Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Aloha to Darlene Marshall and THE PIRATE'S SECRET BABY


Pirates play a role in New Orleans' history.   Sadly, I didn't see any pirates at the RT Booklovers' Convention in New Orleans ... a cold knocked me out of several night time events.   But the spirit of pirates was present in the Big Easy ... and the spirit of pirates lives in Darlene Marshall's books:

Darlene Marshall is an award-winning author of historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum. She loves working at a job where business attire is shorts and a shirt festooned with pink flamingos and palm trees. Marshall lives in North Central Florida, a convenient location for researching sites of great historical significance, which also happen to also be at the beach and serve mojitos. Her books have been published in English, German and Estonian.

You can learn more about Darlene by visiting her website: darlenemarshall.com.

Pirate from RT/Chicago in 2012.

I reviewed Darlene's latest release, THE PIRATE'S SECRET BABY ...

The captain of the Prodigal Son has a deserved reputation as the deadliest (and best dressed) pirate in the Caribbean, but Robert St. Armand’s totally at sea when it comes to “Marauding Mattie,” the daughter he never knew he had. How in the world can he deal with the littlest pirate, one who prefers knife-throwing to arithmetic lessons, and who’d rather be keelhauled than eat her beets? He needs help!

Lydia Burke is living a safe, respectable life, separated from England by an entire ocean. It’s exactly what she needs and she’s not going to risk her boring, but secure, position as a governess to consort with pirates, especially one who’s too pretty for his own good or her peace of mind.

No self-respecting governess would be willing to come aboard the notorious Prodigal Son, but Robert didn’t fight his way to the top by letting small obstacles like scruples stop him. If he can’t hire Lydia Burke, he’ll steal her and take her to England with them, certain he can charm her into his bed along the way as an added bonus on the voyage.

It will be a true voyage of discovery for the pirate and the governess, as one learns to navigate the rocky shoals of parenthood while the other tries to keep deadly secrets hidden, and both will find that while it’s a child who initially brings them together, the growing passion between them offers the greatest temptation.

... giving it a five star rating (link). Darlene is offering a signed copies of THE PIRATE'S SECRET BABY.   To enter the giveaway,

1. Let's talk about period costumes ... would you dress as a pirate or wench?

2. Comments are open through Saturday, May 24, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 25.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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  1. It's not that I don't love pirates, because I do, but I would dress as a wench.

  2. I have enough to put together a Pirate went as one to an Island party just after watching Johny Deps movies. Only pirate there every one else in Hawaiian Shirts. Up side had an excuse to buy the hat and second no one had on the same shirt

  3. Wench & hope that a dashing pirate kidnaps me!

  4. I'd love to dress up like a saucy wench I think. Could be fun.

  5. I would definitely be a wench!! I do love the pirates though!!

  6. I'd be a wench. Shortly after we were married my hubby and I went to a renaissance faire and I got a pin that reads "Bill's Wench." LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  7. I'd dress as a pirate - love those tall boots!

  8. A wench of course!! This book sounds really great! I'm putting it on the to buy list, in case I don't win. Thanks for the chance.

  9. I'd love to dress as a pirate's wench!

  10. My friend's theme for her Halloween party this year is Pirates. So, I will need to decide what costume (pirate or wench) I plan to go in. I'm thinking wench, but that could change.

  11. I think it would depend on where I'm going. If it was a costume party, probably a pirate. Lol.
    This sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. :)