Sizzling Book Club Pick: Sea Change by Darlene Marshall

Sizzling Book ClubIt’s time for the October book club pick – and we’re going to be reading another historical, but a More Different Historical. The Caribbean! Pirates! AND cross dressing!

ETA: I’m opening the contest for an additional day since the site was down this weekend – have at it!

Book CoverThe October book is Darlene Marshall’s Sea Change.  Here’s the summary: American privateer Captain David Fletcher needs a surgeon for his wounded brother. But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean, what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs take priority over skill, and Captain Fletcher whisks the prisoner aboard his ship with orders to do his best or he’ll be walking the plank.

Charley Alcott’s medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation—Charley’s life as well as the patient’s. Even if Charley can save the captain’s brother, there will still be hell to pay, and maybe a plank to walk, when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.

A war is raging on the world’s oceans, and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny…

As usual, if you use SBTBARE at checkout, you will get a 50% eBook Bucks Rebate at AllRomance.com, the official sponsor of the Sizzling Book Club. The 50% rebate at AllRomance will be valid from October 1-15, 2011. You can also buy a paperback copy at Amazon, or wherever you like to go book shopping.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE. In addition to the digital book rebate, I will be giving away 4 print copies of the book. I know the print price is a bit higher than other books we’ve selected, so I will offer the print readers a prize, too. All you have to do is tell me which is your favorite pirate romance in the comments and you’re entered to win.

Standard disclaimers apply: Void where prohibited. I am not being compensated for this giveaway. Comments close in 24 hours. Open to anyone 18 years of age or older in any country where permissible, including the International Space Station. I’ll use a giant slingshot to get the book up there. First pull up, then pull down. Call toll free before digging.

I will be scheduling the October Book Club Chat as soon as I can, so stay tuned for those. I cannot wait to discuss this book with you. I love the book club chats and hope you’ll join us for Floridian piratical historical romance!

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  1. 1
    TheDuchess says:

    Does The Iron Duke count as a pirate romance? Or would that be strictly steampunk?

    To be honest, I don’t think I have read any romances that I would call a “pirate romance”, really. I ought to start, I guess…

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    Kimberly Anne says:

    Okay, maybe this doesn’t count, but I have a crazy love for the old movie Against All Flags.  Errol Flynn romancing Maureen O’Hara in a secret Pirate Stronghold?  A captive Indian princess with a Scottish governess?  With some bonus Anthony Quinn action?  I am so there.  And Maureen’s character has the super-extra-best name ever – Spitfire Stevens.

  3. 3
    hechicera says:

    Finally! A BC on a book I’m reading!
    Bought it on Kindle a while back—an impulse based on—yes!—an ad here on SBTB. Ever since I started reading it, I’ve thought, “Hey, I could do a guest review of this one!” Because there’s stuff in it that I love, and other stuff…not so much.

    But a BC is almost as good.

  4. 4
    JennyD says:

    Perhaps it is totally cliche, but my favorite pirate romance is The Windflower. I own three copies of it (large print, hardcover, and paperback) because my local used bookstore will occasionally get a copy and put it immediately in the $1 clearance. And I can’t just leave it there! So now I have three, just in case something TERRIBLE occurs to two of them. It could happen. My husband has destroyed (accidentally, of course) more than one of my books.

  5. 5
    HRuthie says:

    It’s definitely the story by Meljean Brooks in Burning Up for me

  6. 6
    Livia says:

    I’ve red only one (very short) pirate-related romance: Pot of Gold by Megan Hart. I think that my summers spent camping / hiking make me secretly crave for the small luxuries of life so I instinctively avoid pirate romances :)

  7. 7
    Tina C. says:

    I’m not sure if Johanna Lindsey’s Gentle Rogue counts as a “pirate romance”.  I know that the hero had been a pirate or a privateer in the past, but it’s been a while and I don’t know if he was one during the actual story.  But you have a crossdressing heroine and a “why am I suddenly attracted to my cabin boy?” hero and it was all great fun.

  8. 8
    Maureen says:

    My favorite is The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham.  I enjoyed the female pirate leading the ship.

  9. 9
    Barb in Maryland says:

    My favorite is Windflower.  Sigh. It is just wonderful.
    @JennyD, lol! I am soooo like you! I have multiple copies of several of my all-time favorite books—just in case!!  And I “rescue”  books at the UBS all the time.

