Week Two Indie RONE Nominations ~ Vote All Week!

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KathyBoneThePirate'sDebtFINALWeek Two of Indie RONE Nominations has arrived and I’m fortunate to have two nominations this week. Huzzah! I can’t begin to tell you how exciting this is!

InD’tale Magazine‘s prestigious RONE Awards celebrates the best of the best books reviewed by InD’tale reviewers throughout the previous year.

The 2017 RONE Awards gala event will honor industry professionals with entertainment and a glamorous party taking place at the Annual InD’Scribe Author and Reader Con in Burbank, California, Oct 12-15, 2017.

If you’ve read the books below and/or would like to cast your vote this week, here are the books and their categories. (You must sign in to vote, but the two-step process is easy and your information will not be used for any other purpose.) Continue reading

2017 RONE Award Voting Opens Today!

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Fireworks 5Voting opens today for the 2017 InD’tale RONE awards and I’m fortunate that two of my books THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS, THE PIRATE’S DEBT, and ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS box set have received nominations. Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

I’m totally jazzed! This is definitely a first for me. None of my published books have ever been nominated for an award before, and I’m humbled and honored to be included with all of the other talented authors whose books have been selected this year. (Best wishes to all!)

But books selected in these categories cannot go on to the final round without your support. If you’ve read my books or would like to offer your support, you can vote here: 2017 RONE Awards.

My books include:

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THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS is in the Novella category. (Voting takes place April 17th-23rd.)

 

 

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THE PIRATE’S DEBT is in the Historical 17th Century – Regency category. (Voting takes place April 24th-30th.)

 

 

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ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS is in the Anthology category including USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Johnstone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane. (Voting takes place April 24th-30th.)

 

Below you can find the entire schedule, if you’re interested. (You will be required to sign in, in order to vote. Your information will not be used for any other purpose. After you register, you’ll be sent a verification link via email. Make sure to verify that link so that you can vote.)

2017 RONE Awards

The list of nominees in each genre can be found in the link of the corresponding week.

Week One (April 17th – 23rd)

Novella

Inspirational

Historical: Ancient – 16th Century

 

Week Two (April 24th – April 30th)

Paranormal: Long

Historical: 17th Century – Regency

New Adult

Anthology

 

Week Three (May 1st – 7th)

Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Time Travel

Chick-Lit / Women’s Fiction

YA: General

 

Week Four (May 8th – 14th)

Paranormal: Short

Suspense / Thirller: Long

Historical: Victorian – 20th Century

 

Week Five (May 15th – 21st)

Cops, Jocks and Cowboys

Contemporary: Sweet

Suspense / Thriller: Short

 

Week Six (May 22nd – 28th)

Mystery

YA: Paranormal

Contemporary: Steamy

 

InD’tale Magazine’s RONE Award is a very prestigious award for Indie Authors. Mega congratulations to all of the nominees in the 2017 RONE Awards!!! 😉

 

Wishing you fair winds and following seas,

Katherine

 

Katherine Bone meets Thomas Jefferson at Embracing Romance!

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I experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity this weekend. I met President Thomas Jefferson! Woo-hoo!!! Well, I should add I actually met famed historical scholar Bill Barker, who portrays Jefferson, 1800-1808, and is associated with Colonial Williamsburg. What a thrill!

The event I attended was West Point’s 250th Founders Day celebration. (Happy Birthday, West Point! Go Army! Beat Navy!) Mr. Barker, dressed in period costume, never once stepped out of character throughout the night. And you can imagine my glee when I discovered Barker was in attendance. His clothing, his mannerisms, everything about his speech and sentence structure, reminded me of characters in the series I’ve written, 1801-1810 England.

Read the rest of my story at Embracing Romance!

The Biggest Near-Disasters of Only A Mistress Will Do by Jenna Jaxon!

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We’re in for a BIG treat today, me hearties! Author Jenna Jaxon is back to tell us about her latest release, ONLY A MISTRESS WILL DO!

Welcome, Lady Jenna!

Ahoy! I know I could read a book I’ve written (probably any other book as well) and no matter how many times I read the copy, I’ll find something new to change with each reading. Usually these are very minor—one space too many, a letter left off a word, a space needed between two words.

Back in October, when I was doing the final galley proofs for Only A Mistress Will Do, I ran into some truly major mistakes that could have been disastrous had I not caught them on the final round through the book. I fault no one but myself because we all read the manuscript numerous times and none of us caught these until the penultimate moment. (I won’t go back and read it again for fear I’ll find something else I missed and it’s too late!) Continue reading

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FANtastic historical information about the London Docks! I’ll share Part II tomorrow. Thanks bunches, Author Regina Jeffers!

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man-hands-forming-brackets-word-e-commerce-written-them1-630x350Before the later part of the Georgian Period in England few buildings/structures specifically designed for trade and commerce existed. One need only to look at the timber wharfs of the Port of London to understand the haphazard way the people took up the need to greet the large number of ships arriving from around the world. Merchants often had their offices in the ground floors of their abodes. Shops were often no more than the front room of a house with a large window for display purposes. Warehouses were kept in cellars or outbuildings. Markets appeared on streets or upon a square, and businessmen had stalls or wagons or carts from which they conducted transactions. Only custom houses and exchanges were built specifically for business.

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According to John Summerson in Georgian London (Yale University Press, 1988), English imports and exports were…

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Cover Reveal Party for Romance on the High Seas Box Set!

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Romance on the High Seas!Ahoy, me hearties! I’m happy to announce that The Pirate’s Debt is part of the Romance on the High Seas Box Set available for preorder now. Releases May 18th just in time for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie on May 25th!

Join NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Danelle Harmon, USA Today Bestselling Authors Barbara Devlin and Amanda Mariel, Chloe Flowers, Jennifer Bray-Weber, and Kamery Solomon and me as we take you to thrilling epic high seas adventures sure to satisfy your heart.

Cover Reveal Event

 

Today, we’re celebrating our cover reveal. There will be games, prizes, giveaways, and a Treasure Hunt! Come over to our Romance on the High Seas Facebook page and play along, eh? The party is from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. (EST).

Hope to see you there!

Wishing you fair winds,

Katherine

 

 

Captain Jack Interviews Author Barbara Bettis!

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Unfurl the sails! Man the braces! Jack is back and he’s more clever than ever. Join us today as Author Barbara Bettis joins us on deck for an interview!

Grog Filled HourJack: “Lady Barbara.” Sweeps a gallant bow. “It’s a pleasure to have ye aboard.” Pops open a jug of rum. “Drink?” Bows head. “I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’d forgotten me manners.” Downs a dram and pounds the stopper. “Where was I? Oh yes, I’ve got a compass that points to what I want most. Where does your compass point to, eh?”

Barbara: “East; no, West; no, North; no, South….”

Jack: Head spins.

Barbara: “Yep, sometimes I seem to go in circles. 😉 But usually I try to keep an Easterly, onward course. In other words, my compass points to optimism . I’m not a “cock-eyed optimist” nor Pollyana.  But sometimes our paths run up against obstacles and we lose direction. I like to always make the best of things and keep pushing forward.

Pirate MoneyJack: Closes one eye. Opens it. “Cock-eyed optimist, eh? Would Pollyana happen to be one of the wenches in Tortuga? No? The name of Cotton’s parrot?” Follows Barbara’s head shake. “No? I can never remember names, but wenches and parrots are treasure, to be sure. Speaking of treasure, I’ve got pieces of eight in my pocket. If ye could have eight pieces with ye at all times, what would they be?”

Barbara: “A photo of my family all together; a couple of my favorite inspirational Bible verses; a pen and notebook for ideas; an iPad and a solar battery charger J; my phone; tea, coffee, and chocolate (of course!) Wait. That sounds like I’m being stranded on a desert island, doesn’t it! And you know all about that, right Capt. Jack??”

Jack: “Aye. There be nothing like having your own effects and a stash of rum too.”

Barbara: “Let me replace my pen and notebook with my health (I can write on my iPad). There were go.”

Jack with RumJack: “I’ll drink to that. To the sun and rum.” Removes stopper and raises jug. “And the braces. There’s nothing like a good wind.” Takes a swig. “When has the wind taken hold of your sails?”

Barbara: “She’s been in my sails for as long as I can recall. I remember writing a play for us to perform when I was in second grade. But the wind turned me in the direction of romance about eight years ago. I didn’t listen to her for awhile, but finally I gave in a finished my first book.

14141617_1293256780687504_4888853937320581259_nJack: “Aye, she can be a right stubborn wench. Hard to harness when the sea writhes like a lover.” Shakes head. “Where was I? Oh, yes. Were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”

Barbara:  “As a newspaper reporter/editor, I’d developed a thick hide.”

latest2Jack: “Pirates have to protect their hides from wenches in Tortuga and Elizabeth Swan, Commodores, Governors, the Kraken, bloodthirsty heathens. Ye get the idea…”

Barbara: “I do. When I published my first fiction, I found my new skin as tender as a newborn’s. Why is it we can get a dozen terrific reviews but when a bad one comes in, that’s all we remember? When a Kraken digs in now, I turn to my friends and my crit partners—and my sense of humor—to throw him off.

