Currently being packaged as a feature film in Los Angeles.
A gripping page turner, tells the true story of a female war hero in our American History! In the writing style of Best Selling Author Lee Child and the immersive historical action of great epic love stories like, The Titanic, Dances With Wolves, and Outlander.
Letters from the States came often and, sometimes, more than five at a time. Marines do love to get mail. Not email. The real thing. Good old U.S. Post mail. Handwritten. Had to be. It was 2003 and Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan read her mail every day, addressed to her 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was just south of Fallujah, Iraq. The mail was from her grandmother, with whom she was very close. One hell of a story was laid out in those letters. A love story in the time of the American Revolution. Leah never knew she had such history in her family. Leave it to Grandma, always so full of great stories. On Leah’s breaks from her duties, the letters brought her back to a time when America was young. A time when the country was undiscovered and her ancestors had to protect Fort Henry and their colony. There was a lot to lose in the 1700s, around the Ohio Valley. Local tribes wanted their land back, and the British knew how to take advantage of that. Betty Zane was the girl who had to grow up fast on the frontier. She was raised by her four brothers. Her older brother, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, taught her how to protect herself, use her instincts, and shoot a long rifle. Then, Betty fell in love with Zach. Their love was immediate and deep. She never stopped loving him, even when she was forced to go to school in Philadelphia. All she wanted to do was to come home and marry the boy she loved, a boy who was becoming a man and who helped transform Fort Henry into Zanesville. Betty would find a way. But the Shawnee Warrior with the scar on his brow was out to take everything from the Zanes. He lost his brother because of Betty and her brother. He lost the respect of his tribe. He was losing his land. He found his opportunity with the British Captain Pratt and the American traitor George Girty. They were just as determined. They conspired to take down the Zanes and Fort Henry. But they threatened the wrong girl. A girl who was becoming a woman, who loved her man and her country, and would do anything to save them. The letters told Betty Zane’s story well, and Grandma knew what she was doing. The stories stirred something within Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan at just the right time. Her Captain has assigned her to lead a mission. A “Red Eye Op.” Now it is her turn. She is about to find out just how damn tough she is. Who is the ruthless enemy in the dark of the Iraqi desert, taking out her fellow Marines? Who are the two unknown soldiers who have compromised her team? Will she have the time to tell the Marine named Vargas how much she cares for him? With her Captain’s faith, and a team who has put their trust and respect in her, Leah is about to embark on her own journey. A journey of self-discovery and intestinal fortitude, and high risk. One that takes us to the ending of a true story, about a female warrior in the past that will forever change who this warrior is in the present.
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Steven M. Sullivan was born in NYC and spent his young years in upstate New York and Connecticut. He spent his 20’s and 30’s pounding the streets of Manhattan, the West Village and upper West Side, selling his Art. A diverse creative background, Steven started his career as a book illustrator and artist back when art was not “so digital”. He created full cover paintings for various YA books, advertising and editorial work. His clients included, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Forbes Magazine, and various corporate clients. He won an Award for one his paintings, titled: “Who Really Discovered America?” The painting was featured in the Society of Illustrators in 31st book and show. He also spent some time acting in several television commercials. He loves animals and shares his time with his wife Tamy, English Bulldogs and cat. My Lady Zane is his first Novel. The cover was designed by Steven as well. It is a conceptual piece splitting the image of two female warriors. My Lady Zane is also being packaged as a feature film. He is currently at work on the follow up to the Zane book, continuing the exciting story of the female Marine in a mystery crime thriller set in the Virginia mountains in 2005.