Red. White, and Screwed by Holly Bush

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Political strategist Glenda Nelson is having a meltdown. Her handpicked, very married Congressional candidate was just caught climbing out of the window of the Sleepytown Motel, and her philandering ex-husband seems to have the most to gain from the colossal scandal that follows. As Glenda attempts to salvage the campaign in a hotly contested race, conservative and liberal pundits pounce on the story to further their own agendas.

Glenda’s love life is nonexistent to say the least, that is, until she meets handsome artist Chris Goodrich. Chris’s easy-going, carefree outlook on life couldn’t be more different than the 90-mph crazy train that is Glenda’s, but the more time she spends with him, the more she craves his calming presence, his sexy smile, and his steamy embraces. Is Chris the one to take a chance on?

Between the pressure of full-blown spin control mode, rapidly declining job security, refereeing two teenagers, caring for aging parents, and spending hours on her therapist’s couch trying to get past her ex’s crushing betrayal, Glenda finds love and makes the long trek back to happy.

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Glenda has a surprise meeting with the new man in her life at her daughter Sylvia’s high school art gala.

The doors of the Mansville High School were covered with posters ranging from “Just Say No To Drugs” to a square dance being held Friday night after the football game. After getting directions to the art rooms, I ran down the hallway and burst through the door. The student art gala included a speaker. I smiled at Christopher Goodwich, straightened my skirt and hair, and found a seat. Sylvia was glaring at me.

“Art is about beauty,” Goodwich was saying. “But beauty is speculative. What is beautiful to you and what is beautiful to the student beside you may be two different things.”

I settled into one of those seats with the desk attached. My rear end was not cooperating and hung out either one side or the other. Goodwich was a good speaker and I listened intently. He was patient with the kids, and Sylvia’s art teacher was batting her lashes and giggling.

Goodwich would never go for her type, I thought to myself. The overt artsy-craftsy, caftans-are-still-in-style, kind of a woman. And her hair was long. Why doesn’t someone tell women over forty to cut their hair? What kind of woman would Goodwich go for? Meg did say he wasn’t gay. Everyone was clapping. I stood up enthusiastically and took with me the desk still attached to my rump. Sylvia pulled at the seat, and markers went flying. Christopher Goodwich was heading my way.

“It’s nice to see you again, Glenda.” Goodwich looked at the desk stuck to my hips. “Can I help?”

The desk plopped off my ass with a thump, and I ran a hand through my hair. “Chris! What a surprise.”

AuthorPic_HollyBushAuthor Bio:
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She writes historical romance set on the American Prairie and in Victorian England, and more recently, Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


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Dream Huntress by Michelle Sharp

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Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t.

Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.



“I told you I could be downright romantic if you give me a chance, city girl. I realize this isn’t a hot night out on the town or anything, but my options were limited considering you’re undercover, and we can’t be seen together.”

“Ha.” She laughed and pulled her head from his shoulder long enough to smile up at him. “Cowboy, your options were limited, because we’re in a town the size of a peanut, and the most interesting thing here is a strip club.”

He chuckled. “Perhaps, but what any self-respecting small-town boy knows,” he whispered, moving them both to the music, “is that it’s not where you take your dates that’ll rock their world. It’s what you do to them once you get ’em there that’s important.”

She stopped moving and stroked his cheek. “Thank you. Everything is beautiful.”

He stood silent and still for several moments. Too many emotions passed across his face for Jordan to figure out what he was thinking. His soulful stare never wavered from her, but he didn’t kiss her, didn’t pull her closer.

“You are, by far, the most beautiful thing in this room. I’ve pictured you here, like this. Candlelight. Flowers. Music.”

“Well then, I guess this just went from being my fantasy to yours. Because howeveryou pictured me, I’m happy to oblige.” She lifted her sweater up and over her head, then tossed it aside, exposing a black camisole and bra. He wasn’t the only one who’d done a little shopping. After popping open all the buttons on his shirt, she wrapped her arms around him and nuzzled into his neck.

