The Caribbean, 1661 When Titus Kandel meets Sir Henry Polglase, an irrepressible
fire smoulders between them. But Ty belongs to another man—the repulsive Jonkheer Van Wyck.
Sir Henry swears he will rescue Ty from his master’s clutches. Ty wants to believe him, but he knows how difficult it will be to persuade Van Wyck to let him go. And then, to his delight, Sir Henry shows that he is different to other free men.
But all too soon, Ty discovers Sir Henry’s true purpose in coming to the Caribbean…
A Scoundrel in Silk, the second story, will be available in the November issue of Scribblings & Musings.
I’m proud to announce the release of my latest ebook, A Pirate’s Promise! This is the tale of Job Wright and Garrett Dubh, crew of the buccaneer ship Audacious. A prequel to The Puritan Pirate, A Pirate’s Promise features cameos from Perry, Quinn, and the Black Wolf.
Press-ganged as a boy, Job Wright has spent years as a captive on a merchant ship plying the Atlantic trade routes, until one day musketeer Garrett Dubh, a crewman of the buccaneer ship Audacious, rescues him.
Garrett takes Job under his wing, and they become firm friends. It’s the first real friendship Job can recall having. He is fascinated by the handsome pirate, however, and longs for more than just kindness between them.
Determined to prove his worth to Garrett, Job goes to lengths that might just cause serious trouble in the French pirate haven of Tortuga. He fears he’s bitten off more than he can chew—and this time, Garrett isn’t there to save him from danger.
I love vintage maps, the fanciful decorations, the creative spelling, the even more creative coastlines! Still, it’s impressive what navigators and mapmakers were able to do with a cross staff, an astrolabe, and bits of string. (Did you know how to calculate latitude wasn’t discovered until the eighteenth century?)
With the release of the second book in the Pirates of Port Royal series, The Penitent Pirate, I decided to create maps of my own based on vintage maps. It was a fascinating labour of love! I made one of the seas around Port Royal and Tortuga, where much of the action of the series takes place, and I did another of the old city of Port Royal. In both maps I marked places of interest in my stories.
Port Royal was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692, and no contemporary map exists. I based my map on an eighteenth century map and used archaeological studies, including the very impressive work of Michael Pawson and David Buisseret to fill in the gaps.
Both maps are included in The Penitent Pirate, but for anyone who wants to be able to zoom in for a better look, I’ve also posted them here. I hope you enjoy poring over them as much as I loved making them!