Ivory Shepard didn’t want to be a pirate when she grew up but she didn’t plan on being orphaned and alone at thirteen with her three cousins either. After a Spanish raid in Charles Towne left them with nothing, Ivory held her cousins together, trained them to fight for their lives and led them to a life of quiet refuge on the banks of the Ashley River. Believing they were out of reach of the hands of unscrupulous men, they found life on the farm a tolerable substitute for the traditional alternatives life would force onto them—until the night the pirates showed up. Unfortunately for the pirates, these handy young women were ready, and they weren’t going anywhere without a fight.
Where do I begin?
That’s a difficult question in and of itself but when your life is transformed into something else, do you start when you’re born or when your life truly began?
I was born in London as Gabriel Wallace. The child of high society; although I was raised to appreciate everything that softly landed in my hand. I followed all the rules. I worked hard, studied hard and ended up a captain in the Royal Navy before my twenty fifth birthday. Unfortunately, I saw the world through my own eyes, not the eyes of my superiors and my vision was clear.
I knew my duty. I knew my job. I also knew deep down, regardless of the loyalty my commission required, my stance was in opposition and it was but a matter of time before they’d force me to stand alone.
Fortunately for me, my crew was loyal too and I had the full support of my closest friend and confidant as well. I didn’t know where I’d end up but I knew one thing for sure; I needed to get the hell out of England and thanks to them, I was taking my ship with me.
The time had come to hunt.
Had I known the repercussions of murdering the captain of a pirate ship, I may have taken the time necessary to rethink the act. As if I’ve ever had a choice that didn’t involve a fight or at the very least, defending myself against some man, hell bent on destroying me or my kin. All we wanted was our freedom. All we found were demons disguised as men. A woman pirate needs friends, big strong male friends, to survive in this unforgiving land of thieves and murderers—at least until she gets on her feet. Of course, trying to find one person you can trust is like finding an oyster with a perfect pearl in it—you have to break a few shells and get your hands dirty. We were lucky. I found the biggest, baddest and most honorable man in the Caribbean and he just happened to be in the pearl business.
After finding love in the most unlikely of places, Ivory’s life appears to at last be falling into place. Having proven herself a force to be reckoned with, she has at last set sail for the first time as a pirate. The only problem is she’s a woman and must disguise herself in order to set foot on a ship. Being in love with her captain isn’t helping matters either and whole new set of obstacles are presenting themselves at every turn. Her brash style and tenacity, however, could prove to make her, her own worst enemy.
With a sword in her hand and her new found love at her side, Ivory Shepard is about to embark on a mission to rescue and return every young woman she can who has fallen prey to the jaded tides of the Caribbean sex trade. Armed with a secret log book she acquired from a pirate captain—who also happened to be an evil smuggler, she believes herself well prepared for the task. As she’s already learned the hard way, pirates always prove to be unpredictable and ruthless. Unfortunately for them, so is she.
Left behind in Port Royal, alone and wounded, Ivory Shepard fights her way out of her sick bed to search for her missing cousins.
As she sets out on her own journey, Rasmus and the crew come up empty on Tortuga but find a bit of information that turns the whole expedition bottoms up.
The girls have been kidnapped by a deadly pirate who goes by the name, the Bull. With his reputation for taking no bullshit, the girls must proceed with caution, but when he meets Keara, will she take that Bull by the horns or will his convictions and hunger for revenge blow their budding romance right out of the water?
Ivory Shepard didn’t want to be a pirate when she grew up but she didn’t plan on being orphaned and alone at thirteen with her three cousins either.
After a Spanish raid in Charles Towne left them with nothing, Ivory held her cousins together, trained them to fight for their lives and led them to a life of quiet refuge on the banks of the Ashley River. Out of reach of the hands of unscrupulous men, they found life on the farm a tolerable substitute for the traditional alternatives life would force onto them—until the night the pirates showed up.
Setting foot on that first pirate ship was nothing compared to the life of freedom and adventure awaiting them, once Ivory and the girls were through playing nice. Only one man believes he can stop her and he won’t need a ship full of guns to do it.
If it were only that easy…
Coming This Friday, I’m going to reveal my new book covers for The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales Series!
In conjunction with the release of the latest book in the series, I’ve decided I can’t keep this secret any longer and have to share!
Although BEYOND THE RUBY MOON is still in the final stages of editing and will not be released until next month, I’m hoping to generate a good deal of interest in the series with these new, colorful, exciting covers.
I’m asking all of my friends and peers to please share them if you can. I am also still looking for blog hosts to help me launch the new covers AND the new book. If you can spare a space on your blog, I’d greatly appreciate it and would definitely reciprocate. Please email me @ suzym45 @ aol.com
Thank you so much for following my blog and for helping me continue to write these stories and tell these tales!
I’ve gone and done it!
Book #5 in the Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales is almost ready for print!
Here is the new order of the books:
Demons & Pearls
Beyond the Ruby Moon <—NEW ONE!!!!!
The Blue Diamond
I haven’t established a release date yet but I wanted to reach out to any book bloggers who may be interested in hosting me, in exchange for an arc of the book. Also, the first five bloggers who contact me via email, will receive a paperback, with the all new beautiful cover, once the books are ready! You can keep it or give it to one of your readers as a giveaway!
I’m going to have a few contests as well so please stay tuned!
Here’s the BEST part of all…
All new beautiful covers!!!
Here’s a sneak peek!
I’m extremely proud of this series and this book is my most favorite so far! The reason is it incorporates so many of our favorite characters and introduces some new and intriguing ones as well!
Let’s see what awaits you!
- AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
If you’re interested and have space available on your blog around the first week of September, I’d be honored to work with you!
Please contact me at suzym45 @ aol.com and put “BLOG HOST” in the subject line.
