In a world of gunpowder, smoke and blood, two men’s love will rise above the chaos.

‘Beautifully written … will make your geeky heart sing sea shanties’ The Times

In 1802, The Treaty of Amiens brings the French Revolutionary Wars to an end. After the drama of the past few years, Lieutenant Arthur Courtney returns home to England where he hopes to spend a blissful summer with his close friend, Hiram Nightingale.

But within weeks, HMS Loyal goes missing en route to Malta. She carries a French and British diplomat, Hugo Baptiste and Sir William Haywood. Their disappearance, in this tentative time of peace, may be enough to prematurely ignite war between France and Britain once more.

Both Courtney and Nightingale, Sir William’s son-in-law, receive a position on HMS Lysander, tasked with tracking down the missing frigate. But as their mission grows ever more dangerous with each passing day, the risk of dissension simmers menacingly on the deck of the Lysander.

And when painful memories finally begin to rise to the surface after so many years, the truth of Courtney and Nightingale’s powerful bond could be the spark that sets everything ablaze…

A thrilling queer adventure on the High Seas, with romance, naval warfare and long hidden secrets finally come to light. Perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Ken Follett and Diana Gabaldon.

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For whatever we lose, it is our self we find in the sea.

‘An extraordinary work, absolutely breathtaking … it beggars belief’ Conn Iggulden, New York Times & Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Achingly beautiful. A delightful, romantic, queer historical adventure’ Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author

A deeply poignant tale of naval warfare, political intrigue and a love between two men that stands tall in an unaccepting world. Perfect for fans of Hornblower, Sharpe and Outlander.

Out on 11 May 2023  

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Katie Daysh

Katie Daysh is an author from the Isle of Wight who loves to explore unheard voices in fiction. In her main genre, historical fiction, she enjoys placing queer characters at the heart of the narrative. Her stories are often set on the sea and illuminate themes of friendship, loyalty and mental health issues.  Her debut novel, the queer Age of Sail adventure, Leeward, is published through Canelo in 2023, followed by two other stories in the trilogy. She is known as empiresofwater on Wattpad, and KDayshAuthor on other social media. In her regular life, she works in retail.

She is represented by Francesca Riccardi at the Kate Nash Literary Agency.

Published books

Leeward (Nightingale and Courtney Book #1)

The Devil to Pay (Nightingale and Courtney Book #2)

Nightingale and Courtney Book #3

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