Babes at Sea

Byblos Foretold

Book 1
Lycophos Press
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 Novella  #1, May of 1903. In the dank attic room of a squalid inn on the north coast of France, a young and penniless American woman, only recently recovered from a difficult birth, yearns for home. May God help those who stand in her way….

Though her circumstances are such that they might elicit pity, Mrs. Biddle neither needs nor wants our sympathy. Nor, after even the briefest acquaintance, are you likely to afford her any. Her yearning for home derives not from a love of friends or family, but rather a compulsion to settle a score. Haughty, arrogant, deceitful, cunning, faithless—these are the words best able to describe her. One moment she’s posing as the ruler of an underwater duchy in aid of a con game, the next she’s betraying a confederate. With never the slightest feeling of remorse.

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Keywords: Humorous,comedic, romantic comedy, humor,parody,farcical,satire,New York,ocean liner,love,baby,parenting,divorce,Mrs. Biddle,novaplex,women's fiction,marriage,new adult,romance, confidence, con men, family life,saga,historical fiction,1900,20th century

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 M.E. Meegs began writing epic poetry while still in the cradle, though her first real recognition came only after the completion of her dramatic tragedy, Dolly’s Fourth, and Final, Crusade. Written when she was five, it chronicles the midnight adventure of a favorite doll, which ended sadly in the jaws of a neighbor’s mastiff.

She lives now in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with a first-class typewriter and a middling husband who will soon be in need of a food taster if he doesn’t begin showing a little more appreciation for her literary efforts.

A truly loving soul, she harbors neither children nor pets—fearing the temptation to make sacrifices of them to her tetchy muse might prove irresistible. She does, however, heartily enjoy the company of her devotees, so please do stop by her virtual home at:  MEMeegs.com

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Publisher
Lycophos Press
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Published on
Jan 15, 2016
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Pages
87
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ISBN
9781938710186
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Satire
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
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This novella opens with my astonishing account of the origins of the Byblos Foretold phenomenon, and then resumes where the first novella left off, in June of 1903.

As Lord Timothy Dexter’s entourage of faux aristocrats makes its way to Byblos, the small upstate New York city he calls home, we are introduced to a new set of characters. There’s Greta, the erstwhile Greenpoint jute-winder and casual prostitute; Jack, a knockabout street urchin with a keen grasp of market economics; Pat and Danny Lyons, identical twin swindlers who together make for a useful literary device; Corporal Trim, a veteran of the gruesome Long Island campaign who’s willing to tell the tale—and then some; Jane Jebril, a parlor house madam possessing all the requisite traits; Tillie, Lord Dexter’s affection-deprived wife, who for now manages to keep a lid on her libido; their accommodating daughter Felicia, who isn’t similarly inclined; and last, Felicia’s fiancé, the inconveniently married Arthur Biddle, whose arrogance and outsized self-regard rival those of his wife.

Now that they’re assembled, take a hogshead of deceit and add a jigger each of rum, love philtre, and whichever bodily fluid suits your mood. Mix thoroughly and serve.

For more information on the novaplex, please visit:  ByblosForetold.com


keywords: Humorous,comedic,comedy,humor,parody,farcical,satire,New York,Brooklyn,love,parenting,divorce,Mrs. Biddle,novaplex,women's fiction,marriage,new adult,family life,saga,historical,1900,20th century

This novella opens with my astonishing account of the origins of the Byblos Foretold phenomenon, and then resumes where the first novella left off, in June of 1903.

As Lord Timothy Dexter’s entourage of faux aristocrats makes its way to Byblos, the small upstate New York city he calls home, we are introduced to a new set of characters. There’s Greta, the erstwhile Greenpoint jute-winder and casual prostitute; Jack, a knockabout street urchin with a keen grasp of market economics; Pat and Danny Lyons, identical twin swindlers who together make for a useful literary device; Corporal Trim, a veteran of the gruesome Long Island campaign who’s willing to tell the tale—and then some; Jane Jebril, a parlor house madam possessing all the requisite traits; Tillie, Lord Dexter’s affection-deprived wife, who for now manages to keep a lid on her libido; their accommodating daughter Felicia, who isn’t similarly inclined; and last, Felicia’s fiancé, the inconveniently married Arthur Biddle, whose arrogance and outsized self-regard rival those of his wife.

Now that they’re assembled, take a hogshead of deceit and add a jigger each of rum, love philtre, and whichever bodily fluid suits your mood. Mix thoroughly and serve.

For more information on the novaplex, please visit:  ByblosForetold.com


keywords: Humorous,comedic,comedy,humor,parody,farcical,satire,New York,Brooklyn,love,parenting,divorce,Mrs. Biddle,novaplex,women's fiction,marriage,new adult,family life,saga,historical,1900,20th century

What sort of woman is Mrs. Biddle? In May of 1903, we find the young mother hungry and destitute, stranded in a squalid inn on the north coast of France. Six days later, she’s booked into New York’s Plaza Hotel with two thousand dollars in her purse….

 A charitable person might use the word resourceful to describe her. But those encountering her are rarely left feeling particularly charitable. As ruthless as the day is long, this faux duchess of a drowned duchy brooks neither fools nor opposition. Those who stand in her way are crushed utterly, and those who cross her—well, who better to judge than her own husband?

 We may well ask ourselves, as Biddle did then, was she really so vindictive she’d travel 3,000 miles to the sort of jay town she despised with no purpose other than to inflict pain and misery on one she felt had wronged her? Oh, yes, was his answer—10,000 miles… on hands and knees… and still arrive glad about making the trip.

 (This novel incorporates Books 1, 2, & 3 of the Byblos Foretold Novaplex:  Babes at Sea, Peddlers All, and Dames Engaged.)

 For more information on the novaplex, please visit:  ByblosForetold.com


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