Kat Smutz is an author of fiction and nonfiction and considers herself a history geek.
Her books are available on Amazon and include:
Spies on Neither Side (2014): During the American Civil War, the boundary between Texas and Mexico is alive with as much fighting and espionage as the rest of the country. Troops from both sides clashed and anyone could be a spy for either side.
Quinn Matheson isn’t a spy. But that won’t matter to the military—Union or Confederate—if they discover that she’s gathering intelligence for a group of businessmen who have money invested in Mexican enterprises. And that won’t be all they’ll find. Quinn has been masquerading as a young boy for the duration of the war.
When war came, circumstances put Quinn and her family on opposite sides of the battle fronts. In need of a means of supporting herself, she dresses as a boy and takes a job with the short lived Pony Express. Her last job is to carry word of the war to the border when she’s recruited to work for the British businessmen.
The dangerous demands of Quinn’s job become routine as the war the was supposed to burn itself out quickly doesn’t. But everything is turned upside down once again when Quinn’s mentor dies and his replacement arrives. Nathan Reese doesn’t seem to notice that his best operative isn’t a half breed boy. He’s too intent on finding the girl he has been searching for since before the war.
When Quinn and Reese are exposed, they manage to escape back into the world they knew before the war, only to find that their troubles are far from over.
American Slavery in an Hour (2011): From the first slaves arriving in Jamestown in 1619, the cotton fields in the Southern States and shipbuilding in New England, to the slaves who laid down their lives in war so that Americans could be free, American Slavery in an Hour covers the breadth of the subject without sacrificing important historical and cultural details.
An important and dark time in Black – and American – history, American Slavery in an Hour will explain the key facts and give you a clear overview of this much discussed period of history, as well as its legacy in modern America.
American Civil War in an Hour (2011): The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government were strongly against slavery and fought to abolish it and keep the country united.
The American Civil War: History in an Hour gives a concise and authoritative overview of these four years of bloody and devastating warfare to help you understand how the Civil War shaped America today and changed the history of slavery forever.
Abraham Lincoln in an Hour (2014): Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is an American icon. To many, he is a symbol of values, sacrifice and determination. Modern notions of nationalism, liberty, and constitution all owe their debt to Lincoln, as does the unity of the American states. And yet, in his own day, Lincoln was also reviled by many as a traitor, tarnished by his associations with the wrong kind of race and the wrong end of society.
Charting his ascent from humble origins to the leader of the United States during its hardest democratic and ethical conflict – the American Civil War – ‘Lincoln: History in an Hour’ is a succinct guide to the life of a great and controversial modernizer. Having educated himself and made good as a lawyer, he embarked on a journey that would see triumph in the abolition of slavery and then tragedy in the final drama of his own assassination. From his struggles as President to his family life and roles as husband, father and friend, this is the story of one of history’s greatest leaders.