My book: Summaries, blasted summaries!

14 August, 2007 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

I hate writing summaries, and I’m so very, very bad at doing them. If it was up to me, I’d write “funny story, please read, have fun”, but that’s not enough if you want to sell a book.

Please find below the summaries for my two books, and tell me what you think about them. Would you buy them? What would you add? What would you toss, correct, juggle around? Do the summaries make any sense at all? Is anything missing? Are there typos? Grammar crimes? General nonsense and cringworthiness? Let me hear you! Please ignore the names for “Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood”, though – I just had to use something.

Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased)

HMS Privet has the reputation of being cursed, and there might be some truth to it: inexplicable accidents happen, and every first lieutenant serving aboard the frigate dies under very dubious circumstances. Quite naturally, Lieutenant Shaw is despaired when he learns about his promotion to first lieutenant. His friend Thomas, the son of Admiral Barnett, is determined to save Shaw’s life, ignoring his father’s warnings. Thomas finds an ally and lover in James Denningham, the Privet’s captain, a man whose reputation has been tarnished by accusations of immorality. By trying to solve the mystery, Thomas puts his own life and the lives of every man aboard the Privet at risk. Will Thomas’ stubbornness and bravery be enough to prevail?

Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased) – a Georgian ghost story featuring a cursed ship, a vengeful ghost, a haunted captain and an enamoured lieutenant.

Text: Emma Collingwood / Illustrations: Amandine de Villeneuve

The Purser, The Surgeon, The Captain And His Lieutenant

All is not well aboard HMS Selkie, a frigate of the Royal Navy in the late 18th century. Sebastian Quinn, the purser, would sell or murder his own grandmother at a fair price – and maybe his captain, too. Daniel Shaw, the surgeon, has been sent to serve aboard the Selkie by his father in an attempt at breaking up his son’s misalliance. Quinn and Shaw make no secret of their disdain for the Royal Navy, a source of permanent quarrelling with the Selkie’s first lieutenant, Thomas Barnett, a paradigm of an officer. His contempt for Shaw’s weakness and incompetence as well as Quinn’s complete lack of morals exasperate him; his only reasons to stay aboard the Selkie are his love and admiration for Captain James Denningham, a stern, seemingly bland man who has been transferred aboard the Selkie for disciplinary reasons.

Denningham’s death during a battle in the West Indies has an unexpected and eerie impact on the lives of his own descendant and the descendants of those who have served under his command. A love that would have ended on the gallows in the 18th century finally becomes possible, but Denningham, Barnett, Quinn and Shaw – the lazy snob, the roughcast shipwright, the charming spiv and the stuffy ambulance driver – also learn that every score has to be settled. Even 240 years later.

The Purser, The Surgeon, The Captain And His Lieutenant – a tricky tale about the Age of Sail, bravery, honour, love, the power of magic and overrated movie directors. Coming soon to a bookstore in your neighbourhood.

Text: Emma Collingwood / Illustrations: Amandine de Villeneuve

Desperately seeking help, thanks so much in advance!

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