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The Kraken’s Mirror/Book One of The Kraken’s Caribbean

A romantic paranormal adventure

Treated by our youth oriented society as invisible and sexless Emily Pawes attends a pirate festival to recapture the make believe magic she knew as a younger woman. She wins an interesting bit of booty at an old woman’s bric-a-brac stand. The Kraken’s Mirror is a magical portal and transports her to a land of Hollywood piratitude, where swashbuckling heroes own iPods. With little choice, she embraces the madness, deciding she’ll play pirate until she figures out how to get home. Or wakes up in a padded cell.

Instead of men in little white coats, she encounters the handsome Captain Alan Silvestri. He is a man haunted by a strange curse. Good luck is his to command, but it comes at the cost of any place to call home or people to call family. Resigned to die shunned by all, forced to sail every three days, he begins to dream of a special woman.

When they meet, sparks fly, passion flares. He needs her to be free, but more than that, he needs her to be whole. They set sail, uncertain of who has control of the wheel, seeking to defeat his curse of good luck and discover all the Kraken’s Mirror plans for them.

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The Chameleon Goggles/Book Two of The Kraken’s Caribbean

Captain Jezebel came to the Kraken’s Caribbean thirty years ago, a fiery young girl of fifteen with more nightmares than six adults. Born and raised on the capitalistic steampunk world of Novan, she left all the filth and terror behind to become a pirate captain with her own ship. And she flourishes in her new role. Until the day an offhand comment about a zeppelin in the sky above the bay of Tortuga brings all her fears to the surface. Jezebel’s past isn’t dead after all and is rushing forward to destroy her and all she has built.

Mick has spent the last fifteen years at Jezebel’s side. He knows her better than she knows herself. Save for the secrets she keeps. When her behavior changes overnight he is determined to uncover what troubles his woman. What he discovers doesn’t surprise him; he suspected her wounds ran deep. But the enemies coming at them both present a challenge that could tear them apart.

Novan has come for their lost daughter and all her stolen inventions, especially the chameleon goggles. What can a 17th century pirate ship do against a military airship? Even with the great Albino Kraken at their side?

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Mick held back as Keitran bent his head over the cold-hearted stranger, although he wanted to haul out his knife and slice into her bitter face. He’d have made her talk, and although she might not have been much use afterward, he’d have felt better. Tink understood, but Janey and Emily had glanced away.

“Emily?” Janey’s cried out and Mick glanced at his sister-in-law. She’d gone deadly pale and stared oddly at Keitran as he fed. The vampire lifted his head from his prey and gazed at Emily, who sank to the cabin floor.

What the hell?  The air in the cabin suddenly felt charged with anticipation. Emily gasped, grasping at her neck. “Mick! Stop him!” Janey called out.

Mick snarled, attention returned to the vampire. This bitch knew where they’d taken Jezzie; he needed that information at any cost. Davis flew past him to throw himself atop Emily and with a thud he sprawled atop the woman. Whatever connected Keitran and Emily broke.

Keitran blinked, encompassing black emptied from his eye sockets, and he pulled away from the invader, stroking her hair. She moaned and fell against his chest. The vampire held her close then settled her into a chair. “Rest.”

Mick glared at the intruder. He’d have snapped her neck if they didn’t need the information she held.

Keitran strode to where Davis and Emily lay, but Mick grabbed him. “No, ask her!”

“I will. She is under my control, Captain March. But I did not intend to attract Mrs. Silvestri. I want to evaluate her response.” Keitran pushed past him to the couple on the floor.

Janey’s voice held accusation. “You would throw Emily away?”

“I would throw all of you away for Jezzie.” Damn, Mick needed someone on his side with this. “Don’t you understand?”

Tink, of all people, backed him up. “This isn’t about Jezebel. It’s about our world. If they keep her, if they force her back to their use, we will be invaded. Novan is always hungry. It’s a world totally based on capitalistic greed. She helps Mama Lu block their portal. We need her back.”

Emily groaned. “Get the fuck off me, Davis!”

Janey shook her head. “Jezebel comes from Novan. Oh, shit.”

“What the hell is a Novan?” Keitran reached to assist Emily to stand, but she flinched away from him. “What the hell did you do to me?”

Mick shoved the vampire aside and hefted her to her feet. He examined her face a moment, noted her dilated eyes and clammy skin. When had she been vampire touched? “Out, you need to get out. You’re too close to Keitran and won’t be any good to us. Janey! Take her out on deck!”

“Fuck off, Mick! I am not close to Keitran!” Emily pulled away from him with a glare.

“You are. I didn’t realize it, but I blind blasted you and forged a link between us. I won’t turn you, Mrs.
Silvestri, but Mick may be right. My nature guides me to gentle possible prey.” Keitran spread his arms slightly and bowed to her.

“Gentle? Oh, lull me into a false sense of security. Trust me, I did not feel secure!”

“Shut up, and stay away from him,” Mick snapped. “Or get out.”

“Not a problem.” Emily sat down at the table. Davis fetched her a fresh tankard of rum. “Thank you. And I’m sorry I snapped at you.”

Davis simply nodded, glancing at Keitran. The vampire had positioned himself behind Nandinia and set his hands on her shoulders again. “We can discuss the bond between us later, Mrs. Silvestri. Right now, let us settle this business.” He stroked Nandinia’s hair. “Tell them about Jezebel, or Jasmina as you know her. Where is she?”

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The Pirate Circus/Book Three of The Kraken’s Caribbean

Bosun Janey knows who and what she is. A pirate. And a damned good one at that. Living a life of adventure, excitement and sailing the seas of the Kraken’s Caribbean is enough for her. Until the Quill is stuck in dry dock, leaving Janey in search of distraction along Tortuga’s waterfront. How does a pirate occupy herself? Certainly not by making friends with a six year old boy new to the Caribbean, or mooning after the boy’s father. This is not how a pirate behaves!

Widower Benjamin Silvestri came to Tortuga looking for a fresh start. A pirate haven doesn’t seem like a safe sanctuary for second chances, but life is full of surprises in this new world. The sun breathes life into his little boy while new freedoms help his errant niece embrace her true nature. And then there’s Janey, a pirate and most unconventional woman, who stirs feelings in Benjamin that are far from proper.

But who is to say what is proper in Tortuga? Before he and Janey can explore the possibilities, Benjamin’s niece makes what could be the biggest mistake of her life, sending the couple on an adventure to save his son and niece from a dangerous fate in The Pirate Circus.

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