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And woot again!

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The Deseret News reviewed Spy for a Spy!
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To say [Talia’s] new work environment is hostile is an understatement. Even worse, Talia can’t bring herself to trust Brand with intelligence, work-related secrets, and she especially can’t entrust him with her life. As she embarks on her mission to follow her gut and prove Brand is as shady as she remembers from past encounters, she finds herself protecting her fiancé, Danny, from knowing her new boss is her ex-boyfriend.

McCollum intricately layers Talia’s complex personality by developing her into outrageously paranoid and protective, but vulnerable when it comes to Danny. Each chapter is a window into a complicated woman’s life.


Check out the full review and come squee with me!!

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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!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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The time my critique partners made me cry

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series All my novels
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After nine novels, you’d think you know what you’re doing. Well, sometimes you’re wrong. And not just a little wrong. Wrong on every level. Fractal wrongness.

Fractal wrongness

Oh, book. Book, book, book.

The book stats

SpyForSpy_CVR_LRGTitle: Spy for a Spy.
Genre: Romantic suspense
Inspiration: I don’t . . . really know. I think I was brainstorming ideas for what I’d like to see Talia take on next, and playing the what-if game, figuring out who the worst, messiest antagonist would be, and how I could make it worse from there.
Writing dates: January? to July 2013.
Length: 70,000 words in the first draft; 88,000-ish in the final version.
Back cover copy:

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.

What I learned from this book

For a long time, I had no idea what to put here, except for this story:

From the beginning, I knew where I wanted this story to go. I knew why the bad guy was bad, I knew what I wanted to do with the main characters, I knew how I wanted the romance to play out. But then, somehow, it just . . . didn’t. It didn’t quite come together.

Naturally, it didn’t help that I had to interrupt the writing of this novel to have a baby, launch I, Spy, move, and recover. It also didn’t help that because of time constraints, I had to start this novel through my critique group when it was only about 2/3s done. I finally finished the last third not long before I had to send it off, and by then I was starting to get a handle on it, but still. When we started working with my book, it became obvious there were problems that ran deeper than repeating the same paragraph practically word-for-word in six place in the book. (What the heck, brain?!)

Finally, in one meeting, one of my critique partners flat-out told me: “[Bad guy]’s motivation needs to be X.”

And I nearly cried. I don’t think Emily and Julie noticed, but I really did tear up at that moment. Not because my CP was hurting my feelings—but because that was the exact motivation I’d hoped to use, hoped to get across, hoped to convey. Somewhere along the way, I’d lost hope of being able to do that effectively. But to have her point it out not only restored my faith that I might actually be able to do this whole writing thing, but also showed me that I must have done something right in setting it up, and all I needed to do was go back to where the story got off track.

And add another 10,000 words. And edit the whole thing to death. Then send it out to my editor. And edit it again. And again. And then format the ebook. And then typeset the print book.

Kinda hated the book at that point.

As hard as this whole experience was, and as fresh as it is, somehow, I’m already starting to see the good. In just the last few weeks, I’ve managed to stop hating it. Seriously, there were moments as recently as last week where I considered pulling the plug on publishing this novel—or on publishing in general.

But I figured I owed it to the six people who cared (kidding), and I’d already put in all the work (sunk cost is a logical fallacy, self—well, sort of . . . I mean, if I didn’t hit publish, I’d definitely never recoup my investment, right?). The reviews on my blog tour have been so wonderful & so kind, it’s really changed my perspective on what ended up being a somewhat bitter experience to something that I’ve come through a stronger writer and a better person—and a book I might even like.

Speaking of the blog tour! I’ve got some catching up to do on sharing the stops!

Today’s stops!
Lindzee Armstrong + My top 10 ways to FAIL as a spy
I Love to Read and Review Books + a wonderful review!

Saturday’s stops!
Getting Your Read On + an amazing review!
Read a lot Rhonda with a great review!

Friday’s stops!
Westhoff Family Using your spy skills for . . . awesome.
Colorimetry Interview: find out what my favorite scenes in this book were . . . sort of 😉
Ranee` S. Clark Interview: I spill the truth about my past as a spy + Spy tips for . . . potty training? + a fantastic review. Ranee`’s got it going ON!
Lisa Swinton Spy tips for your next RenFaire. I’m totally not kidding.

