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Batten Down the Hatches for a Ruby Release – Mutiny of the Heart

In honor of my latest pirate adventure MUTINY OF THE HEART which was released last week, I thought I’d talk sailor shop, literally. Did you know that many of the idioms and words we speak today are of nautical origin? Granted, some of these phrases are disputable among etymologists, but their seafaring origins are plausible. And interesting, if not romantic in the literary sense.

  • Turn a Blind Eye – ignore. Credited to Admiral Horatio Nelson. When things looked bleak for the British during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, his superior signaled a flag of retreat. Nelson was notified of the banner, but he raised his spyglass to his blind eye and commented he didn’t see the flag. He continued to fight and within the hour won the battle. Now THAT is the stuff heroes are made of.
  • Clean Bill of Health – to be well and healthy. This was a paper signed by presumably a doctor or other authority stating the vessel’s passenger was free from disease or illness. No one wants the spread of nasty or fatal cooties in the close confines of a ship.
  • Doldrums (in the) – emotionally down. Sailing vessels relied on winds, namely trade winds in the northern and southern hemispheres. But between these hemispheres near the equator, the winds are so calm, ships can get stuck out there for long periods of time going virtually nowhere. Think of how hot and crabby you’d become floating around with nothing to do.
  • masts of a historic sailing vesselHazing – humiliating and/or harassment of a newbie to an organization. Unpleasant and unnecessary work to assert authority and make crews manageable and humble. Wonder if I could haze my kids. Hmm…
  • Keel over – die. A keel is the center structural beam on the ship’s hull. Quite frankly, if a ship capsizes, there is a pretty good chance those on board are going to drown.
  • Loose Cannon – unpredictable/uncontrollable person. If a gun breaks loose from the ropes securing it in place during rough seas, it rolls around on deck becoming very dangerous and causing damage. I’ve been known to break free from my…oh, nevermind.
  • Pipe Down – to be quiet. An officer or boatswain blows his pipe when it was time for the above-deck shift to below deck to retire. (Often heard by parents who are ready to haze unruly children.)
  • Rummage Sale – the sale of secondhand items. Rummage is to stow and arrange cargo in a ship’s hold. Items that may have been damaged in route are sold in a rummage sale. Admit it, you love a good rummage sale. One man’s trash is another’s treasure.
  • Skyscraper – tall building. This was a small sail at the top of a mast. Because a ship needs just one more sail. I’m wondering if this was sail envy.
  • Slush Fund – money set aside for corrupt activities or entertainment (sometimes that is one and the same). Food goes rancid pretty fast without proper storage and this posed a problem for sailing ships on lengthy voyages. Salted meats lasted longer. These meats were kept in barrels, and when the food was gone, slushy fats and salt were left over in the bottom. Ewww. The ship’s cook would sell this slop in port to candle makers and tanneries, keeping the money for himself or the crew.
  • Under the Weather – ill. There are always crewmen standing watch for land, other vessels and dangers in the water. The sailor on the weather side of the bow taking the beating from the ocean waves and spray is said to be under the weather. So much for that clean bill of health.

There are many more sayings and terms that have briny beginnings. Can you name one?


 

Mutiny of the Heart is available now.

MutinyOfTheHeartBlurb:

Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard—especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.

Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She’s spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret.

Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one.

Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate’s jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he’d like to deny it, Ricker’s desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other…or die trying.

 

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Ruby Tuesday: Jennifer Bray-Weber

Today we move to Texas to continue our Get-To-Know-A-Ruby feature RUBY TUESDAYS with the effervescent pirate scribe Jennifer Bray-Weber!  Take it away, Jenn!

 

Jenn at RWA in 2009 with a famous face.

Jenn at RWA in 2009 with a famous face.

Name: Jennifer Bray-Weber

2009 GH Category & Title: UPON A MOONLIT SEA (HISTORICAL)

What Happened to That Book:  It was published as BLOOD AND TREASURE in 2011

Website(s): www.jbrayweber. comwww.harlowewilde.com

 

What subgenre(s) do you write? I write historical pirate romance and erotica.

When did you start writing? (And why?) I began writing in 2007. During my fall semester in college, my creative writing professor was impressed with my short stories, albeit everything I wrote was macabre and ended in death. *shrug* One particular assignment, I went in a different direction. It was a romance and nobody died. *shrugs again* He enjoyed it so much, he suggested I expand it into a novel. I took it as a dare. I don’t imagine he meant for me to quit school, but I did. And that’s how it all began.

How many books have you written? In my Romancing the Pirate series, I have three published novels, one novella, and one novel in acquisition with my publisher, Carina Press. Under my alter ego Harlowe Wilde, who writes erotica with a dangerous flair, I have one published novella.

Jenn signing at RWA 2013

Jenn signing at RWA 2013

What are you working on now? Currently, I am writing a prequel to my pirate series. I’m truly excited about this story because, frankly, I just love writing about pirates. But also because it is a challenge as I am taking bits and pieces from the stories I’ve already written and strategically placing them inside the prequel. This series will come full circle with a few surprises. And it’s been loads of fun. The prequel sounds like the start of a bad joke…a pirate, a priest, and a would-be witch walk into a tavern…

Harlowe is also working on a steamy project involving a tattoo artist, an undercover detective, and a trafficking ring. But the plot (not the abundance of sex) is subject to change this early. Yup, I’m a writer. I reserve the right to fake it until I make it.

If you could grow up to be one writer, who would you want to be? There are too many greats out there, and, really, I want to be me. However, I would not object to having Sherrilyn Kenyon’s fandom, JK Rowling’s fortune, Stephen King’s esteem, and Anne Rice’s legacy.

Where do you get your best ideas? Listening to music. One stanza of lyrics or change in beat can spark an idea. I’m also visual, so I can get ideas from an image or a scene in a movie. And I’m not above writing something I’ve dreamed.

What are your favorite subgenre(s) to read? Paranormal! And anything that goes bump in the night. I have a morbid streak, I guess.

What was the first romance you ever read? Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor

What’s your day job? Supermodel. Nah, aside from being an author, because that is my day job, I’m a domestic goddess and mother. I also do a lot of volunteering within the RWA organization and I volunteer as a league assistant drill team director.

What was the first job you ever had? Worked simultaneously at Showbiz Pizza Place dressed in a costume as Jasper T. Jowls, a dog in overalls, and as a donkey handler at the Ren Faire. Go ahead…laugh.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? Fragrance model. That’s a fancy 90s term for standing at the perfume counter at the mall in super high heels and squirting passersby with cologne.

College? Major? Post-grad work? I have a degree in Music and Video Business and a Liberal Arts associates degree. I had planned to get a Bachelors in History, but, well, see question #2.

Marital status?  Kids?  Grandkids? Married with two amazing girls, 4 and 12.

Where are you from? Houston, Texas and proud of it!

Where would you build your dream house? On a beautiful, lust, peaceful island in the Caribbean, preferably St. Lucia, but I’m not too terribly picky when it comes to the tropics.

If money were no object, where would you go on your dream vacation? Without hesitation, I would tour every inch of Italy.

Jenn's most recent Harlowe Wilde release Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang

Jenn’s most recent Harlowe Wilde release Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to? I’m not a world traveler, though I would like to be, but I have visited ten Caribbean islands, each culturally unique it its own way. I love visiting cemeteries and old architecture in the various islands and countries. There are stories attached to every tombstone and every relic’s doorway. THAT interests me.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Outgoing, Snarky, and Determined

What piece of random trivia would you use to entertain a new acquaintance at a cocktail party? About myself? Whoo boy, I have stories of my many youthful misadventures sure to keep anyone willing to listen in stitches. My tales might include–in no particular order–a police report, a rock star or two, racing a muscle car, a karaoke bar, a cat fight or two, a wild Cancun weekend, a poisonous snake bite, a male blow-up doll, and lots and lots of alcohol.

What’s your astrological sign? Sagittarius

What is your Myers-Briggs designation? Okay, I admit. I had to look this up.  It seems I am ESTP = Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving

Which TV show are you most addicted to right now? Being Human, Vikings, and Castle

Do you like sports?  What team(s) do you follow? Football! Houston Texans, baby!!!!

What hobby takes up the most of your time? If I have any time at all for my hobby, I scrapbook. I also like to exercise…well, sort of.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out? Join RWA. There is better place to begin a romance writing career. The information, education, and opportunities are invaluable, as are the wonderful like-minded friends met along the way. Also, never let an opportunity pass you by, no matter how small. Enter that contest, take that pitch, chat up that industry professional, every step you take brings you closer to your goals.

What is the best writing advice you ever received? Besides joining RWA, the next bit of gold handed to me was to learn the unwritten rules of romance before you break them. Also, there is value in even the most scathing criticism, even if it is merely the fact that I’ve generated enough passionate emotion to garner someone giving me a lashing. Bring it on. It just makes me stronger.

Thank you, Jenn!

Ruby Release – The Siren’s Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Pirates are a despicable lot known for pillaging and plundering, causing fear with their approach and leaving destruction in their wake. Theirs was a life of taking and giving nothing in return. Not to mention the drinking, wenching, and gluttony galore.

Some might find it difficult to carve a hero out of someone so wretched. Oh, but I have fun with the challenge. I adore the pirates starring in my Romancing the Pirate series. Each and every one of them, their quirks, their motivations, I even find the pirate villains a bit fascinating. But my heart lies with the captains. I make no excuses for my pirates’ behaviors and neither do they.

In The Siren’s Song, released May 16th through Carina Press, Captain Thayer Drake is no different. In fact, he’s downright reprehensible. He lures ships with false lights to the reefs off the Florida coast. In exchange for help—and their lives—he takes what he wants from the hapless ships and sells the ‘salvage’ at auction.

Now any pirate worth his salt has to be just as assertive and possessive with the ladies as he is with his quarry. (giggle, giggle, snort) It takes a courageous, strong woman to tame a rogue. And Gilly McCoy has her work cut out for her with Captain Drake.