“Damn, woman. Way to play hard to get.”

Michelle Fielden PhotographyAuthor Bio:

Michelle Sharp is a romantic suspense author from the Midwest. Although she has a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kick-ass heroines with the sexy alpha’s who love them. As most writers probably are, she is an avid reader. Her husband and kids would call it obsessive—but whatever. Her first choice is usually a story with a thrilling combination of danger and love, but any book with a great voice and intriguing story will keep her turning pages well past any reasonable bed-time. Her debut novel will be published with Entangled Ignite in summer of 2014. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers.





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Smashwords E-Book Summer/Winter Sale Promotion! July 1 – 31, 2014

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The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales by Heidi Garrett

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Review: Three contemporary fairy tales.


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Copyright: Heidi Garrett 2014

“The Girl Who Wished for Elves” Ms. Garrett weaves a tarot card reading into the recollections of a young woman’s dysfunctional and warring family. The result is a unique blend of realism and fantasy.

“The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes.” There are a lot of twists and turns in this story of a young woman who’s sprit is disconnected from her body. Or is it? Find out how the heroine’s hunt for a pair of red shoes changes her life.

“The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing.” The author deftly applies the signs of the Zodiac and planetary alignments to add tension to Heather’s lifelong quest. She dreams of singing on stage. Will she be the next American Idol? Be sure to pick up this e-book for yourself to find out.

The trio of short stories in “The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales” won’t disappoint young adult or adult readers. All of the tales are well written and unpredictable. I highly recommend this collection of short stories and give it four and one half stars on my Book-O-Meter.

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Freaquancy by Caddell Brown


Tell us a something about yourself, Caddell, that is not in your author bio.

I believe I mention film or filmmakers in my bio. One thing I didn’t mention is that my favorite film is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. As a child, I would watch that film over and over, at least once a day and a couple times a week. I was very fascinated with Han Solo’s ship The Millenium Falcon. I loved the interior of the ship. This love of interior, of structure almost led me to pursue a degree in interior design and/or architecture, but I settled on Literature & Languages instead.

Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen to, etc?

I love my desk at work and I have written there when I find the time. At home I do most of my writing on my laptop. I have a chair in my living room. I was told it is called a deacon’s chair. It has a very high back and low arms and a wide seat. I’m able to cocoon myself in the chair and write. I don’t like music or the television. The noise is a distraction. I can deal with ambient sounds. For the most part I like the quiet–me alone with my thoughts.

Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing?

Dan Simmons. I have read his Hyperion Cantos many times. I love how he is able to put the reader in the moment. His writing is very descriptive but no overtly so. He utilizes setting, plot and dialogue in a rhythmic way so that the stories flow beautifully and seemingly effortless. There’s a poetry to his prose that I seek to emulate in my own works.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I made the connection that I should write during the time I took a creative nonfiction course in college. It was in the beginning of my graduate study. The course generally titled: “Composition and Rhetoric” was a requirement for my degree. I had attempted to take the course before under one professor and was completely lost. The second time around a different professor focused on the genre of creative nonfiction in which we studied various works such as The Liars Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and New Jack by Ted Conover. I was blown away having never connected nonfiction (which I thought meant things like manuals and how-to books, etc.) to memoir, nature writing, and narrative nonfiction. One of the first assignments my professor ordered was for us to write about a moment in time in our childhood. I knew immediately what I wanted to write about and so began a series of personal essays.
How do you come by your ideas?

I usually form ideas after seeing something or someone. I’m a visual person by nature, so it could be something as simple as seeing a fashion ad in a magazine, a runner in the park, a shopgirl at the mall, or the cast sheet of a new television series of film. I see first then wonder “what if?” and proceed then to create something new or change something I disagree with.

What made you decide to write in your current genre?

