My Beautiful Map of Port Royal and Kingston Jamaica

My beautiful map of Port Royal and Kingston Jamaica, for my soon to be new writing room, “Peggy’s Cove.” This map is dated 1772. Of course it isn’t the original but it’s beautiful.

my map

 

Check out a little history on the tragic Earthquake that destroyed a great deal of Port Royal in 1692.

I chose this web site not only for the story content but because of the wonderful illustrations.

Pirates of the Caribbean – PORT ROYAL EARTHQUAKE

It was calm in Jamaica the morning of June 7, 1692. According to Edmund Heath’s eyewitness account, “there was no wind stirring” and nothing that made anyone suspicious of the calamity about to befall the island.

 

Meet My New Sister of the Sea – Author Cristi Taijeron – Part I

Ever since I wrote The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge, I’ve been sailing all across the internet in search of the treasure that is all things pirate.

From web sites to Facebook pages dedicated to the history and lore of pirates, I’ve pillaged and plundered information and along the way, I’ve found the most interesting and generous lot of mates you could ever hope to discover.

I recently became friends with one of the most knowledgeable and seasoned authorities on pirates and buccaneers I’ve ever met and now, after a few weeks of chatting and the past week of intense discussions on all things pirate as well as reading each others books, I think we’ve found a kindred spirit in each other. That person is Author Cristi Taijeron of the Endless Horizon Pirate Stories.

Imagine two modern, twenty-first century women, both writers, both fascinated with history but who also enjoy nothing more than spilling blood and guts all over the decks of pirate ships, and who revel in discussing ship parts, notorious pirates and seventeenth century weaponry. Yep, that’s us.

Our conversations range from the struggles of publishing and marketing to writing romance and intimacy from a man’s point of view. As we read each others books, we discuss each chapter as if it actually happened and share both our love and disgust with our own characters. Being able to read her first book this week and start on her second, all while discussing my own book as she reads it, has been a treat that I can hardly put into words. Cristi is a treasure and getting to know her like this has enriched my writing and I feel in a very short time, my knowledge and inspiration has doubled.

Although our writing styles are different, our passion is the same. Sadly, I see so many authors within the same genre who compete with each other. Neither Cristi nor I feel this at all and if anything, we are constantly encouraging each other and bouncing ideas off of each other so that we can both improve as well as expand our audiences and perhaps even join forces to bring the best and most historically accurate pirate stories to the public within our genre.

In this two part series, I want to bring you Cristi and her books, as well as a fun and interesting interview with one of her characters, who I personally adore. First though, let’s get to know the beautiful Cristi a little better:

Author Cristi TaijeronAuthor Bio:

My name is Cristi Taijeron (Better known by the pirates as Ivey Taijeron) Other than writing pirate stories, I’m a stay home mother who also does the bookkeeping at the auto shop my husband and I own. I enjoy off-road adventures through the desert as much as I love building sandcastles at the beach, and at home I have a flower garden I tend to. Though I have been passionate about drawing, painting, and writing for most of my life, it has always been my greatest dream to publish a novel.

In her own words:

1. What inspired you to write your current book?

Uncharted Secrets was inspired by a mysterious character mentioned in my Justified Treason series. In those books, Sterling Bentley tells us that he never knew his mother, Hannah, and though his father, Mason Bentley, spoke very little of her, Sterling was well aware that Mason loved Hannah for all of his days. When I began writing Justified Treason, Hannah was as mysterious to me as she was to Sterling, but as the tale unfolded I found myself wanting to know more about her. So I decided to ‘investigate’ her tale. The surprises I found hiding in the pages gave me no choice but to write this book, which turned into a series of its own.

2. Do you do a lot of research for your novels and if so, what kinds of sources do you use?

I do a ton of research! I read as many books as I can about the history of this era, but I also like interviewing the experts. For weaponry I have a blacksmith I talk to. I know a few pirate historians who I can ask about specifics of pirate life. I’ve talked to sailors about their adventures on the tides, and I have gone out to sea and boarded a few tall ships to get the feel for my settings. For injuries I have a trauma nurse I can ask questions to, and I have a warrior who helps me to emphasize the realistic frame of mind for my characters during battle scenes. Oh, also, one of my best friends has a degree in psychology so she helps me to keep my characters emotions realistic throughout their adventures.

3. How important do you think book covers are?

Being an artist myself, I must admit that I do judge books by their covers, so I put a lot of time in to my cover designs. I like for them to not only fit the title, but to also display the feel of the story, and hopefully allure the readers to want to know more of what lie within the pages.

