Congratulations to the Winner of Morgan O’Neill’s The Thornless Rose!

captain-jack-sparrow-webCongratulations have been extended from Queen Elizabeth I to one illustrious commenter of Morgan O’Neill’s recent interview with Cap’n Jack Sparrow. The donor of said treasure would be me, Cap’n Jack Sparrow. The winner would be one K. Davis!

Avast! K has won an Ecopy of The Thornless Rose, released December 29, 2014. Be she prepared to jump back into time? Only K can tell us. Huzzah and Hoorah!

Lady Katherine and me would be thankin’ author Morgan O’Neill for givin’ me the opportunity to parlay with ol’ Bess on ye ol’ abode. Been a pleasure!

Until next time… may the odds be ever in your favor,

Cap’n Jack Sparrow

Jack Interviews Romance Author Morgan O’Neill!

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Captain Jack Sparrow 5Avast, me hearties! Jack is back and with royalty too. Aye, he’s interviewing Katherine’s good friends, romance authors Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes (writing as Morgan O’Neill) who have graciously decided to defer their part of this interview to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, who plays a pivotal role in their story The Thornless Rose, An Elizabethan Time Travel Novel.

Queen ElizabethJack’s eyes grow big as emperial crowns as he covets Queen Elizabeth’s rich attire and smartly accented jewels. “‛Tis a pleasure to have you aboard ship, to be sure, Ladies Cary and Deborah. Her Majesty and me have a mutual love and respect for treasure so I believe we shall get along famously.” Reaches forward and grabs Her Majesty’s right hand to ogle her huge sapphire ring. “Yes, I do.”

Elizabeth snatches her hand back.

Jack clears his throat. “Never let it be said that it’s easy being born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth.” Leans forward to whisper in confidence. “ Your infancy and rise to Queendom is legendary. Your father was Henry VIII and mine is Cap’n Teague. This fuels me belief that our lives parallel in many ways. Both rife with danger, as it were. Me: born to search for treasure. You: born to embrace it. If you could summarize where your compass pointed to most, would your answer be to a brilliant destiny?”

Queen Elizabeth taps her toe. “I shalt forgive thine impertinence, Captain Sparrow, and answer thy questions. But first, thou must bow before thy queen.”

Scrambles to his knees and mumbles, “I adore brassy women.” Smartly waits for a signal to stand.

“Since earliest memory, my compass hath ever pointed to the throne of England. I vowed to devote my life to the good people of my realm. What else wouldst thou wish to ask of me?”

At Elizabeth’s nod, Jack rises to stand feet braced apart. “Devotin’ one’s life to a good cause is something to be proud of. You could say that’s a pirate’s motto. For instance, I’ve got pieces of eight in me pocket. Significant treasure, to be sure. If you could have eight pieces with you at all times, what would they be?”

“Dost thou not recall that all of thy treasure belongs to me?”

Jack slips his fingers out of his pockets, wiggles them where Elizabeth can see they’re empty, and pretends he was only hypothesizing.

“But I understand thy question to mean treasures of a higher sort.”

Sighs with relief.

“In truth, my greatest treasure is my Master of the Horse, Robert Dudley. He is mine oldest and dearest friend.” Elizabeth gives Jack a smile. “He also hath much talent when riding his favorite mounts.”

robert dudley“I suspect your talents match his.” Grimaces slightly when Dudley and several armed guards standing in the shadows take a threatening step forward. “Ah. That would be — I suspect you are as superb a rider as he.” Blanches. “Moving on. When did the wind take hold of your sails?”

Elizabeth on a horseQueen Elizabeth raises her eyebrows at Jack. “Sir! Dost thou still speak of Dudley? My “sails”, as thou so boldly put it, art none of thy concern.” She huffs. “If thou dost mean when Mistress Cary and Mistress Deborah started their weighty tome, then I believe their writing began over a decade ago. It took them many years to weave the tale of their time travelers, Anne Howard and Jonathan Brandon, into mine own story. I hold Anne and Jonathan close to my heart. Didst thou hear how Anne saved my life? She and Dr. Brandon have wondrous good medical skills that surpass even mine own barber-surgeons.”

