When the ‘good’ man is bad, and the ‘bad’ man is good, how’s a young woman to choose?
Blurb: Tamsyn McKiernan thinks her dreams have come true. She’s engaged to a dashing Key West bachelor and finally in her widowed father’s good graces. But in her heart, she knows something’s wrong. She loves the ocean and the quiet pleasures of nature—so what does the aristocratic life she’ll lead truly hold for her? Mercenary captain Drake Ashton is neck deep in preparations for the Spanish-American War, running guns and other supplies to Cuban natives who want out from under their Spanish masters. He and his brother Freddie risk their lives daily, focused on saving his friends on the island. Nothing else matters but his mission. A chance encounter with a spiny sea urchin brings the two together, and neither of their lives will ever be the same again.
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Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the aging hippie loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. One of her novellas, THAT GIRL’S THE ONE I LOVE, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter on the autism spectrum, who is the youngest of her seven children, and she is ruled by three crotchety old cats, and six kittens of various ages.
Historical romances are fun to write because all the research you do teaches you something real about the era and the place and time. I love modern Key West, having spent many hours at Sloppy Joes, watching the sunset at Mallory Square, and visiting the turtle kraals, but learning about the city at the turn of the 20th century was fascinating.
Because of Key West’s proximity to Cuba (it’s actually closer to Cuba than it is to mainland USA), the city became a launching point for the American response to the Cuban war for freedom, in a conflict that came to be called the Spanish-American War. Our story involves a mercenary captain (read: pirate), who supports a small group of Cuban rebels at Matanzas, and a young lady who belongs to the “codfish aristocracy” in Key West. While these two might not have met in traditional social circles, their mutual love of nature brings them together in a most unexpected setting. Their idea of where their lives might go begins to unravel there, and anything could happen!