Today we celebrate the release of
The Mercenary Pirate (The Heart of a Hero Book 10)
by National Bestselling Historical Romance Author Katherine Bone!
Publication date: September 7, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
From the Author:
Ahoy, me hearties! I’m here to spread the word that my new book The Mercenary Pirate, The Heart of a Hero Series, Book Ten, is out TODAY! Huzzah!!!
Nine authors gathered together and asked these questions: What if your favorite superheroes had Regency-era doppelgangers? And what if a group of them were recruited by the Duke of Wellington to gather intelligence for him during the Napoleonic Wars while they protected their own parts of the realm?
Our answer: You’d get The Heart of a Hero series, which includes heroes and heroines inspired by Daredevil, the Black Widow, Captain America, Spiderman, Mr. FANtastic, the Invisible Woman, Hulk, Thor, Ironman, Hawkeye, Batman, and Wolverine! Holy cannonballz! ARR ye excited yet? And the good thing is my book is the last of the series. Yes, you can get all ten books right now and the first one is absolutely FREE on Amazon! (See below for details on how to get your copy.)
So without any further ado, I give you my hero, Wolverine, and his Storm/Rogue-inspired heroine!
Inside the Book:
Wolfgang, one of Lord Wellington’s craftiest spies, is a fighter, an indulgent loner who is cunning and bold enough to go where others do not dare. He hates distractions and complications, especially those involving the fairer sex, and his instincts have always fueled him and kept him on course, mission after mission. That is, until his talents steer him toward a destiny he didn’t know he had and a search for the brother he barely remembers. And when he comes into contact with a brave young woman disguised as a boy, the urge he feels to protect her might just lead him on the biggest adventure of all.
Selina’s wedding day did not go as planned. Instead, she was kidnapped by pirates and ransomed for an exorbitant sum. Her diabolical captors didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, however, and kept her imprisoned even after their demands were met. More clever than her kidnappers expected, she managed to escape and disguised herself as a boy. Forced to lie, cheat, and steal in order to stay alive, she loses hope of ever returning to the man she intended to marry. Desperate, she agrees to become a handsome and compassionate sea captain’s cabin boy to gain passage back to Cornwall, but the captain endangers the one thing she cannot afford to lose—her heart.
The Mercenary Pirate Excerpt
Selina knocked the captain’s boot with her foot. Anyone would be cork-brained to agree to Robillard’s request. While the invitation appeared innocent on the surface, she’d witnessed Robillard’s trickery before. She knew what he was capable of.
Panic filled her, and her lungs seized, cutting off her breath. She wanted to run, knowing full well that within a matter of moments she’d be caught and thrown back in chains. And then her one and only shot at escape would be dead on the floor because of her.
She lowered her head so no one would see her mouth. “No,” she whispered. “Don’t listen to him.”
He said nothing but stared down Robillard with a tenacity that brokered on madness. “My crew is awaiting my return.”
“Oui,” Robillard said. He studied the two of them for several nerve-racking moments, then snapped his fingers. “And when you do not arrive, I am sure your men will pay handsomely for your safe return. Much more than fifty boxes of figuerados. Am I right, Capitaine?”
Dear Lord, sometimes she hated being right. Robillard had no intention of letting either of them leave. But whatever the captain chose to do, no matter what it entailed, she meant to follow. She could not help Owen chained to a wall.
Robillard raised his arms. “Saisissez-les!” Seize them!
Men withdrew their weapons, advancing on them from three sides. The captain backed them up to the bar, a paneled wall with windows behind them. Selina swallowed her fear. The enormity of the situation struck her. Acting as her protector, the captain pushed her behind the counter.
“What are you doing?” she asked, unable to mask the quiver in her voice. Did he intend fight the corsairs alone?
She needn’t have worried. The captain anchored his feet, threw out his arms, flicked something on his wrist guards, and bowed forward. Blades sprung from within his leather bracings, slicing the air with timely shrieks.
Several men approached, their mouths set at cocky angles. Undeterred, the captain roared like a berserker, twirling in a circle and slashing his armed fists at anyone who charged him. Several crazed but determined men decided to test his mettle and leaped forward. But the captain maneuvered his body with a flexibility she’d never witnessed before. He wielded his blades upward and down like an expert, knowing exactly which angle would inflict injury on his attackers. Astounding!
Selina’s respect for the captain grew with each feint and parry. Wisely, he used his coattails to fend off blows to his middle. Then, with unmatched lethal skill, part professional fencer and part savateur, he launched at his enemy, sweeping his leg around, kicking with the flat of his foot. His boot found its mark, causing damage to one of the two most vulnerable places on a man—the stomach. The force instantly felled his opponent.
By the saints, who was this captain of the Sea Wolf? His prowess was unmatched. He was outnumbered and yet managed to defy natural law. Part of her longed to observe his skill as she’d done with Owen, but logic argued against it. Their lives were at risk. She needed to do something to help the captain narrow the odds. But what? She had no weapons.
Wellington’s spies, kidnapped bride, betrayal, greed, espionage, superheroes reimagined, corsairs, a heroine disguised as a cabin boy, and plenty of action and adventure make this last book, The Mercenary Pirate, The Heart of a Hero Series #10, one epic thrilling ride!
Free Prequel Novella
Grab your FREE copy of No Rest for the Wicked, the prequel novella TODAY!
(Included in the back of the book, you’ll get the first chapters from the entire series.)
The Heart of a Hero Series in order:
No Rest for the Wicked by Cora Lee, Prequel novella, Book One
Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas, Book Two
Once Bitten by Aileen Fish, Book Three
Lightning Strikes Twice by Jillian Chantal, Book Four
No Hiding for the Guilty by Vanessa Riley, Book Five
The Marquis of Thunder by Susan Gee Heino, Book Six
The Good, The Bad, And The Scandalous by Cora Lee, Book Seven
The Archer’s Paradox by Ally Broadfield, Book Eight
The Missing Duke by Heather King, Book Nine
The Mercenary Pirate by Katherine Bone, Book Ten
National bestselling historical romance author Katherine Bone has been passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat turned officer’s wife. Who knew an Army wife’s passion for romance novels would lead to pirates? Certainly not her rogue, whose Alma Mater’s adage is “Go Army. Beat Navy!” Now enjoying the best of both worlds, Katherine lives in the south where she writes about rogues, rebels, and rakes—aka pirates, lords, captains, duty, honor, and country — and the happily-ever-afters that every alpha male and damsel deserve.