Wednesday, December 12, 2012

#Book New Release: The Seven Year Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel)

Well, it's finally out!

After months of going back and forth and forth and back. After months of rewriting my rewritten rewrites, it's out! Now available on Kindle and in Paperback!!

The Seven Year Itch - Kindle ($2.99)
The Seven Year Itch - Paperback ($8.99)

I can't tell you how proud I am of this novel. Not because it's the best thing since sliced bread (although I surely hope the readers will believe it its), rather because I really put in SO MUCH work to make it right. The story is rather complex with a lot of twists and turns and was really a big challenge for me. I'm usually a pantser. Although the first draft was "pantsed" the rest pulled together slowly like a jigsaw puzzle.

This novel was finished many many times. First, a year a half ago. Then a year ago. Then six months ago. Then four months ago. Then two months ago. It's been done many many times. But it really wasn't. I was forced to grow as a writer, accept criticism that I didn't want to accept, and go on a murderous rampage to kill a lot of of my brilliant "little darlings." Edit. Edit. Edit. But I refused to release this story until I felt as if I was giving the best story I could give to the reader. The next books will come faster because I've learned my lesson (OUTLINE) and I'll get them done in better time.

Then, in what I can only deem to be another "come to Jesus" moment in my writing career, I considered and ultimately decided to decline an offer from a Big Six publisher in order to release this series myself. I'm gambling on me--for better or worse. Although I felt incredibly honored and validated that they wanted the novel (after rejecting an early draft), I wanted the flexibility to release the subsequent books in the series close together. Having published two works  in the traditional world, I already know the scheduling challenges. To keep my readers happy (even if there are only two lol), I want to keep them hooked until the very end. Were there other reasons? Sure, but that is another post for another day. :) 

So if you enjoy a page-turning romantic suspense with a dash of mystery, espionage, and even a little humor, you will enjoy Book 1 in my new J.J. McCall FBI Series, The Seven Year Itch. Let me know how you like it! :)

Back Cover Copy:

Her Family Was Vexed with a Generational Curse. Now for Lie Detecting FBI Spy Catcher J.J. McCall, the Truth is in The Seven Year Itch
When turncoats betray America’s human intelligence assets, there is no greater failure than the loss of life—and no one knows that better than FBI Special Agent J.J. McCall, a born lie detector who recruits foreign spies to catch American traitors. She and co-case agent Tony Donato have lost two of their most critical Russian sources in the past two years, and they may lose another in just a few short days if they don’t catch him. The ICE PHANTOM. Code name for a near-dead investigation initiated to identify a rumored insider spy more insidious and elusive than Ames and Hanssen combined. After a decade of fruitless investigations, the Intelligence Community fears it might be chasing ghosts—but J.J. and Tony suspect he might be burrowed deep inside FBI counterintelligence. And his body count is going up.

Drawn into an unsanctioned mole hunt, J.J. and Tony have a week to catch ICE PHANTOM, save a key source’s life—and their own. While J.J.’s lie detecting ability helps them narrow down the list of suspects, the ultimate lie, the one she’s been telling herself for too many years, may help the ICE PHANTOM defect to Moscow and get away with the murder of the man she cannot live without.

Skye’s debut FBI series, filled with espionage, romance, mystery, and suspense, will keep you burning through the pages until J.J. catches the very last spy.
About the Author:
S.D. Skye is a former FBI Russian Counterintelligence Program Intelligence Analyst and supported several key cases during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and two of the Bureau's own--FBI Agents Earl Pitts and Robert Hanssen. She has spent 20 years supporting counterintelligence, intelligence, and military missions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

An award-winning author of romantic comedies in her other life, Skye is a member of the Maryland Writer's Association, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She's addicted to writing and chocolate--not necessarily in that order--and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on the next… Read more

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  The Seven Year Itch - Kindle ($2.99)

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