Jack blinks. “Are Anne and Jonathan swift riders too? And what is this talk of medical skills and barber-surgeons? Are you not the most protected woman in all of England? Or has the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”

“Good sir, the Kraken hath ever been a plague on my life. But like Deborah and Cary, I say “Pfft!” to my critics and move on. Mine own hide is thick, indeed. ‘Tis a certainty that one cannot please every blessed soul in the realm – and that is the sum of it.”

“Aye. It sounds like you’ve had a run-in with that tentacled beastie more’n once. Ye’ve endured many attacks on your person throughout the years. During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

“God’s Death, man! I warned thee about mentioning my sails. Dost thou wish to have thy head impaled on London Bridge?” The queen levels a steely gaze at Jack, then relaxes. With a chuckle, she says, “Ah, well, I love a bawdy jest now and then, Captain Sparrow. And Dudley hath never once betrayed, let alone broadsided me. He is ever true, with a gilded tongue and a steady sword.” She winks.

Jack glances from Elizabeth to Dudley.

“And he is well-thighed and handsome.”

Dudley smiles and he takes a slight bow toward Her Majesty.

“Aye, it appears you’re well-serviced — I mean connected — Your Majesty. Even a virgin queen must covet that horizon. Once the Earl of Leicester, I mean your course had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?” Winks.

Elizabeth eyes Jack. “Sir, thou art a rogue, but I like thee well. I believe Mistresses Deborah and Cary – after years of toiling to get their manuscripts ready – made that port in two years’ time.”

Grace O'Malley & Queen Elizabeth“Two years? Why that’s just a Catholic peasant thrown into the moat to a queen whose reign spans 44 years and 127 days. Zounds, but Lady Cary’s and Lady Deborah’s efforts paid off two-fold.” Fingers pieces of eight in his pocket again. “Of course, no success comes without a code. Pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway, as I’m sure you’re well aware after dealin’ with Grania ny Maille, aka Grace O’Malley, and her ilk for nearly 30 years. Queen Elizabeth, what’s your code?”Grace O'Malley

“Like me, Cary and Deborah work like the very devil, yet always take time to make merry.”

Jack cannot help but grin now. “Merry-making is another thing we have in common, Your Majesty. ‘Tis one of the best things about being a pirate.” Does a little dance and adjusts his effects. “Now we arrive at the best part of me interview. Who is your all-time favorite pirate? Hint: he’s standing right in front of you.”

Sir Frances DrakeQueen Elizabeth nods. “Sir Francis Drake, to be sure.”

Jack’s staggers backward but is buttressed up by a smiling Dudley.

Sir Frances Drake's Golden Hind“He is daring and brave in our quest to defeat Spain. And his Golden Hind is world renowned and a fine sight, indeed.”

“I can imagine why ye chose him now.”

Elizabeth nods at Dudley then winks at Jack. “And now I must away, sir, for I plan to ride with my horse master in Windsor Park. I believe thou shalt be able to read about this very exploit in The Thornless Rose.” She winks again. “I thank thee, Captain Sparrow, for thy candor and wondrous good spirit. I bid thee fair weather and following seas in all thy future quests.”

Jack bows. “No matter who ye chose for your favorite pirate, it’s been a pleasure to have ye aboard, Your Majesty. If I do say so meself, we are more alike than ye kin. The Queen of the Golden Age of Progress vs Captain Jack Sparrow and the Golden Age of Piracy. Aye, what grand adventures we could have.”

Jack turns to Lady Deborah and Lady Cary. “Thank ye for bringin’ Queen Elizabeth aboard, m’ladies! It’s been a pleasure to squabble — I mean speak — with such a rare wench. I wish ye the grandest success in all your endeavors!”

“Thank you, Captain Jack and Lady Katherine. It’s been a joy hearing from the queen again and being here with you!”

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Guest pirates: Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance — with a time travel twist.

 

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

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THE THORNLESS ROSE by Morgan O’Neill

No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul….

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…

Ports:  Morgan O’Neill website   AMAZON   B&N    iTunes   KOBO   NEWSLETTER 

*Treasure Alert* What do you like most about time travel romance, me hearties? Katherine will award one lucky commenter with an ecopy of The Thornless Rose! Huzzah!!!

