Valentine’s Fun with Debut Author: Nicole Castroman (Giveaway)


Hi everyone! A few months ago I decided I really wanted to do something a little different and fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the blog this year, so I asked a few debut authors who have February releases to come on the blog with some fun love/dating related posts! 


Today Nicole Castroman, author of Blackhearts, is joining us to share a date she sends two of her characters on! 


Teach spends the day with Anne

I’m going to pretend that societal constraints didn’t apply to Bristol, England in 1697. So suspend disbelief, because Teach plans to spend the entire day with Anne on an epic date.

Teach is definitely a romantic, so first, he’d take her out for an early morning ride in the countryside. They share a love of horses. He’d surprise her with a picnic breakfast of imported cheese, fruit and pastries. They’d talk about some of their favorite passages from their favorite books and maybe talk about some of their fondest memories growing up in Bristol.

By the time they returned to the estate, it would be early afternoon. They’d each bath and get cleaned up. Teach wouldn’t want to eat at home with Marjory hovering over them, so he’d take Anne on a sightseeing tour of Bristol. Together they’d walk the old streets, watching people pass by. They’d have lunch in one of the busy inns, one reported to have the best menu in all of Bristol. Afterwards, he would buy her candy from a sweet shop and they’d continue to explore the little shops and old churches of the city, something that she was never able to do by herself.

To finish off the evening, he would take her out on one of his father’s smaller ships for supper, where they would sail quietly along the river Avon and enjoy some of their favorite foods. They would snuggle together up on deck and watch the silver moon rise high in the inky night sky. And then they would kiss.

The End


I haven’t gotten to read Blackhearts yet but I absolutely can’t wait to, and this makes me want to even more! 

Valentine’s Fun with Debut Author: Nicole Castroman (Giveaway)Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 9th 2016
Genres: Activity Books, Europe, General, Historical, Juvenile Nonfiction, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back. Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England? From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

About Nicole Castroman


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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Each day come back, new prizes will be added daily for each new author that comes on! One person will end up winning all of the participating authors debut release. Posts will go live by 10 am CST every morning. Here is the schedule! 😀

Monday: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Tuesday: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Wednesday: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Thursday: Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto


If you could send two characters on a date who would you send?


  1. Christina R. says:

    What an awesome date! I love how thoughtful he is and how each activity has her likes and interests in mind!! And I love the horseback riding and the walk through the city!

    lovely post!

    thank you so very much 🙂

  2. Sarah Cone says:

    Tech sounds totally swoontastic! I’m so adding him to my list of book boyfriends!

    Also, I love the concept of this book. It’s unique, intriguing& fun to read/wonder/imagine how a person from the past lived their life before they “became famous”.

  3. Susan T. says:

    That was an awesome date that I would love to go on! If I could I would send Nathan and Gabriel from The Half Bad series on a date. I totally ship them and hope they end up together!

  4. Tachelle says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. Its probably like the second book I’m most excited for. It sounds like its going to be great.

  5. Carina Olsen says:

    Sigh. I love this 😀 Stunning post Crystal. <3 I haven't read this book either.. but that guest post is awesome. I have heard so many great things about this book. But I am nervous.. yet I do wish to read it 😀 Seems and looks so good. <3 I hope you will love it when you read it sweetie 🙂 Again, thank you for this peeerfect giveaway. <3 You are the kindest.

  6. Giulia Mancosu (jiujiuk7) says:

    I loved this post post so much!!! Thank you for sharing Crystal! I just found your blog and I’m trying to read all the posts that I have missed, and so far I looooove all of them!! Thank you very much for this amazing giveaway! It would be a dream to win this book!!!! Kisses from Italy

  7. Anne Gabrielle Castor says:

    The book sounds really interesting. I really like the way the author added a twist to the story of the pirate Edward Teach or Blackbeard. Personally, I only know him from the Pirates of the Carribean movies XD But I’d really like to read the book 🙂

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