Salt and the Sea Venture

by Melissa L. Gill
(Overland Park, KS)

"Salt and the Sea Venture" is a Juvenile Historical Fiction novel about the doomed voyage of the Sea Venture in 1609, and the impact its sinking had on America as we know it. It is told from the point-of-view of Salt, one of the cats on-board the ship.

Domestic cats are not indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, but they have been coming to the New World as long as there have been rat infested ships to deliver them.

Salt and the other cats on the Sea Venture were some of the very first cats to settle in North America.

Pepper and Pocahontas

In the second book, "Pepper and Pocahontas", one of Salt's daughters, Pepper, chooses Pocahontas as her person. Pepper learns the ways of the Powhatan Indians, and helps Pocahontas form a bond of peace with the English.

The third book, “Morton and the Mayflower”, is still in progress. It will tell how Salt's son. Morton, choose Stephen Hopkins as his person. Morton returned to England with Hopkins, and then followed him back to the New World on-board the Mayflower.

About the Guest Author

Melissa L. Gill

“Melissa graduated with a degree in business from Baylor University and went on to earn her MBA from Baker University. She currently works as a writer and a children's bookseller. She specializes in books for juvenile readers. Melissa is currently writing a series about the American Colonies, beginning with the voyage of the doomed ship, Sea Venture.

Melissa lives and works in a suburb of Kansas City where she volunteers at the local zoo, and a nearby animal shelter. She also enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew who give her feedback on her books.”

Visit Melissa at her website, and at her blog, You can find Melissa at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

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Nov 20, 2014
"When it rains, it pours" . . .
by: Cat

""When it rains, it pours" . . . cats, that is! Thanks to Melissa Gill, we can all enjoy a little "Morton" "Salt" and "Pepper" to season our favorite American legends. I hope you enjoy history from a cat's point of view as much as I do!

Thank you, Melissa for sharing such delightful tales with us.

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