The year is 1715, the dawn of the golden age of pirates. Cordelia Rivera's father—the pirate King of Nassau—is a mean bastard, but she still craves his approval. She'd welcome his love too, if it wasn't out of the question. Longing for the day he’ll finally explain her mother's disappearance, she does whatever he demands—even when it means torturing and killing the Menfolk. When Cordelia falls into the sea during a battle, she’s yanked beneath the surface by one of the murderous creatures her father warned her about. But instead of killing her, Marius, the “fish,” inexplicably spares her life and helps her back to the Estrella Del Mar. Surprised by his mercy, Cordelia begins to question her lifelong belief the Merfolk are monsters. With the pirate king declaring war—on Spain, England, and the Merfolk—Cordelia uncovers a lifetime worth of his lies. United by a desire to dismantle her father’s hold over Nassau and save a race from extinction, Cordelia and Marius form a frail alliance. But to defeat Captain Rivera, Cordelia has to abandon any hope of discovering the truth about her mother and sever all ties with the only family she has left. As war laps at Nassau’s shores from above and below, Cordelia must choose which side she’s on once and for all.
ISLAND OF REBELS
Status | Plotting
1715 | Somewhere off the coast of Florida
Cordelia Rivera has lost nearly everything. A father she barely knew and one of her dearest friends murdered by a mother who wants her dead. Not to mention Marius, the merman who had stolen her heart and saved her life—even when it meant he had to go back into the sea.
Stranded on a Florida beach, hundreds of nautical miles away from home, and surrounded by enemies, Cordelia has very few options. She could abandon the men and head up to Charleston to start a new life, or hide amid the shrubs until the Spanish find their campsite and attack what remains of their crew—neither of which sound all that appealing to her.
With her father’s mistrustful crew demanding answers and a way home to Nassau, she’ll have to take the former captain’s place and hope that she can fill his shoes. All while guarding her big secret: she pulled the trigger and shot her father dead.
Back in Nassau, the English have sent their national hero to rid the island of its pirate rebels, using whatever means necessary. If Cordelia is able to get her crew home, they’ll face an even greater danger than the Spaniards they’d left behind on the Florida beach: Captain Woodes Rogers, a man bent on bringing civility to an island of anarchy.
Cordelia will have to survive the taking of Nassau if she wants to find her murderous mother, the Sea Witch, and exact revenge for ruining her life.
ACROSS THE PLAINS
Status | Draft Three Finished
St. Josephs, Missouri
16 year-old Willa Faust, daughter of an esteemed Bavarian family, isn't used to having nothing. Their new life in America was meant to save her father from his gambling problem, but if she learned anything from the big move across the pond, it's that one can't outrun an addiction. Especially when poker tables are just as plentiful in the land of the free.
When her father loses their wealth and his life, it's up to Willa and her twin, Heinrich, to pay back his debts, and protect their plot of land from the mayor of St. Josephs—the corrupted Jonas Crowe.
With Heinrich landing a lucrative job with The Pony Express, the bereaved Kelly family thinks the end of the tunnel is in sight. Until Hazel discovers her twin's secret. A gambling addiction, like their father's.
Crowe's men come to collect on Heinrich's debts but when he can't pay, they break both of his legs. It's not up to Willa to figure out how to keep their family from sinking. Resolved to take her brother's place as a rider, the spoiled heiress must cross three hundred miles of treacherous mountain pass, facing down bears, mountain lions, and the territorial Paiute Indians.
Not to mention evading Crowe's men, hell bent on preventing her from finishing the trek. Diego Marquez, Crowe's own nephew, catches up to Willa first on the mountain trail. When she saves his life, while he's supposed to be ending hers, Diego is compelled to help her evade capture from the rest of the gang. The unlikely duo set off together, and Willa can't help but feel drawn to the rugged mountain man, but can she really trust him to betray his uncle and his men as they cross the country together?
If Willa fails, her family will lose everything—even the very ground they stand on.