How Pirate Batman rescued me from a book title problem

So ... while working on the Spider John historical mysteries, I have been working on another potential series as well -- a modern-day crime series set in a fictional Ohio county. And I had a title for the work in progress on that second series. I was going to call it "Powder Keg," as the …

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Want to pre-order a pirate murder mystery? Here’s how …

At last, my novel, "The Bloody Black Flag: A Spider John Mystery," is available for pre-order from Seventh Street Books.  The release date is Sept. 12, and you will be able to walk into a book store and buy it then if you prefer.  You can order print or ebook versions. What do you get …

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“Pirate Latitudes” reviewed, or how I wish Crichton had given this one a heavy rewrite

"Pirate Latitudes" was written early on in Michael Crichton's quest to become a famed novelist. It was put away while he built his reputation and fortune with works such as "Jurassic Park," "Eaters of the Dead," "The Andromeda Strain" and others.  It was dug up after his death, like a buried treasure, and published.    …

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“On Stranger Tides” reviewed, or how to mix history and fantasy in a very fun way

Continuing my tour of blogging about books published decades ago (because a good book is a good book no matter how long it takes you to get around to it ...), I highly recommend "On Stranger Tides," by Tim Powers. This thoroughly engaging novel at times made me think of Rafael Sabatini, H.P. Lovecraft, the …

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How not to write an action-adventure hero, or what you can learn from “Captain Nemesis”

With a pirate's gleam in my eye, I snatched up a copy of "Captain Nemesis" from a used-bookstore shelf. Here was a paperback pirate adventure from 1957 by an author whose name I had never heard. Having exhausted all the Rafael Sabatini and Robert Louis Stevenson pirate yarns, plus others by lesser lights, I am …

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