The Life of a Pirate
by Sandra Sookoo
Thank you for having me on your blog today. For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Sandra Sookoo and I write romantic fiction across a wide variety of genres and heat levels.
Today, I’m talking about one of my favorite subjects: pirates.
And above all, I’m dying to know if there really was much of a difference between a pirate and a privateer.
And because a lot of research goes into writing historical tales, let me share a couple of things about what pirates ate back in the Regency period.
During the first few weeks of a voyage, food was fresh and plentiful depending on what the crew laid on. Fresh fruits and veggies were the order of the day as was fresh bread and other food stuffs. Eggs from chickens and milk from cows were available. Once the food for the livestock was gone, the animals were sacrificed as food for the crew. Water was also abundant during those weeks as well. Life was pretty darned good at the start of a trip.
Water was a constant problem. Humans need water to survive and, of course, they couldn’t drink sea water. They stored fresh water in barrels and when it got stale or nasty, they added rum to help with the taste. They’d also add lime juice to the mix (called grog) not only to help with the taste but also to put vitamin C in their bodies to help ward off scurvy.
During a voyage, the only chance of gaining new supplies was to fight and board another ship in the area or put into port somewhere nearby. Plus, the lack of eating utensils meant that any eating opportunity really was a free-for-all.
Kinda gives me a shiver—and not the good kind. Now we can really appreciate why Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean fame was so scandalized when he asked, “But why is the rum gone?”
I hope I made you interested in ACT OF PARDON. I urge you to check the book out and go grab a copy, and see if you could survive not only the seas, but Adrian. ;-)
Who knows, perhaps I’ll write another pirate tale in the future, and this time, I might enjoy writing a female lead in the pirate position. I did write a lady pirate once, but she captains a space ship in a sci-fi universe, and that, my friends, is a tale for another day.
Retribution and sorrow can bring redemption and salvation if you look hard enough.
The year is 1814 and piracy is drawing to an end in the Caribbean yet Sarah Covington, a disenchanted missionary's daughter, has a plan to kill the pirate who murdered her father and fiancé. When the assassination attempt goes horribly wrong, she’s taken aboard the Lady Catherine as prisoner. Though she’s forced to embrace a life of degradation and subservience by the very pirate she tried to kill, he stirs passions she never knew she harbored.
Adrian Westerbrooke captains the Lady Catherine but not by choice. Officially a privateer under England's protection, he has his own agenda and will take down targets for the highest bidder. The only problem is the beautifully flawed Sarah. He'll try everything in his power to break her spirit and make her bow before his. At sea, his word is law, no matter how much she intrigues his mind and inflames his body.
Yet Sarah possesses a stubbornness that matches his own, on deck and in the bedroom, and a battle of wills begins. As trust grows, so does their desire--whether they can survive the threats at sea while working through their differences is up to faith… and perhaps love.
When not immersed in creating new worlds and interesting characters, Sandra likes to read, bake and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World. It’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at the Believing is Seeing blog.