A significant amount of research goes into writing historical romance, and my foray into the world of pirates to create the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy was no exception. As I learned more about the lusty, adventure-filled world of pirates in the late 1600’s, I came across a big blunder I had made after my book had already been sent to the publisher. An email about an upcoming episode of Black Sails, the recent Showtime pirate television series, explained that in the next episode the crew would run the ship aground to work on it.
My radar started pinging all over the place. Why couldn’t they tie the ship up to the dock and work on it that way? (Like the pirate crew in my book did…) Well, more research told me that my pirates did not have a dry dock to tie their vessel to the way we would today. This created a problem because not only did I have the crew working on the ship at a dock, but in addition my hero bendt the heroine over the side of the ship and gave her a swat on the rear end! Not possible if the ship was run aground on a beach…
Since I want to be as historically accurate as possible, I re-wrote the whole chapter so that they beached the ship to repair it. But I’ll share with you the bottom smack you won’t see in the published version:
She heard the familiar voice. “Frederica!”
She whirled around to find Gaston striding down the pier towards her.
“What in the devil are you doing here?” he asked.
She offered him her most winning smile. “Looking for you.”
He took her by the arm and guided her several feet from the ship, out of earshot of his crew. “Yes, but why?” he asked through gritted teeth.
“I wasn’t finished with our conversation last night.” She lifted her chin defiantly.
“Oh you weren’t?” Then he hissed into her ear. “I should turn you over my knee right now for this naughty behavior.”
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Promises, promises,” she said rolling her eyes.
He snatched her up by the arm and hauled her over to the ship’s railing. “Bend over.”
“You must be joking.”
“Not in the slightest.”
“Fine,” she said bravely, desperate to show him she wanted to please him above all else. She draped herself over the side of the Ocean’s Knave, giving him access to her bottom.
He paused. If he pulled up her skirts and gave her a spanking right here it would distract the men from their work. Irritated, he pulled her back to face him. He gave her a hard thwack over her clothes and stood her back up.
So many layers of clothing cushioned the blow that it didn’t really hurt, but it got her attention.
“What is it you want?” The brow above his good eye twitched, and she was secretly pleased to be the cause of such consternation to him.
When Frederica Beauchamp boards a ship for the Americas, she dreams of a life filled with adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her passenger ship is attacked by pirates. The heartless men kidnap her and force her to serve their captain—a fate that might be worse than death, since though he does not have his way with her, the captain delights in baring her, shaming her, and thrashing her bare bottom as punishment for every imagined disobedience.
It will take a dashing French pirate to save her, but once Frederica gains her freedom will she surrender to her liberator in the hopes of capturing his heart?
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A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.
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