Thursday, December 26, 2013

Son of a Itch -- NOW FREE ON KINDLE!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
http://www.amazon.com/ITCH-McCall-Novel-Espionage-Series-ebook/dp/B00H5WQ1O0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388083083&sr=8-2&keywords=s.d.+skye
Did you get a new Kindle for Christmas?
Well how about downloading an exciting new spy novel series?
As a special treat for my readers and potential readers, I'm offering Son of a Itch free on Kindle for through December 27th!
It will leave you breathless!  
(And if you enjoy it, don't forget to leave a review!)

IN THE GAME OF ESPIONAGE, SPY TAKES TRAITOR.
J.J. MCCALL TAKES OVER.


On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Meanwhile, the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to track down suspected Russian illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. An agent of the Russian Intelligence Services is targeting the nerve center of U.S. national security, taking the lie-detecting FBI Agent and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the U.S. government.
J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew of spy catchers while she struggles to deal with sobriety, conflicting feelings for Tony and Six, and an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling complicates her every effort to identify the culprit before he gets away—with murder.



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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Son of a Itch -- First Review!

 
 
 
So, I  know I have a LONNNNNG way to go and they will not all be this good. What  makes this one special is that, although I don't know the reviewer personally, I know he reviewed my first book and gave it 4 stars. For him to give this one 5 stars means I'm making progress in my effort to improve and make this a great series.
 
 
With that said, here it is...
 
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Beltway thriller with touches of romance, December 13, 2013
By 
James Blakley (The Capital of Kansas (and it ain't Kansas City)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SON OF A ITCH (A J.J. McCall Novel) (The FBI Espionage Series) (Kindle Edition)
Former FBI Intelligence analyst-turned author SD Skye delivers a tremendously-detailed, but ultimately entertaining, sequel to her debut novel "The Seven Year Itch." "Son of an Itch" is an authentic political thriller with nice touches of restrained romance and drama to ease the tension.

The story picks up with the escape of treasonous FBI agent Lana Michaels from prison. Unlike her role in "The Seven Year Itch," Michaels loses her pretty girl sheen and adopts a more gritty demeanor. She feins meekness and vulnerability in order to worm her way into a position of strength and power--the power to exact revenge against the woman who helped destroy her career and kill her lover. That woman, of course, is the resilient FBI agent J.J. McCall. McCall's professsional life is on the rise (since her debut as a faltering field agent). Though her personal life takes a bit of a dive (as a bubbly new competitor vies for the affections of lover and case partner Tony Donato) McCall must concentrate on leading a crack team of intelligence agents (dubbed "Taskforce Phantom Hunter") on a barely-authorized search for suspected Russian illegals who are operating within (perhaps) the highest eschelons of The U.S. Government. All the while, remaining watchful for the lurking Lana Michaels.

SD Skye excels at presenting a large, but well-rounded, cast of characters that the reader invests great interest in rooting for or against. J.J. McCall is still, by far, the most memorable. She is more mature, confident, and shrewd in a leadership role. And her signature lie-detection "itch" is present, but pared to a few scenes (thus removing much of the comedy the device originally conveyed). McCall struggles with her off-duty romantic feelings for Tony Donato and whether she really ever wanted to be an FBI agent. But for much of the story, this is thankfully prioritized. McCall's former lover "Six" takes a backseat, allowing J.J. and Tony to share a few romantic scenes that are more genuine and appreciated as stress relief (rather than the romantic quarrel that dilluted the original novel's overall effectiveness). This time, Skye maintains a sharper focus on the overall plot to catch a dangerous, escaped ex-agent and her shifting network of co-conspirators.

Coming in at 64 chapters and well-over 300 pages, "Son of an Itch" is a bit long. Much of the politicking of FBI Director Freeman and Russian spymaster Aleksey Dmitriyev, for example, could have been trimmed. And some of Lana Michaels's romantic entanglement seemed forced.

Nevertheless, author Skye's years of FBI work lend unmistakable credibility to the setting and overall plot and propel "Son of an Itch" to 5-star status. It is a first-rate thrill ride through the Beltway, from J.J. McCall's steamy condo to the often icy core of U.S. counterintelligence operations.  
 
 
 
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

NEW COVER MOCK UP-- A NO GOOD ITCH -- BOOK 3

COMING IN 2014 -- BOOK 3
 
Yep! This one's gonna be the best one yet!
(Just don't kill me for the ending. It's a DOOZIE!!)




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Monday, December 9, 2013

NOW ON SALE: SON OF A ITCH (A J.J. MCCALL NOVEL) BOOK 2

JUST WENT LIVE! NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE!!
 
ONLY $2.99


Yes, I've DEFINITELY one-upped myself. If you liked, The Seven Year Itch, you're gonna LOVE Son of a Itch! It's a fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the world of counterintelligence and espionage in Washington D.C.

I'm exhausted, proud, and can't wait to thrill you with the next installment --  A No Good Itch. Coming in 2014!

Stay tuned for the Son of a Itch Virtual Book Tour coming soon!!!

 
 


IN THE GAME OF ESPIONAGE, SPY TAKES TRAITOR.
J.J. MCCALL TAKES OVER.

On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Meanwhile, the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to track down suspected Russian illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. An agent of the Russian Intelligence Services is targeting the nerve center of U.S. national security, taking the lie-detecting FBI Agent and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew of spy catchers while she struggles to deal with sobriety, conflicting feelings for Tony and Six, and an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling complicates her every effort to identify the culprit before he gets away—with murder.
   

Friday, December 6, 2013

Interview with FBI Special Agent J.J. McCall of the FBI Espionage Series

Welcome everyone! We have a very special guest with us here today. Special Agent J.J. McCall has stopped by today to share a little bit about her background, some insights into her career, the hot espionage cases she's worked on.

S.D. Skye: Welcome J.J.! It's so great to have you here with us today. Please take a moment and tell us a little bit about your background.

J.J. McCall: Well, where do I begin! I hate talking about myself. I think it's the nature of the job. Ummm...well, I was born and raised in Washington D.C. My father was a political activist; my mother was one of the first African American, female FBI Agents under the J. Edgar Hoover administration. I graduated from Howard University with a degree in Political Science and headed to the training Academy in Quantico shortly thereafter. I've been an agent for over a decade now working espionage, counterintelligence, and  Russian organized crime for most of it.

S.D. Skye: What's the difference?

J.J. McCall: Well, in espionage investigations the FBI is largely targeting U.S. government employees selling or otherwise giving classified intelligence to foreign intelligence services. Counterintelligence involves identifying and neutralizing operatives of foreign intelligence services attempting to collect classified U.S. government information. Often these investigations go hand in hand. When we identify an operative is collecting information that sometimes leads to a government employee who is providing the information to the officer. And Russian organized crime is similar in nature, in terms of FBI authority, to Italian organized crime, which I think most people are familiar with.

S.D. Skye: Why did you choose to join the FBI?

J.J. McCall: *pause* Well, my mother was a star FBI agent and my biggest role model...until she was killed in the line of duty. She was brave and honorable, everything I wanted to be. So, despite my fear of meeting the same end, it was very natural for me to follow in her footsteps. I also feel a level of patriotism which I cannot explain except with the understanding that I want to protect my country and the people in it...even the ones I don't agree with.

S.D. Skye: I'm sorry to hear about your mother, but it sounds like you have a very noble purpose. I bet she would be proud of the person you've become today.

J.J. McCall: Well...I certainly hope so.

S.D. Skye: So, how did you get into the espionage business?

J.J. McCall: After I graduated from Quantico, I was assigned to the Washington Field Office, which was highly unusual. Everyone kind of made a big deal of it at the time but I didn't understand why I received the assignment. Most agents are sent to field offices outside their home states, mostly to protect their identities. But I guess fate had a different plan for me.

S.D. Skye: Were you specifically requested at the field office?

J.J. McCall: I honestly don't know; I went where I was ordered to go. Anyway, for the first few years, all agents are rotated around to different squads to learn all aspects of conducting investigations within FBI jurisdictions, as well as to figure out what you're really good at and what you really love. Just so happened my first assignment was on the counterintelligence squad. I showed a real proclivity for the work and enjoyed it so they kept me around. It's some of the most challenging work the FBI does because the enemy is clever and elusive. If someone drops a bomb, God forbid, there is evidence, there are trails. Often when intelligence officers steal secrets or American insider spies sell secrets, the trail is often undetectable for years until some major compromise or operational failure exposes a problem. That's ultimately what led to the arrest of Lana Michaels.

S.D. Skye:  Yes, Lana Michaels, the Russian illegal that you caught operating undercover in the FBI. Can you provide us with an update of that investigation?

J.J. McCall: Well, I can't share much, but obviously she's still on the run. Every law enforcement agency east of the Mississippi is attempting to track her down and bring her to justice. In the meantime, it's my understanding that FBI Agent Chris Johnson struck a plea deal and is supporting the damage assessment. Another agent, Jack Sabinski, accepted an offer for early retirement. 

S.D. Skye: Do you fear for your own life with her on the loose?

J.J. McCall: No. But I fear for any civilian who comes in contact with her. She is ruthless, conscienceless, and will not hesitate to kill anyone who gets in her way. Anyone who comes in contact with her is encouraged to call the FBI immediately.

S.D. Skye: Is there evidence that suggests there are more Russian illegals like Lana Michaels operating in the U.S. government?

J.J. McCall: Obviously, with an investigation in progress I cannot comment on that aspect of the case at this time. What I can say is that the FBI and the security components of every federal agency are vigilant about looking for signs of insider spies and compromises, and we investigate them as they come to our attention. There is always a fear that there are more. But we do not fear that they will be identified and brought to justice...eventually.

S.D. Skye: Very interesting, indeed. During the TV network interviews at Dulles airport following the initial arrest of Lana Michaels, there was some speculation that you might be involved with your co-case agent Antonio Donato. Care to comment?

J.J. McCall: *smiles* Yes. In the words of the  U.S. Constitution--I plead the Fifth Amendment.

S.D. Skye: What's on the horizon?

J.J. McCall: The FBI Director has put me in charge of leading an intelligence community task force aimed at preventing similar compromises in the future. Its members include representatives from the Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and, of course, the FBI. We are charged and ready to fulfill our missions.

S.D. Skye: Well, thank you for joining us today! Hope you'll stop by again soon.

J.J. McCall: You can count on it.

Read more about J.J. McCall in The Seven Year Itch and Son of a Itch (On Sale December 10th).

 
 










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