Guest Post & Giveaway: The Turncoat by T.J. London

Welcome back to the Revolution, Rebels (and Redcoats—not to be forgotten)!

This is tour number two for The Rebels and Redcoats Saga with the Historical Virtual Blog Tour, and I’m thoroughly excited to be back with you all. This time, I bring with me the third installment in my saga about the rogue British spy, Captain John Carlisle, and his beloved half-Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson.

I have to take a step back and be a bit candid with you Rebels (author confession incoming). I wrote The Rebels and Redcoats Saga as a grief counseling tool, to help me cope (To learn more about that, you have to read the acknowledgements in the books!). Why I chose the Revolutionary War is, sadly, a bit ridiculous (another shameless author confession). I loved the clothing and the look of the Revolution: long hair, waistcoats, and tricorn hats (cocked hats if we’re being historically accurate for 1776). That being said, as I researched the time period, I discovered a hidden gem amongst the well-known stories of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and yes, even Alexander Hamilton, who has so recently found his much-deserved place in the limelight. What I’m referring to is the Oneida tribe. They were truly our first allies, and their support of our new nation and our cause led to our success at Saratoga, and then, eventually, our victory over England. But rarely do we hear their names or the cost of their sacrifice mentioned in the annals of history when the Revolution is discussed: the loss of their land, the dissolution of the Iroquois Confederacy, and the decimation of their numbers. My goal with this saga was to not only tell an adventure and a love story, but to shine a light on the Oneida using a bit of drama, as only fiction can provide, to provoke readers to ask the question: Did this really happen?

And yes, sadly, it did. Only recently, when I visit Revolutionary War museums, have I started to see the Oneida represented, but why are they not in our history books? Why is their story still hidden for only the truly curious historian to find? That question isn’t mine to answer. I’ve done my best to highlight their story, and my only hope is that I’ve done them justice in the Rebels and Redcoats Saga.

With that in mind, The Turncoat is really where we see the Oneida shine, specifically in the Battle of Oriskany. The Oneida and their brave chief, Han Yerry, and his wife, Two Kettles Together, fight alongside American Militias in one of the bloodiest and most unknown battles of the Revolutionary War. And without the natives, we couldn’t have held our ground or sent General St. Leger and his Redcoats back to Canada. This book is also where we see the repercussions of the Oneida joining with the Colonists and what it meant for their people. The Turncoat, and the whole Rebels and Redcoats Saga, is action packed with history, love, and adventure, but it’s also a human story about the cost of war and the spoils. History is told by the victors, yet rarely do we see it through the eyes of those who lived it and lost. Yes, our nation was born with this great experiment, and we should be grateful for that, but we should also look at the Revolution in its entirety and learn a few lessons that are so poignantly needed in the current political climate.

Coming next is my prequel to the Rebels and Redcoats Saga: Man of War. A mystery/adventure that explains all the hidden facts of the saga, in the backdrop of the royal navy Man of War and New York City in 1755. After that, we return to the Revolution with The Rebels, but I’m not going to spoil anything here. You’re just gonna have to wait. I promise lots more history, love, and adventure with all the characters you know and love from the earlier part of the saga.

I hope this snapshot into my mercurial writer’s brain whets your appetite for the Revolution. And I promise, in The Turncoat, Captain John Carlisle is at his handsomest, naughtiest, and bravest with his beloved Dellis McKesson at his side. If you adore history, drama, action, love, and a little steam in your fiction, I suggest you check out the Rebels and Redcoats Saga.
Come… Rock the Revolution with Me!

The Turncoat by T.J. London

Publication Date: May 23, 2019
eBook & Paperback

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction

Spy. Redcoat. Traitor.

After Captain John Carlisle’s dance with death, he’s retreated to the serenity of the Oneida village with his beloved Dellis McKesson, trying to hide from the inevitable truth: war is coming. But when duty calls, and John’s expertise is needed to negotiate a treaty between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Crown, he’ll once again be faced with a decision: his King or his conscience.

Many truths that have yet to be revealed, and a deal with the Devil made in desperation, threatens to ruin Dellis and John’s hard-won love. As ghosts of the past resurface, and bitter family rivalry exposes betrayal from those closest to her, Dellis is dragged down a devastating path to the truth of her parents’ murders.

Now, the die is cast as war comes to the Mohawk River Valley in the Summer of 1777. St. Leger and his native allies siege Fort Stanwix. They're also plotting a secret attack that will force the Rebels and the Oneida to face off against the Crown and their allies, further dividing John’s loyalties, leaving him on the precipice of another decision: Rebel or Redcoat?

Available in eBook and Paperback

About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 8
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, July 9
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 10
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 11
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, July 12
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Saturday, July 13
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Monday, July 15
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Gwendalyn_Books_

Wednesday, July 17
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Review & Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, July 18
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Friday, July 19
Review at Broken Teepee
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away some fabulous prizes! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

1. A Signed copy of each of my Revolutionary books
2. A bag with my Revolutionary Author Logo
3. A Sterling Silver Tricorn hat charm, so you’re always in style
4. My favorite T-Shirt to wear when I write my Revolutionary tales, that says: The original New England Patriots, from 1630 in Boston
5. A stuffed founding father doll by Little Thinkers to inspire the Rebel in you
6. And a Founding Father book of quotes. Seditious banter from our brash Rebels!

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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