31st December 2012/Jan 1st 2013 NewsLetter

Wishing all my friends and readers a very
Happy New Year

2012 was an eventful year with two exciting personal events  - the release (at last) of the 4th Sea Witch Voyage, and an unexpected lottery windfall won by my husband, which has resulted in us about to move from London to Devon to take  up residence in an old farmhouse (built in 1769) and with the additional 13 acres, patch of woodland, and or own stream and four stables, we can have our horses at home. No more 25 minute drive to the stable yard!

So 2013 is going to be an even more exciting year - do fill in your e-mal address in the window to the left of this post to ensure you receive notification of all my latest updates.

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 I am delighted to announce that the 
Fourth Sea Witch Voyage is 

Out NOW on Kindle

available in book format soon!

Approaching England’s North Devon Coast Captain Jesamiah Acorne is worried. A Royal Navy frigate is trailing in his wake and Sea Witch has a cache of contraband aboard. His instinct is to hoist sail and flee, but he cannot attract attention for his wife, Tiola, is ill and getting worse. She says the sea is affecting her, but Jesamiah has never seen seasickness like this before – is it something else? Something to do with her being a white witch?

Like an approaching storm, his worries get deeper, darker, and more sinister. Unpleasant ruffians are looking for a list of traitors’ names, Tiola’s brother is in jail, and Sir Ailie Doone – the last of the notorious Doones of Exmoor – wants Jesamiah to sail to Cádiz on a secret mission in aid of the Jacobite cause.

Except, being captured by the Spanish and meeting with an old friend, the beautiful English spy, Francesca, is not part of Jesamiah’s plan. Once again he is in danger of losing his fidelity, his freedom - and maybe even his life.

Tiola meanwhile has her own fears to face. Why is the ethereal spirit of the sea, Tethys,  determined to have Jesamiah for her own? To save him, Tiola must find a way to recall her previous lives and discover why events of the past are influencing those of the present why the ripples in time are echoing in the ripples in the sand.

Available to order in book form soon!

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Ripples In The Sand is the fourth voyage in my Sea Witch historical adventure series. I wanted to write something a little different from the previous three – but keeping the same flavour of swashbuckling pirate-based action.
I also wanted to bring in some of Tiola’s past. We know a lot about Jesamiah Acorne from voyages one, two, and three, but not why he and Tiola (pronounced Tee-ola, short & sweet, not the longer Tee-oh-la) are “soul mates” – nor why Tethys, Goddess of the Sea wants Jesamiah so desperately for her own.
I also wanted to bring the characters to England – for no other reason than, for me, it is easier to research Devon than it is the Caribbean!
Without giving any spoilers, I had the idea of Tiola being able to look back into the past some while ago, and this gave me the opportunity to research some history of Appledore, Bideford and Barnstaple – blending small scenes of the past into the “present” (well, 1719!) history.
I have even managed to bring into this story a snippet from my novel about King Harold II of England. (Harold the King – UK title; I am the Chosen King – US title) He landed in Devon circa 1053, returning from a year of exile after a squabble between his father, Earl Godwine, and King Edward the Confessor. It was great fun to include  one of my favourite historical fiction characters in this story!
As usual Captain Acorne finds himself in trouble, even though he is trying to become a respectable merchant trader.
But will that pirate rogue ever become respectable and live without dangerous trouble following behind like a ship’s wake?

Two reviews on Amazon (.com & .co.uk)  already!

"Ripples in the Sand is a brilliant read. Couldn't put my new kindle down.
Jesemiah is up to his usual antics.Having read the first three books this one does not disappoint. I would highly recommend this book to anyone."


"Right from the start, this wonderful novel pulls you back into the world of sailing ships and reformed pirates. I am constantly amazed that Helen Hollick didn't grow up on a ship, so well does she describe the motion, the sounds, the sights you might experience on board. You can picture Jesamiah standing on the quarterdeck, one foot in front of the other to balance himself as the ship pitches and rises whilst heading into the waves. By the time we get to the second chapter, we have become reaquainted with Tiola and felt the palpable chemistry between she and Jesamiah, then the action starts. Another thing that Helen is masterful at is the pacing of the plot and ratching up the tension. Towards the end you start to feel like you have been swept overboard and are being battered, bruised and tossed about by Tethys, the not so benevolent spirit of the sea. The story really grips you and doesn't let you go!"

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My latest new blog - Leaning on the Gate which will be a diary of my adventures and new beginnings with my new life living in Devon.


  1. Helen - hoping you, Ron and Kathy have a healthful and happy 2013! I hope the move goes easily and smoothly for you - see you in September (hopefully!!)



  2. Thank you Kelly - and back at you!


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