By now most of you have probably read countless interviews and I wanted today’s to be a little different, so today I thought I would talk about some of the elements of a romance novel. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all want to see a happy ending. We all want the guy to get his girl and live happily ever after. And it also seems to be human nature to cheer for the underdog. These two simple traits that seem to be innate in us and therefore make it desirable to write in the romance genre.
In A Pirate’s Ransom we first meet Lady Catherine when we find her father has entered into a betrothal agreement for her with the Duke of Devonshire. It’s the 1700’s and she has absolutely no say in the matter. So, off she goes on a journey from her home in the spice islands to London. She boards the ship. She’s distraught and prays that something will happen so she won’t have to enter into a loveless marriage with a stranger.
Well, her prayers are answered, but certainly not in a way she would have expected. She is captured by pirates and held for ransom. She’s helpless against the pirate, yet she is feisty and thwarts the handsome pirate Captain Edmund Drake at every turn. Edmund Drake is charming and devilishly handsome and has never had to work hard to seek a woman’s favor, that is … not until Lady Catherine.
But true love never runs smooth. That would be boring. Now enters Blackbeard, who snatches Lady Catherine away. We all know that Blackbeard was a notorious and dastardly pirate, and he is no less so in A Pirate’s Ransom. The plans he has for Lady Catherine are truly vile and despicable.
And now what happens? Now suddenly the Pirate Captain Edmund Drake, who played the role of villain when he first kidnapped Lady Catherine, now becomes the underdog. We long for him to be reunited with Lady Catherine, but will the guy get his girl? And what about the Duke of Devonshire? With his title and wealth wouldn’t he pursue his claim on the girl? And who is the Contessa Theodora de Lorenzo and how does she fit into all this? When the odds seem insurmountable, we find in our heart of hearts that we are all cheering for Captain Drake, and we cannot help but wonder what will happen.
In this swashbuckling tale of piracy, kidnapping, secrets, and ransom, will they find love and will there be a happily ever after ending? Guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out.
Where can you find Pirates?
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-pirtes-ransom-gerri-brousseau/1112651492?ean=2940015206692
I also have a second novel entitled, “According to Legend,” with a release in November. For more information on this and on me, please visit my website at www.gerribrousseau.com.
While you are there, please take a moment to enter my “Claim the Ransom” contest. This is a unique little contest which is running from now through New Year’s Eve. There will indeed be a treasure as the prize and one lucky winner will sail away with all the booty. I hope you will take a moment to enter.