Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review of The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen

The Rogue Pirate's Bride is the third book in Shana Galen Sons of the Revolution series, and it is the rare series that I didn't feel needed to be read in order. The first two books The Making of a Duchess and The Making of a Gentleman are both fantastic stories as well, so what are you waiting for? 

Raeven Russell the free spirited daughter of a British Admiral, and she is more comfortable on the high seas than in a ballroom. Raeven is brave, charmingly unconventional, and has an unusual set of handy skills that would make any rogue or pirate green with envy. She sets out to bring the notorious pirate Captain Cutlass to justice for the murder of her fiance. Raeven intends to make the "pirate" pay for his sins by running him through with her sword. 

Bastien Harcourt, marquis de Valere is a french aristocrat, who in his youth was separated from his family during the French Revolution. Bastien is working on plans for some vengeance of his own, and is in hot pursuit of a Barbary pirate, Jourdain who is responsible for the death of Bastien's mentor. Bastiens' efforts to find the scoundrel Jourdain and send him to a watery grave are disrupted by the arrival of the fiery and furious Raeven. 

Raeven and Bastien find themselves caught up in each others' plans and sparks begin to fly and then ignite between the unlikely couple. The Rogue Pirate's Bride is a fast paced tale of intrigue and betrayal that made me laugh, sigh and tear up in all the right places. Bastien is charming and Raeven is fearless and they were so terrific together that I didn't want their story to end. Loved this book from the first page to the last. I expect that The Rogue Pirate's Bride will bring many new fans to Shana Galen's writing, as well as please those who have already been enchanted by her storytelling.
Something zipped past him and struck the man with enough force to cause him to drop his pistol and clutch his abdomen. Bastien had a moment to look behind him and saw his cabin girl, his beautiful cabin girl, standing there with arm out stretched. He'd known she's be accurate with that dagger.
                                 -The Rogue Pirate's Bride -Shana Galen

Netgalley version provided by Sourcebooks

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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


you are 

Dana Marton's Winner of the 1/2/2012 Giveaway.

 Happy Reading !