Author: Alli Temple
Release Date: February 1, 2021
Series: Name #
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ
“None of this is very useful. One of the prince’s fastest ships was lost. It ran afoul of pirates after Captain Cinder kidnapped Lord Parrington’s wife. I’m sure Parrington’s wife is very pretty, but that’s the third ship to go down this summer. They’ll have to start blaming the losses on sea monsters soon.”
“There’s no such thing as sea monsters,” I said.
“Do you think the prince is ready to admit defeat then?” He grinned at me, and I laughed.
“That would require him to acknowledge he’d been beaten by a woman.”
There were many pirates who roamed the seas around Redmere—some former subjects, others from further afield—but Captain Cinder was the fiercest of them all. On her ship the Crimson Siren, she prowled the ocean, killed men mercilessly, and dragged away their wives to parts unknown. Her legend was the sort of thing people used to frighten their children into obedience. Eat your dinner or Captain Cinder will come for you while you’re sleeping. Listen to your father or he’ll sell you to Captain Cinder.
The prince had called her an abomination to Redmerian morals and made it his mission to hunt her down. In the last few years since Cinder’s legend had first reached our shores, hundreds of sailors had gone to the bottom of the ocean in pursuit of her. Still more, both simple fishing vessels and ships loaded for trade had sunk for daring to trespass in her domain.
My best friend, Lou, had been lost at sea eight years ago. As girls, we’d read stories from books we’d hidden from my tutors, tales of daring pirates who braved storms and wicked kings to find buried treasure. But Lou’s first voyage had been her last, and for years, the idea of her body trapped at the bottom of the ocean had tormented me.
I shivered. Niall, unaware of the dark turn my thoughts had taken, squinted at a new page. His breath quickened. “Oh. Oh, this is interesting.”
“What is it?” I stood on my toes, trying to read over his shoulder.
“The prince is getting married.” He sighed. “Poor girl. I didn’t think any man in Redmere hated his daughter enough that he’d want her to be queen. We’ll have to do something about that.”
He waved me off as he read aloud. “Prince Beverly of Redmere is pleased to announce his betrothal to the future queen of Redmere. The engagement will be formally proclaimed at the Duchess of Capra’s birthday celebration, with the marriage to be performed seven days later.”
“That quickly?” I had no idea when the duchess’s birthday was, but normally a couple had to wait two months from the date the engagement was announced. Officially, this was to give them a chance to get to know each other, but Jeremy had said once that it was so the bride’s father had time to pay off the groom’s debtors to avoid any unpleasantness at the wedding.
“You can do these things when you’re the prince,” Niall said seriously. He chittered through his teeth, mocking the rodent-like man in his caricatures.
“But who is it?”
“The prince asks that all citizens of Redmere welcome his new bride with open arms. Please join in celebrating the elevation of Lady Georgina Eliza . . .” His voice faltered.
“What?” My insides grew cold with every syllable.
Niall’s eyes were glazed as he dragged his attention from the paper that now shook between his hands. “Lady Georgina Elizabeth Millicent Cressida Wright, granddaughter to the Duke of Bearford.”
The secret room beneath the printshop grew quiet as we stared at each other. Niall swallowed hard and spoke first. “George, I’m so sorry.”
I laughed, because what else was I supposed to do? “No. You’re joking. It’s a terrible one, but you must be joking.”
“I’m not. It’s your name.” Niall crumpled the paper in his fist. “George. You’re going to be the queen.”
About the Book:
In a world of arrogant nobles and their punishing laws, Georgina will be hung if anyone discovers she is a spy. But when the wicked prince proposes marriage, Georgina must accept. Refusing would expose the secrets she has delivered to a hidden resistance and forfeit her life. With her wedding day looming ever closer, salvation comes from an unlikely source.
Pirate Captain Cinder is a terror on the open sea, striking fear into hearts wherever she sails. Now she has a new target. The vulnerable Princess Georgina should be an easy mark in Cinder’s kidnapping plot. However the legend of Captain Cinder is more intertwined with Georgina’s own history than either of them expect.
Treacherous storms. A mysterious pirate king. The prince’s unrelenting pursuit. Georgina and Cinder can only escape by following the uncharted course of their hearts. Just as a future together is within their grasp, Cinder’s past threatens to drag them both to the deep.
About the Author:
Alli Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Alli took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.
Alli lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and growing cast of rescue pets. She writes contemporary romance as Allison Temple and splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.
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