Guest Post by Shehanne Moore: Land lubberz ahoy!

You’re in for a real treat today–Shehanne Moore is here to talk about pirates and her new release The Unraveling of Lady Fury!

Bosley Crowther wrote in the New York Times of 10 August 1940 about The Sea Hawk, ‘Of course, the film is all historically cockeyed, and the amazing exploits of Mr. Flynn, accomplished by him in the most casual and expressionless manner, are quite as incredible as the adventures of Dick Tracy. But Flora Robson makes an interesting Queen Elizabeth.’

Talk about damning the whole sorry thing by faint praise. The Sea Hawk is after all,  a pirate movie, although it’s not set during the golden age of piracy.

Pirates as you’ve guessed, or rather the depiction of them in books and onscreen, is what I’m going to blog about today, after I’ve firstly thanked the lovely Charley for so kindly asking me along.  Except my hero being an ex-privateer and me being me, do you seriously think, in your dreams that will happen?  Don’t be silly. The door’s there as well as the google/goggle search button if  ou want out of here. Now is a good a time as any. What we are talking today is the shaggability of the average pirate as depicted onscreen. Move over Long John and that wooden leg. To create my own privateer Flint I had to first find him.

I started  here.

Sexy. Hot incarnate. No disrespect but does Fury like his mascara getting in her eyes, ever mind his own when they….get to it? Those dreadlocks also might prove tricky. Is that why she has that little rule about kissing as in none, cos she doesn’t want a mouthful of them?

As for her next rule.

Never mind Flint and Fury together on deck, looking like a prize pair of Spanish gypsies, ze bandana might just make Fury Zethink rule two. The one about being fully clothed at all times. As we say in Zcotland. Get it aff noo mate.

As for that rule four–forget rule three and no touching when pirates

have hooks and things—could it just be pirates  open their mouths in moments of great intimacy to say  ‘Ooooh Arrrrr, Jim laaaahd’.

to their parrot, a woman would wish for silence?

Actually that’s not why she sets these rules at all.

Now available from Etopia Press. Cover by Amber Shah Designs.  Click the gorgeous cover to get your copy.

But to find out more you may have  to find out for yourself.

The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

Genoa 1820

Rule one… There will be no kissing

Widowed Lady Fury Shelton hasn’t lost everything yet. So long as she produces the heir to the Beaumont dukedom, she might keep her position and her secrets. But when the callously irresistible man she’d rather rot in everlasting hell, than bed, threatens to expose her, she invents bedroom rules to stop herself wanting the one thing she knows he can never give her.

Rule two… There will be no touching

Only when it comes to rules, ex-privateer James Flint Blackmoore is a master at making his own. Soon he’s playing with fire.  Both know future happiness can only lie in keeping each other at arm’s length. Yet  they’re torn by old hurts and the promise of new passion.

 But some rules are made to be broken…

Why is she so determined to hate him? Will her secret truth make it easier or harder for him to abide by the rules?  Or will Flint finally convince her he can give her the one thing he never has?

Excerpt:

She knew exactly why he scratched his head. Their love-making had been torrid. It had been sensual. It had been shaming. And it had been absent of any affection. Certainly on his part. Why would a kiss be a sign of anything? To him anyway. She was the damn fool who had thought it had. Who even now was forced to concede the pleasure it would be to take her hand across his face to assist his understanding of her feelings. The impertinence of the damn man, the stinging ignorance.

“It just is.” She eased the distance between them a whisper. “So there will be none. Not now. Not at all.”

“All right then. Saves time. It means—”

“Rule two.” She saw his eyes freeze as he readied himself to yank off his shirt. She persisted anyway. Why not? In many ways she walked a tightrope here. If she paused it might be to her detriment. “You will be fully dressed at all times.”

“What? How the hell am I meant to—”

“I am sure you will manage. You managed plenty before. But I do not desire to look at your body before, during, or after. Nor in any shape or form wandering about this house in just your breeches. Is that understood?”

He dropped his  hands from his shirt and glared, so he must have. “You wanted to look at it plenty before. In fact, it makes my head spin, just how often you—”

True. But that was then. “Rule three.” Clasping her fingers around the cool edge of the dressing table to create another inch of distance, she continued.

