I can’t imagine a time where my choices, my thoughts, and what I did or who I did it with would be governed by a man. I can’t even imagine that now. My father, who I have blogged about was not a good father, nor was he, in my opinion, a great role model. Reading countless books about historical figures and even historical fiction really shaped my opinions of great men. Ones that I can admire, ones that I can relate to on some level. Usually, they were men who were forward thinkers. Ones who respected women. Of course I can’t say that about all men, my personal experiences have been varied. I myself have been the victim of abuse from men, as well as their superiority complexes. Not all men are like that, and I know this for a fact…I was fortunate enough to raise two fine young men who respect women and treat them accordingly.
I can’t imagine a world without men in it. After all, you need men to make babies. Not physically, not anymore, but even that has changed as science has figured out ways that women can have babies with or without the man factor. Is this good? Yes and no. For a lesbian such as myself, perhaps it would have been at some point in my life. Now that my boys (conceived the good old fashioned way) are grown and gone I think back to when I wanted MORE children and am grateful I didn’t have the means to do so. I’m done with diapers.
As a Lesbian Fiction writer, I use men (and women) as antagonists. As I delve into historical romances, in a male dominated society, I find myself resenting, on the women’s behalf, the patriarchal societies I am learning about. Now, I am looking at it from a point of view that we have freedoms they did not. We are still fighting for some of those freedoms.
PIRATED LOVE and its sequel PIRATED HEART take place in the 1500’s. Of course most of the things I read about are male dominated and male oriented stories, historical facts, etc. But what about the women? There were some women who not only were beyond their times, they dominated it.
In PIRATED LOVE, coming out soon, we have a Pirate known by the name of Black Betty who captures a ship, carrying a woman, who becomes her bride.
Lady Claire Von Hagen was en route to the island of Baleniesia, in the Caribbean, to meet the man her father had dictated she would marry. Lord Von Hagen, Governor of Baleniesia, ruled his island and his daughter with an iron fist, and he had determined that marriage to the distasteful, but wealthy and titled, Sir Edmund Fitzhugh, would be most advantageous. Lady Claire was sailing to Baleniesia to submit to marriage when her ship was captured by pirates. Her abductor, a pirate Captain known as Black Betty, had other plans for Lady Claire.
Claire had never experienced love of any kind, and she had certainly never conceived of the things that went on between two women. Black Betty taught her things that surprised her, and the freedom she experiences with this woman, and their developing love, capture Claire’s heart. From the islands of the Caribbean to the shores of Canada, and on from there to the continent of Africa and the Orient… together they experience things both had only dreamt about.
Will they survive the dangers of the high seas and the first years of a relationship that neither expected to find?
I hope, this first of several historical novels I have planned in this and other era’s is a delight to you and that you’ll spread the word.
In the meantime, take a look at my FIRST historical novel