Greetings from the East! I must write quickly today. An English merchant vessel is preparing to leave port within minutes and I want to put on board this note to you lovelies.
Our journey across the Pacific on our new ship was largely eventless. Certainly much less eventful than Monty’s; we encountered no Amazons and erupting volcanoes. I suspect Captain Frye would have been fine with the former, though Penny would not. Apparently they’ve had a quarrel — I don’t know about quite what because I rarely see them actually speak to each other. But she’s been flirting with the ship’s doctor and the captain is in a raging jealousy.
But I digress!
We’ve stopped among the sultry islands of Melanesia (in the 21st century, New Guinea) to trade our cargo of llama wool blankets for pearls. This happened somewhat by accident. You see, on one particularly eventless day crossing the ocean I was busily scribbling away at my latest book and wrote the sentence “lips satiny as [fill in the blank] pearls.” Which pretty much meant that I had to spend three days researching the sources of pearls in the early nineteenth century. [Note: This story is true.]
So here we are in Pearl Central! Unfortunately we encountered a ship of Portuguese pirates who relieved us of half our cargo before Captain Frye put his foot down and blew their ship to smithereens, blowing up all the llama wool blankets the pirates had stolen in the meantime. Thus, our cache of pearls is rather smaller than we’d hoped, but I’m still planning on bringing a few home to you ladies.
Ah! I hear the merchant ship’s bell! I must be off to post this letter. I hope you’re all well and prospering. Happy Easter, happy Spring, and as always happy romance and adventure!
p.s. I’ve just learned that Captain Frye is cousin to a character in my next novella! What are the chances, right?