My second novel, The Black Dandy, will be released by The Wild Rose Press in 2013-release date coming soon! Read on for advance warning of my piratical invasion…
The greatest treasure is love.
Yet Victoria Barrett, illegitimate daughter of a notorious pirate, believes love is little more than a means to ultimate abandonment. Moreover, her ignoble birth all but guarantees a life of solitude. Then an unexpected meeting with a pirate overturns her beliefs.
Nathaniel Black bears no illusions about life. Captain of the pirate ship Golden Vanity, he has no fear of death, and no need for love. But when he meets the daughter of his old mentor William Kidd, his attraction to her takes hold of him like a sudden ocean storm. Then Victoria extends an invitation impossible for any hot-blooded pirate to refuse–a dalliance to learn about the pleasures of the flesh.
But someone else wants Victoria. Not for her personal charms, but for the secret she possesses. Unknowing, she holds the key to Kidd’s lost treasure. A treasure some people would kill for.
THE BLACK DANDY
“What did I say?” Nathaniel’s voice commanded her to answer. “Tell me.”
Victoria jerked free of his hand, though his hold was none too tight. “I have no expectations, Captain. I am a bastard, remember?” She turned her back on him again, taking a precious moment to compose herself. She would not present anything but a serene countenance to her uncle, no matter how much turmoil she experienced.
“Of what matter is that? Your uncle has given you his name, his protection, his affection. Surely any man would welcome you as a bride.”
She spun back to face him, furious with his inability to understand. “What matter? What man of noble, or even genteel birth, would welcome a bride who cannot boast of impeccable antecedents? Unlike men, bastard females can expect little from life unless they possess noble birth or extreme wealth. I have neither. I am the daughter of a pirate, Captain, a man the Crown hanged for treason. When the time comes for any offer of marriage, I must force my uncle to perjure his name or reveal his beloved sister’s disgrace. He gave me a name, and a home, and what family I cherish. I will not subject him to such a choice!”
Her furious tirade destroyed any hope of serenity, as the first hot tears slid down her cheek. She had almost surrendered to a dream. Now she faced the truth of what she would be denying herself. But she wanted more than just the idle caress of a bored pirate, no matter how passionate.