Lady Madison St. John is the fiery, redheaded daughter of the Earl of Hyntington, engaged to Commodore Andrew McClain of His Majesty’s Royal Navy. She is the envy of every woman at Governor’s Harbour, due to her ravishing beauty and the love of such an honorable man. Her blessed life changes during a violent pirate siege of the Commodore’s ship.
Madison is kidnapped by the dreaded pirate, Alexander Xavier, and taken aboard his ship, The Abyss. Unbeknownst to her, Alexander is a mere alter ego for Nicholas Sinclair, the handsome son to the Governor of Eleuthera. Playing pirate was once a game for Alex until his son’s mother was murdered at the hands of Madison’s beloved Commodore.
In close quarters, Madison and Alex are forced to get to know each other. He finds her to be impossible to tame or intimidate. She finds him to be ruling her deepest, darkest fantasies. Despite the growing fondness between them, vengeance has a price, and the Commodore should not be overlooked as he searches for his fiancé on the thrilling high seas.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have very vivid dreams and the idea for Love's Abyss came to me during one of my dreams. I spoke of it to my husband, and he gave me a challenge of turning my dream into a book. I accepted his challenge and my first book was written.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I had a general idea of what I wanted my main characters to be like from my dream. Everything from their appearance to their personality. However, the supporting characters were a different matter. I listen to a wide variety of music as I write, and the song playing upon a new characters introduction aids in that character's personality/appearance.
In the commodore’s office, Madison could hear the clacking of chains opening the gun ports. Footsteps echoed above her head. She gazed at Miss Ruby, who was sitting stiff as a board in the leather chair. Miss Ruby glared at Madison. Madison quickly raced to the large window in the back of the office and peered out. She could make out the telltale image of the upcoming ship. It was closing fast. Its large gray sails were stretched taunt under the strength of the wind. Watching the bow of the ship, it rose out of the water and came crashing down as it cut through the waves. A flash of light came from one of the many cannons protruding out of the front of the ship. The cannon ball came towards them. It hit the port side of the ship with a thunderous clamor. She quickly ducked and looked towards Ruby, who had fainted by that time. Her gaze quickly turned back to the ship racing towards them.
“Fire!” she heard a voice shout from The Armada. There was a deafening roar of several of her cannons firing at the vessel driving towards them. She watched as the shots fell short, splashing the water just feet away from the pirate ship. She witnessed a flash of light again coming from the pirate ship. She raced quickly over to Miss Ruby and crouched down beside her body.
A volley of explosions from both ships filled the air. Shouting from above and below deck could be faintly heard. Her heart was pounding with fear. She had never been so afraid in her life! Cannon fire raged on for what seemed like an eternity to Madison. She was beginning to agree with Miss Ruby for a change, why did they ever come on this vessel?
Before the thought left her head, she could hear the sounds of swords, metal hitting metal. Screams from above, from both Andrew’s men and the pirates, echoed throughout the room as gunshots rang out. The smell of sulfur was overpowering. She glanced towards the large window and could only see smoke billowing. A bullet shattered the glass of the door that led into the office. She bit her lip trying to hold back cries of fear, not only for her safety, but for Andrew’s, too.
Just as quickly as the battle around her had begun, it was over. She could hear strange voices with strange accents. Madison crawled over to the door and peered through the broken glass. What she observed even surprised her. She saw the most handsome man she had ever laid her eyes on, not exactly what she imagined a pirate to look like. He was tall and lean. His long blond hair was blowing in the wind, wrapping around his unshaven face. His shirt had been crisp and white in color, but now was tattered with bloody slashes. The front was partly opened and she could see his muscular chest. His tight fitting black trousers hugged his long legs. She followed one of his extended arms. He was holding a sword and pointing it at someone. From her vantage point, she couldn’t tell who. She tore her eyes from the handsome pirate and crawled to the other side of the door. She slowly raised her head and peaked out. “Andrew!” she screamed silently. That pirate had his sword pointing at Andrew’s throat. She had to do something. She looked over at Miss Ruby who was still passed out. “Well, you’re no help,” she whispered sarcastically at the helpless figure on the floor.
