Friday, August 31, 2012

Diana Layne's Swashbuckling Pirates

KAREN: Golden Heart Award Finalist, Diana Layne's swashbuckling pirate tale comes packed with a pirates and a gypsy curse. Strike yer colors, matey and come aboard! Adventure and treasure awaits ye.

***There will be a giveaway. $10 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The winner's choice! Just answer her question below and you'll be entered to win. Don't forget to leave your email so she may contact you if you should win. :) CONTEST ENDS SUNDAY AT 12:00 PM PST. DIANA WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON MONDAY! GOOD LUCK!

DIANA: Pirate Romances. What historical romance reader doesn’t love them? At one time pirate romances were all the rage, who can remember reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and The Flower and wishing a handsome sea captain would whisk us away?  So long have pirate romances been out of favor (although they are making a comeback, yay!)  I’d forgotten about them until I first saw Pirates of The Caribbean. That movie awoke the long-dormant pirate love, and I knew I would have to write a pirate book.

Captain Jack, what a sexy rogue! But my heart went to Will Turner, faithful, steadfast, capable, protector of those he loves. My hero in Pirate’s Proposal, Captain Charles the Charmer, is a combination of the two. He can be a sexy rogue, as his name implies, and yet he is a true champion to those he loves.

In reality, pirates are dangerous criminals, but in the world of romance, the biggest danger is usually to the heroine’s heart. Even if the heroine is a tough and capable pirate captain herself such as my heroine, Captain Gina Santini—the heart is always vulnerable.

PIRATE’S PROPOSAL is a novella in the “Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll” series with The Wild Rose Press. The Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll  is a series created by the WildOkies from the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America and spearheaded by author Alicia Dean. Each story has the same cursed gypsy scrimshaw doll appear. Scrimshaw–if you don’t know, and I didn’t know at first–is something that has been carved or engraved out of whalebone or walrus tusks. The stories chronologically begin in 1719 with Pirate’s Proposal and continue through modern day. You can learn the full tale of the “Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series” as well as read a letter from Captain Gina’s grandfather on how the curse came to be on the gypsy doll on The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood site.

Below is an excerpt of Captain Gina and Captain Charles’s first meeting, and below that is a link to a deleted prologue where Gina inherits the doll from her mother. I hope you enjoy!

One pirate often looked like the other, sunburned and scruffy, but she was certain they'd never met. She would have remembered that pretty smile, hidden though it was behind those overgrown whiskers. 

No matter.  She had business at hand.

Flattening her palms on the table, she bent low and said through tight lips, "That was my haul you stole, and I want it back."

His smile didn't waver. Was he going to try to charm his way out of his...his skullduggery? If so, she'd have to inform Captain Charles the Charmer that his rumored talents would not work on her.
He leaned forward on his elbows and brought his face close to hers. She resisted the inclination to back away.

"I can never resist an easy catch," he said in an accent that bore traces of Britain.

Her skin quivered, her nostrils flared. Yet as she met his bold stare, she sucked in a breath. She thought she saw something there she recognized. Did she know him after all?  She searched her memory. To her knowledge, she'd never met him.

She recovered from the moment and continued, "Easy for you to say. The Gypsy Doll had already stopped that merchant ship."

"Aye, your gun-laden frigate does have its uses.  Being fast is not one."

"The advantage will be mine when I blow your dinky little sloop out of the water."

"Captain!  Are you insulting the size...of my ship?"

The obvious sexual overtone felt like a physical caress.  It somehow felt familiar.  Provocative.  She gave herself a mental shake.  "It's not the size of your...ship that’s in question.  You stole what was mine."

***Now for the Question to be entered in the Giveaway:
So tell me, what are YOUR favorite pirate romances?

To read a deleted prologue where Gina inherits the doll, please visit Diana Layne's Historical Romance and click on the link above the book cover.

Diana Layne is an award winning writer. She's an RWA Golden Heart finalist, and has won or finaled in contests such as Romantic Times Follow the New Writer contest. Active in her writing chapters, she's held positions ranging from treasurer to president, and is a member of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. Diana is a founding member of their successful blog and regularly contributes. A homeschooling mother of six, she balances her hours between nurturing her children and making up stories.

To learn more about Diana Layne’s books please check out her website and sign up for her newsletter.  Diana's Website

KAREN: Diana, thank you so much for coming by and introducing your Pirate. Your tale sounds fantastic!


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Diana,

Thanks so much for being her today. Another book added to my growing lists of books to read! lol

I loved Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and The Flower. I loved all her books. They were the first romances I ever read.

Diana Layne said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Karen, thanks for having me! Let's make the giveaway the winner's choice of an Amazon or BN $10 gift card!

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds really great. I've been wanting to read a pirate story! Love the Captain Jack Sparrow. lol

katrinagillian at yahoo dot com

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips


I've read some of Johanna Lindsay's pirate stories. I like historical romance.

cnickol at verizon dot net

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite pirate romance is No Turning Back by Deanna Jewel. Your book sounds really good. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

LisaRayns said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never read a pirate romance but they sound good and I love Jack Sparrow.


Diana Layne said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katrina, thanks! Captain Jack is something special!
@Cathy, Johanna Lindsey is such a good historical romance author!
@Sue, No Turning Back looks like a great read!
@LisaRayns, time to try a pirate romance, girl! :-)

acoleman8 said... Best Blogger Tips

I feel so behind. I've actually not been able to read a good pirate romance, but I feel inspired to look into more. I especially will search out this book to get my hands on a copy. Then, I will be able to say that I have read a pirate romance. Looking forward to finding it.

acoleman5 at ymail dot com

Brenda Whiteside said... Best Blogger Tips

As a Parrothead, I love Pirates!! Sounds like a good story.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

PIRATES by Linda Lael Miller is my favorite pirate romance. It's a time travel story amd I loved it. She wrote it way back when she had a lot of diversity in her story themes.
Your Swashbuckling Pirates sound so exciting, Diana. I wish you every success.
starcriter at yahoo dot com

Diana Layne said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks, @acoleman, hope you enjoy!
@Brenda, I will admit I had to go look up what parrothead meant. :)
@Sarah, I hadn't heard of that Linda Lael Miller book, but pirates and time-travel by such a talented writer, it has to be good!

Diana Layne said... Best Blogger Tips

And the winner is: Sue B!

Congratulations! And thank you for stopping by, everyone!

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! Thank you so much.
Sue B