Dorothy P. Acosta Hays’ love of writing came early at the age of 14, when she began to create stories with pictures for her classmates to read, and when her English teachers in middle school and high school, both encouraged her — one of them telling her she wrote like Ernest Hemingway.
The Miami area resident’s debut novel, titled The Angel and the Rogue (published by Xlibris in May 2018), tells a story of pirates, maidens, secret identities, warring factions and lusty love set against the ongoing conflict among England, Spain and Ireland.
Captain Black is capturing and sinking Spanish galleons. While collecting ransom for Maria, a nobleman’s daughter, he is troubled by her identical looks to a tavern beauty, Gwendalynn Taylor, to whom he promised to return. The queen fears that Black’s actions threaten diplomacy with Spain, and orders his capture.
On a revelational awakening with Maria, Black realizes he must return to Gwendalynn. He is disappointed on finding out she has left England. Luckily, he meets with Drake who has rescued Gwendalynn from a sinking ship. Confessing to Drake she is Black’s betrothed, he delivers her to Black where he joins Drake on destroying the ships at Cadiz. Leaving Cadiz, his fleet is scattered in a storm. Maria’s father captures him, and Gwendalynn is taken hostage. Black must now escape Del Rosa’s ship, rescue his love, and win the queen’s pardon.
“This novel is different because although the love story is what drives the entire narrative, it also gives the reader an exciting and authentic view of the time period. I hope readers will be truly entertained and learn more about history in an enjoyable way,” Hays said.
Dorothy P. Acosta Hays resides in Miami with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys spending free time with family, and creating more art and writing, as well as doing research for her writing.
The Angel and the Rogue
By Dorothy P. Acosta Hays
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 1,040 pages | ISBN 9781543421613
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 1,040 pages | ISBN 9781543421590
E-Book | 1,040 pages | ISBN 9781543421606
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