Bywater Books is pleased to announce that Anna Burke has been awarded the Debut Author Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society for her novel, Compass Rose.

For Compass Rose, a secret mission aboard a mercenary ship brings an unexpected conflagration of adventure, danger, and romance.

Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the command of Miranda, a captain as alluring as she is bloodthirsty, Rose discovers the hard way that even the best sense of direction won’t be enough to keep her alive if she can’t learn to navigate something far more dangerous than the turbulent seas. Aboard the mercenary ship, Man o’ War, Rose learns quickly that trusting the wrong person can get you killed—and Miranda’s crew have no intention of making things easy for her—especially the Captain’s trusted first mate, Orca, who is as stubborn as she is brutal.

This swashbuckling 26th-century adventure novel is smart, colorful and quirky, yet it manages to deliver a healthy dose of heart, humor, and humility on every single page.

Compass Rose is available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook formats.

Raised in Upstate New York, ANNA BURKE graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a B. A. in English Literature and Studio Art. She holds a certificate from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and was the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College.

When she is not writing fiction, Anna is an overly ambitious gardener and freelance writer. She and her wife live in Massachusettes with their two dogs. You can learn more about her at her website.

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian writers. For more information on the organization and scholarship opportunities, please visit the GCLS Website.

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