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International Talk Like a Pirate Day! #ITLAPDay

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“Avast, ye scurvy dog! Strike your colors or I’ll…I’ll… What will I do, Mr. Turnbull?” “Say, ‘I’ll scupper your ship and use your guts for garters, ye lily-livered—oh. Captain, sir!” Turnbull knuckled his forehead and said, “Um, I have to be off now, Mattie,” before scurrying below. Mattie looked up then and spotted the governess, her face lighting up. She ran over and Lydia Burke squatted down on the deck to open her arms to Mattie’s embrace. “Miss Burke! Miss Burke! I am so happy to see you again!” “I am happy to see you too, Mathilde. I missed you,” she said fiercely, hugging the child to her chest. Mattie drew back her head and looked at her. “I am not Mathilde anymore, Miss Burke. Now I’m Marauding Mattie, the terror of the West Indies!” “Are you indeed, miss?” --The Pirate's Secret Baby (High Seas #3) Today is my favorite holiday, #ITLAP Day, or International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Every September 19 we all get to channel our inner pirates as we contemplate abandoning our da

Review: A Dangerous Kind of Lady

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A Dangerous Kind of Lady by Mia Vincy My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews

Review: Sisters in Arms

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Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews

Florida Living (again)

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"...Most snakes’ll leave you alone if you leave them alone. The moccasin has a white mouth inside, which is why it’s also called a cottonmouth. And a cottonmouth is just flat-out ornery. It’ll come after you for sheer meanness.” “I’m supposed to wait until I see inside the snake’s mouth to figure out what it is?” “Try using your charmin’ ways on it. Now, the coral snake’s tricky, ’cause he’s got a cousin what looks like him, but ain’t dangerous. There’s a handy little way to remember which is which. If you see a snake that’s got red, black, and yellow bands, say to yourself ‘red on yellow, kill a fellow, red on black, friend of Jack.’” He looked quite pleased with himself for remembering the mnemonic. "If I see a snake I’m unlikely to be thinking of nursery rhymes." "I was just tryin’ to help. You goin’ to eat all that?” --SMUGGLER'S BRIDE   When I went into the kitchen this morning I found a note on the counter from my dear husband, informing me that last night

Review: The Lady Has a Past

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The Lady Has a Past by Amanda Quick My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews

Review: The Midnight Bargain

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The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews

Review: The Ratline: A Nazi War Criminal on the Run, Family Love, and a Curious Death in the Vatican

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The Ratline: A Nazi War Criminal on the Run, Family Love, and a Curious Death in the Vatican by Philippe Sands My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews

Review: Island Queen: A Novel

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Island Queen: A Novel by Vanessa Riley My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews