Release Party!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Pirates and Scalagwags! Welcome to the Greatest Show In Tortuga!

The Pirate Circus!

Look to the yardarm! There our daredevil Felix balances upon the lines, juggling three cannon balls! Without a net! And now Johnson tosses him a fourth! And a fifth! And…dear. Well, we have many jugglers!

*Clean that up lads, and bring out Leona and the Dancing Bear!

Looks nervous

*What do you mean, you can’t find Leona? Oh, you found part of her? Oh. A shame, but at least the food bill for Boris will be smaller this month…

Clears throat

Ladies and Gentleman! We have jugglers – not as many as we used to have – but we have jugglers! We have a trained bear – not as trained as we thought… We have six chatty parrots.

What? Five?

Rolls eyes

We have pirates on unicycles, monkeys that will charm you – What? Arrested for picking pockets…

Ringmaster stalks off the stage…

Yeah, times are hard for the pirate circus, but don’t blame them…it’s the new Admiral. There is something hinky about Germante, not to mention that black panther who seems inordinately fond of cats. (Not in a good way.)

But Tortuga will weather through! And with the release of The Pirate Circus, I can tell the story of Janey and her pursuit of the newest Silvestri in town, Benjamin. Late of England, this engaging but reserved man arrives with skills that his uncle, Captain Alan Silvestri, treasures. But have no fear, the cursed pirate wouldn’t abuse his nephew.

But there are other questions beggin’ ta be answered!

Will Janey succeed in convincing Ben that pirating isn’t an evil profession?

Will Ben’s little boy, Charlie, make friends with the young kraken in the bay and escape the ghost haunting him?

Will Lee, Ben’s niece, find someone of her own…or will Germante make all her dreams come true and correct God’s mistake?

You’ll have to read to find out!

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

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

But who’s to say what is proper in Tortuga? Before he and Janey can explore the possibilities, Benjamin’s son and niece disappear onto the high seas. Together, the couple set out to rescue them—because only a loving father and a cut-throat pirate stand a chance against the dangers of The Pirate Circus. 

The  newest addition to the world of the Kraken’s Caribbean is dedicated to the Bosun of the Romance Writers Revenge, Terri Osburn. Who I hope will recognize herself and forgive me any freedoms with her person. And I hope she finds a Benjamin of her own! 😉

The Pirate Circus is available today from Decadent Publishing and other fine e-retail establishments!

What daring circus act would you bring to the famed Pirate Circus? I’ll give away a copy of the book to one lucky comment! (Be sure to leave me yer e-mail addy!)



  1. Congrats on your new release, Maureen!

    This sounds like a lot of fun, just as I’d expect. 🙂

    As to the circus, I always like the tight rope walkers and the acrobats. I saw an icecapades recently that had the skaters wrapping their arms in a ribbon and twirling in the air. Very cool.

  2. I am training the puppy to dance on cue! Lol!! Congrats
    On your release!

    Hope you have a spectacular day!! Bring on the

  3. Congrats on the new book! Sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun with it. 🙂 I don’t think I can come up with a circus act — that’s a tough one! Mmm, maybe a cutlass swallower? LOL

  4. You are too good to me! Dedicated to me? Well. Now I’m getting all verklempt. *sniffle* I’m honored you thought to include me in any way. Janey is bound to me my new favorite heroine ever. LOL!

    Now I must know more about this Benjamin fellow…

    I always like the elephants at the circus. Think the ship could handle an elephant act?

    Oh, and seahorses. We must have a seahorse act.

  5. Happy release day! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    I think the ship needs a sea lion. She could bring us a bottle of rum balanced on her nose and do some fun tricks for us. 🙂

  6. I’m back in meetings starting in 15 minutes but I’ll try to get back tonight for the party.

  7. Dancing puppies! Oh, that will be perfect! No fru fru skirts though… 😉

    Donna, I love the idea of a cutlass swallower…I think they used to have a flame swallower, but one day he swallowed the rum instead of holding it in his mouth and so, well…he sorta toasted himself. In all ways possible!

    Terri – I think Ben would be right up your ally…and yup, sweetums, this one is for you! A seahorse act is a brilliant idea! I’ll see if Krakey can confince a few of the shy ones to join the act!

