It’s #ReleaseDay ~ The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade by Cathy Skendrovich!


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jack-sparrowWelcome aboard, Author Cathy Skendrovich. We’re super jazzed you’ve come to share your new release with us today. Holidays and pirates! What’s not to love, eh? And you’re bringin’ ’em both. Huzzah!!!

Lady Cathy: Ahoy, and thank you for having me aboard, Lady Katherine!

pb-coverFor those of you who don’t know me, I write historical and contemporary romance. Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite characters, pirate captain Andre Dubois, and giving you five reasons why you’ll fall in love with him in my Christmas novella entitled The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade, coming from Literary Wanderlust publishers on Oct. 1st. You first meet him in my novel The Pirate’s Bride, when he is forced to marry Sophie Bellard, a spitfire with whom he eventually falls in love. He’s an extreme Alpha male of whom readers, and Sophie, can’t seem to get enough. Read on for a few reasons you might want him for yourself. Continue reading

#NewRelease The Mercenary Pirate, The Heart of a Hero Book #10 by Katherine Bone!


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Ahoy, me hearties! It’s Katherine. I’m here to spread the word that my new book The Mercenary Pirate, The Heart of a Hero Series, Book Ten, is out TODAY! Huzzah!!!

Nine authors gathered together and asked these questions: What if your favorite superheroes had Regency-era doppelgangers? And what if a group of them were recruited by the Duke of Wellington to gather intelligence for him during the Napoleonic Wars while they protected their own parts of the realm?

Our answer: You’d get The Heart of a Hero series, which includes heroes and heroines inspired by Daredevil, the Black Widow, Captain America, Spiderman, Mr. FANtastic, the Invisible Woman, Hulk, Thor, Ironman, Hawkeye, Batman, and Wolverine! Holy cannonballz! ARR ye excited yet? And the good thing is my book is the last of the series. Yes, you can get all ten books right now and the first one is absolutely FREE on Amazon! (See below for details on how to get your copy.)

So without any further adieu, I give you my hero, Wolverine, and his Storm/Rogue-inspired heroine!

TheMercenaryPirate500x750Wolfgang, one of Lord Wellington’s craftiest spies, is a fighter, an indulgent loner who is cunning and bold enough to go where others do not dare. He hates distractions and complications, especially those involving the fairer sex, and his instincts have always fueled him and kept him on course, mission after mission. That is, until his talents steer him toward a destiny he didn’t know he had and a search for the brother he barely remembers. And when he comes into contact with a brave young woman disguised as a boy, the urge he feels to protect her might just lead him on the biggest adventure of all.

Selina’s wedding day did not go as planned. Instead, she was kidnapped by pirates and ransomed for an exorbitant sum. Her diabolical captors didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, however, and kept her imprisoned even after their demands were met. More clever than her kidnappers expected, she managed to escape and disguised herself as a boy. Forced to lie, cheat, and steal in order to stay alive, she loses hope of ever returning to the man she intended to marry. Desperate, she agrees to become a handsome and compassionate sea captain’s cabin boy to gain passage back to Cornwall, but the captain endangers the one thing she cannot afford to lose—her heart.

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#SALE Buy The Pirate’s Debt and get The Pirate’s Duchess for FREE!


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Raise the signal flag, me hearties! Great news! The Pirate’s Debt is on SALE for the very first time EVAH for $.99 for one week only! And if readers purchase The Pirate’s Debt, they can get The Pirate’s Duchess for FREE at:

The Regent’s Revenge Series takes place along the coast of Cornwall and Devon between 1807-1810. Picture The Princess Bride meets Robin Hood meets Poldark and The Jamaica Inn! Each book features a different hero wearing the Black Regent’s mask.


The Pirate’s Duchess: When her husband crosses the line, staging his own death to protect her, a widowed duchess is caught in an intricate web of deceit. Now, an impending marriage to another man endangers her life, forcing her husband to reveal his darkest-kept secret… he’s a duke of a pirate out for revenge in The Pirate’s Duchess.

kathybonethepiratesdebtfinal800x1216The Pirate’s Debt: A hopeless gothic romance reader, Lady Chloe Walsingham is focused on finding her perfect hero as she boards a ship bound for Penzance. Nothing in her beloved books prepares her for the consequences of her actions, however, after Basil Halford, Earl of Markwick, seeking to earn back his honor by repaying his father’s debts, dons the Black Regent’s mask. Pirates have plenty of enemies, including those within their own trade, and sacrificing his heart to keep Chloe safe is the last thing Markwick is prepared to lose.

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THEPIRATE'SDUTYFINAL2600x912The Pirate’s Duty: riana Thorpe is a smuggler’s daughter who risked everything to challenge her evil pirate brother and save a lady and her maid from his wrath. Determined to atone for her brother’s villainy, she distributes his blood money to widows and orphans living nearby. When threatening letters arrive with the promise of retaliation, it will take a man like the Black Regent, a former navy captain in disguise, to protect the beautiful innkeeper who saved his sister’s life. Together, they will face a pirate demon and take the greatest risk of all—falling in love.


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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.