The Art of Self-Defense by Katherine Bone via Historical Hussies!


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Ahoy, me hearties! I’m blogging at Historical Hussies today about The Art of Self-Defense in the 19th Century and the book I’ve researched to help me better understand terminology used during that period.


Katherine, here! I’ve been researching historical forms of self-defense for my September 7th release, The Mercenary Pirate. My hero is inspired by Wolverine as part of The Heart of a Hero Series. To create more riveting and historically correct fight scenes, I decided to learn more about language and terms of the times, hand-to-hand fighting techniques, and how women protected themselves in the 19th Century. (My heroine is a combination of Storm and Rogue for this series, which reimagines superheroes in the Regency era! And I’d like to mention that the first book in the series is absolutely FREE!)

Join me at Historical Hussies, won’t you, as I share the BEST four books I’ve found on the subject with you.

Wishing ye fare winds,



#ReleaseDay ~ The Pirate’s Duty, The Regent’s Revenge Book #3 by Katherine Bone!

Huzzah and Hoorah! It’s release day, me hearties! Climb aboard, I’ve got an exciting adventure lined up for you as the third story in my Regent’s Revenge Series finally sails the seas.


Haven’t read the first book in the series? Grab your complimentary copy of Book 1, The Pirate’s Duchess, here!

In The Pirate’s Duty my heroine, Oriana Thorpe, is a tavern keeper and a Cornish lass trying to distance herself from her family’s smuggling legacy. She ferments her own ale, salts her own pilchards, and runs her family’s tavern, The Marauder’s Roost, seeking to stand on her own two feet while making amends for her family’s sins.  But one thing threatens her new-found independence—her brother Charles and his legacy as Captain Carnage.

What readers are saying!

 “THE PIRATE’S DUTY is a charming romance, the story is solid and compelling, and the ending is fabulous!”

“An engrossing novel that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions with pirates, revenge & of course romance.”

“An intriguing and swashbuckling story. You will fall in love with the characters, especially the heroine. Lots of fun and a lovely romance. It is part of a series but easily read as a stand alone.”

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#ReleaseDay for Cutlass by T.M. Franklin! @TM_Franklin


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Ready for a new swashbuckling pirate romance read? Here’s one HOT off the galley stove by author T.M. Franklin’s Cutlass! Enjoy!


A quest for vengeance.
A high-stakes treasure hunt.
An attraction they both try to deny.

Convinced One-Eyed Jack Tremayne killed her father and stole his prized cutlass, Sarina Talbot sneaks aboard the pirate’s ship to exact her revenge. To her surprise, she’s met by a declaration of innocence and an offer of help. She doesn’t trust him, and he doesn’t trust anybody. But they need each other to catch the killer and beat their enemies to a hidden cache of Aztec gold.

They’re not the only treasure-seekers, however, and there’s a traitor in their midst.

Caught between Crown ships and enemy pirates, Sarina and Jack discover a prize greater than gold as their uneasy alliance leads them on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Georgian and Regency Dogs by Katherine Bone via Embracing Romance!


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Katherine here! I’ve been researching Georgian and Regency dogs for my September 7th book, The Mercenary Pirate, Heart of a Hero Series Book #10. In the book, my heroine’s father seeks admission to the ton through the advantageous marriages of his two children. Mr. Herding is a middle-aged man doing everything he can to live a gentile and luxurious life in Cornwall’s mining district. Life is hard there, a daunting trial for a mineral lord who has acquired financial wealth and has no way to flaunt it before his aristocratic counterparts. New money doesn’t award him social status.

So what does a self-made man living in the Georgian and Regency eras need on hand to attract lofty persons to his estate? He needs a great house, fashionable clothes, excellent liquor, and the ability to provide entertainment. Mr. Herding has all of those things, especially an excellent breed of hunting dog.

Hunting as well as attending dog fights was a popular activity in the Georgian and Regency eras.

The rest of my post is at Embracing Romance.

#ReleaseDay ~ A Deadly Passion and The Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon!


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In the 1700s, a scandal erupted in the royal palaces of Denmark that began behind closed bedroom doors and ended in imprisonment and execution and upheaval when a love affair between a neglected wife and an ambitious doctor hurtled headlong into a political coup. It is far from a fairy tale and for the players in this story, there was to be no happily ever after.