    Sabrina – Great gallloping galoshes! Sea lions would be a natural! Wonderful!

    See ya later, Terrio!

  8. Marnee – We could to an act like that…cirq de solei from the yardarm!

  9. Happy Release Day Maureen!

    Believe it or not, I can twirl fire!

  10. Are you kidding? Of course you can!

    Have at it! 😉

  11. Congrats, Sister!! I have no doubt it will go well today. I need to catch up on the 2nd book – LOL! But just want all you piratey people to know how proud of my sister I am!

    As far as an act; you know me – let there be DRAGONS!

  12. Thanks, sis! Dragons…well…You know, they say Nessie may be descended from a dragon, maybe we can get her to do something fancy for the circus…

    (I think I’ll have Chameleon in print later this month…you’ll get a copy to read!)

  13. A dragon and a Kraken? Wow. This tent better be HUGE! LOL! (And fire and water resistent…)

  14. The ship’s that house the Pirate Circus are the largest ever seen in Tortuga. I mean, a modern aircraft carrier would dwarf them…but for the era, they are humongous. I’m not sure about the elephants, but maybe they can have a land partner…

  15. Can’t wait to download it, as soon as my Kindle is charged! I killed it good this week. I don’t care what Jane says–NO CLOWNS!!! This is not a Stephen King horror thing!

  16. Yeah, clowns aren’t high on Janey’s list either…though she has a REAL good reason to find them disturbing… 😉

    Hi, Ashli!

  17. The thing that’s so wonderful about you and your books is you bring such joy to everyone around you with your writing and your spirit. Miss you, girlfriend! Best of luck with the new release! Casey

  18. catching cannon balls with the myth busters

  19. Congratulations on the new release–and I LOVE THE MAP! How cool is that? And I can’t wait to see Bo’sun’s happily ever after in the book. 🙂

  20. Thanks so much, Casey! Hope you’re keeping warm in Missoula!

    William – I wonder if I could lure them onto the ship…

    Hellion – Yeah, this were a fun HEA to write…because… No, can’t tell you! 😉

  21. RELEASE DAY NEWS ALERT: Muppet Treasure Island is on right now! Omen or coincidence? OK, probably coincidence but still cool!

  22. You know I love the Pirate parties you throw, Maureen. And a Circus on top of it? Start pouring the rum!

  23. I never seem to catch that one when it starts! I should just buy it and add it to my pirate movie stash…

  24. Louisa – Rum is good…just keep it away from the girl juggling fire…

  25. Happy Release Day 😉 and as far as circus act… I think sword swallowing or fire eating

  26. You see, sword swallowing might be easier than cutlass swallowing… I don’t know many pirates who have necks that curve like a cutlass… I think it would get messy. But sword swallowing? Sure!

    Fire eating…it’s just a matter of staying a good distance from the bar!

  27. Okay, party goers… The bar is stocked, so enjoy! But please, stay away from those attemping to swallow fire, or eat fire, or blow fire… I don’t want to lose the ship!

    I’m off to indulge the dog with some walkies, be back in a bit!

  28. Yippee! Congratulations! Looks like your year is off to a great start!

  29. Congrats on the new release! You are amazing!

  30. Terry,

    You would live this! My husbands next project
    Is in Hugo Oklahoma. It is not only where 3 major
    Circus’s winter but hosts one of the third largest
    Elephant refuges in the world! We are going to visit

    Hmmm….. An open bar! Yipee! Drinks anyone??

  31. Pat – Another year…another year to bust out! Thanks!

    J – I like to think I’m amazing…nice to think other’s think that, too!

    Jane – Take pictures. (And I admit, there are no elephants in this particular book… I mean, I can stretch my imagination only so far. And pirate ships carrying elephants was too much for me…)

    Bet you never thought you’d hear that!

  32. Well, we’re pirates, right? And if we aren’t on a ship, we’re near a ship and that means ocean… Can I be a like the chick in the circus who rides horses and stands on their backs, but instead, so tricks and stand on the backs of dolphins?


  33. Tara! That be a marvelous idea! I must make sure to add that when I write a fourth in the trilogy!

  34. And TARA is the winner! Whoohoo! Enjoy the book, Tara!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *