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Meet Jesamiah Acorne, pirate extraordinaire!

Those who follow my blog have encountered Jesamiah several times. Like here or here. One could almost think I have a thing for Helen Hollick’s adorable rogue Jesamiah – and yup, I do. But I also have a soft spot for all the other wonderful characters that flit through the pages of the Sea Witch books, starting with the enigmatic Tiola and the absolutely wonderful Maha’dun. There have been moments when I have felt the urge to have VERY SERIOUS WORDS with Helen so as to ensure she understands that I will never, ever forgive her if Jesamiah dies during one of his many adventures. There have been moments of tears, and in the latest book I had to read and read and read because things were so terrible and when is Helen going to give that slimy Doone his comeuppance, hey?

If you haven’t read any of the Sea Witch books yet, it is about time you do–especially if you’re into adventure, held breath (for pages and pages) emotional moments that tear your heart out, and a description so vivid of life aboard that you can actually feel the salt on your skin. So, peeps, what are you waiting for????


 Trouble follows Captain Jesamiah Acorne like a ship’s wake…

The early 1700s: from the sun of the Caribbean to the eerie mists of England’s Exmoor in Devon, the Sea Witch Voyages follow the adventures (misadventures?) of Captain Jesamiah Acorne. Orphaned at almost fifteen Jesamiah escaped his home in Virginia and the bullying of his half-brother to join with his father’s old friend, Captain Malachias Taylor – a kindly man, but also a rogue of a pirate.

Jesamiah eventually captains his own ship, but at Cape Town, South Africa, he is to meet the girl who becomes the love of his life – Tiola Oldstagh, a midwife, healer… and a White Witch with the gift of Craft.

Accepting amnesty from Governor Woodes Rogers of Nassau, Jesamiah turns to a legal, married, life, except various governors, ex-lovers, bad-tempered pirates, lingering ghosts and other non-human entities seem to have different ideas.

Jesamiah Acorne: a swashbuckling amalgamation of Hornblower, Jack Aubrey and Jack Sparrow mixed with Indiana Jones, James Bond and Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe.

Voyage with Jesamiah aboard Sea Witch and sail into the ocean realm of fast-paced, exciting nautical adventures…

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Titles on #KindleUnlimited: When the Mermaid Sings and Gallows Wake

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Sea Witch – Voyage 1:

Pirate Code – Voyage 2:

Bring It Close – Voyage 3:

Ripples In The Sand – Voyage 4:

On The Account – Voyage 5:

Gallows Wake – Voyage 6:

When The Mermaid Sings – a prequel novella:

Author Bio:

First accepted for traditional publication in 1993, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/supernatural series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She has also branched out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her Jan Christopher Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant. The fifth in the series, A Memory Of Murder, was published in May 2024.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She is currently writing about the ghosts of North Devon for Amberley Publications, and Jamaica Gold for her Sea Witch Voyages.

Recognised by her stylish hats, Helen attends conferences and book-related events when she can as a chance to meet her readers and social-media followers, although her ‘wonky eyesight’ as she describes her condition of Glaucoma, and severe arthritis is becoming a little prohibitive for travel.

She lives with her family in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon with their dogs and cats, while on the farm there are showjumper horses, fat Exmoor ponies, an elderly Welsh pony, geese, ducks and hens. And several resident ghosts.

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Authors’ endorsements:

“Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!” ~ Bernard Cornwell

“A wonderful swashbuckler of a novel. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will love this to pieces of eight.” ~ Elizabeth Chadwick

“In the sexiest pirate competition Cpt. Jesamiah Acorne gives Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow a run for his money.” ~ Sharon K. Penman

3 thoughts on “Meet Jesamiah Acorne, pirate extraordinaire!”

  1. Thank you so much for inviting Captain Jesamiah Acorne, myself and the crew of the Sea Witch to drop anchor here today! And the ‘serious word’ has been noted! LOL (I’d better get on with Voyage 7 then, hadn’t I? Jamaica Gold…

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