A swashbuckler set in the West Indies of the early 19th Century, THE WITCH FROM THE SEA is a love story, a coming-of-age adventure and an eccentric comedy of manners about a woman who runs with the pirates to free herself from the conventional "rules" of gender, race and class.

Tory Lightfoot, an orphan of mixed white and Mohawk blood, flees the stifling gentility of 1823 Boston for the freedom of the open sea. But the merchant ship on which she stows away is boarded by pirates off the coast of Cuba, and Tory is forced to join the pirate crew to save her life. Making herself useful as both log-keeper and spy, she begins to earn a measure of the independence she craves. But fate, fever and the relentless U. S. Navy West Indian Squadron close in, and Tory must risk her hard-won freedom to save the man she loves.
"I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction."
— The Historical Novel Society Review
"The Witch From The Sea is that rare creation, an historical romance with guts as well as glamour. Wild-spirited Tory is an irresistible character."
— Nautical historian Joan Druett (She-Captains; Hen Frigates)
"I am in love with this book. A+."
Reading Rocks / YA Fiction Review

Friday, March 2, 2012


Ahoy there! Welcome to the website devoted to my historical adventure novel,  The Witch From the Sea. 

Cruise these waters to learn more about my heroine, Tory Lightfoot, and the world she lives in, the West Indies of the 1820s. Coming soon will be links to pirate history and Caribbean history, as well as portfolios of historical images from the era.

Here you will also find late-breaking news about my two sequels to The Witch: Runaways: A Novel of Jonkanoo, and the final chapter of the trilogy, A Comedy of Marriage (under construction as we speak).

And watch out for occasional guest blogs from the pages of Tory's secret logbook. Written down during the long nights on board the black schooner Blesséd Providence, these are recollections of her life and adventures before she joined the pirate crew.

So surf around, check out the reviews, read a sample of the book, and enjoy the ride!

—Lisa Jensen,  Santa Cruz, California

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