Love Bytes is delighted to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal of Alex Standish her upcoming Dreamspinner Press release “Changing Tides”.
Alex shares the blurb an excerpt and brought a wonderful giveaway!
welcome Alex 🙂
First off, thank you so much to Love Bytes Reviews for hosting the cover reveal for Changing Tides.
I’m super excited to be sharing my latest book with you, coming to Dreamspinner Press on August 16th. Check out the stunning cover created by Anna Sikorska.
I invite you all to share Devon and Brett‘s tumultuous journey across the Caribbean Seas – check out the blurb and excerpt below.
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Cover art designer: Anna Sikorska
While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.
When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.
When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.
All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.
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Brett held his breath as he faced one of the most exhilarating and frightening moments of his life. Lightning lit up the sky, and thunder boomed in his ears. The raindrops were so thick they hurt when they hit his body, and the ship was swaying so hard it was difficult to keep on his feet.
He watched John and Elijah trying to control the helm while Cody tied himself securely so the growing waves wouldn’t drag him overboard.
Brett walked slowly to the bridge, where Devon was holding on for dear life. The blinding light and loud noise from the thunder and lightning was painful to withstand, but Brett knew it was too late to go back now; they were in the heart of the storm.
“Devon! The ship will not take much more punishment,” Elijah yelled at them. “We are being pounded to pieces by this storm!”
“We have no choice,” Devon said. “We are barely holding on now. If we try to turn back, the winds will take us off course and set us adrift! We have to keep going!”
Lightning slashed through the sky at his words, illuminating the furious sea as if it were day. Thunder rumbled overhead, and the ship seemed to vibrate in its wake, making standing a difficult task.
“Jesus,” Brett whispered.
He felt Devon reach for him and hold him tightly as a huge wave nearly capsized the Flying Horse. Large waves rolled over the decks, buffeting the cabins and threatening to destroy the ship.
One powerful bolt struck the main mast, breaking it in half and setting it on fire until the merciless rain falling down put it out. The top half of the mast crashed down onto the deck, sails and rigging coming down with it.
“Reef!” Brett heard someone shouting over the maddening roar. “Reef! Watch out!”
It was too late. The wind pounded the Horse against the reef, and the ship struck with a jolt, throwing everyone off-balance. Brett watched, terrified, as several of the crewmen fell overboard, their screams ringing loudly in his ears, even over the storm.
He cried out as the ship tilted dangerously to the left. Cannonballs and powder kegs slid rapidly through the deck, slamming into the panicking men before being swallowed by the raging waves. The sides of the ship gave way, the noise of splitting wood competed with the thunder for attention.
“There is a hole in the hull near the bow! It’s taking on water!” someone shouted, but Brett seemed to be the only one listening; everyone else was fighting for their lives.
“Help! Help us!” he heard John shouting.
He turned to see both Cody and Elijah frantically trying to break free from the ropes tying them to the helm. The ship was sinking. If they didn’t hurry, they would go down with it.
Brett reached for his dagger and crawled painfully on the soaked wood until he reached his friends. “Hold on!”
“Where is Devon?” Elijah shouted.
“I can’t see him!”
Brett turned back, never stopping cutting through the thick rope. His heart lurched as he realized Devon was no longer there. He, Cody, and Elijah were the last ones standing on the bridge. Taking a deep breath, he forced his mind back to the task at hand. Devon was all right; he had to be.
Finally the ropes slipped free, and the three of them rose awkwardly to their feet. Just as they were rushing down the short flight of stairs leading to the upper deck, a loud crash sounded, and the whole ship shook.
Brett had enough time to realize the Horse was breaking in two—a nutshell in Mother Nature’s hands—before something hit him from behind, and he dove into the unforgiving sea.
Alex Standish lives in Lisbon, Portugal, a beautiful and sunny country in Europe. She loves to read, travel, listen to good music, rock the vacuum cleaner like Freddie Mercury, and hang out with her friends. When she’s not at her day job or trying to win the lottery, she’s typing away at her laptop, Probie, writing homoerotic romance. She’s a multigenre author, striving to create engaging plotlines and characters that could stand on their own and hopefully tug at one’s heartstrings. In the last eight years, Alex has written one short story and three novels.
Alex brought a wonderful giveaway with her. She is offering a copy of Changing Tides to one Lucky winner
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