Romancing the Jewel Cover Reveal & New Beginnings!


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Ahoy, me hearties! Life takes us down many different curves in the road, but somewhere over the hills, mountains, and rainbows we drive out to a majestic view of the sea shore. Today is one of those days!

Italian Prince meets Southern Lady

Italian Prince meets Southern Lady

While I was trying to get my pirate books published, I entered a little contest called the Mills & Boon New Voices Contest. (Many of you may remember this story well.) The idea was to write my very first contemporary to see if I was any good at it and whether or not the genre was one I wanted to explore. Oddly enough, I had a lot of fun writing that first chapter which became LOST TREASURE, CAPTIVE PRINCESS. It didn’t final, but ultimately I finished the book and submitted it to Crimson Romance. The rest is history or is it… backstory? ;)

While the cover CR gave the book was phenomenal, many people said they thought LT,CP was a historical romance. That’s when I realized branding was key. This year, I sent the book to my current publisher EsKape Press. Together we’ve rebranded the book with a new cover, title, and editing for relaunch, tentatively September 23, 2014.

Behold the new and improved LOST TREASURE, CAPTIVE PRINCESSROMANCING THE JEWEL! Isn’t it hot?

RomancingtheJewel500x750 (2)Carolina didn’t think being kidnapped by a prince was too bad…until he stole her heart.

Caroline Beugre is a small town girl who longs for her own upscale jewelry store in downtown Atlanta. To fund her nest egg, she’s created a copy of an emerald necklace from her uncle’s private collection, hoping the gems will be her ticket to stardom. Little does she know her decision will lead her into the hands of an intensely powerful charismatic man determined to uncover the secrets of her past and ignite her passions.

Italian prince Gian-Paolo Montovanni risks losing his throne if he doesn’t put an end to his playboy ways and produce a fiancée no later than his thirtieth birthday. The problem? His princess-to-be must be wearing the Montovanni emeralds, a traditional gift which hasn’t been seen for twenty years. When he discovers an American is selling a copy of his mother’s gems, he will do anything to find them — including romancing the jewel.

Branding is key! While ROMANCING THE JEWEL is a contemporary, I’m still channeling my inner pirate with the Terrhenian Sea and a yacht. Just sayin…

Jack gives me a wry wink. “I’ve an inklin’ to keep ye for meself.”

“Ah, Jack! They’ll have to strip you clean away from me bones.” ;)

What do you think about the new cover, me hearties?


Captain’s Log Returns!


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Holy Cat-o-Nines! It’s been a long time since I’ve written in my Captain’s Log!

Life has taken me on so many adventures this summer, me hearties. RT in May, which I plan to continue blogging about, Handsome Son #2 home on leave from Alaska for 3 weeks, Darling Daughter #1 moving in with her 20 month old son after a very difficult divorce, traveling to Nebraska for 8 days to visit Handsome Son #1 and his family, and finally my rogue’s surgery not a few weeks ago.

In between, I’ve been doing edits on THE ROGUE’S PRIZE, getting it ready for relaunch. Not to mention, finishing up MY LADY ROGUE so I can send it in to my editor. I’ve also been told that ROMANCING THE JEWEL, formally titled Lost Treasure, Captive Princess, is with an editor now. Yeeaauuss! Busy days ahead! ARRRgh! Wouldn’t have it any other way. ;)

Lately, I’ve hardly met myself coming and going. It’s beginning to take a toll. So prior to doctoring rogue during his 30 day rest after surgery, I made a life-altering decision. I’m leaving my day job to write full-time. Woot!!!

Pull out a rum cask, Jack! It’s time to celebrate!!!

“Since when do we need a reason, lass?”

Good point. *winks as Jack shoots a gold-toothed grin*

Yes, that means more time to write all these wonderful adventures clamoring to be told. And lollapalooza, I’ve got to work fast. There are too many characters talking in my head as it is. ;)

Meanwhile, I’ve been part of some amazing contests and had tons of fun! But summer’s not over yet and there’s still more adventure to be had. esKape Press celebrates its one year Anniversary in September. So hang around like a barnacle and make yourself at home. Great ports to be made!



