WORK IN PROGRESS:
THE DECLARATION, THE SWORD & THE SPY
Book Two of the Epic Revolutionary Saga, coming spring 2020
“THE BRITISH ARE COMING!”…but so are THE FRENCH!
"WOW! WOW! WOW! Just finished reading the teaser chapters and WOW!!!!! I never knew that Paul Revere said something different than what schools teach us!! Then again, I hated studying American history in school because it was presented in a boring way. You bring it to life and make it fun to accidentally learn something while doing something I love!! I can't wait to see what happened before and what happens after!! I loved it!!! You make American history (and the rest of it) fun to learn!!!" - Shanna Weatherbee, 37, Oregon
Covering the events from March 1775 to July 1776, this second book in the Epic Revolutionary saga tells the incredible yet lesser known struggles of the war before Independence. As the Order of the Seven animal team helps the founding fathers in their quest for liberty, another war is coming—a secret war of espionage and intrigue with spies lurking around every corner and on all sides of the war for American Independence. The Enemy seeks to crush the patriots and their commander on the field, but which will be the most dangerous—the enemy without or the enemy within?
It’s March 1775, and Patrick Henry’s cry of ‘Liberty or Death!’ has declared that war is coming. The Voice of the Revolution says that the time for pleading with King George III and Parliament is over—the colonies must prepare to fight, but they will not fight their battles alone. France must secretly enter the cause of American Independence, but it will take spies operating on both sides of the Atlantic to pull this off.
Gillamon leads the team to a new WAR ROOM where they will meet on strategy and share intelligence. Liz and Nigel must learn the art of espionage and deciphering messages as they seek clues to discover the "mole" sitting in plain sight within the Sons of Liberty. Elusive, deadly spies lurk among them, seeking to thwart their every move and kill the patriot leaders. Max must shield Washington from the forces that seek his downfall. Kate will shadow Lafayette's movements in France and ensure that Libertas is in the right place at the right time. Al keeps the team informed about developments in London, gathering intelligence right under the nose of King George III, but must sail to America with Lord Cornwallis and Banastre Tarleton while frustrating the Enemy with a few tricks up his paw. Clarie and Gillamon assume identities that keep even their own team guessing. But in the midst of the uncertainty, one thing is clear - a new and evil team is forming against the Order of the Seven.
While the Sons of Liberty secretly plan, a spy sitting in their midst threatens to crush the patriots before they can arm. Paul Revere’s heart-pounding midnight ride announces that British regulars are marching from Boston to Concord, but who will fire the first shot at Lexington and launch the American Revolution? As that shot is heard around the world, France’s young Marquis de Lafayette immediately commits his sword to fight for American independence, but King Louis XVI has other plans for the reluctant courtier. Behind the scenes, France secretly arranges to help the Americans without the British knowing. If their French spy fails in his meeting with Benjamin Franklin, America won't have the ally it needs to win her independence.
Patrick Henry picks up his gun but is quickly branded an outlaw by Lord Dunmore and must avoid capture on his way to the Second Continental Congress where George Washington becomes Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army: the Sword of the Revolution. After the bloody Battle of Bunker Hill, Washington faces the impossible task of forming and supplying an undisciplined, rag-tag army to fight the mightiest army on earth. It will take young bookseller Henry Knox to bring him a noble train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to drive the British from Boston. Little does Knox know that his success will ultimately depend on one of Max's descendants to turn the weather in his favor - a puppy named Jock Frost.
But while the cannons boom, the Voice of the Revolution is needed once more—this time for a resolution to declare independence. Liz and Nigel must oversee the Pen of the Revolution - Thomas Jefferson - as he crafts the most important document that America will ever produce. But the quill he uses will be crucial to the right words, at the right time.
The Epic Revolutionary Saga
Book one: The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key (2017) 1743-March 1775: covers events from the year 1743 up through the eve of the Revolution in March 1775.
Book two: The Declaration, the Sword, and the Spy (2020) March 1775-July 1776: covers events from Lexington and Concord through the Declaration of Independence.
Book three: The Escape, the Marquis and the Forge (2021) August 1776-June 1778: covers events from the Battle of New York with the arrival of British forces through Valley Forge, including the Marquis de Lafayette's arrival from France.
Book four: The Blood, the Turn and the Prize (2023) June 1778-October 1781: covers the end of the northern campaign and the southern campaign through Victory at Yorktown.
Book five: The Rise, the Fall and the Jewel (2025) October 1781-1865): covers the rise of the United States of America and the formation of the government through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Concludes the Revolutionary Saga into the nineteenth century with liberty and justice for all.
Jenny has been researching Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette, Banastre Tarleton, and the Revolutionary War since 2007! She is passionate about this crucial period of history, and about her favorite Founding Father, Patrick Henry. Her heart's desire is for children to know the REAL history of America, including God's hand of favor every step of the way. Jenny is deeply indebted to the excellent reenactors of Colonial Williamsburg: Richard Schumann as Patrick Henry and Mark Schneider as the Marquis de Lafayette (and Banastre Tarleton). They have tirelessly answered her questions and provided incredible research assistance. Jenny also is active with Patrick Henry's Red Hill (homesite where Patrick Henry is buried) and Historic Polegreen Church (where Patrick Henry attended church as a kid), participating in Living History Days. Her research has taken her to France where she met the 6th great grandson of the Marquis de Lafayette, Comte Lafayette. Jenny has attended multiple re-enactment events, including Patrick Henry's Liberty or Death speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Patrick Henry's Parson Cause court case at Hanover Courhouse, the Battle of the Hook (Gloucester Point) and the Battle of Cowpens. She also was in Yorktown for the arrival of Lafayette's reconstructed ship from France, L'Hermione. Stay tuned for tons of behind the scenes research pics and videos for this exciting Revolutionary trilogy!
