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Announcing Saints & Spies!

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It’s here! After SEVEN! LONG! YEARS!, I’m finally ready to share this story, and on its actual seventh birthday, no less:

SAINTS & SPIES

SaintsSpies_CVR_MEDWhen she finds her priest murdered, Molly Malone, secretary of their Catholic parish, vows to never let it happen again. She’ll use the full force of her Irish will, and her previous stint on the Irish police force, to protect the new priest from the congregation’s rumors of criminal activity.

Falling in love wasn’t part of her plan. However, young, handsome and — dare she even think it? — flirtatious, Father Tim O’Rourke is nothing she expected. But Father Tim is also nothing like he seems to Molly: he’s Special Agent Zach Saint, an LDS FBI agent undercover to root out the mob that’s hiding in the parish.

And Molly isn’t helping: every time Zach gets close to the mob, Molly manages to get in the way. Falling for her is the last thing he needs. Now Zach must find the murderer and catch the mobsters before his feelings for Molly blow his cover and add another murder or two to the mobsters’ docket.

Buy now | About the book | Excerpt

And if you buy Saints & Spies this week, your ebook will include over 80 pages of bonus features, from recipes to character profiles to deleted scenes & alternate versions!

But you MUST purchase the book by Saturday to get this exclusive content. Some of these features will NEVER be shared again!


To celebrate the release of Saints & Spies (can I say that again?!), I’m giving away a reader prize pack!

readerpack

In the pack, one lucky winner will get to curl up with hot cocoa (don’t worry, I’ll ship it as powder), a reading-themed mug (I like “Reading is my super power”), ALL SIX BOOKS OF THE SPY ANOTHER DAY SERIES (Kindle or ePub format), and cozy handknit socks (women’s mediumish, ankle height, reversible, knit by yours truly!).

Okay, I’m crazy excited about these socks. The name of the yarn color is “Molly.” AND the sock pattern’s designer was actually my Irish consultant on the novel. She’s awesome! And I decided to make them ankle high, and then I remembered this scene:

Molly.

Even if he could cover his gun before she found him, Zach would look really suspect—and really stupid—hiding under her desk. He tried to force himself further into the shadows. Good thing she had a deep desk, and she hadn’t bothered to switch on the lights, either.

But wouldn’t any normal person with a legitimate reason to be in their own office after hours switch on the lights first thing? Was she here for something illegal? . . .

In the silence, Molly shifted her weight from one attractive ankle to the other—he’d never realized ankles could be pretty. . . .

He waited until he was sure Molly would be gone before he returned to the parish house. As he walked through the parking lot, he took note of the maroon sedan parked across the street. But he was more worried about the owner of a pair of pretty ankles.

Okay, I love these things. And cocoa. And reading mugs. And my books. And I’m giving them to you!

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Physical prizes shipped to US addresses only. Entries must be received by October 24, 2015. No purchase necessary.

Hot cocoa photo by meg

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Thank you!! And now what?

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The Facebook and Twitter launch party yesterday was quite the success! Julie and I had a lot of fun commenting and giving away our generously donated prizes. We want to thank our friends who donated:

  • Cindy Hogan
  • Emily Gray Clawson
  • Ilyan Lavanway
  • Stephanie Fowers
  • Monique Bucheger
  • Christy Dorrity
  • Cami Checketts
  • Rachael Anderson
  • Ranee` S. Clark
  • Heather Moore
  • Stacy Carroll
  • Lynn Hubbard
  • Jaleta Clegg
  • Konstanz Silverbow
  • Anna del C. Dye
  • Rebecca Shelley
  • Christy Hayes
  • Joyce DiPastena
  • Taunya Butler

THANK YOU!!

And now for the news you’ve been waiting for . . . .

I, Spy broke into the top 500 books on Amazon, hitting the Amazon best sellers lists in Espionage (#5), Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue (#5), Hot New Releases in Espionage (#2), Hot New Releases in Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue (#2), Romantic Suspense, Thrillers . . . wait, that’s not what you’ve been waiting for?

Oh, then how about this . . .?

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!

We had almost 400 entries on our Rafflecopter giveaway, and our winners, chosen at random, are:

Alison Rogers Spelman: Spy Another Day books 1 and 2
Necia Munro: Spy-on-the-fly kit
Cohlina Mae: Book lover’s basket
Thomas Edward Ticknor: Hostage Negotation Series books 1-3

Congratulations! Alison and Necia, please send me your mailing address to Jordan (at) jordanmccollum.com. Thanks to everyone who entered, commented, tweeted and played along!! And thanks once again to all our sponsors, and a special thanks from me to Julie. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Now what?

