Guest Author: Kim Carmichael

I’ve always loved female spies.  I think there’s something so intriguing about being able to change your persona, know secret governmental secrets, and then being able to kick some serious ass that has always made me want to work undercover.  I love writing spies, almost like paranormal, you can truly make up your own world, even the most unbelievable situations can become believable with a spy, espionage and intrigue.

 

Here is my homage to my top five female spies:

 

5.  Mata Hari  – she is actually the only true spy on my list.  But she was beautiful, she did a million things, including being an exotic dancer and courtesan, and a museum in the Netherlands devotes and entire room to her.  She was executed for being a spy in World War I, but I think her beauty and mystery will always come through.  What is one country’s villain is another’s hero – or heroine.

 

4.  Anna Devane – In the world of General Hospital, Anna Devane arrived on the scene right when I would set my VCR to record this show every day.  It was in the time of Frisco and Felicia, and I couldn’t get enough of GH, but I digress.  Anna Devane came back to Port Charles toting Scorpio’s love child and a ton of secrets.  She was a top spy for the WSB.  She ended up falling in love with Duke in one of the sweetest love stories, but in the end she was always a bad ass.

 

3.  Annie Walker – From the show Covert Affairs.  I watched this show religiously for the first season, but then real life got in the way, but while I watched it, I loved this take on the female spy.  This one is always getting beat up, but wins in the end.  She joined the agency after being a jilted lover and is confronted at with him at the end of the season where, of course, their love never died.  Now that I think about it, I want to go back to this.  Hopefully it’s on Netflix!

 

2.  Sydney Bristow – From Alias.  I love this spy. I watched this show for years and held my breath as Sydney’s life as a spy became more and more miserable.  She was a chameleon and could change her looks, she was bread to be a spy, and she had parent issues – she was the personification of a female spy to me, and she could kick like a mother!

 

1.  Maggie Hayward – Point of No Return – This was the story that started my love of female spies.  She is a horrible monster put up for death row, and is reinvented as a top spy.  She is trained to be a lady (playing into my own personal My Fair Lady love) and during her tenure as a spy does everything from blow up a building to fly down a laundry shoot.  The woman can put together a gun in two seconds and kill someone and then go to a Mardi Gras party like nothing happened.  She is delivers (or repeats) one of my favorite lines ever….”I never did mind the little things.”

 

Who is your favorite female spy and why?


Hands On Me
Tramp Stamp Series Book One
Kim Carmichael
 
Genre:  Contemporary romance with some suspense elements.
 
Publisher:  Keith Publications
 
ISBN: 978-1-936372-46-1
ASIN: B0098LICZ2
 
Number of pages: 17
Word Count: 5000
 
Cover Artist: Elisa Elaine Luevanos
 
Book Description:
 
Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target.  Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her.  To free herself, she must retrieve a final key.  
 
All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent.   He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.
 
The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire.  Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together.  Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen’s tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light.  When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.
 
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Grace Doll Blog Tour

Good Day Readers!  I am very happy to welcome Author Jennifer Laurens with her new book Grace Doll.  I have a lot to share today about this book starting with giving Jennifer an opportunity to chat with you about connecting with all of you!

Connecting With Readers = Making Friends

I admit, balancing writing, family life, life’s responsibilities and connecting with readers is a lot of work. But some of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had have been because I’ve extended myself to readers who’ve enjoyed my books.

I write because I want to, first. Second, I hope my stories will enrich the person who connects with them. When that reader reaches out to me, I appreciate the effort. Writing is so solitary, that one of the joys of writing is having a reader tell you how much your book touched them or made them laugh, or changed their thinking, or caused them to ponder something they hadn’t thought of before.

I used to send Heavenly out to all of my Facebook friends when it was their birthday. This was a great introduction to the series, but came at a serious cost to me. It didn’t matter. I could afford to do it, so I did – I met thousands of readers this way. One was a girl in in New York City. She started messaging me about how much she loved Heavenly and we started to chat regularly–one highlight was a birthday phone conversation we recently had. Someday, we hope to meet face to face. But until then, we email and text and keep in touch on a weekly basis. I’m so grateful to know her. She’s an outstanding young woman with direction and values that I admire.

Another dear friend/reader lives in Australia. I would never have met her if I hadn’t sent her a copy of Heavenly for her birthday. She fell in love with the book and after reading it, she reached out to me with a desire to get to know the person behind the book. ( Heavenly seems to illicit a lot of questions about autism, life after death, angels, etc. — which I’m happy to talk about with readers ) Since then, she has become someone I look forward to hearing from via messages and texts every day. We talk about EVERYTHING. I marvel that technology has brought special relationships into my life and am, once again, grateful.

I’ve had many readers tell me they appreciate that I take the time to connect with them. I hope my readers feel that I genuinely care about them because I do. It makes my day better when I think about my ‘friends’ all around the world, and how I’ve been a small part in bringing a bit of joy or magic or romance or light into their lives. That’s one of the reasons I write. There’s no substitute for friends, whether they are next door or around the globe–they’re important. I consider myself blessed to do what I do and have the opportunity to get to know a vast variety of people.

