Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ Devil's Island by Mimi Sebastian

I am really excited to welcome Mimi Sebastian to Illustrious Illusions!!
Everyone take a moment and say Hi. . . 

My Pirate Heroine
Mimi Sebastian

The heroine of Devil’s Island, Sabine Tanner, seeks a way to live independently after her pirate father is hung at the gallows in London. The hanging opens the book and sets the stage for Sabine’s actions moving forward. She sails to find his ship and hopefully a treasure that will provide a means for her to live.

It’s hard to make historical romance heroines more independent without being totally unrealistic. I’ve read a couple of authors who have done a pretty good job of creating independent, realistic heroines, and much of it depends on creating circumstances in their lives which force them to become more self-reliant. And in Sabine’s case, after her father was hanged, she was left to her own devices…until she met Boone, of course J. She was also exposed to many things while her father was alive, making her seem less innocent, more worldly than most women during the 1700s. In fact, her father often took her along when he visited his lover, a madam, at her French brothel.

Sabine sailed quite a bit with her father and knew her way around deck. What’s fascinating is that women participated in the seafaring life much more than movies and literature led us to believe. The long held myth that women were bad luck on a ship is really not true. While some pirate crews didn’t want women around, it was more for practical reasons, to keep the men from getting too distracted. Some merchant and British navy captains perpetuated the myth to convince their wives not to sail with them so they could visit a mistress tucked away on a foreign island. Yet, many officers did take their wives on voyages, and while on board, the wives helped out quite a bit.

I read a great book, Seafaring Women, by Linda Grant De Pauw. She covers some famous female pirates including Anne Bonny and the amazing His Kai Ching Yih. Ching Yih is often considered not only the most successful female pirate, but possibly the most successful pirate, male or female, in history. De Pauw notes that she commanded close to two thousand ships and more than fifty thousand pirates in the early nineteenth century.

It was lots of fun writing about Sabine’s life and journey, and with increased knowledge about women’s roles in seafaring, it was easy to imagine her on the deck and sailing around the world, seeking freedom from the normal lot of women at that time.

Devil’s Island
Sea Rovers Passion Series Book One
Mimi Sebastian


Captain Boone Wilder leads a cadre of powerful and notorious pirates that rule the West Indies. He's survived the cutthroat's life, bearing the scars to prove it. Fearless, he seeks only the freedom of the seas and an enemy he's hunted with a vengeance for years. When Boone waylays a fat merchant vessel bound for Port Royal, he discovers more than he bargained for in the luscious bounty of Miss Sabine Tanner. But Miss Tanner hides more than tempting curves in her skirts. When Boone finds her sneaking about the Port Royal taverns, meeting with dubious captains, he's determined to learn what devious game she’s playing.

The daughter of a condemned pirate captain, Sabine Tanner took to the seas to clear her father’s name and locate her father’s legendary treasure. When her ship bound for Port Royal is boarded, she's captured by the sun-bronzed, muscular Captain Wilder. While the man is dangerously attractive, she knows from experience that Wilder is nothing but a scabrous bilge rat. Circumstances force her to sail with the scoundrel to find her father's ship, lost on the phantom Devil's Island. Driven by opposing agendas, will they survive the hidden truths, or does their greatest threat lie with each other?

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Author Info
Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and swashbuckling Errol Flynn movies. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuted July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Mimi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tidbits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

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Sea Rover’s Passion Website: http://www.searoverspassion.com/

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