I’ll be completely honest with y’all, this novella dang near gave me a heart attack. I love history and pirates, but I don’t think I’ve ever done this much research for a novella – EVER! You all know I do my best to drop my characters into a completely believable and historically accurate setting, and I have done just that with this new addition to the Legacy Series, The Pirate! Releasing February 20th! Preorder HERE on Amazon!
James Lent, better known as the Devil Dog of the Caribbean, is one of the most fearsome pirates known to stalk the sea. Only his quartermaster knows his darkest secret that he’s not just a brave captain, but a werewolf. Things begin to get complicated when he holds the daughter of the governor of Kingston for ransom, this cold and ruthless pirate’s heart begins to soften. They don’t get better when he needs to outrun an infamous pirate hunter, Bart Croxen. Torn between freedom and love, the Devil Dog must decide his fate before someone else does.
Grace Norrie longs for freedom and an escape from the confining world of corsets, lace, and etiquette. When a mysterious man arrives to her eighteenth birthday party under the pretense of being a gentleman and promises adventure if she’ll let him take her away, her world is flipped upside down. Her heart is set ablaze, and continues to burn even when she finds out that this man she’s fallen in love with is the scourge of the seas, The Devil Dog. Now, her mind wildly beats against her heart, unsure of what she truly wants and trying to decide what is rightfully hers. Happiness or safety.
Set during the Golden Age of Piracy, I thought I was finally in my element. The previous novellas were a blast to write and to research for, but pirates are something that I have quite an extensive knowledge about. When the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, I was hooked! I adored the concept of men who operated outside the laws of society, free and able to do as they pleased. Now, the life of a pirate is far from glamorous. There’s disease, starvation, storms, pirate hunters, fatal injuries, battles, and all sorts of stuff that can seriously shorten your life expectancy when you turn to “living on the account”. But I loved it all the same. I remember dressing my stuffed animals up in pirate outfits and building pirate ships out of cardboard boxes for them to “sail” in. Every time I went to the bookstore, I’d beg my parents to get me a book about pirates. They did, and those books came in handy when I set out to write this novella.
As with all my books, I got the crazy notion of “What if he was a werewolf?” With infamous figures as Black Beard, Bart Roberts, Calico Jack, and Captain Morgan, there was plenty of inspiration to pull from when creating my character, The Devil Dog. Tying his story into the Legacy Series was easy enough, and throwing in a bit of romantic adventure was thrilling as an author. There are so many possibilities with this period in history, and it’s bursting with information and records about the people and places I featured in the story. I even learned a thing or two about sailing, and I now know way more pirate lingo than any one person should.
For lovers of werewolves, pirates, and history in general, I know you’re going to absolutely love this installation of the Legacy Series!