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A romance novella based on the true story of 18th-century pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

'The sea has always felt like my true birthplace.  It is where I found myself. It is where I found Mary.'

New Providence, 1719. A fierce and fearless Anne Bonny joins Jack Rackham and the crew of pirate ship William, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.


Born of the Sea follows Anne as she cross-dresses, drinks and fights her way through the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. But Anne's life is changed forever when she meets Mary Read, plotting a new course on a voyage of self-discovery.


'An engrossing tale...utterly romantic' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A sexy, Sapphic, swashbuckling romp...I loved it.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I was given this book by one of my students...I work with older LGBTQ youth and will be assigning this to them for June 2021 reading.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Brave and brilliant...This little book challenges gender and sexuality in a fresh and powerful way, which is remarkable given it is historical fiction.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


- reader reviews

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Kate's debut full-length novel, coming in Autumn 2021.

A YA coming-of-age novel, set in the 1990's.

Six teenage girls. One deserted island.

Removed from civilised society, can they challenge class, identity, and toxic femininity to pull together and survive?

Or will they descend into savagery?

'Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies...I loved it' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Fans of The Hunger Games will love this book' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

- beta reader reviews

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About Kate

Kate Castle is the author of the historical romance novella Born of the Sea and the soon-to-be-published contemporary novel Girl Island.


Kate's books fall into the New Adult and Young Adult romance and adventure categories. Kate is passionate about representing young queer females in literature and writes about fierce, independent, fluid young women - the kind of characters she wished she could have read more about growing up.


She is a proud vocal champion of bisexual fiction (affectionately coined 'BiFi' by Kate) as an up-and-coming genre and continues to write in this exciting and original domain.


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