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."