What to Read Wednesday

16 Jan

WOOT WOOT….today I’m shaking things up (yet again) on What to Read Wednesday. First, I have my wonderful friend and sister Inkie visiting, and second, I’m turning the blog completely over to her. sharoncullen_1345177131_41

So, please help me in welcoming the awesome SHARON CULLEN to What to Read Wednesday! She’s also sharing the blurb from her latest release THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE…don’t you just love her cover!

Why a Lady Pirate?

A few years ago, my husband (an avid reader himself) handed me a book titled Under the Black Flag. I’d always been interested in pirates but this book cemented my love of them. Pirates are an interesting lot. Not at all the romantic characters the movies portray them to be.

So, of course, my first thought was that I wanted to write a romance about pirates. And my mind, which I can never shut down, kept turning possibilities around until this bright and shiny question popped out of nowhere.

What if the pirate wasn’t a man?

What if the pirate was a woman?

And what if she was just as strong, just as tough, as ornery and as stubborn as any male pirate? Ah ha! A story started to gel in my brain. But who would I hook her up with? What man could match her in every way and crumble that rough and tumble exterior of hers? What man would be her total opposite?

A gentleman. That’s who.

So Lady Anne and Nicholas were born. A rough around the edges pirate-ess (is that even a word?) who no longer believes in the kindness of others, who is dead set on seeking revenge against her father, pitted against a gentleman born and bred. A man of principle.

Oh did the sparks fly!

But when Nicholas begins to dig beneath Lady Anne’s layers, he finds something entirely different and discovers he can’t turn his back on this woman who’s able to skewer him with a cutlass and never think twice about it.

That’s what I love the most about writing—discovering characters and bringing out traits in them that are completely unexpected to both the characters in the story and to the readers. Lady Anne may be a pirate on the outside and Nicholas a gentleman, but the inside tells an entirely different story.

Their journey is all about discovering that Nicholas is not the perfect gentleman as others are led to believe and Lady Anne is not the heartless pirate.


Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.


After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.

Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.

If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.


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The Notorious Lady Anne releases February 11, 2013. However, you can preorder now at the links below.


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12 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. ellaquinnauthor

    January 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations on your release. I tweeted.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much for coming by Ella…and for tweeting 🙂 I love the idea of Sharon’s book with a lady pirate….it’s going to be a fun read!

  2. Sheri Fredricks

    January 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Such a lovely book cover! I love the concept of a lady pirate! Wonderful inteview Sharon & Christine!!

  3. Sharon Cullen

    January 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you, everyone, for stopping by to visit me.

  4. Jennifer Lowery

    January 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I have always loved reading lady pirates! Can’t wait to read this one!! Sounds awesome, Sharon!!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I agree Jennifer..I’ve read a few snippets from Sharon’s book awhile back and loved it. Thanks so much for coming by!

  5. margeryscott

    January 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Great post, Sharon. You hooked me! Can’t wait to read about Lady Anen and Nicholas. It’s on my to-buy list.

  6. Sharon Cullen

    January 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Awww, you guys are so nice. Thanks for all the support!

  7. Sara Walter Ellwood

    January 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    This book sounds awesome, Sharon!!! I can’t wait for it to hit the vertual shelves. Congrats! And good luck!!


    February 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

    “What to Read Wednesday Christine’s Words” genuinely got me simply hooked with ur page! Idefinitely will wind up being returning a lot more normally. With thanks -Latoya


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