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The Last Voyage of the Marigold by Dan Moore

Irish sea captain Johnny O’Scanlon hates the idea of closing the family shipping business, but there’s no other way to raise the money he needs to pay the medical bills for his grandfather, who raised him after his parents died under mysterious circumstances. To secure his grandfather’s future and his own, Johnny has to sell the last, beloved ship of his fleet, the Marigold, for scrap—but what his future holds without the sea, Johnny can’t imagine.

When his grandfather’s former IRA compatriot, Dillon O’Connor, offers Johnny one final consignment—to deliver a cargo of construction materials for a UN project in the Congo—the offer seems too good to be true. And it is. The last voyage of the Marigold pits Johnny against corrupt officials, threats from the locals, and treachery from within his own crew. Barely escaping with his ship and his life after a gunfight with pirates, Johnny wonders just what in his hold men seem willing to kill for. But when he can’t trust anyone—especially his alluring cook, Miranda, who seems all too willing to learn his secrets—Johnny has to outwit Dillon O’Connor, solve the mystery his grandfather has spun around him, and deliver his cargo, and the Marigold, before it costs him his life.

Dan Moore is a graduate of Duke University and a retired US Navy captain. He has published nonfiction in the Naval War College Review, award-winning short stories with the Midwest Writing Center; short stories and poetry in anthologies for Writers on the Avenue, and poetry in Iowa Poetry Association’s Lyrical Iowa. His submarine novel Westpac was featured on the WVIK 90.3 FM radio Scribbles. He lives with his wife in Davenport, Iowa. The Last Voyage of the Marigold is his first published novel.

Married, Living in Italy by Misty Urban

An evocative third collection from an author whose work has been hailed as “exceptional,” “extraordinary,” “uncanny,” and “refreshing, compelling, and moving.” Urban is a “great storyteller” who writes “almost unbearably lovely prose.”

What unites the protagonists of these very different short stories is their search for refuge. Some flee the country and some choose an imaginative escape, but all of these characters are crushingly believable with their broken hopes, endearingly real in their defenses, their damage, their sheer will as they turn suffering into salvation.

Full of disappearing children and surfacing secrets, fragile triumphs and imminent loss, these eloquent tales laced with hilarity and grief illuminate shared human truths about betrayal, rescue, the places we seek shelter, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.

Misty Urban delivers a collection of short stories that entice the senses and primes the reader for an exotic experience. Her imagination roams far afield and supplies new twists to familiar settings. Each story offers the reader the chance to explore a complex moment in a human life. An overworked waitress shows mercy. A ritual of fire proves cleansing and forgiving. The wounded in body and soul find ways to survive. Find out what happens when a carefully constructed fantasy world collides with reality. Urban uncovers the resilience of human nature and offers hope.

Mary Davidsaver, author of SHADOWS OVER BISHOP HILL

Married, Living in Italy, Misty Urban’s third short story collection, is about grief, loss, longing, and survival despite it all. Urban demonstrates once again that she is a keen observer of the human condition, a skillful wordsmith who writes with powerful clarity, and an absorbing storyteller who commands your attention. The people and their stories stayed with me long after I finished the last page.


“If you’re too happy, something’s missing. . . It means something doesn’t matter enough.” Words of advice from the grandmother, Oma, in “A Many-Chambered Vessel,”one of a dozen poignant stories in Misty Urban’s new collection, Married, Living in Italy. Written with beautifully crafted sentences, Urban’s stories depict how we struggle to cope with the losses that shape the rest of our lives.

Karen Musser Nortman, author of the Frannie Shoemaker Campground mysteries

Misty Urban’s fiction includes the comedic body-swap novel My Day As Regan Forrester and three short story collections. She has also authored assorted medieval scholarship on the topic of monstrous and misbehaving women. In her historical fiction and romances, she likes to reward her ambitious, rule-breaking heroines with handsome heroes and happy futures. She lives in Iowa with a handsome park ranger, two other budding authors, and a rather heavy collection of books. Find her online at

“This author has an uncanny ability to explore relationships, love, and loss in a fresh and original way.”

Publisher’s Weekly starred review of A Lesson in Manners
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