Page One – Chapter One – Demons and Jade – The Ivory Razor Adventure Series

I’d like to take a poll but better yet, I’d like to see your comments on the first page of my work in progress; Demons and Jade.

All I want to know (I suppose) is, if you read this first page, would you want to keep going. (?)

I realize this is a dangerous experiment because not everyone is into the whole pirate historical fiction thing but hey, that’s what we writers do, right? We risk it all to tell the stories we want to tell and put ourselves out there, regardless of what may come back. 🙂

If you’ve read The Blue Diamond, then this opening scene will seem very familiar. However, I’ve rewritten the scene to open this book with but in Ivory’s perspective. This scene is crucial to her story as this was the day the Ivory Razor was truly born.

First page only…(Of course as we writers also know, this could end up completely different once the book is published)


Demons and Jade – Book 2 – The Ivory Razor Adventure Series


Had I known the repercussions of murdering the captain of a pirate ship, I may have taken the time necessary to rethink the act. However, as I stood over the bloody, lifeless body of Captain Christopher Barclay, as well as no less than seven of his crew, as usual it was too late to change my mind. Change my mind indeed. As if I had a choice.

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. I must always follow my instincts, regardless of the fallout of my actions and had I not done so, I most certainly would not have lived to see the rest of this unspeakable day.

I pleaded with the man not to kill them all. If he’d have only been more of a man and less a murderous monster, perhaps this day may have ended for him as he lay down at last, safe and whole in his bunk. Alas, this was not to be. Instead the surge of the battle within him overtook his senses and he snatched me by the back of my neck.

“Miss Shepard, take your ladies below. And should these swabs be foolish enough to fight back and God forbid we lose this fight, kill your cousins… and then yourself. Trust me, you’ll not wish to draw breath should that pack of dogs board us.”

“I’ll send them below, but I’ll not pass up the chance at last to show your own pack of dogs who I am.” What the hell was I thinking?
“It’s your pretty head. If the first sight of a sail dropped you, let’s hope you can stay on your feet when they bare their fangs and lunge at your throat.”

“I’ll live Captain. And perhaps you haven’t noticed, but they’re not ladies anymore. Today shall prove that.” We’d spent weeks in rags, cleaning up after pirates, listening to their vile comments and working as virtual slaves in order to secure our passage to Jamaica. Perhaps I’d had enough and was ready for a fight.

Done! Done! Done! Hurray!

It’s done! It’s finally done!

Carlton Dance

My manuscript is complete!

Editing – COMPLETE!!!

I love all 99,500 words!!!

Book number three is off to the publisher!

What a journey it’s been and tomorrow (well today) we shall celebrate the completion of this little jewel!!!

Thank you all for following along with my progress!

Pre-Order yours tonight at!

The Blue Diamond


By the way…Amazon has my book in all the wrong categories. We’re hoping to have this fixed SOON. This book is not YA or teen and is definitely not 11-15 pages long.

The book should be listed as historical fiction/Romance/adventure !



Although my latest book will not be released until early October, I’m excited to present you with my amazing cover, created by Amber Rendon of Novel Idea Design for GMTA Publishing.

Friends of my blog, I give you the cover for “THE BLUE DIAMOND – THE RAZOR’S EDGE!”



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…

If you are a book blogger and/or reviewer and would like to be notified when an arc for this book will be available, please e-mail me at authorpsbartlett at aol dot com and I’ll be more than happy to provide you with one when the time comes. Please be sure to indicate which e-book format you require in your e-mail, as well as links to your blog and/or reviews.

If you’re curious as to what you’re getting yourselves into, think “Pirates of the Caribbean” meets “Charlie’s Angels.”

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The Blue Diamond -The Razor’s Edge Sneak Peek!

EDITED TO ADD: I have since renamed this book. The NEW title is “The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge.”

I’ve only recently finished this wild and crazy romp but I wanted to share this, as this photo of actor Henry Cavill was definitely the inspiration for the dreaded Maddox Carbonale aka Pirate Blacksnake. I hope it leads you to the story once it’s published! The Blue Diamond