Welcome to Rogues, Rebels & Rakes, Lady Sharon Lathan!


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Captain Jack Sparrow 5Gather round crew. Jack’s doing another interview! Today, the signal flag is flapping high and a hearty “ARRRGH!”is the cry. Come aboard, one and all. Curtsy and bow to Lady Sharon Lathan, Regency Author Extraordinaire!

Welcome, m’lady! Gird your loins, Jack is ready to play!

Jack grins, revealing a gold tooth. “Welcome, Lady Sharon. Care for some rum?”

Thank you, Jack! I am delighted to be on this excursion with the rogues, rebels, and rakes lurking about Captain Katherine’s blog. A mite intimidating as well, I daresay, what with the requisite nautical terms and pirate cant!

“Cant, never could. But do go on, m’lady.”

I dwell amongst the upper crust of London Society, you see. So, be gentle with this novice seafarer as I unpin my hair, loosen my bodice ties, and strap on a sword and scabbard. Take it away, Captain Sparrow!

“Bodice ties? Swords? You do live dangerously, which brings me to my first question, m’lady. If you were born with a compass in your hand, what would it point to?

Home, heaven, and hubby. Yep, I am essentially a simple wench longing for stability with stout walls around and a thick roof above. I avoid the rough seas when possible! I need my loved ones nearby, especially the pirate who stole my heart so long ago, and the Almighty to steer my course.

“Would his name be Jack? No?” Coughs miserably. “You’ve solid footing underfoot. 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?”

My cell phone, an awesome Samsung Galaxy, is number one. Gotta keep in touch with my mates! Plus, with the Kindle app installed I am never far from prime reading material, including a Bible. I have all my photos uploaded too, so my kids, family, friends, and memories are at my fingertips. Basically this is my portable computer with way more than eight significant treasures rolled into one!

Captain Jack with Jar of dirtJack winks. “I believe Katherine has one of these strange shiny boxes. Plays with it all the time, she does.” His eyes widen. ” I’ve got a jar of dirt! No, it’s not shiny but if ye look long enough, ye can barely make out that rum runners have been in there.”

Interesting. Not sure how to tuck it all into a pocket, but my hubby’s espresso machine with bottomless barrels of steamed milk and perfectly roasted Costa Rican or Blue Mountain beans are essentials to life. Of course I need him for barista skills, as well as the many other talents he possesses. *wink, wink

Jack shoots look over his shoulder then winks back. “Barista skills? Talents? Aye, I believe your hubby and I may have been in Tortuga together. Is this when the muse took hold of your sails?”

My imagination has always been creative and my mind spun stories that earned excellent grades in school, but as an RN my focus was on science. When I began writing in 2006, after being inspired by the movie version of Pride and Prejudice and then everything Jane Austen, it remained a “hobby” for over a year. Even when I started looking into publishing I was not imagining it a career or long-lasting endeavor. Now I am writing full-time and loving it!

Captain Jack Sparrow Undead Monkey“And I thought my hobbies: drinking rum, carousing with Katherine, getting out of scrapes, and shooting undead monkeys were exceptional.” Looks to Katherine. “Why didn’t you tell me Lady Sharon was a Rum Nurse? I may need her help chasing away the black spot.”

Katherine’s turn to grin. “Oh, Jack! Lady Sharon is a Registered Nurse not a Rum Nurse.”

Shivers. “Mayhap she’s registered to prescribe rum, eh? Rum does have medicinal value. For instance, Lady Sharon were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape? And I do believe rum works wonders here, right Katherine?”

“Aye, Jack!” Katherine encourages Lady Sharon to offer up her Kraken woes. “Do go on, m’lady.”

“Yes, luv. Tell us about your beasties.”

