Tina Gabrielle | The Sex-Appeal of Spies
November 12, 2014
Hello to everyone at Fresh Fiction! Iâ€™m so excited to be here on the launch date
of A SPY
UNMASKED. Itâ€™s the first book in The Crownâ€™s Secret Service series
and introduces a master spy and safecracker and the feisty lady inventor who
captures his heart.
I have always loved romance novels with lots of intrigue. Romances with spies
are one of my favorites. I was excited when I came up with the idea for my new
historical romance, A SPY UNMASKED, but before I sat down to write the series I
thought of all the reasons why spies are so popular.
Theyâ€™re mysterious and dangerous
You never know what theyâ€™re thinking. Is our hero good or does he side with the
villain? Spies blur the lines leaving the reader with an irresistible need to
unearth all their secrets and find out the truth. Theyâ€™re also dangerous and can
hold their own in a fight and have training far beyond the average person. They
have close calls, narrow escapes, but somehow they always end up escaping. Of
course, it helps that theyâ€™re athletic and the men are always well-built. I also
love when the intrigue surrounding the spying is interwoven with the romance.
The result is a sizzling read you canâ€™t put down until the end.
Spies have cool gadgets. The best example is Q for James Bond. The Earl of
Kirkland in A Spy Unmasked is an expert in the fine art of finessing open
safes. He has state of the art lock picks and he uses them on more than one
occasion. The scenes where he was opening the safes were very fun to write.
Theyâ€™re fight the good fight
I think the biggest reason spies are so popular is because they believe in a
higher cause and are willing to sacrifice to achieve it. They put themselves in
danger and never give up despite the mounting odds. Itâ€™s heroic and romantic.
This type of character resonates with the reader. Who can resist rooting for the
A spy is only as good as his villain
Great spies must also have great villains. A master spy is only at his best when
heâ€™s challenged by a worthy opponent. We love to read how our hero outsmarts and
outfights their greatest enemy.
A spy has good allies
Just as a spy needs a worthy opponent, he needs worthy allies. Spying is a
lonely business and we canâ€™t wait to see who comes to our heroâ€™s aid. It may be
someone whoâ€™s been wronged by the villain or whoâ€™s noble and wants to right the
wrongs in the world. In romances we hope itâ€™s the heroine or hero and we read
with anticipation of how their relationship with our spy evolves. Which brings
me to my next pointâ€¦
Theyâ€™re super sexy
Spies in romances are sexually confident. They know theyâ€™re sexy and they use it
to their advantage during their missions. The women they encounter are smart and
strong-minded and although they may initially resist our hero, we love to read
how our spy slowly charms and tempts them into his arms. James Bond comes to
mind here. Heâ€™s elegant, self-confident under pressure, and always sexy. He has
style, class, and sophistication. What woman wouldnâ€™t love him? And if our
heroine is the spy? We enjoy watching as she conquers the hero with her
intelligence and feistiness.
So what do you love about spies in books? Please share for a chance to win an
ebook of IN
THE BARRISTERâ€™S CHAMBERS (the first book in my award-winning Barrister
About A SPY UNMASKED
The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware--known in society as the new Earl of
Kirkland--planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a "guest" at a
masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation.
Until he's quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with
glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him...
Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice's shining sword, determined
to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole
his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert's betrothed in order to
infiltrate the Inventor's Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent
attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia's
reputation... and both of their lives.
About Tina Gabrielle
Award-winning author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer
whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She
often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and
lords and ladies carry her away. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In
The Crownâ€™s Secret Service series. The second book in the series,
At The Spyâ€™s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled
Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances,
In The Barristerâ€™s Bed, In The Barristerâ€™s Chambers, Lady Of
Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. Tinaâ€™s books
have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of
Scandal, was nominated as best first historical romance by Romantic Times
Book Reviews. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website for free monthly
contests and giveaways.
20 comments posted.
Re: Tina Gabrielle | The Sex-Appeal of Spies
Oooh, this story sounds really terrific!
(Cheri Oggy 2:57am November 12, 2014)
I love historical romances and this one sounds great! Hope I win!!! Thanks for the chance!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:46am November 12, 2014)
Thank you Cheri and Bonnie! I enjoyed writing the book.
(Tina Gabrielle 10:24am November 12, 2014)
Even though the story may be full of excitement and intrigue, I have to confess that the romance is still my favorite part!
(Bonnie r 11:52am November 12, 2014)
Oh I enjoy spies in books... love historicals... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 12:59pm November 12, 2014)
I suppose the appeal is that spies would need to be very
capable people able to navigate any situation and of course,
their ability to protect.
(G. Bisbjerg 2:39pm November 12, 2014)
This sounds like a good page turner.
(Marilyn Collins 3:35pm November 12, 2014)
the spy accomplishing the impossible. but the gadgets are always good.
(Angela Parrish 3:50pm November 12, 2014)
Thanks everyone! I do agree the romance is the most important
part of the book, but I loved writing about my mysterious spy
hero. He's an expert safe cracker and the scenes where he was
finessing open safes were interesting to research and fun to
write. I hope you all enjoy the book!
(Tina Gabrielle 4:16pm November 12, 2014)
So what do you love about spies in books? they are the
ones that try their best to be incognito, usually without
meaning to they reveal themselves to someone. they
always get the girl. they help so many that don't even
know they are being helped. usually get hurt and heal
very fast. they are bold, daring, sexy, and in my
imagination have the most sexy bedroom voice when they
(Tina Ullrich 4:51pm November 12, 2014)
Your book sounds like the kind of story I like to read. Iknow I would enjoy it. I
have yet to read one of your books. Hope I get a chance to.
(Jackie Wisherd 5:14pm November 12, 2014)
You're one of my new favorite authors! Love your books!
(Shelly Ash 11:48pm November 13, 2014)
(Susan Jang 12:32pm November 14, 2014)
Sounds great. Thanks.
(Pam Howell 11:27am November 14, 2014)
Congrats on your release!
(Denise Austin 1:07pm November 14, 2014)
A spy always brings so much excitement, intrigue and of course romance to keep a reader on edge while reading the story. It's a fun type of read.
(Anna Speed 1:34pm November 14, 2014)
Love Spy books. Especially when they are sexy too.
(Leslie Waters 4:47pm November 14, 2014)
Spies are so mysterious and like you said they always have the
best gadgets. My favorite genre is Historical and that twist
of spies makes it just perfect. Congrats on your new release!
(Joanna Moreno 8:48pm November 14, 2014)
I love seeing them finally find the other half of their
(Janie McGaugh 10:01pm November 15, 2014)
Spies are sophicated people. They also have all these nice gadgets and can adopted to their circumstance. They are creative.
(Kai Wong 10:14pm November 16, 2014)
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