Death on the Boardwalk now available for hardcover preorders

 

My wife and son throwing rocks in the Broad River in Lake Lure, NC.

It’s good to get away, isn’t it? For years, every time my wife and I went on vacation (usually to a beach), we dreamed of living there. Then last year, my wife had a job offer in Myrtle Beach that we jumped on. Sold our home just outside of Charlotte, NC, and moved in less than two months. 
   Now that we’ve been here going on two years, we’ve been on vacation once to Edisto Island. One of our favorite places. We love it so much that I based much of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure there. But I digress, we went inland for vacation this year and traveled to Lake Lure, NC last week for a stay.
   The weather couldn’t have been more agreeable for early November in the mountains. The leaves were just past their peak, but still beautiful. We had several activities lined up for my 3-year-old: going to an apple orchard, panning for gold, hiking through the woods, etc. But what he loved the most was throwing rocks in the Broad River (pictured). 
   It’s funny how a toddler can give you perspective on what is important and what isn’t, isn’t it?
 


Now for the bookish items on the agenda. 
Death on the Boardwalk is now available for preorder in hardcover here! That is also in addition to Kindle on Amazon. It is now also on-sale at Barnes & Noble here. Paperback preorders should be available this week as soon as Amazon adds it to their store. The release date for all versions is 2/2/21.

My most recent Lucas Caine action/adventure, The Search for the Fountain of Youth, is part of this HUGE Mystery & Thriller promotion for books available on Kindle Unlimited. Check out the books here.

Get Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure for $.99 for a limited time!

Welcome to October! We’re nearing the end of 2020 (finally). The air is cooler. Leaves are changing colors. The air seems cleaner. Ahh.

I’m celebrating by completing the behind-the-scenes actions needed to have my upcoming mystery, Death on the Boardwalk (preorder here), finished and by offering my action-adventure novel, Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure, on Kindle for just $.99!

Amazon is running a sale on the book from October 2-9, 2020!

Here’s a recent review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Mystery – “Mr. Wygal’s book was a great adventure/mystery story. I couldn’t put it down. It was easy to read and kept me guessing.”

Get it on Kindle here!


Upcoming Appearance

I will be signing copies of my books at the Myrtle Beach Fall Fest on October 11, 2020 from 11-4. Get more information about the event here.

Death on the Boardwalk is now available for Preorder!

Caleb Wygal’s new Cozy Mystery, Death on the Boardwalk, is now available to preorder on Kindle! Preorders for the hardcover and paperback versions will likely come in November.

In case you missed it, here is the description of Death on the Boardwalk:

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is normally an idyllic place. Until death arrives on recently widowed bookstore owner Clark Thomas’ doorstep.
When the body of a local businesswoman and environmentalist gets dumped by the back door of his shop, Clark finds himself in a unique position to investigate the crime. But should he? When it comes to murder, something else drives him he doesn’t want to admit.
As he launches his own search for the killer, Clark comes across a variety of colorful Boardwalk inhabitants who might have had reason to kill an otherwise beloved person.
Can he do it and start putting his wife’s death behind him in the process, or will it open up a fresh wound?

Death on the Boardwalk Book Description Revealed!

I hope you are doing well this weekend. It’s a gloomy, rainy day here in Myrtle Beach. I hope the weather is better where you are. 
   After a couple weeks of writing, erasing, workshopping with other authors, and my publisher, we have the book description for my next mystery novel, Death on the Boardwalk, ready to reveal! Without further ado, here it is:

   The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is normally an idyllic place. Until death arrives on recently widowed bookstore owner Clark Thomas’ doorstep.
   When the body of a local businesswoman and environmentalist gets dumped by the back door of his shop, Clark finds himself in a unique position to investigate the crime. But should he? When it comes to murder, something else drives him he doesn’t want to admit.
   As he launches his own search for the killer, Clark comes across a variety of colorful Boardwalk inhabitants who might have had reason to kill an otherwise beloved person.
   Can he do it and start putting his wife’s death behind him in the process, or will it open up a fresh wound?


The book is slated for release in mid-January. I should have an exact release date nailed down within the next few weeks. 

Until then, you can pick up my other mystery novel, A Murder in Concord, on Kindle as part of this $.99 Book Mega-Sale! Check it out here!

Death on the Boardwalk Cover Reveal!

I’ve had this day circled on my calendar for a while now. For many authors, choosing the cover of their next book is a hand-wringing, nerve-wracking experience. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, and book covers are our introductions to you. 
   My next book, in case you missed it, is the first of a mystery series set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It takes place through the often offbeat eyes of bookstore owner Clark Thomas. I’m still working on the final book description (which is going through its third draft at present), and I will reveal that to you soon. It should be released in January of 2021.
    For now, here is the cover! Let me know what you think. 

