Today I’m spotlighting Sharon Cullen and her fabulous historical The Nortorious Lady Anne which is only .99 cents for a limited time!!!
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.
Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.
They anchored in a hidden inlet on the southwest side of the island. The sailor in Nicholas was impressed. Emmaline’s faster, smaller sloops maneuvered well in the shallow inlets, and were at once hidden from sight. Looking in from the ocean, no one could tell a fleet of pirate ships resided here.
Crewmen rowed the small tenders to shore. When Nicholas climbed out, unsteady without his land legs, Emmaline was already on the small beach.
The island displayed all its late-spring glory. The trees were green with vegetation. The flowers bloomed in a riot of color that hurt the eyes, but was a balm to the soul after weeks of seeing nothing but the gray sea on all sides. Emmaline bent, scooped up a handful of white sand, and let it sift through her fingers. The breeze caught the granules and whisked them away.
Nicholas paused, caught up in the scene before him. Not of the flowers, though they were a sight to behold, but of the woman. The enigmatic Emmaline Blackwell Sutherland was as beautiful as any of the exotic flowers blooming along the tree line. As beautiful, and as mysterious. And like those flowers with their velvet-soft petals, he wanted to pluck her, to explore her depths, to hold her in his hands and examine her beauty.
She’d surprised him when he first saw her on the ship dressed, not in the breeches and shirt he was accustomed to seeing her in, but in a deep-rose gown in the height of fashion. Her ebony hair, usually pulled into a braid and trailing down her back, was coiled into a tight bun hugging the nape of her neck.
Nicholas’s reaction had been visceral, coming upon him so fast it made him dizzy. Weeks ago he’d been almost embarrassed at the sight of a woman wearing men’s clothing. Now he hated the gown, preferring her in breeches and a silk shirt.
He longed to pull the pins from her hair, to release her curls to the ocean’s breeze and bury his fingers in the sun-warmed strands, while he plundered her mouth with his tongue. Emmaline Blackwell was wild and untamed like the water they sailed on, not cultivated and demure, trussed up in the bone-crushing corset she now wore.
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
Check out my interview with Sharon HERE