Hooray! Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman is out TODAY!!! I absolutely loved the first book in the Blackhearts series, which is the origin story of one of the most infamous pirates of all-time, Blackbeard!
Yes, Blackbeard was a real pirate who lived during the 17th-18th centuries! Here’s a few more fun facts that you might not know about him!
Blackbeard Fun Facts
- Blackbeard’s actual name is believed to have been Edward Teach. Scholars believe
a few other surnames like Thatch, Thack, or Theach are possible, but most agree on Teach, just like in Blackhearts.
- He was most likely from Bristol, England.
- There is documentation supporting the claim that he was a mariner in the Royal Navy during Queen Anne’s War.
- Blackbeard dubbed his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge (a phrase readers of Blackhearts are sure to recognize). It was originally a French merchant’s vessel, which he captured and equipped with 40 guns.
- His nickname is rumored to have derived from his thick, black beard.
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
The Pirate Takeover Tour
Nicole will be making a stop here in Salt Lake City during the Pirate Takeover Tour she’s participating in with Tricia Levenseller, author of the fabulous Daughter of the Pirate King. I’m so excited to get to meet here. Check out their tour schedule below to see if they’ll be stopping by a city near you!
Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.
At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.
She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.
Will you be reading Blacksouls with me today?! Did you read Blackhearts? How much do you love pirate books?