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Publishing Schedule

April, 2018
Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs, book no.12 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

May, 2018
Halfhyde Goes to War, book no.13 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

June, 2018
The King's Coat, book no.1 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

July, 2018
Halfhyde on the Amazon, book no.14 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

August, 2018
Halfhyde and the Admiral, book no.15 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan

September, 2018
The King's Commission, book no.3 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

October, 2018
The King's Privateer, book no.4 The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, by Dewey Lambdin

November, 2018
The Black Ring, book no.2 The Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels, by William Westbrook

November, 2018
The Bermuda Privateer (PB), book no.1 The Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels, by William Westbrook

December, 2018
Halfhyde and the Fleet Review, book no.16 The Halfhyde Adventures, by Philip McCutchan



Profile of Michael Scott
Scott was born in Scotland at Cowlairs, near Glasgow, the son of a Glasgow merchant.

In 1806 he went to Jamaica, first managing some estates, and afterwards joining a business firm in Kingston. The latter post necessitated his making frequent journeys, on the incidents of which he based his best known book, Tom Cringle's Log.

In 1822 he left Jamaica and settled in Glasgow, where he engaged in business. Tom Cringle's Log began to appear serially in Blackwood's Magazine in 1829. Scott’s second story, The Cruise of the Midge, was also first published serially in Blackwood's in 1834–1835. The first appearance in book-form of each story was in Paris in 1834. Both stories - "interesting autobiographical portraits of jamaica in the 1820s, written by a perceptive and sympathetic, but transient observer" - were originally published anonymously, and their authorship was not known till after Scott's death at Glasgow.


Tom Cringle's Log
In the Caribbean, Tom Cringle works up the ranks quickly in the navy, from midshipman at age 13, to command of the Wasp. See Details

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