4. What publishing road did you take and why?

I am self-published but these books are far from a self-made product. I have an amazing editor, a fabulous cover artist, and a reliable team of beta readers, not to mention the many people who help supply the information I listed in the above question. When I started writing it never even crossed my mind to reach out to a publisher. I might consider “Going on account” with a one if the right deal came along, but being the pirate I am, I am weary about the concept of allowing someone else to take reign over my art and will most likely continue to do things my way—the hard way.

5. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?

To be able to take someone’s imagination on a journey they will forever remember like a memory of their own is honestly the greatest reward in this line of work, but it’d also be nice to sell enough books to get me down to the Caribbean again, preferably for a big pirate party.

6. Do you have an idea for your next book?

I have so many story ideas swirling around in my head it’s a wonder I get anything else done in my daily life! There will be five books in the Uncharted Secrets series, five in Justified Treason, and last month I accidentally started a series based on Mason Bentley’s life story. It will be the King of my Nightmare series and will mostly likely end up as five books as well. Not to mention the fact that I also want to write westerns one day. Endless Horizon Western Stories has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you say?

7. Name three of your favorite books of all time:

James Michener’s Hawaii is one I often think back on, but Treasure Island is the one book I have read multiple times. Also, I recently read Flint & Silver by John Drake (A prequel to Treasure Island). I was utterly astounded by his writing style and the masterful way he lived up to the beloved classic.

8. Do you watch television and if so, do you have any favorite shows?

Normally, I do not watch TV—unless you count the few times I turn my head from a book to see what in the world my husband is watching—but I have been following Black Sails! I absolutely love their realistic display of the brutality of the era, I adore how they mixed true historic pirates with the characters from Treasure Island, and the unique way they combined all of these elements into a unique plotline atop of the beautiful Caribbean setting has me craving for season two.

9. Do you have any other talents besides writing?

I am an artist. I paint, draw, write, and decorate, and on my website you will also find some of my artistic creations. Inspiration is everywhere and with all the daydreams swarming in my mind there is never a dull moment in my world.

Cristi’s Amazon Author Page

Cristi’s Web Site

On Facebook

On Instagram – pirateivy

Tomorrow…

Meet one of her characters and I’ll post my review of Uncharted Secrets.

Uncharted Secrets

 

 

A Few Review Excerpts I Picked Out to Entice You Aboard

I’m not ashamed to admit I get all warm and fuzzy when I read a well written positive review. I kind of roll around in it like a dog in fresh cut grass.

Why not? We write because we have to. We publish and share because we hope our readers will love it and share their feelings. Sure, some people won’t enjoy what we write and they may even give us negative feedback but…

This post is all about keeping it positive today and sharing feedback that promotes joy and self confidence and yes, even makes me wish I had some fresh cut grass to roll around in. 😉

“I truly enjoy P.S. Barlett’s writing and it’s a guilty pleasure because once I get to reading, it’s difficult to put the book down. The characters are strong, and the scenes evoke visceral reactions. The humor is laugh out loud funny. Truly worth your time and money.”

“I loved this book from the first page. The characters, the story line, the excitement, the romance and the adventure kept me enticed until the end. I anxiously await Book 2.”

“Ms. Bartlett has dared to create a tale of adventure and intrigue on the sea, shining the spotlight on a remarkable group of women that prove being a pirate isn’t a boy’s only club! Each character, no matter how brief their appearance is fully developed, uniquely displayed and often comically charming. No heaving bosoms here, unless it’s to trap a man! Fun, with some high action, history comes to life with a swashbuckling flare! Grab your gold earring and come aboard for some great reading where men are men and women are smarter!”

“PS. Proceed with caution: the book is filled with lots of descriptive scenes, and smooth reading. Beautiful story to the last page.”

“I am a fan of historical fiction as well as of the author, P.S. Bartlett. The Blue Diamond is yet another success as she spins a thrilling tale of adventure and love. The characters and setting are developed in such a way that draws readers in and the quick pace and continual action left me with a need to read on. The Blue Diamond The Razor’s Edge is a well written satisfying read.”

“Bartlett left us wanting more at the end. I am hoping for a follow up to The Blue Diamond. She has created a world with a lot of possibilities for further adventure with various characters created.”

