Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spy Noon by Jordan McCollum


We're celebrating the launch of Spy Noon, a prequel novella to I, Spy! You can also find Spy Noon at the special 99¢ launch discount through Singles Awareness Day (Feb 14) on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and JordanMcCollum.com!

About the Book

Canada's the last place you'd expect to find an American spy, but CIA operative Talia Reynolds has problems piling up higher than a Canadian snowbank. When Elliott Monteith, her ridiculously handsome new coworker, shows up (and shows her up), Talia decides it's game on. She'll be the first to track down a dangerous counter-spy, and she'll give Elliott an unforgettable souvenir of his time in Ottawa: some humble pie.

Her plans don't work as well as she expects, though. Elliott's over-the-top flirting dredges up too many painful memories for Talia and undermines the confidence she's worked hard to regain. To do her job and keep her integrity intact, she'll have to keep her personal feelings at bay. Now Talia must find a way to work alongside Elliott—and maybe even trust him—to outsmart the enemy.

This is a review I squeezed in at the last minute because I just couldn't stand to not be a part of it. This spy series by Jordan McCollum is one of my favorites. It is fun, fast paced and full of wit and humor. Spy Noon is a prequel to the full length novels. It is a novella, super short, but also provides that little bit of insight and understanding into the relationship between Talia and Elliott.
 
Elliott is such a character.  Talia has a hard time knowing what he's really about with all the flirting, joking and cockiness.  He's driving Talia crazy but even she has to admit that he is good at what he does and he always has her back.  I loved Talia's "ah-ha" moment at the end of the book.  It settled things in her mind, in my mind, and set the whole stage for the rest of the books.

I loved this novella just as I have loved this whole series.  I'm always happy to see an email pop up regarding something "spy" and new.  It makes me happy.  If you haven't read this series yet, you really, really should.

This book is clean.  :)

Read an excerpt!

This excerpt comes from chapter six. Talia and her handsome (and cocky) new coworker are alone together on an assignment.
Our “date” comes too soon, with me and Elliott stuck in the back of a surveillance van again once the sun sets. We haven’t seen our target coming or going here, but we’re trying to be patient.

Patience is a more than a virtue for a spy. It’s a saving grace. As in something that actually saves you.

Will’s in the Marriott lounge, chilling on one of those yellow leather chairs. Elliott and I stand — sit — at the ready to spring into action, too. As soon as one of us sees the right guy.

Elliott kicks back in his chair again, watching the live feed on the laptop. “So, Canada.”

I don’t move. “You just figure out what country you’re in?”

“I was going to ask you for the lay of the land. Baselining, you know.”

Now I move — to scrutinize him. “You wanted my take?”

“Yeah, sure.”

For a long second of silence, I consider that. He might really think I have something worth contributing?

“Or you could stare at me,” he says. “I’m told it’s a great view.”

Ugh. “How stupid of me, believing you were capable of thinking about work for sixty consecutive seconds.”

“Thinking about work? I was just playing hard to get.” Elliott grins, bowing closer to me. “You know you love me.”

I glare. “Shut. Up. Elliott.”

He reconfigures his smile, growing more mysterious. Like he thinks I’m flirting back — or no, not quite that. But whatever he believes this is, he likes it.
Why this scene? Jordan loves this interchange in particular because she lived it.

The Spy Another Day series



Book One
Book Two

To save her secrets and her country, CIA operative Talia Reynolds must sacrifice the man she loves.
Talia's new boss is her ex-boyfriend. And that's the just beginning of her problems.


Finalist 2013
Whitney Awards

Finalist 2013
Whitney Awards

Prequel novella
Elliott Monteith must choose between 
his fiancée and his fellow spy. Cake.
Now free!

Chronologically, Spy Noon is the first in the series.

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.

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3 comments:

  1. This is a great excerpt! I really enjoyed it and reading what Jordan said about the experience she based this off of. :)

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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    1. I loved this excerpt too. Jordan is awesome. :)

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  2. Thanks so much, Aimee & Tressa!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Aimee!

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