Guest Post and Giveaway: Shana Galen, Author of Love and Let Spy

Please welcome Shana Galen to the virtual offices this morning!  She’s here to share a Top 5 list with us, and then you can enter to win a copy of Love and Let Spy!

What’s in Your Spy Survival Kit? by Shana Galen

I love writing about spies. My spy characters have such fun. They’re always tackling bad guys, picking locks, or sneaking past guards. As for me, I can’t even sneak out of my daughter’s bedroom without her waking back up and asking for more water. I’d make a terrible spy. Fortunately, I’ve written about enough spies to know there are 5 items any successful spy needs.

1. A good cloak

In my latest release, Love and Let Spy, master spy Jane Bonde has to do a lot of sneaking around. When she doesn’t want to be spotted, she throws a cloak over her gown and pulls the hood over her blond hair. Voila! If she keeps her head down, no one notices her. Granted, someone wearing a cloak on the street in 2014 might attract a little bit more attention, but at least you’d look stylish.

2. An exploding quill

A spy never knows when he or she might need to blow something up. Jane Bonde knows the importance of having a seemingly innocuous item, like a feather pen, at the ready in case an explosion is called for. Of course, Jane’s pen is a bit unpredictable, but those are the risks you take when you’re a spy.

3. Horse treats

Everyone knows horses like apples or sugar, and when Jane finds herself tied in a stall with a hungry horse who insists on nibbling her cloak (see above for the importance of a cloak sans horse slobber), she wishes she’d stuck a few horse treats in said cloak. She won’t make that mistake again, and when you’re preparing your spy survival kit, you may want to stash a few sugar cubes or apple slices in there too. Just to be safe.

4. Clean linen bandages

Spying is dangerous work, and as a spy, you want to be prepared in the event something goes wrong. Make sure to supply your kit with some bandages in case of unexpected stabbing or shooting. They help to staunch the blood until you can get to a surgeon for treatment.

5. A partner

You can’t pack a partner in your spy survival kit, but as Jane learns in Love and Let Spy, someone who has your back is vital. Dominic Griffyn isn’t a spy and initially he seems like the last man on earth she can trust, but he ends up saving her in more ways than one.

And there you have it, the spy kit essentials. Of course, my bag would have lipstick, milkduds, and if the agency was buying, a killer pair of shoes. What would you have in your spy kit?

Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…

Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full-time. She lives in Houston, Texas .

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30 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: Shana Galen, Author of Love and Let Spy

  • August 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for the chance. This sounds like it will have some good humor with it!

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

    @Shana – thanks for stopping by!

  • August 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Congrats to Shana on the new release!!! I *luv* this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on this newest book 🙂 I like the idea of the exploding pen!

  • August 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks, Erin. It was fun to research that part and to invent gadgets.

  • August 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love your books Shana, especially the spy stories. I’m looking forward to reading Love and Let Spy – Jane Bonde sounds like a fantastic heroine. 😀

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    As always,one of my top shelf keeper authors!!

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    It looks like a great book! I look forward to reading it.

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I love everything that you write Shana. I’m longing to read this!!

  • August 26, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I love this Lord & Lady Spy series! Is 007 the inspiration to these books or just there titles? You played with the name Bond, too! My inner Cover HO loves did her HAPPY DANCE for this cover! What is next for your books?

  • August 26, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I would love to read this book. It sounds really good!

  • August 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

    A must read for me.

  • August 26, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I know you’re enjoying this release, but what’s next for you?

  • August 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Best Wishes and Congratulations on the new release!

  • August 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Patty, actually it wasn’t intended to be a series. Lord and Lady Spy was inspired by the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Then when I was asked to write another in the series, I looked for another spy film and did think of James Bond, but I decided to save that for last and did True Lies for the middle book.

  • August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Kate (and Patty), next up is a Christmas novella with two secondary characters from LOVE AND LET SPY. It will be part of the anthology, IN THE DUKE’S ARMS, featuring Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville as well. That will be out in October. Then in January, I kick off a new series with a novella, THE VISCOUNT OF VICE, followed in February by EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN.

  • August 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Great to know what should be in my spy kit. I might be inclined to also have a small derringer. It had been invented by then, hadn’t it?

  • August 26, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Tho the items in Jane’s Survival Kit can be useful, it’s too bad she doesn’t have a Q to make her some special gadgets.

  • August 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Anne, I don’t think it had been invented, but there were custom-made pistols. Great choice!

  • August 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Diane, there IS a Q in the book! She’s a weaponry designer and a big part of the book 🙂

  • August 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Looks interesting

  • August 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Just discovered your books and am wanting to read some more … thanks

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