Over Raging Tides
(Lady Pirates, #1)
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board.
That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.
Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans…
To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.
Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.
She just isn’t sure that she won’t.
“Leave him!” The captain’s voice is a hoarse shriek echoing over the waters. The crew on her longboat release startled grunts as she darts to the side of the longboat. “Grace! I said, leave him.”
My jaw hardens. I won’t.
I’m closer to the door and the boys, and that counts for something. Despite the Mordgris’s speed, I make it there first.
“Help me up,” I demand. Wordlessly, the older boy complies, dark eyes wide, and I scrabble back on my hindquarters, tugging at my belt, just in time.
My pistol wavers as I level it at the Mordgris’s head. The threat is meaningless. The gunpowder is wet, rendering the gun useless, but I chance that the Mordgris know only that these objects kill. That they’d work just as well to blow away their gods-be-damned heads as mortal ones.
I swallow hard, never having been this close to one before. It’s wholly unsettling to feel seen and held in a gaze when a creature’s eyes are consumed by the pitch black of a night sky. The Mordgris has gray skin, stretched tight over cartilage where a nose should be. Its teeth are rows upon rows of needles as it hisses at me, backing away, webbed claws raised as it sinks into the water. My hands are shaking, but I don’t dare lower my weapon until I can no longer see its silver sheen beneath the water. Only then do I holster it.
“Thank you,” comes the voice behind me, and I start. Locked in a silent battle of wills with the Mordgris— who would attack or withdraw first?—I had nearly forgotten the boys that had spurred me to action in the first place.
“Don’t thank me yet,” I reply grimly. Captain Ilene’s crew rows toward us, her eyes murderous.
We have plenty of rules on the Lady Luck. But chief among them is this:
We don’t take men on-board.
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.
- A signed copy of Over Raging Tides, an Over Raging Tides bookmark, an Over Raging Tides compass keychain, a copy of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, a signed Daughter of the Pirate King bookmark, and a signed copy of Air and Ash by Alex Lidell. (US only)
- ebooks of Over Raging Tides, Threats of Sky and Sea, Daughter of the Pirate King, and Air and Ash. (INTL)