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J. L. Abbott

A childhood home haunted by the Civil War general who built it sparked the historical fiction of J. L. Abbott. She has completed two post-Civil War espionage novels: The Third Corner and The Bluecoat Affair, both part of the chilling and riveting Dark Watch series. The Third Corner was published by Amber Quill Press in 2002. The Bluecoat Affair will be released by Amber Quill in 2003. Two of her historical short stories, “The Devil’s Own” and “Blind Fate” were featured in the short story anthology, Twilight Antiquity.

“I’ve always been drawn to the ‘Conflict Between The States,’” J. L. says. “As a child, I pored over written material documenting the life of the Civil War officer who constructed the farm house in which I grew up. I imagined I could see and hear him as I moved through the rooms he inhabited. My attraction to this amazing period in history deepened as I matured. Today, I’m struck with the fact that the tragedy of that conflict continues to ripple through our culture. The opportunity to highlight aspects of this drama through my fiction thrills me. I’m compelled to write about it.

“I also savor espionage tales. The double life of a spy during the chaos of wartime and the post-war years is an especially rich field for me to cultivate. The characters I create live on the edge. They’re tough, vulnerable, and haunted. I like to create plots that twist and turn. My goal is to snare the reader in a web of suspense, subterfuge, and ultimate vindication.”

A speech graduate from Northwestern University, J. L. has worked in radio and television, and written promotional and public relations materials. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy, she published a series of technical planning reports. 

J. L. lives in the Denver foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Marc, and English cocker spaniel, Kalli. In her spare time, she hikes, writes poetry, and reads voraciously. She and Kalli, a certified therapy dog, have participated in animal-assisted therapy programs with Chenny Troupe, a Chicago-based organization.  

J. L.'s homepage: http://www.jlabbott.com 

The Third Corner 
genre: Historical Fiction: 19th century espionage
A Dark Watch novel.

Shots slam into a back alley of post-Civil War Washington, D.C. Two government agents fall. A traitor lurks in the upper ranks of the Grant Administration and conspirators kill the operatives to protect their mole. Kathryn Devereaux and Jared Bentley of the espionage organization, Dark Watch, carry on in the footsteps of their fallen comrades. They're driven by a hidden agenda. The dead spies were their fathers. Revenge stokes the flames of the official assignment as they seek to uncover the deadly knowledge their fathers possessed, and the rebels who killed them because of it.

The Dark Watch pair follows a tangled web of deceit, all the while struggling to protect their love for one another. Stakes skyrocket when a third player surfaces. A reviled adversary from the War is hell-bent on destroying their mission and their relationship. The fight becomes personal and no one is safe from her wrath. As Kathryn and Jared battle to safeguard the Presidency, their family, and their love, an unexpected ally offers them a timeless perspective revealing the truth about their present and lending clarity to their past and future.
ISBN: 1-59279-010-0 (electronic)
ISBN: 1-59279-998-1 (paperback)
publisher: Amber Quill Press

The Bluecoat Affair 
genre: Historical Fiction: 19th century espionage
A Dark Watch novel.

A masked figure scuttles around a midnight corner in Washington D. C. The ex-Confederate glances back at the mansion where Queen Victoria's son resides. He watches as Prince Alfred's butler opens the door and picks up the envelope left on the threshold.

The saboteur smiles as he melts into a pool of thick shadows floating beyond a street lamp. Message delivered. Soon, it will reverberate around the world.

Dark Watch Operative Anne Wentworth answers President's Grant frantic summons. The Prince's life is threatened just as America teeters on the brink of war with England. She and her fellow-government agents must fight through a twisted plot of treachery hatched by Southern conspirators. The Dark Watch mission: keep Prince Alfred alive and preserve international peace.

To complicate Wentworth's task, two men from her past invade her present. A demonic enemy, obsessed with avenging Anne's wartime actions, tortures her sanity and menaces her soul. At the same time, a fellow-agent battles through the protective shell she's constructed around her heart to bid for Anne's love, and joins her in the fight for her life and country.
publisher: available 2003 from Amber Quill Press

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