I feel like horror writing as well as writing that includes the supernatural and/or is dystopian or even apocalyptic help to depict the human condition in a way that is beyond just a straight-forward narrative. Incorporating ghosts or spirits or demons or serial killers in an erstwhile dramatic piece of fiction, just makes it better for me as a writer coming into her own.

Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?

Indeed. I had a story inspired by a picture of a tiger which prompted me then to title it even before writing the work and creating an outline. The title would have been “yon tig ti bebe se toujou yon tig” which translated means “a baby tiger is still a tiger”. I was so excited about the phrasing (which according to Google translate is Haitian Creole) that I stumped any and all further development for the tale. It remains in my pile of stories that could have been. This taught me a lesson to not be so quick to title a work. Create the story first and the title will come.

Tell us about your current release/or new release?

Freakquency by Caddell Brown. Let’s see. This story was borne out of an interest in the supernatural, the genre as well as the television series. I have a love for New Orleans and have spent time in the city as a tourist. I love Cajun and Creole cuisine and have an interest in the culture. I love the history of Louisiana, particularly the coastal regions where culture is made up of many cultures and nationalities. With Freakquency I wanted to create a tale that incorporates my interest in the area, the countryside the state and its peoples while including some supernatural element, in this case a demon who grants Faustian bargains to those who are desperate enough to take them. I also wanted to create a history with the demon–Freakquency is the beginning of that, of understanding the connection to the past while living in the present. And I wanted to humble down a rockstar/popstar whose ego was in need of reigning in, hence Rick Chamberland and his downfall.

What made you decide to write about this particular subject?

Three things made me decide to write about a fake rockstar/popstar with affiliation with the occult: 1) the movie Angel Heart (1987), 2) the television series “Supernatural” (2005-), and 3) urban legend, Robert Johnson and the “crossroads demon”.

Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tell us what it will be about?

I’m working on nothing new at the present; however I do have a story in mind for my next release. I can’t give a date on when it will happen. I’m on sabbatical from publishing now. But the story contains supernatural elements and involves family and relationships with the setting of a coastal city in the northeast United States. Also, there is a lighthouse and a library, both locales significant to the plot.

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“In other entertainment news, after two months of rumor and speculation, international
pop star Rick Chamberland filed suit against British gossip rag, PopStarPress, for libel.
The suit is regarding his alleged involvement in the murder of twenty-one year old Chastity Wilson, an Oxford University student whose body was found in a downtown London hotel
—the same hotel housed the singer, as well as his entire entourage, following one of Chamberland’s concerts.
Wilson was one of three fans who won an opportunity to meet the superstar backstage.
Many have speculated that Wilson not only met Chamberland backstage, but accompanied him to his hotel after the show.
Notorious for his party-boy image, Chamberland denied ever meeting privately with Wilson, although there is footage of them together backstage at a fan meet-and-greet.
Early this morning, he was seen at Heathrow boarding a flight back to the United States
after performing last night at a world AIDS benefit for her majesty, the Queen.”
Rick woke from a nap, having drifted in and out of sleep as the jet soared into the air.

The sounds of his team, management, and the jet’s crew once a faded rumble as he slept, now soared dramatically. He heard the deep bass voice of his manager Arnie from behind. The other members of his team: his stylist, Maddie, and her assistant, Jett, spoke in hushed tones. They were seated across from Rick and had maintained a quieter voice unlike his manager. But their conversation stalled at the sound of the new scast that blared loudly from Jett’s device. It was this sudden eruption that woke him. He sat up in the seat, stretching, yawning.
“What’s up?” He asked Maddie, but looked to Jett, who attempted to hide the screen of
the computer.

“Sorry to wake you, Rick. Jett and I were trying to sync my laptop to her iPad to
exchange some sketches she conjured for the American leg of your tour. We got side
-Tracked with a blog-site. Apparently, you’re dating again.”
“Dating?” Rick sat forward. He looked to the front of the jet and motioned for the flight
attendant. “Who am I attached to now?”
The attendant approached holding a tumbler with ice. She fixed his drink. He watched her
pour. She smiled at him and held his gaze a little too long. He smiled back. She was a pretty lady with red hair.
“Former Teen-star, Courtney Hynes.” Maddie said.
Rick looked over. “What? That’s ridiculous. She’s nuts. So I hear.”
“Indeed.” Maddie answered.
Rick took the drink from the attendant and sipped then slurped the vodka tonic. He
nodded his approval to the attendant. She backed away, leaving. He watched the sway of her hips as she moved along the aisle. He wondered if there would be time later to visit with the attendant. The interest was there and he was always up for a good time. He
drank again, allowing the smooth tonic to soothe his throat.
“There was something else.” He remembered now while wiping his eyes. Maddie and Jett
had begun to speak again. “What was that other thing about the police and my show? Did
something happen?” He saw Jett put the device away into a holder. He met her gaze, black-rimmed blue eyes. She smiled and seemed about to answer before Maddie cut him off.
“Something did happen after your show, but it’s not something I should speak to you
about. Arnie.” Maddienodded to the back of the jet. “I’m sure he’ll inform you.”

Lead formed in his stomach. He swallowed a long draught, topping off the cocktail and
motioned to the attendant for another. He got up from his seat, stretched again and turned to his manager who sat waiting, with a cell phone pressed to his chest and a sour look on his face.
“Is it that bad?” Rick asked Maddie though he looked to Arnie. Arnie’s face was huge.
He was a big guy. His jowls fluttered as he blew out a breath. “What, I can’t take a nap
and wake up to good news for once?”, Rick asked no one as he began to make his way to the back. He fell into the seat opposite Arnie and waited for the attendant to pour another drink for him before readying himself for bad news. Something was always happening with his fans, but he usually found out after the fact. Arnie and the rest of his team tried their best to shield him from the bad so that he could focus on performing. Since retiring his mother as his manager his “luck” had been equal parts good and bad.
“Leave the bottle.” He touched the attendant’s hand. “What’s happened now?” He asked
his manager. Arnie sighed, shook his head and began to explain the news Maddie and Jett had tried to conceal.
As a rule of thumb he tried not to watch the news or read the gossip pages. He didn’t
want to see himself in the light that others saw him. Even with this latest news of a murder of a woman who had been present at his concert, he wanted to hear nothing
more than necessary.
Did he personally know the victim?
No. Had he met her backstage that night?
Yes, along with a number of other adoring female fans.
Had she come with him back to his hotel room?
Had he killed her?
No way. It was a ridiculous assumption.
“Was she the only one with you?” Arnie asked, summing up the series of questions that
needed to be asked.