Jenny with Mark Schneider (Marquis de Lafayette and below, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton)
Jenny with Richard Schumann (Patrick Henry)
Jenny with Mark Schneider (Marquis de Lafayette) in Yorktown for the arrival of Lafayette's reconstructed ship from France, L'Hermione!
BEHIND THE SCENES: PATRICK HENRY
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her main character for the Revolutionary trilogy: Patrick Henry. Through a series of chats, Jenny and Mr. Henry will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at Mr. Henry's life and vital contributions to American Independence.
JENNY AND PATRICK HENRY CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT
In this clip, Jenny and the Mr. Henry discuss Jack Jouett's ride and a funny anecdote of something that happened to Mr. Henry once he evaded the dreaded Tarleton. He also graciously gives an endorsement for Jenny's books. I just love him.
JENNY AND PATRICK HENRY CHAT ABOUT LIBERTAS
In this clip, Jenny and Mr. Henry discuss a little known speech that he made in 1783, yet one that possibly led to the most well known American treasure...at least it will in Jenny's book. :)
Why is Patrick Henry still a good role model for Kids Today?
Read Jenny's article on FOXNEWS.COM.
Some of Jenny's research books for writing about Patrick Henry, the Marquis, Tarleton, and the Revolution. 265 books and counting!
As the year began, Europe was not at war and it was not at peace. Paris and London were aswarm with spies, but there was as yet no settled truth or plot to ferret out. History seemed to stumble forward accident by accident in 1775, the year when everything began except for a clear understanding of exactly what that was.
- James R. Gaines, For Liberty and Glory
BEHIND THE SCENES:
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her supporting character for the Revolutionary trilogy: the Marquis de Lafayette. Through a series of chats, Jenny and the Marquis will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at The Marquis' life and vital contributions to American Independence.
JENNY AND THE MARQUIS CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT AND THE CAT AND MOUSE CAMPAIGN
In this clip, Jenny and the Marquis discuss Jack Jouett's ride and the ensuing cat and mouse campaign with the dreaded Banastre Tarleton. (Lafayette is SO much more pleasant to interview than that Tarleton, I might add.)
Jenny had the joy of touring the birthplace and childhood home of the Marquis de Lafayette in the south of France: Chateau de Chavaniac.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Author Jenny L. Cote interviews her antagonist for the Revolutionary trilogy: Banastre Tarleton. Through a series of chats, Jenny and Tarleton will give readers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the British side of the Revolutionary conflict....if she doesn't kill him off early in her novel.
JENNY AND TARLETON CHAT ABOUT JACK JOUETT'S RIDE
In this clip, Jenny asks Tarleton for his testimonial about Jack Jouett's ride after having discussed the event with Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette. Once again, he gives Jenny some British lip. (Why can't he be more like the delightful Marquis?)
JENNY AND TARLETON CHAT ABOUT COWPENS AND HIS "BLOODY" REPUTATION
In this clip, Jenny and Tarleton have a testy discussion about the Battle of Cowpens and whether or not he deserves the title given him, "Bloody Banastre Tarleton." See if you think his attitude will make Jenny's pen bleed red.
Professional photo below of Mark Schneider as Banastre Tarleton at Return to the Hook by Kenneth Bohrer.
For more of his EPIC photography on numerous
Revolutionary sites that will be featured in
The Declaration, the Marquis and the Spy, please visit www.americanrevolutionphotos.com
BEHIND THE SCENES:
JENNY L. COTE
Author Jenny L. Cote shares her behind the scenes research which shows the extent to which she'll go to get the story right!
JENNY REENACTS JACK JOUETT'S RIDE
A heart-pounding ride at night through the VA countryside! Well, sorta....Jenny rides Fallon the Wonder Horse at night to reenact Jack Jouett's midnight ride to warn the VA Assembly of Tarleton's approach. You've heard from Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette and Banastre Tarleton about Jack's ride. Now, see it unfold before your eyes in unparalleled glory! (ah-hem, well, sorta...)
"They nobly dar'd to be free!"
Jenny researches where the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775 at Lexington & Concord.
Researching the Battle of White Plains: The Jacob Purdy House
When I was researching in White Plains, NY for The Declaration, the Marquis, and the Spy, Mr. John Bailey with White Plains Community Media, a local TV show called "People to be Heard" filmed my tour of George Washington's Headquarters at the Jacob Purdy House. Following the tour with John Vorperian I sit down for an interview (at about the 10 min mark). This is what I do, so welcome to my world if you want to take a peak. http://www.wpcommunitymedia.org/people-to-be-heard/10122018-637
This is the Cathédrale Saint Étienne de Metz (St. Stephen's Cathedral) in France. It has the largest expanse of stained glass and the second highest naves in the world. It was here in Metz while in summer training with his regiment that the Marquis de Lafayette first heard about the struggles of the 13 American colonies. He attended a dinner where the Duke of Gloucester (the black sheep brother of King George III) shared about the events happening with England and her rebellious colonies. He heard about Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill and that a general by the name of George Washington had been made Commander-in-Chief. The Duke was sympathetic to the American cause, and his words and news inspired Lafayette to join the cause and help America gain her independence. I was working on this dinner scene when the fire struck Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and I just had to pull in this cathedral as well as Notre Dame into the chapter with Liz. I just never know where my inspiration will come from but this one is special. Look at the beauty of this cathedral - I must visit it my next trip to France!