“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” -T.S Eliot

Finalalist October 1st
Clive Cussler Award

The Measure Of Ella


“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who
  has rebuilt herself.” 
  – Hannah Gadsby 


The islands frightened Ella with their uncivilized rawness. They looked like a place where anything could happen, a godforsaken outcrop at the end of the world.


Sea-faring chef Ella Morgan is an honest woman — until her life falls apart. When her dream of owning a restaurant is shattered by the death of her father and loss of her inheritance, she is suddenly alone in the world. Desperate for money, she signs on as crew for a Caribbean drug run, only to find herself fighting for her life in an underworld ruled by violent men.


Set in the Caribbean, The Measure of Ella is a dramatic story of love, murder, high-seas action, and the consequences of pursuing a dream at all costs. Like Patrick O’Brien’s novels, including Master and Commander, The Measure of Ellacaptures the breathtaking and perilous world of blue-water sailing. Like Girl on the Train, it unwinds with gripping suspense from a woman’s point of view. With its brave, strong, complex female protagonist at the helm of a high seas adventure, the novel is entirely unique.

"A page-turning thriller set in the murky underworld of the Caribbean.
The sailing life is beautifully rendered. A must for all who wish to enter an exciting new environment for an adventure.

– Michael Chapman, cinematographer, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull



December 2019


"A compelling, fast-paced thrill ride.  Jones’ debut novel tells the story of a woman who finds herself on a criminal adventure on the open waters of the Caribbean."


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