The monsters dwell in the shadows in vast quantities, and I daresay the Krakens residing amongst the polite veneer of Austen society are some of the worst! I was a rookie sailor on the publishing ship, utterly unprepared for the waves. In the early months I came very close to drowning, and needed the occasional pounding on my chest to spew the seawater. But, in time I got my legs under me and learned to weather the storms. I owe it all to the support of my family, and mostly to those readers who adore my novels. I learned the ropes and how to properly set my sails!

“Here’s a pirate tip. Hold your breath, eh? Works wonders when the plank be the thing ye see above the surface. Now, during a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

Re-watching Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and the yummy Matthew Macfadyen has a wonderfully therapeutic affect! It is also very inspiring to re-read the plethora of positive feedback I have received. Satisfied fans have a profound replenishing ability. Other times I need to walk away from the glaringly blank page to do something entertaining or relaxing.

Jack winks and takes a swig. “True satisfaction is found with rum. I do not deny the therapeutic affects of that particular course. But I’m curious, m’lady. Once the course for that coveted horizon – your writing journey – had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”

In retrospect it was a swift voyage.

“Were ye aboard the Pearl by chance? Fastest ship at sea, she is.”

No, I began writing seriously in March of 2006, started seeking an agent/publisher in October, self-published my first novel in June 2007, and then was accepted by Sourcebooks a month later! By the end of 2007 I was under contract for three novels, the first one—Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One—released on March 1, 2009. Since then I have seen seven more novels and one novella anthology published. Quite a whirlwind, in truth!

“A perfect storm, I say. Wouldn’t ye agree, Katherine?”

“Most definitely, Jack. Very impressive, Lady Sharon!!!”

Jack shimmies closer. “Did you see Tia Dalma? No? Pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway, but what code do ye sail by?”

I wing it. Free as a bird, so to speak. Or, as it is termed in literary parlance, I am a “pantster.” I make notes, of course, research like crazy, and do have a general game plan as to what is going to happen with the Darcys and their friends. But I like to let the winds take me as I move along. For me this offers freedom. I suppose you can relate to that, right?

“The Darcys? Are they pirates? Do they sail in the Caribbean? If so, who is your all time favorite pirate?

Jack, my love, until recently I would have chosen you. Alas, my heart has now been wrest away and captivated by the engaging smile, roguish charm, and stunning blue eyes of Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time. *sigh  Second place goes to Ragnar Lothbrok, the Viking played by Travis Fimmel on Vikings. Vikings count as pirates, yes?

Jack takes a swig of rum and turns to speak to his parrot.captain jack sparrow w bird

“Jack, you have to agree that Colin O’Donahue and Travis Fimmel walk a mighty fine plank.”

“I don’t begrudge a woman her say. Both pirates have earned their due. But can they do this?” Jack balances on spinning wheel rolling down hill. “And that was without any rum, m’lady,” he shouts on the way down.

SharonSOKYGuest pirate: Lady Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Sharon began writing in 2006 and her first novel, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One was published in 2009. Sharon’s ninth novel – Darcy & Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship – is Book One of the Darcy Saga Prequel Duo recounting the betrothal months before the Darcy Saga began.

Miss Darcy Falls in Love was chosen for World Book Night US 2014.

Sharon is a native Californian relocated in September 2013 to the green hills of Kentucky. She resides with her husband of thirty-years, and grown son. Currently retired from a thirty-year profession as a registered nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care, Sharon is pursuing her dream as a full-time writer.

Sharon is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, JASNA Louisville, the Romance Writers of America, the Beau Monde and Hearts Through History chapters of the RWA, the Louisville Romance Writers, and serves on the board of her California RWA chapter, the Yosemite Romance Writers.

Every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story. What story do you have to tell? (Here’s where the blurb for your book comes in.)

Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship (Book One of the Darcy Saga Prequel Duo)

SeasonofCourtshipfrontcovermedAccepting a marriage proposal is merely the beginning . . .

How did Lady Catherine restore Mr. Darcy’s hope to prompt his second proposal? Did Caroline Bingley yield gracefully? Were the Bennets and Meryton citizens approving?

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are betrothed!

Readers of The Darcy Saga have shared in the romance, life, and marital escapades of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Now the “prequel to the sequel” recounts the weeks in between as two new lovers prepare for happily ever after.

Embark on the journey as Darcy and Elizabeth overcome the rocky past and discover the depth of their love. Delight in budding passion and sweet romance. Enjoy the wedding planning and adventures during the initial weeks of their engagement.

A Season of Courtship promises Hope of the Future.

Ports:  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Amazon Author Page

For more information about Sharon, the Regency Era, and her novels, visit her website/blog at Happily Ever After Comes True

***ARRRGH! We’ve truly enjoyed playing pirate. But here be the best part of having Lady Sharon at Rogues, Rebels & Rakes, me hearties! She be offerin’ treasure. Aye, two giveaways to be exact. Yes, two! Comment and she’ll pick two pirates to win Ebook copies of her book, A SEASON OF COURTSHIP. Huzzah!!! (Announcement of winner to come Tuesday, July 1st!)***

TRR Sizzling Summer Reads & Story Finds Event!


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TRR June AdARRRGH, me hearties! I’m celebrating that MY LORD ROGUE is being displayed on the Party Event Page at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Event from June 21 to 25. Woot!!! Stop by and take a gander, won’t you?

I’m also happy to announce the winner of my Sizzling Summer Reads Event TRR giveaway was Joy Aleman. Woo-hoo! Congrats, m’lady!!!

MY LORD ROGUE will also be featured on the Summer Reads Event at Story Finds Theme Week between June 22 – June 29th. Make sure to stop by and enter the contest for a copy of MY LORD ROGUE.

I’ve got family home visiting and the summer if off to a roaring start! Here’s hoping you are sailing off to riotous adventures too.

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus





A Day of Celebration!


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Every day life brings an adventure. This is my story and I’m sticking to it. After all, what you believe is all in a type of mindset. Right? I adore this pump yourself up type of philosophy. The idea that even if I spent a sleepless night comforting my grandson, a new day dawns promising untold wonders never imagined.

Today, I’ve got a few things busting my seams.

One, I set off on adventure and landed at Regency author Lady Sharon Lathan‘s blog today! Woot! Check out my interview, me hearties. Lady Sharon’s talents far exceed Regency finesse. She’s a fabulous hostess with the mostest. (Shhh… I’m trying to be good and not scare her off with me rowdy crew, but if’n ye be obliged, stop by and comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Huzzah!)

Second on my list of FANtasm: I got my first substantial royalty payment from my new publisher!!! Hallelujah!

All the pirates sing, “Huzzah and Hoorah!!!”

“It didn’t come in a jar of dirt, did it?” Jack wrinkles his nose.

“No Jack, this be real treasure! Modern necessities called paper doubloons that we put in a bank!”

Jack shrugs his shoulders. “I’ve got a jar of dirt.”

So you see, a day that started out poorer, with a desire for a cargo hold of caffeine, turned out to be a crazy wild twenty-one cannon off the starboard side awesomeballz kind of day!

Oh, and did I mention today is my rogue’s birthday? <g>

“That calls for great celebration, m’dear.” Jack points to the rum. “It’s not gone… yet.”

Sail to Sharon Lathan’s blog today, me hearties! Don’t miss out on your chance to win! We’ll break open the rum! ;)



My First RT Adventure!


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The 2014 RT (The Romantic Times) Convention was a rollicking good time and I’ve yet to recover. This was my first experience at RT and my first extended trip to New Orleans. Interestingly enough, it also happened to be the first time my rogue and one of my children accompanied me on a writing convention trip. Because we’d made this a family affair, we arrived four days early in order to do some sightseeing and discover the allure of NOLA. And in the next few posts, I’m going to share my adventures with you, me hearties.

Day One:

Rogue, DD#2 (Darling Daughter #2), and I started our Sunday off early by meeting the gracious Heather Graham and about 20 other adventurers in Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow’s suite for water, juice, and breakfast snacks. Ms. Graham initiated introductions and then gave us some history of New Orleans through the suit’s expansive windows overlooking the French Quarter.