Like I said, the first five bloggers to contact me will receive a paperback copy of my new book, BEYOND THE RUBY MOON!
Thank you so much for reading this and I look forward to working with you!
Please feel free to share this with your blogging friends too!
Since this is something I constantly wrestle with, I thought perhaps other Historical Fiction writers might benefit from this as well.
Alison Stuart, author of historical romance and the soon-to-release historical mystery, Singapore Sapphire, and three other authors—Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, and Leanna Hieber—discussed the notion of carving out your niche in a crowded market. It was a lively session with lots of laughter.
Publishers and retailers love labels; but what do you do when what you write doesn’t fit neatly on the shelf …
Lauren Willig refers to her novels as “genre stew”, a combination of historical chick lit, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Deanna Raybourn used the phrase “magpies of the writers world” to describe her novels which are Victorian, romance, mysteries. And Leanna Hieber has coined a new phrase for her novels—gaslight fantasy—to describe their blend of historical fantasy, mystery, and gothic.
The group shared stories about their obstacles to publishing.Deanna said that she originally “didn’t know what she wanted to write” and stumbled around for…
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I’m sharing these because I hope they help someone else make this change. On January 9, 2019 I made the choice to stop eating sugar, carbohydrates etc. and to completely change my way of eating. It’s funny, I knew how fat I’d gotten. I knew how bad I felt but I just couldn’t figure out what I needed to do to lose the weight. Then I found #Keto and intermittent fasting. Call it what you like but pictures don’t lie. I still have a way to go to get to my final goal but seeing these photos side by side blows my mind. I’m proud of the commitment I made and that I’ve stayed the course and continue to do so. If one person sees this and decides tonight to change their life, it’s worth sharing these fat pictures. I love myself and now I know sugar is the devil lol 😂 I’m 55 years old and feel 35 again.
Everybody loves the good guy/gal right?
That main character who is above reproach and does everything with the motivation for good. He or she rescues the innocent, saves the day, rights the wrongs of the world and then rides off into the sunset on their white charger…or IN their white charger depending on your story, and the happy ending is complete.
However, sometimes your good guy does what society considers bad things in order to achieve the greater good and that’s okay! Like for instance, this incredibly handsome, brooding good guy who I love and miss already…where’s my next book George???
Please don’t ruin your Jon Snow by forcing a fake mental illness on another protagonist to end an epic fantasy because you want to go play with light sabers…OKAY? There is room for more than one good protagonist. Think Justice League or the Avengers. You don’t have to FORCE them into madness with no legitimate character build up, just to end your story. (Sorry they did that to you Daenerys.)
Listen, even fairy tales don’t always have happy endings so let’s do better than that. I know we can! I have faith!
Bittersweet endings? Yes! Salty sweet? Oh hell yes! Just don’t waste our time for eight seasons and then completely corrupt our heroes.
Okay…moving on now…
Let’s chat about the villain of the story, assuming there is one. What makes them worth reading about?
Personally, some of my favorite villains have been those whose motivations are greed and power. They’re not cartoon character baddies (JOKER) but rather have layers…of badness. Not everyone just wants to watch the world burn. Some of them want all the goodies before pushing that detonator or snapping their fingers!
Some villains are jealous or feel disconnected from the world. Maybe they didn’t want to be the bad guy/girl but a chain of events awakened them to who they really are and catapults them into their destiny of trying to achieve world domination. Maybe they just want people to understand that this is what is best for all! Maybe there is actual character buildup other than itty bitty threads of foreshadowing that causes them to evolve into a complete psychopathic killer. Give me some acts of pure madness, even small ones before you make her burn an entire city when she hears a bell ring…right ZuZu??
Maybe the villain is just a mean girl who hates everyone except a select few other mean girls/guys who want to be her ride or die bitches. She gets off on hurting people and making people feel insecure and insignificant. She doesn’t have some tragic back story where she was orphaned and passed around from foster home to foster home. She’s a spoiled brat who obviously was never told the word no. Think Varuca Salt – I mean imagine if she hadn’t fallen into that rotten egg machine but instead, grew up to be Cersei Lannister, who died like the wicked witch of the east. God help me I’m still in so much pain over this.
There are so many villain types but not all of them are worth reading about. We all know who they are:
The one who’s evil for evil’s sake with no real motivation. The one who likes to torture animals and believes everyone was put on earth for his amusement. No, not Joffrey Baratheon. Incest can cause madness but give him some substance, rather than making him/her/they/them just some one dimensional devil person. Please, we need more than that. This villain is overdone and he’s boring. We don’t need their life story but every villain is motivated by something. Just try to make that motivation believable, even if it’s as simple as greed.
The sexy hot guy who’s the tallest, best looking, most mysterious human in the story (or the equivalent female with the 18 inch waist and double D boobs.) Every man fears him and every stupid female wants the D and if she doesn’t, he’ll use his sexual prowess to convince her she does want it. Mkayyyyyy…Um…please don’t. Let’s not perpetuate the abusive, hyper-testosterone, toxically masculine bad guy who’s a beast in the sheets and on the streets. Ugh, just please don’t make women or men so stupid that they fall for this douche bag, at least not without some mind altering drugs.
Give me a villain who’s the neighbor down the street with the poodle and the Siamese cat named Bootsie, who spends his evenings working at a diner where oops, people come in to eat and are never seen again.
Give me the villain who’s obsessed with chemistry and accidentally discovers a formula that transforms her into an powerful wizard but changers her from a mild mannered scientist into an evil murderess.
Villains don’t always have to be out to rule the world. They can just wreak havoc on their town or use power and money to manipulate, dominate and destroy those they deem as the enemy. They’re jealous. They’ve been betrayed. The options are endless. Let’s not stop until we find them and write them all. Yes, even the bad guy deserves a great story.