“No. Yes. I . . . I don’t know.” Rick answered while reflecting back on that night.
Drunk on the finest champagne, he more than likely seduced the young miss, took her to bed in an additional suite—not the official one for him and his entourage, naturally—and fucked her into oblivion.
Waking the next day, he would find her sleeping and in true rockstar form, he would step out without waking her to say goodbye. That was his standard modus operandi when
picking up groupies after shows. He could only assume that’s what happened in London.
“She was found in the suite with a large amount of blood and viscera on the bed and
walls and floor of the room. It was a very gruesome sight.” Arnie said.
“Am I gonna be arrested?”
“No, no. I’ve spoken to the police. Apparently there were a number of females in your
room and a couple of males all from an after-party. Tony there found you the next day in your hotel room still asleep.” Arnie motioned to the left to one of Rick’s bodyguards. “Tony
Can vouch for you. The whole situation is crazy but you know, your fans are crazy. Poor girl.” Arnie shook his head. His phone rang. Arnie answered. Rick drained the last of his drink.
Arnie handed the phone over. “Your mother.”
He rose, elevated the seat to an upright position, and took the phone.
“Rick, baby, is that you?”
“Well, hello to you too.What has it been now, almost a week since I heard from you?
Won’t you call and check on your poor Mama sometime?”
“You’re anything but poor. I’m sorry I haven’t spoken to you. I’ve been very busy.
He rubbed sleep from his eyes, feeling a slight annoyance at the call. He wanted to
continue the discussion with Arnie and plan how to make the bad publicity go away; especially before his mother would hear about it.
Poor girl, indeed. Poor me, Rick thought.
“You need to come home.”
“Buster died. You need to be here for the funeral. Now Arnie told me you’re on your
way back to the States. Change your flight so you can come home.”
“Buster died?
“It was his heart. Those damn pills. I think he knew I put them in his food, so he stopped
eating, would scrounge around in the garbage after dinner and eat our leftovers.
I didn’t find out until a couple days later; one of the cleaning girls found him out back,
Told Lucretia and she told me.”
“Listen, I’m sorry to hear that Buster died. I’m sorry about that.
He’ll be missed. But I have two shows lined up as soon as I
land. What with rehearsals and all I don’t think I can make it—”
“You can spare some time out of your busy schedule for Buster.
I won’t hear no to this. I mean it.
He was such a good dog and your only real friend growing up.
Show a little respect and bring your butt home.”
“All right, all right.” He agreed with an exasperated tone, glad for the distraction from
his latest troubles. “When do we bury him?”
“As soon as you get here.”
“Fine, I’ll switch my flight once I land in New York.”
“Good. After all I’ve done for you, don’t you
dare ever say no to me, young man. All the riches you got coming your way are because of me and don’t you forget it.”

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Lizzy by Krystal Shannan

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BLURB:  Keeping secrets is dangerous…and painful.

The last man who found out Lizzy MacLaughlin’s secret left without so much as a goodbye. Now, utterly in love, Lizzy holds her breath that her six-month relationship with retired army ranger, Ethan Hart, won’t end the same way.

Life is never perfect…or easy.

Ethan is head-over-heels in love with Lizzy, and warring schedules make time together precious. Determined to be together without interruptions, they plan a weekend getaway at his lake house –unaware the past Ethan is trying to ignore is coming hell-bent on destroying what Ethan holds most dear.

Will Lizzy’s secret tear them apart, or will something far worse threaten their very lives?


“Mom has given the stink eye to every guy that’s ever taken me out. She has to make up for Dad not being here.”

A surge of jealousy wormed its way into his mind. “How many guys have you been out with?”

“Simmer down, soldier.” She giggled and winked. “My love life is boring and consists of one guy in high school and two guys in college. I wasn’t a nun, but it wasn’t like I got around either. You have nothing to be all caveman about.”

“Sorry, I was having a moment.” He really was. The thought of any other man touching her, kissing her, putting hands anywhere on her body made his blood boil.

“No worries, but would you mind terribly going and getting me a plate of bread and cheese. I swear the buffet smells like something died and then came back to life, but I’m starving and desperate.”

His concerns returned full-force with her joking comment about smelly food. Something was going on with her. It’d been nearly a week since he’d seen her eat any meant and that was very out of character.

“Sit here, baby. I’ll be right back.” He helped her into a chair at an empty table and then went to the buffet table.

The spread of food ranged from deliciously smelling barbeque, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, cole slaw, and trays of crackers, cheese, and fruit. Nothing smelled out of the ordinary to him, but he grabbed an assortment of crackers and cheese, along with a few pieces of fruit, just in case she might want some.

He walked back to her and set the plate in front of her along with another glass of water he’d snagged from a passing server.

“Thank you.” She smiled and popped a cracker in her mouth.

“Anything for you, baby. I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.”

“I’ll be fine. I promise. I’m already feeling better,” she answered and bit into a slice of cheese. “This is really good.”

“Little sis, you okay?” Karen said you weren’t feeling well.” Caiden’s voice over his shoulder startled him. He was the only one of Lizzy’s brothers who could sneak up on him.

“I’m fine, Caiden. Don’t you dare go telling Trevor or Harvey. I got a little overheated outside. I’m fine. Ethan is taking good care of me.”

