Today we celebrate the release of
The Marooner (Pirates of the Coast Book 3)
by USA Today and Amazon All-Star best-selling author Barbara Devlin!
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Barbara Devlin offers history, romance, and mystery all wrapped up in an engrossing story that is filled with witty repartee and ribald scenes that border on debauchery. ~IndieReader
Inside the Book:
A GENTLY BRED VIRGIN
Lady Sophia Grace Radcliff, the epitome of a genteel Englishwoman, has no idea what awaits her, when she is summoned to her father’s study to meet her prospective husband. Given the miserable state of the family finances, she understands she will be sold to the highest bidder, to save the earldom from a humiliating declaration of insolvency, and it is a sacrifice she is prepared to accept. But the impeccably tailored garb and clean-shaven face do nothing to conceal the menacing demeanor of her intended. How will she survive a match to a man she fears?
A COLD-HEARTED PIRATE
Leland Stryker, known throughout the pirate ranks as The Marooner, for his practice of abandoning his victims on deserted islands, is a ruthless buccaneer who reluctantly signs a pact with the English, in exchange for a full pardon for past crimes. But the Crown extends no protection to the fairer sex, and it is in the sensual realm that Leland feeds his basic instincts. After he successfully negotiates the purchase of a highborn bride, he proceeds to well and truly debauch her. But something happens on the journey to America, as his wife assumes her position without complaint, and soon Leland realizes he faces his most lethal opponent. Who will win the battle of the hearts?
The Marooner Excerpt
“Sophia, are you all right?” Gabriel, her brother, knocked on the door, even though he loomed in the entry between her sitting room and her bedchamber. “I called to you, but you did not answer. “Are you unwell?”
“No, darling.” She sat upright and waved a welcome. “Come in, and sit with me.”
“I cannot, because father bade me fetch you to the study.” He bowed his head and frowned. “He wishes to discuss a marriage proposal, and we have a visitor.”
“Oh?” She stood, walked to the long mirror, and assessed her appearance. Yes, she wore an old dress, the hem of which had been let out on more than one instance, but they had no money for new day gowns. “Anyone I know?”
Given the family’s poor finances, and the debts leveraged against the estate, owing to her father’s poor investments and terrible luck at gambling, her father had long since dismissed her lady’s maid, as well as several other servants, excepting their elder butler, who could not hear well, thus he often repeated things at the top of his lungs, and a cook.
“He was at the Oswald’s party.” Wrinkling his nose, Gabriel narrowed his stare and tapped his chin. “I peeked through the window, but I cannot recall his name, and I was not present when he arrived. No doubt, Boswell shouted the poor chap’s designation and scared him to death, so I suppose we should be grateful he did not flee.”
“Please, tell me it is not Lord Egremont.” At her vanity, Sophia sat and refreshed her coif. Of course, she could not refuse the annoying suitor, if he marked a path to her home, intent on proposing, because he possessed deep pockets, despite little else to recommend him. Notwithstanding her reservations, she had only a few offers, and the situation grew more and more desperate by the day. “His laugh gives me megrims.”
“You mean Lord Fartmont? And he is rather full of himself, given his propensity for breaking wind.” Gabriel snorted. “Reminds of me that old sow we had and how she passed gas whenever she ate.”
“Stop.” Sophia collapsed in a fit of mirth, which she appreciated, as it alleviated the tension gripping her spine. “I would not greet what could be my future lord and master, with a red face and puffy eyes, because you made me cry.”
“But it is true.” Gabriel held his belly and gave vent to a rip-roaring howl of laughter. “I wonder what he eats for dinner, and if you will suffer the same problem, should you wed him.” He rolled on his side and hooted even louder. “Forevermore, you shall be known as Toot Toot Sophia.”
Devlin’s prose and descriptions enchant right from the opening scene. ~RT Book Reviews
This heart-fluttering, nerve-wracking, swoon-worthy romance is one for the ages! ~InD’tale Magazine
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USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, DE that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite. Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero, before they find their happily ever after. Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.
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