Is it worth it? Taking a few minutes to answer an email, to message a reader on Facebook, to tweet a “hello”, to respond to a blog post— definitely is. Connecting with readers can be an author’s way of acknowledging a reader’s ‘experience’ with their work.

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him.

With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known… and embracing the role she was born to play.

 

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 Excerpt from Grace Doll

My cell phone rings. Solomon. He wants more? Bring it on.

            “What?”

            “You have something I want.”

            “Good skin maybe?”

            Silence.

            “Your father had something to do with Grace’s disappearance. I’ve spent the last sixty years putting pieces together and—”

            “Look, if you want to spend your time chasing ghosts, go for it. My dad is dead. So is Grace. If you want to see her so bad, go walk into another fire.” I click off the phone, toss it into the empty seat next to me.

            My hands shake. I’ve just thrown a log onto a blaze.


My Review

I have read numerous books by Jennifer Laurens and I have to say that this was by far my very favorite.  It was just a different that anything I have read by her before.  Grace Doll starts in a very Hollywood Glam way in 1949.  Grace Doll is at the height of her career but she is crazy unhappy and trapped exactly where she is.  From the very start of the book it was evident that there was something haunting wrong and I really wanted to know what it was.  It seemed as though Grace was acting through every moment of her life.  Rufus B. Solomon is seemingly Grace’s protector, keeping all of the crazy fans far from her, what the crowd doesn’t see is the abuse he deals her as they move along, he is controlling her every movement.  And it is not just the movement but the words he says that no one else can hear.  This is the first look at what is wrong in Grace’s life.  This is after Rufus had discovered her as just a 13 year old girl on the boardwalk and swept her parents off their feet and changed everything about Grace down to her birth date.  The abuse just continues and he subjects her to an experimental medication that will give her the ability to keep her beauty forever.  As a rescue attempt to free her from Rufus goes horribly wrong, and everyone believes that Grace Doll is dead.  That is everyone but Rufus Solomon, who will continue to search for Grace Doll.  With the help of Grace’s makeup artist’s son the mystery of what happened to Grace Doll will be unraveled and her secrets will be revealed. 

This was a powerful book full of pain and loss.  I was haunted by Grace Doll’s pain and just the unraveling of all of the details of this story.  It was a great read and I didn’t want to put it down.

 

About the Author:


I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don’t have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn’t write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.

I’ve written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say “write what you know” and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we’ve been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.



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Guest Author B Jane Lawson

 

For fan’s of the emotionally tumultuous, heartbreaking romance between Morganna and Callupo, I’ve created an Over the Cliff’s Edge Playlist of many of the songs I listened to when writing the book.  This collection, just over an hour in length, follows many of the ups and downs you felt in the book.  Listening to it makes me relive what we felt as we watched their relationship grow and change.

 

  1. I Will Wait / Mumford & Sons
  2. Hang Me Up to Dry / Cold War Kids
  3. Angels / The xx
  4. Higher Love / James Vincent McMorrow
  5. You Give me Something / James Morrison
  6. Nobody’s Perfect / J. Cole Featuring Missy Elliot
  7. Maps / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  8. Little Black Submarines/ The Black Keys
  9. Thinkin about you / Frank Ocean
  10. Crazy Love / Van Morrison
  11. Sixteen Saltines/ Jack White
  12. I Won’t let you go / James Morrison
  13. Hide and Seek / Imogen Heap
  14. Love Interruption / Jack White
  15. Rich Girl / Hall & Oates
  16. Eyes Wide Open / Gotye
  17. Use me / Bill Whithers
  18. By Your Side / Sade
  19. Wicked Game / Chris Isaak
  20. Hallelujah  / Jeff Buckley
Over the Cliff’s Edge
Book 2 of the Morganna Cork Series
B. Jane Lawson
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
ISBN: 978-1479295210
ASIN: B0099AWZLO
 
Number of pages: 186
Word Count: 42,326
 
 
 
Book Description:
 
Morganna Cork has survived her first month in Puesta Del Sol. A month in which she discovers she’s part of the Magick community filled with shifters, psychics, werewolves and individuals with myriad other powers.
 
Her estranged aunt, Aiofe, has returned to take control of the Magick Council, the Cliffside Inn, and the sacred stones that her cousin Maeve and she hold in their possession.
 
With the help of a mysterious magical historian, Morganna learns that she is at the center of this Magick battle and that Aiofe will stop at nothing to get her hands on an ancient family heirloom and Morganna.
 
The romantic tension between Morganna Stone and werewolf pack leader, Callupo Stone, reaches its breaking point as the Cliffside Inn is under siege and they navigate their way through the betrayals and dangers of this war.
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
B. Jane Lawson lives in Los Angeles where she is a business woman by day, writer by night and cyclist on the weekends. Her obsessions include Starbucks soy chai lattes, fashion, and music.
 
She has had a life long love affair with novels of all kinds. B. Jane’s favorite genres include paranormal romance, historical fiction and true crime. Her favorite authors include Amy Tan, Karen Marie Moning, Pat Conroy, Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. She loves to travel and her dream vacation is a safari in Africa.
 
 
 
Twitter: @bjanelawson