Monday, June 3, 2013

Spy Advice, Book Review, and Contest

We're celebrating the launch of I, Spy! Read on to find out more about the book, get a cool spy tip for your daily life and download a free gift! Then find I, Spy on Amazon, Kobo, and!

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets—and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there’s one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation.

It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keeping her secrets. And then Talia finally catches a hot case: Fyodor Timofeyev. Russian. Aerospace executive. Possible spy?

She can make this work, too—until Danny needs her at the same time her country does. And when Fyodor targets Danny? Suddenly her schedule isn't the only thing suffering. Now to save her secrets and her country, Talia must sacrifice the man she loves.

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Advance praise

The edge-of-my-seat undercover operations kept me turning pages, and just when I thought the story would go one way, plot twists sent it down another path. Thrilling, adventurous, and romantic, this book has it all for an Alias fan.
Jami Gold, award-winning author

Jordan McCollum’s debut novel is a delightful combination of mystery, action, and romance. Talia’s CIA training and almost OCD caution feed her quirky humor while exposing her very human fears and insecurities. Add in her boyfriend Danny, and it's enough to twist your heart.
Donna K. Weaver, author of A Change of Plans

Clever, suspenseful, and charged with political intrigue and romance, I, Spy is the perfect combination for a fun and captivating read!
Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch
About the author

An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can’t resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don’t want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most—she’s a mom.

Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah.

Jordan offered me some official spy novelist advice in connection with her new spy novel (review to follow). She didn't know that my question stems from my current work in progress, Perception, about a high school boy whose senior project evolves into danger with car thieves. Let's see what her spy savvy has to offer: 

Hone your spy skills

What do you do when a friend asks about the provenance of your car?

Further hone your spy skills by reading I, Spy!

The clue!

As part of the debut of I, Spy, Jordan is hosting a contest to figure out the song that inspired the story. Collect clues at each blog stop and use your spy skills to piece together the clues to win a $25 Amazon gift card! How to enter

The clue for this stop is:
The I, Spy song peaked at #8 on the Billboard charts.

The freebie!

Thanks for participating in this launch tour! As a free gift this week, Jordan is giving out free copies of Mr. Nice Spy, an I, Spy prequel novella. Simply to go You can also get 40% off I, Spy!

Now for my review:
I was pulled into I, Spy right away from the beautiful cover and intriguing first line into getting to know Talia. A saucy attitude and being good at her spy job mixes with Talia's compulsive obsessions. A fun, admirable, and flawed character combination that hits its mark. Throw in romance and great spy adventures to win readers' hearts. I liked the realism of using the Russian language and Canadianisms to bring the setting alive, teach me something, and add validity. A clean read for YA and up. I'm giving this book a rare five stars. My only issue was my being visual enough to notice and have to adjust to the use of parentheses for Talia's thoughts or explanations. If it had been an audio book this wouldn't have bothered me. I was over it before too long. The ending includes an unexpected life lesson learned. I look forward to Talia's next adventure.


Jordan McCollum said...

Thank you so much, Renae! I'm so glad you liked it!

Renae Weight Mackley said...

You're welcome. Keep those spy books coming, Jordan!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love the video. And the book is fabulous. So fun.

Lisa Swinton said...

the first review I've read and it's a good one. Go Jordan!