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Surrender to Destiny in Baltimore
There’s nothing quite like being able to visit the place where my stories take place, even if it is over 200 years later. (My kingdom for a time machine!) So, of course I was thrilled to be able to spend some time in Baltimore last year researching my latest trilogy, Surrender to Destiny. Yet, even though much has changed in Baltimore since 1812, just being there gave me a “feel” for the city. Did you know every city has a definite spirit about it? I’ve been to enough places to notice that odd fact. Perhaps it’s spiritual, perhaps it’s simply the product of generations of people making their mark, but Baltimore has a unique feel to it—a spirit of courage, tenacity, and innovation. Listen to the remarks of American Captain Coggeshall regarding Baltimore: “The whole venom of the modern Goths seemed concentrated against the Baltimoreans, for no other reason but that they had too much spirit to submit to insult and tyrannical oppression.. . .In making these remarks in praise of Baltimore I do not mean to disparage the noble patriotism of many other cities of our glorious union; but I do mean to say that if the same spirit that fired the hearts and souls of the Baltimoreans had evinced itself throughout our entire country it would have saved every American heart much pain and mortification, and would, in my opinion, have shortened the war.”
Awesome, huh? So you can see why I fell in love with the city! Even if you aren’t familiar with the war’s history, you have by now surmised that Baltimore became a huge thorn in the side of the British. The city sent out more privateers than any other port and defended their city complete alone against an attack by the entire British fleet!
While I was there, I visited the home and museum of Mary Pickersgill, who made the enormous flag (30 by 42 foot ) that flew over Fort McHenry. I also spent a day at the Maryland Historical Museum where I saw the original paper upon which Francis Scott Key scribbled our National Anthem as he watched the British bomb Fort McHenry. Then my love of tall ships forced me to spend an entire afternoon on board The USS Constellation docked in the Harbor. Although this ship was not the original one that fought in the war, I had a blast exploring every inch, nook and cranny. I stayed far too long, apparently, since one of the crew asked me if I was ill because I’d been on board for so long!
Surrender to Destiny is a trilogy set in this wonderful city of Baltimore. Each book tells the story of a young lady who against her wishes, gets caught up in the middle of the war and in the process finds not only love, but a destiny that could change the course of the war and history forever. In the first book, Surrender the Heart, Marianne Denton follows her estranged fiancé, Noah, onto his merchant ship, gets trapped aboard, and ends up in the middle of the Atlantic. In an effort to force her fiancé to take her home, she ends up sabotaging his ship and getting them all caught by the British. Forced to join the Royal Navy, Marianne and Noah must face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies.
In my newest release, Surrender the Night, the hero, Lieutenant Alexander Reed, a British naval officer rescues the heroine, Rose McGuire, an American farm girl from a vicious attack by another British officer. He is shot in the process and Rose is forced to care for a man whose countrymen murdered her parents. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?
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