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