Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wednesday's Special Is...The Privateer!

THE PRIVATEER by Danielle Thorn

The reign of piracy is over in the Caribbean, or so it’s believed until diamonds are discovered in Brazil. Despite the cover-up, Captain Julius Bertrand begins to hear whispers. The Spanish guardacostas are dumping log books, and a new French pirate is on the prowl. Distracted by an avaricious woman he could never love, and the beautiful Kate O’Connell who doesn’t need him, he tries to untangle the web of mysterious cargo someone in the New World wants kept secret. When Bertrand’s pirating past returns with the explosive force of a sweeping broadside, he finds he must sacrifice everything his respectable life has brought him, in order to save what matters most.


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Excerpt from THE PRIVATEER:

"You were saying? Lyne?"

"Yes, this Lyne fellow. Repugnant. Murdered every captain he captured."

"Dreadful," Kate encouraged, wondering what this had to do with Captain Bertrand.

"He had a hand in that, he did," Moore said.

"Bertrand sailed with such a man?" asked Kate, her eyes large.

"Oh no," the surgeon assured her. "He made possible the capture, you see. Provided information that did the fellow in."

"And he’s a merchant?"

"Ah, yes," said Moore. "He ships sugar and brings in other commodities we could not do without."

"I see. So he is not a pirate or anything like that?"

Moore’s glance told her she had used up his patience. "No, but he has connections and has sailed in these waters all his life."

"But no sinister connections," Kate finished dully, but here Moore’s eyes gleamed and he gave a furtive glance through the louvers. "No one quite knows," he whispered.

Answer the following question for a chance to win a free copy of THE PRIVATEER, or stop by and chat!

Say something in pirate talk. Arrrgg!


Chris Eldin said...

Hi Everyone,

I'm posting this one early as well.

I know pirates have been given a bad name as of late, but as long as Johnny Depp is around, I'm okay.

bridget3420 said...

Ahoy, matey!

Linda Swift said...

Danielle, I loved the excerpt. I have to get into that book ASAP. It sounds great. And what a lovely photo of you! I wish you great success with this first book and predict you will have many sales.

Chris Eldin said...

Morning, all!

This is an easy question--let's get some pirate lingo going!!

Danielle Thorne said...

By the powers, you swabs are early risers! We be on Eastern standard time about here, though me mates are up with the tide. Thanks for stopping by BookRoast. Let's see what ye can throw at me. And Chris, pirates are some scurvy dogs, we prefer the Privateering life. If you don't know the difference, cut back on the grog and don't go nowhere!

Danielle Thorne said...

Ahoy! Yer probably waitin' fer whispers of treasure? Every jack that posts today gets a set of three capital THE PRIVATEER postcards. Aye, and that's just for poking yer nose in. The real booty will be a drawing (or a drawin')for a free copy of the yarn itself. Make sure ye post by 6pm EST.

Now, who figgers he knows the difference between a pirate and a privateer?

Vanessa Kelly said...

Arrg! It's the pirate's life for me, matey. YoHo!

Great excerpt, Danielle!

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Ahoy, Swabbies,

Me thinks a pirate loots and plunders fer 'is own fortune whilst a privateer hires out 'is crew and ship to a cause or for the good of a country.

Now wher'd ya say that treasure be, me hearties???

Author Ernie Johnson said...

Shiver me timbers, Matey, ye be postin a story bout me kin, don't ya know. Thar she blows...! I'll be a walkin no gang plank today.

Good job, missy Danielle. We'll raise the skull and crossbones in yer honor.

Danielle Thorne said...

Thars no foolin' you scallywags! Ye ain't no bunch of sprogs. And already askin 'bout the swag.

Bet ye don't know what "kissing the gunner's daughter" means...

Did ye know buccaneeer comes from the rack them West Indies natives build to smoke they meat on? Nothing like the smell of fish smoking on the buccan.

Brian said...

"Avast there ye lubbers!"

Being a bit of a pirate myself I must say this sounds a great read Danielle and I wish you an ocean of success with it.

Brian L Porter
Author 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper'.

Delle Jacobs said...

I be knowin' that'n, mate! 'Tis a floggin' wi' the ornery cuss stretched out and laced right down fast t' the gunner's daughter- the cannon.

Dauntin' Delle.

Brian said...

As to your question Danielle, a pirate was exclusively a free-lance buccaneer, anoutlaw of the sea, whereas a privateer operated under a commission from a nation such as Spain or England, but operated in the same way as the pirate the exception being that their 'employer' would expect to receive a portion of the spoils of their marauding.

Author 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper'.

laughingwolf said...

welcome danielle; intrguing excerpt, chris ;)

Ahoy, ye bleedin' swabs!

Mop down 'at poopdeck, afore ai has ye keelhauled an' feed wot's lef' ta da fishies doon by Davey Joneses locker!

Ye ken?



laughingwolf said...

INTRIGUING... arrrrrgh!

Miss Mae said...

"Polly wants a cracker...aargh!"

That's me pirate talk, maties, an' no foolin'.

Danielle, this book sounds soooo good, and I just know you're going to do well with it.

Don't get roasted too well done! :)

Danielle Thorne said...

