Oh It Is a Wonderful Thing,
To Be a Pirate King
Edward Teach, better known at Blackbeard, might not have been a pirate king, but he made grown men tremble without firing a shot. How?
Firstly, the hair. Some accounts say his beard came down to his waist. Jet black, and twisted with black ribbons it must have looked awesome. Before battle, he’d add hempen rope strands soaked in saltpetre to his beard. When the attack started, he’d ignite them.
Hemp rope is slow burning and it gives off clouds of smoke. Teach was a tall man with a booming voice. With nothing showing except his eyes and his hair, he must have looked like demon from hell.
Teach was neither a story book pirate nor a soft hearted one like the pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance. He disembowelled captives and fed their entails to the sharks. He cut fingers off prisoners too slow to hand over their rings. In one case, he cut off a captive’s ears and forced him to eat them. Yech!
When I was researching my Heroes’ of Westhopre Ridge Trilogy I realized Blackbeard died in the same state where I set my story – North Carolina. Also, the state has a replica of his ship, the frigate, The Queen Anne’s R evenge
I knew I had to bring pirates into my story.
My heroine, Mandy is a single mom with a ten-year-old son. I gave her a love of Gilbert and Sullivan, one she shares with her son, Ben. Next, the school had a trip to see the replica frigate. That was enough to spark Ben’s interest in pirates.
When Ben finally meets his father, Adam—a retired army doctor who rejected Mandy because of another man’s lies—he’s looking out to sea trying to spot pirates. Fortunately, he spots the men trying to kill him and his mom instead.
After almost eleven years apart, can Mandy and Adam rekindle the love they once felt?
After Adam Montgomery walked away and left her pregnant, dare Mandy trust him with her heart again?
Twelve years ago, Mandy Devlin moved away from her friends and family–under threat. If she returned in the next ten years or told anyone who fathered her baby, her boyfriend’s great-aunt would bankrupt her family. She’s a single mom who dreams of her lost love and a good spanking. When she’s finally free to return to Westhorpe Ridge, the last person she expects to see is Adam—the man she loved and lost so long ago.
Dr. Adam Montgomery doesn’t know he has a son. Thanks to his great-aunt’s will, he has nine months to find a bride or he loses Montgomery Hall and the fifteen million dollars she left him. Although he seduces Mandy on his first night home, he still believes she betrayed him twelve years ago. No way would he marry a woman like her.
As Valentine’s Day looms, someone tries to kill Mandy. Is Adam trying to get rid of her? Or can Mandy trust him to protect them?
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