This post was originally written for Inez Kelley’s blog.

I have never been a particular fan of pirates. They’re really just thieves on boats, right? (*ducks missiles*)

Perhaps that’s why the heroine of The Duke and the Pirate Queen was actually a privateer, sanctioned by her government to hunt pirates. She’s on the side of Law. Mostly. She fought and fights against enemies who have fewer scruples than she does, and that makes them more dangerous.

However, even though I’m not fond of pirate moral codes, I do adore their outfits. And action scenes! Flinging themselves from one ship to another, brandishing cutlasses, ululating bloodcurdling battle shrieks, all while very snappily dressed in silks and velvets and too much jewelry.

Okay, so maybe I do like pirates….

What I like are when pirates are the villains. True, I’ve enjoyed quite a few romance novels with pirate heroes, but those heroes always ended up vindicated in the end. For me, pirates are like vampires. I prefer them as villains. They’re really snazzy villains.

And what I wanted was to see is how my heroes stand up against them.