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Pirating: It’s Not Gender Specific & Here’s Why

Sharon CullenFemale pirates are not a new thing to sailing. They’ve been around since, well, since sailing began, I daresay.

There was Teuta of Illyria who, back in 231 BC, went up against the Roman Empire and won.

In 1485 Sayyida al Hurra attacked Christian ships after her entire family was forced from their homes by Christians.

After Jeanne-Louise de Belleville’s husband was captured and executed by the French government in 1343, a furious Jeanne-Louise sold her body and her land to purchase three warships. She painted the ships black and dyed the sails red and wreaked havoc on the king of France’s ships.

Britain’s navy quailed in the face of Ching Shih, a female Chinese pirate who was in charge of over 300 ships and tens of thousands of men in 1775.

Lady Elizabeth Killigrew, from Cornwall, followed in her husband’s footsteps after his death and took charge of his pirating fleet in 1567. She was eventually caught but granted a pardon by Queen Elizabeth I.

And then there was the well-known Anne Bonny. Anne came from a wealthy family who disowned her so she married a pirate and became a pirate herself, ransacking and accumulating many ships. She held off the Jamaican government all alone because her crew was too drunk to fight. She disappeared after that and no one knows what happened to her.

What’s interesting about all of these women is that something in their past led them to choose the life of piracy. A lot of them were driven by revenge. Some took their husband’s place as captain.

Every one of them were tough, smart and they knew the business end of a sword.

Like Anne Bonny, Teuta of Illyria, Sayyida al Hurra, Jeanne-Louise de Belleville, Ching Shih and Lady Elizabeth Killigrew, Lady Anne, the heroine in The Notorious Lady Anne, is smart and brave and she knows her weapons. She’s also snarky and funny and has her hero, Nicholas Addison, running around in circles.

If stories like this intrigue you then you’ll be happy to know that The Notorious Lady Anne will be on sale for 99c at the beginning of June.

The About my book – Notorious Lady Anne:
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.


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Sharon Cullen Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne and Loving the Earl, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.
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