Established in 2011, Northampton House Press, Overdue Books, and Polyhymnia Audio publish selected historical fiction, romance, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, as well as nonfiction, poetry, and middle grade and YA literature.
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NEW – Do you prefer to listen to your books? NHP publishes audio now! Our first audiobook is HATTERAS BLUE, by David Poyer, available now unabridged through our new Polyhymnia Audiobooks imprint. Produced and narrated by Edison McDaniels. Check it out here: Hatteras Blue on Audible.com. And our second has just debuted: WATERWOMAN, A Novel of the Eastern Shore
LEAD TITLES FOR SUMMER 2019:
Waterwoman by Lenore Hart, read by Julie Yelen
“Pure as the waters of the pre-industrial Chesapeake … utterly convincing and beautifully sensual. You feel the shell cuts, the pull of the nets.” — Baltimore Sun
“Hart reaches surprising emotional depths with her exploration of sibling rivalry, familial commitment, and social taboos.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“A gripping story with an admirable, complex heroine … The love and rivalry between the sisters will strike a chord with teens.” — Booklist
“… Hart creates a believable world where tragedy does not always equal hopelessness, a place where you don’t always get what you want, but if you’re strong, you find reasons to go on living anyway.” — Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Even as a child, plain, boyish Annie Revels had everyone’s role figured out. Everyone’s, that is, except her own. Her sickly mother needed to be taken care of. Her little sister Rebecca was beautiful, where Annie was not. Her father was a waterman, a free-looking life Annie envied and could’ve had, if only she’d been born a son.
Tiny, remote Revels Island, a barrier island off the Eastern Shore, knows nothing of the partying, gin-soaked Roaring Twenties, which grip the rest of the country. The family depends on the coastal waters to make a living, and tragedy is always only a bad storm away. As Annie notes, “In order to live on the Shore, you need to understand that good weather always follows bad.”
But when her father dies, suddenly it falls to Annie to take his place aboard the oyster boat and support what’s left of the family. Out there, she finds the only life she could ever really fit into: being a waterman. Until one day, she meets Nathan…
Available in bookstores and online.
Ebook Edition, $4.99 U.S. Trade Paper Edition, $12.95 U.S.
Now available as an audiobook! Six entrancing hours for a very reasonable price! Order it here.
Heroes of Annapolis by David Poyer
“Heroes of Annapolis is an inspiration from cover to cover.” – Quarterdeck Magazine
The United States Naval Academy has no monopoly on heroes. But over the last ten years, the most popular living author of American sea fiction has spent thousands of hours researching its graduates for Shipmate, the U.S. Naval Academy’s magazine. The extraordinary personal stories of adventure and courage he’s collected span American history from the Civil War to the War on Terror.
HEROES OF ANNAPOLIS shines light into corners of history that still affect us today. For example, our huge prison population can be traced to Richmond P. Hobson, “The Most Kissed Man in America.” Merian C. Cooper was a fighter pilot and film director whose iconic KING KONG has been remade over and over. Philo McGiffin became a high-ranking officer in the Imperial Chinese Navy, commanded a battleship during the Battle of the Yalu, and surveyed many of the islands China is claiming today. Other graduates held bridges under fierce fire, hunted buffalo on horseback, sacrificed their lives to save shipmates, shot down snipers with pistols, rescued fellow aviators on enemy territory, advised presidents against escalation in Vietnam, led Iraqi militias in Baghdad . . . and much more.
Poyer tries not to engage in hero worship, or glorify war. Still, for at least one shining moment, each of the men and women profiled made the difficult choice: To risk it all, for flag, country, honor, and those they led into battle.
Available now. Trade Paper Edition, $17.95 US. Ebook, $7.99 US.
Lucky in Love by Joan La Blanc
“This unsentimental but nevertheless sweet romance will appeal to readers who enjoy well-researched historical fiction and a leisurely pace.” – Publishers Weekly
At 4 PM on a holiday weekend in 1943, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s premier express departs Washington’s Union Station for a high-speed run to Penn Station in New York City. Among the 541 passengers in its sixteen coaches are a disillusioned war widow and a Navy submarine officer on route to an exciting new duty. Over the next hours, these strangers discover they share not only adjoining seats but the same final destination—Portsmouth, New Hampshire—and an intriguing attraction. As the Congressional Limited barrels into Philadelphia, however, Fate intervenes to tear them apart and change their lives in ways neither could have foreseen.
Based on an actual disaster, LUCKY IN LOVE explores the challenges this couple faces in the aftermath of that eventful journey. Thoroughly researched and richly detailed, this is the latest in Joan La Blanc’s series of engaging novels backgrounded by World War II. It offers a compelling glimpse of the many faces of that conflict, including the roles of both railroads and military hospitals of the era. Carefully blending fact and fiction, this is a novel for anyone who relishes a good romance.
Publication Date: June 1, 2019. 295 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-937997-93-9 . Trade Romance. Library of Congress Control Number: 2019934128. Also available as an ebook.
Ebook Edition, $5.99 U.S. Trade Paper Edition, $14.95 U.S.
OTHER PEOPLE’S CRAZY by Greg Fletcher
In suburban Arizona, the biggest kid in his high school sophomore class is being bullied by the smallest. With no dad, best friend, or girlfriend, Brandon’s life feels like pure hopeless chaos. But thanks to his crazy single mom, a stray dog, a bronco-busting hairdresser, a random left turn, and boomerang karma from the Universe, Brandon has a chance to turn his life in a new direction. Chaos, or Choice? They’re both in the mix of crazy at Mesa Grande High!
5.5 x 8.5 trade paper, 209 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-937997-95-3. BISAC: YA Fiction. LCN: 2019934150. Also available as an ebook.
Ebook Edition, $4.99 U.S. Trade Paper Edition, $12.95 U.S.
ROBERT P. ARTHUR: SELECTED WORKS
“Arthur makes me nostalgic for places I’ve never been” – The Virginian‑Pilot
“Each rereading of this narrative delights me more.” – Pleasant Living Magazine
“Masterfully depicts life on and around the Chesapeake.” – Currents
“Passionate knowledge, keen observation.” – The News Journal, Delaware
“As tough and genuine as a waterman’s palm, these rhythms are the sway of boats on tide waters, wind, straining ropes, and snapping sails.” –Ghent Magazine
“A powerful introduction to those who do not know the Bay – a delightful reminder for those who do.” – Eastern Shore News
A poet of international renown, Robert P. Arthur is a virtuoso practitioner of a wide variety of forms. His work displays an acute feel for drama and a vivid sense of place. This collection includes the best of hundreds of individual poems written by Arthur over a forty‑year career, including The Arrow, The Poetess of Blue Streak Grill, and many more. Also, poems in series, including Vija’s War and Crazy Horse’s Woman. Emotionally and intellectually charged monologues portray such diverse characters as disillusioned Jamestown settlers, Crazy Horse’s death‑obsessed lover, a Latvian child caught up in the chaos of World War II, Appalachian snake handlers, Chesapeake Bay watermen, and painter Vincent van Gogh, as well as the voice(s) of Arthur himself.
These works immortalize a doomed natural world of grief, joy, and unparalleled beauty. Both accessible and lyrical, they’ll delight and move both poetry lovers and those who never thought poetry was for them. “This is the hour/Of keenest memory/The invisible shore/Shudders/In impossible thunder….” Available now!