Caroline Matilda by Francis CotesThe story began when Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, the youngest child of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, became betrothed to her cousin, King Christian VII of Denmark. Caroline had been raised in seclusion, a world away from the formal manners and customs of the court and she had little interest in royal life, preferring to devote herself to nature and equestrian pursuits.

Christian VII by Alexander RoslinCaroline Matilda’s quiet days ended at the age of 15 when the very reluctant princess traveled to Copenhagen to become Christian’s wife. Two years her senior and less than twelve months into his reign, Christian already enjoyed an eccentric reputation, though the full extent of his mental illness had yet to show itself. They were married at the Christiansborg Palace on 9 November 1766, and Caroline already found herself in a situation for which she was ill-prepared. Continue reading

Pirate Language in Georgian, England via Historical Hussies!


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I’m blogging at Historical Hussies today!

Writing historical romance is a gratifying experience that can oftentimes be difficult too. An author makes choices that help modern readers understand the way people spoke in historical times, but must also season the story with historical words that transport readers to that era. Which words to use and when to use them? Well… that’s a talent every writer must master. Fortunately, several books are available to help authors achieve storyline Zen.

the-pirate-primerMy go-to book for pirate jargon has always been THE PIRATE PRIMER by George Choundas. A fascinating book! A dash of ‘You’re wasting words’ and a smidgeon of ‘What maggot’s burrowing under your periwig?’ goes a long way. (Pirate!)

Most Regency authors tackle stories of the upper crust. Who doesn’t love daring and dashing dukes, marquises, or earls who champion the day? Even historical aristocrats spoke in gentleman’s code. Several of my favorites include ‘Banbury stories’ (falsehoods), ‘befogged’ (confused), ‘dicked in the nob’ (crazy), and ‘land a facer’ (punch in the face).

Read the rest of this great list of Georgian and pirate cant at Historical Hussies!

Wellington’s Spies via Katherine Bone and Embracing Romance!


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While researching my next book, THE MERCENARY PIRATE, I came across interesting facts about espionage and the Duke of Wellington. The iron duke was dependent on intelligence officers to be ‘the eyes and ears of the army’ (Wellington’s Spies by Mary McGrigor) at times when Wellington himself questioned the state of his drunken, disorderly military.

At the height of Wellington’s success, which earned him accolades and notable titles, three cunning spies rose above everyone else: Scotsman Andrew Leith-Hay, humorous, perceptive, and detailed; Scotsman Colquhoun Grant, a clever master of disguise; and nobleman Charles Cocks, who zealously sought acclaim and rank under dangerous conditions.

To read more, visit Embracing Romance.

My Heroes Always Come Home

Here’s part of my writing journey, me hearties!

Penned By Candlelight

by Katherine Bone

Ahoy, me hearties! When I was a young officer’s wife and my husband was frequently away on duty, I turned to books to escape. At the time, I had two young children below thkatherine bonee age of two years old and we were living overseas in Italy and Germany (a total four and a half years), far away from family and friends. Books were my mainstay, companionship in times of trouble, and provided adventure far outside of the loneliness I experienced every day.

To stay sane, I devoured romance novels by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Elizabeth Lowell, Rosemary Rogers, and Fern Michaels. Their books led me to historical places where life was gritty and hard, but love ALWAYS won the day. Something I prayed would happen when my husband was serving our country and there were times I feared I would never see him again.

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Untying the Knot, Historically Speaking and #NewRelease from Collette Cameron!


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TheDivorceBestselling, Award-winning author Collette Cameron sails into port with a post about marriage and divorce. More importantly, she’s sharing her new release, PASSION AND PLUNDER! Huzzah and Hoorah!

Take it away, Lady Collette!

My most recent book had me digging into Scottish archives and researching the history of divorce in Scotland. Though it’s true, divorces were somewhat easier to achieve in Scotland than in England, where they were almost impossible to obtain, the process wasn’t so simple or all that common. Continue reading

#NewRelease Romance on the High Seas ~ Seven Swashbuckling Pirate Romances!


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Romance on the High Seas! 2Ahoy, me hearties! ‘Tis the day o’ all days… seven swashbuckling romances are here in one thrilling and epic box set. Did you pre-order your copy? If so, grab the rum, put your boots up, and enjoy!

If not, grab your copy today. Romance on the High Seas is available for only $.99The Pirate’s Debt, the second book in my Regent’s Revenge Series, is my contribution to the set, along with six other pirate romance books by 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! Continue reading