Monday, April 29, 2013

I, Spy All Kinds of Awesomness...

About two years ago I sent my first novel off to my first beta reader and in return received my first 'tough love' critique. That beta reader was Jordan McCollum, and she changed my writing life for the better because of it. I love that she cared enough to give me the real deal truth about the good and bad of my manuscript and my writing. I often think about that critique and how the ugly truth had me laughing myself to tears as I read through the pages upon pages of notes she returned to me. In that moment I knew I had two choices: Wallow in my misery at the revelation that my writing was less than perfect, or learn from Jordan's words of wisdom and become a better writer.

I chose the latter, and because of her, I believe I do write better. Of course I'm still learning, but I have tougher skin now, and I really look forward to those truthful critiques like hers so I can continue to grow.

I owe Jordan so much for what she did for me. And now I get a small chance to say thanks by helping to reveal the cover of her new book...which is awesome!!!

I, Spy by Jordan McCollumComing June 5, 2013!

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets—and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there’s one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation.

It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keeping her secrets. And then Talia finally catches a hot case: Fyodor Timofeyev. Russian. Aerospace executive. Possible spy?

She can make this work, too—until Danny needs her at the same time her country does. And when Fyodor targets Danny? Suddenly her schedule isn't the only thing suffering. Now to save her secrets and her country, Talia must sacrifice the man she loves.

Add I, Spy to your Goodreads to-read list!

Advance praise

The edge-of-my-seat undercover operations kept me turning pages, and just when I thought the story would go one way, plot twists sent it down another path. Thrilling, adventurous, and romantic, this book has it all for an Alias fan.
Jami Gold, award-winning author
Jordan McCollum’s debut novel is a delightful combination of mystery, action, and romance. Talia’s CIA training and almost OCD caution feed her quirky humor while exposing her very human fears and insecurities. Add in her boyfriend Danny, and it's enough to twist your heart.
Donna K. Weaver, author of A Change of Plans

Clever, suspenseful, and charged with political intrigue and romance, I, Spy is the perfect combination for a fun and captivating read!
Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch

About the author

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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Brandon Ax said...

This reminds me of the USA show Covert Affairs. Nice cover.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Covert Affairs Rock. Lovely cover, exciting story. Glad she told you the truth Deana.

Jordan McCollum said...

Thanks so much, Deana! To be honest, I was a little scared to send you that feedback because I knew it could be overwhelming. I've always really admired how you took it though, because I totally would have gone with the curl up in a ball and cry option ;) . You chose to be awesome instead!

Johanna Garth said...

It's always nice when you get to return a favor to a good friend. Jordan's book sounds fabulous!

Donea Lee said...

Congrats, Jordan!! (Hi, Deana ~ :) *waves*) Love your cover - it's very Bond-esque. Sounds like a great read!

Emily R. King said...

That cover is fab! Congrats to Jordan!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love, LOVE this book. It waa such an awesome read.

Tammy Theriault said...

wow, that's such a touching story! kudos for you for keeping on track with writing and not giving up! awesome sauce!!

alexia said...

Yay for being brave and toughing out the crit! Congrats to Jordan.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Raisin' the roof for Jordan. Whoo-hoo.

Gina Gao said...

This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing this.

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Jessie Humphries said...

I love it! Sexy red dress and a gun...yes please :)

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DMS said...

How awesome that you were able to help spotlight someone who helped you so much as a writer. I love that! It sounds like Jordan has given you advice that made you grow as a writer. Yeah! her book sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing. :)

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