The opening line of my next novel and a question for you

a quick update on my writing, ask you a question about my next book, and let you know about this awesome promotion for some sizzling summer reads that I’m involved in. 
   This week, I’m starting on the second draft of a murder mystery titled Death on the Boardwalk. It’s the first of a trilogy (at least) in a new Myrtle Beach Mystery series that will exist in the Lucas Caine universe. (They might meet in an upcoming novel 😉). 
   Here’s a little preview for your eyes only.

So, here’s my question to you. Are you eagerly anticipating the next Lucas Caine novel, or should I write the last two novels in the Myrtle Beach Murders? I also have the next two Lucas Caine novels planned. Drunken Jack’s Revenge and (here’s a reveal no one has seen yet) Confederate Gold
   I had thought about alternating between the two. Myrtle Beach Mystery, Lucas Caine Adventure, Myrtle Beach Mystery, Lucas Caine Adventure, etc. etc. You get the point. 
   What do you think I should write next? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 


   If you are a reader of explosive Mysteries and Thrillers (like my novel, The Search for the Fountain of Youth) and subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, then check out this awesome collection of summer reads (it includes one of my novels).

Treasure and artifacts raised from the famed ‘Mercedes’ shipwreck

Here is an internal memo I received about the Spanish ‘Mercedes’ shipwreck. It comes from Lucas Caine, co-owner of Big Treasure Finders, LTD out of Morehead City, NC, I thought I would pass this along to you. Every now and then, he sends me some bits of info about lost treasures along the Atlantic Coast that he thinks might interest me. I think they could interest you as well.

Lucas Caine Adventures, Caleb Wygal

Hey Gang,

This one is just a tad bit out of our range, but I thought you might be interested to know that Spanish archaeologists recently recovered artifacts including silverware, candelabras, and bronze cannons from the shipwreck of the Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes.

What makes this interesting is that the Odyssey Marine Exploration outfit had raised about 600,000 coins from the wreck back in 2007. I think everyone thought that was all there was to it until an international seminar was held in Warsaw in 2019 where it was revealed that there was more to the wreck.

Apparently, Odyssey only focused on the coins (which Spain eventually recovered in court), leaving behind everything else.

The Mercedes went down 30 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal on October 5, 1804. The British Royal Navy sank the ship in what is now International Waters, violating an 1802 peace treaty. Nearly 300 crew members perished. The Mercedes carried a huge load of gold, silver, and copper that sat nearly 4,000 feet beneath the surface for over 200 years.

In 2014, the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology of Cartagena began plans to recover what Odyssey left in the Mercedes. They collaborated with the Spanish Navy and Spanish Oceanography Institute to achieve their goal.

The team spent the next three summers sending down ROVs and mini-subs to capture images of what was there, develop an archaeological map, and extract artifacts. They found that the Odyssey team was careless in their excavation in preserving the wreck. But the Spanish team captured the images they needed at that depth and developed a strategy to regain the artifacts.

They used high-pressure water jets to clean the area around their targets, particularly the cannons. This enabled them to delicately remove the dense, gray substratum deposits layer by layer, the same way an excavation on land would take place. They found that most of the artifacts were laying just on top of the seafloor. It took 35 hours to excavate one cannon.

The artifacts are being analyzed and restored at the museum of Cartagena. Maybe we’ll have to take a trip to Spain to check it out someday.

Anyway, I just thought I’d let you guys know what’s piqued my interest this week.

You know I love sharing what I’m reading with you all, especially Lisa. This month, I found an ebook giveaway for people who love thrillers. It’s called the Must-Read Summer Thrillers, Suspense, and Mystery Novels. In it, you can find a couple dozen FREE books across those genres. Here’s a link to it. Let me know what you find.

See ya,

Lucas Caine

Jevon Carter’s ‘Treadmill Mentality’ kept him busy during quarantine

The ultra-competitive, hard-working Jevon Carter just couldn’t sit on his couch playing video games after the NBA shutdown.

On March 11, 2020, after Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19, NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, made the call to suspend the season.

Playing in his second pro season, Carter had worked his way into a solid role with the Suns. He had been a bulldog coming off the bench. Head coach, Monty Williams, called on Carter to inject his intensity on the defensive end and to provide a boost on offense.

The Suns had just finished playing a game against the Portland Trailblazers when the NBA shut down.

Carter couldn’t believe it.

“It didn’t really hit me until they told me I couldn’t go into the gym anymore,” Carter said. “That’s when it hit me hard.”

So what does someone like Carter who finds himself suddenly cut off from the gym, his teammates, and coaches do?

He got on Google.

“I just went out and typed in different workouts,” Carter said. “I was going to outside parks and stuff, shooting on triple rims. It was super hard to hit on those rims. That was making me mad. I’m out there running all over the place, trying to get the ball.”

