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Black Hearts White Bones by William Furney
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Peg Brennan hasn't held a sword since the day she was captured at sea and imprisoned ten years earlier. But as her fingers slide around the hilt of the rapier laying in the dirt beside her, she knows that the quiet life she has created for her bastard son in Bath is about to change for the worse - and still she cannot stop herself. What she doesn't know is that an even darker threat will soon arrive to drag her back into the blackness that can only exist in a pirate's heart. Sailing toward the port town in the Carolina colony is Mary Read - the woman Peg left behind to die in Jamaica nine years earlier. Her life has been as hard as Peg's has been mundane, providing bitter sauce for the cold revenge she intends to serve her former love. When they come face to face, Mary Read plans to kill Peg - the woman who is really Anne Bonny - as payment for her suffering. But fate seldom adheres to the plans of men, and even less so for women who have tasted forbidden fruit. More than a rousing adventure story in the vein of Treasure Island and Captain Blood, Black Hearts White Bones delivers a broadside to convention by daring to portray legendary pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read as real women refusing to surrender to the mores of their time. Eschewing gratuitous bodice-ripping for a more serious look at these two anti-heroines, debut author William Charles Furney gives us a resounding answer to the question; If it is true that only those women who behave badly make history, can two women loving badly rewrite it? Though Black Hearts White Bones is a "what if" novel that abounds in history, intrigue, and mystery, the story is always about Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The tension between them is present throughout, and little is what it appears to be. In the quest to regain that which Mary Read has stolen from her, Anne discovers clues about the Lost Colony settlers, attempts to save the fortress city of Charles Town, and discovers her true self. As the woman who would resurrect a pirate nation, Mary Read soon realizes that some bonds are not meant to be broken, a circumstance that begins to drive Anne mad.

Author Biography

William Charles Furney was born and raised in the "Down East" region of coastal North Carolina where pirates are local legends and their folklore lives on still. A former soldier, journalist, and communication professional, William tapped into a lifetime of experiences and adventures to craft a pirate tale in the tradition of Captain Blood and Treasure Island. After graduating high school in Virginia Beach, Furney served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander where he learned how to blow junk up, eliminate bad guys with economy, and lead good men through chemical, biological, and radioactive environments. Whereas these skills prepared him for civilian life in metropolitan arcadias such as Chicago, L.A., and Philadelphia, he instead decided to go to a university of higher learning. After arming himself with a BS degree from the University of Colorado's School of Journalism in Boulder, he ventured out into the world as a reporter where he proceeded to hone his skills at pissing people off with the written word. Along the way, he earned degrees in public relations and advertising. He became one of the first five people in the country to become a Certified Communicator in Public Health. He had his own column in the Jacksonville Daily News. He was a director of public relations for private industry and the director of communication for several government agencies. He established two public affairs offices where none previously existed; one for the State Health Director's Office and the other in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response - the state agency created in 2001 to oversee preparedness efforts associated with biological attacks and pandemic outbreaks. As a public health communication expert, he coordinated or participated in the media/public information responses to health crises involving AIDS, anthrax, SARS, E-coli, Pfiesteria, Brucelosis, Legionnaires' disease, SIDS, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Small Pox, West Nile Virus and numerous hurricanes. He also collaborated with the CDC Office of Communication on several health issues and was a certified trainer of their Emergency Risk Communication Program. He was a member and president of the National Public Health Information Coalition - twice.
Release date NZ
April 18th, 2017
Illustrations, black and white
William C. Furney
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