My Inner Geek and Cover Reveal!

My name is Suzanne Ferrell and I’m a history geek.

Yes, yes, I am. But not just all history. While I find world history and history of other countries fascinating, I’m a real geek for American history. The good, the bad, the questionable. Yep, love it all.

sons-of-libertySo imagine how happy I was this week when I discovered the History Channel was going to do a 3-day historical movie event about the Sons Of Liberty!! Be still my heart. I’m taping it, but have been watching it with great joy! Not to mention the actors are very easy to watch. And there’s things going BOOM and lots of passion. Here’s the link if you want to take a look or want to watch the episodes: http://www.history.com/shows/sons-of-liberty?cmpid=VAN_HIS:Sons

(Image courtesy of the History Channel.)

I suspect this passion of mine comes from visiting my great aunt Addie when I was a kid. See, Aunt Addie was my Grandpa Sherm’s spinster sister. She was tall for a woman and lived by herself in a cabin, circa late 1800’s on the top of Spivey mountain in Tennessee. You drove up the winding highway, past the turn-off to my daddy’s family on Coffee Ridge; up past Spivey mountain, which my mother’s family settled in the early 1800’s; past the Mountain Dale Free Will Baptist church onto the gravel road…and a few more hair-raising turns there was Aunt Addie’s cabin.

cabin

You parked on the edge of her property and walked up the mowed path, careful not to step too far off the path. Why? Because copperhead snakes liked to hide in there and they’re poisonous. The house was greying, weathered wood with a huge front porch and the house was shaped like an L. I don’t have a picture of that old house but it sort of looked like this.

(Image found on Google images.)

Inside was a huge kitchen area with a fireplace and a coal burning furnace, as well as a stove that was from probably the 1920’s. In the L part of the house was an old brass bed with a feather-tic mattress. A hand-cranked record player was there and Aunt Addie had a collection of 78 albums, (you know, the really thick ones) of old gospel music. We would sit on the porch or lie in that bed and listen to my great aunt, Grandma CindyJane and my mom and her sisters reminisce about growing up in the mountains. Since Aunt Addie and Grandma were born before the 1900’s we heard a lot about older family members who even fought in the Civil War.

So, naturally, when I decided to write my first romance novel, I picked an American historical. That’s Cantrell’s Bride. Back then, when I wasn’t published, I went ahead and wrote the sequel. But because it took me so long to publish, and I grew as a writer, both books needed major rewriting. Ellora’s Cave kindly published Cantrell’s Bride a little over 2 years ago. Now I’m finally ready to publish the sequel, TURNER’S VISION.

And this is the fabulous cover Lyndsey came up with:

Turner's Vision

Here’s the blurb:

His visions of the future brought them together…

Micah Turner’s visions have driven him down from his Colorado mountain refuge to the nation’s capital in search of his lost sister. Her disappearance may have something to do with the murder of a senator and a beautiful woman who is also haunting his visions.

Claudia Davis spent most of her life in fear. Now she has the chance to put her past behind her and help discover who is behind the senator’s murder. When a giant man approaches her one night with a letter from her friend who’d witnessed the murder she must decide if she can put her fears aside and trust the stranger.

As the pair work together to solve the murder they discover a deeper plot, one that has its roots buried in Micah’s past. Can they fight for justice and their love? Or will Micah’s visions of blood and death be fulfilled?

So, next month I will be publishing my second American historical romance.

What about you readers? Do you like history? Any particular era or country? Have you watched the Sons of Liberty?

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Suz,
    History was one of my favorite subjects in school. I haven’t seen Sons of Liberty, but I do watch Vikings. I like watching history programs and scripted shows about Ancient Egypt and Rome.

    • Jane,

      I started watching Vikings, but got sidetracked and have major episodes to get caught up on.

      The big epic movies about the Roman empire, especially those that involve Britain have been great. And of course I presonally love Joan Kayse’s Roman-era romances.

      But, I’ve been truly geeking out on the Sons of Liberty series. (IN fact, I’m still up after watching the third episode tonight.)

      The only thing that has me more vested-time-wise would be anything in the post Civil War era…which is probably why I set both my American historicals in the 1880’s.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Suz

    Oh I do love history and I do read a lot of historicals any country and era I love it all and I did love Cantrell’s Bride and am looking forward to the new one 🙂 and I love that cover.
    I have not seen Son’s of Liberty but it does sound good 🙂

    Have fun
    Helen

    • Helen,

      I’m so glad you liked Cantrell’s Bride. Hope that Turner’s Vision will live up to your expectations. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

      As for the Sons of Liberty, I think it’s a really well done look at the period and the inciting incidents that lead to the Revolution. *And Ben Barnes who plays Sam Adams is quite a pleasure to watch!! 🙂 *

      • Debbie Oxier says:

        Loved Cantrell’ s Bride as well and thanks for letting us know about Ben Barnes. He’s a cutie! Also love the new cover. Any idea when the book will be released?

