12 Days of Great Summer Reads – Day 9 – Cutlass by Ashley Nixon

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Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

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Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. She has a Bachelor’s in English Writing and a Master’s in Library Science and Information Studies. When Ashley isn’t writing, she’s traveling, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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 Author Top 10
  1. Writing
    (of course!)
    This is
    obvious. One of my all-time favorite things is writing. I’ve been a writer all
    my life. It is my identity. When I’m having a bad day, I just go hang out with
    some characters. They don’t always have bad days, but that’s why I write–to
    get to the good ones. :) 
  2. Books
    (Reading) – I’m being obvious again! This is part of my bookshelf. Sorry
    it’s messy. I tend to just stack stuff. But yes, reading, reading,
    reading. It’s for any day, all day, good and bad!
  3. My Aladdin (a.k.a my boyfriend) – Yes, he is my prince charming. And
    when I say Prince Charming, I totally mean it. He leaves sweet notes, and tells
    me I’m awesome very day.
  4. Pride and Prejudice – I know I said books earlier, but P&P has to
    have a category of its own. It is ridiculous how much I love this book,
    especially recently. I watch the 1995 and 2005 versions of P&P on a regular
    basis. Why do I love it so much? I guess in some form or fashion, we can all be
    Elizabeths (or Mr. Darcys). The pics below are from my own copy of P&P!
  5. Tea & Tea Cups – I LOVE tea. I drink it a lot when I write. I mean
    one cup after the other. I stopped drinking coffee about two years ago, and
    well…replaced it. I also love tea cups.

    – I’ve been to Ireland, Peru, Italy, and London and France – in that
    order. I have always dreamed of traveling, and thankfully, I’ve gotten to
    do it! There are so many more places I want to go! In 2016, we are
    returning to London and France to explore more! We also would like to
    visit Greece!


    with people who love my books! The feeling I get when I talk or chill with
    readers is just awesome. I mean, it’s still a surreal feeling and I think
    it will always be, but I hope I can convey how grateful I am for every
    message, comment, and download of my book.

  8. Cooking & Working Out – I know, I’m probably in the minority here.
    BUT, let me just say, while I don’t always love either of these things, I do
    them consistently and they always make me feel AMAZING about myself and about
    my day. Starting a day with a workout, and eating well throughout the day makes
    me have a better day, I’m convinced.
  9. Music – I love to write with music, and
    certain sounds get me into a certain mind set so I can convey the feeling of
    what I’m writing better (or so I think).
  10. Purple – I love the color purple. I have purple
    in my hair, the curtains in my office are purple, I even plan to have purple as
    a color for my future wedding


Larkin had a hard time trudging
through the mushy path of water, rocks and mud wearing a ball gown. She tripped
several times on the too long skirt, only to be caught up in the ever-present
arms of her kidnapper. It was infuriating. She would prefer being covered in
mud, rather than allowing Barren’s constant attempts to keep her on her feet.
She couldn’t really figure out how
to feel—she was scared, yes, but also strangely intrigued. She knew why they’d
taken her: as bait to lure William to sea. Her father had warned her that she
might be targeted, and she felt stupid having been taken. Every time she looked
at Barren, anger flared in her chest.
She’d decided to leave the engagement party after spotting
Barren. She’d gone through her options—returning home meant signaling a
carriage and drawing attention, and while the castle might offer safety, it
didn’t offer her peace. That’s why she’d chosen to head to shore—why would a
pirate ever suspect she’d go there? She was a lady, after all. She’d thought
she had been discreet on her way out, even escaping Barren Reed’s notice…but,
instead, she’d drawn it.
She fell again and jerked away when
she felt his hand on her arm.
“I am perfectly capable of standing
on my own,” she spat.
Barren gave a short laugh. “Really?
Because you’ve been stumbling all over since we left the ship.”
Larkin reached down and gathered
her dress up as much as she could and continued forward. “If it is too
bothersome for you, we can cut the skirt away.”
Larkin twisted, almost slipping as
she did. Her eyes fell upon Barren, narrow and unkind.
“You will not touch me.”
Barren held up his hands. “I was
just offering an option to ease your struggling.”
“I’m not struggling!”

She turned around and to her great annoyance,
fell again as the rocks and mud gave way beneath her feet. This time, Barren
stood aside as she got to her feet again. She refused to look at him, her face
burning with embarrassment.



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