Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coming Soon! Devilspawn by David Sakmyster

We couldn't be more proud to announce that the third Tattered Sails story will soon be released. This time out, David Sakmyster, author of the Morpheus Initiative thrillers, as well as his standalone supernatural thriller, Blindspots, will be sailing into the high seas with his own brand of piratey awesomeness. 

We'll soon feature a blog interview with Dave about his book, but for now, just take a moment to look at the book's synopsis!
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Duncan Miles set out to be the greatest merchant trader on the high seas, but destiny had other plans. After a fateful decision to save his life and his ship at the cost of his soul, Duncan pledges himself to the most fearsome pirate on the seas, embarking on a seven-year spree that only ends when he can stomach the captain’s cruelty no longer.

The ship, renamed the Devilspawn, sinks after Duncan’s eventual mutiny, but death, he realizes, is not the release he expected. Trapped as a spirit between worlds, he is caught in an underwater graveyard where souls wait in terror for the Lord of Bargains, a powerful voodoo spirit who seeks the one treasure that can make him unstoppable.

Duncan must harness his new-found abilities in this new realm before finding a way to stop the Loa—and potentially save his own soul in the process.
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Sounds amazing, right? We'll be sure to let you know when a release date is set, but it should be by the end of January or early February. Be on the lookout. You're not going to want to miss this one. 


Sunday, December 11, 2016

An Interview with The Peg-Legged Privateer Author Sean Sweeney

The next book in the Tattered Sails franchise is set for release on Monday (December 12) and we thought it would be a great idea to take a few minutes to talk with the author, Sean Sweeney, about his own addition to the pirate world we're building. 

If you've read Kent Holloway's Tombstone Voodoo, you'll find that The Peg-Legged Privateer by Sweeney is very different in scope and content. In fact, it could be said that it probably will need a 'Mature Content' label on the cover. But that's the beauty of Tattered Sails. An infinite number of stories by authors of as many influences and interests as the imagination can take you. It's with this sense of diversity and variety that we are so excited to see the Tattered Sails worlds continue to grow. 

So with that in mind, let's have a quick chat with Sean and see what he has to say about The Peg-Legged Privateer, his protagonist Paulina, and anything else we think of to ask him.

But first, here's the product description of The Peg-Legged Privateer:

Set sail for a world of pirates, magic, and high adventure…

Long in the service of the 12th Baron Wilton, the privateer known as Paulina has reached her limit. Between a township that doesn’t care for her, the Baron assuring her pledge that she’ll go down with her last ship, and his lascivious advances toward her newest paramour, Paulina plots to betray him.

She just needs a little help in the form of her all-women crew to do it.

Taking four ladies along with her, Paulina takes the Good Queen Bess for her maiden voyage through the Caribe, where mystical beings and scoundrels alike look to thwart her and send her to the Realm of the Locker.

But they don’t count on the steel and magical energies this quintet utilizes to stain the wine-colored waters an even darker shade.
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Tattered Sails (TS): Tell us about Paulina.

Sean Sweeney (SS): Paulina is the red-headed spitfire who has had a bit of bad luck entering our story; she’s not exactly an adept captain, but she has a theory about her successes and failures on the Caribe based on the people around her. She’s attractive, busty, and she’s also got a little bit of a problem with male authority figures.

One of the things I wanted to do was have a character—or a series of characters—who were slightly akin to Jaclyn Johnson, my protagonist in the AGENT series. She does things in a Jaclyn-style way, and if you’ve read those books, you know how she can be.

TS: There’s quite a bit of sexuality in your book.

SS: Your point? Of course there is. I like to make my books as realistic as possible, even my fantasy novels. In real life, people have sex. Think back to a World War II, when Boston’s Scollay Square was at its hey day: you had sailors on leave from Charlestown Navy Yard coming into the square, and what did they want? They wanted to see a little skin, and hopefully get lucky. Same with the stories of old: You’re a sailor and you’ve been on a boat with a bunch of guys who are just as needy as you are. What’s the first thing you do when you touch land? You betcha.

Paulina’s a little different in that at the moment, she only wants the company of women. She has a cute little paramour who is at the start of exploring her sexuality, so there’s an interesting dynamic between the two. Port Regret is a lawless place, a piracy black market if you will, and there are places on the island and in the town which resemble Scollay Square. And since we’ve eliminated modern-day religions and their dogma from our storyline, I don’t think it’s too far out of the realm of possibility to find certain sailors, male or female and unmarried in this world who take up with either sexes, or both sexes, on the Caribe.

TS: Where do you see this world going?

SS: Honestly, I think it can be huge and can go in many different directions. With the number of authors who are going to be involved in the future, the number of stories about the adventures in the Caribe can be practically simultaneous. And remember: the Caribe is a pretty big place, so it’s not like everyone’s going to run into each other. There are so many more tales to tell.
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Thanks, Sean! And good luck to you on your new release!

And for those interested in picking up a copy of The Peg-Legged Privateer, you can get it here.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Tombstone Voodoo: The Creatures

So, we're about a week out from the release of the first book in the Tattered Sails series, TOMBSTONE VOODOO by Kent Holloway and we couldn't be more excited. Today, we thought we'd have Kent talk a little bit about what you might expect to see in his upcoming adventure...as far as the monsters and creatures are involved. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this inside scoop from author Kent Holloway
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Tattered Sails isn't just about pirates and booty and plundering and shivering timbers. It's also about myth and folklore. It's about legends and monsters and pagan gods. It's about the mysteries of the sea. And if there's anything I know a little something about, it's folklore. Myths. Legends. It's my passion. And pretty much, it's what makes up about 95% of my books. Therefore, you have to know that a great deal of my contribution to the series would be devoted to my passion. Personally, I don't think I'll disappoint if you have the same interest as me in the subject. 

