Please welcome a guest post from the fabulous author Maddie James
The series, Soul Mates: The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, possesses the paranormal element of time travel, the belief of reincarnation, and the spiritual elements of fated spirit mates, or soul mates, if you well. Then, of course, there is the curse. And, a curse spurted out by a spinning, severed head of a legendary pirate. Blackbeard. For you see, once the real Blackbeard was beheaded (back in 1718), it was important to secure his skull to take back to the authorities as proof of his death. Pirate lore says, however, that it was hung from the bowsprit of a ship, and then lost forever.
But not in my book. See?
The eyes opened, yellow and glaring. The tongue slipped back into place. Claire shivered as she registered the deep belly laugh she’d heard so many times before as it exited the disembodied head’s mouth. She clutched at Jack, her heart vaulting in her chest, tremors traveling the length of her spine, fear gripping at her stomach in waves. The wind still thrashed about them. Jack wrapped his arms protectively around her, both of them mesmerized by the happenings before them.
Then the thing in Rick’s hand spoke.
Very slowly at first, building to a roar that echoed across the beach and into the ocean itself.
“Be cursed, the two of ye! I place the loss of me head on your shoulders. Until me head is returned to my rightful time, yer love will be damned to reside in separate centuries! And may the curse rest with ye and yer offspring throughout eternity!”
And with that, Rick’s body disintegrated, the throbbing slowed, the lights flickered.
But the head of Blackbeard remained intact until the end, suspended, until the last bit of flesh and blood and tissue melted from it, leaving only the bare and sinister skull suspended in mid-air above the stone.
And then it, too, disappeared.
The Soul Mates Series
Maddie James weaves a five book series that combines romance, paranormal, and spiritual elements—within historical and contemporary worlds—in a family’s quest not only to break a legendary pirate’s curse, but also to bring the entire family together again. Full circle. The characters trip through time from 1718 to the future, and through spiritual worlds, to reconnect with their fated spirit mates.
Book Three, Soul Mates
Can souls touch through dreams and find their way home again?
Jackson Porter seeks to fulfill his mother, Claire Porter’s, dying request, and find answers about the imaginary lover who haunts his nights. His future, he learns, is in a place called Ohio, miles and centuries away from his barrier island home in 1745. The land, his dying mother tells him, is his legacy. She urges him to claim it.
In the year 2038, Kari Upton is driven to fight federal sanctions to save her land and her valuable poppy crops. Her upcoming marriage is one of convenience. Marrying Tye Gentry will save her Ohio farmland. There is no other way to gain power than to marry him and ride on his father’s political coattails to the state legislature.
And all would be perfect if it weren’t for those erotic dreams of a man with long dark hair who haunts her day and night....
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About Maddie James
Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!
Maddie has over 40 titles in ebook and trade paperback print published worldwide, with foreign editions in French, German, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, and more. Her books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews and have landed on various retailer top-selling lists. She has been listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.
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