Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen - Letter From the Author
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Shana continues her award winning spy series!
LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR
This is more of a public service announcement than a letter. With all of the spies out and about lately, including my own Jane Bonde from Love and Let Spy, I thought it might be prudent to give you some tips on recognizing spies. That way you won’t be shocked like Dominic Griffyn is when he learns that Jane Bonde, his intended, is actually a covert operative for the Crown.
Here are a few telltale signs.
1) Your intended might be a spy if he or she disappears unexpectedly for long periods of time. The next time you’re at a ball or a soiree, pay attention to those long periods when you’re on your own. Your sweetie may say he was in the card room, but if he’s anything like Jane Bonde, he’s scaling the town house wall on his way to meet an informant.
2) Your darling might be a spy if he or she has a facility with weapons of all sorts. A hunting rifle is one thing, but most men have no need for several small pistols and the accoutrements to fire them repeatedly. Ladies who keep daggers secreted in their corsets are also suspect. And don’t even get me started on lock picks in the hair. If you find weapons in your intended’s hair, run for the hills.
3) Your sweetheart might be a spy if he or she answers to several names, especially if any of those names refer to animals—think jackal or hawk. Spies are always using codenames to hide their true identities from enemies. If your intended answers when you call out, “Scarecrow?” you might be in a relationship with a spy.
4) Finally, your main squeeze might be a spy if he or she prefers any beverages shaken as opposed to stirred. Spies are notorious for preferring shaken beverages. The next time you offer him or her a brandy, note whether or not he asks for it shaken. Another clue is your intended’s friends. Do they have names like Q or M? That’s a dead giveaway that your sweetie is a spy. A spy’s friends always have initial names. It goes back to reason #3.
I hope this letter helps those of you wondering if your latest boyfriend or girlfriend might just be a spy like those in the romance novels you read. If you score 2 or more on the above, I’d say either dump your squeeze or prepare for a fabulous adventure.
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.
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. 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’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.