LISA A. OLECH CELEBRATES HER LONG AWAITED RELEASE OF
WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S HOLD
Thank you Manic Readers for letting me stop by to promote my new book. I am so excited to bring you my debut pirate novel in the Captains of the Scarlet Night Series. While this isn’t my first book to be published, this book holds a special place in my heart and I’m proud to finally be able to share the story and these characters with you.
Within A Captain’s Hold was that book. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean when I say ‘that book.’ It’s the one I cut my teeth on. The one I’ve worked on while learning my craft. The one where I changed POV so many times, I gave my poor critique partner whiplash. It’s the one where I had to ditch the first hundred pages because I started the story in the wrong place. “We don’t need to know how Annalise gets onto the pirate ship. Just put her on the damn boat!”
It is also the book that captured my heart and my imagination with characters too big for just one novel. They wouldn’t quiet their shouts in my head.
I’ve lost track of the number of rewrites I made to this book, but I couldn’t quit. The story was too good, even if at the time, the writing wasn’t. So I did my homework. Learned the hard lessons. Wrote and rewrote, making it better and better until an editor loved it as much as I did.
During this time of Thanksgiving, I feel it extremely important to thank those who walked this long walk with me. Thanks to my chapter mates at New Hampshire RWA for their generosity and wealth of knowledge. My critique partners for their wisdom and brutal honesty. To my agent who found the perfect publisher for this project, and my brilliant editor who laughs in all the right places. Thanks, also to my family for all the reasons why I love them. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible to hold my dreams in the palm of my hand.
I do hope you’ll decide to read this book and all the books in this series. After all, sale numbers are how we measure success of these things; but know, in my heart, I’m already a winner for one simple reason—I refused to quit. XOXO Lisa.
Captain Jaxon Steele is a tall, sun-bronzed, fierce-fighting Pirate King. He and the notorious crew of the Scarlet Night are both feared and respected for their ruthless reputation. The Captain’s only love is the open sea and the ship he calls home. When it comes to women, he has three rules: never sleep with another’s wife, don’t take virgins into bed, and most importantly, never bring a woman aboard—that brings the worst luck of all.
Annalise Gatherone has to leave London—tonight! Usually her only concern is the color of her latest gown, but now she’s choosing between life and death. Desperate to escape the clutches of an evil Duke, she stows away aboard the Scarlet Night, hoping she’s bound for Port St. Maria. Winning Captain Jaxon’s affections, she just might sneak by unharmed. But when her plans are altered in ways she never imagined, she must batten down the hatches for a journey into unknown waters…
Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.
Author’s photo courtesy of Jenny Sinclair Photography.