Libby McNamee  


Genre: Historical Fiction (Young Adult)  

Book Title and Tag Line: Dolley Madison and the War of 1812: America’s First Lady

Synopsis: Dolley Madison faces a bitterly divided Washington City when her husband, James Madison, becomes our fourth president. The prospect of war against Great Britain threatens to tear the fragile American Republic apart. The “Presidentess” hosts open parties in the President’s House to unite political foes.  When President Madison declares war with disastrous results, Dolley carries on, ignoring the threats against her. However, British soldiers march into Washington City, with her as a target. America’s Second War of Independence hinges on her. What must she do to save the United States while also saving herself?  

Title: Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War

Synopsis: Almost five years after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution hung in the balance. In May 1781, General Cornwallis invaded City Point, VA, and quartered his army. As 16-year-old Susanna Bolling served the British general and his officers dinner, she overheard their plans to capture General Lafayette and crush the American rebellion. Under the cover of darkness, she snuck through a secret tunnel and canoed downriver. Then she grabbed a horse and rode ten miles to warn Lafayette. But could she make it back home by sunrise without detection?   

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Author Bio:  Libby McNamee is an author, public speaker, lawyer, and Veteran. Her first novel, Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War was named #1 in Juvenile Fiction by the 2020 Independent Publisher Book “IPPY” Awards and the 2020 Pinnacle Book Awards as well as Finalist in Fiction: Historical by 2020 Best Book Awards. In addition, the Virginia General Assembly created “Susanna Bolling Day” based upon Libby’s research. A native of Boston, Libby graduated from Georgetown University and Catholic University School of Law. She also served as an Army JAG in Korea, Bosnia, Germany, and Washington State. Libby lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her patient husband and son. 

Topics for discussion: (1) Susanna Bolling and the “Petticoat Patriots” of the Revolutionary War, (2) Dolley Madison: America’s First Lady, (3) The War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence, (4) Conducting Historical Research

Contact the Author: Email:  Phone: 804-937-7007