by Valerie Bowman
In one exchange between my hero and heroine, my hero listed things that sailors are superstitious about. While researching what these things are (killing an albatross is one example), I learned that pirates were superstitious about whistling aboard a ship. THAT was good information to have because I had my first mate whistling as he went about his duties. I ended up changing it to him humming. The second thing I had to research was how to tell time on a ship. For this information I went to everyone’s best friend, Google, but guess what? It involves counting and math! (my enemy) so I posted my paragraph about the bells and what time it was on Facebook and asked my friends who’d been in the Navy to chime in. Within minutes I had my answers. I love Facebook for that! There were some other interesting tidbits I learned that didn’t make it into the story like the fact that grog was rum mixed with water and beer and was sometimes sweetened with lime and cinnamon (who knew?) and Davy Jones is a nickname for the devil. There were other things I learned that I wished I hadn’t, like the whole idea of ‘walking the plank’ is an invention made up by Hollywood.
Overall, I had a blast writing Never Trust a Pirate and I can’t wait to hear what readers think of it!
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Valerie's Newest Sexy Historical Romance: Never Trust a Pirate
Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?
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