Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Guest post by Claire Ashgrove + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to the blog Claire Ashgrove who kicks off her blog tour celebrating the release of her latest novel Bound by Decency, the first book in her new The Flying Gang Legacy series, an exciting pirate series full of adventure, excitement and romance! Yay! So please give Claire a warm welcome, read on to discover what the series is about (and what exactly is the Flying Gang) and you could even win an Amazon Gift Card!


What is the Flying Gang?
by Claire Ashgrove

Hi all! I’m so excited to be able to be here today and talk about my debut historical romance, Bound by Decency. And I figured I’d start this blog tour off with a little bit about the series as a whole, and a tidbit from history.

Bound by Decency is the first in The Flying Gang Legacy series. But just what was the Flying Gang?

Well, it was the name assumed by many of the pirates that sailed in the Caribbean waters. Some claim that it was reserved exclusively for Benjamin Hornigold’s merry little bunch. Who precisely founded them remains veiled by the mists of time. But what is clear is that the historical Flying Gang members all knew one another, they had all served on merchant or navy vessels, and they all maintained some order and structure to governance within their ships.

The Flying Gang made its first appearance in 1714 and included such notable pirates as Stede Bonnet, Charles Vane, Anne Bonney, Calico Jack, and Blackbeard. By 1718 they were the most powerful, most fearsome pirates in the waters. Even the Navy wouldn’t touch them, and their ships were equal to many Naval warships, unlike the more common, smaller, sloops other pirates used.

They even founded their own Pirate Republic, in Nassau, a haven for brigands and thieves alike. Like Amsterdam, only… older!

I could go on, but we aren’t here for a full history lesson. And I’d really rather not put you to sleep on the day of my release. But this real historical group forms the basis of my new series.

"With Europe in chaos over who would claim the Spanish throne, the Atlantic waters bred a most despicable lot. Privateers who pillaged and claimed, loyal to no country, more thief than noble mercenary. One man would claim Spain’s inheritance. He would pass it on. To a band of cutthroats more terrifying and deadly than the nightmares of the deep.

As the nations settle into peace, The Flying Gang knows no boundaries. No sea is safe. No shore unchartered. Chilling Rogers raised to the sky, they reign with fear, bound only to the wind, the brotherhood, and the ships they love. One tiny jeweled box strikes a gleam in their eyes. A golden trinket four rogue Captains risk danger, capture, and even friendship to possess.

Until love interferes with their rapscallion hearts…"


Cain served in a Naval capacity with Henry Jennings prior to joining The Flying Gang. He became a successful and feared pirate captain, he and the three captains he’s closest to, although he has ties to many. And in Bound by Decency you’ll meet Cain, Drake, Nightshade, Royce, and a few cameos by some historical figures that were in or about Nassau in 1717. But you’ll see clearly there is an order within his men, and a clear chain of command that mirrors the English Navy. And that order can get a bit troublesome at times, particularly when the Captain goes against the will of his democratic crew. Let’s just say that sometimes a man is forced to do things he would rather not.

Crafting these characters was hugely enjoyable. Crafting their counterparts, even more so. Between navigating the high seas and running from the respective Navies that are chasing them, they’re up to their ears in trouble. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did writing them.


Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, North Texas Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two toddler sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at http://www.claireashgrove.com/, or www.toristclaire.com.

Bound by Decency by Claire Ashgrove

Book #1 in The Flying Gang series

Once, Cain sailed with the cutthroats of The Flying Gang, fearless Captain of The Kraken, bound to no one save the sea. After inheriting a portion of Spain’s Royal Inheritance, he resigned the life of brigands for a chance at honest wealth. With the secrets of his piracy tucked away, he achieved his lofty aspirations. But when his partner and best friend betrays him to the Royal Navy, Cain’s dreams are ripped to shreds. He’s left with his ship, the tattered remnants of a stolen future, and a piece of Spanish mystery. Wanted by three nations and destined for the gallows, he returns to the legendary band of buccaneers for one purpose---vengeance.

Kidnapped by the formidable Cain, India Prescott discovers he intends to kill the man she’s to marry, Richard Grey. Cain’s story reveals betrayal. Treachery that extends to her as well. Although she holds the key to retribution, India refuses to become another man’s pawn. Freedom lies before her, the liberty to shrug off propriety, make her own decisions, and claim her destiny. But when she uncovers goodness in Cain’s soul and he awakens passion in her heart, she must combat the chains of convention once more.

Only this time India's not fighting society. She’s battling a pirate bent on keeping her decency intact.


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Claire will be giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour – the more times you comment, the better your chances of winning! Complete schedule can be found here.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 31 August 2012!

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