Aye, Delle, ye saucy wench! Should've known a proud beauty such as yer self has known some time before the mast...or below decks with a Gentleman of Fortune-ahem-

LaughingWolf is throwing down some prime sea-words. But answer me this, mate:

What be a pirate's favorite type of music? Eh?

Which it's a riddle, don you know? I not be not lookin' for some shanty...

Danielle Thorne said...

Or this 'un:

What do ye call a pirate with two eyes and both 'is legs?

Chris Eldin said...

AHAHAH! These are sooooo good!!!

(But can somebody please come over with a Johnny Depp avatar?)

Danielle Thorne said...

Avatar? Ye mean ye don't want the real thing?

Lindsay Townsend said...

Superb excerpt from a rousing, exciting book, Danielle! I have The Privateer on my to buy list and I can't wait!

Yo ho ho ...

Phoebe said...

Great interview and I live near the water so now I have to worry about watching for pirates?


Danielle Thorne said...

Only trouble ye self wit them bilge-sucking dogs that 'ave no heart. A true Buccaneer knows how to treat a lady! (It's the wenches he has to watch out fer!)

Did ye figger me riddle?

A pirate's favorite music is:

AAR and B!

And a pirate with two legs and two eyes (or his "deadlights") be called a:

A Rookie!

Harr, harr. Or in pirate talk, a "sprog."

laughingwolf said...

avast fair lass, i dinna ken answers to yon Qs :(

p'raps ye 'ould be so kind as to enlighten an olde seadog, matey?

ponderful answers:

pirate's fave type o' music might be... some kinda half-step? :O lol

as for a mate wi' both eyes n legs... would that be a newly kidnapped cabin boy? ;)

'course, me current reside at halifax, nova scotia, be havin' plenty o' smugglers' coves, buried treasure tales, sunken bullion ships, ghost stories, and much more... enough, methinks, to fill yer numerous sequels :D

laughingwolf said...

och lass, woe is me... canna find a way to sign yer wee guest book :(

p'raps y'd be so kind as to lead one as to its whereabouts?

be thankin' ye in advance...

Nicole Zoltack said...

Ahoy there mates! Shiver me timbers and a bottle of rum!

Carol Burge said...

Ahoy Matey! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum (is that Piratey? Looks like I need to do some Pirate lingo research) LOL

Seriously, though, I love Pirate Novels, and hope to write one some day (right now I write Historical Westerns). :)

Best of luck with "The Privateer"

Jeanne St. James said...

Ahoy, me maties! Man the guns!

Seriously I haven't read a pirate story since the early 90s. I just realized how much I miss them!!

Danielle Thorne said...

Don be feelin' insecure, a pirate always be learnin'

Fortunately for me, THE PRIVATEER is written from a gentleman's point of view. He's too proper to use such filthy slang, although it comes to him as easy as kiss your hand. Pity Captain Bertrand. Trying to forget where he really came from...

Here be another riddle for ye:

What famous pirate snarled,

"This shot's not meant for you."

And who did he say it to?

Danielle Thorne said...

LaughingWolf can reach me guestbook at: http://daniellethorne.jimdo.com/guestbook.php

LK Hunsaker said...

That shot's not meant for you..

Captain Jack Sparrow to Will Turner!

And if whoever wanted the avatar of Capt Jack doesn't want the real thing, I'll accept him. ;-)

laughingwolf said...

she's be wirkit this time, m'dear

big thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Somethin' in Paaarate Talk. Arrrr.

OK, I got nothing. :)

Danielle Thorne said...

Three cheers for Lady Hunsaker!
Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

She knows her POTC trivia.

Danielle Thorne said...

Begad! The sun's almost found the horizon.

Calling all Hands! Don' be forgettin' there be prize money to share, er,I mean, booty up for grabs.

No time to spice the mainbrace! Smartly now! Ever jack that made his mark today can EMAIL ME fer 3 free postcards (and send me yer ports of call, ye scallywags!)....danithorne@yahoo.com

I believe Cap'n Chris is going to draw from the lot of ye lads and lassies for a free copy of THE PRIVATEER. Don't weigh anchor 'till ye find out if ye won.

(Ye won't want to miss me send-off with a rousing chorus of "Farewell and Adieu")

Jacquie Rogers said...

Blimey, all these bilge-sucking sea rats think they're gonna win me prize. But it's mine, I tell ye!

(adjusts eyepatch and peg leg)

Captain Jacquie

Danielle Thorne said...

Farewell and Adeiu to you, gay Spanish ladies!
Farewell and Adeiu to you, ladies of Spain!
For we've received orders for to sail for old England,
But we hope in a short time to see you again.

Chris Eldin said...

Well, it's that time of evening---9pm, so time to put all good pirates to bed.

Danielle will stop by anytime and announce the winner of a copy of her book.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and special thanks to Danielle for teaching us a bit about pirates!!!! I have a feeling this is one awesome book!!!


Danielle Thorne said...


Thanks for coming by and visiting. It was strangely fun. I want to assure you all that EVERYONE's name went onto a slip of paper and was drawn by an impartial assistant.

Congratulations to REBECCA for winning the drawing and a free copy of THE PRIVATEER.

Please contact me at: danithorne@yahoo.com

Also, all guests please email me with your snail mail addresses if you would like your set of 3 (stamped!) postcards ready to be jotted down with a friendly message and sent to a friend.