I, Spy will be on sale for 99¢ for the rest of this week, so woot!

And I . . . I’m not really sure. I was planning on jumping into Nano with both feet, but my house a wreck, my kids are going crazy, I have Christmas-in-November gifts to make…

But if I could go into December with a finished novel . . .

Maybe tomorrow.

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Spy for a Spy is here!

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SpyForSpy_CVR_LRGIT’s 11-12-13! And you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate the release of Spy for a Spy—and my friend Julie Coulter Bellon’s new book, Pocket Full of Posies!

Join us TODAY on Facebook (at my page and Julie’s page) and Twitter (follow Julie and Jordan) for drawings from 9 AM MST until 5:30 PM MST, and enter to win more fabulous prizes here!!

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Party!

Also be sure to check out today’s tour stops!

Emily Gray Clawson Using spy skills to predict the presents of Christmas future (before the giver knows!) + a review!
Anna del C. Dye
Rebecca Shelley
Christy Dorrity Using spy skills to find a child lost in the grocery store + what I eat when I’m writing!

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Spy for a Spy Blog Tour Begins!

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We’re celebrating my new novel, Spy for a Spy! Read on to get a cool spy tip for your daily life, free & discounted reads (I, Spy is 99¢!), and enter to win some great prizes! You can also find Spy for a Spy at the special $3.99 launch discount on Amazon, Kobo, and JordanMcCollum.com!

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you’d expect to find an American spy. And it was the last place CIA operative Talia Reynolds expected to run into fellow operative Brand Copley. AKA her new boss. AKA her ex-boyfriend.

Just the guy every woman wants to face in the middle of planning her wedding. Once again, Talia’s lying to the man she loves, but this time, to protect his heart.

After Brand takes over Talia’s latest case and steals her newest agent, he assigns her to spy on her old boss—who’s suddenly giving her every reason not to trust him. With only weeks until the big day, planning falls by the wayside as she goes into damage control mode. But when Talia discovers Brand’s real motives, fighting him is the only option, no matter what the personal and professional cost.

More about Spy for a Spy | Add Spy for a Spy to your Goodreads to-read list!

Hone your spy skills

Spy skills can come in handy in the most unusual situations, like this one . . .

Further hone your spy skills by reading Spy for a Spy!

Join the party & enter to win!

As part of the debut of Spy for a Spy, I’m co-hosting a launch party with Julie Coulter Bellon, author of Pocket Full of Posies. Join us November 12 on Facebook (Jordan’s and Julie’s pages) and Twitter (follow Julie and Jordan) for drawings throughout the day, and enter to win more fabulous prizes here!!

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Special deals!

Spy for a Spy is a sequel to the novel I, Spy, available for 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and ny site this week only!

To save her country and her secrets, CIA operative Talia Reynolds will have to sacrifice the man she loves. More about I, Spy.

Also, as a free gift this week, I’m giving out free e-copies of the prequel novella, Mr. Nice Spy, on Amazon and here!

Today’s tour stops

Shooting Stars Reviews

Tressa’s Wishful Endings—My top 10 spy tricks for your every day life, and an awesome review of Spy for a Spy!!

Lots more fun spy tips, interviews & reviews coming up!

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Writing events (not just mine!)

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Book launch event

You might remember the missing persons case of Susan Cox Powell. Her husband, Josh, was a person of interest in the case, but the police could never find enough evidence to charge him. More than a year after she disappeared, during a custodial visitation, Josh took the lives of their young sons before committing suicide.

Josh’s dark inner life was heavily influenced—perhaps even engineered—by his father. Yet the tragedy might have been avoided. Josh’s sister, Jennifer Graves, grew up in the same household. But her choices led to a very kind of different life: one of faith, hope and happiness.

In her new book, A Light In Dark Places, co-authored with my friend Emily Gray Clawson, Jennifer talks about what it was like to grow up in a household where evil was engineered—and how to break that chain and escape.

That book is out today! Come celebrate tonight at Paradigm High School (11577 S 3600 W, South Jordan, Utah) from 7-9:30 PM. Nathan Osmond and Jessie Clark Funk will both be performing, and proceeds from book sales (and sales at the nearby Wendy’s) will go to the Susan Cox Powell and ChainBreakers Foundations.

(Also, come so I have someone to talk to, mmkay?)

Book blast!

Author Linda Weaver Clarke is celebrating her newest release by offering ten free ebooks to anyone who purchases her new sweet romance, The Rebels Of Cordovia, this week—including Mr. Nice Spy!

Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Here’s how to get your free books!

My next event

I also have an event coming up with my friend Julie Coulter Bellon: our Canada Day Book-e-bration! Next Monday, come celebrate Canada Day with us at the Pleasant Grove City Library, 7-9 PM.

  • Door prizes and drawings
  • Canada fun facts
  • Canada coloring pages
  • Canadian treat samples
  • Canada storytelling

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The book launch!

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t share some about my book launch!

Donna put together a great montage of all the highlights:

book launch q and a
Donna & Me answering questions

A few more shots of me:

book launch signing

book launch lecture

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Me signing Me lecturing my 7-year-old to stop asking for my Sharpies!!! Me with author Michelle Davidson Argyle

To be totally honest, I think my reading went terribly—talking slow takes a lot of effort for me, and I needed more to set up the scene. Sigh. But that’s okay. I’ve finally dispelled the lingering gloom from that, and nobody hates me because of it. . . . Right?

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us—and many thanks to the Orem Public Library, Donna, Kristi, & Kim for making this event unforgettable!

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May accountability & the last contest clues!

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Today I’m a featured author at the Barnes & Noble Nook Mystery forum! Come visit & comment!

After a huge month in April, May tried its darnedest to outdo its predecessor. Hard to beat having a baby (on my birthday!) in April, but May did see me presenting and having my first booksigning at the LDStorymakers Conference, prepping for my book’s launch and coordinating some coming events—and buying a new house for our growing family.

Have you ever seen those stress tests where they’re like “have you done any of the following big life events in the last year?”? Yeah, I’m pretty sure just about all those are high on the list. My heart’s probably at risk right now, LOL.

May accountability

So, last month I set goals to:

  • Practice for and give my LDStorymakers presentation. Check! Very happy with how it went.
  • GET. THOSE. WORDS. DONE. For real, finish this novel. Ugh. I did make progress, but launching this book and moving had to take precedence. 10,000 words to go.
  • Business: finish the last couple steps for the publication side of I, Spy. Check!
  • Plan & prep for launch party (more on this as it gets closer!) Check! It’s tomorrow at the Orem Public Library!
  • Finish edits on novella. Check!
  • Prep the first part of my novel for critique Check! Sending this to my critique group today, then I’m attacking that last little bit to finish this novel.
  • Read! There’s always something on the TBR! Check!

Wow. I thought it would be a lot more depressing than that with everything that’s going on. I also added another specific goal:

  • Contact 100 book bloggers about I, Spy. Check!

It’s funny—if I don’t get my words, I feel like I’ve failed, no matter what other stuff I’ve done. (Like, I don’t know, move my entire life into another city last weekend?)

June goals

All right—I’m publicly setting some goals for June and I’ll report back on the first Friday in July. Thanks for being my accountability!

  • Launch party tomorrow!
  • FINISH THIS BOOK. I wanted to finish it in March, folks. I’ve written books in the time that’s passed since my deadline. I’ve written three books in that amount of time!
  • Edit two more sections for critique
  • Read.
  • Plan and prepare for upcoming events (don’t worry—I’ll keep you posted!)
  • Unpack, eh?

Wait, did I just put a manageable and realistic writing-related to-do list up there? Whaaaat?

And of course . . .

Today’s clues

We have the final stops on our launch tour today—and the final clues in our inspiration song contest!

Emily Gray ClawsonMr. Nice Spy (Also: figuring out whodunnit)

Lindzee ArmstrongI, Spy (Also: using your spy skills while in labor!)

Andrea PearsonMr. Nice Spy

Christy DorrityI, Spy

What are your goals for June?? Have you come to say hey at the Nook forums yet?

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Word for writers

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Last year, I blogged about Scrivener vs. Word. The number one complaint about Word in the comments was problems with Word’s Styles.

Today I’m honored to be guest posting at Jami Gold’s fantastic blog about making Word more friendly for writers!

And of course, we have more stops on our launch tour!

Today’s clues

Today, you’ll collect your clues for the inspiration song contest from:

Me, at Jami Gold’s blogI, Spy

Tressa’s Wishful EndingsI, Spy (Also: a giveaway!)

Lisa SwintonMr. Nice Spy (Also: spy skills to escape from . . . a cat?)

Chris JonesMr. Nice Spy (Also: the spy skills of a dad!)

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