The Jake Bernstein FBI series
by Donna Del Oro
GENRE: romantic suspense
A riveting blend of romantic thriller, mystery and WWII espionage that spans sixty years of lies. England’s secret service agency MI5 recruits Jewish-American FBI analyst Jake Bernstein to go undercover and investigate an elderly, naturalized American grandmother, suspected of being a notorious Nazi spy wanted for war crimes during WWII. Jake runs into a series of complications: This spy knows a secret that could endanger the British royal family; Jake’s attraction to the old woman’s beautiful granddaughter; a ruthless and violent Irish neo-Nazi group is tracking him; and a clever, cagey old lady stands in the way of justice. His priority shifts from finding the evidence to staying alive!
Breakfast in the hotel dining room was to be served at 7 a.m.. Next stop: Cardiff, the capital of Wales, then their ferry ride to Ireland. He’d finally looked over the itinerary. The motor coach would be leaving that afternoon, after a tour and lunch in Bath. A quick perusal of the day’s agenda showed him they had the afternoon free to wander around Bath and do some shopping. Maybe he could invite Meg and her grandmother to spend some time with him.
Still drowsy with sleep, he looked over at the pillow next to his. Visualizing Meg lying there, her lush hair with all its variegated blonde hues fanned out, stirred him. The erection he’d awakened with grew harder; not surprising, he thought, considering his celibacy of late. Strictly his choice, despite the offers tossed his way.
The opportunities had been there and he’d ignored them, stubborn man that he was. Even late last night, when the two New Jersey sisters had called and invited him to a private party in Hank’s room. He’d declined tactfully.
At thirty-two years old, he found himself holding out for more.
Stupid fool, he scolded himself. Or as the Brits would say, sodding wanker! Or something to that effect. He should learn to take it when it was offered to him on a platter, free of charge. All he had to do was be nice to a girl for a few hours, promise to call her, and then…
Ah, but as Grandpa Nate would say, “nussing is free in dis vorld”.
Dreams of Meg had plagued him—rather entertained him—all night. Even now, recalling how her small, plump breasts bounced up and down while she ran alongside him, how her long ponytail swung back and forth, filled him with unbridled lust. The one time they’d stopped at the Roman ruins, they’d let their arms brush together. Neither had pulled away. Just that light touch had flooded his insides with longing. She appeared to feel the same. She’d flushed to the roots of her hair and after that, had touched him in some small way every chance she got. Each touch was electric, sizzling!
What he liked about her was her total lack of coyness or flirtatiousness. Meg was straightforward, without guile; she wasn’t playing games. He could read the honesty in her face when she told him about her breakup with the ex-fiancé and her distrust of men and their empty promises and vows. All lies, she’d mused with just a hint of bitterness. She’d finally come to accept the reality of men.
Or some men, she’d amended, adding quickly that she’d apologize if she was offending him. No, he’d said; I agree with you. Most men lie through their teeth. It’s a guy thing.
That admission had elicited a small, rueful laugh from both of them. And she’d let her arm brush his again, as if to reassure him. He was different, she was saying.
No, I’m not, he’d wanted to say. I’m a liar, an impostor. And you’re going to hate me when this is all over.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Donna is a retired high school English teacher and is finally able to fulfill her dream of writing fiction. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing novels, she’s singing with the Sacramento Valley Chorus or traveling with her husband. Life is good and she feels very blessed.
Visit her on Facebook or at www.donnadeloro.com
www.thewildrosepress.com/Donna Del Oro
Contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was lucky enough to be granted a short interview with Donna and couldn’t wait to have a nice chat!
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
That depends on the writer, I think. I like the editing/artistic/marketing support of a publisher and so I’ve always gravitated towards publishing houses.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
My favorite is the spy thriller—absolutely eat them up! My favorite author is Daniel Silva.
Do your characters talk to you?
Yes, in my head. I hope they never stop talking to me.
How do you approach starting a new book?
I usually start with an idea or theme, then characters come alive, and then the beginning and end of the story. I fill in from there.
What is your writing process?
I write at the kitchen counter, close to my coffee machine. My first three novels, all sold, I wrote them long-hand, then I realized the great, time-saving advantages to composing at my word processor. Now I keep all the ideas in my head but I do a Zenn diagram for my characters’ details in order to keep them all straight. I put this Zenn diagram (which I used while a h.s. teacher) on a whiteboard and keep it handy.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I can’t name one. I’ve learned a lot about creative writing from a wide variety of sources.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I sing the soprano part in a large, award-winning barbershop chorus. In my spare time, I read voraciously and when we can, my husband and I travel.
What was your best date ever?
Chinese food and a movie.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Navy SEAL, definitely. My hero, FBI agent Jake Bernstein, is a former Navy SEAL. They’re brave, disciplined and very intelligent.
Chocolate or chips?
With my fat genes, NEITHER!
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
One of my heroines, Athena Butler (Athena’s Secrets) is an artist and is also clairvoyant, meaning she can read minds. I’m very intuitive but to be able to read minds at will, WOW!
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Definitely fancy restaurant. I don’t like to cook so having someone do it for me is always a treat.
Beer or wine?
I like beer with Mexican food and wine most other times.
Daniel Silva, spy thriller author extraordinaire!
Smooth or hairy?
My husband has a lot of head hair but a very smooth body. I like that!
This tour is featuring the Jake Bernstein FBI Series LIES IN WAIT, Book Two of the FBI series will be out January 4, 2017, and the 3rd book will be attached a few months after.
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Donna Del Oro will be awarding winner’s choice of ebook or print copy of A BODYGUARD OF LIES (print – US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.