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March 30, 2012

The Following Sea…

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence — marshacanham @ 6:26 am

I know I’ve been silent for a while. Okay, for quite a while. But I’ve been working diligently, despite palm trees and sunny swimming pools and lobster specials…

But it’s done. Finished. Its ready to rock and roll. The Following Sea was uploaded today to Amazon and  Smashwords. (As of this morning Amazon fixed the link so it should be working okay)

In the meantime, yes, the third book in the Pirate Wolf series is finished. My first foray back into disciplined writing after an eight year hiatus. I did dabble a bit and excercise my brain-box with What the Heart Sees, the short story that appeared in Masters of Seduction, and that made me realize how truly hard this business is. Sounds easy. Pick up a pen and start writing, or, for non-troglodytes, crank up the puter or iPad and start typing. Yeah, right. I am reminded once again of Val on Knots Landing (told you I was old) who decided to write a book, sat down at her neat little desk in her ultra neat little living room, with her makeup on, her hair fixed, and wearing a neat velour jump suit. She took a clean sheet of paper, got a thoughtful look on her face…and typed:  Chapter One.  Within three episodes they were booking her for author signings and she had a bestseller on her hands.

We all wish it was that easy.

Unfortunately most writing involves solitary confinement in some form or another. Personally, I have to lock myself away in absolute silence, with no distractions and a whole whack of research books scattered around me. I sort of knew I was in trouble when I wasn’t finished The Following Sea by Christmas, as I had hoped. But surgery, a family crisis, and an ex husband who doesn’t know when to quit kept getting in the way, so I had to pack everything up…notes, books, research…and schlep it all down to Florida with me.  Distractions everywhere. Noise all around me. But thanks to some great support from some great friends down here, we all managed to get it done. By “we” I mean the two ladies…ex schoolteachers…who volunteered (sorta) to be readers for me, and to catch those silly mistakes the fingers make when they’re typing slower than I’m thinking and strange words show up where they shouldn’t. So big thanks to Gaile Rowlandson and Marlyn Podd…and really, to the rest of the ladies who eased the stress by having card games every few days. I might have been seeing Aces in my hand, but I was thinking about pirates and sunken treasure and lost galleons. Always thinking about plots and characters and how write them out of a corner….which is another curse of a writer. That, and staying up until 3am to write because that’s when it’s quiet and there are no distractions *s*

For those who may not be familiar with the Dante family, the story starts with Across A Moonlit Sea, when the Pirate Wolf, Simon Dante, wields a mighty cutlass and sails with Sir Francis Drake to burn the Spanish port of Cadiz. Along the way he meets his match in the Black Swan, aka Isabeau Spence, who navigates her way into his stony heart.  The second book is The Iron Rose and the story is about Juliet Dante, daughter of the Pirate Wolf, who captains her own ship and rescues a velvet-clad nobleman from certain doom when his ship comes under attack. Together they foil a nefarious plan by Spain to launch a second armada against England. The third book is The Following Sea, and is Gabriel Dante’s story. A bit of swashing, a bit a buckling, some sea-battles and land battles and a sunken treasure ship lost for twenty years bring Gabriel and Evangeline together, another unlikely couple who eventually find out they like each other very much. Hey, it’s a romance.

My thanks to all the readers who have been so patient waiting for this story. You have no idea how much more pressure that adds…but seriously, it’s a great kind of pressure and I wouldn’t trade my little job for any other. I mean really, where else can you go to work every day in a different country, a different century, wearing great costumes, and risking life and limb in deliciously perilous situations? All that and do whatever you want with the hunkiest man your imagination can put together. Would I trade that to be a lawyer?


The Following Sea. at Smashwords, for all reading devices

The Following Sea at Amazon

Available now.

I hope you enjoy.





  1. I just got it from Amazon. YAY! Here is the link:

    I’m link impaired. Perhaps you, or someone else, can fancy it up.

    I’m diving in now! 🙂

    Carolyn Hughes

    Comment by caseykelly3 — March 30, 2012 @ 11:35 am | Reply

    • LOL…link impaired..I love it. But thank you for digging it out. Amazon sent me the link last night but it went nowhere, thank goodness they fixed it fast.

      Hope you enjoy it and it was worth the wait. *s*

      Comment by marshacanham — March 30, 2012 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  2. Yay! Been looking forward to this!!

    Comment by Mel — March 30, 2012 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Mel, I hope you enjoy.

