Welcome! hms_dolphin is a hangout for fans of the “Bloody Jack” historical novel series by author L.A. Meyer.
Come on over & share fanfiction, fanart - indeed, fan-anything - or merely enthusiasm for / love of the marvelous Bloody Jack books.
The series is centered on an orphaned girl, Mary “Jacky” Faber, who begins life in London in the early 1800's. Mr. Meyer explains the origin of the series (excerpt from his website):
"So, one day in the summer of 2000, I'm framing away in my workshop and listening to British and Celtic folk music on our local community radio station, when the host of the program plays a long string of early nineteenth century songs that feature young girls dressing up as boys and following their boyfriends out to sea, the most well known of these being Jackaroe and Cana-di-i-o. These songs generally end up with the girl being found out quickly and threatened with being thrown overboard, but all ends happily when she either marries the boy or the captain.
It occurred to me, however, to wonder what it would be like if the girl, instead of seeking to be with her lover, connives to get on board a British warship in order to just eat regularly and have a place to stay, her being a starving orphan on the streets of early 1800's London. What would she have to do to pull off this deception for a long period of time? What if she goes through the changes of adolescence while on board in the company of 408 rather rough men and boys, and her not having much of a clue as to what is happening to her? What if this ship goes into combat and she has to do her dangerous duty? And, finally, what if she falls in love with one off the boys and can never tell him of her female nature? I started making notes and seven months later Bloody Jack was done."
Bloody Jack Bay
Jacky's Story Thus Far:
1. Bloody Jack
2. Curse of the Blue Tattoo
3. Under the Jolly Roger
4. In the Belly of the Bloodhound
5. Mississippi Jack
6. My Bonny Light Horseman (Now in bookstores!!!)
7. Rapture of the Deep is the upcoming seventh installment
8. The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay has just been anounced, to the delight of Jacky fans everywhere. Huzzah!
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