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A Mutiny of Pirates: Kinfolk

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Not all promises are made equal.

Kin Hanford is a mess. He’s a space pirate with a son who hates him, an ex-wife who wants him broke, and a knack for getting into trouble. He’s loyal to his crew, the Damn Shames, but he’s self-centered and immature. He also hates the man he sees when he looks in the mirror.

So when a mysterious map flings him and the Shames into a deadly game of chase, played by ruthless intergalactic socialite Tana Zaalis, Kin is forced to make a choice: risk everything to save the new members of his chosen family, or abandon Cessie and Maude to their fate?

Along the way, Kin faces vicious monsters, cunning rivals, and his own demons—not to mention Tana herself. He discovers what really matters to him, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for it.

Kinfolk is the first book in the trilogy A Mutiny of Pirates, a sci-fi adventure inspired by Treasure Island. Readers who enjoy stories about deeply flawed heroes, found families, and unusual worlds will find Kinfolk has what they’re looking for. This isn’t a typical action story, but a character-driven journey of growth and redemption—with a few gunfights and explosions for good measure.

Kinfolk‘s cover was beautifully illustrated by Natasha Scheraya.

If you enjoy James S.A. Corey’sThe Expanse books and/or show, Disney’s “Treasure Planet,” the Star Wars extended universe novels from the 90s and 2000s, or hopepunk like Becky Chambers or Prachett and Gaiman’s Good Omens… then Kinfolk will find a place on your shelf.

Still not ready to crack open Kinfolk‘s 90k words? Allow these reasons to convince you:

🧑🏻‍👩🏿‍👧🏻 Awkward but endearing found family!
🚀 More spaceship scenes than Star Wars!
🫂 The pursuit of healthier relationships!
💃 A fashionable villainess!
3️⃣ The start of a gripping trilogy!

Kinfolk would receive an R rating for extreme language, graphic violence, and some suggested adult content (between consenting adult characters). It is not, however, a gratuitous book.

📻🎶 Listen to the “soundtrack” — the playlist I listened to while I wrote Kinfolk.

Art of Kin and Cessie by Ariarinko.

Don’t take my word for it…

“PIRATES LIKE AAA OMG” ~ Netgalley reviewer

“This book was not what I expected – but a grand tale!” ~ Arlene, Goodreads reviewer

“This crew’s captain clearly collects oddballs and makes a family out of them.” ~ Netgalley reviewer

“Readers who appreciate well-crafted character dynamics, gripping plotlines, and immersive world-building will find this book a compelling read.” ~ Gina Rae Mitchell, book-obsessed Nana and reviewer

“…interesting conversation and nail-biting encounters … keep the reader riveted. Kinfolk is the kind of story that adventure genre lovers will instantly like.” ~ Essian Asian, Readers’ Favorite reviewer

“Great scene development, world building and did I mention a Quest?” ~ Andy M.

“Whether you want a Spacey adventure story that’ll make you feel things, or maybe just a newfavorite comfort book, you’ll want to read Kinfolk.” ~ Netgalley reviewer