SHANGHAIED, is the first book in a five book series, NEPTUNE’S FIVE, prequels to the widely popular Edgars Family Novels. In this series, we’re going to jump back to pre-WWII and a group of ONI, Office of Naval Intelligence, agents who are searching for Nazi spies working in the U.S.
In SHANGHAIED, we meet Zach Edgars, (the grandfather to Sami Edgars and her brothers). Posing as a modern-day pirate/smuggler, and with only one clue, a note left in the pocket of his dead informant that reads, Shanghaied in Wilmington, he focuses his attention on the small bar of that name.
Sophie Moore is the daughter of the owner of the SHANGHAIED bar. Busy working on keeping the bar open, her father cared for and her clients happy, she doesn’t have time for a man in her life. Especially not the dark-haired pirate named Neptune using the SHANGHAIED to meet with other criminals.
Here’s Sophie’s impression of Neptune:
With the long trench coat slapping against his pants at every step, his dark hair touching the top of his collar and the fisherman’s cap pulled low over his eyes, he moved with a swagger eerily reminiscent of the marauding pirates who used to roam the shores of this land. She wouldn’t be surprised to see a French flintlock gun and cutlass hanging from his belt beneath the coat. A shiver of awareness, as well as fear skittered across her spine.
So, how did I end up writing this new series? Well, I was approached by another author to write a pirate novella for a group project. Me? Write a pirate book? I write contemporary romantic suspense and small town romantic suspense and a few historical romantic suspense books. I don’t do pirates.
I thought about it a while and at the same time was reading a magazine about spies in WWII, because I love history. The more I thought about the project, the more I thought I could move my timeline to 1941 and have my “pirate” be a cover for someone looking for spies! Wha-la! I had my story idea. So I started working on my version of a pirate book.
Then the project went south and I no longer had a deadline or word count limit. Good thing, because this book was longer than a novella of 25,000 to 30,000 words. I let the characters take it where they would and am very pleased with the not so pirate, pirate book. In fact, it’s more of a “spy-chasers” book. The first of five, because there are 5 crew men on this team. You’ll meet them all in SHANGHAIED.