TITLE: Sea of Fate
GENRE: Historical Romance
Off the coast of Zanzibar, 1745
Daniel Manning stood at the bow of his anchored ship, gazing at the island bathed in moonlight. Tantalizing scents wafted on a gentle breeze. He inhaled deeply, enjoying the flavors carried on the air.
‘Tis not such a bad place to be stranded.
Captain Manning clenched his thighs, holding himself rigid as the Macht swayed. Small waves slapped against the hull, creating a tender rhythm that soothed his worried mind. He rested his arms on the weathered bowsprit, ignoring the splinters catching his white shirtsleeves. The night was too perfect to let thoughts of his predicament intrude.
A peninsula behind Daniel wrapped around the bay, providing them with a safe harbor, free from detection. The fragrant land mass in front of him was unknown to most navigators, unless they happened to be a pirate. And today, from the looks of it, the little island appeared to have been a hum of activity. Too rocky to be of much use to settlers, easy access to the beach made this the perfect dumping ground for fleeing marauders.
And the perfect hideout for an injured ship.
He had thought they were ready to make sail. God knows, they all wanted to return home to the Spice Islands. Why Captain Block had decided to try their luck in the wretched waters off the African Coast, he still didn’t understand. But his captain’s idea had been his last, buried at sea just after they managed to escape a Dutch gunner on the hunt.