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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

Happy May Day…I think I’m back!

It's been a pretty eventful year. A little over twelve months ago, my husband and I decided to uproot our entire lives and move across the country. If you follow me on Instagram (what? why not? click here to see fun stuff! I post fun pictures of my travels and my new town) you've seen the pictures.  It's definitely time to update my website though because my Ten Things You Didn't Need To Know About Me is seriously out of date. 🙂

The good news is that life is good. However, my writing schedule was pretty much derailed by moving across the country and living in two temporary homes until we moved into our new house. Having your life in storage for six months is very interesting. I'm still not all the way unpacked. But that's okay.

I had a book come out in the middle of all this craziness, but it didn't get much love. So here's a small teaser for your visual pleasure. I hope you'll check out Everything He Wants.

As always, thank you so much for your support!!

<3 Lisa

Everything He Wants (Billionaire Breakfast Club #1)

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

 

Hunted (ALIAS #2) Out Now!

Hello everyone! So happy to announce that the next book in my ALIAS series is out! Maria Torres (who you first meet in Still the One, Family Stone #4 Jack) finally gets her Happy Ever After. Maria was a hard character to write. She was kidnapped and imprisoned for eight long years. Then she escaped, by herself, and went after the man responsible for her solitary incarceration. You see her again in Cold As Stone, Family Stone #7 John) when she's just starting to come out of her shell and take back her life. In Hunted, Maria has almost overcome her fears and begun to live. Which is why when she's stuck in a cabin with her office crush (Dwayne Lameko from Stalked), she decides to go after what she wants. Him.

Here's a small excerpt:

He was sorry? She stepped to her left, trying again to go around him and get away from his dominating presence. “I don’t need your pity.”

He stepped to his right, blocking her way again. He loomed over her, but she didn’t feel threatened. Caged, anxious to get away from him? Yes.

But not scared. She knew in her soul he wouldn’t hurt her.

“You really think pity is what I feel?” He tipped his head, bringing their faces closer together. So close she was again aware of the flecks of brown and green and gold in his dark eyes.

“No. Yes. I don’t know.” She’d been lost for eight years. Social cues bewildered her. She had no idea what he was thinking. She only knew she needed to get away from him.

But he appeared oddly hurt.

His broad shoulders blocked the fading light from the window, casting the kitchen in shadows and mystery.

“I would never hurt you.”

Not physically. “I know.”

As if he couldn’t help himself, he cupped her shoulders in his big palms. Maria’s breath caught. Held.

He was touching her again. Third time today.

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Dwayne frowned. Maria had tensed beneath his hands.

On the ride from the airport, the scent of her shampoo had swirled in his senses. When she’d stroked the leather seat of the of the Range Rover, he’d started to get an erection, imagining her stroking him in more intimate places. But that was never going to happen.

His stomach churned with regret. “Then why are you still so upset?”

Her body language was all wrong. She was stiff, uncomfortable, and he didn’t know why. Her shoulders were delicate beneath his much larger palms. “No one touches me.”

Shit. He lifted his hands away from her body, fast. “Sorry.” Jesus, he’d apologized to her more in the past hour than he’d apologized to anyone in years. He was a “live and let live” guy with solid core values and a confidence in his moral compass.

“No. No.” She straightened her shoulders, stared defiantly. “No one touches me.”

His heart clenched. No one touched her? He thought about his family. They were always touching. Affectionate. He recalled her stiffness in his mother’s arms.

“Why?”

“They’re afraid.”

Dwayne snorted. She was five feet of nothing with soft curves and a sweet smile. “Of what?”

She shrugged. Looked out the kitchen window over the sink. “I’m a freak,” she said softly. “Nature or nurture. Except I didn’t have any nurture for…a while.”

“I’m sorry.”

She stomped her foot. “Don’t be sorry. Talk to me.”

How could she throw him so far off his stride? “I am.”

“Not like you talk to other…people.”

Other people?

“Women. Dwayne.” Once she let go, she let go. “Other women. You flirt, you tease. But with me, you just….”

Avoid. Of course he did. He wanted her far too much.

What the hell had Jillian been thinking to pair them together on this op? He took an instinctive step back.

“Am I so repellent then?”

What? “It’s not you.”

She laughed harshly. “C’mon, Dwayne. I might have been in forced solitary confinement for eight years but even I know that’s bullshit.”

He blinked. He’d never heard her swear before.

“It’s not bullshit,” he began defensively.

She snorted, that little sound of derision goading him. “Right.” Her sarcasm hit him in the gut. When she didn’t argue any more, didn’t fight back, underscoring the truth that she didn’t believe him, something snapped.

“I’m attracted to you.” The confession burst out of him with an alarming speed.

Her mouth opened and closed like she was a fish out of water. “What?” she said faintly. A deep burgundy flush spread up her neck and over her face, her eyes sparkling with temper. He’d clearly rendered her speechless.

“You heard me the first time.”

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ALIAS (Adams-Larsen Inc and Associates) out now!

I have a new series that began last year. ALIAS: Adams-Larsen Inc and Associates. I started thinking about this series years ago after reading a fascinating book about the US Marshal witness protection program (WitSec). It was initially designed to shelter criminals who were testifying against criminal organizations. So it was really rough for ordinary people who needed to disappear. That lead me to a book on how regular people who haven't done anything wrong can disappear. Jillian Larsen and Marshall Adams, former US Marshals, are the founders of ALIAS. Jill is first introduced in Still the One (Family Stone #4 Jack). I am so pleased that I was finally able to bring ALIAS and this series to life. I hope you'll enjoy!

What do you do when you’re the victim of a crime but no one believes you? Adams-Larsen Inc and Associates, ALIAS, helps ordinary citizens in danger when they need to disappear.

STALKED:

Stalked: Opposites attract, unfortunately.

Rule follower, Federal US Deputy Marshal Alex Saunders has been assigned to protect a federal judge after the judge receives death threats. This detail is standard until the judge insists on his son’s PR firm provide backup security, which isn’t even in the rule book. But because Alex is already in hot water, he follows orders to keep the judge happy.

Rule breaker, and former CIA analyst, Kita Ferguson reluctantly agrees to go undercover, posing as the judge’s aide slash girlfriend, but in return she expects her boss at ALIAS to help her protect an abused woman and her nieces even though technically keeping the children from their father is against the law.

Stalked: What happens when you know you're in danger but no one believes you?

From the very start, Alex and Kita disagree about everything. But their sizzling attraction continues to grow as the threats against the judge escalate and put them all in danger. Can these two opposites find enough common ground outside the bedroom, or will their diverse philosophies result in disaster?

HUNTED:

There’s only one thing worse than seeing your unrequited crush every day at the office…and that’s getting trapped with him in a snowy mountain cabin.

Maria Torres has been through hell and back. A former kidnapping victim, she’s used to being famous for all the wrong reasons and having people handle her with kid gloves. And it seems that the man of her dreams, Dwayne Lameko, is no different.

So when an ALIAS client requests her presence on an op, Maria believes she’s ready to spread her wings and prove all her co-workers wrong…especially Dwayne. But when danger follows them into the wilderness, Maria has no choice but to prove to herself and Dwayne that she’s strong enough to handle anything…even his love.

Maria Torres was first introduced in the Family Stone series, Still the One. She finally gets her happily ever after!!!

I hope you'll come on the journey of the ALIAS family as they find danger and love.

Happy Reading!

<3 Lisa

Stalked (ALIAS #1) Teaser Tuesday

Happy October 11th!! My new series kicks off in three weeks! Here's a little teaser for you 🙂  Pre-order links herepremium-clothing-co

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.