Please welcome guest blogger Donna Hatch, who is here today to tell us about pirates (!!) and her new release, The Guise of a Gentleman. Take it away, Donna!

Few words conjure up more dramatic, terrifying, and romantic images than pirates. They captured the imagination of Robert Lewis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie, Walt Disney, and many, many others. I even used pirates in my newest Regency Romance Novel, The Guise of a Gentleman. But what is it, exactly that makes a pirate both the perfect villain, and the perfect hero?

As a kid, one of my favorite rides at Disneyland was "The Pirates of the Caribbean.  I loved Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and any other pirate story I found. The Pirates of the Caribbean movie made millions with fans divided between Captain Jack Sparrow and Will, who pretty much turned pirate to save Elizabeth. When my husband and I were in Las Vegas, we went to the (then) new Treasure Island Hotel which used to (maybe still does) put on a great show outside with a reenactment of the navy battling pirates. When the pirates defeated the navy, everybody cheered.

Are we all a bunch of sociopaths?

Nah. I think it goes back to the bad boy allure. They were non-conformists. They had the courage to buck the system. They wore blousy white shirts instead of those stuffy coats and ugly hats and white powdered wigs. They were totally free to go where ever they pleased and do anything they wanted.  And they had the money to do it, thanks to the plunder they took. In the case of Las Vegas, the pirate captain was hunky and drop dead gorgeous, which never hurts. 

 We think of pirates as swashbuckling hunks who carried big curved swords, although having an eye patch and a parrot on the shoulder never hurts. Not to mention a certain allure in a map with an X that marks the spot to buried booty. Maybe we all secretly wish we could steal from the rich, throw social norms out the window and make our enemies walk the plank.

It's really just a fantasy. Real pirates are nothing like the men in the stories.

I did extensive research for my newest Regency Romance Novel, The Guise of a Gentleman and discovered that pirates were first and foremost sailors. They had a hard life and faced many dangers. They also preyed upon any ship that had the misfortune of crossing their path. Then, they'd go to a nearby port and waste their money. They also often ransacked the town, tortured the men, and ravished the women. And they were notorious slave traders. Not very glamorous, is it?

In my novel, I created a fictional problem of having a lot of out of work sailors and captains of privateering ships now that the Napoleonic War was over. So some turned to piracy and created a pirate ring led by a peer of the realm. In my novel, the hero has to become a pirate in order to infiltrate the ring and expose the leader. After studying real life pirates like Black Beard, Calico Jack, and others, I decided pirates make better villains than heroes. They were for the most part, ruthless and unconscionable. Yet, I still cheered for Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.

So enjoy the fantasy. And "Argh, matey! Don' forgit yer sword!"

The Guise of a Gentleman is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press

Okay, how to win your free copy (and you have four chances if you do all four):
1. Go to my website,, and then find out what is the name of the hero of The Guise of a Gentleman (hint, read the back cover blurb underneath the book cover), then send me an email at, telling me the answer to the question and put "free book" in the subject line.
2. Follow my blog, then send me an email at, telling me you're now following me and put "free book" in the subject line
3. Leave a comment in my blog, Then send me an email at and put “free book” in the subject line.
4. Friend me on Facebook,  (!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1053967713) then send me an email at, telling me you're now my friend on Face book and put "free book" in the subject line.
That’s it!
Remember, for each thing you do, you have another chance to win. Good Luck!!!
Thank you, Donna, for joining us at the Pink Fuzzies. It's been fun!
You can find Donna’s books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and her website. Donna's fantasy romance, Queen in Exile, is also available at Costco stores across the country and any Deseret Bookstore. The Guise of a Gentleman is also available at  Here is the direct link to her book page:


  1. Judy // April 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

    Hi, Donna! Welcome to the Fuzzies! I loved your blog on pirates, maybe because I love fantasy and can picture my "pirates" in a romantic way. LOL BTW your cover is stunning! Good luck with everything!

  2. Beth Trissel // April 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

    Hi Donna! I loved your post! Fabulous info and so interesting. Your cover is gorgeous and your story sounds intriguing-very. Pirates are a fascinating topic. Thanks for enlivening our blog.

  3. Barbara Monajem // April 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

    Donna's story is very intriguing indeed, and I'm halfway through reading it, but.... MY LAPTOP DIED!! Well, not really, but the fan did, so I can't use it. But... but... My copy of The Guise of a Gentlemen is on that computer!

    So now I'll just have to wait. In suspense. Argh.

    Welcome, Donna!

  4. Toni // April 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

    Did actor Robert Newton know what he started when he had Long John Silver say, "Aargh"? Too bad no one can ask him now. I remember a show on the History Channel saying that the "Jolly Roger" (and what an ironic name that is) was originally flown to show that there was sickness on board a ship and others in the vicinity had to respond. That was the way pirates got other ships within boarding range. Your blog was great, Donna, and I'll look forward to your book!

  5. Mary Marvella // April 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

    Thanks for visiting Donna. Your pirated sound interesting. "Shiver me timbers," your story sounds like a good read.

    Sorry you must wait to finish it, Barbara.

  6. Pamela Varnado // April 16, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

    Donna, welcome to the fuzzies. You're right, bad boys make the best heroes. And pirates are at the top of the list. I think that's why I love historicals so much. Men could be men.

  7. Mary Ricksen // April 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM  

    Donna, welcome to our blog. Pirates, who doesn't love the thought of a swashbuckling man of the sea. Romance at it's best.
    Your book sounds fantastic!

  8. Mary Marvella // April 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

    Your pirates, I meant. Good job with the interview!

  9. Joelle Charbonneau // April 17, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

    Welcome to the fuzzies, Donna! Some of my favorite historicals when first reading romance were Pirate stories. I always love the sense of adventure in them. Thanks for the fun blog post!

  10. Scarlet Pumpernickel // April 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

    Donna, thanks for visiting with the pink fuzzies. We enjoyed you visit and hope you'll drop by again. I love pirates moves. Stayed up late one night last week because there was a marathon of three movies that I hadn't seen in years. The really good old movies like Captain Blood. Wonderful. You're right about the true character of pirates, of course. But we can use creative licenses to make them into hero material, can't we? Great blog and I love your cover.

  11. Joanne // April 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

    Hi Donna,
    Welcome to the Pink Fuzzies. I love any book that has to do with Pirates, so yours is a must-read. Currently, I am enjoying the audiobook, Pirate Latitudes.

  12. Donna Hatch // April 19, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Glad to hear pirates -- at least the fantasy of them -- are as fun to read now as ever.

    There's something about the irrepressible bad boy that just gets us, isn't there?

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