Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Pirate by Any Other Name

In February the Rogue Pirate Princess of Prose otherwise known as Shana Galen, will be here on the blog doing a giveaway of her fabulous new historical romance The Rogue Pirate's Bride from Sourcebooks Casablanca. The Rogue Pirate's Bride is the final installment of  Shana Galen's Son's of the Revolution series. The three books tell the tale of a family of displaced french aristocrats , that become separated from each other during the French Revolution. The first book in the series is the The Making of a Duchess , and the second is The Making of a Gentleman .

In The Rogue Pirate's Bride, Shana Galen delivers an action filled, high seas adventure, and spins a tale of love and intrigue between Captain Cutlass, Bastien Harcourt and Raeven Russell two people who have no intention in falling in love. Raeven is intent on revenge and considers Bastien to be a murderer, who she plans to be bring to justice on the end of her sword. Bastien considers Raeven an over indulged, though  fascinating nuisance, who need to be returned to her father. To complicate matters, Raeven's father just happens to be a British Admiral on the HMS Regal. Bastien needs to part ways from Raeven, before she destroys his plans for some vengeance of his own.

Raeven considers him a pirate;
"Of course he claimed he was a privateer, and she knew he sailed under the Spanish flag and with that country's letters of marque . She didn't care for privateers any more than she cared for pirates, and made little distinction between them." -Raeven
According to Miriam Webster: Letters of marquee : written authority granted to a private person by a government to seize the subjects of a foreign state or their goods; specifically : a license granted to a private person to fit out an armed ship to plunder the enemy

Pirate or a privateer? What's in a name? Words have power, and these words conjure images that blur together in my mind. I thought it might be helpful to other readers to explore the differences in these words.

According to Miriam Webster:A pirate is someone who commits piracy : an act of robbery on the high seas; also : an act resembling such robbery

Also, according to Miriam Webster: A privateer on the other hand: an armed private ship licensed to attack enemy shipping; also : a sailor on such a ship

What if I asked you to name a pirate in pop culture? 

Many people would probably say Captain Jack Sparrow or Captain Hook? Even if they weren't the first to come to mind, they are indeed two examples of fictitious pirates that are easily recognized by most people.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Hook
But what if I asked you to name a privateer? 

Did you know that Sir Francis Drake the explorer, was a privateer flying under the English flag? His name now graces the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Or that, Henry Morgan was a Welsh born privateer who is easily recognizable as the Captain Morgan on the label of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum? Though the title of privateer is basically the polite term for a government owned pirate, there is little doubt that they have made their own impact on pop culture.

Sir Francis Drake

Actor portraying Captain Morgan
So, is Bastien a pirate? Or a privateer? Can Raeven find love with him either way? Lucky for you there are going to be many opportunities to win this book coming up in January and February. I'll keep you updated here, and you can follow Shana Galen on Google +Facebook, Twitter, Website and Blog at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.

Shana Galen Super Pirate Extravaganza -click on the link below.
Pirates and Dukes and Gentlemen--Oh, My! at Fresh Fiction
Shana Galen is giving away, The Making of A Duchess, The Making of a Gentleman and next months release The Rogue Pirate's Bride at Fresh Fiction. As if that wasn't enough treasure Shana is adding gold doubloons (chocolate coins) and Pirate's Booty (a delicious gluten free snack). Ends on January 31, 2012.

The Rogue Pirate's Bride Tour - Dates and Locations
Well here is the list of stops on Shana's blog tour for The Rogue Pirate's Bride, and there will be an opportunity to win at every stop. Lots of great blogs, and fun topics.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Gayle! I'm counting the days until my blog on February 13! I didn't know Captain Morgan was a privateer. Cool! Thank you.


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