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Title: Blood In The Water (An Act of Piracy, #1)
Author: Tami Veldura
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He’s carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He’s determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.
Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There’s a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn’t make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.
Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric’s skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.
How to Run a Pirate Ship in 5 Easy Steps:
Step 1: Find yourself a crew.
Collecting a substantial number of men and women to fight for and with you is easier than you might expect. Freed slaves, merchants down on their luck, debtors, privateers, even the crews of other ships are more than willing to sail under your banner. Pirating is rather more lucrative that a lot of professions and no less dangerous than some.
Step 2: Vote on your leaders.
You can run your ship as a monarchy if you like, but it won’t last very long. Pirating crews were some of the first groups to enforce democratic elections, voting on most of the significant leadership positions within the crew. The power to directly influence their little kingdom was a huge draw for some people.
Step 3: Find a target
The open ocean is a big place with GPS. Without it, it’s almost impossible to find someone. Therefore, pirates without any leads tended to stick close to shore near the busiest ports in order to pick out their next battle. Pirates were also known to dress up as merchants and gather information on shore, establishing a network of informants that may not know their true intentions.
Step 4: Intimidate them into submission!
Unfortunately, most of the pirating accomplished at sea did not result in an epic battle with cannonfire and crossed swords. Pirates often gave warning shots, shouted, and intimidated their targets into surrendering the goods. Taking supplies they could sell was usually the goal, but sometimes Pirates needed more crew, a better ship, or just some fresh water. Boarding a vessel and demanding the one item they wanted was often more lucrative than risking the health of their ship and crew.
Step 5: Profit!
Unlike privateer ships or royal navy, profit among pirates was split roughly even, with the captain and quartermaster perhaps claiming a second share. Depending on the skill of all involved, a pirate could easily put away a small fortune in three or four years of work. The risk often drove them back to land after that- very few pirates stayed on more than 6 or so years. Even the well-known names!
Bonus: Clear your name with the monarchy.
Political influences around the world shifted rapidly. Britain and Spain alone alternated as enemies or allies every few years. If a pirate timed his retirement right, he could sign on under the monarchy as a privateer for a year- an endorsed priate that promised to only hunt down enemy ships- and then quietly settle on a plot of land for the rest of his life, no more wanted than the merchant down the road.
About the Author:
Tami Veldura is a writer, reader, lover and artist. She currently resides in San Marcos, CA. She writes science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and GLBTQ fiction.
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