Spotlight & Excerpt: Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellison

Hi there! Today on the blog, we have something different and exciting -- a spotlight and excerpt on a book all about awesome, badass lady pirates, courtesy of author Jennifer Ellison! So without further ado, let's get into it!

Title: Over Raging Tides
Author: Jennifer Ellison
Publisher: Kindle
eBook, 239 Pages
Published March 2018

Summary: 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 was born and raised in South Florida and lives in perpetual fear of temperatures below 60F. She 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. 
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We'd like to thank author Jennifer Ellison for being awesome enough to reach out and allow us to do this spotlight post! This book seems super awesome and badass, so if it isn't on your TBR yet, it definitely should be!

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  1. This exciting book is already on my must read list--love the setting and pirates!!

  2. UM!?! i NEED THIS!! omg. It sounds fantastic and that excerpt has me hooked!


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