Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It was a busy evening at the riverside tavern called Ganymede’s Cup, a tavern with a
reputation up and down the coast. It was that reputation that had earned the tavern its better
known name, The Greek Boy, for the sign swinging over the door featured a young man in a
skimpy chiton.
Simpkins, the innkeeper, stopped wiping a dirty rag over a dirtier mug, staring at the man
stooping under the doorway.
“Why, Julius Davies, as I live and breathe! I’d heard you was hung!”
Julius smirked and rolled his eyes heavenward. “La, my dear, you don’t know the half of it!”
His companion coughed delicately into his fist.
“Who’s your friend?” Simpkins nodded in their direction.
Julius put his arm around the man’s shoulder. “Allow me to present Captain Christopher
Daniels. He’s new to the area and I’m showing him the, uh, local sights.”

--Pirate's Price, Darlene Marshall

Someone asked me about the references to "Ganymede's Cup" in a conversation at another site.  Ganymede's Cup is the fictitious North Florida tavern that shows up in many of my novels, either as a scene setting or in passing references by characters.  It first appeared in Pirate's Price, but I liked the Cup so much it seemed to keep showing up and almost took on a character of its own.  You can read scenes set at the Cup in Pirate's Price, Smuggler's Bride and Captain Sinister's Lady, and meet the men who gather at this site known for its good food and the discretion of the staff and clientele.

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