NOLA Carriage RideFirst order of business: a carriage ride through the French Quarter! Outside the Marriott, we hopped into carriages. With a snap of the reins, our adventure began. (Hint: French Quarter carriages are led by mules, not horses, as horses cannot take the NOLA heat as well.) As we traveled through narrow streets, we were told fascinating stories.

Memorable places stand out:

  • Sultan's HouseThe Gardette-Laprete House, 1240 Burgundy Street, on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans Avenue, locally known as The Sultan’s House, a beautiful pink building with black iron-lace frills. Here, the brother of a Turkish Sultan rented the house from Jean Baptiste Le Pretre who’s main residence was a plantation in Plaquemines Parish. Music and incense emanated from the house until one day the music stopped. Curious, a neighbor noticed blood oozing under the door, down the front steps, and under the front gate. When the authorities arrived, they discovered a gruesome sight. Everyone inside had been brutally massacred and the Sultan buried alive in a shallow grave in the back garden.
  • LaLaurie HouseOn the corner of Royal Street and Governor Nichol’s Street stands the most haunted house in New Orleans, the LaLaurie House, 1140 Royal Street. Here a number of atrocities were committed by Delphine LaLaurie and her physician husband, Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie, including experimenting and torturing slaves and hiding the bodies in grooves between floors.

The sights and sounds of New Orleans are too numerous to mention here. But wonderful tidbits of history were gleaned on our carriage ride.

For instance: the buildings in the French Quarter aren’t French design. When ships sailed down the Mississippi, they were dismantled. The wood was then used to build the city. This weathered tinder became primed for fire. In the late 1700’s, New Orleans suffered through several fires, one finally burning down 80% of the French Quarter in 1788. By this time, Spaniards were in control of the area. With their finances at stake, they offered to rebuild New Orleans on one condition — Spanish architecture would be used. Single dwellings were combined so that all buildings touched, allowing for minimal air flow between the buildings. Each building was then built out of brick, not wood. And finally, beautiful iron balconies were added to flavor the city with visual splendor.

Interesting tip: Once ships sailed down the Mississippi, they had nowhere to go, thus the reason for dismantling the ships and using them to supply the city. Wood was scarce. What a ship also brought was human cargo, sailors with nowhere to go. These hardened men were a mean lot with a tendency to get bored, drink, whore, and cause trouble. Combined with mosquitoes arriving on board ships — harbingers of malaria, flooding, disease, privation, and a melting pot of cultural influence, here begins the essence for the spiritual density massed in New Orleans, aka… it’s haunted!

Next, I’ll be talking about my first foray into a vampire boutique. Stay tuned, me hearties!



Release Day ~ The Earl’s Enticement by Award Winning Author Collette Cameron!


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Huzzah and Hoorah! It’s Release Day for Award Winning Author ~ Lady Collette Cameron’s THE EARL’S ENTICEMENT!!! Join me and Jack as we raise the signal flag in salute!

TheEarlsEnticement3_8503rdThe Earl’s Enticement

She won’t be tamed.

A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.

Haunted by his past, Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.

He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

The lovely and talented Collette Cameron be well-propertied!

Collette CameronAward winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching.  A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

Rendezvous with Collette at:

Website     Blue Rose Romance Blog   Twitter   Facebook

You can connect with Collette on Goodreads, LinkedIn, and Google+  too. Go to her website: Divine Encounters with Love for the links, her email address, and mailing address.

Get your hot off the press copy of THE EARL’S ENTICEMENT at AMAZON

~ Here be a teaser for ye all, an excerpt for your reading pleasure ~

Casting one last look over her shoulder, she opened the heavy door. She deftly nudged the bulky bundle onto the landing with her foot. With the buckets looped over one arm, she made quick work of lighting the lantern. Then, she shoved her way through the partially open doorway. Seldom used hinges squeaked and groaned in protest. She swallowed.

Had no one opened it since . . .?

Grimacing, she laid a shaky hand across her knotted middle. Possibly not.

