For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.
There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 9th 2016
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
Why hello there everyone! I am SUPER excited to announce that I will be hosting a Twitter Chat THIS SUNDAY called…#YAPirateShip!
You may be wondering…What is this chat? Who is participating? How did you come up with the name? Let me answer all of your questions.
This chat is in honor of 3 lovely ladies whose YA pirate books released this month! They are Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, Emily Skrutskie, author of The Abyss Surrounds Us, and Nicole Castroman, author of Blackhearts!
Well, I’m the host, and the three authors above will be participating, but it would be really sad if it was just the four of us chatting. 🙁 So, I’m hoping that YOU, YES, YOU will join us!!! Everyone is welcome! Blogger, author, reader, fangirl, publisher, you name it, you’re invited! It’s going to be a party!
My favorite place in the universe…Twitter! 😀
This Sunday, aka Valentine’s Day, at 8pm EST!
Now, I saved the best question and answer for last…Why did we pick this specific hashtag for our chat?
The YA part is obvious, and so is the pirate. But, “ship” has more than one meaning…Get it? Get it? Like a pirate ship? But also like shipping your OTP?
It makes me laugh- hopefully I’m not the only one who appreciates the pun. 😛
Anyways, that’s all for now. I hope to see you all at the chat on Sunday! 🙂