Category Archives: Newbooks

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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Joan Druett Interviewed by Quarterdeck

McBook Press‘ wonderful publication Quarterdeck, has a fascinating interview with Joan Druett in their June 2013 edition.   We are reposting it here with permission. Award-winning author Joan Druett sailed back into nautical fiction in 2005 with the launch of A … Continue reading

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Joan Druett’s A Love of Adventure – Free Today & Tomorrow on Kindle

Joan Druett’s A Love of Adventure is free today and tomorrow as an Amazon Kindle edition. From our review, last August: Many of the classics of nautical literature are stories of young men who set off to sea, often compelled, in … Continue reading

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Beckoning Ice & Hell Around the Horn – Free Today and Tomorrow on Kindle

Joan Druett’s Beckoning Ice, the fifth in her series of Wiki Coffin nautical mysteries, is free today and tomorrow on Kindle. Joan’s detective, Wiki Coffin, is a half-Maori, half-Yankee “linguister,” who is also the representative of American law and order with the … Continue reading

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Free Books from Old Salt Press – Hell Around the Horn, The Beckoning Ice and A Love of Adventure

To celebrate the upcoming publication of Joan Druett’s Promise of Gold trilogy, Old Salt Press will be running a free book promotion for Rick Spilman’s Hell Around the Horn, and Joan Druett’s The Beckoning Ice and A Love of Adventure over the … Continue reading

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Joan Druett Publishing with Old Salt Press

Joan Druett, the award winning maritime historian and novelist, will be publishing her Promise of Gold trilogy with Old Salt Press.  The three novels; Judas Island, Calafia’s Kingdom, and Dearest Enemy; will be be published as e-books on Amazon in the next few days.   Joan’s A … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Get A Free Kindle Edition of Hell Around the Horn

The Kindle Edition of Hell Around the Horn will be free today through Monday, February 9 – 11th.  Click here to download a copy. This is the second and last Kindle free promotion for the book. For those who have asked for … Continue reading

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One Million Pageview Giveaway – Hell Around the Horn Free Today on Kindle, Enter to Win the Paperback

To continue our celebration of the Old Salt Blog passing one million pageviews, today, December 20, and tommorrow, December 21, we are giving away free copies of the Kindle edition of my new nautical thriller, Hell Around the Horn.  Click here to go … Continue reading

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Joan Druett’s The Beckoning Ice, A Wiki Coffin Mystery – A Review

Joan Druett’s The Beckoning Ice, the fifth in her series of Wiki Coffin nautical mysteries, begins in 1839, on the sealer Betsey of Stonington, homeward bound from “a short but very profitable season far south of Cape Horn.” The schooner is … Continue reading

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Hell Around the Horn – the History (and Fiction) Behind the Novel

In writing historical fiction, researching the history can be challenging. When researching my novel, Hell Around the Horn, I discovered that the three primary sources for the history behind the novel, two memoirs and the Official Ship’s Log, disagreed with each other in significant details and … Continue reading

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Historical Novel Society Conference 2012 and Hell Around the Horn Available in Print

The Internet is an odd place. There are writers who I feel that I know well and consider to be friends, and yet that I have never met in person.  This evening, I will be leaving to attend the Historical Novel Society Conference … Continue reading

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Sailor Twain or the Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

I have been a fan of Sailor Twain for some time. Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson is a webcomic by Mark Siegel. He has been posting pages online every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the tale unfolding in … Continue reading

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