The President gave me a huge Christmas present by normalizing a relationship with Cuba and bringing that country into the media lime light. My book, The Captain’s Temptress, was originally released under the title of To Cuba With Love. It’s an action adventure historical romance set in 1895 just prior to the Spanish-American War in which Cuba won its independence from Spain.
Did I know the U.S. would change its more than fifty year relationship with Cuba when I wrote the book? I had an inkling based upon my research of current public opinion on the subject, but never in my wildest dreams thought it would happen so soon.
When my characters Samantha Ethridge and Sean Nolan sailed to Cuba from Fernandina, Florida in 1895, Sean had agreed to carry guns and ammunition to Cuban freedom fighters aboard his family’s steam yacht in a lucrative contract he desperately needed. Samantha, discovering the clandestine plot, maneuvered her way aboard ship to interview the fighters and write news stories on their efforts. Along the way these two headstrong people find they can’t keep their hands off each other, and ultimately fall in love.
Though The Captain’s Temptress is first a romance story, it depicts a stormy period in Cuba’s long fight for independence and America’s relationship with the island nation.
After the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, the U.S. declared war against Spain. Fought on two fronts, Cuba and in the Pacific, the Spanish-American War resulted in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines changing hands, the latter declaring itself an independent country a month later. Cuba remained an independent country despite the opinion of some in the U.S. at the time that it should also be annexed.
Although one of our country’s shortest—four months—and most forgotten wars, historians agree the Spanish-American War highlighted America’s emergence as a dominant world power on the heels of the industrial revolution. Fueled in part by the sensationalism (“yellow” journalism) of newspaper reports, the war also spotlighted the emerging role of the media in shaping public opinion.
If you’re interested in an historical romance set in this period of Cuban/American history, The Captain’s Temptress, is available at:
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