Promoting my books has never been so fun! PLUS we haven’t even gotten to tomorrow’s Facebook/Twitter launch party!! Come join us!

Photo credits: fractal wrongness—the mad LOLscientist

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Win a mini spy kit!

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If you missed it in my last huge post, Julie Coulter Bellon and I celebrating our new releases by hosting a Facebook & Twitter party on Tuesday (tons of prizes!), and a giveaway on our blogs. In our blog giveaway, we’re giving away our books, but also some cool gifts! Julie’s offering a book lover’s basket with a handmade lap blanket, Canadian chocolate and one of my hostage books your choice!

I’m giving away the “spy-on-the-fly” kit. What’s this? It’s a kit of small things that would come in handy for spies (and also non-spies, because nobody needs junk just sitting around their house). Check it out:

spy kit

Top row, left to right:

  • Zebra print zippered bag. Always stylin’.
  • Nonslip shoe pads. Normally, these go inside your shoes, but if you put them on the bottom of the soles, you can creep around quietly!
  • Electronic cleaning cloths. Get rid of your incriminating fingerprints.
  • Dual function mini flashlight. This tiny keyring flashlight doubles as a laser pointer. If you’re really in a pinch, it could even be a laser sight for your gun. (Not really; don’t even try that; it won’t work.)

Bottom row, left to right:

  • USB drive concealment. It’s not invisible, but it’s pretty darn good: carry (hide) up to four USB drives easily!
  • Window alarm. Protect your spy lair with an alarm that sounds when your window is opened!
  • Super glue. For breaking and entering without actually breaking.

Not pictured:

  • Quick disguise kit. Give your pursuers the slip with a quick change. (The winner can specify a favorite color, and I’ll see what I can come up with

Retail value: can you put a price on your life?!

How to win


Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Be sure to join me and Julie on Facebook & Twitter for more fun and prizes on Tuesday!!

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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!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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Announcing Spy for a Spy!

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That’s right! I’ve got another novel coming up! The sequel to I, Spy will be released (I hope) November 12, 2013 (11-12-13!)

Already know you want to read it? Add Spy for a Spy on Goodreads.

Today, I’m especially excited to reveal my cover! But first, a little more about the book.

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.

And now for the cover!

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More about Spy for a Spy | Add Spy for a Spy to Goodreads!
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Advance praise

Spy for a Spy is the perfect followup to McCollum’s exciting debut, I, Spy. With more tension, more romance and higher stakes than ever, Talia’s story won’t let you go until you’ve come to the heart-stopping, surprising conclusion. Such a fun read!

Emily Gray Clawson, author of A Way Back to You

 

 

Jordan McCollum’s talent for first person present tense narrative puts the reader in the driver’s seat for heart-pounding action in Spy for a Spy. . . . Talia is back along with her fiancé Danny, and many of the same great characters from I, Spy. We also meet a man from Talia’s past, a high ranking CIA operative with secrets that threaten the U.S. . . . This novel is a perfect blend of danger, intrigue, romance and even a little of the LDS religon. It is a great read the whole way through.

— Becki Clayson

 

 

Spy for a Spy is a story threaded with an unforgettable main character, high stakes espionage, and a case of wedding jitters that would try the patience of any groom. McCollum deftly keeps us on a tightrope of page-turning suspense balanced with witty romance that will not let you down. A great follow-up to I, Spy, and one you don’t want to miss!

Julie Coulter Bellon, author of Ashes Ashes

 

Check back tomorrow for your first chance to get a sneak preview!

Confetti!

Many thanks to all those helping with the cover reveal today, including Laura at Colorimetry, Tressa’s Wishful Endings, Canda Mortensen’s InkBlast, Donna K. Weaver: Weaving a tale or two, Danyelle Ferguson: Queen of the Clan, RaShelle Workman, Christy Dorrity, Kathleen Brebes and Lisa Swinton!

In conjunction with the cover reveal, Laura at Colorimetry is holding a giveaway for a free e-copy of I, Spy!
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