Her big brother snorted and Ethan bit back a grin. The MacLaughlin brothers all liked him, but after walking into the dressing room this morning with Lizzy’s sparkly lip-gloss smeared on his mouth, they were rescinding their approval temporarily.

“I’ll come back in a little while and check on you again.”

Ethan turned in his chair and met Caiden’s hard glare. “I won’t leave her.”

“I know.” Caiden sighed and nodded. He stepped toward his sister and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

She smiled and patted her brother’s arm. “You worry too much. Go back to Lina and enjoy the party.”

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Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a ‘Happily Ever After’, she’s on board!

She is an active member in her local RWA chapter DARA.

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Son of a Itch by S.D. Skye

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Interview with S.D. Skye:

JA: Welcome to A to Z Reviews. Please share a little about yourself with our readers and how you became a writer.

S.D.: Where should I begin? I’m a very complex and interesting person [laugh here]. I’m a single mom of one wonderful little boy…well, he’s wonderful when he’s not asserting his independence and getting on my nerves…but I digress. I live outside of the DC area where I’ve worked for the past 25 years (I’m 29 by the way. Child labor laws didn’t apply to me). I’ve worked in the U.S. Intelligence Community for the past 22 years, my first stop being the FBI. After two years of maintaining the FBI Stolen Art File, I switched to counterintelligence—or spy catching. I suppose I thought my career wasn’t exciting enough so I left the FBI and worked as a Senior Intelligence Officer on the Joint Staff during the start of the Iraq War. I reported on the insurgency and worked very closely with General Petraeus’s intelligence advisor. Five years later, I started working as in intelligence analyst consultant and/or intelligence editor for military counterintelligence then U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence then the Director of National Intelligence. Whew! Now, I work for a government contracting firm where I finally get to make good use of the MBA I thought I’d wasted good money on.

Although I’ve been writing in my job for my entire career, I’ve known since I was a kid that I was meant to do more with my writing than write journals (which I still do today). I always had this sense that I had this talent that was untapped and that I needed to find the courage to explore it. When I hit the big 4-0 (ignore previous age comment), I had the moment where I asked myself, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I knew I wanted to be a writer and I wanted to write a book, but I kept doubting myself because I didn’t havedegree in English. And I decided if one person read my work and enjoyed it that I would have given life to this gift, this yearning I had to do more than intelligence work. So, I bit the bullet and wrote my first romantic comedy (intentionally steering clear of intelligence related stuff). That book and its sequel were picked up by a big six publisher.                                                                                                                                             JA: You have a unique background, and I have no doubt that you will be a successful writer and author.
JA: Would you share with our followers the inspiration(s) behind your latest book release?
S.D.: My newest book Son of a Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel) is the 2nd book in the series. J.J. McCall and her cohorts from Task Force Phantom Hunter are on the hunt for another U.S. Government mole while her arch enemy has escaped from jail and is looking to attack the heart of the McCall family. The seed of the mystery in this story is based on a true crime. In 1999, the FBI’s Special Surveillance Group (also called the “Gs”) happened upon a situation that helped the FBI find one of the most surprising breaches in U.S. intelligence history. Russian Intelligence Services had installed a listening device in the U.S. State Department in a conference room down the hall from the Secretary’s office. I used that case to develop a “What if…” scenario and it leads J.J. and the Task Force on to a pretty massive case. So, this is one instance in which real events are very much mashed up with fictional events to blur the lines between what really happened and what we’ll never know. For that reason, this was a very fun piece.

JA: What genre would you use to describe your work(s), and do you feel pigeonholed by the limited genre choices for books?

S.D.: I started out writing romantic comedy or what some people call “chick lit,” although my stories have always been a mash-up of genres – drama, suspense, mystery, romance, and comedy. Writing spy thrillers comes from my other world. I keep the two brands completely separate because the work is so completely different, as are the characters. Writers and readers in the spy thriller world would probably consider writing rom-com sacrilegious. And they would probably think me freakish for being able to do both. But all of my books cross multiple genres—in very different ways of course—but they all cross genres. So I feel like I’m writing all the genres that I want to write in.

