Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste


Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Merry Christmas 2015

December 25, 2015








I hope everyone has a festive and safe holiday. Merry Christmas from Casa Chatterbox. Take care and eat a piece of fudge for me.





Happy Holidays!




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Mission accomplished! Have a great day!
By: Kathe W. on December 25, 2015
Holidays are always a little happier with fudge!!
By: fishducky on December 25, 2015
OK if I haven't a second piece for you? Merry Christmas. I love that beautiful painting!
By: Tom Cochrun on December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas!
By: Jeff on December 25, 2015
I am sorry for being late. I wanted to be by much earlier. "Stuff" happened, but I hope you are still having a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 25, 2015
merry christmas, y'all!
By: TexWisGirl on December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas to the Casa Chatterbox! And fudge...yummmmmm.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 25, 2015
Let the record show that my sister the ex-mayor's wife gave us a supply of fudge to bring home. It was last seen in the arms of my son Genius. SOMEBODY will be eating a piece of fudge for you.
By: Val on December 25, 2015
Great christmas here. I really like the Christmas picture. I was looking for a name on it . I assume it's one of your paintings? Great joy expressed there.
By: red on December 25, 2015
Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas!
By: messymimi on December 25, 2015
The fudge awaits me in the other room but I don't think I can eat any tonight. The BRD's crab cakes and bread pudding with bourbon cream sauce still have me filled up.
By: Catalyst on December 25, 2015
Thanks for the wishes and the lovely pic! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season! :)
By: Lexa Cain on December 26, 2015
Hope yours is a joy. I love the painting!
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 27, 2015
Hope you had a great Christmas and even better New Year. R
By: Rick Watson on December 27, 2015
Awesome illustration! Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Chatterbox, too. :)
By: on December 27, 2015
Lovely art, Stephen. It goes with your claim to âunbashed sentimentalityâ (funny, but no one ever admits to being âbashedâ). I hope your son is continuing to improve. I often think about how many people would be dead in the absence of âmodernâ medicine, and not only dead, but dead of things that arenât even that serious in the presence of modern medicine.
By: Snowbrush on December 29, 2015
Oh I ate a lot more than that.. for you.. yeah. :) Hope your New Year's is wonderful.
By: Hilary on December 30, 2015
What a beautiful illustration. I love that artists can create their own Christmas cards. some of my favorite came from Michael Whelan.
By: Michael Offutt on January 6, 2016

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