Monday, April 24, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC- Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman & GIVEAWAY

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)

by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Today we’re welcoming Nicole Castroman, author of the Blackhearts series, into the FFBC.  Welcome Nicole, we are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours. 

Thank you so much for having me!


1.  Favorite Book?     

Too many to choose from.

2.  Favorite TV show?

Project Runway followed closely by Chopped.

3.  Favorite movie?

Too hard to narrow to just one, but I love the Jason Bourne trilogy and the LOTR trilogy.

4.  Your Favorite Song?

Seriously, this is like trying to pick your favorite child.

5.  Favorite Food?

Toss up between French fries and imported cheeses.

6.  Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Hogwarts, but only if I was a wizard.
Mr. Darcy’s house in Pride and Prejudice 
The Shire from LOTR

7.  Who is your perfect fictional boyfriend?

Aragorn from LOTR

8.  Favorite Quote?

Gah, what’s with all the difficult questions? :)

9.  What do you find yourself “Fangirling” over?

Star Wars
Authors of my favorite books

10.  What were your favorite books growing up?

Little Women
Pride and Prejudice


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about The Blackhearts series?

It’s a Blackbeard “origin” story, or what I like to call pre-pirate. it’s my idea of what led him to leave everything he knew behind to become the most notorious pirate to sail the seas.

How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

I came up with the idea when my family and I took a trip to Charleston, SC and discovered that Blackbeard held the entire city hostage at one point. After doing more research, I discovered that only the last two years of his life are documented and so I set out to write HOW Blackbeard became a pirate, or at least my version of it.

Tell us your favorite quote from Blacksouls.

“A dead man tells no tales.”

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through?

Anne’s scenes were definitely the most difficult to get through.

I’m a big Potterhead.  What houses would you sort your characters into?  What about a Patronus?

Anne is Gryffindor and Teach is definitely Slytherin. Oh, the Patronus is a good question, and one I’m not able to answer at the moment.

Is there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read Blacksouls (specific music, snacks…)?

Although I didn’t use The Pirates of the Caribbean as inspiration, if anyone listens to the soundtrack, it will definitely put you in the piratey mood.
For snacks, I suggest some Pirate’s Booty white cheddar popcorn. :)

What’s next for you?

At the moment, I’m not at liberty to say. :)

Thank you so much for everything, Nicole!

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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  1. Loved this interview:) and Aragorn ♥

    Sounds like a great read!

  2. A steampunk retelling of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland? You can bet I'm adding the series to my TBR!! :D

  3. This is definitely on my to read list. I love pirate stories.

  4. I have not read this series as of yet but its on my list. lovely interview. she sound like my kind of person. nerdy all the way.

  5. This sounds like such a fun book- an origin story for Teach. How cool! Love the cover too. :) And fun interview. I'll bet it would be fun to read this while listening to that Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack and eating that white popcorn!

  6. I think it sounds good! I may add it to my TBR.