JA Are your books available in print, e-book, or both? Have you ever tried converting a book to audio?
S.D.: Yes, all of my books are available both in print and e-book. I think it’s really important to meet my readers wherever they are, be it their smart phones, e-readers and tablets, or the trusted paperback/hardcover. That’s why I’m working really hard to increase my visibility in all platforms, including creating a mobile app. I was offered an ebook deal by a major publisherbut I didn’t want to limit myself to ebook only. I haven’t attempted to convert my books to audio YETbut that will be coming down the line as part of my future strategy.

JA: Illustrations or photos for covers are so important to successful to marketing. Do you use an illustrator or photographer for your book(s)? If so do you always use the same one, or do you shop around?
S.D.: I have two cover designers that I work with. My cousin is a graphic designer by trade and designed the first two covers of my J.J. McCall novels. I had very specific design specifications in mindbut he really nailed the concepts for each on the first try, which was awesome. I have a second designer who pitches in when my cousin gets a little overwhelmed with life.

JA: How much of the marketing do you do for your book(s), and for yourself as a brand?
S.D.: All of it. I hire service providers to execute certain elements of my plan, such as e-newsletters and certain kinds of advertising, but I’m pretty much a one-stop shop. From blog talk radio interviews to book festival and book signing bookings to whatever, I handle it all. It’s great when you have the energy time and connections. I’m still in the building phase in terms of S.D. Skye but I’ll get there.

JA: Do you spend a lot of time plotting your stories, or do you just run with it?
SD: I’ve written romantic comedy and spy novels. In my romantic comedies I was decidedly a pantser—just ran with it. Absolutely did not stray from that all. My process was very organic in that I just wrote the story however it came to me. I learned early to let my characters have their way because they tell way better stories than I do. And most of the twists in my stories come from them, not me. I mean, I’ve never written a book in which I wasn’t surprised or even shocked by what the characters did. That’s such an energizing process. It really does make you anxious to get to the page every day to see what’s going to happen next.

But when I started writing this spy thriller series I literally HAD to start outlining. The main reason was that my plots were way more intricate. I was telling the stories from multiple points of view (as opposed tofirst person) and there were multiple subplots to keep track of. The first time I tried “pantsing” a spy novel, I ended up with more holes in my story than the dark side of the moon. I mean, it was Swiss cheese holy. I had to go back and fill in a lot of gaps and tie up loose ends that I’d lost track of. So now I do what I call “an organic outline.” Basically, I don’t force the outline. I let the story come to me as I normally would. The only difference is I’m just jotting down notes. Sometimes it may day me a couple of weeks to come up with the outline because I don’t want to force myself on the story.

JA Do you spend much time in research, or do you write from experience?
S.D.: Most of these stories are drawn on my career experiences. I use a seed of reality and then let my imagination run completely wild…well, within the realm of D.C.’s spy world anyway. However, there are two areas that required a little bit of research. First, I needed to find a source for J.J. McCall’s “Itch.” For those who don’t know, the “Itch” in the title refers to J.J. McCall’s “superpower.” She’s a human lie detector. When people speak lies to her, she feels a sensation akin to an itch. I felt it was important to give that a backstory so I rooted her issue in the New Orleans’ “black magic culture.” That required me to actually do research and there are actually people, Jadoo workers, who put generational hexes on people. It’s kind of spookybut it’s based on reality. So the “Itch” is actually a generational curse placed on the family during the great grandmother’s altercation with a Jadoo worker. I explain it ONCE in Book 1 and leave it at that.

JA: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with, first person or third?