She edged the thick wooden slab shut. It closed with a portentous thunk. One hand on the cold, stone wall for balance, she turned and peered into the blackness. The heavy air settled around her, its cool dampness thick and suffocating. For a moment, she couldn’t breathe. Adaira closed her eyes, fighting to draw air into her lungs.

The lamp sputtered and hissed. Her eyes flew open. Her heart thudded loudly in her ears.

Please, don’t go out.

The flickering stopped. The weak flame leaped to life. The orangey-red fought against its glass constraints before yielding to the inevitable. Adaira’s nose twitched at the acrid smell of burning oil.

She’d not be surprised if bats weren’t hanging by their horrid little curled toes on the beams far above her head. She cast a hurried glance upward. Nothing. Thank God. Rats and mice she tolerated. But bats? No. Not since she’d hidden in a cave when she was eight and disturbed a colony of the little flying devils.

Her gaze raked the stairwell once more. Blast, but it was black as the Earl of Hell’s waistcoat.

There was a time when the darkness hadn’t bothered her. Back then, she used to visit the lower chambers regularly. Well, truth to tell, she’d sneaked into them to avoid her lessons from the time she was twelve until four years ago.

Make sure to get your copy of Award Winning Author Lady Collette Cameron’s THE EARL’S ENTICEMENT today, me hearties! My Kindle has got one hot off the press and I’m off to enjoy the sea air and get started on Collette’s adventure!


Release Day! ~ MY LORD ROGUE, A Nelson’s Tea Novella


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MyLordRogue453x680Espionage, secrecy, and thwarted assassination attempts. The only thing more dangerous is being in love…

Woo-hoo! Doesn’t that tagline grab you by the cannons? I’m so excited to announce that today is MY LORD ROGUE, A Nelson’s Tea Novella’s release day!!! Welcome to the world, Lord Simon Danbury and Baroness Chauncey! Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

If you’ve ever wondered what Nelson’s Tea is, why it exists, where it started, and what it means, this is the book for you! A reader once asked me if Simon Danbury would ever get his own book. Funny, isn’t it, how seeds are planted into one’s brain? Until that time, I’d never intended on writing a book for Simon Danbury. MY LORD ROGUE is the seed that sprouted and became this novella. In fact, I love this book so much, I’m writing another Simon and Gillian book set in 1805. You see, an 1801 novella wasn’t enough room to really cover Simon’s and Gillian’s relationship. There are three books in the Nelson’s Tea Series spread over 5 years. So… MY LORD ROGUE is a book about beginnings. It’s also a reunion story, the force propelling Nelson’s Tea into perilous waters from 1801-1806 in the Napoleonic Era along England’s southern coast.

Here’s a blurb:

Gillian Chauncey, Baroness Chauncey, is a master of disguise, trained by her expatriated husband, a former French royalist, in the arts of espionage. When a dangerous life or death secret lands in her lap, she’s thrust into a perilous world of ticking clocks and desperation, arrowing her directly into the arms of the man who arranged her marriage.

Lord Simon Danbury is no ordinary nobleman. He’s been tasked by Admiral Nelson to organize an elite group of clandestine first sons willing to sacrifice all to protect England’s shores. When an assassination attempt is made on Nelson, Simon isn’twhat poses more danger, the enemy or the masterfully seductive Gillian.

I hope you’ll love Gillian Chauncey’s strength and Simon Danbury’s sense of purpose. They are two dedicated characters who put everything on the line.

*Special shout out! While preparing for RT and my latest release, I forgot to mention I’d posted my 100th blog post here on Rogues, Rebels & Rakes. Woot! Isn’t that amazeballz?*



Welcome Aboard, Lyn Horner!


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Captain Jack Sparrow 5It’s a glorious day here at Rogues, Rebels & Rakes when Captain Jack gets to interview a new visitor to the blog. Please raise your mug of rum in hearty welcome to historical romance author Lyn Horner!