  10. 10
    Pamelia says:

    OK.  I’m going oldskool for my favorite pirate romance:  Shanna.  (I know Woodiwiss doesn’t get a lot of love, but I first read it when I was 13 and it retains that certain something for me.

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    LG says:

    I’m with TheDuchess – Does The Iron Duke count? If not, I think the last time I read a pirate romance was in my teens. It was a book by Olga Bicos – I’m guessing Sweeter Than Dreams. I remember my teenage self enjoying it. :)

  12. 12
    Carin says:

    Don’t enter me – I already have an ecopy of this book.  I just had to chime in to say I loved it!  I’m not even bitter that I missed the half off price, because it was worth it.  I can’t wait to discuss it. 

    To add to the conversation, Sea Change is my favorite historical pirate book, but Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook, in the Burning Up anthology, is my steampunk pirate, as well as my favorite short story.

  13. 13
    CarrieS says:

    pirate book – Treasure Island, pirate romance – Windflower.

  14. 14
    Tina S says:

    My favorite pirate romance is The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham. Excellent characters and an engaging plot.

  15. 15
    Teri C says:

    Wild Flower and the Iron Duke are both some of my high tides fav pirate romance.

    This sounds like a great cross dressing swash buckling title for All Hallow’s Eve month ;)

  16. 16
    Elisa says:

    I know it is more if a “was a pirate” book, but I am a huge fan of The Gift by Julie Garwood.

  17. 17
    Vita says:

    I haven’t read many pirate romances, so I don’t really have a favorite.  But Darlene Marshall’s Sea Change sounds great!  I particularly love the heroine-in-disguise as a boy trope!

  18. 18
    Tracy says:

    Do space pirate romances qualify?  ‘Cause I’m going with Unmasked by C.J. Barry.

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    MeganL says:

    The Adventures of Miss Upton and the Sky Pirate by C. J. Archer – a steampunk romance. Great fun!

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    R.J. says:

    Captain Jack’s Woman by Stephanie Laurens it my favorite pirate book. 

    I have been wanting to read Sea Change for ages, once I followed the link on this site and read the description.

  21. 21
    DreadPirateRachel says:

    Dude. The Princess Bride will be forever the quintessential pirate romance for me. Even though there aren’t many pirates. I mean, really—it’s where I got my screen name.

    On a side note, I’m excited to read one of Darlene Marshall’s books because I love reading her comments here.

  22. 22
    Emily says:

    I don’t read a lot of pirate fiction but I am excited about this!
    :)
    I think the Iron Duke counts.
    How about the Princess Bride? (As in Dread Pirate Roberts Wesley)
    If not then my all time favorite pirate romance is from the Avon True Romance for Teens launched when I was a young adult one of my favorites was Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins, even though Derek was somewhat retired. The plot was amazing and there were amazing details, even a little politics. I loved many of the books Avon launched for teens. Totally on my keeper shelf. May they can re-issue them. 
    (particularly Katherine Smith’s books, also the one by Margaret Moore and the one by May McGoldrick whose books could be re-issued in general. Beverly Jenkins and Meg Cabot re-issued their own books.)
    Sorry to get off topic.
    Can I mention the teen romances all had Fabulous, Amazing covers not to be matched today?

  23. 23
    Doris says:

    I haven’t read a pirate romance!  I have a friend who keeps trying to get me to read the The Iron Duke, though.

  24. 24
    Copa says:

    The only pirate (kinda) is a Johanna Lindsey novel, but I don’t think it counts as the hero is retired from that line of work…

  25. 25
    TanyaD says:

    The only title of a pirate romance I can remember reading, Once A Pirate by Nancy Block.

    There is another one though and the only thing I remember about that one is the color blind pirate has a parrot he calls Blue, but the bird is red. And no one ever corrects him

  26. 26
    TanyaD says:

    Oops make that once upon a pirate

  27. 27
    Kristin says:

    My favorite is Kresley Cole’s Captain of All Pleasures.  Love it!

  28. 28
    AndieG says:

    I’m gonna put in my vote for “The Princess Bride.”  Wesley is a Dread Pirate after all…I think it qualifies!

  29. 29
    Angie G. says:

    Julie Garwood’s The Gift is a favorite of mine.  There’s not a lot of pirate action, but plenty of ship life and adventure on the sea. The chaos that Sara brings on board still makes me laugh.

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    Lori S. says:

    I’m voting for The Princess Bride.  It was a book before it became a movie, so it definitely counts!

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