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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A Stimulating Read

February 17, 2015

 

Some of you might have noticed the saucy picture added to Chubby Chatterbox’s sidebar announcing a new anthology produced by Publishing Syndicate: On SEX: 69 Hilarious Stories About Everything SEX. I was honored when two of my stories were accepted for publication, and surprised when one, Peeping Toms, was selected to help launch the book on the publisher’s blog Laugh Until You Pee.

           

I hope you’ll check out this side-splitting blog, featuring humorous excerpts on a variety of subjects from the publisher’s series Not Your Mother’s Book…. The series was created by Ken and Daylynn McKowen, who for years were coauthors and consultants for the series Chicken Soup for the Soul. These nice folks, along with Pamela Frost and Pat Nelson, have been a pleasure to work with, and I hope you’ll follow the link and leave a comment so they’ll invite me back.

           

If you find my story amusing, this book is filled with 68 others that are equally enjoyable. On SEX can be purchased from your favorite book retailer, or directly from the publisher for a limited-time discount. (www.publishingsyndicate.com)

           

My story Peeping Toms can be found by following the link below. Thanks in advance for leaving a comment at Laugh Until You Pee below:

 

 

https://laughuntilyoupee.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/peeping-toms-by-stephen-hayes/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Comments

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By: Chubby Chatterbox on February 17, 2015
We are honored to have two of your stories in NYMB...On SEX. Your stories are wonderfully funny.
By: Dahlynn on February 17, 2015
I'm sure I have 69 hilarious stories about sex in my personal repertoire. Congratulations on your inclusion. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on February 17, 2015
Fantastic! Congrats to you. Can't wait to read it.
By: Bouncin Barb on February 18, 2015
Congrats mon ami!
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 18, 2015
Congratulations on yet another success.
By: Bryan Jones on February 19, 2015

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