Mistress Firebrand

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Mistress Firebrand

Renegades of the American Revolution

By Donna Thorland

New American Library, Paperback, 9780451471017, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success in the capitol, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. Buther plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere.

Severin's mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort and away from pretty young actresses.But the tables are turned when Severin himself can t resist Jennifer Leighton

Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory andbegun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name Cornelia, ridiculing Gentleman Johnny Burgoyneand his army and undermining the crown scampaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution and their passion for each other

About the Author
Donna Thorland graduated from Yale with a degree in classics and art history. She managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, for several years then earned an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Thorland has been a Disney / ABC Television Writing Fellow, a WGA Writer s Access Project honoree, and has written for the television shows "Cupid" and "Tron: Uprising". The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project aired on WNET Channel 13. Her fiction has appeared in "Alfred Hitchcock s Mystery Magazine".