Today I have the great pleasure of hosting author, Natalie C Parker. If you missed my review of Seafire then go read it now and come back. Because Seafire is a dream. It is easily in my top books of this year. So now, let’s talk with Natalie about ideal pirate crews!
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
I imagine I would have a rather large ship to fill, which means I’d be able to take on a crew of dozens but let’s stick with who I’d have on my command crew. That command crew would need to include girls with a variety of talents and strengths, so I think I’m going to go with…
Willowdean from Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. She’s the perfect combination of compassionate and daring with the kind of emotional smarts that would make her an ideal second-in-command. She’s the one who needs to have her finger on the pulse of the crew, where their heads and hearts are at from one minute to the next. The captain always needs someone to make sure she’s in sync with the crew, and Willowdean would be that person for me.
Jetta from Heidi Heilig’s For A Muse of Fire. Setting aside her ability to infuse shadow puppets with the souls of the dead, Jetta possesses a keen sense of ingenuity that is both intuitive and based in experience. She lets her surroundings guide her designs and that makes her the kind of creative thinker I’d want in any situation.
Alice from L.L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black. Every crew needs a fighter and Alice is the kind of fighter I’d want by my side. She’s adaptable and passionate and she fights for the thing that matters the most: family. (Okay, and the world, but like, family first).
Jinghua from Megan Bannen’s The Bird and the Blade. She’s not good in a fight. In fact, don’t put her in a fight if you can help it. But every crew needs someone who can lift heavy spirits as though they weigh no more than a feather. Jinghua does that with her pointed insights and her tapestry of songs. I would want her on my command crew, just so that we all remembered to stop and dwell on the sweet things every once in a while.
August 20 – Bibliobakes – Review
August 21 – My Friends are Fiction – Creative Instagram Picture
August 22 – Gladiatorglory – Moodboard
August 27 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Creative Instagram Picture
August 28 – NovelKnight – Review
August 29 – Utopia State of Mind – Author Guest Post: Who would be in your pirate crew and why?
August 30 – @Darkfaerietales – Creative Instagram Picture
August 31 – The Fandom – Author Guest Post: Natalie C. Parker’s favorite stories of sisterhood and survival.
September 3 – IceyBooks – Quote Candy
September 4 – Novel Novice – Styled by the Books
September 5 – The Young Folks – Author Guest Post: What was the world building process like? What type of research was involved in creating the world/learning about ships or sailing and what was the inspiration of the world and story?
September 6 – Lindseyybooks – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 7 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Spotlight + Listicle
September 10 – Cayla Reads – Review + Playlist
September 11 – Herbookstacks – Review + Book Aesthetic
September 12 – Swoony Boys – Character Interview
September 13 – Book Is Glee – Creative Instagram Picture
September 14 – Sarah June – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
About the Author
Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker.