Pearls of Fire by Meara Platt

Life sometimes takes interesting turns, such as the day I met a gem hunter who traveled to ancient lands in search of mysterious gems, the stuff of which legends are made. This gem hunter spoke of a necklace of pearls once owned by a Vietnamese emperor, each magnificent pearl identical to the others to form a perfect strand. He referred to them as pearls of fire because they were the colors of a sunburst and larger than most pearls one would commonly find in the seas around the South Pacific. Oysters did not create them and it took him years of hunting to figure out where they came from. Which sea creature made these fabled pearls, you ask? You’ll find out in my upcoming novel which is aptly called Pearls of Fire.
This is how ideas spring up – a chance encounter, an interesting word, a mystery to be solved. The moment I read about these pearls, I knew that I had a wonderful historical romance in the making. A roguish hero, a heroine in need of his assistance, and a missing heirloom necklace make for a story that will take you from the ballrooms of Regency London to the exotic islands of the South Pacific where the fabled pearls were found.
I hope you’ll enjoy my pirate captain, Hugh Le Brecque, and Lady Emma Langdon, the beautiful daughter of the Earl of Bourne, who reluctantly turns to him for assistance. They are drawn together by the Pearls of  Fire, but their love for each other is what ultimately binds them. I am so excited to share this story with you!
And as a special extra, to be eligible to win the Afternoon Tea For Two set from British Hamper (to be enjoyed with your pirate or perhaps someone a little less adventurous), just post your response to the following question in the comments: What is your favorite gemstone? Just comment in this post to be eligible to win an afternoon tea for two to share with your pirate hero (or perhaps someone a little less adventurous). Winner will be chosen on December 27, 2018.
Universal link for Pearls of Fire:

Do the mysterious pearls with the red-gold color of the burning sun hold the key to love… or to a curse?

Emma Langdon’s life was changed by a kiss that never happened. Hugh Le Brecque, the handsome viscount meant to do the kissing never showed up, and Emma has been trying to forget him ever since. But when thieves break into her elegant home to steal a family heirloom known as the Pearls of Fire, a necklace she believes is cursed, Emma knows she must turn to Hugh for help. Her father, driven mad with grief, has run off after the thieves and Emma fears his life is now in danger. Can she trust Hugh to find her father? Or will he betray her for those mysterious pearls that shine with the brilliance of a red-gold flame and seem to hold a dark power over men?

Hugh Le Brecque, once a respected privateer in service of the Crown and English peer known as Viscount Brixham, is now a convicted pirate with no intention of hanging for a crime he did not commit. He has already made plans to seek revenge on the men who framed him when Emma Langdon storms back into his life, entering his cell and offering a bargain he cannot refuse – take her to the East Indies to help her find her father, and she will use her powerful connections to see his conviction overturned. A two hundred year old journal written by Emma’s ancestor who first acquired the Pearls of Fire is the only clue to her father’s whereabouts.

Will Hugh fall under the spell of these mysterious pearls? Or is Emma’s enchanting innocence the greater danger to his heart?