Monday, 30 September 2013

Author Interview and Giveway: Shana Galen and True Spies

Today I welcome Shana Galen back on my blog. Be sure to enter the contest too at the end :)

Welcome!

1. Tell me 3 fun things about yourself?
SG: I’ll tell you two true things and one lie. Guess which is the lie.
I majored in opera in college.
I once worked for the CIA.
I’m a major Star Wars fan.

2. Your new book is called True Spies. Now what's it about?
SG: TRUE SPIES is a nod at the Jamie Lee Curtis/Arnold Schwarzenegger film True Lies. It’s the second in the LORD AND LADY SPY series and like that book deals with a married couple trying to reconcile. At least Winn, the hero, wants to reconcile. Elinor has pretty much had it with Winn, especially when she learns he’s not at all who she thought—he’s actually an elite spy for the Barbican group. Elinor has been looking for some adventure and intrigue herself, and she definitely finds it when Winn’s work comes a little too close to home.

3. One a spy, the other one the disappointed spouse. Was this book fun to write as there is lots of place for drama?
SG: It was a fun book to write because even though I’m a mom with a young child, I know a lot of women with older kids who floundered a bit trying to figure out what to do now that their children don’t need them as much. Some had more kids and others went back to work. Like Elinor, everyone is looking for where they belong, where they can do something important. Winn, on the other hand, wants to take a break from life as a secret agent. He and Elinor aren’t quite on the same page about their future, and it was great to write a book where the heroine learns to see herself as more than a wife and mother, and the hero, who loved her in those roles, comes to respect her as so much more.

4. Now what went wrong with these two?
SG: Like a lot of men, Winn loves work more than family. He puts everything into his career and ignores his wife and kids. Elinor is tired of being ignored. She wants to be more than a party planner and society hostess. 

5. This would make such a good movie. But who would be perfect as Elinor and Winslow?
SG: So glad you asked! I have a Pinterest board with some of my inspirations (http://pinterest.com/shanagalen/true-spies). 

I see Elinor as looking a bit like Kate Beckinsale and Winn as a young Ralph Fiennes.

6. What's coming next from you?
SG: I’m writing the last book in the Lord and Lady Spy series, LOVE AND LET SPY. That will be out n fall 2014. In March 2014, the last book in the Jewels of the Ton series releases. Lily’s story, SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND, is one I can’t wait for readers to see.

Thanks for having me back!

Giveaway
1 copy of True Spies

1. Open to ALL
2. Ends Oct 12
3. Just enter 
or ask a question or whatever you feel like saying :)

TRUE SPIES BY SHANA GALEN- IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2014

He's Getting Tired of Deception...
Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him...

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue...
Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.


38 comments:

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :D
      You know what, CIA is so crazy so I wanan say true there

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your new novel True Spies. I also liked reading your bio. I laughed at the idea of finding one false sentence in the three sentences. For false, I chose major Star Trek Fan. Don't believe it. :)

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    1. I don't know if I can give the answers... Maybe I'll give them at the end of the day :-)

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  3. Good morning!
    I love the question, Now what went wrong with these two? LOL
    Fun interview. And I need to know, which one is the lie!! ;-)

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    1. I'll tell you at the end of the day, and what went wrong with Winn and Elinor. It would take me a book to tell you--hey! There IS a book :-)

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  4. Hi! Enjoyed your interview and I've enjoyed this tour too!
    Wow! You worked for the CIA? I'm a Star Wars fan too... I love to ride Star Tours at Disney's Studios - and go on those missions with my fav Star Wars characters.

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    1. So your guess is I didn't major in opera. Hmmm....Not telling yet :-) I'm going to WDW later this year. Can't wait to try those rides!

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    2. We go all the time... I have an annual pass and my son works there. :-))) We also go to Universal often... we both have annual passes there. It's like a vacation every week!

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  5. Loved the interview. I already have the book and loved it. Tweeted and shared on FB.

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  6. This sounds like such a fun story! Love this interview too, so much fun. I'll definitely be imagining Kate and Ralph when I read this now. :-)

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    1. I printed out pictures from my Pinterest board to inspire me!

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  7. Great interview. Sounds like a fun book. BTW: "Laugh it up fuzzball!" :) Sorry, couldn't resist. Yes, that was from the Opera Millenium Falcon. :D

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    1. LOL, Melissa! I have a feeling you know the answer to my lie/truth.

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  8. I have only read Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen and I loved that book. I'm keeping fingers crossed for this one :D

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  9. I think the majored in opera is the lie. True Spies sounds good, thanks so much for sharing :)

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  10. Opera, the CIA and Stars WArs all in one? That is an eclectic mix! I want to win this one! The cover is smoking!

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  11. And the lie is...I once worked for the CIA! I never worked for the CIA. I stole that from my friend Kieran Kramer. I did major in opera my first year in college, and I love Star Wars. I wrote a contemporary novel as Shane Bolks that was originally titled JEDIS, WOOKIES, AND OTHER MEN I'VE DATED. It's all about a Star Wars geek. It was retitled THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY MEN I'VE DATED and published by Harper Collins.

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    1. Oh the CIA one would have been cool, I should have guessed better ;)

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  12. I never would have guessed, but I was leaning towards the opera.

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  13. A Star Wars Fan who majored in opera and once worked for the CIA? Wow. I am thoroughly impressed. :))

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  14. Well now I really want to know which is the lie! I initially thought the CIA one, but then that one is probably true just because my first instinct was to think it was the lie. So my guess is the opera one:)

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  15. I am guessing the lie is the opera thing since her books are pretty good at the suspense :)

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  16. Great interview ladies, True Spies sounds good!
    I agree with Kate Beckinsale and Ralph Fiennes as casting choices.

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  17. This one sounds really great! I'd love to be entered to win.

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  18. Sounds like a really good read. I really like the cover, and would love to read it. Thanks for this chance.

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  19. This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  20. Oh, I love the premise. So much fun, and True Lies was a great movie. Nice interview! Thanks for sharing with us, Shana.

    Carolyn
    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

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  21. Thanks for the fun interview ladies, I am looking forward to reading some of your books.

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  22. I love spy stories! and one with a romance is an extra treat!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  23. This series is so much fun! Thank you for the interview and the contest!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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