Beginning to feel that holiday gift shopping anxiety? Worried about the gift you want to be trapped inside a container stacked forty feet high on a transport ship stuck outside Charleston Harbor? Worried about the reports of worsening inflation driving up prices just in time for Christmas? Worried about spending fifty dollars on gas driving to the box store (even with the Walmart gas discount)? Mostly, worried about not finding a gift that your family member or friend will enjoy?


Well, if your gift list includes folks from Charleston, have ever visited Charleston, or ever thought about visiting the Lowcountry, then you might be interested in my new historical fiction novel, “Will O’ the Wisp: Madness, War, and Recompense”, set in Charleston before, during, and after the Civil War. Captain Jack Holmes eludes the Union naval blockade in his phantom ship, the Will O’ the Wisp, to sustain the Southern war effort. Then, along with his brother-in-law, George Alfred Trenholm, Jack plans to steal the Confederate gold and rebuild the city he loves.


Why go this Christmas route? First, it is a ripping good story. The books are available; piled beside me right now or in the robotic arms of an Amazon “employee,” as opposed to a shipping container. The price of $17.99 has not changed a penny since the book was released and will not go up for Christmas. You can order from the comfort of your computer room and the book(s) will be delivered to you without spending a cent on gas. Finally, anyone who loves Charleston or Southern history will enjoy the gift and thank you for sharing it with them.


If you would like a signed copy for a family member or friend. Just let me know at DrRog@rogerbnewman.com or newmanr@musc.edu. Santa and his Elf helpers will be happy to personalize a signed copy for you and we will return it to you or to whom you want it sent by U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail. Even with DeJoy in charge, I think we’ll have plenty of time. Santa can bill you for the book(s) and postage via PayPal or by check.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Santa and his favorite Elf.

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