A Pirate’s Time Served now in preorder
Log line: The ghost of pirate Black Bart joins forces with two over-privileged teens and their relatives on St. Croix in a modern-day quest to discover priceless buried treasure and along the way, their life’s mission under the most unlikely and dangerous circumstances.
My latest novel, A Pirate’s Time Served is nearing completion. We’re making the final edits and finishing the fact checking. Also we’re launching a preorder virtual book tour as well as updating all the media places where A Pirate’s Time Served appears. The book is scheduled for release on August 25. It is now in preorder on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Baker & Taylor and all other eBook platforms. I priced the preorders at 1/3 off the regular price. I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer for you or a young adult you know. Here’s the synopsis:
Careful what you wish for…
Sarah Schilling’s twelve year-old brother is wicked smart. But this? Pure genius. Brian snagged an invitation to spend the summer with their favorite aunt and uncle on St. Croix. Uncle Jack tells them, “There will probably be some swimming, some diving. We like to run. There’s a range, so maybe you’ll learn to shoot. Cooking. Your Aunt Helen is a classically trained chef. You knew that, right? There’s the Mallard seaplane, so maybe you’ll learn something about flying. That sort of thing.”
That sort of thing sounds like too much work for Sarah Schilling’s summer on the beach. Until Brian’s scuba regulator mysteriously fails sixty feet underwater. Her training snaps into laser focus. During Brian’s rescue they unearth the 250 year-old secret of Black Bart—the pirate and his ghost. The discovery launches them into a hurricane of peril at the hands of modern-day pirates. The Schilling family will not survive unless Brian and Sarah discover the most powerful weapon that is within themselves.
A Pirate’s Time Served is a YA thriller of a ghost story. It shows how two teens can dig deeper than they thought possible, discovering what it means to lead, to follow, and to never ever give up—especially on family.
This is the book I began in my last class at Stanford Writers School. It was a class on young adult literature. How hard can this be, I thought. After all, they’re kids. I’m smarter than they are. Aren’t I? Not when it comes to teens and young adult’s taste in fiction it turns out. Doing a Young Adult book right–one the audience is going to enjoy and remember–is tough. There are a lot of rules that a good and thoughtful writer needs to follow. For example, I learned that this YA audience (and their parents, the gatekeepers) don’t like seeing people get killed. You may recall in my previous Enforcement Division books, Deadly Acceleration and God’s Banker people got shot, blown up, and crushed all the time. Not so in a good YA book and definitely not so in this one..
Next there’s the humane treatment of animals. It’s not good enough to suggest to the audience that animals are all treated well. You have to explain how well they’re treated and show readers that they’re still okay at the end of the day. It happens that A Pirate’s Time Served makes great use of dogs and dolphins. They’re important supporting characters. Maybe my next YA book will promote them to leading actors.
Finally, there’s pirate and ghost lore. The YA audience loves pirates and ghosts. They’re authorities on pirates and ghosts. They speak Pirate. I didn’t start out this book with my reader’s knowledge of all things pirate and ghost. But by now, I imagine I can hold my own with the best. We’ll see how I do at the readings followed by Q&A.
If you want to take advantage of the 1/3 discount on preorder, just go to Smashwords.com, Apple Books, or any of the other popular eBook platforms look it up and enter your preorder. When the book comes out on August 25 it’ll automatically be sent to you for download.