Elinor did not feel needed at all. Her daughters had governesses and music teachers to oversee their studies, they had their own friends and amusements, and more than once she had offered some advice or tried to participate and felt as though she was an unnecessary appendage.
Caroline and Georgiana rolled their eyes at her when they thought she wasn’t looking.
Perhaps it was time to seek her own interests and the excitement she’d always craved. She’d read so many accounts of all the bravery during the Peninsular War against Napoleon. She thought of all the daring acts of courage by soldiers and generals. She could not fight a battle, but she could do something less explicit. She could work on the fringes.
She could do something she’d only dared read about and prove she was more than a mother and Society hostess. She could act as a spy.
In my new book, True Spies, a rakish and mysterious gentleman attempts to enlist the heroine Elinor as a spy. Elinor decides to take the opportunity for an adventure, despite her underlying misgivings. Her biggest misgiving just happens to be the aloof man she’s married to, Baron Winslow Keating. Little does Elinor know that Winn knows a thing or two about spying himself.
Think you have what it takes to be a Regency spy? First you have to decide if being a spy is right for you. This is a commitment, not to be taken lightly. After all, we are counting on you, to keep the country safe.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A REGENCY SPY?
1.) In True Spies ,Baron Winslow Keating goes by the code name Baron. In Lord and Lady Spy, Adrian and Sophia Smythe are Wolf and Saint. In The Spy Wore Blue, Blue’s code name is, well, Blue. You get the picture, so the first thing you will need a code name. My code name would be Solo, because writing is a relatively solitary profession. And of course, it’s in honor of Han Solo, the handsome and roguish pilot of the Millennium Falcon.
2.) You also need a manner of defense. Elinor is keen to be assigned a weapon, but Winn is less than thrilled with the idea. Elinor’s first weapons are an oversized book and her wits. Winn tends to use his fists and brawn. Choose your manner of defense wisely. My method of defense would be tickling. Never underestimate the power of a good tickle to bring your adversary to his knees.
3.) You need someone to share your secret with—a contact. The best person to share secrets with would be another spy. Winn doesn’t want his wife to be a spy, but he’s tired of keeping so many secrets from her. Can Winn share his secrets to save his marriage? Who will you share your secret identity with? I would share my secrets with my cats, Mickey and Maisy, as no one keeps a secret as well as a cat.
So what about you? Shall we sign you up to be a Barbican operative? Share your codename, manner of defense, or confidant to be entered to win a copy of True Spies.
TRUE SPIES BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013
Warning! This agent’s secret identity—and his heart—have been compromised!
Winslow, an elite spy in Regency England, has managed to keep his identity secret from everyone—including his beloved wife Elinor. But his success with these covert affairs has taken a toll on their marriage, leaving Elinor to entertain the idea of a secret liaison with a rakish spy. She believes she will finally have the danger and excitement her marriage has never afforded her—until things get too dangerous, and she ends up being kidnapped. In this world of intrigue, Elinor discovers that no one is who they seem to be—not even her own husband.
Shana Galen is the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Lord and Lady Spy Series, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! She’s happily married to the Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.