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Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased)

December 18, 2007

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HMS Privet is a cursed ship – every first lieutenant serving aboard her dies gruesomely. Lieutenant Daniel Leigh is determined to solve the mystery and volunteers for the place himself, putting his life in desperate danger. Little does he suspect that he will fall in love with the Captain, John Meadows, and end up fighting not only for his own life but for the soul of his lover too.

This is a unique and delightful little book. I should declare an interest at once, because I proof-read it and am kindly listed as ‘editor’. But I agreed to proof read it because, having read the story, I had already fallen in love with it. In the best tradition of the Victorian penny dreadful, it is a rip-roaring story without great literary pretensions, but with buckets of verve and charm. Ghosts! Mortal peril! True love of the m/m persuasion. Derring-do on the high seas… It has all of these things. Above all, it’s an entertaining short story told with great wit.

It’s also embellished with four original drawings which – I think – are worth the price of the book on their own. The front cover gives you an accurate impression of the style. Like the story, they are deeply charming, and I believe my copy will end up falling open at the kiss on p59

The book is professionally put together and nice to handle. The quality of printing, paper and cover is very high. The first in a planned series (each volume kept short in order to keep the prices down) it’s available through the author’s website HERE

I think it says something that I’ve already bought two copies – one for me and one to give away, and on the strength of this one will be buying the rest of the series sight unseen.Β  It’s the perfect thing to while away a couple of hours on a windy night, and I hope I will eventually have a shelf full of the series πŸ™‚

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. HMS dauntless permalink
    December 18, 2007 11:44 am

    Oh, now I cannot wait for getting my own copy ! πŸ™‚

    (fretting because, due to my comings and goings during the holidays, I will not be able to order it until January – life can be so unfair…)

  2. annielatimer permalink
    December 18, 2007 3:26 pm

    Oh that sounds great! πŸ™‚

  3. emmacollingwood permalink
    December 18, 2007 3:56 pm

    Above all, it’s an entertaining short story told with great wit.

    That was our goal, and it makes me very happy to hear that you think we’ve achieved it. This book was a lot of fun to write, and I really hope it will be a lot of fun to read.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Alex. You made me very happy.

    Oh – and as far as the kiss is concerned: I fully agree!

  4. December 18, 2007 4:28 pm

    Oh, now I cannot wait for getting my own copy ! πŸ™‚

    It will make for a good start to the new year πŸ™‚ A funny thing is that although the cover looks like it’s made of coarse brown paper which is wrinkled with wear, it’s actually an optical illusion, and really it’s smooth and glossy to the touch. It’s a strange sensation that it doesn’t feel like what it looks like πŸ™‚

  5. December 18, 2007 4:29 pm

    Oh that sounds great! πŸ™‚

    It is πŸ™‚ It’s a lovely little thing in all sorts of ways.

  6. December 18, 2007 4:33 pm

    That was our goal, and it makes me very happy to hear that you think we’ve achieved it. This book was a lot of fun to write, and I really hope it will be a lot of fun to read.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful review, Alex. You made me very happy.

    Oh – and as far as the kiss is concerned: I fully agree!

    Hurray! I’m glad that you’re pleased with the review πŸ™‚ I’m going to see if I can advertise it around my numerous romance and m/m egroups this afternoon. People deserve to hear about it, and I hope it has lots of success.

  7. Cassie permalink
    December 20, 2007 12:28 am

    This book looks like so much fun! I do love derring-do and true love, esp. of the m/m persuasion.

    Too bad I’m broke. 😦

    Maybe after the holidays…

  8. December 20, 2007 1:51 am

    I really can’t thank you enough for all your help and promotion, thanks so, so much! πŸ˜€

  9. December 20, 2007 8:32 am

    This book looks like so much fun! I do love derring-do and true love, esp. of the m/m persuasion.

    Too bad I’m broke. 😦

    Maybe after the holidays…

    It is a good one, Cassie! But yes, Christmas is not the best time for having spare cash πŸ™‚ I’ll hope for a windfall for you in the new year.

  10. December 20, 2007 8:34 am

    I really can’t thank you enough for all your help and promotion, thanks so, so much! πŸ˜€

    No problem at all πŸ™‚ I must say that it’s gratifying to see that over 200 people so far have read the review (I love WP’s stats!) Heh, I hope you’ll reach your target sales in the first month and go on to much more!

  11. December 20, 2007 9:41 am

    I think you’ve sold me on that in so many ways but I’ve promised myself not to buy any more books until January 1st. I think it’s shuffled onto my list though.

  12. December 20, 2007 11:54 am

    I think you’ve sold me on that in so many ways but I’ve promised myself not to buy any more books until January 1st. I think it’s shuffled onto my list though.

    Hurray that it’s on the list! And the 1st of January isn’t that long now πŸ™‚ Something I’m eagerly awaiting because that’s when my own book comes out. LOL! Have one of each πŸ˜‰

  13. Sieglinde permalink
    March 28, 2010 11:38 am

    Age of Sail, slash and ghosts? I must get this. πŸ˜€ All those men who write endless adventure series seem to forget about slash. (The only author who makes me really squee being Melville.)

    I’m also working on an Age of Sail novel, pretty much breaking of Article 29 included.

    • March 28, 2010 7:48 pm

      It’s a great mixture, isn’t it? And nicely pulled off in this. I can’t wait for her novel, “The Purser, The Surgeon, The Captain and His Lieutenant” which should be coming out sometime this year.

      I can do you Age of Sail + Slash (False Colors) or Slash + Ghosts + 18th Century civilian life (Wages of Sin), but not as yet AoS+Ghosts+Slash πŸ™‚

      I’m glad to hear you’re working on an AoS slash novel too. The more the merrier!

  14. March 1, 2011 11:49 am

    This is very interesting, You are a very good blogger.

  15. August 15, 2011 9:22 am

    quite intriguing post

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