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A Pirate's Daughter A novel of tragedy, murder, revenge, pirates and alien vampires. In 1718, Charity Rakham finds herself alone when her father and fiance' are killed by the dread pirate Blackbeard and his crew. Having sworn to a life on the sea, she tries to avenge their deaths. When she is sold into indentured slavery by the pirates, she learns about life and vampires in the house she serves. But when her mistress is murdered, Charity finally escapes, and gains justice against her enemies through her enduring courage, the love of a vampire, and a legend. A stand alone novel in the Heirs of The Dragon's Blood series. ♦
About the book: When I saw "Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl", the idea for this book materialized as part of my journey backward in time toward the origin point of the series. The film was based on the ride at Disneyland, where elements of "Treasure Island" and other themes of piracy resulted in a push by fans to produce a movie. At long last, 20 years after the debut of the ride, the movie came out, and it contained a rich tapestry of visual desserts.
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It was also inspired by the pirate films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s; films like "Against All Flags" (Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara), "The Crimson Pirate" (Burt Lancaster) "The Pirate" (Gene Kelly and Judy Garland), "Guns of The Black Witch" (an Italian film), and several others. The book first carried the original title of "The Black Witch", which I based on a short portion of a chapter in Destiny's Forge where I mentioned a black body spaceship with 23rd century pirates as the crew. But the decision to change it came when there was some controversy with the word "black" in the title (who knows why!).
I was also very intrigued by several documentary series about piracy of the 18th century, and discovered many historical facts about it that colored my perceptions of the difference between fantasy and real life. My researches continued with The Curse of Oak Island, a series of episodes which slowly reveal clues about that island and leads the viewer into a world not known in history. There have been connections made between the island and (get this) Aztecs, Romans, Knights Templar, various famous pirates, and even Norsemen. All of this is sheer speculation, of course, but what is especially fascinating is the engineering of the original dig which seems very modern, but the wood has been dated as far back as 1387. The excavations have been conducted with the aid of science. This is the kind of mystery which keeps my interest, and along with other facts of piracy and secret caches all over the world, inspires me to write more real history into my books.
My original idea of drafting a strong female pirate captain from the beginning soon transformed into the travails of a teenaged girl trapped by the circumstances of the time, but who soon developed into a strong female pirate captain because a vampire loved her and gave her wise counsel in life.
In the 18th century adulthood came early, and children as young as 12 years old carried on their lives as adults. This novel is by no means a young adult story, so I think I should clear that up.
It is the most romantic and colorful of all the books, but I especially liked the way the whole plan came together in the plot. I followed the history of the period exactly, and the story takes place in the Caribbean archipelago and the Carolinas with a few minor alterations. The chief villain of the piece is the most infamous pirate of them all, Edward Teach aka Blackbeard. My intention was to link the event of his capture and killing of Charity's family with her adventures as she realizes her adulthood and prowess as both a vampire and a pirate captain. The rest I leave up to you. ♦
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