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Astrodene's Historic Naval Fiction Log Book - Your regular update of what's new in nautical literature set in the Age of Sail

July 2013

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with William H. White ahead of the launch of his new novel in the Edward Ballantyne series 'Gun Bay'.

There are 2 brand new naval fiction titles out this month together with some non-fiction releases. There is also news of one released last month without notice and some due out shortly where a specific date has not been finalised.

Brief information is given below with links to the full website articles.

Recent Latest Release Articles

This month articles have appeared about the following books which have been published or are available for pre-order

Fiction

The Spoils of Conquest

Author Seth Hunter has a new novel The Spoils of Conquest which is due for release on 4 July 2013. It is now available for pre-order in hardcover and for kindle in the UK but just for kindle in the US.

 Daedalus and The Deep

Just released by a new author to the genre, Matthew Willis, is an HNF novel with a fantasy element, Daedalus and The Deep. It is currently available for download on Kindle and will be released in paperback format shortly.

Non Fiction

Empire of the Deep

A new book by Ben Wilson, Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy, is due for release on 25 July 2013. It is now available for pre-order in hardcover and for kindle in the UK but just for kindle in the US.

Other Nautical Fiction

Cross of Fire

Author Mark Keating has a new novel Cross of Fire which is due for release on 18 July 2013. It is now available for pre-order in hardcover and for kindle in the UK but just for kindle in the US.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at James L. Nelson.

James L. NelsonJames L. Nelson was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before he turned thirty and realised it would be easier to write about sailing rather than actually doing it. His career as a writer began in 1994 and he has since written works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order's Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife Lisa and their four children.

He has written three historic naval fiction series and is also the writer of non-fiction books about early American naval activities.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month

Fiction

The Spoils of Conquest

The Spoils of Conquest by Seth Hunter (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 4 July 2013

The King's Chameleon

The King's Chameleon by Richard Woodman (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 25 July 2013

Non Fiction

Britannia's Dragon

Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J. D. Davies (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 1 July 2013

London and the Georgian Navy

London and the Georgian Navy by Philip MacDougall (Paperback - UK)

It is due for release on 1 July 2013

Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy

Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy by Ben Wilson (Hardcover - UK)

It is dur for release on 25 July 2013

Pirate Fiction

Cross of Fire

Cross of Fire by Mark Keating (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 18 July 2013

A listing of books to be released in the future is available via the Releases Calendar

Author Interviews Last Month

Gun Bay

William H. White, author of Gun Bay

Among the questions asked were:

What can you tell us about your new novel Gun Bay without spoiling the plot for readers?

Your other two series, the War of 1812 Trilogy and Oliver Baldwin are also based around the War of 1812. What is your particular interest in this conflict?

Read more

Book Reviews

The Lion of Midnight

David Hayes reviews The Lion of Midnight by J. D. Davies

Read the review.

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England

Linda Collison reviews Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago by Roy & Lesley Adkins

Read the review

Judas Island

Richard Spilman reviews Judas Island by Joan Druett

Read the review

Originally published on the The Old Salt Blog

Other News

Turn a Blind Eye

Alaric Bond's new novel, outside his Fighting Sail series, is to be published by Old Salt Press. Turn a Blind Eye will be available worldwide Autumn 2013.

Read More

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