  • flchen1 says:

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!!!!! SO looking forward to Turner’s Vision, Suz!!

    Haven’t watched Sons of Liberty, and I do like history, but usually in the form of historical romances 🙂

    • LOL, Fedora, I’m glad to see Turner’s Vision getting such an enthusiastic response! I’m pretty excited to finally have Micah and Claudia’s story told!

      I usually prefer historical romances, too. But hey, dress some hot guys up in period costumes, give them a passion to fight for…yeah, I’m all over that!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Squeeeeee! What an awesome cover! Looking forward to this one, Suz. I love books set around the American Revolution. Another favorite author has one coming out soon too so now I’m happy times two! 🙂

    I have Sons of Liberty on the DVR but haven’t started watching yet. Plan to do that this weekend. 🙂

    • PJ…
      I think I confused you! So sorry.

      Turner’s Vision is NOT about the Revolution, it is the sequel to Cantrell’s Bride and takes place in post Civil War Washington, circa 1882, mostly. It ends up in Colorado, too. But I think you’ll like it anyway.

      OMG, I DVR’d it and threatened the testosterone based life forms in my house they’d better not delete it for a sporting event!!! I know I’ll want to watch it all again! 🙂 🙂

      • pjpuppymom says:

        LOL! That’s what I get for trying to multi-task while I’m posting comments. I knew it wasn’t set during the Revolution but had Sons of Liberty in my head while I was typing. ::sigh:: Sorry for the confusion!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I watched a little of the Sons of Liberty with my husband. Would like to know who plays Sam Adams. While I like the American Revolutionary period, my favorite is The Old West where there were so many opportunities to make a life for yourself with all that land available. The cowboys weren’t bad either! Lol! Maybe it’s because I grew up watching a lot of westerns. Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Big Valley, Cheyenne, Rawhide, Bronco Lane, Sugarfoot, Paladin, etc. I would like to go back in time and spend one day in the west to see what it was like.

  • LOL Suz –

    Before I hopped over to the blog, I was chatting with some other historical writers about the Sons of Liberty series. I’ve loving it. They were sort of history snobs that said the series isn’t historically accurate. Okay, I’ll grant you that I doubt Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “bat-shit crazy” (yes, he uses the phrase in reference to the British) and that Samuel Adams is better known for his distillery legacy than being a mover & shaker of the revolution, but – I love this series! It’s riveting! It’s fun! Sam Adams is depicted as a drool-worthy guy, not the 40-some year old, twice married publisher that he was in real life. It’s an Indiana-Jones version of history, but I love it. 🙂

    • flchen1 says:

      In general, I’m OK with the occasional Indiana-Jones retelling 😉 (As long as it isn’t billing itself as the super accurate version 🙂 )

    • Donna, I’m laughing because I thought the “bat-shit crazy” phrase wasn’t historically correct, but I bet old Ben might’ve said something similar.

      And it does have that Indiana Jones feel to it. Besides, who would you want to watch do the fighting? Young, hunky Ben Barnes or someone age appropriate? 😉

  • Suz, how fun! I love that cover and am so glad you’re doing a followup to Cantrell’s Bride. I loved that story.

    You know how I am about history. Totally love it! Pretty much the whole sweep of American history interests me, though the period after World War II doesn’t seem as intriguing. With ancient history, I lose interest after the fall of the Roman Empire.

    British history, I tend to cherry pick more. I love the Dark Ages and, obviously, any hint of Arthur. Roman Britain, except for Boadicea and the Iceni scaring the pants off the Romans, isn’t so much my thing, though I think Hadrian’s Wall is pretty cool (and am descended from some of the people who lived north of it *g*).

    Alfred the Great deserves his name, imho, but after him, I lose interest until about the Norman Conquest. I love the Plantagenets and am not so keen on any Tudors except Elizabeth.

    I do root for the Scots and the Welsh to an extent, and I greatly admire Robert the Bruce.

    The only Stuart I pay much attention to is Charles II, who danced a fine line to keep his throne. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 is important from a political standpoint and as part of the way our system of government evolve, but William and Mary themselves seem comparatively blah to me.

    Of course, compared to the Plantagenets, with all their flash, dash, intrigue, and drama, pretty much everyone seems kind of blah.

