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Author writes prequel to show pirates before they were famous...

New book: The Black Widow

(SALEM, Ore.) - We’ve seen them in movies, cartoons and theme parks. But, what are the back-stories of pirates? How does a pirate decide to become a pirate? Author Phyll T. gives us a glimpse into how good men can turn bad in her new novel, The Black Widow.

In The Black Widow, two different time periods smash into each other while six children are on a camp out. They discover there really are pirates of yesterday in their mist. They find magic golden ostrich eggs and golden feathers that once belonged to "the original seven pirates" who wrote the Pirate Code of Honor. The children discover they are descendants of the original seven pirates and carry with them the values of trust, loyalty and leadership that once were held high among pirates and in the Pirate Code of Honor.

Phyll T. is a three-time breast cancer survivor with a passion for entertaining children. She wants to captivate readers with this story, but also hopes to help children with their creativity. She says kids need to put down the smartphones and go outside and play freely more often without structure.

“Today’s children don’t know how to play without structured activity,” says Phyll. “They are so wrapped up in video games, TV, cell phones, iPods and their computers. They don’t seem to know how to play with their imagination, create games and imaginary things.” 

Phyll hopes her story will encourage children and adults to challenge themselves, embrace their fears and develop character.

“People are often afraid to push themselves into the unknown,” Phyll says. “I have my fears, but I look for ways to conquer them through my imagination. Maybe through this book, I can show readers that trust, loyalty, leadership and friendship help us conquer our fears.”


The Black Widow

By Phyll T.

216 pages

Paperback 6x9, retail price: $16.95

Hardcover 6x9, retail price: $27.99

ISBN: 9781467068659

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About the author

Phyll T. has been telling short stories all her life and can make one up about anything. She was a businesses owner and now a retired bank manager. She has always thought it would be cool to write a book and have it set alongside her great uncle’s book that was published in the early 1900's on her shelf in her office. Phyll is known for making up words that fit the story, what her friends call Phyll-isms. She says she tries to bring joy and laughter wherever she goes. Phyll lives in Salem, Oregon with her family. She is a three-time breast cancer survivor. The Black Widow is her first book.

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