A guest post today from Meg Hennessy, author of A Pirate’s Command

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A Pirate's Command by Meg Hennessy

A Pirate’s Command is book two of the Secrets of the Bayous Trilogy. When I wrote the first book, Dark Secrets, Deep Bayous, I had written with the idea it was a single book, but after it was completed I had the sister of the hero, ask me (as characters do) to write her story. As I looked at the first book, it had lent itself to a sequel. Maybe I had that in my mind all along but I decided to take the plunge and figure out Colette’s story. Who was the pirate she had disappeared with in Dark Secrets, Deep Bayous and why was he now the greatest threat to her chosen life of piousness and service?

Donato de la Roche, her pirate husband, was probably the most complicated of the two. In book one he was a shadowy figure that appeared briefly once or twice, but was more than willing to step into the limelight, nearly demanding to be the hero of A Pirate’s Command.

So I had two lost lovers both wanting a chance to tell their story.

I loved working with these characters.

Colette was desperately trying to find herself after a devastating high seas robbery that had stolen her memory, but along the way she learned who she was and where her heart belonged. Would she give herself permission to love again, to feel the passion once again? Donato was a man who could walk onstage and dominate it. He was an actor at heart and carried his scenes with finesse and style. He was a man comfortable with himself, enough so, he could be the romantic without the slightest thought, and little help from me.

These characters were full of the intricacies that make all of us unique in some way. They were a thrill to work with and yes, I’d rehire them. J

A Pirate’s Command

His secrets could destroy her…

New Orleans, 1817

Colette Kincaid once knew such love and delicious passion in the arms of her pirate husband, Donato de la Roche. Yet Colette could not continue to live as the wife of a pirate, when reunited with her family. So she fled, taking their son with her and reconciling herself to never seeing her husband again…

Until their son is taken.

Donato is convinced his wife is behind his son’s disappearance-just as she is convinced he is the villain. Now they’re unable to leave each other’s side as they seek their child, forced to confront the desire that still smolders between them. But Donato knows that soon he must face the secret about Colette he’s been hiding for so long. And it’s a secret for which there is no forgiveness…

Meg Hennessy

Meg Hennessy read her first historical romance when Rosemary Rodgers’, Sweet Savage Love, swept the college campuses.  She won’t admit how many years ago that was, but was forever hooked on the genre of happy-ever-afters.  Meg grew up immersed in the culture of her father’s old Southern family and writes with a Southern flavor.  It was her sense of wonderment when visiting her grandmother’s home as a child that now bubbles upward into her writing of today, creating steamy nights of intrigue and romance.

She had been writing for years, but seriously pursued publication in 2009.  Seeking authenticity for her first novel, she researched hundreds of books, visited numerous battlefields, and toured antebellum homes.  When it came to putting pen to paper, Meg found her story-telling voice, as her heroine simply stepped into Shadows of a Southern Moon, winning the 2010 EPIC Award for best Historical Romance and launching her writing career.

Meg lives amid the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin.  Besides writing and spoiling her much-loved horse, she enjoys backyard birding, nature walks, and admits to being a gardening addict.  Having spun stories for years, she enjoys seeing her dream come true as her characters spring to life and step within the beautifully bound pages of a romance novel.

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