DARK RIFT Update

First and foremost, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all my readers who’ve enjoyed The Tower’s Alchemist and have gone along with Isabella for an amazing, dangerous, and magical ride. Many of you are waiting for the sequel, DARK RIFT, so I’m updating you on its progress. DARK RIFT is in editing, and I’m fine-tuning it so that …

Feature Friday + Author Interview: School of the Ages

If you had magical powers, where would you go to learn how to control them? Who would step in and be your guide? In Matt Posner’s book, School of the Ages: The War Against Love, we find out what a magical education would look like in our world–and the sinister foes who wouldn’t hesitate to use it for their own purposes. …

Pearl Witherington

  Pearl Witherington was one of the girls who got away. Born in France to British parents, Pearl fled with her family back to England when the Nazis invaded France. However she returned in 1943 under the service of SOE, parachuting into the country and joining with the local Maquis Resistance fighters. Using the codename “Marie” (and later “Pauline”), she …

Violette Szabo

The life that I have Is all that I have And the life that I have Is yours. The love that I have Of the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have A rest I shall have Yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years In the …

Noor Inayat Khan

She was a princess–and a spy. The great-great granddaughter of Tipu Sultan (18th Century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom) respected her family’s pacifist Sufi beliefs, but still felt she needed to do something to help the Resistance. She left the safety of England and joined with SOE’s “Section F” in France to run wireless radio operations. Radio operations under these …

The Real Women of SOE

My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Crawley for introducing the debate, the content of her speech and the way in which she put it across, for which we are all indebted to her. The way that she listed the names of those wonderful women was a tribute in itself. The debate stimulates fresh awareness of ordinary women …

The Tower’s Alchemist: Free Kindle download!

  This week only, September 10-14, The Tower’s Alchemist will be available for FREE 🙂 This is the perfect chance to download it onto your Kindle and read it before the release of Book #2, DARK RIFT. If you don’t have a Kindle, that’s okay, you can download the app for your smartphone or computer HERE If you’ve read The …

How to Build Tension in Your Spy Novel

Spies are cool, right? They slip into high-security facilities easier than I can into a pair of skinny jeans, they dance their asses off while tracking an enemy across the ballroom floor, and they have a never-ending arsenal of gadgets to get them out of tight spots. And they hardly ever have a bad hair day. So what else is …

I Need A Real Drink…

  I Need A Real Drink… by aleshaescobar on Polyvore Keep Calm and Drink a Martini 8×10 Print (Featured in Paris Blue)… / Red Wine Glass fake drink USA / wall / Arrow / Marvelous Mint / Philosopher’s Stone – Squared Circle Alchemy Symbol   Excerpt from The Tower’s Alchemist. Download it onto your KINDLE today!   [music-player] Finley’s Pub …

Isabella Joins POLYVORE

I was reading up on an author who discussed how fun it was to create a Facebook page using the name and persona of her protagonist. The character would post updates, offer her thoughts on romance, life…and even throw in a few jokes. I found this to be a splendid idea, because I know I’m guilty of using my Facebook …