Madison took a long slow breath and silently opened the door. She quietly slipped out and hid behind the stairs leading to the top deck. She glanced down and spied a sword. She picked it up and placed it in her hand, adjusting her grip to its weight. She had been a child the last time she held a sword. She took a deep breath and crept towards the man who was holding Andrew and his crew hostage.
“Where is it?” she heard the pirate question Andrew.
A malevolent smile crossed the commodore’s face as he looked up at the pirate. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, pirate.”
“I was hoping you would say that,” the pirate replied as he took his large fist and hit McClain’s face. Madison cringed. The pirate placed the sword back up to Andrew’s throat, “I’m only going to ask this one more time. Where is the necklace?”
Before the commodore could reply, Madison jumped out and pointed her sword at the pirate’s throat. With bravado she ordered, “Drop your sword and let them go.”
Alex glanced at the beautiful woman before him. A woman on this ship! How odd. His eyes slowly traveled up the blade, up her dainty arm, and then to her face. She was stunning. Her curly, long auburn hair had fallen down and was sitting at her waist. Her emerald eyes were glowing with rage, and her full pouty lips were slightly parted as she breathed heavily with fear. He scrutinized the woman before him. His amusement showed as he gazed at the beauty who barely came to his upper chest.
“As you wish, my lady. Max, guard McClain,” he bellowed as he turned towards the red-headed splendor before him.
“Release them!” she demanded again.
Within a blink of an eye, Alex took his sword and twisted it with the one she was holding. Her sword went flying into the air. He caught it in his free hand and quickly pointed one at her and the other at Andrew.
Max pointed his pistol at McClain.
Alex glared at his first-in-command. His eyes returned to the woman who tried to threaten him. He slowly looked her up and down again. He couldn’t help but admire how beautiful her body was. The pale green dress she was wearing outlined every inch of her figure, leaving little to his imagination. The pale pink sash around her waist helped outline her hourglass figure, which she did not need a stay to achieve. Her full breasts rose up and down with each of her quick breaths. A shimmer of something between them caught his eye. He walked towards her.
She glared up at the towering man before her as he took his large hand and tenderly traced her cheek. She jerked her head away.
“Get your hands off me!” she spat through clenched teeth.
One side of his mouth came up in a sneer. His hand went back to her face. He slowly traced her jaw and allowed his long fingers to travel down her delicate neck. His index figure traced the gold chain around it and followed the chain to the object nestled between her breasts. She gasped as she felt his fingertips along her breasts.
Her hand was quick as lightning as it struck his face. His head turned slightly from the force of her blow. He turned his head back to face her and an evil sneer crossed his handsome face. He quickly grabbed both of her hands and held them above her head.
“If you hit me again,” he seethed coldly, “I’ll see how well you can swim in a dress.”
“Go to hell!” she shouted at him.
“When I’m through with you, love.” he told her with a demented gaze. His free hand went back to the trinket that was resting safely on her warm flesh. Her struggles were useless against his strong grip. He picked up the trinket, looked at it, and with one quick move ripped it from her neck. He pushed her towards another pirate. “Hold her, Slim,” he told the man.
His eyes took in the delicate opal-backed cross. He slowly twisted the dainty chain around his fingers and turned towards McClain who had been observing the entire encounter.
“You disgust me,” declared Alex.
Suddenly, there was a crash and a thin gray-haired woman came rushing out of a door. The woman stopped in her tracks and her mouth dropped open. She approached the man who was holding the auburn-haired lady. “I demand you release Lady Madison immediately,” she commanded in an authoritative voice.
Slim looked down at the stick of a woman before him. A devious smile crossed his face. “How ‘bout I take yuh instead. Yuh look like yuh could use some fun.”
“How dare you state such—”
“Silence!” Alex yelled. He crossed the ship to the old woman. “I suggest you shut up before I let him have his fun with you.” Alex dictated as he gestured his head towards Slim.
“Do you know who you have attacked? That’s Commodore McClain and this ruffian has his, his…” She stopped before she revealed Madison’s identity as the commodore’s fiancée, afraid that it might be used against them.
“Who? His mistress?” Alex questioned. Miss Ruby lowered her gaze. Alex looked towards the commodore.