He did what he might have done had he still lived in Morgantown. He hiked. Hitting the trails and mountains around Phoenix to help keep in shape. He trained at home with his two roommates. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, crunches. Whatever he could do to stay in shape.

When not exercising or playing board games and cards, Carter exercised the mental part of his game. He watched film on the top guards in the league. Dissecting what made them the best, and figuring out how he could implement those traits and actions into his game.

When the NBA announced that they would resume the season–tentatively on July 31st–on a truncated schedule in a bubble in Orlando and that players could resume workouts on a limited basis, Carter leaped (probably literally) at the chance.

The Suns have a chance to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2010. Carter is ready.

“Let’s go shock the world,” Carter said.

With someone like Carter in the fold, they just might do that.

 


Want a free copy of one of my adventure novels to read this summer?

Enter your email to get a free download of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure!

* indicates required
Email Format

Check your inbox! You will receive an email with your free book!

Could Tavon Austin join David Sills in New York?

Although they never shared the same field in Morgantown, two Mountaineers could wear the same uniform in New York.

The Giants are looking to strengthen their stable of receivers. They already have the former WVU touchdown-scoring machine in David Sills on the roster. He spent most of his rookie season in the Giants’ practice squad before getting called up to the active roster.

Tavon Austin is still available as a free-agent, and his connection to their coaching staff could bring him into consideration as ESNY’s Ryan Honey suggests:

I know, Tavon Austin is nowhere near a tall option at 5-foot-8. Nonetheless, he has pure familiarity with Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who was his head coach in Dallas from 2018-19. Thus, Austin knows Garrett’s playbook and could easily become accustomed to the gameplans.

Austin hasn’t impressed much in the passing game since the 2016 campaign — one of his final years with the Rams. During that season, he recorded career-highs in both receptions (58) and yards (509) and notched three touchdown catches. Since that year, he’s caught a combined 34 balls for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

To be honest, he’s probably the last guy on this list who I’d want the Giants to sign, but you have to admit connections mean something in this league. Austin’s prior relationship with Garrett along with his offensive playbook could lead to the 30-year-old potentially signing a cheap deal to come to East Rutherford.

Whichever team Austin signs with will be the third of his pro career.

Could a destination closer to his childhood home in Maryland and the place of his college years in West Virginia be in his future?

Amelia Island Treasure and the San Miguel

Here is an internal memo I received about the long-rumored treasure said to be off of Amelia Island in Florida from the long-lost San Miguel. It comes from Lucas Caine, co-owner of Big Treasure Finders, LTD out of Morehead City, NC, I thought I would pass this along to you. Every now and then, he sends me some bits of info about lost treasures along the Atlantic Coast that he thinks might interest me. I think they could interest you as well.

Lucas Caine Adventures, Caleb Wygal

Hey Gang,

You know I’ve been talking about this Amelia Island Treasure for a while, so I thought I would give you some background on it.

The San Miguel set sail from Havana in July of 1715, along with 12 other ships bound for Spain as part of the Plate Fleet. The 1715 War of Succession had drained the nation’s funds and needed what was basically a stimulus package from their outlying lands in the Caribbean.

The fleet got caught in a bad hurricane near Vero Beach, FL. Eleven of the ships sunk, killing over 1,000 people. Some treasure was salvaged, but roughly half of it is still out there somewhere.

One ship, the San Miguel, was one of the 11 ships lost in the storm, but there’s reason to believe that it escaped and made it north before eventually sinking. The San Miguel was the fastest ship in the fleet. Logic dictates that it would have been given the most treasure since it could have escaped possible attacks from pirates. Blackbeard anyone?

Following the storm, the ship was last seen without a mast floating past St. Augustine (who can forget the last time we were in that city?) in a northerly direction.

The reason the San Miguel is so sought after is that it was the register ship of the fleet, meaning it had permission to carry important cargo and passengers. It likely carried the Queen’s Dowry full of silver, gold, gemstones, spices, tobacco, and indigo.

Polly L
Amelia Research & Recovery, The Polly-L, Fernandina Harbor, via AmeliaIslandLiving.com

Over the years, coins dated to the time of what would have been carried on the San Miguel have been found on Amelia Island.

Captain Doug Pope has spent years looking for the treasure aboard his 3-legged Polly-L research vessel. You should see this thing. It’s state-of-the-art and gives Pope and his crew the ability to stay over a site for days at a time. He’s spearheading the search for the San Miguel. Hopefully, he’ll find it.

Anyway, I just thought I’d let you guys know what’s piqued my interest this week.

You know I love sharing what I’m reading with you all, especially Lisa. This week I’m going all the way back to 1984 with Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Historical Tales from the South Carolina Grand Strand by Rob Gragg. You know, in case we ever hunt for treasure down that way. You never know.

See ya,

Lucas Caine