a story tells me it’s done.

“Seat of your pants, eh?” Raises a dram of rum. “Here’s to ourselves, and hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff.” Drains mug and slams it on the desk. “And now to my favorite question of this interview. Your all time favorite pirate is?” Leans forward flashin’ a charming grin.

Romantically, Jack Sparrow. Is there anyone else?

Jack preens.

Pragmatically, Harry Morgan, that great English pirate of debatable virtue, because my mother claims we’re related — and you honor family first, right?

Jack’s eyes widen. “Prodigny of Morgan, eh? Well now, you ARRR a well-propertied wench! This calls for more rum!”

17fd9ca2f5e00a7e9d9aa4.L._V376865861_SX200_Guest pirate: Lady Leslie

A scurvy babe, if my mom remembered right, born in a horrible heat wave, moved around for most of her young life—sounds romantic, right? Except for the scurvy part? Truth be told, I moved often during my childhood, finding adventures everywhere, but have spent almost all my adult life in south Texas, raising the family that is my center of gravity, coaxing first graders to write during the day, and coaxing myself to write by night, usually accompanied by a motley assortment of much loved pets.

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

CrazyforcowboysOh, stories I have, Jack, two of them burning like stars over an ocean or those pieces of eight. May I brag a wee bit? Both are anthologies, treasures struck by several hands to bring joy to many. The first is the Crimson Romance Crazy for Cowboys Bundle. Eight full length romances, can you imagine? For a dead man’s ransom? No! For .99!  The bundle includes my personal bestseller, Unattainable, and seven other stories of men in boots and hats. Sorry — not a sea faring rogue in the lot, but great stories none the less!

CowboyUpGroupBundle_200pxThen — also seeing the light of day on September 8th, the collection of seven more hot men on horses, Cowboy Up. Seven shorter, faster reads by seven amazing authors. My contribution to that prestigious group is A Cowboy’s Heart, a story of teenage love grown up. Guaranteed to give more than the eight seconds of pleasure from a bull ride, I guarantee.  And every bit as economical as the bundle, the anthology will set you back a mere $.99! $.99! So “Cowboy Up”, my maritime lovelies, and pick up both these treasures for a mere pittance!

Ports: Crazy for Cowboys   Cowboy Up   Crimson Romance

Wishin’ ye fair voyage and success, Lady Leslie!

Do you have a favorite cowboy?

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