Today I’m celebrating the release of His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles by Siren BookStrand. William Montclair, the only child and heir of the Earl and Countess of Ashford (Robbie and Emmy from His Obsession) has always done his duty. When he returns home after the war with Napoleon, he is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he has to offer—marriage without love.
Georgiana Janson, an impoverished soldier’s widow with a young daughter, worked as a nurse in the field hospital where she and met and fell in love with William Montclair. On their return to London Will sets her up nicely, but she realizes that she can’t accept what Will offers—love without marriage.
When her circumstances change, Georgi must decide what she wants in her life. Too late, Will discovers what he needs most in his. Despite interfering relatives and answering a call to war, Will mounts his own campaign to court and win the love of his life.
Loved doing the research for this book, most of this month’s Regency posts on my webpage/blog (ritabay.com) were bits of info collected along the way. Click the book cover to read an excerpt of or buy His Desire (M/F, Sensual) His Obsession is available there also. In His Obsession Emmy was kidnapped and sold into a pirate’s harem in Rabat, the capital of the pirate’s Republic of Bou Regreg. It’s in the Top 10 Mainstream Bestsellers this week at BookStrand.
The blogs for the next two weeks will visit places from the Montclairs’ Regency World.
Tomorrow, An Excerpt from His Desire, then Tattersall’s. Rita Bay
The Republic of Bou Regreg where Emmy in my novel His Obsession was taken and sold into slavery in a pirate’s harem is located on the west coast of Morocco. The area has been settled for thousands of years – Phoenecians, Romans, Berbers (including the Tuareg like Tariq, the harem master), and later Morisco refugees fleeing persecution in Christian Spain.
In the 17th century, the small towns of Sale and Rabat united to form the Republic of Bou Regreg, named for the river that flowed between the two towns. Later, it became associated with the Ottoman Empire . (See pics of ancient & modern Sale /Rabat – including the docks where Emmy and Tariq met and the streets they would have walked to her new master’s house.)
The republic became a center for trade and supported the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, and other areas. The walled cities and the gated harbor were very useful to the pirates, providing safe harbor and a market for their captured treasures. Those treasures included plundered gold, silver, spices, silks, fabrics, and slaves which were brought back to the city-state by the pirates after raids on European shipping vessels and towns. In one decade they took 6,000 slaves and the equivalent of about $5 billion dollars in goods.
Great news!! His Obsession is officially released today. Someone has actually bought one already. Hope they like it. I have a sales history now. Click on the cover of His Obsession to read excerpts or buy.
Tomorrow, the Sallee Raiders. Rita Bay
Pirates have always plagued shipping since trading vessels sailed the seas. During the second century BC, however, pirates in the Mediterranean presented a real danger to shipping. The pirates preferred to attack the slow-moving grain vessels which offered little resistance. The pirates attacked the slow trading vessels and captured the crew. The captives were brought to the island of Delos in the Aegean sea, the center of the international slave trade. On one occasion, more than 10,000 people were sold on a single day.
Rome occasionally sent the Roman navy against them with little success. How could Rome fail? Rome needed the pirates as a source of slaves to work the large plantations. As a matter of fact, the Romans turned a blind eye to the pirates’ activities for economic reasons. They were then transported to Italy and forced to work at the plantations of the rich Roman senators and knights. Who said that crime doesn’t pay? More on the Cilicians another day. Rita Bay
Edward Teach "Blackeard"
Edward Teach (c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who prowled the waters of the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies during the early 18th century. His name was derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance. He is pictured with lit fuses in his beard to frighten his enemies.
Teach came on the pirate scene in 1716 when he joined the crew of Benjamin Hornigold, a pirate who operated from the Caribbean island of New Providence. When they took a merchantman, Teach took command and renamed her the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The next two years were spent terrorizing the East Coast.
When Hornigold took the pardon offered to pirates by the English government, Teach and the other pirates joined to continue their pirating activities which included blockading the port of Charleston. He ransomed some of his hostages for medical supplies and sailed on his way after releasing the hostages unharmed. Soon afterwards, he ran his ship aground on a sandbar, removed his treasure from his ship and accepted a royal pardon from Governor Eden of North Carolina. Teach, who had married fourteen times on at sea, married for real and settled in North Carolina.
He was soon back to pirating. When he joined with another pirate, Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia feared they would set up a base to disrupt shipping. Spotswood sent ships at his own expense to attack them. The Governor’s men tricked Blackbeard and his men into boarding their ship and attacked in force. Lieutenant Robert Maynard fought Blackbeard hand-to-hand with swords but was forced to shoot the pirate. Others attacked until Blackbeard finally fell with a reported five gunshot wounds and twenty sword wounds. He was decapitated and his head mounted on the Governor’s ship.
Tomorrow: Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech Rita Bay