Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shana Galen Explains "Why Pirates Make the Worst Best Book Boyfriends"

Why Pirates Make the Worst Best Book Boyfriends

By Shana Galen

 If you’re out there looking for a book boyfriend, there are lots to choose from. You have your paranormal boys—werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, angels and demons, and everything in-between. You have your contemporary heroes—sports stars, cops, Navy SEALS, DIY handymen, and bad boy bikers. And of course you have the peerage from the historical set—dukes, viscounts, bastard royal offspring, and the occasional spy or muscled, sweaty horse breeder. But I guarantee you that whatever book boyfriend you choose to curl up with tonight, if you want to catch some Zs, the worst choice you could make is a pirate.

1) Clothing
If you’re snuggling with a duke, chances are he’s wearing a tail coat and tight breeches. Those ex-military types usually wear combat trousers and go commando, and vampires wear…capes?  But a pirate? Imagine him in scuffed, black leather boots all the way to his knees. Those boots thump with authority as he walks the decks and hug his shapely calves until the leather ends, revealing muscled thighs encased in tight buckskin. A billowing white shirt, open at the chest, is plastered by the wind to his sculpted chest, the whiteness unbroken only by the handle of the cutlass tucked in one side of his belt and the silver inlaid handle of the pistol on the other. His hair is longer than acceptable and carelessly held back by a leather cord. His skin is burnished by sun and wind, and his eyes are the color of a stormy sea. Choose a pirate as a book boyfriend, and you won’t be getting any sleep.

2) Setting
And let’s consider where pirates reside. Cramped ships’ quarters where a girl would constantly be forced to brush against that pirate’s hard body. He might even confine his woman to his opulent captain’s cabin, which is, of course, appointed with silk sheets, a full library, and an abundance of hot water for long, luxurious baths. If that isn’t bad enough, pirate ships make frequent stops at tropical islands with white sandy beaches, coconuts and rum, and clear pools with waterfalls where pirates might attempt to take advantage of the lack of chaperone. How will you sleep with the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the sweet tropical breeze caressing your skin, and the twinkling stars overhead?

3) Shipboard Life
Let’s chat more about those stars. Chances are if you look out your window at night, you’ll see half a dozen stars. Some of those might be satellites, but who can tell, right? The city lights block out most of the stars, but that isn’t the case in the middle of the ocean on a pirate ship. If you’re looking to get a good eight hours of sleep, don’t choose a pirate. He’s likely to drag the heroine onto the deck (or the crow’s nest) and make love under that canopy of twinkling stars all night long.  Beautiful? Romantic? Yes. Good for sleep? No.

4) Attitude
Dukes have a duty to the title. Navy SEALS have their honor. Vampires have their lust for blood. But pirates? Pirates are the wayward black sheep of the hero family. They don’t answer to anyone. Pirates are fiercely independent. They don’t follow rules or laws, except their own. There’s one way to do things: the pirate way. And if his woman doesn’t like it, the captain might just confine her to those luxurious quarters again. And have his way with her. Shudder. There’s no chance of sleep with a pirate book boyfriend.

5) Treasure
The worst thing about pirates is how they’re relentlessly searching for something—revenge, gold doubloons, sparkling jewels… Pirates are always on the hunt for booty. They have maps where X marks the spot and chests full of enough riches that a girl could drape herself in rubies and pearls. A pirate is a dangerous book boyfriend.

If you’re still not convinced that you should stay away from pirates as book boyfriends, might I suggest a pirate hero who’s likely to show you just how good—I mean, bad—can be? Nick Martingale is the captain of the Robin Hood. Not only is he a pirate captain, he’s the younger brother of a marquess, which makes him Lord Nicholas. Titled and a pirate? Lethal combination. He’s also incredibly sexy, rich, and might just be hiding a sweet nature under that charming, roguish exterior. Feeling a little daring? Want to give Nick a try as your book boyfriend? One person who tells me their favorite pirate in  literature or film will win a print copy of The Pirate Takes a Bride (U.S. and Canada only).

The Pirate Takes a Bride
Ashley Brittany is living a nightmare. She's been mistakenly married to the one man she despises. Months ago, Lord Nicholas took her virtue then scorned her. Now, Ashley will do anything to have her revenge . . . anything but expose her ugly secret.
Nick Martingale has a secret, too: he's Captain Robin Hood, a pirate with a fearsome reputation. But when Nick learns his archenemy, the Barbary pirate Yussef, attacked innocents Nick has sworn to protect, he can think of nothing but vengeance.
Only one person stands in his way.
His wife.
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fun and Flirty!

What can I say about Tawna Fenske that has not already been said? Her writing style will simply make you fall in love with it all while making readers laugh their rumps off. Frisky Business is no different this book is a guilty pleasure that will have readers griping their sides from laughter. Frisky Business delivers a well blended mixture of sassy banter and quirky humor. I loved this book for its witty sexual innuendos and funny dialogue. Will and Marley sizzle up the pages with well plotted tension. It’s easy to get hooked onto Will and Marley, along with a few of their friends and family….oh and the pets one cannot forget how important the animals are in this book. Fenske also gives readers a lush peek into the city of Bend Oregon bringing it to life among the pages of this charming book. Frisky Business is the perfect feel good beach blanket book. It grabs from the first page and continues right to the very last page. Well written and delightful, this is a not to be missed book of summer.

Valerie Bowman's Great Start to a New Series!

Valerie Bowman’s The Unexpected Duchess is a delightful romp that I simply could not put down! Ms. Bowman’s stories tend to be fun and uplifting and, The Unexpected Duchess is no exception to this. It is the first book in Bowman’s Playful Bride series and which is proving to be entertaining right from the first book. Readers are introduced to Lucy, Cassandra, and Jane, a group of close friends and wallflowers. Their plan is to protect Cassandra from marrying the Duke of Claringdon. It sounds simple enough to these strong willed young ladies if only he wasn’t known as the Duke of Decisiveness. Derek Hunt has made a promise to his friend and fellow soldier and means to keep the promise. There is just one problem standing in his way, the stubborn Lady Lucy Upton. I loved everything about this book! I loved that both Lucy and Derek want what is best for their respective friends. I highly enjoyed the battles that ensue as each attempt to prove their points, and I adored how it quickly becomes clear that the warring pair realize that they are more compatible with each other. Yet, Derek is determined to honor his promise no matter what it costs. This book takes a slightly humorous turn as the passions and fires begin to build between Derek and Lucy. I found The Unexpected Duchess to be witty and delightful. It was quite the page turner and had me wanting to come back for more. If you’re a reader that loves a fun romantic troupe then this is the book for you!