new-soas-coverIn just a few days, Surrender of a Siren, book two in my trilogy, will be hitting the shelves everywhere!

I know I’ve blogged about this book’s sentimental title–amongst friends, it’s known as “Goats on a Boat”. Why, you may ask? Well, because much of the story takes place on a boat. And because there are goats on that boat–in addition to a runaway heiress, a band of sketchy sailors, and one devilish-hot former privateer. 8)

Why goats? That has to do with shipboard provisions. An early 19th-century ocean crossing was no luxury cruise. The diet consisted of hardtack (also known as ship’s biscuit), salted meat (that often went rancid as the voyage progressed), and perhaps a few root vegetables–potatoes, onions, carrots–for the first few weeks out from land. Goats were a portable source of fresh milk, which was a welcome addition to the menu.

Here’s a link to a template and directions for making your own paper goat, should you wish to do so! (Thanks to the ever-crafty, beadazzling Sara Lindsey!)

Don’t worry–the goats don’t take over the boat, or the romance. But if you’ve been wondering what the “Goats on a Boat” references are about…now you’re in on the joke. 🙂

Here’s a little excerpt, starring said goats, the book’s hero, Gray, and one of my very favorite secondary characters, Davy Linnet.

A pale-faced youth trotted across the deck, a thick coil of rope threaded over his arm.

“What’s your name, again?”

“Davy Linnet, sir.”

“How old are you, Davy?”

“Fifteen, sir.”

“Come from the farm, have you?”

The lad shifted his feet. He regarded the goats warily. “Yes, sir.”

“Then I suppose you know how to tend a goat.”

The boy hesitated, looking toward Joss.

“Well?” Gray asked. “Do you know a goat’s teat from her tail, or don’t you?” When the boy still paused, he added, “Speak up now, or I’ll ask you the same about girls.”

“I’ve tended goats, sir. It’s just… I wasn’t expecting to tend them at sea. I rather thought I was finished with that.”

Gray laughed. “A man can’t shake his past, Davy. And don’t I know it.”


Chewing their way through bookshelves, starting Tuesday next!

9 comments to “Coming soon: Goats on a Boat!”

  1. Keira Soleore
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 am · Link

    I’m waiting for Tuesday to get my copy.

    BTW, you need a link to Sara Mangel’s goats on a boat paper folding site. We printed a few out and Wee had a ton of fun making them.

  2. Jennifer Haymore
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 am · Link

    Awesome! I figured there must be goats on that boat, but I didn’t really know if it was for a special reason! I always wondered about that! 🙂 Happy upcoming release, Tessa!

  3. Tessa
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 am · Link

    @Keira Soleore: Excellent idea! I’ve added it to the post. Thanks!

    @Jennifer Haymore: Thanks, Jennifer. Yes, the mystery is revealed. Hahaha. Or should I say, bleat.

  4. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 9:15 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read this again!

  5. SonomaLass
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am · Link

    I’m planning to haunt my local Borders, in the hope it will be in early. Not like I have nothing to read, but I wants it in my hands ASAP.

  6. catie james
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm · Link

    OMG – Waiting until Tuesday has become such a burden! I can hardly wait for the postman to deliver my order from Amazon. I can only hope that my tearing into GOATS ON A BOAT 😀 like a slavering beast comes across as complimentary rather than slavish & obsessed. 😳

  7. Deb Hinshaw
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 3:06 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to I get my hands on this book! I just know it will be as awesome as GOTH, goats and all. 🙂

  8. Tessa
    · August 22nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Maggie, it will be a whole new book to you!

    SonomaLass, Catie, Deb – thank you so much. I can’t tell you what a kick it is to think that people are eagerly awaiting this book. Now I have to hope it meets expectations!

  9. Louisa Edwards
    · August 24th, 2009 at 10:23 am · Link

    I can’t wait until all three are out and I can read them back to back!!!