Jack's FingersJack: “I can do this.” Raises hands and wiggles fingers. “Or this.” Flails arms and runs across the deck. “Of course, there’s always an undead monkey roaming about.” Glances at the ratlines and aims his pistol. “During a broadside, what do ye do to mend your sails?

Barbara: “I get away from writing, go to movies, read outside the genre in which I write. And I read straight history dealing with the eras in which I write. I usually end up finding ideas hidden there in real events or real people.”

Jack: Draws closer and whispers, “I’m real enough, mate.”

Barbara: Laughs. “My fascination with Mercadier, a mercenary who was a right hand to Richard I, led me to my series featuring mercenaries.

compassJack: “Mercenaries are just pirates without a ship, m’lady.” Preens. “I’ve got a very nice ship as ye can see and a compass that points to what I want most.” Withdraws compass, flips open the lid and watches arrow spin until it points at Lady Barbara. “Once your coveted course had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port, eh?”

Barbara: “From the time of my first query, it was about two years. I really lacked confidence and had to learn to persevere.

Jack: “Perseverance is key, especially when you’re thrown in jail or shackled to a ship about to be devoured by a beastie. Which reminds me, pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway. What code do ye live by?”

Barbara: “My ideas usually start with the characters, then a situation. Often I picture a scene in my mind with a character or two and the plotting spirals from there. What challenges face them? How do they react to the challenges? I usually complete a chapter or two of preliminary story which allows me to know the characters a little more. Then I complete a story summary which some might call a synopsis. I do a write-through of three or four pages telling what will happen and how the story will end. Then the real writing begins. After I get the characters set, I do a character outline but not before. I don’t do detailed plot outlines. This is the process I’ve followed to date, but it may change.

Jack: “Being flexible has saved my life on occasion. Improvisation is key. And now, we come to my final question, Lady Barbara. Who is your all-time favorite pirate?

83277406cfa0a859b5b40b558f60d549Barbara: “I only know one pirate—You 😉 ”

Jack: Winks. “I knew we were going to get along well the moment I laid eyes on ye, m’lady.”

 

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TheLadyoftheForest_w11020_750[1]He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

 When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

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Barblittlepix[1]Award winning author Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she briefly considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math.

She now lives in Missouri, where she’s recently retired as an English and journalism teacher and plans to spend more time creating heroes to live for.

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

Ports of call:

Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook  /  Twitter

 

Thank you for sailing with us today, Lady Barbara!

Wishing you all fair winds,

Katherine

 

 

Setting Sail ~ The cure for What Ails You via Historical Hussies!

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, I’m blogging at Historical Hussies! (Here’s a peek!)

Mortal are we and subject to diseases,

We must all die, even and when God pleases,

Into the world but one way do we come,

A thousand ways from thence we are sent home.

Modern medicine has played a significant part in the longevity of people living in the 21st Century. Given the resources at our disposal; family doctors, hospitals and emergency rooms, local pharmacies, and extended life expectancy, it’s difficult to understand how people dealt with common ailments like influenza, disease, and catastrophic injuries long ago. Especially when people died for reasons that were oftentimes classified as ‘just rewards’.

Cornish SayingsIn Cornish Sayings, Superstitions and Remedies, I’ve discovered how the Cornish people dealt with what ailed them. What I found is astonishing! Given that Cornwall is a country unto itself, its people the descendants of Druids, Celts, Welsh, hearty fishermen and miners with ties to the earth, it makes perfect sense their way of life relied on legend, lore and superstition.

 

Discover how the Cornish survived without penicillin at Historical Hussies!

Enjoy,

Katherine

Setting Sail ~ Cornwall’s Talland Church via Katherine Bone

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Ahoy, me hearties! I’d like to share some fascinating research I’ve discovered for one of my books. While writing The Pirate’s Duty, Regent’s Revenge Book Three, I needed to learn more about a 13th Century church in Cornwall. Talland Church was built on the site of a Celtic altar erected in the 5th Century and dedicated to St. Tallanus. The present altar sits on top of the Celtic altar established there fifteen hundred years ago!

In Cornish, Talland means Tal Lan. (Tal for hill and Lan for holy place.) Built on a ley line—significant to the Celtic people—the church looks down on Talland Bay, betweenPolperro and Looe, maintaining a mighty historical presence on its bed-rock foundation. A key landmark element of the church is its main crenelated bell tower and another echoing tower nearby. Together, set one nautical mile apart (1.1508 miles or 1.852 kilometers) these landmarks help ships time speed between Talland Bay and another pair of towers situated at Hannafore, near Looe. These landmarks were extremely influential in the age of sail and still aid mariners to this day.

Read more about this FANtastic church at Embracing Romance.

Enjoy,

Katherine