    The Hanoverians and Victoria pretty much leave me cold, though the Napoleonic Wars and Florence Nightingale’s experiences in the Crimea are intriguing. The next period that really fascinates me is post-World War I, then World War II and the Battle of Britain. After that, it doesn’t seem so historical to me. Which is party of my problem with more recent American history, I think.

    I haven’t watched Sons of Liberty–I don’t have time to commit to it at the moment, and we don’t Tivo–but I plan to rent it when it becomes available. Or watch it in reruns if the opportunity arises.

    I miss the days when the American Revolution was a popular romance setting.

    • Nancy,

      Yeah, I left a big loose end in Cantrell’s Bride, so we’re tying it up in Turner’s Vision. **things go BOOM**

      Good Lord, you have definite likes an dislikes in History! hehehe. The Tudors were rather Machiavellian, weren’t they? Hard to root for them, although I agree, Elizabeth was the master of politics, especially to stay in power so long as a woman!

      My favorite American Revolution romance was The Black Horse Inn. I read it in high school and recently got my hands on an original copy. It sits on my book shelf of keeper books!!

  • catslady says:

    I plan on watching Sons of Liberty – love all those such as Vikings and Hell on Wheels, etc. I didn’t like history much while in school because it was oh so boring most of the time but I enjoy it now. I want to hear about the people and the customs and not dates of wars and generals wins and losses.

    • Catslady,

      I’m with you. A list of dates and events would bore the snot out of me, too. I was lucky to come from a family who liked to tell stories of their family history and both my grandparents were born in the 1880’s. Probably had me romanticizing history long before books, huh?

  • Shannon says:

    As everyone knows, I love my historicals. It was Anna Campbell who led me here.

    I haven’t seen the Sons of Liberty. I thank heaven for Netflix because I imagine someday I will have time between work, fun, friends, cleaning, and whatever else to binge watch a great series.

    As for a time period, I am fascinated by conflict points in time–the Cousin’s War (War of the Roses), Cromwell, French Revolution, and Regency England (with Napoleon’s ambitions). I”m sure there’s others, but I’m braindead, and instead of reading something new, I’m rereading. I”ll add these two to the TBR pile on the wishlist.

    • OMG, Shannon, Netflix is addictive to me. I binged watched MI-5. All 8 seasons. One right after the other. They kept killing people off!!!!!

      Luckily for you Sons Of Liberty is only 3 episodes. 🙂

  • Joan Kayse says:

    I LOVE historical time periods 😀 and am thrilled more Civil war era is being brought to the readers by you, Ms. Suz!

    I’ve got Sons of Liberty taped too…maybe this weekend I’ll delve into it…instead of some football game that’s being yammered about :0

    • Thank you, Joanie. I’m thrilled this book is coming out. Micah and Claudia are two of my favorite characters. Plus we get to see some secondary people from Cantrell’s Bride again. Oh, and then there’s Hank. Sigh.

      And yes, you should geek out over the Sons Of Liberty…but then, there’s football players in tight pants. 🙂

      Choices, choices!

  • Cassondra says:

    I love history. And your daughter is so talented.

    It would not do for me to get hooked on this tv series. My heart would be at its mercy, and I can’t have that. :0/

    I love love LOVE your description of the cabin and your time spent there. I wish I’d had digital recorders back when the old folks in my childhood were still around. I tried recording them with cassette tapes, but the life of those tapes is really short, unfortunately, and they deteriorated too soon. The stories they told, and the bits of folklore and wisdom they had…I wish I had it all.

    • Thanks Cassondra. Lynds always amazes me and a bonus…most my cover consultations take place over the dinner table. 🙂

      Luckily for me this was a limited series. Three nights was just long enough.

      I really need to sit down with Mom and record some of her childhood stories. If for nothing else then at least to pass them on to my kids.

  • So glad there is a sequel to Cantrell’s Bride !! And that is a beautiful cover! Can’t wait to read Turner’s Vision.

    Of course I am a history geek! Why else would I write historical romance? Of course my preferred era is Regency England, but I am also fond of the history or Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Medieval England. After about 1850 I sort of lose interest.

    Of course I’ve studied Native American history extensively, but I have read very few historical romances that depict what actually happened to my ancestors from the time the Pilgrims landed until Wounded Knee so I tend to avoid them.

  • Thanks, Louisa. I love the cover too…and Micah is my big blond mountain man hero, so I think Lyndsey nailed it. 🙂

    If I had to rank my English historical eras, I think it would be Elizabethan, Rgency, WW II, then Arthurian.