Hurricanes devastate the Caribbean

Jefferys' map of the Caribbee Isles
Jefferys’ map of the Caribbee Isles, now known as the Lesser Antilles

As my fans will know, the Pirates of Port Royal series is set in the Caribbean of the seventeenth century. My pirates stay ashore during the well known hurricane season, and I included a storm (albeit a mild one) in The Puritan Pirate.

As the events of the 2017 hurricane season unfolded, I and my family were glued to the TV, avidly searching social media as we watched the storms meander across the sea. And hurricanes do meander. For such a frightening event, they are surprisingly slow.

Harvey.

Irma.

Maria.

At no time in recorded history have three such powerful hurricanes made landfall in such rapid succession. As the years pass and climate change worsens, they will grow in severity and travel further and further north. And they will increasingly make landfall.

Sint Maarten, Barbuda, Anguilla. St Thomas and St John. Dominica, Puerto Rico.

For once in my life, and to my family’s astonishment, my geography knowledge exceeded theirs. I knew these names, these places. Through research, I had come to know and love them. And island by island, the hurricanes proceeded to take them apart.

I have named only a few of the islands that are facing an unprecedented catastrophe, from which it will likely take years to recover. While many of these islands are territories of wealthy nations, they themselves are poor, with scarce resources and, for the most part, aging infrastructure. The press has abounded with stories of various governments’ poor responses in assisting their devastated territories. Now Oxfam, a charity with decades of experience in managing catastrophic disasters, has stepped in.

Oxfam rarely responds to humanitarian emergencies in wealthy countries. But due to government apathy, the situation in Puerto Rico worsens hour by hour. Oxfam has decided to assist in the name of human decency.

Although Puerto Rico’s situation is possibly the most desperate, Oxfam is assisting other island nations as well. If you want to help the citizens of the beautiful Caribbean islands recover from this devastating storm season, you can donate to Oxfam here.

Chevaliers & Charlatans – a Scribblings & Musings exclusive

Chevaliers & Charlatans is a new series that takes place in the world of the Pirates of Port Royal. All stories are free, and exclusive to subscribers to my monthly newsletter, Scribblings & Musings.

The first story, A Chevalier in Deed, is available with the October edition. Sign up now to receive your copy!

The Caribbean, 1661
When Titus Kandel meets Sir Henry Polglase, an irrepressible

Cover of A Chevalier in Deed by Jules Radcliffe
A Chevalier in Deed, book one of the Chevaliers & Charlatans series

fire smoulders between them. But Ty belongs to another man—the repulsive Jonkheer Van Wyck.
Sir Henry swears he will rescue Ty from his master’s clutches. Ty wants to believe him, but he knows how difficult it will be to persuade Van Wyck to let him go. And then, to his delight, Sir Henry shows that he is different to other free men.
But all too soon, Ty discovers Sir Henry’s true purpose in coming to the Caribbean…

A Scoundrel in Silk, the second story, will be available in the November issue of Scribblings & Musings.