“This is a great story of love, loss, and redemption. It is not your ordinary bodice-ripper. Ivory Shepard is a strong, yet flawed, character whose greatest struggle is taking care of her beloved cousins while keeping her vulnerability in check. Female pirates such as these are a rarity in romantic fiction, and P.S. Bartlett deftly handles the feminine psyche while providing her characters with a core of steel will and determination. This is a fun and satisfying read for those looking for love, adventure, and great female characters.”

You can read the full reviews here:

Cover Five Stars

Thank you for reading. I’m off to go and get these grass stains out. Oh who am I kidding…I don’t ever want to wash these away.

 

The #Pirate Code – Can You Follow the Rules of the #Ship?

A Pirate’s code of conduct

Contrary to popular images of pirates, life aboard ship was often a model of discipline and democracy. The following code of conduct was taken from one 18th century pirate ship and offers interesting insight into pirate affairs.

1. Every man shall obey civil Command; the Captain shall have one full share and a half in all Prizes; the Master, Carpenter, Boatswain and Gunner shall have one Share and quarter.

2. If any man shall offer to run away, or keep any Secret from the Company, he shall be marroon’d with one Bottle of Powder, one Bottle of Water, one small Arm and shot.

3. If any Many shall steel any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be marroon’d or shot.

4. If at any Time we should meet another Marrooner (that is Pyrate) that Man that shall sign his Articles without the Consent of our Company, shall suffer such Punishment as the Captain and Company shall think fit.

5. That Man that shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, shall receive Mose’s Law (that is 40 stripes lacking one) on the bare Back.

6. That Man that shall snap his Arms, or smoak Tobacco in the Hold, without a cap to his Pipe, or carry a Candle lighted without a Lanthorn, shall suffer the same Punishment as in the former Article.


Tim Rickard / News & Record

7. That Man that shall not keep his Arms clean, fit for an Engagement, or neglect his Business, shall be cut off from his Share, and suffer such other Punishment as the Captain and the Company shall think fit.

8. If any Man shall lose a Joint in time of an Engagement he shall have 400 pieces of Eight; if a limb 800.

9. If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.

From Blackbeard Lives.com

A Writing Challenge – If You’re Interested

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs
First of all, let me say I love being able to schedule posts. 🙂

Question: Have you ever looked at a painting or even a well done photograph and immediately, the image comes to life in your imagination and a story unfolds?

The painting above and the video below are of / about my favorite painting. Although there is already a story associated with this beautiful painting, which the lovely lady in the video does quite a nice job of explaining, I want more. This story is on my “to write” list and I’ve already begun pulling the research together for it.

Choose a painting or a photograph and tell us the story it conjures in your mind…if you dare. You don’t have to write a novel or even a short story, just a few lines, a paragraph or even the blurb will do. 🙂

Post it and link it back to me or just put it in the comments.

Thanks for playing!

 

http://www.nationalgallery.ie/Home/Collection/Irelands_Favourite_Painting/Burton

The Sack of Baltimore – Baltimore, Ireland That Is

The Sack of Baltimore

From the fabulous web site “Baltimore & The Isles The “Fort of Jewels”

The entrance to Eastern Hole must still look much as it did when the pirates anchored there before the raid in 1631In the summer of 1631 Baltimore fell victim to a sensational attack by pirates. At that time the population consisted chiefly of settlers from England who had arrived some years earlier to work in the lucrative pilchard fishery under lease from the O’Driscoll chieftain, Sir Fineen O’Driscoll. Piracy was rife along the shores of West Cork, much of it of a home-grown variety; indeed the settlement’s founder, Thomas Crooke, stood accused of involvement himself. However, the danger in this case was from much farther afield.

On board two ships that left Algiers was a combined force of Dutch, Algerians and Turks under the command of one of the most successful leaders of Barbary pirates, a renegade Dutchman, Murat Reis the Younger. By the time they reached the coast of West Cork, more than 1,000 miles away, they had already seized a number of smaller vessels, imprisoning their crews. The captain of one was a Dungarvan man by the name of John Hackett. Reis’ original target was probably Kinsale, but Hackett declared the harbour there ‘too hot’ to enter and in return for his freedom he offered to pilot Reis to the defenceless village of Baltimore. Undetected, the pirates anchored outside the harbour ‘about a musket shot from the shore’ late in the evening of 19th June. From here they launched an attack on the sleeping village before dawn the next day.

Read all about here: http://www.baltimore.ie/heritage-history/the-sack-of-baltimore-1631.html