The Titanic disaster is the catalyst that sparks a bloody-feud between two families in early 20th century America. Magda Asparov is travelling from her home in the Ukraine to be the chosen bride of American businessman Matthew Turner III. But the ill-fated voyage of the unsinkable ship has far reaching consequences for her and her saviour. The Titanic is simply a tool used in the writing to introduce my readers to my star-crossed lovers, Maggie, and Richard Blackmore. The ship and its sinking are the foundation, a simple building block used to introduce these lovers and then introduce a variety of other compelling characters. Like the killer William Harker and the corrupt governor of Sing-Sing prison, as well as shadowy figures in the background of what is a romance, married to a story of mental illness, murder and criminal intent. All this against a backdrop of a still young country where business, enterprise and fortunes are created, sometimes on the back of innocent bystanders. The Brittle Sea introduces a saga, a saga of two families, brought together with crossed swords of hate where one will not bow down to the other, and the only way forward is to crush your opponent. In that moment, a vendetta is born which spills over into book two, The Brittle Land. Against a backdrop of world war, pandemic, an astronomical loss of life and a land ravaged by the weather and banking system built on a house of cards, our families battle head-to-head on more than one front. Magda has lost her memory and a new personality, Maggie, has taken hold. The captain of her rescue ship, Richard Blackmore, has fallen for Maggie. A mental illness, betrayal, murder, and corruption destroy Blackmore’s life until all that remains is for him to seek revenge.