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Please welcome author Patricia Rosemoor. After you enjoy her guest blog, check out the goodies that follow!

Patricia Rosemoor: Romance on the High Seas

The two halves of WRITTEN IN THE STARS, a reincarnation romantic suspense, are connected by the sea – a galleon in Sherrill Bodine’s historical half is the object of the sunken treasure hunt in my contemporary half.

A breeze picked up—a soft wail that sent flesh crawling along his neck and down his spine. A warning. But of what? He glanced around. Alone.

And the water that sluiced his bare feet remained barren.

About to give up, he spotted a large craft bobbing out on the horizon. For a moment, he imagined it to be a ghost ship. But blink as he would, the apparition didn’t disappear. A single-masted yacht. Tourists? Or other treasure hunters? he wondered, noting a flicker from a cabin window, as if the moon had struck a shiny surface. As quickly as it caught him, the flash of bright was gone. Still, he felt watched as he started to turn away.

The yacht is Cordelia’s Evening Star. She and Innis and Morgan all have their own boats, but of course a sailing ship would always be my preference. Edward and I became fascinated with them when we vacationed in the Bahamas on a Windjammer Barefoot cruise. We were on the Fantome, a four masted sailing ship that years later sank in hurricane Mitch. The captain had let off the passengers safely, and he and his crew were trying to outrun the storm to a safe port. No one survived.

Edward and I took two more cruises on Windjammer tall ships Mandalay and Flying Cloud. The Mandalay was my favorite, especially the initial night, a run on the Atlantic from Grenada to St. Barts for supplies. The Atlantic is quite different from the calm (at least when I’ve been there) Caribbean. Standing on the lower deck that first night, we watched in awe as we became part of the ocean’s rhythm, going up on a wave, then down as the water next to us rose… and rose… and rose way above the top deck—twenty or more feet high. It became clear to us how fragile our relationship with the sea truly was.

We should have been afraid.

We were thrilled instead.

So what is it about the sea that is so compelling? That makes us chance its strength and possible danger?

Romance.

I can’t explain it any other way.

So, do you find the sea romantic?

Written in the Stars | Sherrill Bodine & Patricia Rosemoor

“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

‘A love so deep that it can last through centuries?

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.

The Excerpt {Patricia’s – Contemporary}

He leaned into her so close his breath laved her face. “How about I make you an honest offer—a partnership.”

She stuck her right hand against his chest and backed off. “I don’t think so. You and I have very different goals.”

“I thought we both wanted to find the motherlode of The Celestine.”

“I’m a marine archeologist and—”

He captured her hand before she could remove it. “And I’m a pirate?”

“I didn’t say that, but you are looking for treasure, while I am looking for artifacts.”

“Not that I see the difference, but how about I offer you this.” From his pocket, he pulled a diamond-studded gold chain from which hung a crescent moon set with sapphires.

Cordelia’s eyes widened.

“Exactly.” He took her right hand from where he’d trapped it and placed the artifact in her palm.

The touch of metal and jewels to her ring electrified Cordelia. Startled, she gasped at the power but wrapped her fingers around the jeweled moon so she wouldn’t drop it. Her heart beating too fast, she took a closer look and recognized its age. This was no modern copy of something old.

Fearing he’d found this on his earlier dive, would somehow beat her to the motherlode, she panicked. “All right, partners, then, but we need to work out details—”

Before she could finish, he curled his fingers over her hand with the crescent and kissed her.

Her wrist burned.

Her ring tightened.

Her head went light.

The chain trapped between their hands connected them like a live wire, kept them from pulling apart. The current spread to every pore of her body, to her head, to her toes, to her feminine center.

She had never felt so alive, so sure of herself.

Until the kiss ended.

About Patricia Rosemoor

With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.

Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction.

SKIN is her first original indie thriller. With 53 Harlequin Intrigues since 1985, she is now writing romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing.

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