Aedan ó Loinsigh’s only love beyond the sea is his Kaitlin. Captured, he uses his knowledge of the seas to get back to his love.
Liberators of gold from the British on the high seas, Aedan ó Loinsigh and his brother have never shied away from a challenge on the open waters. Aedan’s only tie to solid ground is the lovely Kaitlin who possesses him like no other. When the brothers are captured and awaiting execution, a mysterious man offers to free them if they pay off their debt aboard his ship. The brothers waste no time in agreeing to the proposal only to find their new lives are not much better than those of slaves. Desperate to reach Kaitlin again, Aedan must figure out a way to save not only the other indentured servants aboard the ship but get back to his true love. Salvation could come at a price. One that Aedan will have to live with for the rest of his life.
Welcome K. E. Shade! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Is Muir Bhreatan a single title, or part of a series? It’s a single title with potential for a sequel. I’ve never been a series plotter but every story has a path it can continue on, or so I’ve found.
What were your inspirations for the story? Pirates! I had done a pirate series in a fantasy world I created and decided that a turn for the historical would be fun and challenging.
Please share your setting for Muir Bhreatan. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? I actually got the chance to not only visit Ireland but on a cruise to boot. Ireland is such a beautiful country. The rolling green hills are just amazing. I took a tour in the original location of the Jameson factory. Of course I took tons of pictures.
When did the writing bug first bite? In 7th grade. I kept it all to myself because I was very shy. It wasn’t until high school that I shared it with some close friends. They’re the ones that encouraged me to continue writing.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series? David Morrell—virtually anything he’s written. Kim Harrison’s Hollow series, though I’m looking forward to her new project. Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series though I’ve read other books from him. Brent Weeks and his Night Angel trilogy. Loved the world he created. My first love for series, however, was Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance trilogy. Epic.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite? Probably the aforementioned group. I actually got the chance to meet David Morrell and Kim Harrison at last year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. Amazing geeky experience.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? Well, I love to draw and have several graphics programs and a Wacom tablet. I’ve even gotten paid for some of my work. Right now I’ve been playing some video games, which I’ve always enjoyed as a past time. This, of course, only happens if I have that mythical thing called ‘spare time’.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen? I saw some strange street performers in Edinburgh, Scotland. I saw one dressed up as a heavy metal pig, playing the guitar. One dressed up as a devil—red paint all over his body. The last was a man covered head to toe in bronze paint suit adorned with leaves. It was quite interesting. I took pictures, of course.
Aedan chanced getting closer to her and she closed the rest of the distance. The clear waters spared him no mercy at the sight of her swimming without one scrap of clothing. “Oh, lass. You tempt me.”
“Always.” She draped her arms around his neck. “Promise me ye will come back to me.”
“With all my heart, Kaitlin, I promise I will be in ye arms again.”
She smiled and kissed him boldly, her tongue breaking the barrier. Aedan kicked his legs to breach shallow water, his trousers growing tighter. The sand curled around his toes and he pressed her closer. Her hands wormed their way up his chest and she pushed him away.
“I have to go.” She toyed with her bottom lip. Aedan smirked and reached for her, but she batted his hands away.
“Nay.” He crooked a finger at her.
“But the men are waiting for me.” As she backed away, inch by inch of her bare skin emerged from the lapping water. “I’ve volunteered to lead them back home.”
Aedan waded toward her, but she stayed a hairsbreadth from his reach. His heart pounded in his chest as she halted with the water kissing her waist.
“The men can wait.” Aedan brushed his fingers along her damp tresses.
“Can they?” She kissed his neck slow. Her fingers traced the outline of the scar a bullet had left behind over a year ago. “Must everyone wait but Aedan Ó Loinsigh?”
Salty air and the gentle touch of his love almost made her words drown in the warm feel of her kisses on his skin. Too many days at sea burned his lust, and his body yearned to join with Kaitlin. He raised her chin, eager for taste of her lips. She pressed her hand over his mouth.
“I will wait for ye. I will, always and forever. I love ye.” Her hand moved away.
K. E. Shade is multi-published author Kastil Eavenshade in disguise pandering her romantic shenanigans. When not catering to the whims of three rescued kitties, she’s dreaming up her next heart-beating tale. No period in history—past, present, or future—is safe from the clutches of her muse. Her passions beyond writing are drawing, cooking, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. She credits her parents for her free spirit as they’ve always supported her in every aspect of her life. Without them, she wouldn’t be here.