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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It's Almost Here!

July 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t usually gush over TV programs but Mrs. Chatterbox and I are diehard fans of Game of Thrones. Last year we binge-watched all six seasons, and it was even better the second time around. So it may be July…but winter is coming. This Sunday marks the premier of Season Seven of Game of Thrones. If my dragon egg doesn’t hatch before then I’ll be glued to the television.

           

Are you ready? I am!

 

 

Winter is coming!

 

 

 

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26 Comments
I'll wait for your two-paragraph review, thanks.
By: scott park on July 14, 2017
I hate to admit(in front of you) but I've never watched it myself.
By: Jimmy on July 14, 2017
I read the books but I haven't seen any of the shows on TV. I need to do like you guys and watch them all :)
By: Rick Watson on July 14, 2017
I've read all the books and wish he would finish them! never have watched the show but I may have to just to find out how it ends since he doesn't seem to care about writing down the finish.
By: Ellen Abbott on July 14, 2017
One of the best tv series ever!
By: John on July 14, 2017
We don't have HBO, but the moment the season ends, I'll get it for a month and binge watch.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on July 14, 2017
Hmmm we tried once....perhaps we should try again! Have a fun day!
By: Kathe W. on July 14, 2017
I was ready to quit after season 5 but last season was much better and now we're into the final act so hopefully it will be good.
By: PT Dilloway on July 14, 2017
I only watch News, PBS and "Say Yes To The Dress."
By: cranky on July 14, 2017
I feel so left out. I don't get the show but know it is hugely popular. Maybe someday...
By: Arkansas Patti on July 14, 2017
Not a fan of the books or the show, but I do love that picture (not the egg one)!
By: jenny_o on July 14, 2017
I can't wait. I need to watch the season 1-6 recap to refresh my memory then it's on like Donkey Kong.
By: Mr. Shife on July 14, 2017
Found out last month that I have free HBO until the end of September. I haven't watched that channel yet. But I will on Sunday. Valar morghulis!
By: Al Penwasser on July 14, 2017
I know it's a very popular show, but I've never watched it. Some rainy afternoon perhaps I'll give it a try. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on July 14, 2017
My kids watch, and give me reviews and keep me up with some of what is going on. They are ready!
By: messymimi on July 14, 2017
I don't have HBO. Never watched it, probably never will. But I hope you enjoy it immensely! It's great to have a show to look forward to.
By: Val on July 14, 2017
I'm a spoil sport. I don't watch TV.
By: Red on July 14, 2017
We are still a few seasons behind. Can't wait to see the rest and then start all over again!
By: Mitchell is Moving on July 15, 2017
I have not seen a single episode. I've been sick the last two weeks and have discovered what the what about binge watching netflix. Longmire was the first one I found, and I have barely stopped to watch anything else. My dad is also enjoying watching and asks me for new shows. I'll tell him about this one if I like it. Hope you and Mrs C have a wonderful weekend!
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on July 15, 2017
Hmmm.. Pass. I watched a little bit of season 1, first ep and I didn't get into it at all. Enjoy! :-) Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on July 15, 2017
One of the programs we just haven't been able to get to ... and now it seems we're so far behind. We've been watching "Catastrophe" and "This Is Us."
By: tom sightings on July 16, 2017
Haven't seen (nor missed) a one of them. Sorry.
By: Catalyst on July 16, 2017
I've read the books, want to watch the shows. Will have to get them on DVD. If they are half as good as the books, I will probably have to binge, too! Cat
By: Cat on July 16, 2017
This one is on my list for binge-watching. Too many to name in front of it though. I am finishing up Longmire, and Frankie and Grace, and if I hadn't gotten this awful cold, (which led to couch potato time) I wouldn't have been able to finish either.
By: Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines on July 17, 2017
I've seen commercials advertising the show. Best of luck with your egg.
By: Daniel LaFrance on July 17, 2017
I've been trying to find something new on Netflix to watch. I think I'll put Game of Thrones on the list. All I know so far about the show is that I like the theme music (I have it on my iPod).
By: Pixel Peeper on July 22, 2017

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