My Favorite Things: Pirate Edition #giveaway
Sometimes the best ideas come over tea.
Or, in my case, waiting for my kettle to boil. See, I love berry black teas—TRUE berry teas, none of that hibiscus nonsense—and they are hard to find. I was just indulging in my usual internal rant as I was capping the tin of Raspberry Earl Grey I’d just pulled for a steep. I paused and took a big whiff (this stuff smells SO GOOD) and realized that I drink this tea nearly every day. It’s one of my favorite things. When I ran through a quick list of some other things I’m loving lately, I realized there was a theme: they’re all things that sorta relate to pirates! So the My Favorite Things series of blog articles was born. And here’s the first one, inspired by my (current) favorite morning tea. I hope you enjoy this little departure from romance reviews.
Tea, Earl Grey, Raspberry.
This fragrant earl grey may be a bit outside Captain Picard’s repertoire, but I drink it nearly every day. And it tastes as great as it smells. Regular earl grey has a punchy scent—that bergamot leaves a strong impression—but this raspberry version from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is beautifully balanced on the nose and the tongue. And I adore the recycled material metal tins it comes in. If you’re a fan of raspberry tea but have trouble finding a version without the dreaded hibiscus, look no further! I have another recommendation for a straight berry black tea purveyor (without the bergamot), but I’ll save that for another post. =)
A port for your favorite port of call
Anyone who follows me online knows I’m a wine fanatic, but port usually isn’t my pleasure. I’ve been tempted by a chocolate cherry port now and then, but rarely do I enjoy a traditional port. V. Sattui’s 1885 Madeira blew all my expectations away (you can watch the Facebook Live video where I gushed about it, and other wine and book things, on YouTube here). The 1885 Madeira has an almost candy finish but still captures the traditional brandy flavor that ports are known for. It also lasts forever once opened (a limitation of wine), and it’s strong enough in alcohol content that a little goes a long way. This was a favorite digestif of mine until I realized how little I have left in the bottle. Now I’m rationing it until I can manage to get another! If you do the Tower Room tasting at V. Sattui, be sure to ask for this! If you can’t make it out to Napa Valley, the price is reasonable, so you can snag your own bottle at their online store.
Pirate chicks can SO wear ruffles
I’ve been going to renaissance festivals for years (I even make my own chainmaille jewelry), but in all the time I’ve frequented faires, I have never been able to decide on a solid costume piece investment. If you’ve ever been to a ren faire, or even Burning Man, you know that good gear does not come cheap, so you need to make your choices really count. This fall, I finally found a piece I couldn’t live without (see it on my Instagram feed here!). As soon as I put this ruffle halter on, I felt like a sexy pirate chick and knew this bad boy was coming home with me! The good news is you don’t have to visit a faire to get your own. Kraken Whip sells them on Etsy, and the quality is FAB.
Who says ladies get to have all the swashbuckling high-seas fun?
I used to LOVE pirate romances. I think it all started with Johanna Lindsey’s Malory series, when the unrepentant rogue (and straight-up pirate) James Malory had his way with the little American minx pretending to be his cabin boy (Gentle Rogue). I randomly stumbled across a gay pirate romance recently and devoured it. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and even though I didn’t plan to review it, I found myself taking tons of notes. So look for that review soon, but in the meantime, check it out yourself: Keira Andrews’s Kidnapped by the Pirate. I loved how open and adventurous Nathaniel is and the duality of Captain Hawk’s good guy / bad guy persona. This is a recommended read for anyone who loves gay romance, edgy sex with a power bottom character, and redeemable characters who are actually pirates. Check it out on Amazon below!
Win a book from the Malory series!
Just for funsies, I’m giving away one paperback copy of No Choice But Seduction by Johanna Lindsey. This is the ninth book in the Malory-Anderson series (Gentle Rogue, the pirate story I mentioned earlier, is #3 in the series). You don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy Boyd’s story—he’s a brother of the heroine from Gentle Rogue—but you’ll probably want to after you meet the Malorys and Andersons!
This giveaway is limited to US mailing addresses only, just to keep shipping from being stupid insane expensive. Sorry, internationals (I hate excluding you!), but definitely check out the other current giveaways to see what’s open internationally!
To enter to win, JUST LEAVE A COMMENT!
Not sure what to say? Here are some chat ideas!
- Do you love pirate romances?
- Are you a tea or port lover?
- Have you read any of the books I talked about?
- What do you think of my ruffle halter top?
- How do you like this My Favorite Things article? Want to see more like this?
This giveaway will close on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8pm Pacific time. Any comments left after that time are certainly welcome! But they won’t count as a giveaway entry.
And anyone is welcome to leave a comment!
Just let me know where you live in the comment. I love talking about my favorite things with you guys! <3
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