Grayson Taylor
Dark Waters


    Sierra Clark's twin sister died on a cruise ship when she was eleven. Four years later, Sierra's parents take her to a vacation on a brand-new cruise ship, The Legend, in an effort to help her overcome her sister's passing. Harrison Walker, an energetic farm boy from Texas, meets Sierra aboard the ship, under the care of his aunt. Harrison and Sierra become friends, despite their differences, while Sierra struggles to enjoy the cruise and overcome the weight of memory and loss.

    Two days after The Legend leaves the mainland, disaster strikes.

  A passenger aboard the ship is murdered, and no one knows who committed the crime. Panic ensues aboard The Legend, and while efforts are made to find the perpetrator, more victims die. Harrison and Sierra find themselves stranded in the middle of the ocean, trapped on the ship with a murderer. But far more terrible is the truth that stabs sharper than a knife hiding deep inside The Legend.

   Dark Waters is a fun, entertaining, and thrilling killer murder mystery from Grayson and Ella Taylor.

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Ella Taylor


A very epic book. Amazing plotline - definitely Grayson and Ella's best book yet. It would be great if this book became a series, or had a sequel. You could do a lot with this universe.

 - Malcolm M.




Well written, very descriptive, good plot development, good character development, great ending, excellent understanding of interpersonal relationships, need for family connections, and great explanation at end of the plan of murders.

 - Carolyn B. (Amazon review)

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The Authorities

The Sovereign Supreme

“You will never win against me. Never. And the streets will run with your blood.” - The Sovereign Supreme

Unnatural Appearance

The Sovereign Supreme's skin is inhumanly pale and waxy, giving him the appearance of a corpse brought back to life.

Controlling Ruler

The Sovereign Supreme is the ultimate power over the city and, supposedly, the world. He completely destroys his enemies, and his army is vast, comprised of over a million people including soldiers, pilots, operators, gunners, and executioners.

The Sovereign's Symbol

The Sovereign Supreme's symbol, recognized by all, is a blood-red snake wrapped around a razor-sharp knife. This symbol appears in a variety of places, including soldiers' armor, helicopters, tanks, attack planes, and even the Sovereign's crimson cape.

Data File

Name: The Sovereign Supreme, real name unknown

Age: Unknown

Eyes: Black

Weapons: Vast armies and advanced technologies at his disposal

Garments: Black, sleek suit, crimson cape with his symbol of a snake wrapped around a knife emblazoned on the back

Personality: Cold, merciless, unforgiving, and controlling

Skills: Leadership, striking fear into people's hearts and crushing their hope, destroying his enemies


Main Characters

Main Characters


“It’s a dark night. But the darkest nights are when the spark shines brightest.” - Ash


Ash, like everyone in the fallen city she lives in, has to be able to protect herself and survive in dangerous situations. She is equipped with tools to help her as well as essential combat skills.

Data File

Name: Ash

Age: 29

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Weapons: Handmade knives (for threatening or as

tools), metal bar, ax

Garments: Hooded jacket, utility vest, jeans, combat boots 

Personality: Reserved, lonely, determined to survive, longs for escape from the city and the Authorities

Skills: Hand-to-hand combat



Ash lives in a partially collapsed house on the corner of a city street.

Dark Nights

Every night is a difficult one for Ash, who is tormented by terrible nightmares.

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