Looking Ahead from A Very Muddy Place

As the climactic battle draws near, we’re picking up the pace this month in A Very Muddy Place. Private Potts has no idea that this is his itinerary for the rest of September—a hundred years ago:

September 12—In Reserve at Saint-Mihiel

16—Special Job for Private Potts

19—A Potts Family Day of Thanks

24—Planning the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

25—Prelude to Battle

26—Taking Vauquois

26—The Fog of War

27—Night Attack

28—Montrebeau Wood

29—Charge to Exermont

29—Clyde Brake Boards the Leviathan

30—The Engineers’ Line

October 8—Roy Albert Buried Alive!

Plan of Attack, First Army


A Very Muddy Place

My great grandfather, like many veterans, didn’t talk much about his wartime experience. His family has only his discharge paper and a few anecdotes.

One hundred years later, I’ve discovered a few documents that bear his name. From draft registration to discharge, I’m following the paper trail of B. F. Potts’s journey to the battlefields of the Great War in France and back home again.

Previous articles:

The Butte of Vauquois

“Well, Daddy, what did you think about France?”
“It's a very muddy place.”

Benjamin Franklin Potts Registers for the Draft

As the Great War thundered across the fields of northern France, ten million American men, ages 21 to 30, signed their names to register to be drafted into military service.

Military Induction and Entrainment

“I, Benjamin Franklin Potts, do solemnly swear to bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully, against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever…”

Army Training at Camp Gordon

“If it moves, salute it. If it doesn’t move, paint it!”

Embarkation, the Tunisian, and the Bridge of Ships

In his first ocean voyage, B. F. Potts crossed the submarine invested waters of the North Atlantic in a convoy of steamers escorted by a warship.

Enterprise, Tennessee: The Town That Died

Grandpa owned matched pairs of horses. Him and the boys [Ben and his brothers] cut and snaked logs out of the wood to the roads. He got a dollar a day plus fifty cents for the horses.

 

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A Peregrine’s Path, Issue no. 3

TriopetraAt Triopetra on Crete’s south coast, I learned that its highest rock is the place from which Icarus took off on his mortal flight, too close to the sun. I also learned that, while Icarus fell into the sea, his father and wing maker, Daedalus, flew on to Sicily…

Issue no.3 of A Peregrine’s Path goes out to subscribers this afternoon. In this issue, you’ll read a rhyming excerpt from the next story in the Littlelot series, learn about a novel in progress, and see exclusive photos of a second-century Roman road.

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In his game of make-believe, a boy must make a choice—break his oath to the king or break the heart of the woman who gave him the most meaningful gift.

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Download Littlelot and Petit Lot Free

To celebrate last week’s paperback release of Petit Lot et le Grand Cor de la licorne, I’m giving away ebook editions of Littlelot and Petit Lot.

Right now you can download The First Story of Littlelot, Littlelot and the Real Monster, as well as Petit Lot et le Grand Cor de la licorne, for free to your Kindle or Kindle app.

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Vict’ry Paperback Release Sale

The Way to Vict’ry - Haiku Illustrated on Amazon

RELEASE SALE

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The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated by Cristina Basile
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The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated

The Way to Vict’ry

Three haiku about success, happiness,
and daring to do the most impossible things

“The most extraordinary book
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Haiku Illustrated — Proof Copy

The proof copy of The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated by Cristina Basile has arrived! It looks great, but the printed proof reveals a couple problems that can be fixed.

Perfection is possible on rare occasions. This is one.

The corrections are easily made, and the proofing process will require only a couple more days delay. I look forward to the release announcement around the middle of the week.

Keep a peregrine’s eye out for that, because I expect to launch with a special reduced price for the first few days.

Title haiku and facing illustration

Title haiku and facing illustration from the proof copy

 

The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated

The Way to Vict’ry

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FULLY ILLUSTRATED
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Vict’ry Illustrated for Pre-order

To be released Friday, July 14, the Kindle edition of The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated by Cristina Basile is now available for pre-order at a reduced price.

Place your order now to get this beautifully illustrated ebook for only 99 cents. The book will be delivered automatically to your Kindle device on Friday.

The price goes up to regular retail, $1.99, on the day of release.

 

The Way to Vict’ry: Haiku Illustrated

The Way to Vict’ry

“The most extraordinary book
of three haiku ever published!”

FULLY ILLUSTRATED
by Cristina Basile

In ebook and paperback editions

Ebook
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 Paperback coming soon!

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Haiku Illustrated

Coming this summer!
 

The Way to Vict’ry Illustrated by Cristina Basile

“The most extraordinary book of three haiku ever published”

FULLY ILLUSTRATED
by Cristina Basile

ebook and paperback editions

 

Subscribers to A Peregrine’s Path get the electronic edition (PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket) of this book free on release.

 

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Countdown Sale — The First Story of Littlelot

To celebrate Littlelot’s print release, we’re having a Countdown Sale on the Kindle edition of The First Story of Littlelot.

The countdown sale begins today 8 a.m. PST at $0.99. The 99-cent price will hold through the weekend. The price goes up to $1.99 Monday 4 p.m. PST. The sale ends next Friday at midnight PST when the price goes back to its normal $2.99.

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The First Story of Littlelot

The First Story of
Littlelot

An Arthurian legend with knights and damsels and other action figures

In his game of make-believe, a boy must make a choice—break his oath to the king or break the heart of the woman who gave him the most meaningful gift.

Ebook
Available on Amazon

 

 

 

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Littlelot — Now Available in Paperback

Peregrine Publishing is pleased to announce Littlelot’s print release. The First Story of Littlelot and Littlelot and the Real Monster are available in ebook and, now, in paperback.

The First Story of Littlelot is also available in a Full-Color Illustrated Edition. The frontispiece and six chapter illustrations by celebrated artists Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, Thomas Moran, and Herbert James Draper bring Littlelot’s Arthurian adventure to life in this beautiful paperback book.

The First Story of Littlelot

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Littlelot and the Real Monster

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A Peregrine’s Path, Issue no. 2

The second issue of A Peregrine’s Path went out to subscribers on Saturday.

CONTENTS

Now Available in Paperback
The first two books in the Littlelot series

Leap from a high branch
Haiku illustrated by Cristina Basile

Muses of Montparnasse
Future project preview

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The First Story of Littlelot

The First Story of
Littlelot

An Arthurian legend with knights and damsels and other action figures

In his game of make-believe, a boy must make a choice—break his oath to the king or break the heart of the woman who gave him the most meaningful gift.

A Peregrine’s Path
News of Stephen’s upcoming releases, previews of his books, and exclusive offers from
Peregrine Publishing

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