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(The first book in the Thalassic series)
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What do you do with a drunken sailor when the world is underwater?

In a brutal dystopian water world, where survival depends on sailing, skill, and smarts, Bird Howsley is a beautiful disaster. A drunken sailor, a sharp-tongued back-talker, and a magnet for chaos, Bird is one bad decision away from watching her life go completely down the drain.

Her only lifeline? Level-headed sailing teacher, Sargo Paz. Sargo is a second-generation immigrant striving to prove himself in a city where no one looks like him, and despite Bird's salty demeanor, he seems determined not to give up on her.

But when a cryptic message from her dead brother sets Bird on a quest to find answers about her past, one reckless act puts her and Sargo in the crosshairs of a dangerous underground organization hell-bent on their demise.

Forced to flee their hometown, they embark on a treacherous voyage across the Salt, where pirates, perilous seas and close quarters stir up emotions neither of them expected—and they discover that the organization they're running from holds darker secrets than they ever imagined...

If you would prefer an edition of this book without explicit scenes, look for the Young Adult (YA) edition on my website at shop dot lizshipton dot com.

Editorial reviews:
"There is so much to love about this book! The characters are beautiful and broken. The setting is unique, dangerous, and fun...Seriously, if you haven't read this book, read it now! It's so good!"
Starr Z. Davies, award-winning dystopian author

From the author:
For fans of the Hunger Games, ACOTAR, Fourth Wing, Gideon the Ninth, and Waterworld, this series is a spicy, (very) slow burn adventure romance with the following tropes:

- forced proximity
- opposites attract
- friends-to-lovers
- first love
- trainwreck FMC
- cinnamon roll MMC with crispy edges
- one bed (in book two)
- who did this
- found family
- animal companion
- fast-paced, high-stakes adventure
- mental health rep (and addiction)
- LGBTQ+ rep

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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