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“I say set fire to the rain. Ignite the flames with what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!”
~ General Daniel Morgan, Set Fire to the Rain, Bk 4 Winds of Betrayal

Six long years, the war has raged. Six long years, the Corbett siblings have clung to the belief in their cause. Moreover, the war is far from over!

The Southern Army is in tatters with the devastating defeat at Camden. But all is not lost. General Washington sends his most trusted general, Nathanael Greene, to lead what is left of the army. In the darkest hour, Greene, in turn, draws upon the Old Wagoner, General Daniel Morgan.

At his northern headquarters, Washington faces his toughest decisions. Once more, he turns to his most trusted spy ring. Once more, he seeks the information needed to turn the war. This time, though, he needs more. He needs to feed the British misleading intelligence. He needs the British to believe he is eyeing New York…at least, until it is too late for them to act.

Spies and traitors! Love and Betrayal! Winds of Betrayal is coming to a dramatic conclusion! Follow Jonathan and Hannah Corbett on their final path of their fight for freedom!

INSPIRATION FOR WINDS OF BETRAYAL SAGA

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AMAZON         BARNES AND NOBLE      ITUNES

Oh, what to write! A dramatic murder suspense? A scary page-turning paranormal? A love story for the ages? So many possibilities run rapid through my mind staring at a blank page. Why then am I drawn to historical suspense? Why does the past conjure up so many tales to be told? 

Perhaps I romanticize the past or simply it’s a connection to the past I seek. I know only that I love the challenge of recreating a bit of history. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love history. As you might suspect with my writings, I find the American Revolution utterly fascinating. 

So many ideas swirl around my little head when I do research and none more so than when I was doing research for Winds of Betrayal. It was how I discovered the Culper Spy Ring. The more I read, the more fascinated I became with the spy ring. Inspiration! Everything one could wish to write a thriller…action, intrigue, danger, love. So the Winds of Betrayal began loosely based on Washington’s elite spy network. 

The danger of living the life of a spy was enormous. They lived with the constant fear of discovery. If discovered, they faced the hangman’s noose as was seen with the death of Nathan Hale. During occupation of New York by the British, Nathan Hale was caught by the Redcoats and hanged without trial. Afterwards, Washington appointed Tallmadge head of the Continental Army’s secret service. With that, Tallmadge established the Culper Spy Ring. 

With secrecy being of the utmost importance, Washington never even knew the names of those in the ring. He knew them only by numbers or an alias.

 My research led me to speculate about women’s roles during this time. With nothing being more dangerous at that time than spying and the price of being caught for a man was hanging, what about a woman? At the beginning of the war, neither American nor British thought women capable of such a deception. But I believe that women were…and would have been quite efficient in their efforts. 

The women seemed to have been just as passionate for their cause as the men of that time. Case and point, Margaret Kemble Gage, American born wife of General Thomas Gage, Commander of the British Army at the beginning of the American Revolution in Boston. Did you know that it was highly suspected that Margaret Gage supplied information to Patriot leaders? It was suspected she may have even given the information that led to the famous ride of Paul Rever. Her punishment…General Gage sent her to England. 

Although for another woman, I doubt the punishment would have been as lenient, especially after the war began to turn in favor of the Patriot cause. But without question, I write about strong, opinionated women, who have to overcome adversity to achieve their happiness.
Winds of Betrayal saga is a riveting, captivating historical series. I invite you to be swept away back into the past. Enjoy!

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COMING MAY 20TH! THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, BOOK FOUR WINDS OF BETRAYAL
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SECRETS BEHIND THE SPIES IN WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES

I have been asked how I came up with the concept for the Winds of Betrayal Series. The whole of the series is loosely based on the Culper Spy Ring. I had never heard of the Culper Spy Ring until I was doing research on the American Revolution for a book over ten years ago. The mystery surrounding spies during that time stirred my imagination, especially agent 355. Agent 355 worked for the Culper Spy Ring. Her identity was never known. The more I thought about the spy rings…about agent 355…the more I was convinced that women had more to do with spying than they had been given credit.
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Given the attitude of men during this time period, I believe a woman could have done a great damage to either side. But I believe the British were more susceptible. Arrogance, an air of superiority, underestimating the abilities of those surrounding them—all qualities that the British exhibited to the colonists. In the defense of the British, it was…is never that uncommon for a power to behave in the manner the British did when one is in control. Although, problems always arise when you don’t listen to the people you govern. To be fair, I don’t believe the British people had their heart in the war against the colonies. If there was blame to be had for the British losing the colonies, it should lay firmly on the shoulders of King George III. Time and time again he refused to compromise…refused to listen until it was too late.
I’m getting a tad off track. I wanted to address spying during the American Revolution, especially in New York. When I was doing my research, I came across several incidents which could have been due to spying, uncovering plots against General Washington, battle plans… You can find some of them in Winds of Betrayal and the spy network that Hannah belonged.
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A little tid-bit of information about the British’s stance on women during the American Revolution. General Thomas Gage, the commander of the British forces at the beginning of the uprise, married an American woman, Margaret Kemble from New Jersey. From all accounts the two had a successful marriage having seven children, but it is thought…not confirmed…that Margaret Kemble Gage was the informer…spy if you will…that gave information to Dr. Warren about her husband’s raid at Lexington and Concord. For her efforts…if it was indeed true… she was sent to England on her husband’s orders. Interesting.
This is the way I see the women spies of the revolution— they were overlooked in the beginning.  The British have an air of chivalry that gave women a certain leniency.  I believe General Washington showed the same leniency toward Benedict Arnold’s wife, Peggy Shippen. Times changed though the longer the war dragged on…especially given the British were losing.
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Ironic that the most famous American spy during the American Revolution was also probably the worst spy imaginable. His loyalty, courage, and committment to the American cause has never been questioned, but in reality Nathan Hale was ill prepared to have attempted his a dangerous mission he volunteered for. Nathan Hale gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause he believed in…he was hanged. The young Patriot was treated horribly before he died having been denied. It was said he was denied a Bible, last letters to his family, and clergy. But it wasn’t so unusual during this time. Once a spy was caught, he was immediate hanged. It meant to be a deterrent.
Which brings me to the British’s most famous spy during the American Revolution—Major John Andre. He too faced death bravely, but his one request was to be shot instead of being hanged because of the stigma hanging carried with it. He too was hanged. I’m going to stop with that thought on Major Andre. He is one of the historical characters portrayed in Winds of Betrayal with good reason. He was in the midst of the biggest betrayal the Americans felt during the American Revolution…the defection of Benedict Arnold…which will be the focus of The Heavens Shall Fall.
The whole of the Winds of Betrayal is purely fiction. It is a product of my over active imagination…it is how I can imagine it might have happened. Remember secrecy was of the utmost importance. It is the reason we don’t have all the answers to what happened during the American Revolution.
The truth is we owe a great deal of thanks to the people who risked their lives for the belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Winds of Betrayal may be purely fiction, but it holds my respect for those who have  placed their lives on the line for all of us to enjoy the life we know today.

A CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One Winds of Betrayal Series

 

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.”

                                              — John Adams, 1777

 

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THE CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One Winds of Betrayal

Previously the first half of Patriot Secrets

A rousing family saga for the fight for America’s independence. Follow Hannah and Jonathan Corbett path to Freedom!

The winds of change brews over the colonies. Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.

The Saga continues….

Embrace of the Enemy, Book Two, Winds of Betrayal
Coming soon!

It’s a dangerous game you set to play, Miss Corbett. One that can have far worse than deadly consequences!

In the midst of the struggle of America’s bid for independence, Hannah Corbett makes a fateful decision, descending into a world of deceit. Spurred by revenge, she heads to New York, setting in motion a dangerous game for which there is no return. Searching desperately for the man who betrayed her family, she faces the cold and brutal reality of the life of a spy. Caught in a web of lies, living with betrayal, she is trapped. She has nowhere to turn except to a man it would be treasonous to love, setting duty and desire at war. Her heart is ripped apart when she must choose between the man who risks his career and life to protect her and the only thing that has remained constant in her life…her belief in her cause.

Kiss of Deceit, Book Three, Winds of Betrayal Series
Previously Published as Ruse of Love

The tides of war have shifted. When all eyes turn south, Doctor Jonathan Corbett finds himself once more thrust into the war’s turmoil. On assignment from General Washington, the dashing doctor discovers his mission has taken him straight into a conflict where the British are not the only ones to be feared.

Rebekah Morse has no time to contemplate the exploding war around her. Caught up as a pawn in a deadly conspiracy, she finds her only hope lies with her old friend, but things have changed since they last saw each other.

Yet destiny has not intervened in their lives without cause. Rebekah’s strength, courage, and breathtaking sensuality set within Jonathan a desire he swore never to feel again. When Rebekah’s life is threatened, Jonathan is determined to save the stubborn woman whether she wants to be saved or not. Now Jonathan and Rebekah must face the perilous threat together—only to discover a passion they never imagined…

Coming 2014
THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal