Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Spies in Corsets

My new release, Angel in My Arms, takes place in Richmond, Virginia during the last months of the Civil War. The central characters are female spies who funnel information, weapons, and Union prisoners through the city. They even visit the prison with baked goods as gifts. Steve Dunham, the Union officer enlisted to help them on their latest rescue mission is a Cavalry soldier who risks his neck even as he falls deeply in love with one of the spies, Amanda Emerson, while Rebel captain Will Reed is drawn despite his suspicions to another of the beautiful female spies, Kate Sinclair. Caught up in a web of treachery and deceit, Steve and Amanda find a love worth fighting for, while Will and Kate set the stage for their own romance.

Heading the spy ring is Betsy Kincaid, known throughout Richmond as Crazy Betsy. Crazy as a Fox Betsy is a shrew operator who knows how to use her nieces' talents to their best advantage. Crazy Betsy is loosely based on a historical character, Elizabeth Van Lew. Elizabeth socialized with Jefferson Davis' wife, Varina, all the while using her connections to funnel information to the Union. An eccentric matron, she used her unusual behavior as a cover for her spying.

Who can know how many female spies operated during the Civil War - a female spy could certainly romance secrets out of lonely soldiers, even in the top ranks.

I hope you'll check out Angel in My Arms. Please check out my website at www.victoriagrayromance.com to learn more about the book and other Civil War romance, Destiny. Both books are available in print and e-book from The Wild Rose Press.


Paty Jager said...

Great use of history to plot a book. Sounds like a fun, interesting read!

Susan Macatee said...

From the research I did for my books, I think there were a lot of female spies on both sides, Victoria. Great post! Your new release sounds like something I definitely want to read.

I really enjoyed Destiny! Best of luck with both books!

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks, Ladies! The Civil War is such a rich source of inspiration for love stories.