What is your role in the story?
I am Port Royal’s Chief Surgeon who runs Strangewayes Apothecary. I also run a secret slave smuggling business, where I’ve successfully liberated hundreds of slaves. I aided the O’Malley family by helping Atia, her mother and sister, escape the slaver Hansel Crisp. I also have a great love of being a chemist and a naturalist.
Do you care what others think of you?
Frankly, I don’t give a toss about having been forcibly relocated to the Caribbean (my medical innovations and non-conformist views didn’t sit well with England). What I care about most is my patients and providing the best possible care. I want then to believe that I’m a doctor that can be relied upon.
If you could change one thing, what would it be?
I would banish slavery. I detest it and whenever possible, I assist slaves in faking their own deaths, so that they can gain their freedom.
How did you end up with a crooked nose?
A tavern brawl in Tortuga long ago involving too much rum, a shipment of coca-leaf powder and waking up the next day in a canoe wearing a corset. That’s all I remember, it’s a complete blur.
What type of things do you have in your apothecary?
Many things. I make soaps, salves and teas. I make laudanum based formulas such as Strangewayes Bliss and Strangewayes Tranquility. There’s also Strangewayes Soothing Wormwood Formula that’s quite popular, they add it to tavern drinks. I’m also schooled in poisons such as belladonna and pennyroyal oil, they’re a common favorite among government officials. I’m also working on an experimental concoction involving frog glands, I haven’t perfected that one yet, the last person who tried it ended up running down the street naked screaming about large flying lizards. Terribly unfortunate. I pride myself on the patient philosophy that I won’t prescribe anything I haven’t taken myself.
Title: No Quarter: Dominium – Volume 1
Author: MJL Evans and GM O’Connor
Genre: Historical Fiction / Action Adventure
Volume 1 of 6 begins in 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica with Atia Crisp and her sister Livia shipwrecked and sold into slavery. They are separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a deadly card game at the Swiftsure Tavern until she is liberated by sugar merchant Capitaine la Roche. Hunted at every turn, they take refuge at Cherry Red’s Boutique and meet up with allies including the medication loving Dr. Strangewayes.
Against the political stage of 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica, the unswerving Atia Crisp is thrust into the world of bondage, violence, beauty and love. Shipwrecked and sold into slavery with her sister Livia, the pair are soon separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a card game. Captivated by her beauty, Atia is swiftly liberated by sugar merchant, Capitaine la Roche (also known as the pirate, Gator Gar), whose past is stained with blood and grief. La Roche works with a network of friends and allies including local strumpet, Cherry Banks, Theodore Binge the card shark and the kindly, medication loving Dr. Strangewayes. Soon Atia and la Roche are ushered away to safety after a mysterious outbreak of scarlet fever wreaks havoc on the city.
Within the luxuriant tropical confines of Dr. Strangewayes’s plantation at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, bonds of friendship are formed and the fierce love between Atia and Capitaine la Roche becomes absolute. Atia is reunited with her sister, piratical father and unexpected old friends. However, nowhere is safe as spies seek out both Atia and la Roche for the bounties on their heads. Neither of them can escape the shadows of their former lives and must rely on each other’s strengths for survival. Their journey leads them to an inevitable conflict that threatens their world, but inches them closer towards freedom.
No Quarter: Dominium – The Complete Series and No Quarter: Wenches – Volume 1
MJL EVANS wanted to be a writer since she was ten years old. Her motto – it’s never too late in life to get your act together and do something you really love. No Quarter: Dominium is her first book series and she currently writing the next, No Quarter: Wenches. Her sense of humor has been shaped by Monty Python, Black Adder and Red Dwarf, while her dramatic side has been influenced by independent/foreign movies.
You can connect with MJL Evans on Twitter at @artistmjlevans or email@example.com
GM O’CONNOR is a huge movie fan, writer and visual artist. No Quarter: Dominium is his first book series and he’s busy writing No Quarter: Wenches. A lover of sci-fi and history, half his brain lives in the 17th century while the other half sails perpetually through space. He hopes to one day bring the No Quarter Series to film and/or graphic novel format.
You can connect with GM O’Connor on Twitter at @gm_oconnor or firstname.lastname@example.org
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