The life of Ethan Aaron Douglas is chronicled as the ten-year-old joins his grandfather for a life on the Chesapeake Bay. With his grandfather as captain of a steamboat traveling between Norfolk, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the boy learns quickly about life on the water. From hurricanes to blue crabs life on the Bay changes quickly. Learning Shakespeare and witnessing a hanging are just part of the life along the river. Ethan Douglas’ life brushes past major events in the United States from slavery to the underground railroad and the days leading up to the civil war. How did those who lived along the Potomac deal with active warfare during the War Between the States? Life was always a war on the water with pirates shooting at each other as well as Maryland and Virginia oyster police. Ethan’s younger brothers and sisters soon join him as they grow older and become entrepreneurs as the nation’s capital city grows and changes.
From buyboats to newspapers the lives of the Douglas family become part of the history of the young nation. Oysters were the “white gold” of the east while railroads and shipping competed for freight. This book is the first in the series that will tell the story of life in tidewater Chesapeake Bay region from 1850 to 1950.
After covering hard news for 22 years while publishing a weekly newspaper, Rossignol sold the newspaper in 2010 and has begun devoting full time to writing.
The story of the St. Mary’s Today newspaper is now available in Kindle and paperback at Amazon: The Story of THE RAG! The book includes nearly 200 editorial cartoons that appeared over the years. Learn the story of the newspaper that its readers loved and the politicans and Good Old Boys hated. Even the mob tried to put the paper out of business, but the St. Mary’s Today was dedicated to the biggest man (or gal) in town – the one with .75 in his pocket and a desire to learn what was going on in Southern Maryland.
There are now two new books with scores of great short stories from THE CHESAPEAKE, a fun fishing and nonsense monthly publication which covers all manner of recreation, travel, fishing and hunting in and around the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere in one endeavor produced with Cap’n Larry Jarboe.
The Chesapeake: Scales & Tales and The Chesapeake: Legends, Yarns & Barnacles.
Rossignol also publishes the DWIHitParade.com.
New in 2012 are: Titanic 1912: a look at the original news stories of the Titanic in the days and weeks after the disaster. Rossignol’s book has been a big hit in the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. As a new generation of readers thirst for more to learn about the great ship sinking in the icy cold water of the North Atlantic, a trip back to the very first news stories has been just the ticket. Rossignol has been appearing at the world’s largest Titanic Museums in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri to sign books and talk bout the Titanic.
Rossignol’s newest project in 2012 has been the creation of a great new book Titanic & Lusitania: The Survivor Stories, with his fellow author and friend, Bruce M. Caplan. Caplan and Rossignol have brought to life the Logan Marshall classics about the Titanic, the Lusitania and the early days of WWI. This book is also available in Kindle and paperback at Amazon.
Also new in 2012 are Chesapeake 1850 and Panama 1914.
Chesapeake 1850 is the first in a new series of historicial fiction that tells the story of a family on the Chesapeake Bay from 1850 to 1950.
Panama 1914 is back to the front pages and news reports of the days of when America took over the Panama Canal project which had stalled in the swamps of Panama. The early history of the times is explored and great illustrations and editorial cartoons as well as historical photos are included.
Learn what happened in Panama when relatives failed to pay the grave rent in a cemetery! How did Balboa ship off from Spain in order to meet his destiny in the new world? Did millions of tax dollars line the pockets of individuals involved in the deal when the United States paid $40,000,000 for the canal property?
Visiting with folks on cruise ships around the world, Rossignol has also been giving talks about maritime history, especially the Titanic, the Bermuda Triangle, the history of Caribbean pirates and the Panama Canal and traveling to Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean.
Rossignol has also appeared in a new mystery production for the Discovery Channel of a brutal murder that he covered in his newspaper 19 years ago which will air in the fall of 2012 in the series Cold Blood 5.