S.D.: I’m most comfortable withfirst person, but it’s difficult to tell complex stories in that POV. Not impossible, but difficult. Readers really connect with characters written from the first-person POV and the degree to which a reader will more quickly relate to a character can be lost inthird person. But I think it’s only a slight sacrifice if you write a well-woven, suspenseful story with a strong main character, and that’s what I try to do.

JA: Are there any writing-related websites that you have found useful? (Include links)
S.D.: There are two sites I’d like to share. First, when I first started writing and needed the constant validation on my writing from my peers (it’s can be critical as a new writer), I relied heavily on a site called It’s a critique group site. You earn points by reviewing other people’s work and then you get to post your work and allow others to review your work. It’s a very give and take systems that ensures you give as much as you get. I really liked it and highly recommend it.

I also love the Writer’s Digest site. There’s always great articles there. I subscribe to the magazine and highly recommend that all authors and aspiring authors pick up a subscription. Some of the best-spent money in my career.

JA: What do you think the future holds for you as an author?
S.D. In the near-term I’m going to finish this series and see if the character takes me any place beyond the 5 books I’ve got planned. The next book, A No Good Itch, promises to be the most riveting book yet as it is set in New York and sends the main characters in the middle of a war brewing between Russian and Italian organized crime. As a quasi-mafia story, quasi-spy thriller, it will be my biggest challenge and biggest success if I can pull it off.

Over the long-term, my job as a writer is to keep writing, to keep bringing my characters to life between the pages of books—to focus on those things that I can control and not those things that I can’t control. I can’t control reviews. I can’t control what other people may say about me or the fact that they don’t speak about me at all. I can’t always control the opportunities that are presented to me. But what I can control is the work and my work ethic. So, I have to keep working. As a matter of fact I’m compelled to keep writing. For me, to not write is to not breathe. If I do my job, the one thing that is within my control, then the sky is the limit. Truly. Because I feel like I’m barely off the ground.


BLURB: On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Meanwhile, the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to track down suspected Russian illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. An agent of the Russian Intelligence Services is targeting the nerve center of U.S. national security, taking the lie-detecting FBI Agent and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew of spy catchers while she struggles to deal with sobriety, conflicting feelings for Tony and Six, and an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling complicates her every effort to identify the culprit before he gets away—with murder.


Excerpt:  “Well, we’ve been downgraded from a task force to an analytical working group,” J.J. said. “We get no investigative resources. No Gs. Any cases referred for preliminary inquiries must be vetted through AD Nixon, who will probably send them to WFO for action. Put in layman’s terms—we’re no longer the hammer, we are the nail. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t blame any of you if you wanted to bail.”

“How long this will last?” Gia asked.

J.J. responded with a shrug. “The Russian National Security Council Director is supposed to visit next week and the President’s trying to smooth relations. Once he’s gone, we may get some breathing room. Until then, nothing.”

“I’m still in, but what do we do now?” Gia asked.

J.J. opened her mouth to answer when the song “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” blasted from her cell phone. She recognizedringtone given she’d heard it a thousand times over the past week. It was her favorite G. “Uhhh…if you’ll please give me a minute. I should probably take this.”

J.J. answered the phone as she stepped outside the conference room and closed the door behind her. “Hey, Jiggy. I’m in the middle of a meeting.”

“You and Tony need to get down the Ellipse right now. It’s urgent.”

“The Ellipse? That’s Secret Service territory. What interests could the Bureau have there?”

“With all the shit hitting the fan right now,” Jiggy said, “you may not want to know.”

“Then why’d you call?” J.J. replied.

“Because I have a sneaking suspicion the Russians have somehow gained access to a U.S. government agency communications network in this area…and judging by the close proximity to the White House…I think it’s in the White House.”

J.J. released a heavy sigh and shook her head. “You’re right. I didn’t want to know.”



 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S.D. Skye is a former FBI Russian Counterintelligence Program Intelligence Analyst and supported two major programs during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. She spent 20+ years supporting military and intelligence missions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Skye, an award winning author, is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of this exciting series.




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