Stealing the First Mate Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Stealing the First Mate

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate’s treasure.

Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time.

Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether.

Single and happy is not an oxymoron. Right?

Nigel Jones has loved Darcy for ages, but her father (his boss, of course) ordered him to keep his feelings to himself, thanks to a stupid mistake that Darcy (thankfully) doesn’t know about.  Too bad her dad does.

Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome.

In this “forbidden-love-meets-friends-to-more” novel, Stealing the First Mate continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

More from Tabitha

I love the friends-to-something-more trope. There’s something invigorating about the challenges of stepping into a different kind of relationship with someone you already know and trust. The risk of losing the friendship if things go badly comes to the forefront and each character has to decide if they’ll take the risk or keep things as they are.

For Nigel and Darcy, there’s the added difficulty of Nigel’s unrequited love. They’ve been best friends forever, and he’s loved Darcy all that time. And she’s clueless! How does that happen?

I wish I could say this story came from my own experience, but that isn’t the case. While my husband and I knew each other for several years before we started dating, we were hardly friends. High school social circles are brutal things. Plus, he had a crush on my cousin, and I was dating someone else.

But it all worked out.

And we’re best friends now.

When it came time to write Stealing the First Mate, I knew Nigel and Darcy were friends. It wasn’t until I worked my way through the first chapter that the depth of their relationship started to emerge, and I realized they were best friends. Darcy runs to Nigel for advise (even dating advise, which became really awkward for Nigel).

Darcy has been looking for Mr. Right so long she can’t see the truth staring back at her in Nigel’s eyes.

Writing their story is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in writing.

Interview with Tabitha

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I love answering this question because it shows how great God’s plans are. The first thing I remember writing was a short story when I was about 10. I dabbled in writing short stories for a while through junior high, but I had no plans to be a writer. It never even occurred to me. I loved books, but writing them? That wasn’t for me. While working as a medical assistant, I kept having a dream about a story idea. I shook it off but couldn’t get the story to stop unfolding. I thought, “I’ll write it down. Then it’ll be over.” Around that time, God answered a long-prayed prayer and gave me the opportunity to become a stay-at-home-mom with the desire to homeschool our kids. A year later, that nagging thought turned into a book. Then a series. That’s when I realized I wanted to be a writer.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m an avid reader, and since there are so many genres that I enjoy, there’s no shortage of books waiting for me. Right now, I’m reading Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard, and it’s my favorite book of hers so far.  I have a thing for picking up hobbies. Photography. Baking. Sewing. I’ve gone through many others through the years, but those are the one that have stuck around.

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Be teachable. Be willing to learn. And don’t try to do everything on your own. Writing often feels like a solitary effort. You just sit down at a computer or grab a pen and paper, and you write. Well, yes and no. That first series I wrote, while I still love the idea and the symbolism in the books, it is a world away from how I write now. If I keep writing, reading craft books, and listening to those around me, then who knows where my writing will be in another 5 years. All that to say this. Read. Read books in your genre. Study them. How did the author draw you in? Look at the pacing. Read craft books. There are a million out there, but here are a few of my favorites: The Story Equation by Susan May Warren, Fight Write by Carla Hoch, and anything by James Scott Bell. Find a writing community where you feel comfortable sharing your work and be willing to listen to feedback. It can be difficult. We love our work. The right group will love your work too, but they’ll also be able to help you strengthen the story and learn to write better.

What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?

First draft is definitely my favorite. I’m a seat of the pants writer. I know very little about my characters going in, though I do have an overall sense of their backstory, their lie, and where they’ll end up, the journey is a surprise. I never know where they’ll go next or who we’ll meet along the way. Every book is an adventure, and I always learn something about myself. I love the “aha” moments when I feel something moving in the story and I know God’s working. Or when a phrase I wrote weeks before suddenly makes sense. Those lightbulb moments where the characters step out and say, “Hey, look, I figured it out.”

 What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?

Right now, I’m writing my fifth and final book in the Independence Islands series. It doesn’t have a title yet, but the story is one I’m deeply invested in. My hero is a single dad raising a little girl whose mother walked out when she was a baby. He’s surly, grumpy, and does everything he can to keep people from interfering with his life. So I’m throwing a woman who doesn’t know how to back down into his life and stirring up all kinds of emotions for both of them. All my books are available on Amazon or on my website:

Blog Stops

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 14

Life, Love, Writing, June 14

lakesidelivingsite, June 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 15

The Sacred Line, June 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16

Blossoms and Blessings, June 16

Texas Book-aholic, June 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 17 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, June 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 18

Cultivating Us, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Connect in Fiction, June 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 20

Blogging With Carol, June 20

Sodbuster Living, June 20

Remembrancy, June 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 22

Aryn The Libraryan 📚, June 23

Lots of Helpers, June 23

Labor Not in Vain , June 23

She Lives To Read, June 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 25

Joanne Markey, June 25

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Kayem Reads, June 26

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

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