      Comment by marshacanham — March 30, 2012 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

      • I certainly did!! Thank you!

        Comment by Mel — April 2, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  3. Just got it downloaded, and I know what I’m going to be doing for the next 24hrs:P
    Thank you so much, Marsha. It’s been torturous waiting for it, but I have no doubt it’s well worth the wait.

    Comment by Kim — March 30, 2012 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

    • Ohhhh maaaannnnnnnn…nothing like adding pressure LOL. I hope you enjoy it and it was worth the wait.

      Comment by marshacanham — March 30, 2012 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  4. I’m so excited, Marsha, for you and for this book! Laughed again reading about Val… boy, do I hear you. I hope THE FOLLOWING SEA is your biggest success yet – and I have no doubt that it will be every bit as awesome as it sounds! Thank you for blazing the indie trail for me and others who are dusting off our pens and writing brand-new books to add to our past series.

    Happy Launch Day!

    Comment by Cynthia Wright — March 30, 2012 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Cynthia, and I hope more authors step up and dust off those backlist books. There is a whole new generation of readers who’ve never heard of us troglodytes and might be surprised at some of the great stories waiting to be discovered out there.

      Comment by marshacanham — April 5, 2012 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  5. The good news: It’s here; I’ve waited forever; have re-read till I can see scenes in my sleep. Ahhhhhhh; it’s here!

    The bad news: The grandsons and daughter are due in for a visit for a few days, so pleasure reading is NOT on the agenda. Day-um! ‘Nuff to make me moody. *snort*

    The good news: I have something wonderful to fill in that awful gap of loneliness and “grandchild withdrawal” that always occurs for a couple of days after they leave! Yea!!!!

    And, yes, LP, Amazon got it together. Thanks for filling that gigantic literary black hole that existed during your hiatus!

    Comment by SurferGirl — March 30, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  6. Oh, by the way . . . every Marsha Canham book that I have is signed with a personal note by Herself–a special shelf special books displayed proudly in my library. One of the failings of e-books–crazy things are seemingly destined to go “unautographed”. . . how does that happen? Have authors figured out how to autograph e-books? Just asking. ROFL

    Comment by SurferGirl — March 30, 2012 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

    • Yes, there is a way. You can go see

      Comment by Susana — March 30, 2012 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

      • I’ve heard of Kindlegraph before, just never looked into it. I’ll check it out now though.

        Comment by marshacanham — April 5, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    • Give us another twenty years, we’ll rev up the transporter and appear at your kitchen table, sign the tablet, then transport back home *snort* and double ROFL

      Comment by marshacanham — April 5, 2012 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  7. I was waiting for it! Just downloaded!

    Comment by Susana — March 30, 2012 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  8. OMGosh!!
    How FAN-TAS-TIC!!!
    I have been waiting for this book, you are making me one super-duper happy gal this weekend! (((HUGS)))
    I know it will be a HUGE success, I mean, really, it’s a MARSHA CANHAM book, how can it not be a hit!!
    As always, you are definitely worth waiting for.
    I have read Across A Moonlit Sea and The Iron Rose over and over again, great books, now I get to add The Following Sea.
    WooHoo!! Lucky me, TYVM!!
    Have one heck of an awesome day Marsha!!

    Comment by Dalila G. — March 30, 2012 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Dalila! You have no idea how great it is to hear from readers. I’ve been out of publishing for eight years and this feels so much like publishing my first book all over again. I just hope The Following Sea lives up to everyone’s expectations.

      Comment by marshacanham — April 5, 2012 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  9. Yay! A new Marsha Canham pirate adventure. I have been waiting expectantly for this. I am quite excited. I love all your swashbuckling books. Thanks for writing romances that have as much adventure as they do love-story.

    Comment by astridbryce — April 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  10. Yay! A new Marsha Canham pirate adventure! I have been waiting expectantly for this. I am excited, especially since I have the evening all to myself. Hmm, should I re-read The Iron Rose to set the stage, or should I jump right in? I love all your swashbuckling stories. Thanks for writing romances that have as much adventure as they do love-story.

    Comment by Astrid Bryce — April 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • Astrid, thank you! And as long as readers keep reading swashbucklers, I’ll keep writing them *s*

      Comment by marshacanham — April 5, 2012 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  11. I love your books! I just finished The Iron Rose and am trying to procure a device to read this one on.

    Comment by Amanda — July 31, 2012 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

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