We’re so pleased to welcome author Keira Andrews to TNA today on the tour for her newest novel, Kidnapped by the Pirate, a swashbuckling tale of love on the high seas. Keira is sharing some of her own favorite pirates with us today, and she’s also offering up a great giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below for details.
Ahoy mateys! Thanks so much to Lisa and the TNA crew for welcoming me today to talk about my new historical romance, Kidnapped by the Pirate. I loved writing this swashbuckling adventure, and of course I was inspired by great fictional pirates of the past. Here are my top five.
Top 5 Fictional Pirates
- Long John Silver, Muppet Treasure Island. There have been many iterations of Long John Silver over the years, but I have a soft spot for Tim Curry’s hilarious take. This movie is just so much darn fun.
- Spitfire Stevens, Against All Flags. As you can see in the hilariously dated trailer, this movie is cheesy and problematic. But as a kid, I simply adored Maureen O’Hara as the female pirate Spitfire Stevens. I mean, look at those boots! *swoons*
- Captain Peter Blood, Captain Blood. This Errol Flynn classic was another pirate movie I loved as a kid. Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were dynamite together.
- The Dread Pirate Roberts (aka Westley), The Princess Bride. If you’ve seen the movie, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why I love Westley. If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m not sure what you’ve been doing with your time! 😉 It’s a delightful fairy tale, and I highly recommend it.
- Captain James Flint, Black Sails. I could wax poetic about this amazing TV show for days, but I will attempt to show some restraint. You might be thinking, “Doesn’t the trailer say it’s from producer Michael Bay?” Ignore that. There is some gratuitous T&A early on, but this show is brilliant, and really finds its stride at the end of season one. Great queer representation, especially with Toby Stephens’s Captain Flint. He’s tough and tender and compelling, and how Stephens wasn’t even nominated for an Emmy is beyond me. Season two in particular is one of my fave seasons of TV ever.
About the Book
Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate’s sinful touch?
Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it’s concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he’s sailing to the fledging colony, where he’ll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family’s financial gain. Then pirates strike and he’s kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World.
Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don’t deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel’s father—the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy—and he’s sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible.
Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel’s feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It’s not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust…
Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk’s reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate’s prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk’s biggest battle could be with his own heart.
This May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews features classic tropes including: a tough alpha pirate too afraid to love, a plucky virgin captive half his age, enemies to lovers, first-time sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending. 85,000 words.
About the Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”