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

Prologue

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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Two Announcements

September 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

Two special shout outs this morning. First, thanks to Hilary at The Smitten Image for singling out my story A Home for the Swifts. It’s always an honor to see my name in her Posts of the Week feature. Check out Hilary’s blog to enjoy amazing photography and the other great posts honored this week.

    

Second, I’ve once again been invited to submit a story to Retirement and Good Living. I’m told my last contribution, An Elixir for Retirement, was one of their most viewed articles. I hope you’ll check out Buffaloed and leave a comment at Retirement and Good Living so these nice folks will invite me back. Just follow the link: http://retirementandgoodliving.com/buffaloed/

    

Have a terrific day.

 

 



Comments

9 Comments
Mazel tov--you deserve it!!
By: fishducky on September 19, 2013
How can I find "An Elixir for Retirement"?
By: fishducky on September 19, 2013
You perception reminds me of a joke: A man was held up at gun point. The police asked him about the robber. Race? I don't know Height? Couldn't say. Hair color? Eye color? Tattoos? Don't remember. Did you see the gun? It was a colt 45 pearl handle brush finish serial a16-14932L!
By: Cranky on September 19, 2013
Oh, congrats on your POTW, it was a most worthy post!
By: Cranky on September 19, 2013
As one of my former colleagues used to say "Here's an attaboy for you!" Congrats. Glad others can enjoy the Chatterbox.
By: Tom Cochrun on September 19, 2013
Yay, for you!!! I went over to both sites. The Smitten Image looks like a great blog to get hooked on. Like I need to find more blogs to read. The Buffaloed piece is great, BTW.
By: Cheryl P. on September 19, 2013
Congratulations...and what Cheryl P. said. :-)
By: Pixel Peeper on September 19, 2013
Congrats on your Retirement and Good Living!
By: Val on September 19, 2013
Great story. Thanks for sending us over. And thank you kindly for the shout out. That's so appreciated. :)
By: Hilary Quint on September 19, 2013

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