Uncharted Hearts By Amelia Bishop
Author Name: Amelia Bishop
Book Name: Uncharted Hearts
Release Date: August 14, 2015
Clayton Taylor is smart and skilled, and born into privilege. His expertise with navigation lands him a job on The Irish Lady, a ship which promises a world of new experiences. Half in love with Peter, The Lady’s roguish captain, Clayton signs on for adventure and a chance to test his skill against the sea. Once aboard he meets Jorge, a pillar of quiet strength.
Clayton’s life among the sailors and thieves is happy, wild, and free. He learns to sail, to fit in with the crew, and to cheat at cards. There isn’t a course he can’t chart, or a job he can’t design.
But Clayton can’t navigate love, nor can he plan for the whims of his heart. Bold and direct and often stubborn, Clayton’s uncharted heart will plot its own course, bound for a union with two men who need him as much as he does them.
Together Clayton, Peter, and Jorge will discover the heart has no need of map and compass.
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Categories: Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Romance
The Irish Lady’s gangway was up, and I had a flash of panic. Was I too late? I caught a glimpse of Peter on deck, and called out to him. “Sir! Peter Simpson!”
He turned and strode back to the rail, a light in his eyes and a smile on his face. My trunk seemed suddenly much easier to haul.
A large black man lowered the gangway, and looked me over as I struggled up it, raising an eyebrow at my large case. He wore his hair in long twisted locks, and his shirt, open at the chest, revealed heavy glistening muscles. I swallowed hard. Was this a ship full of temptation? Would I spend my entire time here aroused and useless?
“You came!” Peter rushed to me, not hiding his excitement.
I nodded, smiling.
“I’m so glad.” He brushed his fingers over my cheek in a move much too affectionate for public display. I glanced at the large man, but he’d turned away.
“Come, I’ll get you settled in and explain your position.” Peter hoisted one end of my trunk, and led us toward the hatch.
I felt as if I had to ask him, before I went below, exactly what kind of situation I was signing on to here. “Just what sort of a ship is this, precisely? I’m sure you aren’t an entirely reputable merchant?”
He dropped his side of the trunk, and I feared I’d erred. Perhaps that was too forward a thing to ask. But his crooked grin told me he was not offended. “Is that a problem?”
Good lord, he was sexy. His chin was shadowed with a fine dark stubble, and his hair was gathered at the top of his head in some sort of ridiculous knot, which only accentuated his chocolate brown eyes and thick brows. “No…” I smiled. “But you’ll have to teach me.”
His mouth opened on a gasp. Finally, I’d unbalanced him.
“Gladly,” he rasped, and picked up the trunk again.
What are your character’s names? Do they character have nicknames?
Clayton, who the men call “Boy” as a slightly-insulting nickname.
Peter, who is only called “Petey” by Jorge, because they knew each other as kids.
Jorge has no nicknames.
Do your characters have scars? How did they get them?
Clayton led such a sheltered and protected life he is totally unmarked by scars.
Peter has no noticeable marks, but lots of small scars on his hands as you’d expect on a working sailor.
Jorge has a lot of scars, lash marks on his back from a cruel Captain.
What is their biggest fear? Who have they told this to? Who would they never tell this to? Why?
Clayton fears ignorance. He wants to experience everything, to learn as much as he can, and to be seen as a competent navigator. Everyone knows this, because he is too open and honest to hide very much.
Peter learned early he could not depend on anyone. He fears commitment and responsibility. The more he has to lose, the more nervous he gets.
Jorge fears losing Peter and Clay, who have become his only family.
Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there.
Clayton wears his favorite leather boots. They are custom made and suitable for everyday wear, but also dress up quite nicely.
Peter wears a similar boot, but in a size too large. He’d prefer to be barefoot, as he always did aboard his ship, but knows it is not acceptable on land.
Jorge wears a mule with no heel, like a slipper. It is the type of shoe a man might wear around the home, but Jorge wears it out of doors. Most people don’t notice, because Jorge is a servant he is often ignored. Those who do notice say nothing, because Jorge is also very large and obviously strong, and no one dares to insult him.
Your characters are doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for them to throw out? What is difficult for them to part with? Why?
Clayton cannot throw away anything, for fear that it might be useful someday. He ruthlessly organizes his possessions and keeps everything in its proper place. Having grown up in wartime, he never takes anything for granted. He has wealth, but knows it is a tenuous thing.
Peter collects clutter. He sees everything as potential wealth, or goods to be traded, or something to be used. He would never throw anything away, but might try to sell things if he could.
Jorge could throw away anything. He lived the bulk of his life with no possessions, and learned to live by his wits and his brawn. He has little care for material goods.
Your characters are getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What do they wear?
Clayton wears his favorite light green silk suit, the long coat embroidered with a deep blue swirling pattern that reminds him of the sea. Peter wears a deep brown silk, with gold trim. He has traded his boots for a fancier low buckled shoe. Jorge wears a linen coat in light blue, over his ivory breeches. He has also traded his favorite mules for more proper shoes, but only as a precaution, in case he needs to run.
They are headed to a gambling party, at the home of a wealthy man in town. They will probably cheat a bit, but not enough to be caught. They’d like to be invited back, after all.
About the author:
I am a reader and writer of romantic erotic fiction of all varieties. Sometimes, the little stories in my head just need to be shared (and sometimes they are just for me). I enjoy red wine, black rum, shell-hunting walks along the seashore, and solo late-night drunken dance parties.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ameliabishopauthor
Publisher: Amelia Bishop
Cover Artist: Amelia Bishop with photo by Dan Skinner
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