Witch Meets Sexy Pirate in Marooned Steamy #PNR #halloweenreads

What’s Halloween without witches and pirates? Well, witches for sure, but in my household and neighborhood, Halloween means pirates, too. Check out this local house, all decorated as a spooky pirate scene. It’s really awesome lit up at night with fog machine and piratical music.

Pirate House

When I was a kid, one of my favorite costumes was a witch. I’m still fascinated by witchcraft, and would like to know more about it. I’ve also spent a Halloween or two dressed as a pirate wench.

I first combined witches and pirates when I wrote a steamy paranormal novella called Marooned. In doing my research, I came across the notion of banishing spells, and knew I’d found the catalyst for the story. I had a lot of fun writing the rhyming spells. However, banishing spells are not a good idea. Do not try this at home. Seriously.

by Lyndi Lamont
Steamy Pirate Romance


Heather Parnell is traveling from England to her home in Jamaica with her new husband, Roger, a man she detests. She performs a banishing spell with unintended consequences. When their ship is attacked by pirates, Roger is killed. Heather, disguised as a boy, joins the pirate crew.

Pirate captain Adam Langworth suspects there is something odd about the new lad. When he discovers she is a woman, she begs him to keep her secret, a violation of the ships’ articles. When her identity is discovered, Adam and Heather find themselves marooned on a deserted island with nothing to do for the rest of their lives but make love.

In this excerpt, Heather makes the fateful decision to banish Roger and his mistress Kitty from her life when she learns they intend to kill her.


She moved to the bow of the ship, where she could be alone. The wind was strong, blowing the hood of her cape back. The crescent moon shone above, sending a faint illumination on the white caps below her and the sails above. She lifted her head, enjoying the feel of the wind on her face, in her hair. She was never happier than when she was outside, surrounded by the elements. Away from the petty squabbles and schemes of people…

She stood still for several moments, basking in the moonlight, the sound of the waves as they slapped against the hull, and the force of the wind. She was heading home to her beloved Jamaica. This should be a joyous occasion, and would have been had she found the right man. She pushed away her regrets and as she paused, soaking in the loving energy of the goddess, her spirits lifted and hope filled her heart.

What she was about to do was not without its risks. Her mother had cautioned her to be careful what she asked for. A negative spell could go badly awry.

But what did she have to lose except her life? And life was uncertain, at best.

Decision made, Heather pulled the paper with the names of her tormentors from the pocket of her cape as she formed the incantation in her mind. When she was certain, she held up the paper, focused on the evil being planned, and whispered,


“Foul murder intended for me.
Seek the pair who plan this deed.
Banish them first, by magic’s decree!
Send them from me.
So mote it be!”


She repeated the words, her voice growing stronger with each recitation. When the power within her peaked, she tore the paper into shreds and let the wind tear it from her fingers. “Send them from me. So mote it be!”

Drained of all emotion, she clutched the rail and stared out to sea. Her spell had been cast.

Heather has no idea what forces she has unleashed with her spell.
If you want to find out, buy (or borrow on Kindle Unlimited) at: Amazon US, Amazon AU, Amazon CA, and Amazon UK.

What costume will you be wearing on Halloween? I’m debating between Hogwarts professor with pointy witch hat or pirate wench.

Linda / Lyndi

Capture Cate by @gcmeadows1 Ghost #Bookhugs

Capture CateBlurb: Capture Cate

Cate Collins suffers the tragic loss of her parents at the tender age of eleven. She is forced to move to Connecticut with her billionaire grandparents, who she has never even met. Her grandfather, Edward Hollingsworth, disowned her mother. He was furious when Julia married her father without breaking off her engagement to his best friend’s son. On Cate’s first day at the mansion, she finds out her grandfather does not want her in his home.  She is determined to become a spy and works hard to achieve her goal, so she can die heroically and once again be reunited with her parents.


Cate took each step down the long hallway in trepidation before approaching her mother’s side. “You wanted to see me.”

“Your grandma’s going to look after you. I love you, sweetheart.”

As the words were released, she witnessed her mother let go. “I don’t know her. I want you. Mom . . .”

The monitor that previously showed a faint heartbeat had gone flat. Medical staff began rushing into the room and ordered her out. They tried to restart her mother’s heart, but the attempts were in vain. She ran to the comforting arms of June in the waiting area. The doctor soon followed to report there was nothing he could do.

Cate demanded from her grandmother. “Where’s my dad? I want to see him.”

“Oh, sweetie. Your father died in the accident.”

Cate’s grief was more than her tender heart could bear. “No!” She screamed and fell to her knees in despair. Her world had been so perfect the previous evening. If only her parents had allowed her to go along, she would not be faced with a life without them.


Circumstances only became worse. Cate stood in front of her mother and father’s caskets, wearing an ugly black dress, while complete strangers uttered condolences about how sorry they were for her loss. She wanted to run away screaming, but stayed rooted in place to repeat the words “thank you” over and over. Her parents’ comforting presence hovered near and insisted she remain strong. She could almost visualize them next to her.

After the funeral, Cate’s grandmother informed her that she would be moving to Prominence to live. The woman was met with a stubborn refusal. “I don’t even know you. I want to stay with June and Robert. They’re my family.”

“Cate, dear, I gave your mother my word that I’d take care of you.”

“I don’t understand why my mom would ask you for anything. I used to sit at the top of the stairs and listen to my parents talk about you and my grandfather. He sounds like a hateful old man. You can’t make me live in the same house as him.” If her grandmother believed she would give in without a fight, she had sorely misjudged her. She did not intend on leaving Pleasant Valley.

“I’m afraid you don’t have a choice. I’m your legal guardian now.”

“Why do you want me?”

“I love you.”

“If you love me so much, why didn’t you ever visit me or send me presents on my birthday and Christmas?”

Her grandmother placed her hand on her head and did not speak for several minutes. “I’m going to bed, dear. It’s been a long day for both of us. We can talk again in the morning.” She started up the stairs.

Cate yelled, “I won’t be changing my mind! My dad was the best man in the whole world, and I want to marry someone just like him! Grandfather will hate me too!”

Readers may purchase Capture Cate at: Amazon US

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Message from G.C. Meadows

Money did not buy my character, Cate Collins, happiness or free her from her problems. Realize material possessions do not matter in the long run and should never take priority over personal relationships. People need to be more important in your life. Treat them with kindness and love.

Author GC MeadowsAuthor Bio for G.C. Meadows

My love for writing started with poetry and short stories in elementary school. The past seven years have been spent harnessing my vivid imagination into three series of contemporary and historical romance novels. My books are meant to entertain and promote love, the greatest emotion known to human kind. Even through trials and tragedies, including a murder or more, the heroines in my tales always have a happy ending (or happy for now until the sequel) with a man they profoundly love.

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