As I announced yesterday, the "boarding" scheduled for this blog on July 6th comes from one of my favorite authors, Helen Hollick. She will be doing a blog tour during the month of July to re-introduce her pirate series to her American audience. So here's a sneak peek at the first book in the series and an introduction to Jesamiah Acorne, England's sexiest pirate.
Sea Witch:Being the First Voyage of Cpt Jesamiah Acorne & his ship, Sea Witch
Published by: SilverWood Books
Price £ 10.99 $18.50 (US)
Availability: Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com Kindle (& other e-book sources i.e. NookBook) or direct from publisher: www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk
Front cover : Designed byhttp://www.avalongraphics.org
Back cover blurb :
The Time: The golden age of piracy – 1716
The Place: The pirate round – from Africa to the Caribbean
At 15 Jesamiah Acorne escapes the bullying of his elder half brother to become a pirate with only two loves – the sea and his freedom. But his life is to change after an attack on a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa when he meets the mysterious Tiola Oldstagh – an insignificant girl, or so he assumes until he discovers her true identity – a white witch.
Tiola and Jesamiah becomes lovers, but the wealthy Stefan van Overstratten also wants Tiola as his wife and Jesamiah’s brother, Phillipe Mereno, is determined to seek revenge for resentments of the past. When the call of the sea and an opportunity to commandeer a beautiful ship – the Sea Witch – is put in Jesamiah’s path he must choose between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola. He wants both, but Mereno and van Overstratten want him dead.
Tiola must use her gift of Craft to rescue her lover, but first she must brave the darkness of the ocean depths and confront the supernatural presence of Tethys, the goddess of the sea, who will stop at nothing to claim the soul of Jesamiah Acorne for herself
"A wonderful swash-buckler of a novel. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will love this to pieces of eight! A fabulous splash of piratical adventure on the high seas. Prepare to be abducted by a devil-may-care pirate and enchanted by a white witch. Mayhem and magic, splendour and squalor, beautiful ships, dangerous pirates and wild women, Helen Hollick has written a fabulous historical adventure that will have you reading into the small hours!" Elizabeth Chadwick
"Sea Witch gives us everything we want in a grand pirate adventure - swashbuckling action, great villains, lovely women in distress, sea fights and adventures on land, all grounded in solid research that gives the book a real feel of authenticity. This is a terrific read for lovers of pirate tales, lovers of historical fiction, and lovers of great adventure stories." James L. Nelson
"In the sexiest pirate contest Jesamiah Acorne gives Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow a run for his money." Sharon Kay Penman
“Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!' Bernard Cornwell