Several years ago my family and I vacationed in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. I fell in love with the area. Over the years we’ve vacationed there and stayed from KDH down to Buxton and various places in between. Even though we’ve not stayed there, we’ve spent time in Corolla and Duck to the north and Ocracoke Island to the south. It was on Ocracoke Island that I became fascinated with the pirate folklore of the area. Blackbeard, they say, lived and played and wreaked havoc on the islands in his hey day. Of course, he wreaked havoc over much of the east coast and into the Carribean.

This fascination with the ocean and the pirates led to a number of characters and storylines zinging through my brain. The ideas for the books that came out of those ideas manifested themselves over time until they spun out of control in my head and spilled onto the pages of my computer. Thus, the series that comes out this November from Resplendence Publishing is titled The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice. THE CURSE is the first book in the series. Spirits across time search for each other in this time travel complete with history, suspense, sex and hint of paranormal. THE CURSE is book one, the story of Jack Porter, 18th century alpa male and Claire Winslow, 21st century professional woman. THE CULT (book two), THE QUEST, (book three) and THE CONFIRMATION (book four) are the stories of each of Jack and Claire’s offsrping. Book five, THE CHOSEN (working title) brings the legend full circle.

Some reviews and snippets of information about THE CURSE, follows.


“I felt as if I lived every thrilling moment of THE CURSE. Maddie James writes pulse-pounding suspense and riveting romance!”

~Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

James’ novel delivers a lovely romantic tale about true love and sacrifice…a pleasing story that will have readers ready for the next installment. ~3 stars, Romantic Times

 The Curse is one fast-paced book…a page turner…an intriguing story. Maddie James creates an astounding read that held me captivated to the end. This is a series I am most anxious to read and add to my bookshelf. ~4 cups. Coffee Time Romance

…an intriguing and magical book. Beautifully written, sensual and emotional…a compelling read. ~ 5 red roses. Red Roses Reviews


Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife.  Not an easy feat considering it is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate, Edward Teach aka Blackbeard.  Determined to rescue his wife, Hannah, and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack sneaks aboard the pirate’s ship but is too late.  Hannah dies in his arms.

Nearly 300 years later, Claire Winslow vacations on a secluded east coast island, where the image of a man walking the misty shore haunts her.  Then he comes to her one night, kisses her, and disappears.  The next night they make love and he tells her his name is Jack.  But did they really make love?  Or was it a dream?  And why did he call her Hannah?

The Curse sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time for a powerful historical artifact – the silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.  This chalice holds the key to their destiny and their love.  Only with the chalice will they be able to reverse Blackbeard’s Curse.

Will they find it in time? Or are they destined to be parted by fate once more?

Available in ebook format, November 13, 2007 from Resplendence Publishing
 Look for the print version coming soon!
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