OH, oops. Sorry, that is my writing pirate persona, 2nd Chance speaking. The Romance Writers Revenge actually does good with using Tortuga as our base. So, now worries, we won’t invade. (We might visit…) And Captain Hellion has another little place she likes to picnic on Sundays, when we welcome guest hotties on board.
But an island like this, well it just brings out the pirate in me. So, it’s January and I’m sure the thought of resolutions are spinning in all of our minds. Well, I actually don’t make resolutions. But I do believe in 2nd chances.
When I first boarded the Revenge, I wanted to comment with a good pirate name. So, I thought. And thought. And thought. What was a good pirate name? What told something about me and would lend itself to a good nickname and persona? And it came to me. I have good reason for finding the idea of second chances alluring.
Firstly? I was given a second chance when, in April of 2007, I nearly died. I suffered sudden cardiac death (SCD). My heart began to beat too fast, then it fell out of rhythm, then it stopped. I was asleep, totally unaware of what was happening. But I was fortunate since my husband was aware. He tried to wake me up, than he began CPR and called 911. I went to sleep and work up three days later, in the hospital. I spent another seven days having a battery of tests run.
Eventually, I was released with no clear diagnosis of why this happened to me. And no guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again. Six weeks later, I had an interior cardio defibrillator (ICD) installed. This is a small device that sits above my left breast, with leads that wind through major arteries to my heart. If it acts up again, my ICD will shock it back into rhythm.
I suffered no physical damage, but I was a mess emotionally. Diagnosed with PTSD, I began therapy. And at some point in therapy, Dr. Faye asked about what I did before the SCD. “I write stories.”
“Are you seeking a publisher?”
“No way. I’ve always felt I was too fragile, too sensitive for rejection, it scares me. And I know there will be rejection.”
She looked at me and shrugged a slight smile on her face. “Maureen, you almost died and came back. What is there to be scared of?”
I stared at her and suddenly, I wasn’t scared of rejection anymore.
I’d been given a second chance. And it was mine to treasure, to use, as wind in my sails…
And so I pushed forward and voila! I have a book coming up from Decadent Publishing! You really do never know where life will take you if you just let it.
Here’s the blurb from The Kraken’s Mirror.
Treated by our youth oriented society as invisible and sexless Emily Pawes attends a pirate festival to recapture the make believe magic she knew as a younger woman. She wins an interesting bit of booty at an old woman's bric-a-brac stand. The Kraken's mirror is a magical portal and transports her to a land of Hollywood piratitude, where swashbuckling heroes own iPods. With little choice, she embraces the madness, deciding she’ll play pirate until she figures out how to get home. Or wakes up in a padded cell.
Instead of men in little white coats, she encounters the handsome Captain Alan Silvestri. He is a man haunted by a strange curse. Good luck is his to command, but it comes at the cost of any place to call home or people to call family. Resigned to die shunned by all, forced to sail every three days, he begins to dream of a special woman.
When they meet, sparks fly, passion flares. He needs her to be free, but more than that, he needs her to be whole. They set sail, uncertain of who has control of the wheel, seeking to defeat his curse of good luck and discover all the Kraken’s mirror plans for them.
What is your second chance? Or third? Or more?
http://believinginsecondchances.typepad.com/ (every Sunday)
http://www.castlesandguns.com/ (every other Tuesday)
http://romancewritersrevenge.com/ (every Friday as 2nd Chance)