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Original artwork by Sam Mayle
If it is true that only those women who behave badly make history, can two women loving badly rewrite it?
Black Hearts White Bones
Peg Brennan hasn’t held a sword since the day she was captured at sea and imprisoned ten years earlier. But as her fingers slide around the hilt of the rapier laying in the dirt beside her, she knows that the quiet life she has created for her bastard son in Bath is about to change for the worse – and still she cannot stop herself. What she doesn’t know is that an even darker threat will soon arrive that will drag her back into the blackness that can only exist in a pirate’s heart.
Sailing toward the port town in the Carolina colony is Mary Read – the woman Peg left behind to die in Jamaica nine years earlier. Her life has been as hard as Peg’s has been mundane, providing bitter sauce for the cold revenge she intends to serve her former love. When they come face to face, Mary Read plans to kill Peg – the woman who is really Anne Bonny – and abduct her eight-year-old son Tye as payment for her suffering. But fate seldom adheres to the plans of men, and even less so for women who have tasted forbidden fruit.
The first of several Books by Bill scheduled to be released in coming months, Black Hearts White Bones is a thoughtful and poignant suspense story about two, very real, 18th Century, female pirates. Sign up on my mailing list so as to be sure not to miss the publication announcement.
Cover art: Consuelo Parra
Design Consultant: Meredith Walsh
You have to listen with your heart.
How had things gone so wrong?
Caelyn’s small hands, raw with broken blisters, were no longer able to grasp the oars. It mattered little that the wind was dying and the sky was almost clear. Without fresh water, they would not survive. Exhausted, she rested against the oar handles crossed in an X before her and sobbed, cursing the strange aversion that kept her from doing the one simple thing that might save them. But only for a few moments. She may not be stronger than the phobia, but neither was she weak of constitution and determination. The tears shed were seen by no one and the release of pent-up emotion gave her new hope. Settling in next to the unconscious rescuer to share body warmth against the growing cold, Caelyn prayed to the only gods that had ever afforded her comfort.
In the tradition of Legends of the Fall and Cold Mountain, Aphrodite's Whisper is one of those rare love stories that transports the reader to a seldom-explored time and place. Caelyn Canady, a moneyed-class misfit from New York, becomes a castaway forced to save herself and the injured man who had come to help her. Only if she can survive will she learn the dark truth of her past and be free to become the woman she is meant to be.
Ethan Roberts, her would-be rescuer, is a veteran of the Spanish-American War tormented by the deaths of his best friend and an innocent woman. In becoming a crewman in the lifesaving service, he may have found a way to escape his guilt and pain. Whether it be through redemption or death he no longer cares – until the stoic Missourian’s passion for life is rekindled by the slight woman who saves him.
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