This Friday, 11 July, sees the general release of the Jolly Rogered collection, four short stories from Totally Bound featuring romance an adventure on the high seas – oh, and with a healthy dose of smut, naturally This collection is full to the brim of swashbuckling, dangerous pirates, beautiful fair maidens and enchanting elopements. These bold buccaneers don’t stop until they get what they want, and the damsels in distress may be more captivated than captured. As the old superstition goes, a woman on board a ship is unlucky, but a naked woman ‘calms the sea’ and the heart of her hero.
I’m in good company. My own story, Right of Salvage is nestling up close and personal with hot and steamy stories by Wendi Zwaduk, Ayla Ruse and Meg Harding. We’ll be holding a Jolly Rogered Release Party on Facebook to celebrate the launch of the series. It’s on 15 July, starting at 16.00 EST or if you prefer 21.00 GMT. We’d love to see you there, say hello, and give away some free downloads from the series.
More on that later. Today I’m delighted to welcome Meg Harding to my blog to tell us a little about her story in the collection, The Running Game. Meg cornered her sexy buccaneering hero Oliver, and fired a few finely honed questions at him. Here’s what he had to say… over to you Meg.
Hi Ashe, and thanks for inviting me over. And thanks for welcoming Oliver too.
Okay, here’s the interview:
Me: Apart from you, who is the scariest pirate on the high seas?
Oliver: My wife. She’s become truly terrifying. I think my crew is more scared of her than me.
Me: In your own words, tell us what your first impression was when you met Irene. Did you hit it off right away?
Oliver: We hit it off quite literally, I’d say. *chuckles* No, really, it was rough going. She was wonderful. Very brash and brave, didn’t hold anything back. She fought with me a lot. I knew she was trouble the second I laid eyes on her.
Me: What is Irene’s worst habit?
Oliver: My darling Irene is perfect. But she is a bit of a bed hog.
Me: … and what’s her best quality?
Oliver: She’s the smartest person I’ve ever met and she’s not afraid to give it her all.
Me: If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what three items would you want to take with you?
Oliver: I’d want to take the rum of course. A good book…I’d imagine a desert island could get a bit dull after awhile. Am I alone on the island? If Irene’s with me that paddle I just got will definitely be the third.
Me: You’ve sailed the high seas for a good while now. What is the best place you’ve ever been to and why do you like it?
Oliver: There’s a lovely island nearish Tortuga and it’s gorgeous. Sand and beach and palm trees and not one inhabitant. The water is crystal clear and there’s a hot springs tucked away. I took Irene there on our honeymoon. Best two weeks of my life, let me tell you.
Me: Women or ships?
Oliver: This is an unfair question. My wife would string me up if I answered either way. I suppose, outside of my darling princess of course, that I would say ships.
Me: If a huge inheritance came your way, what would you do?
Oliver: I’d move off of Tortuga. Oh, in a heartbeat. Get myself a fancy house on an island. Could get Irene some horses—she loves to ride. Maybe add another ship to my crew. Imagine all that I could accomplish with two ships. The loot would be falling into my hands like rain from the sky.
Me: Describe yourself in five words
Oliver: Dashing, handsome, intelligent, brave, and humble.
Me: Did you have any serious relationships before Irene? If so, what happened? How did you break up?
Oliver: Irene was a shocker for me, that’s for sure. I’d always been a bit of a free spirit if you know what I mean. A shag here, a shag there. The sea was my only mistress and she was one of a kind. I didn’t have a need for any other real relationship.
Me: Have you done the Totally Bound Jolly Rogered Quiz yet? What was your score?
Oliver: I have indeed and I got all save one correct. Why don’t you take it and see if you can beat me? I’m doubting it.
Do you have what it takes to beat Oliver? Find out by taking our Jolly Rogered Pirate Quiz – and if you leave us your contact details you’ll be entered in the Draw to maybe win ALL FOUR stories in the series
More about Meg:
Meg Harding is a senior at UCF, currently studying psychology in the hope of becoming a couple’s counselor. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything until recently. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She loves to hear from readers, you can find her on her blog.
And finally, here’s the blurb for The Running Game
There’s something to be said about great adventure, an impossible moment in time when everything falls into place. This is undoubtedly her impossible moment.
Some people just don’t have any luck. On the run from her murderous fiancé and a very angry father, Irene is pretty sure her luck can’t get any worse. After all what’s worse than being the lone woman stuck on a cargo ship headed to the Americas? How about getting captured by pirates as her money and only shot at freedom sink to the bottom of the ocean? Not that she ever could have anticipated that.
Oliver is a man burdened with a great amount of luck and a fine sense for all things adventurous. Holding up one little cargo ship isn’t supposed to give him much more than a few bits of gold and some excitement. Who could have anticipated the spitfire on board who would turn his world inside out?
Things are about to get messy as Irene tramples all over Oliver’s image of a proper lady and sets about showing him just how much trouble one little woman can truly cause. Oliver has never enjoyed an adventure so much.