"Erotic and sensually developed. Lush with vibrant characters and unashamed in its horror and honesty, Merciless Waters is a powerful rush from cover to cover."
—C.S. Humble, author of the Black Wells series
"Lush and imaginative, tense and atmospheric, Merciless Waters is a vengeful fever dream drowned in saltwater."
—Rachel Harrison, national bestselling author of Cackle and Such Sharp Teeth
“Batten down the hatches because Rae Knowles will drag you to the briny depths with this wild, immersive tale of seafaring adventure, ancient myth, grim revenge, and salty desire. These women buccaneers will hook you!”
—Tim McGregor, author of Lure
“A worthy follow-up to The Stradivarius, Rae Knowles’ Merciless Waters is a visceral, sexy, and sweetly romantic tale of jealousy and revenge. I especially loved its distinctive prose, which is ornate and stripped-down by turns.”
—Christi Nogle, author of Bram Stoker Award® winning first novel Beulah
“Merciless Waters seethes with feminine rage and drips with sapphic desire. Knowles weaves a story full of unreliable queer women doing unthinkable things, laces it with dark magic, and dyes it in revenge. Gripping, immersive, and relentless, you'll find no heroes here.”
—Evelyn Freeling, Editor of Les Petites Morts
“Merciless Waters is the perfect bite of horror—a sexy blend of folklore, longing, and maritime terror. If you're missing the sea this fall, cozy up with this spooky, salty gem!”
—Hatteras Mange, Editor of Diet Milk Magazine
“Knowle’s queer, revenge-fueled, energetic pirate romp presents plenty of adventure and sapphic yearning to hook you right away. It keeps you perched on the edge of your seat until the stunning climax.”
—Briana Morgan, author of The Reyes Incident
Aboard the ship Scylla, there is no future or past. Jaq, her fickle lover Lily, and their all-female crew exist in an endless present. It's better this way. At least it keeps Lily by Jaq's side, where she belongs. But the meddling gods care little for Jaq's longing, and despite her protective rituals, their punishmentarrives all the same:
A man, adrift on the open ocean. Delivered to snatch Lily from Jaq's arms forever.
Jaq knows what to do. She's lost Lily before. Her lover will return-when this interloper, this distraction, is snuffed out. But Jaq's murderous schemes may not be enough. The intruder's presence infects her crew with a plague her spells cannot cure: memory. And as the women recall how they came to Scylla, their minds bend one by one towards revenge.
Release date: November 14, 2023
Publisher: Brigids Gate Press, LLC
Print pages: 126
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