Excerpt:

The sun now blazed from its zenith in the sky. Only slivers of shade from the canvas sails overhead could be found hugging to the crevices and corners of the ship. Heat rose from the baking deck, and without the constant breezes, she would suffocate from the hot air.

The ship’s bell struck and Gilly counted the rings. It was time to pay her debt to the captain. She’d been tallying the bells as they struck every half hour all throughout the watch. Two bells. Her chest tightened. Mixed emotions churned in her stomach. Four bells. She wanted to kiss him, didn’t she? Of course she did. Six bells. Was she supposed to go to him? Where would he be waiting? In his cabin? She glanced at Willie and Henri. They didn’t seem to know of her quandary. She couldn’t ask them for an opinion. How mortifying to think of it. Seven bells. Would she be good at it, good enough for him? How would she compare to others he had kissed? Eight bells. Lord help her, she surely was going to faint.

Before the final peal of the bell faded into the winds, Captain Drake appeared at the top of the ladder. Time slowed as he glided toward her. She slid off her perch and met him halfway.

“Eight bells, milady.”

“I’m ready,” she said. Closing her eyes, she puckered, waiting for his lips to descend upon her. Waiting to inhale his delicious musk. Waiting for his hands to roam across her back and his fingers to thread through her hair. Waiting. Why hadn’t he kissed her yet?

“What’s the lass doin’?” Henri asked. “Is she alright?”

“Maybe the heat’s done gotten to her,” Willie answered.

She popped open one eye. Gone was the captain’s mask of steely austerity. His amusement beamed brighter than the unforgiving sun. The heat couldn’t compare to her swill of embarrassment. Sweat beaded on her brow and she wished with all her heart she could disappear. Why didn’t he kiss her? How idiotic she must look. She huffed, angry now. Mustering up a scrap of dignity, she confronted the cur.

“What’s wrong? Why won’t you kiss me?” She propped her hands on her hips. “Have you gone back on our accord?”

His smug laugh indicated he had not. “I never renege on a deal, Miss McCoy.”

“I don’t understand.”

“You have misinterpreted the terms. Our agreement stated that you kiss me. Not the other way around.”

“Oh.” Won’t death spare me this humiliation?

She was helpless. She had never kissed a man, only been kissed. This changed everything. It simply was not proper. Come now, Gilly. You haven’t been proper since the day Hyde laid eyes upon you. And besides, you want to kiss him.

“All right, Captain Drake. I shall play by your rules.”

She rose to her tiptoes and, quick as a rabbit dashing into a briar patch, she pecked him on his mouth.

“There,” she said. “It’s done. I kissed you.” She grinned a self-satisfied smile. “Come back at the next eight bells. I shall be ready.”

“Uh-uh. Not quite, lass. That’s not at all how I want you to kiss me.”

“A kiss is a kiss.”

“Nay, lass. That is how you kiss a codfish.”

She gasped and her hand flew to her bosom at the insult. “And just how am I supposed to kiss you, Captain? There were no stipulations on the manner of kiss.”

“Kiss me as you did last night.”

She poked him in his chest. “You kissed me.”

“At first, yes. But then you lost your chaste modesty and your voracious appetite took over.”

If she could get her hands on his cutlass, she would end her suffering. Gilly glanced over her shoulder. Both Henri and Willie quickly, but not quickly enough, became occupied, pretending miserably not to have been listening in on their exchange. Henri fiddled with his vest pocket and Willie tapped at the compass he kept fixed to his wheel.

“You need not let shamefulness get the better of you, Miss McCoy. You’ve nothing to be embarrassed about,” Captain Drake said.

She frowned. He did not make things any easier by calling her on her discomfiture.

“Well? I’m waiting.”

What a wicked, wicked man. The only way to wipe that smirk from his face was to give him the best kiss he ever had in his wretched life.

Gilly grabbed the back of his neck with both hands and smothered his lips. Long and hard, she pressed against him. He tensed under her grip. His arms reached out, as if to hold her. But he didn’t. Nevertheless, she felt his smile. And that pleased her.

She broke free of him. Excitement coursed through her veins. Liberation was hers. She could do that again. Eight more times, in fact.

~~~~~~

I’ve had pirates with suicidal tendencies, anger issues, libidinous overindulgent, extreme recklessness, and an alcoholic marauder. But they all have had redeeming traits. I promise. I delight in the journey of the spirited heroines who undertake to tame them.

For another excerpt The Siren’s Song, click here.

Want to HEAR an excerpt. Click here for an audio snippet.

Did I convince you that pirates can have a heart as gold as a Spanish doubloon? Click here to take a chance with your own copy. The Siren’s Song is available at Carina Press, Amazon, B&N, Audible, and All Romance.Don’t forget, you can catch up with me at www.jbrayweber.com

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Ruby Release: A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Today I’m happy to be the hostess for Ruby sister Jennifer Bray-Weber’s new Romancing The Pirate novel, A Kiss In The Wind. For those of you who are fans already of her Blood And Treasure novel, you’ll be happy to know this is Blade’s novel. The difference this time is that instead of going the indie-route, A Kiss In the Wind is a Carina Press release! And is there a tale to tell about how that came about! Let’s get to it, shall we, me mateys!

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