So you want to get in the mood to celebrate America’s freedom? And you want to do it with a hunky hero and a worthy heroine set in times when America’s future was on the line? Well, I have a list you’ll like, the ones I've rated 4 and 5 stars. See it HERE!
In case you were wondering where I am this week, I'm in San Antonio at the Romance Writers of America's convention, where it is hot, hot, hot.
On Wednesday, I signed my books at the Literacy Event where over $50,000 was raised for the cause of literacy. In this picture, I'm holding up my last copy of WIND RAVEN (I sold out of all my books just after this picture was taken).
With the end of the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic wars in 1814, an unprecedented wave of piracy swept the American seaboard and the Caribbean when some of the hundreds of captains who were privateers in the wars began preying upon the growing numbers of merchant vessels. Although some of these pirates, like Jean Laffite, were American, the majority came from farther south and Latin America.
Roberto Cofresi was one of them. Born on June 17, 1791 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico as Roberto Cofresí y Ramírez de Arellano, he became Puerto Rico’s most famous pirate, better known as “El Pirata Cofresí.” Cofresí’s father is believed to have been Austrian and changed his surname to Cofresí when he moved his family to Puerto Rico because it was easier for the people to pronounce.
Just as I have portrayed him in my latest novel, Wind Raven, Cofresi was tall, blond and blue-eyed and wore dangling silver and diamond earrings any woman would covet. See more of the post HERE. And comment to win a free copy of the book!
Historical Romance author Judith E. French is on Regan's Romance Reviews today talking about setting a novel in the time of the Revolutionary War and she is GIVING AWAY three copies of her wonderful story, SCARLET RIBBONS! So drop by to read her interesting post and comment to win!
Here's some of the post:
In dusty libraries, in shaded graveyards, and from oral accounts, I learned that the area known as Delmarva--Delaware, Maryland, and the Eastern Counties of Virginia--was known as the Breadbasket of the Revolution. It was from these farms, these rivers, these forests and kitchen gardens that Washington's starving soldiers were kept alive during the terrible winter at Valley Forge. And when everyone believed the colonials struggle was lost, it was the wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters who made the sacrifice to produce and smuggle those vital supplies through the British lines. See MORE.