icon caret-left icon caret-right instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads question-circle facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

Blog

On the road again

Cover blurbs for REBEL FALLS have arrived from Ken Burns, SiriusXM's Larry Kirwan and more. I'll roll more of those in the weeks ahead.

But recently I've been focusing on appearances in support of my new historical novel.

Going on tour always has its ups and down, shocks and surprises, so I detailed several in my latest Substack column,  https://timwendel.substack.com/p/book-tour-trials-and-tribulations

See why I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan.

Be the first to comment

Editing process? Finished

The final, final edits for REBEL FALLS are finished. The historical novel, based in Niagara Falls during the waning months of the Civil War, will be out this spring from Three Hills, the trade imprint for Cornell University Press. 

Filmmaker Ken Burns, novelists Mary Kay Zuravleff and Burt Soloman, poet E. Ethelbert Miller, and SiriusXM host Larry Kirwan have endorsed the novel. I'll send along more of their comments in the new year, along with the amazing book trailer from Bill O'Brian.

For now, I'm thrilled to have the edits behind me and to receive this final note from production editor Jennifer Kelly, "By the way, our proofreader was absolutely enthralled with the book."

Pre-orders are being taken here, as well as at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Be the first to comment

Ken Burns on REBEL FALLS

Asking for cover endorsements or 'blurbs' is among the most humbling things I know of. But then you have a lightning bolt moment like this.

Here's Ken Burns assessment of 'Rebel Falls,' my new novel, which will be out this spring:

"Once again, Tim Wendel finds a riveting story to tell, this time in a little-known theater of our most complicated of wars.  Instead of great armies on familiar fields, this saga leads us to the shadowy world of spies and the improbable battleground at our northern border.  Wendel's narrative is strong, emotional and driven by one of his best characters yet, a heroine with more than her fair share of grit and bravery."

 

Be the first to comment

Cover for Rebel Falls

Here's the cover from REBEL FALLS, my historical novel, which will be out this spring.

 

The story opens in the summer of 1864. That's when Rory Chase, a young woman with a troubled past, reluctantly returns to Niagara Falls and the border with British Canada. Her assignment? Somehow keep Confederate spies John Yates Beall and Bennet Burley from seizing the lone Union gunship remaining on the Great Lakes.

 

 If Beall and Burley can commandeer the U.S.S. Michigan, they plan to bombard Cleveland and Buffalo on the eve of upcoming presidential election. This will certainly end Abraham Lincoln's chances of a second term.

 

Based upon true events, REBEL FALLS tells a forgotten chapter of the epic struggle. A time when the clash wasn't between armies and generals, but spies and unlikely allies. A place of extreme beauty where the Civil War briefly hung in the balance.

 

Many of the old landmarks from the American side of the Falls -- the Cataract House hotel, the Ferry Landing and the Suspension Bridge -- are the sites for major scenes and reveals.

 

A hardcover Spring 2024 release from Three Hills, the trade imprint for Cornell University Press, REBEL FALLS has garnered advance praise. "This is history that goes down smoothly," writes Burt Solomon, author of THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN. "You feel like you're there."

 

Be the first to comment

Historical novel out in 2024

Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls

Late in the summer of 1864, a young woman with a troubled past reluctantly returns to Niagara Falls and the border with British Canada. Her assignment? Somehow keep rebel spies John Yates Beall and Bennet Burley from seizing the lone Union gunship remaining on the Great Lakes.

 

If Beall and Burley can commandeer the U.S.S. Michigan, they plan to bombard Cleveland and Buffalo on the eve of upcoming presidential election. This will certainly end Abraham Lincoln's chances of a second term. To a desperate attempt to stop them, Secretary of State William Seward turns to inexperienced agents like Rory Chase, his daughter Fanny's best friend.

Soon time runs out for Rory and the Union operatives. Can they stymie the Confederates before the Michigan falls into rebel hands? In a climactic scene atop the Suspension Bridge spanning the Niagara River, during a raging blizzard, Rory has a final chance to redeem herself.

 

Based upon true events, REBEL FALLS tells a forgotten chapter of the epic struggle. A time when the clash wasn't between armies and generals, but spies and unlikely allies. A place of extreme beauty where the Civil War briefly hung in the balance.

 

A hardcover Spring 2024 release from Three Hills, the trade imprint for Cornell University Press, REBEL FALLS has garnered advance praise. "This is history that goes down smoothly," writes Burt Solomon, author of THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN. "You feel like you're there."

 

Be the first to comment

Shifting gears

Perhaps the strangest thing about being a writer these days is the mind-boggling, whiplash shift that's sometimes required. Since early April I've been on and off the road, promoting DOWN TO THE LAST PITCH. It's been a ton of fun as I visited great venues in 10-plus states and met some awesome people. Folks  Read More 
1 Comments
Post a comment