Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Within A Captain’s Hold by Lisa A. Olech

WithinACaptain'sHoldTour copy

 読書KAREN’S KILLER BOOK BENCH: Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench where readers can discover talented new authors and take a peek inside their wonderful books. This is not an age-filtered site so all book peeks are PG-13 or better. Come back and visit often. Happy reading!



Captains of the Scarlet Night


Captain Jaxon Steele is a tall, sun-bronzed, fierce-fighting Pirate King. He and the notorious crew of the Scarlet Night are both feared and respected for their ruthless reputation. The Captain’s only love is the open sea and the ship he calls home. When it comes to women, he has three rules: never sleep with another’s wife, don’t take virgins into bed, and most importantly, never bring a woman aboard—that brings the worst luck of all.

Annalise Gatherone has to leave London—tonight! Usually her only concern is the color of her latest gown, but now she’s choosing between life and death. Desperate to escape the clutches of an evil Duke, she stows away aboard the Scarlet Night, hoping she’s bound for Port St. Maria. Winning Captain Jaxon’s affections, she just might sneak by unharmed. But when her plans are altered in ways she never imagined, she must batten down the hatches for a journey into unknown waters…

Captains of the Scarlet Night


Time to weigh anchor and be away.

Jaxon stood at the helm as the Scarlet Night moved out of the crowded harbor. The sea stretched out dark and wide before him. He sighed the sigh of a man happy with his lot. London quickly lost her sheen. Even with good news from the Admiralty concerning his Letter of Marque and Reprisal, he’d had it with the feel of solid ground beneath his feet.

The crew followed his shouted orders to weigh anchor with practiced efficiency. Men heaved ropes, secured lines, and soon the sails were set.

The heavy canvas snapped before catching the wind and bowed like a rich man’s belly as the Scarlet began her impatient leap through the moonlit tips of the waves.

A familiar thump, thump, thump announced Cookie’s arrival. Samuel “Cookie” Burrows, the finest quartermaster Jaxon had been privileged to captain, but a ten-pound ball removed his left leg during a skirmish with a French merchant ship. The two fingers on his right hand were lost soon after when the surgeon was in too much of a hurry to remove the mangled end of his leg and Cookie was in too much of a hurry to stop him.

Keeping with pirate custom, he received ample compensation for his leg and fingers, and earned the security of lifetime status within the crew. Fortunately, Cookie turned out to be an accomplished cook and a decent surgeon. Lucky for him and his fellow crewmen he worked left-handed and no man was fool enough to call him Pinkie.

Cookie breathed deep, scratched the scrub of graying beard decorating his chin, and beat on his chest with both fists. “Nothin’ like the first breath o’ open sea air.”

“Aye. Never gets old.” Jaxon filled his lungs. “Think we could be sailin’ toward some weather, though, Capt’n.”

Jaxon shook his head. Sailors were a suspicious lot, none more than Cookie. “You worry like an old woman.”

Cookie raised his wooden leg and tugged at its leather straps. “Me foot’s been itchin’ fierce since we raised anchor. It ain’t ne’er lied to me before.”

“Only that it’s still attached to your leg.”

“I’m tellin’ ye. We be in for a wild ride.”

“Then best tell the crew to secure the deck. Make sure everything is lashed tight below.”

“Aye, aye, Capt’n.” Cookie tapped his forehead in salute.

Jaxon lifted a heavy brass spyglass. Off the starboard bow, things were clear to the horizon, but he knew better than to doubt Cookie’s phantom foot.

Meet the Author, Lisa Olech… Author Photo 2

Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.


Links to Lisa’s website, blog, books, etc.


ISBN: 978-161650971-2



Barnes and Noble:





Twitter: www.twitter.com/LisaOlech


a Rafflecopter giveaway

This entry was posted in Blog Hop, Karen's Killer BOOK BENCH. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Within A Captain’s Hold by Lisa A. Olech

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Lisa, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’ve always loved pirates. There’s something romantic about them, even though I know that’s a myth sponsored by Hollywood. Pirates were anything BUT romantic in real life. Doesn’t stop me from loving the archetype though.

    Thanks for stopping by to share your story. Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  2. Rose Arbor says:

    Love the excerpt!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.