James, Maddie: Entranced, The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One


Entranced by Maddie James

The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One

Time Travel | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense


Release Date: March 20, 2014

Category: Fiction > Romance > Paranormal > Time Travel

Heat Level: Sizzle

Length: Novel, @88,800 words

Series: The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

ISBN: 978-1-62237-283-6

Ebook Price: $2.99 (Special Series “First Book” Pricing)


Cover 3DCan souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?                                                    

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.



An Excerpt…

One of the interesting things about writing or reading time travel, I think, is how characters handle living in the opposite time period. Everything from food, to clothing, to how we interact with others, can be a new and different experience. Take these humorous out-takes from Entranced (The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book Two), for example….


To corset or not to corset, that is the question….

The first article looked somewhat like a corset with shoulder straps. The next article looked like her grandmother’s nightgown with ruffles at the top and long full sleeves. Then the skirt, she did recognize that, an apron, and some type of bonnet. Obviously, Hannah never heard of underwear.

“Oh, for an extra pair or two of plain old cotton panties,” she said under her breath. “Well, here goes.” Figuring that the corset was like a bra, she put it on first, struggling with the front lacing, then the nightgown thing, the skirt went on top. She chucked the apron and bonnet figuring she had enough clothes on to keep any of her body parts from showing. And it was hot. He didn’t give her any shoes, so she didn’t bother trying to find any. After all, he didn’t wear them either, so maybe they went barefoot most of the time. It was a beach, wasn’t it?

Well, it’s now or never.

She walked to the front door, feeling a bit ridiculous, wondering if she looked like she’d swiped somebody’s Halloween costume, and stepped out onto the small covered porch.

“Jack?” Silence answered her. “Jack?” She wandered a few steps away from the porch and glanced both right and left. “Jack?”

“Right here.”

She jumped.

Turning, Jack came around the side of the cabin leading a horse. He stopped and stared. “Really, Hannah, go get yourself dressed.”

She glanced down and then back at him. “I am dressed.”

He snorted. “Halfway.” He dropped the horse’s reins and stepped closer to her. He pulled down the shoulder of the gown-thing revealing the corset and stared at her chest. “Why did you put your corset under your chemise, Hannah?”

She stared at him. “That’s where it goes, isn’t it?”

“Surely you jest?”

She bristled at his frankness. “No, Jack. I do not jest. I asked you for help but you just walked out.”

“But you know how to get dressed, don’t you?”

“Not in these clothes.”

“Did you forget everything, Hannah?”

I never knew it in the first place, Jack!“Okay. Tell me how to get dressed so I don’t feel like an imbecile.”


“Idiot. Fool. Stupid person.” She shook her head. “Just tell me what to do.” To say the least, she was irritated.

“You just put them on, Hannah. Just like every other woman. You know I don’t know about womanly things.”

“I’ll bet you know how to take them off!”

Jack stared at her, his eyes widening. “That, I do,” he said with a twinkle.


Or, consider an 18th century man’s first encounter with a soda pop machine….

“I’m thirsty, want a soda or something?


“Yeah, soft drink, uh soda pop. I mean something to drink.”

Jack stared at her. “All right.”

She pulled into a service station. “Here, I’ll let you do it.”


“It’s simple. Here are some coins. See that big red machine beside us?”

Jack glanced at the soda pop dispenser. “Yes.”

“See that little black slot up there to the right?” He nodded.

“Well, just put these coins in there,” she showed him which ones, “push one of the buttons below, any will be fine, and voila! We have soda-pop!”

Jack had a very strange look on his face. Slowly, he opened the door, looked back at her, and stood up.

“Get two!” she shouted after him.

He ducked down to look at her one last time as if he were going off to war or something. Then he turned to the machine. He carefully inspected the coins in his hand and then one by one put them in the machine, glancing to his right and left each time someone passed by.

When he’d deposited the coins she had given him, he cautiously pushed a button—and jumped back in fright as the can fell with a clatter to the opening at the bottom. He looked back at Claire.

She giggled and nodded, urging him to pick it up. He did. Someone stepped up beside him.

Jack looked at him and then at Claire. She held up one finger, urging him to purchase another soda.

He studied the coins in his hand once again.

“Going to get one, buddy, or play with your money?”

Jack stepped back. “You go.” He nodded to the machine.

He watched as the man quickly poked his coins in the slot, punched a button, snatched his drink, and then cast a backward glance at Jack. He walked away, shaking his head. Jack looked at Claire once more and then stepped again to the machine.

Following the man’s direction, he poked the coins in the slot, punched a button, and then snatched the other drink. Not giving the machine a backward glance, he opened the car door and plopped down, handing the drinks to Claire.

“Okay?” She smiled at him as she took the can of Coke out of his hand and popped the top.

He jumped at the hiss and nodded. She popped the top of his soft drink and handed it to him and then took a drink of hers. He followed suit and frowned.

“Okay.” He handed her the left over change.

Claire smiled. “You like it?”

“Bubbly,” he replied, thrusting the change at her again.


Or, understanding modern phraseology, cliché’s or expressions….

The man from the store’s words floated through her mind. He walks the beaches at night sometimes, during a blue moon phase, looking for his dead wife Hannah…

She eyed Jack suspiciously.

He’s a ghost and he thinks I’m his dead wife.

What the hell did he know?

“Okay, you need to tell me what’s going on here. Spit it out.”

Jack stared at her. “O. K.” He spat at her feet.

She jumped back, astonished, looked at her feet, and then up to his face. “Why did you do that?”


“Why did you spit at me?”

“You told me to.”

“I…oh.” Her mind reeled.

She stared at Jack for another minute and then another light bulb went on and a piece of the puzzle fit into place. “Go jump in a lake, Jack.”

He stepped back and looked at her curiously. “Lake?”

He didn’t appear to understand modern lingo. “You’re pulling my leg with all this stuff, aren’t you?”

“Pullin’ your leg? Hannah, ‘tis nonsense. I’m standing right here in front of you and I’m not touching your leg. But if you want me to…” He inched forward.

She laughed out loud. Another piece. She watched Jack’s perplexed face. “Why are you taking me so literally? What century are you from, anyway?”

“Century? Why, the eighteenth, of course.”

Entranced (The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One) sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.


Entranced (The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One) sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.


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Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!

Maddie James author picA Food Network junkie who plots the way she cooks—by the seat of her pants—Maddie always has a delicious end product in mind (and she always follows a secret recipe!).

Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene’s favorite novella of the year. A four time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, Maddie’s books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews. Her books have landed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo top-selling lists, and she is frequently listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.

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