Category Archives: Newbooks

“Basically, I can kill people” — Joan Druett’s Interview of Alaric Bond

An interview with Alaric Bond by the award winning author, Joan Druett. Reposted with permission from her World of the Written Word blog. Congratulations on the launch of your eighth Age of Nelson novel, The Guinea Boat, an edge-of-the-seat thriller in … Continue reading

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The Shantyman — Now Available in Print

My new novel, The Shantyman, is now available as a paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.   It is also available as an ebook on Amazon.   About The Shantyman: He can save the ship and the crew, but can he save himself? … Continue reading

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Eleanor’s Odyssey by Joan Druett — a Review

In 1799, Eleanor Reid was only 21 and newly married to Captain Hugh Reid, commander of the Honorable East India Company extra ship Friendship. It was her husband’s first command and he was under orders to carry a cargo of Irish convicts, the … Continue reading

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Interview with V.E. Ulett by Joan Druett

Award winning author Joan Druett recently interviewed V.E. Ulett, author of the Blackwell’s Adventure series, on her World of the Written Word blog.  Reposted with permission. The author of the rousing historical Blackwell series kindly consented to allow me to … Continue reading

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Blackwell’s Homecoming by V.E. Ulett — a Review

In V.E. Ulett’s new novel, Blackwell’s Homecoming, Captain James Blackwell, his wife Mercedes and their family have returned to Great Britain, after an extended sojourn in the Pacific. Yet, is Britain still their home?  The family is quickly caught up in … Continue reading

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About The Shantyman, a New Novel by Rick Spilman

My new novel, The Shantyman, is now available as a Kindle ebook and will soon be available in print.  The book is based on the true story of a most unusual shantyman with a troubled past. Many years ago, I read Frederick … Continue reading

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Britannia’s Shark by Antoine Vanner — Review by David Hayes

David Hayes reviews Antoine Vanner’s Britannia’s Shark on his excellent Historic Naval Fiction blog: Britannia’s Shark by Antoine Vanner continues the adventures of Commander Nicholas Dawlish, serving in the Royal Navy as the Victorian Era draws to a close. The series so … Continue reading

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New Releases From Old Salt Press

I am very excited about the new releases from Old Salt Press. They include Antione Vanner’s Britannia’s Shark, V.E. Ulett’s  Blackwell’s Homecoming, Joan Druett’s Eleanor’s Odyssey and Lady Castaways, Alaric Bond’s The Guinea Boat and my own new novel, The Shantyman, which … Continue reading

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Eleanor’s Odyssey — a New Book by Joan Druett

Joan Druett has a wonderful new book out — Eleanor’s Odyssey. Now available in paperback and soon as an ebook. Eleanor’s Odyssey: Journal of the Captain’s Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship, 1799-1801 by Joan Druett It was 1799, and … Continue reading

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Antoine Vanner’s New Novel, Britannia’s Shark Out Dec. 5th, Available for Pre-Order

Last month we posted about the third book in Antoine Vanner’s Dawlish chronicles, published by Old Salt Press. The new novel titled Britannia’s Shark is due out on December 5th, and is available for pre-order in the US and the UK. … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Antoine Vanner’s “Britannia’s X” – Guess the “X” Competition

In December, Antione Vanner’s “Britannia’s X,” the third of his Dawlish chronicles will be published by Old Salt Press.  No, the book’s title will not be “Britannia’s X.” From Antoine’s Dawlish Chronicles blog: The title, for now, is “Britannia’s X” – with … Continue reading

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Alaric Bond’s The Torrid Zone — A Review

In The Torrid Zone, Alaric Bond’s latest novel in his Fighting Sail Series, HMS Scylla is due to return to England. Her crew is weary and the ship is in serious need of a refit.  Yet, as soon as the ship reaches … Continue reading

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Coming Soon from Alaric Bond — The Torrid Zone

I am very much looking forward to Alaric Bond’s latest, Torrid Zone, due out in April or May.  He recently posted about it on his blog. Background to a Book I’ve now finished the second draft of The Torrid Zone, … Continue reading

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Book Review Wednesday — New From V.E. Ulett, Blackwell’s Paradise

When I started this blog, I had intended it to be, at least in part, a book blog of works about ships and the sea.  Of late, however, I have been completely negligent in posting reviews.  I will attempt to … Continue reading

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Margaret Muir’s Admiralty Orders Released – Floating Gold Free for Three Days!

To celebrate the launch of Margaret Muir’s Admiralty Orders – Book 3 in her Oliver Quintrell series, the first book of the series, Floating Gold is free on Amazon for the next three days.  In our review, we called Floating … Continue reading

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Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage – Free Today and Tomorrow on Kindle!

Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage is free today and tomorrow, August 7 -8, on Kindle. The Elephant Voyage is a fascinating historical account of a crew who find themselves castaway on a desolate, wind-swept sub-Antarctic island, while on an ill-fated voyage … Continue reading

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V.E. Ulett’s Captain Blackwell’s Prize – A Review

V.E. Ulett’s novel, Captain Blackwell’s Prize begins in battle. As the British board a larger Spanish ship, they discover that the boy wielding a sword next to the Spanish captain is indeed a woman. The novel develops into an unexpected … Continue reading

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Turn a Blind Eye by Alaric Bond – A Review

Alaric Bond, in his latest novel, Turn A Blind Eye, vividly captures the complex and often contradictory world of a seaside village caught between loyalty, prosperity, treachery and murder. It is 1801, on the coast of Sussex. England is at war … Continue reading

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Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage – A Review

Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage is a fascinating historical account of sailors who find themselves castaway on a desolate, wind-swept sub-Antarctic island, while on an ill-fated voyage to hunt elephant seals in the late 19th century.  Their rescue and at least partial redemption also … Continue reading

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Judas Island by Joan Druett – a Review

Joan Druett’s Judas Island, the first book of her Promise of Gold trilogy, is a delightful mix of nautical adventure, romance and droll comedy. In the novel, Harriet Gray, an eighteen year old British actress, finds herself abandoned on the deck … Continue reading

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