Sunday, March 11, 2018

Welcome, Author Danielle Thorne! Introducing Her New Novel: "A Pirate at Pembroke"

This week I am so happy to welcome author Danielle Thorne to "Gina's World of Good". She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives south of Atlanta. She is the author of a dozen books in a variety of genres. She is a great friend and a fantastic writer who always delivers a super read!
Welcome to my blog, Danielle.  What is your newest book about?

My new release, A Pirate at Pembroke, is a historical romance with a Jane Austen-inspired pirate
theme which covers some of my favorite interests and hobbies. It’s about a young woman who’s
embraced the expectations of her age, but with a few misgivings.

Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband, and she isn’t even sure she wants one. Her father is
a gossip, her mother always has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from
boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall! 

When Sophie's sent to a matchmaking party at a neighboring estate, the pirate from Pembroke arrives a
nd distracts everyone from the summer festivities. Unguarded, her feelings about the mysterious
Captain Murdock bloom into a trusted friendship that Sophie fears may come to mean more than
anyone would ever suspect. 

Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric
Crestwood family for good.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?
I started thinking about this storyline after watching the BBC’s latest version of Jane Eyre some years ago. I never grew particularly fond of Mr. Rochester, and I wondered if a mysterious, dark stranger living in a dilapidated old manor couldn’t be a little more charming and selfless.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I am constantly researching the Regency era to make my stories as realistic as possible. While I was writing this story, I had the opportunity to travel to St. Kitts to get a feel for that side of the West Indies, as well as work on a non-fiction project set forward in the Victoria era. Just soaking myself in British history helps keep my mind focused on where we are and how the world turns in that period.
Did you put real experiences from your research in this story?
My father is an amputee, and without giving too much away, I did find that I was able to incorporate some of the emotions and challenges one goes through when faced with losing a limb, and the frustrations of pain and limited mobility.
What intrigues you most about writing these stories?
While most of us with British ancestry probably come from farmers and coal miners in the Old World, there is something innocent and beautiful in the lives of the more well-to-do young women in England’s Regency period. It’s such a contrast to the gaudy, indulgent age itself. I’m fascinated by nature, society, and self-discovery in any era.

Tell us a bit about your other books.
I write clean and inspiring romances in the historical and contemporary genres. You will find a little pirating in almost all of them, as I’m a major fan of the Golden Age. I also have a series of young adult paranormals set in the American South that feature inspirational messages within coming-of-age stories.

Which of all your characters is your favorite?
I’m often asked that, and it never gets any easier, but from the heart, my favorite character is my first hero, Julius Bertrand, who fights to hide his pirating past to become respectable in The Privateer.

How did you get started in this genre?
Although I read and toyed with writing novellas for years, it was after I saw the movie and read the books of Master and Commander, that I realized I could incorporate romance, the sea, and even pirates into all my stories, so I set out to publish my first novel, The Privateer, in 2007.

When you have time to read, who are some of your favorite authors?
I tend to be an eclectic reader, reading classics and picking up mid-list indie authors who often provide opportunities for great discoveries. Right now, I am reading the Poldark series by Winston Graham, and thunderstruck by the beauty of his prose.

Let’s get personal for a moment: Please share with us the most daring thing you’ve ever done.
I was scared out of mind, but 15 years ago I took classes and became a certified scuba diver. I’ve dived all over the Caribbean and around Florida. I did master my fear of the sea, and I’m proud of that.

Favorite meal? City you would love to visit and why?
Food is my obsession. I struggle with health issues, including gastritis, which left me on a pretty restricted diet this past year, so if I can have some Chik-fil-A chicken and waffle fries every now and then, I’m ecstatic.
To learn more about this Danielle Thorne, visit her website at:

You’ll find all her books at this site:

At this time, A Pirate at Pembroke, is premiering at Kindle Scout. Read Chapter One free and nominate it for release!

See all my books at my Amazon page!

Thank you so much for visiting “Gina’s World of Good", Danielle!
Please come back and visit again soon.


  1. Welcome, Danielle and thank you for visiting this week. Your new release sounds great. No doubt readers will have lots of questions and comments for you. Thank you again for being here!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me, Regina. I'm excited to share the news about Pembroke, which has 5 days left at Kindle Scout and is taking votes for clean romance. I appreciate the support!

  3. Thanks, Regina, for bringing this great author our way. Danielle, as you know I've read several of your novels and thank you for my being able to read chapter one of Pembroke. I will pick up a copy. I loved The Privateer and still enjoy watching the youtube for it. Best wishes.

  4. Wonderful interview, ladies! Danielle, I've lived in Nashville for years and now in Franklin. Your books sound wonderful! Best and Blessings to you!

  5. This book sounds so interesting. I've read several of Danielle's books and enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love Danielle's pirating stories and her daring adventures. I'm amazed at how she conceives these story lines. Her writing is smooth and exciting, and you really believe she lived and experienced those times she describes them so vividly.

    Good that you conquered your sea, Danielle. You're braver than I!

  7. Danielle, that was supposed to be "fear of the sea". Oops!

  8. Danielle's characters are multifaceted, showning both the dark and light sides of their personalities--their struggles and how they conquer them.

    Regina and Danielle, thank you for this interesting interview. Danielle, I'm glad you conquered your fear of the sea, but please don't ask me to put on a snorkel or deep-sea diving suit. It AIN'T gonna happen unless you forcibly dress me and throw me into the ocean. LOL.

  9. Correction: SIC "Showing" not "Showning" Mae Thomas and I need another cup of brew to wake up our brains.

  10. Thanks for the thoughts. I appreciate you all visiting. Darcy, I spent a lot of time in Franklin, TN, and my brother lives there now. Beautiful part of the middle Tennessee. #govols!