Today S.T. Fernandez and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE LEGEND OF GASPARILLA, her new Historical Pirate Romance which releases November 7, 2023! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
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About The Book:
Title: THE LEGEND OF GASPARILLA
Author: S.T. Fernandez
Pub. Date: November 7, 2023
Publisher: Azalea Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
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Bridgerton meets Pirates of the Caribbean in a story many argue is not a myth but a legend.
Admiral José Gaspar of the Spanish Royal Navy had it all: the love of his life, Joséfa de Mayorga; the confidence of the King; and a plan to become one of the most successful merchants in all of Spain. But when a jilted former lover accuses him of stealing the crown jewels, he escapes Sevilla only to realize he’s duped into piracy, further staining his legacy. Gaspar continues down an immoral path he works relentlessly to resist. The dream life he yearned for with Joséfa slowly slips away, his reputation far too ruined to be worthy of her honor.
After having her beloved ripped from her life, Joséfa and Gaspar’s friends work tirelessly to clear his name to no avail. When fate finally hands her a chance, she sets sail to find José, but fate is both friend and foe. Joséfa discovers the man she lost is different from the viscous pirate she rescues from certain death.
When infamous pirate hunter Lieutenant Kearny of the USS Enterprise sets his sights on the new pirate, Gaspar must decide between a dark and perilous addiction to piracy or living a subdued life in the shadows. His darker inhibitions may take his soul hostage, and Joséfa’s love may not be enough to save him.
The men yelled as they threw the planks across and ran onto La Félicité. José watched as one of his own was unceremoniously pushed off into the depths of the water, but any of their attempts would be futile. La Félicité was outnumbered, but despite the lack of crew, they fought. José dearly wished they would stand down.
A tingling sensation drove through his arms as the first man he encountered ran at him, sword pulled back and ready to strike. “You’ll not have anything on this ship without a fight, you filthy pirate!”
Time stood still, the phrase catching him off guard, but he then submitted to his fury. José observed the man—his posture, his next move. And the dance began. He ducked the man’s blade, cutting him across the torso in his wake. The next man came and went with the same ease. And the next. And the next. Blood splattered on the deck and sprayed across his clothes, but he killed with the grace of a flamenco dancer circling his partner with ease. He could hear the sound of the castañuelas clicking their rhythm in his head as he moved to the dance of death.
His blade cut across the neck of another determined victim. The light of his eyes focused on some distant place José would never reach. The blood seeped through the man’s collar as he dropped to the deck with a thump. José turned to fight the next man who dared to challenge him, but he found the ship blanketed in silence—the crew of both vessels staring at him in amazement.
Captain Rodgers stepped forward, grinning villainously. “Well, then. It appears I have more than just a savvy merchantman on my ship. You are quite the treasure, Gaspar. Quite the swordsman. I’m not likely to part with you. Ever.”
José stood still, his mind numb. The innocent blood soaked his tunic, dripping onto the deck from the hem in a steady beat. His grip on his sword loosened, and it fell to the floor with a clank. The bodies littered the deck, some still twitching with the last bits of life leaving their body. “What have I done?” he whispered. At that moment, José realized the future he held on to with Joséfa— the possibility that Armando would rescue him with Felipe by his side—was now gone. He was no longer a man but a beast. I yield to this life. I am a pirate. I have succumbed.
Copyright © 2023 Author S.T.Fernandez
S.T. Fernandez, known as Stephanie, is originally from Orlando, Florida, and was born to two parents from La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico. She now resides in the beautiful small beach town of Ventura, California with her husband and their two wiener puppies.
Stephanie is an avid reader of all levels of spicy, steamy romance—mostly in fantasy, historical, or paranormal genres. Just as much as she enjoys disappearing into a good book, creating a story that readers can disappear into brings her immense joy.
She is currently working on her second book in the fantasy romance genre, full of wonderfully diverse characters and themes. S.T. Fernandez’s fantasy romance intertwines Puerto Rico’s Taino indigenous culture’s beautiful themes and language into a fantasy world. She is thrilled and excited to present it to readers when completed.
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1 winner will receive a paperback ARC of THE LEGEND OF GASPARILLA, US Only.
Ends August 31st, midnight EST.