“Lady Horner, welcome aboard!” Jack flashes his wicked grin and splays his hands wide. “Do take a moment to inspect me effects, dearie. There be plenty to go around for authors as respectable as yourself.” Offers Lynn some rum, but at her polite refusal, Jack shrugs and takes a swig. “You know I have a compass, luv. It points to what I want most. Where does your compass point to?”

I’ve always been attracted to far off times and places in search of adventure.

“Adventure! You’re a tart after me own heart. Well now… you’ll be needin’ plenty of blunt. 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?”

Why, chocolate of course. It’s my comfort food in times of stress, better than any drug.

“Chocolate?” Jack shivers and looks at me. “Why do these romance authors always want chocolate? Didn’t you just say you ordered more chocolate doubloons for RT, Katherine?”

“Aye, Jack. Think of it as writer’s rum or even treasure.”

He ponders this, then looks back at Lyn. “Perchance, have you been to Tortuga? No? Will ye be goin’ there then? No?” He shakes his head. “You say you want adventure, m’lady. When did the wind take hold of your sails?”

Lady Muse first blew in when I was a youngster. I made up heroic stories in my head every night before going to sleep. Guess you could call them my lullaby. Unfortunately, I never wrote them down. That came many years later when I was a stay-at-home mom in need of a creative outlet.

Jacks eyes bug out of his head. “Stay at home mom? Lullabies? Should I be expectin’ a slap now? No?” He sighs with relief. “Where was I?” Drinks some more. “Ah, yes. Heroic stories. My favorite! But tell me, were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker?”

Yes, more times than I care to remember, usually in the form of editors’ rejection letters.

“Aye, Katherine has been waylaid by them. Mean beasties, to be sure. How’d ye escape?”

Each time I would crawl into my cave and lick my wounds, sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks or even months. Eventually, though, Lady Muse coaxed me to pick up my pen (keyboard) and move on.

Jack lifts his chin. “There be times that’s all you can do, m’lady. Rough seas make for sturdier backs. Which leads to me next question. During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

Brainstorming with author friends is the best way to prime the pump.

“Prime the pump?” Jack eyes Katherine. “Aye, I can think of a way ye can prime my pump.”

“Jack! You agreed not to make overtures. This is Lady Lyn’s first voyage with us. You mustn’t scare her off.”

“Many pardons,” he says, turning back to Lyn. “Katherine is right. I blame the rum. You did say you liked rum, didn’t you?”

A glass of wine and chocolate help a lot. I also find a nice foamy bath does wonders to open up the brain cells. Characters seem more willing to speak to me then.

At the mention of a bath, Jack squirms. “Rum is good. Of course, I’ve found I can do more than I imagined without it. But I digress… You say you’ve always craved adventure. Once your course for that coveted horizon had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”

Decades, I’m sorry to say.

“Decades? Without rum?” Jack gazes heavenward. “Is that even possible?”

I gave up on agents and editors years ago. They never seem to “get” my cross genre stories. I christened (self-published) my first book in 2010 and have since launched six more.

“No rum and yet you are well-propertied. Hmmmm… Ever though of turnin’ pirate? If so, pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway that help us sail the straight and narrow… toward treasure. What is your code?”

First comes the brainstorming and plotting.

“Things we thoroughly enjoy, right Katherine?”

“Indeed, you and me plus plotting usually equals rum and misadventures, Jack.”

He winks. “Do continue, Lady Lyn.”

Once I have a general idea in mind, I grab a pad of stickum notes, go to my story board (the kind for erasable markers) and start arranging plot points. Next, I type up a rough (very rough) outline, breaking it up into approximate chapters. Then it’s time to actually write. If this sounds easy, it’s not. I write at a snail’s space.

Scrunches his nose. “Snails leave a sticky trail, much like the slime of that sea beastie.” Cringes. “I think I’d better get to the best part of my interview. Who, perchance, is your all time favorite pirate?” Winks.

That’s easy. Captain Jack Sparrow, naturally. You are such a sexy rogue! Sigh.

