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M. Kei

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M. Kei is a tall ship sailor and award-winning poet. He lives on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and apprenticed aboard a skipjack, a sail-powered oyster dredge. He now serves with a fully rigged ship. His publications include over 1200 tanka poems in six languages and ten countries. He is the editor-in-chief of the anthology series, Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, and the author of Slow Motion : The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, a log he kept in verse form of several extended trips aboard a skipjack. He has edited and authored several other books of poetry and a major journal, Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka. He is also the author of the award-winning Pirates of the Narrow Seas series of ...more

15 October 2014 — Perryville, Maryland

Keibooks is pleased to announce that The Sea Leopard, the latest and last installment in the Pirates of the Narrow Seas series by M. Kei, is now available in trade paperback and e-book. In The Sea Leopard, we follow Isam Rais al-Tangueli, aka ‘Captain Tangle’ as he sets sails in his new xebec for gold and glory. Adventures season the bold corsair, and he le... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 15, 2014 12:24 • 158 views • Tags: captain-tangle, gay, gay-pirates, pirates, pons
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Take Five: Best Contemporar...

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PoNS 4 : Heart of Oak (Excerpt) (Gay & Lesbian)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 31, 2011 09:58AM
Description: The following is an excerpt from Heart of Oak, the fourth book in the Pirates of the Narrow Seas series, by M. Kei, featuring the adventure of a gay officer during the Age of Sail.
Excerpt: Pirates of the Narrow Seas 3 : Iron Men (Gay & Lesbian)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 15, 2010 09:14AM
Description: Back in service with the British navy, Lt. Peter Thorton suffers misfortunes in love and war. Temporarily placed in charge of His Britannic Majesty's frigate Ajax, he is badly outnumbered by the vengeful Spanish and must fight his way free with the assistance of the dishonored HMS Resolute. On the way back to England he must ferret out mutiny and balance friendship against honor, only to be arrested once again, and face a final showdown with his old nemesis, Captain Bishop.
Excerpt: Pirates of the Narrow Seas 2 : Men of Honor (Gay & Lesbian)
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Description: Peter Thorton and his lover set out on a quest to rescue a captive duke who is the pretender to the throne of Portugal. Thorton is arrested and placed on trial for desertion and sodomy. Men of Honor continues the further adventures of a gay officer during the Age of Sail, replete with perils, excitement, and nautical detail. Book One in the series won a Sweet Revolution Award and was high on the Goodreads 'Best Gay Multicultural Lovers' and 'Best Gay Pirate/Sailor Book' lists.
Excerpt: Pirates of the Narrow Seas 1 : The Sallee Rovers (Gay & Lesbian)
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Description: Lt. Peter Thorton of the 18th century British navy must struggle to come out gay while surviving storms at sea, ship to ship battles, duels, kidnapping, and more in his quest for true love and honor. <i>Pirates of the Narrow Seas</i> is an expertly crafted swashbuckler brimming with authentic detail and fully realized portraits of life at sea, written by a tall ship sailor and internationally acclaimed poet. Currently #1 on the Goodreads list of "Best Gay Multicultural Lovers"

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“Closer and closer they came. The sight was a glorious one: two vessels racing towards each other as the sun lifted above the rim of the world.”
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