Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ahoy Matey! Stop by For Pirate Trivia and an #excerpt

Thanks so much for stopping by to read about some legendary pirates!

Bet you didn't know:

Jean Lafitte was a pirate who provided assistance to America in the War of 1812 (The Battle of New Orleans).                  

The British Royal Navy's "ultimate pirate buster" ship was called:    The Swallow . Bartholomew Roberts sailed into battle against this ship and got shot in the neck.

When the Royal Navy captured Blackbeard they mounted his head on the bowsprit of their ship as a warning to other pirates.

Not all pirate flags were black and white. If the ship sailed a "red" flag it meant death to all that saw it and the pirates would show no mercy in battle.

The manacles William Kidd wore in 1699 at a Boston jail weighed 16 lbs. Kidd was hanged twice in 1701 because the first rope snapped.

Grog is the name given to the alcoholic drink of pirates. It is derived from a nickname for an admiral who liked to drink. Grog was made from rum, water, lemon and sugar.

Port Royal, Jamaica, a pirate haven, was named "the wickedest city on earth". It was destroyed in 1692 when an earthquake hit but rebuilt.

Gambling was strictly forbidden aboard most pirate vessels. Whenever they made port the crew loved to spend their profits on gambling. 

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My gay fiction novel The Devil's Heel is a pirate novella. 

WARNING: These pirates engage in explicit and intense man love!

About The Devil's Heel:

Five years ago Drew Hibbard dismissed Rogan Brockport from his life. Now, they meet again at the Governor’s Ball and Rogan will know the reason for the abrupt, unexplained cut. After Rogan saves Drew’s life during a pirate raid, he kidnaps him and the perfect opportunity to extract answers from Drew is finally at hand.

Drew and Rogan meet at a ball. They haven't seen one another since Drew broke from their relationship. Here, Rogan corners Drew on a secluded balcony.

Drew held an arm out to keep him at bay, critically aware of the dark eyes and unreadable expression. “I won’t be at my residence. I have plans in the coming days.”

Rogan backed him into a wall. “You’ll be available.” He yanked him against his hard chest.

Drew didn’t pull away, but moaned when Rogan claimed his mouth. The rough stubble of his day-old beard brushed against his skin. He parted his lips under the man’s seeking tongue. Drew threaded his fingers through Rogan’s hair and a surge of raw hunger tore through him.

Rogan’s prick pressed into his abdomen and everything rushed back—the hoarse cries and gasping moans while the decadent man drove into him. Drew's breathing deepened. Weak-kneed, he clung to Rogan, and emitted a whimper of protest when he broke from the kiss.

“You’ve no desire to receive me or speak to me? What a consummate liar you are, Drew. Shall I take that to mean you’ll come to my bed mute?”

His senses returning, he pushed Rogan away and wiped his lips to rid himself of the kiss. “Arrogant bastard. Stand aside and let me pass.”

His eyes grew hard. “Not until you tell me why you broke it off without an explanation.”

Drew spat the words. “A cheater doesn’t merit an explanation.”

Rogan’s eyes narrowed and for a moment he seemed bewildered. “You have sufficient evidence, of course, to back up such a scurrilous accusation?”

Low-voiced, Drew said, “The image will be locked in my mind forever. Is that sufficient evidence for you?”

“You speak falsely. I never looked at another since the day . . . the day—”

Drew looked away from his penetrating gaze. “It was a long time ago; what does it matter now?”

Rogan grabbed his arm again. “Christ, it matters to me!”

Their eyes locked, the floor moved beneath Drew's feet and threatened to swallow him.

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