Madison wasn’t paying attention to the conversation at hand. She had an idea. Before she could rationalize her thoughts, she reacted. She quickly shoved the tall skinny man holding her, knocking him off balance. As he fell, she grabbed his pistol, pivoted quickly, and pointed the weapon at the blond-haired pirate.
“Stop!” she shouted.
Alex and Max looked at her in disbelief.
“Is she serious?” Max questioned.
Alex just looked at his friend. He turned and fixed his gaze back on the brazen redhead. “Go ahead, shoot me. But rest assured, Angel, before that bullet leaves the end of the pistol, my good friend here will have slit your lover’s throat. Then, because you have only one shot, my crew will have their way with you. So you see, love, it’s a lose-lose situation…for you.”
Madison glared at this pirate. Before she could respond to his reasoning, the pistol was ripped from her hands by the skinny black man she had taken it from.
“Max?” Alex asked.
“Is the cargo loaded?”
“Aye, the gold and artillery are secure aboard The Abyss.”
Alex glanced at the scene before him, Slim holding the commodore’s mistress and the commodore with his bloody, bruised face and swollen eyes. An idea crossed his mind. He had thought about killing McClain, but even he wasn’t so heartless as to kill a man in front of his naive mistress. No, I’ll torture the commodore, he thought evilly.
“Max, take the prisoner to The Abyss.”
“The commodore’s lovely red-headed lady friend.”
“I don’t think that would be a wise decision, Captain,” Max replied forcefully, in an attempt to remind his friend of the irrationality of his decision.
A look of cold fear came over Andrew’s face. “You wouldn’t?”
Max took a quick frustrated breath. “Aye, aye,” he gritted. Max walked to Slim and tied the wrists of the feisty woman. Dragging her to the edge of the ship, she fought him the entire way. He wrapped his strong, muscular arm around her tiny waist and grabbed the rope. “If you don’t want to join the commodore’s crew below, I suggest you wrap those wee little arms of yours around my neck.”
Madison gazed down between the ships. She could see the bodies floating in the water. She watched as shark fins bobbed up and down, feasting on the bodies of the fallen soldiers. She placed her arms quickly around the dark pirate’s neck and closed her eyes. She felt her feet leave the security of The Armada then quickly touch down on the pirate ship.
As Alex was walking towards the rope, he heard the murderer’s voice behind him. “I’ll make you pay for this,” the commodore declared.
Turning, Alex slowly walked towards the beaten man and bent down. “What did you say?” he asked slowly with ice in his voice.
The sneer was still in McClain’s voice. “You heard me.”
Vengeance was evident on Alex’s face. “You can rest assure, commodore, that pretty little redhead will be screaming my name out with pleasure by the time I’m through with her. And when she’s returned to you, you will be bedding nothing but the leftovers of a pirate’s whore.” Alex turned and started towards the rope again.
“I’ll make you scream like that whore at Port Royal!” McClain bellowed. Alex stopped as if frozen, pivoted and stormed back to the commodore, his footsteps echoing with purpose.
The commodore sneered at the approaching pirate. “Did you get to speak with that slut before she died?” he needled.
With one quick move Alex’s large fist connected with the commodore’s jaw, sending him flying across the ship. The sound of the contact of the pirate’s fist with the commodore’s face echoed across the ship. Slim’s face cringed as if he had been the target.
“Capt’n,” a boyish voice came from behind him. “A ship approaches from the rear.”
Alex walked to the back of The Armada, picked up the commodore’s spyglass and looked. “It’s the Governor’s vessel,” he told the youngster. “Get on The Abyss. Tell the crew to make her ready for sail.”
“But we can take them, Capt’n,” the boy insisted.
“Not today, Samuel. Now, do as I say.”
“Aye, aye, Capt’n,” the boy said and quickly boarded The Abyss.
Alex looked at Slim. “Burn the sails,” he told the tall skinny Jamaican man before him.
Once the sails were ablaze, Alex and the rest of his crew boarded The Abyss. Max was waiting at the quarterdeck with McClain’s mistress. She did not look happy, downright furious, once he got to thinking about it. A thought crossed Alex’s mind. Wonder if Kris saw Max bring her aboard The Abyss? If she did, everyone look out.
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