Saturday, July 11, 2015


This week was great. First, I got the Kirkus review for Swiftshadow, Book 3 of the Spies Lie series by DS Kane:

"In the third installment of Kane’s (DeathByte, 2014, etc.) Spies Lie series, a covert operative–turned-fugitive must use her formidable intellect to figure out who betrayed her to terrorists.

Brilliant young economist and computer hacker Cassandra Sashakovich takes a job working for an unnamed U.S. intelligence agency, feeding false economic reports to terrorist organizations and hacking into their financial resources. However, when a mission in Riyadh goes terribly awry after her cover is blown, Cassie finds herself being burned by the agency and left for dead. Utilizing every shred of her considerable ingenuity, Cassie goes into hiding and starts a secret consulting firm, hoping she can dig deep enough into the world’s dirty laundry to figure out who might be the agency mole that gave her up to the terrorists in Riyadh. What she discovers shocks her and forever changes the way she sees international intelligence. Teaming up with rogue security analyst Lee Ainsley and an army of mercenaries, Cassie decides to get revenge—both on the terrorists who destroyed her life and the U.S. government that let them... In Cassie, Kane has created a female protagonist who bears a striking resemblance to the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, from her extraordinary hacking talents and resourcefulness to her fluid sexuality and tendency to be targeted by evil men who underestimate her ability to survive... “Cassie felt his hand touch her robe, slip inside, and grope her breast, squeeze a nipple. When his other hand reached between her legs to stroke her, her legs grew unsteady.”

...the high stakes and dizzily paced action will hook genre fans from the first page.  — Kirkus Reviews"

Andrea and I were in Washington DC for the 4th of July, watching the fireworks outside the White House. Then on to Manhattan for THRILLERFEST!

CraftFest was very insightful, but Thrillerfest itself was Amazing. Kathy Antrum had been after me for over a year to attend, telling me I'd make some important connections. And, I did. I think it was a bit overwhelming. Meeting Lee Child, Steve Berry, Karen Slaughter, John Sanford, Kevin Hurley, Andrew Mayne, Dr. Richard Krevolin, James Scott Bell, David Corbett, Brenda Novak, John Raab, Myles Knapp, Simon Toyne, Anthony Tata, Andy Harp, Samuel Octavius, Tom Young, among so many others. It made me a better writer. Thanks, Kathy!

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