by S. L. Thorne
Margaret Taft is the silver-haired captain’s mistress who desperately needs rescuing. 'Mad' Jack Wyndlam is the one man capable of doing that, but his interest is only in pirate’s gold. Silver meets gold, spinning a legendary tale unlike any heard before on the high seas.
Margaret Taft has a fantastic secret. Pale of hair and skin with a silvery voice to match she has endured life as the ill-used mistress of British Navy Captain Ambrose Price. The only way she can return home is to find a magical pearl stolen by the pirates aboard the Mercy’s Ransom. When she meets the man with the golden aura, she knows he is the only man who could save her. Trouble is - will she be able to let him go?
'Handsome' Jack is a gentleman pirate just looking for a fight. Thrown off his own ship by a treacherous hand he is seeking a ship to bear him on a bloody mission of revenge. Then he comes face to face with a silvery woman offering him everything: escape from the noose, a ship, plus the sunken treasure of the fabled Ana Maria Salvador. All he has to do is find her one solitary grey pearl. It sounds so simple. But he never bargained for the feelings she drew from him as easy as breathing. He never counted on being unwilling to let her go. In the end, he knew it was more than his honor at stake. It was his soul.
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S.L. Thorne is a resident of Northern Florida, mid-forties and highly creative. She’s been telling stories since she could talk (which was fairly early) and writing them down as soon as she learned to write, often regaling her friends for hours after school with tales she’d make up. She is raising a teen daughter in her family home with her boyfriend of several years along with a pair of cats and a duet of dogs. An occasionally decent artist, she often paints or renders her own covers. Fans of her novels tend to be rabid about them, often pushing her into publishing books she otherwise would have kept to herself.
She prefers historical settings to modern ones and is a stickler for historical accuracy; often doing exhaustive research during the course of novel writing in order to present a believable, enduring world where things make real world sense along side the magical and the invented. She often refers to herself as ‘a professional liar’ instead of ‘an author’, as she is in ‘the business of weaving a fantastic, unbelievable lie and presenting it in such a way that, at least within the confines of the pages, the reader wants to believe it is the truth.’
As a famous ancient author once said: The secret to telling a good lie is to include just enough truth to make it believable.
She has three novels published with Double Dragon Publications on three very different subjects and is currently working on more of the Griffon’s Rest series, as well as a YA novel.