Notes From a Romantic’s Heart welcomes you to 2017! Our guest today is author Cathy Skendrovich. Cathy’s celebrating a Book Birthday for her new release, The Pirate’s Bride, from Literary Wanderlust LLC. Please join me in welcoming Cathy to the blog.
About the Book
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All Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from some controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.
Sophie becomes a pirate, while Andre sets off for the Orient where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife.
When Andre’s murderous enemy threatens Sophie’s life, he vows to protect what is his, and attempts to win his wife’s forgiveness and love, once and for all.
Tonight, she had indulged in warm, scented bath water, complete with floating rose petals. Afterwards, instead of braiding her hair, she chose to wear it down, just so she could smell the rose fragrance swirling about her.
Having eaten a light supper, she now stood at the open window reminiscing of her previous life in la Nouvelle-Orléans with her father. A touch of melancholy drifted over her as she listened to the low rumble of her husband’s and his father’s voices below.
A knock came to her door. Deep in reverie and thinking it to be the serving girl, she bade her enter, not turning from the dark view of the courtyard below.
“It smells like a rose bower in here, and the most beautiful blossom stands before me, yet to be plucked.”
Sophie whirled around, hand at her throat as she took in the sight of her buccaneer husband leaning against the door jam. He filled the space with his raw masculinity. His dark, gleaming eyes coursed from the top of her head to its unbound raven tresses, over her lightly covered body, right down to her pale, bare feet peeking out from under her dressing gown.
She was trapped. In the room, and in his heated, hooded gaze. Something had happened while she’d been bathing. Gone was the pleasant, eager–to-please tour guide with whom she’d spent the evening. In his place stood a dangerous, unsettling pirate.
Her heart began to pound inside her chest as he uncoiled from the doorframe, taking slow, measured steps farther into the room. His glittering gaze never wavered from her face. He resembled a jungle cat stalking its prey as he advanced toward her, loose-hipped and predatory.
Lips trembling, body quivering, she stammered, “This-this is m-my room.”
He smiled a predacious smile.
“Au contraire, mon amour. It is my room as well tonight.”
Her mind whirled like a carousel, finally settling on one thought: her husband was finished wooing her.
Author Cathy Skendrovich has penned a wonderful tale of adventure on the high seas, of realizing one’s dreams, and finding true love.
Daughter of a pirate, Sophie Bellard, wants desperately to enter the family business. Her father wants her married and strikes a bargain for an arranged marriage. When an unfortunate part of Sophie’s past rears its ugly head, the wedding night does not go as planned and Sophie and her new husband, Captain Andre Dubois, go their separate ways.
That’s the thing about romance. Despite the set-backs and the dangers the hero and heroine face, true love finds a way to win out in the end.
A tale inspired by my favorite Disney ride, Pirate of the Caribbean, this wonderful story is sure to please both the adventurous and the romantic.
About the Author
Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on a typewriter instead of a computer keyboard.
Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a predominantly Hispanic middle school. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there.
She eventually joined the online writing site, Wattpad, and won a 2012 Watty Award for The Pirate’s Bride. She is now a featured author on that site, and credits her Wattpad follows for encouraging her to become a published author. Her published books, Prisoner of Love and The Pirate’s Bride, both debuted there.
The sequel to The Pirate’s Bride, a novella entitled A Pirate’s Bride Christmas, will be published later this year by Literary Wanderlust, while her next contemporary romantic suspense, Protecting the Nanny, will come out sometime in 2018, from Entangled Publishing.
Connect with Cathy: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Cathy will be gifting a $5.00 Amazon gift card drawn from those who comment on this post. Feel free to leave a message or ask a question.
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Cathy for her release day celebration. Please come back again all this week when I’ll host additional guest through Goddess Fish Promotions. Also, please remember to check out my sidebar for this month’s book giftaway!
May the new year bring you health, wealth, and happiness!