“Rule three? You mean there’s more?”

“I will not touch you in any place, intimate or otherwise. I will lie. You will perform.”

Thanks so much for coming, Shey, it’s always fun when you’re around!

Don’t forget to click some of the links below & get to know Shey and Lady Fury a little better!

Contact Shehanne and Lady Fury:

Fury’s blog, Furious Unravelings

Web site

Shehanne’s blog

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Twitter

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YouTube Trailer

 

This post appeared on the Love Scenes & Wet Dreams blog on 3/31/2013.

Guest Author: Shehanne Moore!

I’m delighted to help my fabulous friend Shehanne Moore celebrate the release of her novel The Unraveling of Lady Fury!  This is a racy historical Romance with rules and rum, ships and secrets — and a beautiful heroine and a rakishly-handsome hero, of course!

One question writers are asked frequently is whether their main characters are really thinly-veiled versions of themselves.  That’s the subject of my first question, and things degenerated quickly from there as they often do when writers get together.

Charley:  Now, I know Lady Fury isn’t you (or vice versa), but you do share a few characteristics—both being smart, feisty gals who don’t take any guff or suffer fools quietly.  I’d like to help your readers figure out where Shey ends and Fury begins, to resolve any question about who’s in charge here.

Shey:  Well she is obvi. But where she ends and I begin?  Well? I don’t keep my hubby where she does. Not to say I’ve not considered it. Sorry, Mr. Shey. I’ve never set sex rules like her either. Of course, she does have her reasons…

 

Charley:  Lady Fury has rules for her, um, interactions with Flint.  What’s the most unique rule you live by?

Shey:  Long as I can get my lippy on in the morning, whatever’s gone before– the hell with the rest.

 

Charley:  You’re renowned on at least two continents for your culinary skills, does Lady Fury share your prowess in the womanly arts?

Shey:  Well that depends on what skills we are talking of here, Charley. I take it you mean cooking? Let’s face it, it would be hard for her—for anyone—to share my actual prowess.  In her grueling back story she did more than her fair of cooking. That’s why she now has Susan. Not that there’s exactly a lot of food around for Susan to cook.

 

Charley:  In your book, Lady Fury is working on creating an heir.  What’s the craziest place you ever considered trying for one?

Shey:  Oh. Let me see. The Eiffel Tower. But I never yet got up it. So obvi I had to reconsider.  Of course I never had boys…. Hey–maybe that’s why.

 

Charley:  I hear you’re a climber of hills, both literal and figurative – does Fury share your athletic inclinations?  In other words, who would reach the top first?

Shey:  You did say the top right? Nothing to do with Flint’s attempts to undermine her rules by suggesting on top?  Well, I don’t see her on any Scottish mountains in that dress. But then I couldn’t possibly swim a part of the English channel like she does. Hell, you are looking at the woman who nearly drowned in—what’s the name of  that kids’ ride in Blizzard Beach, Florida  again? The one that’s six inches deep?  

 

Charley:  Have you ever broken the law?  Aside from decking the random dude who gets in your way, I mean.

Shey:  If I was to tell you that Charley D. and any police were reading, I would be arrested, you might be too. Seriously. As Fury would tell you there’s some things a woman keeps secret. But I may email yah later with the gory details, unlike Fury ever would.

 

Charley:  You mean she keeps secrets?

Shey:  Sorry. I can’t tell you.

 

Quickies:

Yes or No? Yes is such a nice word.

Night or Day? Always had a thing for vampires.

Silly or Serious? Defo serious.

Casual or Glamorous? Well I love 6 inch stilettos and red lippy.

Walk or Ride? I think I walk plenty enough as it is.

Lights On or Lights Off? Candles actually.

Indoors or Outdoors? Depends on what is through the door.

Chests:  hairy or smooth? Smooth.

Abs or Ass?  When both are sexy don’t ask a girl to choose.

Length or Girth? Ooh that’s hard.

Wind or rain? C’mon I’m Scots.  You gotta gimme sun.

 

The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

Rule One: There will be no kissing. Rule two: There will be no touching…

Widowed Lady Fury Shelton hasn’t lost everything—yet. As long as she produces the heir to the Beaumont dukedom, she just might be able to keep her position. And her secrets. But when the callously irresistible Captain James “Flint” Blackmoore sails back into her life, Lady Fury panics. She must find a way to protect herself—and her future—from the man she’d rather see rotting in hell than sleeping in her bed. If she must bed him to keep her secrets, so be it. But she doesn’t have to like it. A set of firm rules for the bedroom will ensure that nothing goes awry. Because above all else, she must stop herself from wanting the one thing that Flint can never give her. His heart.

Ex-privateer Flint Blackmoore has never been good at following the rules. Now, once again embroiled in a situation with the aptly named Lady Fury, he has no idea why he doesn’t simply do the wise thing and walk away. He knows he’s playing with fire, and that getting involved with her again is more dangerous than anything on the high seas. But he can’t understand why she’s so determined to hate him. He isn’t sure if the secret she keeps will make things harder—or easier—for him, but as the battle in the bedroom heats up, he knows at least one thing. Those silly rules of hers will have to go…

Thanks so much for coming, Shey!  It’s always so much fun to chat with you, and your book sounds fabulous.

To get your copy of Shehanne Moore’s The Unraveling of Lady Fury published by Etopia Press, click the gorgeous cover up top, or zip over to Amazon from here.

Catch up with Shehanne Moore.  Her blog is always entertaining, and she has a book trailer with more on the infamous rules (and nice visuals, you’ll want to check it out!).

Blog:  https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

Web site:  http://shehannemooreweeblycom.weebly.com/books.html

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ShehanneMoore

Pinterest:  https://pinterest.com/shehanne/

You Tube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTv5I170o

The Next Big Thing

The lovely Shehanne Moore tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, a fun little meme allowing authors to spotlight a book or project they’re working on.  Since I’m waiting for my Thanksgiving rolls to get through their second rise, here’s my entry!
What is your working title of your book?

Coping Mechanisms
Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s a short that I pulled out of my 2010 NaNo manuscript to help promote my Christmas story, COMFORT AND JOY.  I wanted to write about when Sam and Charlie first met and their early romance, and this is part of that story.
What genre does your book fall under?

M/M Erotica.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Charlie is easy.  Before I got to know him well, I pictured him as Nathan-ish (from the British version of Queer as Folk), but a little older.  I still think Charlie Hunnam would be the one to play Charlie Price (except my Charlie would be clean-shaven).

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Sam is harder.  I did a lot of searching for actors I’d want to play him (yeah, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it!), but haven’t found anyone who’d be perfect.  Sam is built like a tight end, something like Jared Padalecki.

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But my Sam has beautiful dark brown skin with brick red undertones and shiny black hair (kind of styled like Padalecki wears his to play Sam Winchester, now that I think about it) so for now I’m going with him.  Plus, I really like this picture.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 

A hot young man bothered by circumstances beyond his control tests his theory that the cure is to take charge of something he can control.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Actually, I’ll be giving it away on blog hops and other appearances.  I thought it’d be fun to offer a free short in the lead-up to the release of COMFORT AND JOY since it’s Christmas (and nobody has ever read my writing before :)) and my wonderful editor agreed!  She’s graciously offered to help me polish it up and format it for easy-reading.  So stay tuned and I’ll be sure and give everyone who’s interested a chance at the freebie!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Since it was part of a NaNo manuscript, the official answer is one month.  But I wrote so many sex scenes that month I couldn’t say how long it took to write this one.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

If I say that you’ll just go out and buy that book!  (Which is to say that I don’t really know of any offhand.  :))
Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve known Sam since before he was born (my first published short story was about his mother!).  He left for college and basically dropped off the family radar for a while.  All I really knew for a long time was that he stayed in Chicago after college and was with a pianist named Charlie.  Originally I thought Charlie was a girl, but nope!  He’s a pretty blond boy with blue eyes and mad musical skills.  The first time I saw them together it was obvious they have one of those timeless loves every Romance junkie wants to read about, so I had to write it and see for myself!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s short, only about three thousand words, but has a nice bit of submission (and character development too, if you like that kind of thing).  Oh, and it’s free!

The rules want me to tag five authors, but I’m late to this party so almost every author I know has already done this.

I’m tagging these authors:

KC Shaw

Dan-Lyn Alexander

Alix Bekins

Just to be official, here are the rules:

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.