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Hello reader peeps!

Blowback, the first book in my spy romance series, the Black Cipher Files is FREE at all retailers right now. I loved writing this book. (Think Jason Bourne if Jason was a woman and enjoyed sexy times) Jamie Hunt is an agent for a fictional branch of the National Security Agency and she kicks a$$.

I thought I’d take today to highlight one of my research books for this series. Body of Secrets by James Bamford is a book about the history of the NSA. It’s a fascinating look at the agency’s evolution. There was a small section about a joint task force between the US and Britain in World War Two. TICOMM was searching for German codebreakers, trying to beat the Russians because we knew that the Germans had broken Russian and allied codes. We wanted to protect the information the Germans had compiled about our codes AND see what they had on the Russians (who were our allies but we didn’t trust them).  But what caught my attention was the fact that (as of 2012…I’m honestly not sure if this has changed) to this day the details of the task force are still classified. Seventy odd years later, and only privileged eyes can read the case files. How crazy is that? So, of course, that got my thoughts buzzing with every writer’s plot question…WHAT IF?

If you are interested in reading more about the NSA, click here.

Body of Secrets by James Bamford

(One note, I have attached an affiliate code to this which means I would get a very tiny percentage of the sale price if you click on the link.)

And here’s an excerpt of Blowback, in case you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

I was recruited by the NSA at fifteen.

It seems young, I know. But, I was ripe for it. All they needed was the carrot.

Revenge.

As I lay in the cold sterile hospital bed, anonymous government men whispered, “Come work for us.”

I ignored them, lost in a haze of agony…and grief. The beep of the machines barely registered. Constant pain splintered through my leg and arm.

Help us catch the terrorists who killed your family. Your mother, father, brother.

All dead. Even with my eyes closed, damn, I could hear the whoosh as the armored car went up in a fireball, smell the burning flesh, and feel the impact of my right side hitting the limestone steps. The only reason I wasn’t dead now was because I’d been throwing a tantrum.

A silly, childish tantrum had saved my life.

In my hospital room, the radio murmured with the top song of the day, Cutting Crew, singing about dying in their arms. Those foolish singers had no clue.

They didn’t kill you.

I wasn’t dead. I knew that. But in an instant my world had shattered. I’d watched my family blow up. Despair settled over me, weighing me down.

Come work for us.

I could have resisted. Did resist. Unable to make an effort to do anything but drown in an abyss of pain.

You can help stop this from happening again.

What did it matter? They were dead, all dead. Then, with a logic designed to convince me, they succeeded. What if they get your little sister?

Fear crystallized in my heart. Not Bella. Not her too. I couldn’t bear it.

“Work for us. Train with us,” they murmured. “We’ll keep Isabella safe.”

I would do anything to protect my little sister. And so I said yes.

My childhood was over, as dead and gone as my family. To keep Bella safe, they told her I died too. The NSA became my life. I trained, attended college, learned the business of espionage, excelled in the business of revenge.

The only one who knows about Bella is Carson, my handler. I keep tabs, mostly electronic, on Bella. Without his knowledge, of course.

I don’t want anyone to use her against me.

Then again, I don’t exist.

Happy Reading!!!

 

<3 Lisa

Hunted Book Blitz and Giveaway!

In celebration of the release of Hunted, I'm doing a fun rafflecopter giveaway. There are multiple ways to enter. Check it out!!

By entering you are eligible to win:

$50 Gift Card from Amazon

Spa Kit from Thistle Farms

Ebook of Stalked (3)

Signed paperback of Cold As Stone

Signed paperback of the Family Stone Box Set

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Good luck everyone!! <3 Lisa

 

The Nostradamus Prophecies

I released a new series this year: The Nostradamus Prophecies. I love, love, love the premise of this series. A modern day descendant of Nostradamus has to decipher his prophecies to stop world destruction. But she can’t tell anyone who she is. There are two books so far, View To A Kill and Never Say Never.

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VIEW TO A KILL features Nik, our tortured hero who can’t figure out why his friend John committed suicide, and Mari, John’s secret twin who does not believe her brother would kill himself.

To learn the truth about what happened to her twin, a woman must trust his CIA partner to lead her into a nightmare world of twisted plots and old prophecies.

Visited in dreams each night by her dead twin, a young financial analyst believes his suicide was really murder. When she learns his CIA partner has the same dreams, she uses their fiery attraction to convince him to keep her close while they search for answers. They uncover a paranormal world she only suspected … and they learn that the truth can be much, much worse than suspicions.

Every night a dead man visits her …
Mari Johnson’s dead twin visits nightly–in her dreams. But what is he trying to tell her? The CIA claims his death was a suicide, but she refuses to believe it. There’s no way John would leave her alone. Since she can’t trust the shadow organization for answers, she turns to his sexy, former partner Nik … the man who was with him when he died.

Every night he relives a death he should have prevented …
Nik Stanley watched his best friend & partner die. Now he can’t shake the guilt that haunts him. He and John worked together in Project Specter, using their paranormal talents to gather intelligence. Nik is superb at his job … so why didn’t he know something was wrong? And who is the mysterious woman who is suddenly everywhere he turns in his investigation?

The next deaths may be their own …
To get answers, Mari must stay close to Nik. Not exactly a hardship … until he becomes suspicious. Only one way to divert his attention—show him how combustible they can be together.

But emerging from passion, they realize they’ve attracted the attention of powerful enemies who will do anything to make sure their secrets remain hidden. Will Mari and Nik discover the truth in time to prevent more deaths … and avert a major catastrophe?

Don’t miss this thrilling, sexy plunge into the world of espionage and paranormal intrigue–get your copy of A VIEW TO A KILL today!

NEVER SAY NEVER is the follow on story featuring Kelvin Jackson, another of the psychic band of brothers, and Eva Pacheco, the daughter of a vicious cartel leader and the local witch in her town.

A very special team of operatives goes deep into Mexican cartel territory … but their point man would rather go deep with the cartel boss’s daughter.

This hero doesn’t do guns, gangs or crying women …
Kelvin Jackson has had a lifetime’s worth of all three. But thanks to his remote viewing of the inside of a remote cartel compound in Mexico, he’s in for a lot more. He spots the Russian-made weapons his team is after, and a beautiful woman in mortal danger. His mission–stop the weapons from being distributed by the cartel. Can he do this and save the woman?

She needs a man who’ll stop at nothing to save her …
Eva Pacheco has watched her father kill everyone who mattered–except her younger brother. Now he uses her bruja powers for profit. She’s getting ready to flee with her brother. But the huge, battle-scarred American her father just hired steps square in the middle of her escape route.

If they don’t work together, the next deaths will be their own …
Eva is irresistibly drawn to the warrior who saves her from a brutal attack, and shields her from her father. But she can’t let their sizzling attraction interfere with the plan she’s already put in play. Kel soon realizes a different woman lives under her glamorous façade. But her explosive secrets place his entire op in danger–because someone else has a deadly plan for the cache of weapons, and for Eva.

Don’t miss this heart-stopping, sexy plunge into the world of deadly cartels and assassins–get your copy of Never Say Never today!
I hope you’ll check out this new series today! Happy Reading! <3 Lisa

Coming Later in October: ALIAS
A new series based on Adams-Larsen Inc and Associates, featured in Still the One and Cold As Stone from the Family Stone series.