Whew! The first novel in the Ninety Six Trilogy is finally finished. It is in God's and the agent's hands. I have edited the final draft (you know, the 10th draft) multiple times and allowed several people to read it.They were very helpful! I am determined that it is the best it can be. The pretend cover above is simply for the blog page. Please note that the models have not agreed to be on the cover of my novel. It is just in fun. I hope this peaks your interest!
Ninety Six: Forever and Always
On the eve of the most strategic battle of the Revolutionary War, three Patriot spies risk everything for their country and the love of one woman.
Lord Derek Rawlings, known to his mother’s people as Little Hawk, is the son of an English nobleman and a Cherokee princess. Born in the South Carolina back- country, he was educated in England, where he was subjected to cruel prejudice and abuse. Underneath his gentlemanly demeanor is the fierceness of a savage. He is a double agent with a double life.
Sean McKinney, a roguishly charming dandy, is somewhat spoiled, but kind-hearted. He left Ninety-Six for the excitement of Charlestown. His sheltered upbringing did not fully prepare him for the life and people he found there. His patience and beliefs are sorely tested. Despite his courage, he finds the life of a double agent can be a little too exciting.
Robert Glover, an intense and intelligent young man, inspires respect and loyalty from the few who knew him personally. He is the head of a network of spies reaching from the coast of Charlestown through the South Carolina backcountry and the Cherokee towns. The youngest man in his position, he answers directly to General Washington.
Talitha Cumi O’Rourke, the innocent young daughter of Irish settlers, has a quick, hot Irish temper and often makes decisions based on her emotions. Her courage guides her through a Cherokee massacre and captivity by the Cherokee, the incredible pain of loss, and the danger of being an undercover courier. She loves her country, but everything she does is for the people she loves.
Their lives are caught up in the danger and excitement of the undercover network of American spies and double agents. They will witness the British invasion of Charlestown, the siege of Star Fort in Ninety-Six, and the beginning of the British exodus from South Carolina.