Congratulations to my Release Day Winner!!!

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Fireworks 5Ahoy, me hearties, I’m here to congratulate the winner of me Release Day post for The Rogue’s Prize. First, apologizes ARRR in order for not getting the announcement posted earlier as planned. With the holidays on the way, there is ever so much to do and I got broadsided by tasks I hadn’t realized would arise. But never you fear, Cap’n is here with a winning name!

Raise the signal flag to the mizzen and break out the rum! Our winning crew member is Pearl Midshipman Mackerel Kneebone set on Revenge, otherwise known as Marcy X!!! You’ve won a $20 PIRATE 101 Game card worth 2 months of pillagin’ and plunderin’. Huzzah!!!

I’ll be contacting ye via email, Lady Marcy, or should I say Mackerel. Look for your winnings there! Woot!!!

Thank ye all for your support!

Blessings,

Katherine

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

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

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

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

But I digress…

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

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

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

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

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

TheRoguesPrize453x680An unlikely alliance earns Henry the ultimate prize…

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

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

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

“Captain! Captain!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I don’t know, sir.”

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

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

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

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

“What development?” he spat.

“This one.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Tell your men to stand down.”

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

His attacker moved menacingly forward again.

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

“Surrender is not an option, Captain.”

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

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

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

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

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

Cap’n out!

Jack Announces Bestselling Author Patricia Kiyono’s Interview Winner!

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

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

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

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

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

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Fondest fondlings… I mean rum imbibing delights!

Captain Jack Sparrow

 

 

Jack Interviews Bestselling Author Lady Patricia Kiyono!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

“Have ye sung the diddy?”

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

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

“Sorry, Jack. No, I haven’t.”

“What about the Kraken Song, eh?”

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

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

“No but…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS JOURNEY by Bestselling Author Patricia Kiyono

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Jack

 

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

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

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

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

Behold the Brethren Court Schedule:

7:00-7:30- Amylynn Bright

7:30-8:00- Lauren Smith

8:00:-8:30- Christy Caldwell

8:30-9:00- Katherine Bone

9:00-9:30-Sarah Hegger

9:30-10:00-Collette Cameron

 

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

Untitled2A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.

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

A privileged English lord.

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

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

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

Available at: Amazon

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

See you there!

Katherine

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Johnstone’s FB Partay!

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

Behold the brethren court!

5:00 – 5:30 – Elizabeth Johns

5:30 – 6:00 – Ava Stone

6:00 – 6:30 – Samantha Grace

6:30 – 7:00 – Jane Charles

7:00 – 7:30 – Jillian Chantal

7:30 – 8:00 – Deb Marlowe

8:00 – 8:30 – Katherine Bone

8:30 – 9:00 – Christi Caldwell

9:00 – 9:30 – Lauren Smith

9:30 – 10:00 – Julie Johnstone

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

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Catch you cresting that horizon, mateys!

Katherine

Southern Magic Holiday Giveaway is Back!

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Southern Magic Holiday Giveaway returns with books, Gift Cards,

and swag, me hearties!

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

 

21 books!

Author Swag

2 Gift Cards

~ 15 talented Romance Authors ~

New Adult

Historical

Pirates!

Contemporary

Erotic

 

Something for everyone, eh?

 

How do you win?

 

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

Get ready to swoon the month of December away

 

Visit the websites below to learn more:

 

Betty Bolte

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

Katherine Bone

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

Nancee Cain

($25 Gift Card)

Louisa Cornell

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

Jamie Farrell

(“The Husband Games” Paperback)

Larynn Ford

(“Dreams Do Come True” eBook)

Christine Glover

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

Callie James

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

Suzanne Johnson

(“Royal Street” Paperback)

Susannah Sandlin

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

Ingrid Seymour

(“The Guys Are Props Club” Paperback)

Naima Simone

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

Carla Swafford

(“Circle of Deception” Paperback)

Peggy Webb

(“The Language of Silence” Paperback)

Meda White

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

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

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

 

Patricia Preston’s & Donna Cummings’ Interview Winners!

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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

 

 

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