Where the magic happens: on an 11-year-old, pre-Intel PowerBook G4 with no distracting Internet connection.






Broos's books







Middlesex




4 of 5 stars










So moving and insightful that I had to remind myself it wasn't autobiographical. The clinical bits get so personal, though, that reading the book aloud can get kind of disconcerting.







A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire




4 of 5 stars










A beautifully written, quietly humorous tale of an Austro-Hungarian U-boat commander during World War I. I was sorry to finish it. But then I remembered I've got three more of them to read.







Red Seas Under Red Skies




4 of 5 stars










Starts out with a bang--which leads to another bang, which leads to another ... Lightweight, but funny and inventive.







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Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errata
Errors after the fact
History
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Maps
Yep, still maps

Beyond the Graves

Books half off while they last

January 15, 2010

Tags: McBooks, Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr, Otto Prohaska, John Biggins, Saxon Chronicles, Richard Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell, No Quarter, The War of Knives, Peter Wicked

Prices at the big tag sale at McBooks Press are down to half off, so get on over before the sale ends on January 19. McBooks is getting out of the book-selling business to concentrate on publishing their fine line of historicals, including (more…)

The age of fighting sail sale

January 7, 2010

Tags: McBooks, Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr, Otto Prohaska, John Biggins, Saxon Chronicles, Richard Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell, No Quarter, The War of Knives, Peter Wicked

The close-out sale at McBooks Press seems to be going well. McBooks is getting out of the book-selling business to concentrate on publishing their fine line of historicals, including (ahem) my own, and (more…)

The Witch is back

January 6, 2010

Tags: Lisa Jensen, Tory Lightfoot, The Witch from the Sea, pirate sex

Fans of nautical fiction in general and hot pirate sex in particular might want to go to Lisa Jensen's blog, where she's posted the first chapter of the sequel to (more…)

Maps

January 3, 2010

Tags: maps, surfers, zombies, Michael Jasper

Speaking of maps—which I was a couple of days ago, down below there a bit—here's the map page at Michael Jasper's website. I don't know Jasper, except that he's big on maps, but I think my own love of maps lets me claim a certain kinship. And maybe his maps aren't as elegant as the ones in, say, (more…)

What does a publisher do?

January 3, 2010

Tags: publishing, galassi, farrar, straus, t. s. eliot, cortney love

Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, writes in the January 3 edition of the New York Times about what exactly it is that a publisher does for an author. He makes a number of interesting points, (more…)

If a book has a map, I'll at least try to read it

January 1, 2010

Tags: Lord of the Rings, Hobbits, putty, maps, cartography

If a book has a map, I'll at least try to read it. Even if you don't intend to include a map with the finished book, I blah-bla-blahed recently on a writing forum, sketching one out is a handy way of keeping track of what lives where in your made-up world. Another benefit? (more…)