Turbulent Waters

Armed robbers, a hijacked boat, kidnapped children, a storm at sea, and one desperate father. What could go wrong?

A fatal accident at his gym leaves former trainer and Navy veteran, Jake Burton, broke and divorced. When a temporary restraining order prevents him from seeing the only person he loves, his seven-year-old daughter, Emily, Jake loses the will to fight.

But when Emily’s second-grade class goes on a whale-watching field trip, Jake risks the consequences, bribes the boat’s mechanic, and in disguise, sneaks aboard the vessel.

Across town, three teenage boys are out to grab easy money by robbing a convenience store, but things get ugly when one boy pulls a gun and shoots the store clerk. Running from the police, the teens find themselves aboard the whale-watching boat, where Emily’s teacher mistakes them for assistants from the local high school.

A fierce storm turns day to night and churns the sea to turbulence. A child falls overboard, shots are fired, and the boat’s communication system is destroyed. Law enforcement is out of range. Jake must overcome his demons and fight to save Emily’s life. 

Turbulent Waters is the perfect storm of desperate characters, unwelcome circumstances, and events gone wrong, yet it feels to the reader so very, very right.

Chris “Windscreen” Homan

Author of A Door into Another Land

Riveting and compelling. Jake Burton may be fl awed, but he’s one badass protagonist.

Spencer Kope

Author of American Cookery, Crime Analyst, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and author of Collecting the Dead

In the thrilling style of Patterson, Stone captures the fear of kidnapped children and the dangers of the sea.

Robert W. Walker

Author of Benediction Denied, Author of Under the Dead Lady’s Corset

Blood on a Blue Moon

A Sheaffer Blue Mystery

Sheaffer Blue can’t hold a job, a boyfriend, or her place in line at the liquor store. But she can solve murders.

In Blood on a Blue Moon, set in Seattle’s houseboat community, Sheaffer—just Blue to her buddies—tackles corrupt politicians, big money, and killers who think nothing of torching an old woman and blowing up her neighbors. In her current job as an insurance investigator, Blue must join forces with David Chen, a high-ranking detective on loan to the Seattle police department. Chen is precise, organized and diligent—the polar opposite of Blue. Their relationship is icy. But when thrown together in life-threatening danger, things heat up, and sparks fly. Sheaffer Blue is a woman of many careers and many lovers, but the one constant in her life is murder.

  • First in category in the 2018 Murder and Mayhem Book Awards—a genre division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards.
  • 2019 Best Mystery Award from Black Magnolia Books.

Blood on a Blue Moon is the first novel in the Sheaffer Blue Mystery series.

Publication—Spring 2021.

The Last Outrageous Woman

With help from a pierced, tattooed and dreadlocked granddaughter, five senior women escape retirement home boredom and travel the world seeking to fulfill the one, secret desire each has always held. They journey from Florida to the Emerald Isle, and from Tasmania to the markets of Egypt. When their story goes viral, surfers, hitchhikers, priests and a Crocodile Dundee impersonator pitch in to help the “outrageous grannies.” Even Doctor Phil gets into the act. The ladies must outsmart relatives who seek to return them to senior living, and con men who see them as easy targets. Ultimately, each traveler must face her own frailties, mortality, and the most important decision of her life.

Available wherever books are sold.

Somerset Women’s
Literary Fiction
Chanticleer Reviews

The Last Outrageous Woman puts a new light on old age.  Stone’s debut novel is engaging, heartwarming, and outrageously funny.  A great read — uplifting! 

Priscilla Long

Author of Fire and Stone

An antic novel of love and death. Five spunky companions will leave you charmed with their wistful stories, their embrace of friendship and adventure.  Required reading for travelers, armchair or otherwise.

Laura Kalpakian

Author of American Cookery

A delightful, poignant, later-in-life coming of age story.  This handful of outrageous women reveal themselves to each other and to us as they thumb their noses to convention and finally do things their way.  A wonderful story!

Elizabeth Engstrom

Author of Benediction Denied

At a time when the generation gap is wider than it’s ever been, it’s refreshing to see this group of women working to fulfill their dreams by relying on a young neo-feminist.  Stone’s eye for detail across that gap is nothing if not amazing.

Jack Remick

Author of The Trio of Lost Souls

Doggie on Deck – Life at Sea with a Salty Dog

Whether you’re taking your trawler out for the weekend or planning a circumnavigation in your sloop, Doggy on Deck will teach you Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Before Cruising with Fido.

