Belle and the Dragon's Curse by R.J. Ross
Approx. 102,080 words.
Published on February 22, 2012.
The good ship "Golden Profit" is definitely a pirate ship in disguise! Unfortunately, Belle must trust them to take her through the treacherous Dragon Seas to a dangerous island, where dragons rule. Faced with monsters, pirates and mages at every turn, this teenage animal speaker has to survive the voyage before she can even think of saving Mainland--and herself from the Dragon's Curse!