Saturday, June 18, 2016

Merchants, Scalawags and Rich Fellows...

During the 1700’s the colonies bustled with cargo to trade and sell. Jamestown was one of the stops the merchant ships made on their trek over the vast seas to places like, England, Ireland and even as far as Africa.

In the harbor the Captains of these large vessels dispensed the wares to the owners who acquired them in turn taking a fee for themselves.

Most merchants were well to do charging any amount they wanted to transport the exports. If there was limited space upon their ship those who came to the docks could pay a hefty sum for the last spot left in order for their goods to be taken across the sea. The ships carried almost anything for a price, spices, wine, food, tobacco, furs, glass, jewels, wood, slaves and even stowaways.

A Merchant was a smart businessmen engaged in retail trade. Some operated their own ships commanding their crew and all aboard, while others worked for wealthy business owner’s inland transporting whatever they were given.

In BLOOD CURSE, book 2 in The Branded Trilogy, Kade Walker is a merchant runner, a family run business started by his father, Samuel Walker. Even though I didn’t delve into the life of a merchant within the book, I was compelled to research the job and what it was these men did. They were tough individuals often fighting for their rights upon the waters, and unwanted visitors such as corsairs, and pirates. Cannons were kept below the ships deck in case of an attack and each ship held a crew of ten or more men, all of who would sacrifice their life for whatever they carried and their captain. 

SACRED LEGACY, book 3 and the final installment to The Branded Trilogy, brings back Red Wolf, a merchant like his friend Kade Walker. Within this story you will be introduced to Romulus Black, a nasty corsair who is feared by most for his brutality toward others who sailed the sea.

   Tsura was a Chuvani, and with that came great power…

Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris has returned to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take her power.

Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hopes to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.

But is duty his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?

Coming July 31, 2016!

Editorial Reviews:

“A Cherokee man, a Gypsy woman, a magic ruby, a wonderful, captive love story. One of the few stories that captured me from beginning to end. A compelling love story you can't put down.”USA Today bestselling author, Rosanne Bittner

“If you loved the first two books in this series, you will absolutely love this one!”—Paranormal Romance Guild

 “A riveting story line fueled by the passions and angst of many characters…a smashingly powerful crescendo to an already-powerful story.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 “A deeply heartrending tale that reaffirms the power of love and forgiveness.” —Kristy McCaffrey, award-winning author, WINGS OF THE WEST series

“Flannery has created characters worth rooting for, a legacy worth dying for, and a love worth living.”  —Kathleen Rice Adams, award-winning author of PRODIGAL GUN


About Kat…

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.

A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat enjoys teaching writing classes and giving back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career

Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.

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