This extensively-researched book contains clear information along with humorous, heart-warming stories about traveling with dogs.  Each chapter provides valuable resources and current websites to answer all your questions about boating with your four-legged buddies.  Questions like:

  • How does he go potty on-board?
  • Do dogs get seasick?
  • How do we get him on/off the boat?
  • Will our dog get enough exercise on-board?
  • What happens during rescues at sea?
  • What if our dog gets ill or injured?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Is it worth it?

The second subtitle of this great book by Jessica Stone says it all: “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Before Cruising with Fido.” I can’t rave enough about Doggy on Deck — it’s well-written, it’s thorough, it provides resources for all the products discussed in the text. I’m racking my brains for something to criticize (you know, to show that I have a balanced perspective), but there’s just nothing wrong with this book.

Mary-Alice Pomputius

Editor, Dog Jaunt

Entertaining and Encyclopedia!

Nor’Westing: The Family Boating Magazine

As I read this book with my dog curled up at my side, I laughed, wept and laughed again… Whether you have a dog or a boat or even if you don’t – this book will entertain you with the doggy antics lovingly recalled by the author who, like many of us, has embraced a four-legged creature as a full-fledged member of the family.

Dorothy Dubia

Columnist, The Book Locker / Boat Journal

This is an absolute must-read book for dog lovers and boaters – it’s the best we’ve ever seen. Sure wish we’d had this book when we were boating with our dogs (and with our teenagers!).

Jo Bailey & Carl Nyberg

Gunk-holing in the San Juan Islands

As complete a guide as you will ever find – it answers every question you can think of and puts your fears to rest.  And besides all that, it’s good, interesting reading for any dog lover!

Sue Morgan

Editor, Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine

This book is an excellent source of practical suggestions for anyone traveling with a dog on land or sea. Jessica’s extensive cruising with her dog shows how traveling with a pet gives an owner additional responsibilities that are amply rewarded with companionship and devotion.

Margo Wood

Charlie’s Charts – World Cruising Guides

How to Retire on a Boat

When it’s time to slow down and take life easy, don’t rock the chair – rock the boat!

Life happens. Age happens. And, when you least expect it, change happens.

The entire world experiences an economic downturn, a recession, a financial crisis. Millions of people all over the planet lose beautiful homes – property goes back to the bank. The bank fails. Your wonderful loving spouse, the one you thought was true love for life and maybe beyond, runs away with her/his yoga instructor. She/he gets the house and you get – well maybe you’re not sure yet. Your company “downsizes” and you are out looking for a new company – one that is “upsizing.”

The children have gone off to college and the two of you are just rattling around in that big empty house. Time to get a cozy little nest together.

You’ve always dreamed of retiring to some warm, mellow, tropical island but hey, who has that kind of money?

Or maybe, just maybe, you are a wee bit bored with your current situation and you want to TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

If retirement beckons, or if you need or simply want to make a change in your life, consider moving to a boat.

Much like Stone’s earlier work, Doggy on Deck – Life at Sea with a Salty Dog, this book, How to Retire on a Boat, offers an encyclopedic education on what you need to know about living a happy and rewarding retirement aboard the vessel of your choice. Stories from present-day liveaboards and up-to-date resources help to answer any questions you might have about this unique and delightful lifestyle.

Among the many topics covered are:

  • Who can live on a boat? Age, Health, Skills, and Attitude
  • Where is paradise? Language, Governments, Infrastructure
  • What kind of boat? Factors in selecting your new home
  • Marinas or On-the-Hook? Costs and comfort
  • What to do with all your “stuff.”
  • Home maintenance
  • Safety
  • Romance

Well-written, obviously from the first-hand experience of a blue water sailor with many miles under her keel. If you share this dream, as my nephew Mark and his wife did (they are in New Zealand now, on their around-the-world duo trip)–this book will give you a kick start out of your armchair and on the way…sail through that open door! Thanks, Ms. Stone, well done.

C. Owens

How to Retire on a Boat is a well thought out, well organized and well-referenced book on how to “pull the plug”. As a 25 year live-a-board, I found the information “spot on”. For anyone considering making the jump, it’s a must read so you can make the transition with little stress and anxiety. Living aboard is a truly unique and rewarding experience for those that chose the lifestyle in retirement. Ms. Stone has done a wonderful job of portraying the ups and downs, the right boat and where to live. See you out there!

Captain Denny Thompson

Very informative book! Loved Ms. Stone’s writing style and the fact that she brings in other cruisers views/experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a great deal. Can’t wait to purchase a trawler and cruise!

Sharon McGraw Bowne

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