Jack beams from ear to ear. His hand cups his rum bottle possessively. “Did ye hear that, Katherine? She thinks I’m sexy.”

“Well, Lyn, I think that concludes our interview.”

“Wait!” Jack jumps up and saunters towards Lyn. “You can’t leave now.”

“Oh, Jack!”

Guest pirate: Lyn Horner, author of Historical Romance

Lyn Horner resides in Fort Worth, Texas – “Where the West Begins” – with her husband and several very spoiled cats. Trained in the visual arts, Lyn worked as a fashion illustrator and art instructor before she took up writing. This hobby grew into a love of research and the crafting of passionate love stories based on that research.

Lyn’s Texas Devlins series blends authentic Old West settings, steamy romance and a glimmer of the mysterious. This series has earned Lyn several awards, including two Reviewers Choice Awards from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Book three, Dearest Irish, was nominated for a Reader’s Choice Award on BigAl’s Books and Pals and a Rone Award from InD’Tale Magazine.

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


Psychics in the Old West? Yes indeed! Meet Lyn Horner’s Texas Devlins, a trio of siblings descended from Irish Celtic Druids. Each one is blessed with a rare psychic gift. Texas Devlins 4 Book Bundle combines three action-packed western romances and a prequel novella in one package at a bargain price.


RevisedCoverWhite Witch (Texas Devlins Origins) — carries Jessie and Tye Devlin through the terrible Chicago Fire of 1871 and showcases Jessie’s precognitive ability.

Newcover2013Darlin’ Irish follows Jessie west in search of the man she has “seen” in prophetic dreams. Will her psychic gift lead her to love or into a deadly trap?

NewCoverredo2013Dashing Irish brings Tye Devlin to Texas. Haunted by his painful empathic gift, he is drawn to Lil Crawford, a cowgirl with a wounded heart. A family feud stands in their way, but a perilous cattle drive gives love a chance to grow . . . if they both survive.

Revisedcoverlg.Dearest Irish stars Rose Devlin, youngest of the three siblings. Rose’s gift of healing leads half-breed cowboy Choctaw Jack to her in desperation, but can romance flourish between them in a time when hatred and racial prejudice declare it an abomination?

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Special thanks to Lyn Horner for sailing with Captain Jack and me today!

Challenges, Edits & Tornado Sirens!


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MyLordRogue453x680ARRRGH! There be storms pummeling America’s mid-section as I write this. I do hope my power doesn’t go out tonight, me hearties, but my most fervent hope is that all of you are out of danger. Take care of yourselves if you’re in the path of these storms!

As to power outages: thankfully, I just handed in edits for MY LORD ROGUE. Whew! Just in time too. I can’t wait for this book’s release! Lord Simon Danbury and Gillian Chauncey are so riveting they’ve requested another novella. I’m happy to announce MY LADY ROGUE will be a follow-up. Yay!!!

Life took me by storm this past weekend, pardon the pun. My oldest daughter came home with her son, my youngest grandson, and we had a great visit. Mimi even got to stand watch on deck, Friday. Woot! Oooh! Torn between two lovahs… Yes, I had to split my time between Lord Simon Danbury and my adorable grandson. Lovin’ is so hard to do. ;)

I’m also part of a writing challenge that’s been extended to RT, May 13th, via Paperbacks ‘n Papercuts with authors: M.V. Freeman, Moriah Densley, D.B. SiedersD.T. Krippene. Winners reach 20K written words. Losers (prepare for a broadside) get to post ridiculous pictures of themselves in scandalous poses. Prepare ye for Captain’s worst. TARRR! HARRR! Captain’s only scored 2K so fARRRRR. ARRRGH!

Tote Bag


As for RT, I’ve got great promo coming. Huzzah! I’ve ordered some awesome tote bags that I’ll be carrying around with me.

If you see me, come up and say “ARRRGH!”

I’ll pass out some of these, plus I’ll have some Rogues, Rebels, & Rakes buttons for ye all.Stress Bones RT

Well, I must sign off. Tornado sirens blaring.

Wishing ye peaceful skies…



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