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Meet Nicole Castroman!
Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.
At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.
She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia. She now lives in Texas, but dreams of living on a beach somewhere with clear water and white sand.
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
~ Top Ten List ~
Top Ten Facts About Pirates You Might Not Know
1 – Pirates ran their ships under a democratic system that involved voting on such things as where the ship would sail and what would be their next mission.
2 – If a pirate ship was in danger of being captured, pirate captains would change into old clothes so they would blend in with the other crew members and have a chance of escaping.
3 – The Jolly Roger Flag, with its skull and crossbones, was not the only flag used by pirates but was the most effective in scaring people into surrender without a battle. Some pirates simply used a black flag.
4 – A strategic pirate fact is that pirates would only generally attack one ship at a time; therefore, if a ship was planning to sail alone, it would often follow the course of other warships of convoys to make it less of a target for pirates.
5 – A common pirate fact for all sailors; whistling on a ship is thought to bring bad fortune, especially if you whistle into the wind, which is said to be a challenge to the sound of the wind.
6 – Women on board a pirate ship were also thought to bring bad luck, or at the very least fighting among men. While this seems to be true of most pirate ships, there were many, including Blackbeard’s ship, that were rumored to have carried women. (See, Anne sailed with him)
7 – Another popular pirate fact is that often pirates would target ports on strategic islands in the Caribbean and take then by siege, thus making them safe havens for other pirates.
8 – Pirates have been around since the times of the Egyptians with the most pirating occurring between the 1500 and 1720.
9 – As most pirate ships were stolen, a master carpenter was an essential crew member to condition the ship to make it suitable for pirate life, such as space for pirates to live and sleep as well as strengthened decks to sustain the cannons necessary for battle.
10 – And finally, Grog was pirates’ favorite alcoholic beverage. Grog was made from rum diluted with water or beer, served hot or cold. If supplies were handy, they might add sugar, lime juice or other spices to make it tasty.
By: Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
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I remember after watching the second movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean I wanted to become a pirate myself I love pirates and their stories, they might be criminals but well, they are fun and adventurous.
I really like the dark cover, but I wonder if it is appropriate. I mean, the book doesn't sound as dark and bold as the cover seems. That said, I will go to this book for the compelling historical fiction-grounded storyline. I need to read Book 1 in this series ASAP!