TOMBSTONE VOODOO is chock full of myth and monsters. Seriously. It has a lot. And that's after I had to cut several creatures and legends I wanted to put in there (don't worry...those will show up in future books that I write in the series). But for now, I just thought I'd share a little primer for what you'll be encountering when you pick up the book next week. 

But be warned. I'm not going to spoil things for you. A lot of these monsters have been changed for the story. What I'm going to share is a little about the 'real' myths themselves, along with some images I used for inspiration. [A word about these images: I found them in Google and I honestly do not know the artists (which I hate because I'd love to give them credit). If you are the artist (or know the artist), please feel free to share their names in the comment section below.]

Okay. Now on to the creatures!


LOA (GHEDE)

The Loa are probably the most important denizens of TOMBSTONE VOODOO. Loa are spirits revered and served by practitioners of vodou. They aren't gods, but rather serve the one true god, who created the earth and left her to fend for herself. The loa, like most people, have different clans or nations that specialize in particular aspects of the universe. For instance, the most prominent loa nation in TOMBSTONE VOODOO are the Ghede. 

The Ghede are the loa protectors of the Dead and graveyards. They are known as mischievous and fun-loving loa. They love pulling pranks. They love partying. Drinking alcohol and smoking cigars. They love doing anything that the Living love to do. 

The image I found in Google represents Baron Semedi, probably the most well-known of all the Ghede. He doesn't appear in the book, but Baron Tombstone claims to be his disappointing son. As you can see by the image, the Ghede tend to favor purple. They are often seen as wearing top hats with bones and animal teeth lining the brim. Often, you'll see them with a cigar in their mouths and having a typically happy expression on their faces. 


VOODOO ZOMBIES

Zombies have a long history in mythology and they've evolved a great deal over the ages. But the zombie myth during the Golden Age of piracy was a far cry different than the disease-ridden undead of The Walking Dead. In Voodoo myth, these were animated corpses brought to life by the workings of Houngan Bokor or Mambo Bokor (priest sorcerer or priestess sorcerer). Forgetting the reality of zombies being people drugged with the venom of puffer fish, the myth suggests that these bokor would dig up the graves of the dead, sew the body's eyes and mouths shut, then perform their magical workings on them. At this point, the zombie would become similar to that of the Jewish golem. An automaton bent on carrying out the will of the one who raised them. 

In VOODOO TOMBSTONE, these zombies abound as Baron Tombstone raises up an entire crew from the remains of his victims as he pursues his prize. 




MENEHUNE

In almost every culture, there seems to be a myth of a dwarf-like race of master craftsmen and builders. The Norse had their dwarves. The Mayan had the builder of the pyramid Uxmal. And the Hawaiians had their Menehune. 

The Menehune were dwarf-like in stature, who called the jungles and forests of Hawaii home long before the Polynesians came to the islands. And, like all the other similar myths, they were builders of great temples. Wherever they traveled, they were said to construct incredibly ornate and beautiful buildings in worship of their gods. They were also master craftsmen who made beautiful pieces of jewelry, tools, and pottery. 

Quinn meets an undead tribe of Menehune in The Locker, who seek to do the bidding of their master, Baron Tombstone...and have a decent meal while they're at it. 


CECAELIA

As the picture shows, this might be one of the most well-known monster/creatures in TOMBSTONE
VOODOO, but most people aren't even aware that it's based on a real legend from Greek mythology. The Cecaelia has been immortalized in our consciousness from Disney's The Little Mermaid in the villain known as Ursula. 

The Cecaelia are known as octo-folk and are distant cousins to mermaids. However, instead of having the lower half a fish, these have tentacles of an octopus or squid instead. 

Most are often depicted as sea hags, using their dark magic to lure unsuspecting sailors to their doom. 

In TOMBSTONE VOODOO, Quinn, the protagonist meets three Cecaelia sisters with dark agendas of their own. 



GRINDYLOWS

Grindylows originate out of England and are considered sea demons who prey upon the unsuspecting swimmers of the various countryside lakes. They are said to swim underneath their victims, wrap their arms and tentacles around their prey and drag them down to the dark depths. 

They are often depicted as smallish in nature with green or bluish skin and large black eyes. Their arms and legs are spindly and have suction cups on the tips of their fingers to better grab hold of their victims. 

Grindylows were featured in the Harry Potter books. 

I kind of imagine them, personally, as demonic sea monkeys, who torment Quinn in one part of his adventure through The Locker, the land of the dead.




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I hope this little primer into the creatures of TOMBSTONE VOODOO whets your appetite for what is to come. Be on the lookout for this exciting seafaring adventure coming Monday, December 5 2016!

It will be followed the next week (December 12) by Sean Sweeney's The Peg-legged Privateer!










  

Friday, September 9, 2016

TATTERED SAILS: Set sail to a world of pirates, magic, and high adventure!

So what exactly is Tattered Sails?

Tattered Sails is a shared-world adventure series set on an alternate earth during the Golden Age of Piracy. Swashbucklers, treasures, monsters, and magic abound in this thrilling series created by David Wood and Kent Holloway. 

The inspiration for the series came from Wood's and Holloway's mutual admiration for Tim Powers' gripping pirate adventure, On Stranger Tides. And it is their hope that the Tattered Sails series carries with it the same sense of fun and awe as Mr. Powers' incredible book.

The first three books will be released sometime around Christmas 2016. After that, the series will open up to some of the best thriller and adventure authors out there today to explore this bold new world. 

Here's the upcoming lineup:


NEPTUNE'S KEY by David Debord



VOODOO TOMBSTONE by Kent Holloway



THE PEG-LEGGED PRIVATEER by Sean Sweeney


Stay tuned to this website for updates on these books, their release dates, and much more!