Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Years Bash Day 6 - Welcome Denyse Bridger!

Give a big warm welcome for Denyse! She'll be talking about sexy pirates!

Piracy and the romance of the Caribbean….

Quite the combination, isn’t it? And it’s fascinated movie viewers, and romance readers, forever… just a TINY bit of info as background to it all…

The era of piracy in the Caribbean Sea began in the 16th century and died out in the 1720s after the navies of the nations of Western Europe with colonies in the Caribbean began combating pirates. The period during which pirates were most successful was from the 1690s until the 1720s. Piracy flourished in the Caribbean because of the existence of relatively lawless British seaports such as Port Royal in Jamaica and the French settlement at Tortuga.

Piracy in the Caribbean resulted from the groups of Europeans, mostly English, Dutch and French, who were marooned or shipwrecked off the coast of Hispaniola. They were called buccaneers as well, from the French "boucaner" (to smoke meat) on a "boucan" (wooden frame set over a fire.) By setting up smokey fires and boucans with prepared meat of marooned cattle, these castaways could get a ship to draw near for trading, at which time the buccaneers could seize the ship. The buccaneers were later chased off the island by colonial powers and had to seek a life at sea. There they created lucrative but illegitimate opportunities for common seamen to attack European merchant ships (especially Spanish fleets sailing from the Caribbean to Europe) and seize their valuable cargo, a practice that began in the 16th century. Piracy was sometimes given "legal" status by colonial powers, especially France under King Francis I (r.1515-1547), in the hope of weakening the sea trade of their rivals. This "legal" form of piracy is known as privateering. From 1520 to 1560, French privateers were alone in their fight against the Crown of Spain and the vast commerce of the Spanish Empire in the New World. They were later joined by English and Dutch privateers. The following quote by a Welsh pirate shows the motivations for piracy in the 18th century Caribbean: “In an honest Service, there is thin Commons, low Wages, and hard Labour; in this, Plenty and Satiety, Pleasure and Ease, Liberty and Power; and who would not balance Creditor on this Side, when all the Hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sower Look or two at choaking. No, a merry Life and a short one shall be my Motto.” -- Pirate Captain Bartholomew Roberts (aka, Black Bart)

Hollywood caught on to the romantic aspect of the pirates early on, and periodically over the decades, they’ve become very fashionable as unlikely heroes, or anti-heroes. The most recent pirate to win hearts is of course Johnny Depp’s unforgettable Captain Jack Sparrow. It was Captain Sparrow that inspired my Captain Jack Stanton. And if you would like to meet him, my latest release just happens to be:

Publisher: Hearts On Fire Books
Genre: Adventure Fantasy/Romance (mildly erotic)
Cover by: Dara England

Three stories, one kind of hero, pirates anyone? Includes the short stories Angel-Fire, Storm-Singer, and The Phantom’s Lair… Historical adventure, and the darker mystery of an ageless vampire who keeps a witch at his side, his protector and his lover through eternity...

Angel-Fire: A short intro to the world of Captain Jack Stanton, an honourable man with a tarnished reputation. Stranded in Nassau, caught up in a pleasant interlude with a barmaid, Jack has a vision that will lead him to his past and his future, if he can survive to get back Tortuga to discover what it all means…

Storm-Singer: The Isle of Nyx has become the dread of all sailors who must dare the waters surrounding the mythical island. Local legends say a vampire prince resides in the ancient castle that can be seen from the harbor of the island. At his side is a powerful sorceress whose song can control and summon storms.

In a desperate attempt to end the eternal threat looming over them, the people of the Aurora Islands sacrifice their greatest treasure, the princess Sarita, entrusting her with the task of seducing and destroying the dark prince who has been plundering their wealth and their people for centuries?

The Phantom’s Lair: Upon her arrival in the pirate port of Tortuga where her father is acting as Governor, Katheryn Hollinsworth is determined to choose her own path, and follow her heart wherever it may take her. On the streets of Puerta de la Plata, she encounters the mythical buccaneer known as The Phantom, and very quickly loses her heart to the handsome rogue.

Jack Stanton is a man who has never fully come to terms with his past, and in the Governor's pretty daughter he finds a most unlikely champion. But when his past threatens her life, and any chance of a respectable future, The Phantom must face the demons of his past, and accept the dictates of his own reawakened heart...

Previous Reviews for Storm-Singer and The Phantom’s Lair:

The Phantom’s Lair:

4 Stars - Oleta M Blaylock, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4 Cups -  Laura, Coffee Time Romance
4 Angels - Jessica, Fallen Angels Reviews
4 Roses - Pam L., A Romance Review


4 Cups - Katherine L. Hunt, Coffee Time Romance
4 Angels - JoAnn, Fallen Angel Reviews


Denysé said...

Thanks for having me as your guest today, Tir - anyone has questions, I'll be in and out all day, so feel free to chat!!

Have a good one, folks!!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Ironically enough, I did purchase this book two days ago before I knew you'd be featured on this blog LOL

Can't wait to read it!

I've also got a pirate novella releasing this month :-)

Love pirates

Colleen Love said...

Love your pirates, Denyse! Great stories!

Thanks for the history lesson too!


Lisa J said...

OK, so I have a question- not necessarily about pirates though....what is the difference between a novel and a novella (apart from two letters!!)???

and one about pirates.......why do you think Hollywood et al like the more 'romantic' side of pirates and gloss over the less savoury aspects??
#Book sounds great!
Lisa J

Denysé said...

Hi there! Gosh, I am jumping around so much today I'm going to meet myself coming or going!!

Sandra - thanks so much for buying the book - I really hope you enjoy it! And congrats on your upcoming release, too! Maybe you'd like to stop by my blog when it's out, and we can promo your tale?

Colleen - thanks, always, for being in my corner.

Lisa J - usually the difference between novel and novella is the word count - a novella is generally a short novel - as in 40,000 or so words. The pirate question, who knows? Hollywood loves to glamourize the bad boys, and pirates were the original bad boys, weren't they? I think many people forget the brutality so many of these sailing savages visited upon the places they landed, and the ships they plundered. It's somehow more palatable to think of them as misunderstood but noble men... the original concept that made the privateers a reality in the Caribbean in particular wasn't exactly noble from the get-go, so it's a valid question, I just don't know that there's much of an answer for it.

Thanks for coming by.

Sandra Sookoo said...

Sure Denyse. Just send me an email at and let me know upcoming available dates!