Monday, September 9, 2013

True Spies author Shana Galen Interview and #Giveaway!

What a great day! One of my all time favorite historical romance authors is back! And even better than that, she has another novel to her Lord and Lady Spy series out now: True Spies! Welcome back Shana!

Shana: Wow! That’s a sweet welcome. Thank you!

Lexi: You have been a busy woman, as always. From conference hopping to releasing books left and right, ready to sit down and have a glass of wine? 

Shana: If I drink, I will pass out from exhaustion. Pass the coffee instead I keep thinking life and work will slow down, but so far it hasn’t.

Lexi: You wore some great outfits at the conferences you have been attending. What has been your favorite? Does your daughter like seeing your outfits?

Shana: No one has ever said that to me before. Thanks for the compliment. My daughter does like to see me dress up, and she wants to dress up then too. If I wear new shoes or a new dress, she wants to wear it. Since my clothes are too big for her, if I’m wearing a blue dress, she wants to wear a blue dress. She’s the kind of kid who would love to have mommy-daughter matching outfits. Me, not so much.

Lexi: Speaking of great outfits, your spy Blue sure looks good on the cover of your novella, The Spy Wore Blue (now available with major eBook retailers). What would you say if they ever asked you to pose for your own cover?

Shana: No way! I would love to see a photo shoot, but I would make a horrible model. I like to be behind-the-scenes. Plus, my heroines don’t look like me in my mind. I write to get away from my ordinary life, not to put myself in the story.

Lexi: Pose, or just sit back and read, I know I have been eagerly awaiting the next release in your Lord and Lady Spy series, True Spies. I just love when authors take a movie/show and interweave it into the plot. For book 1, Lord and Lady Spy, you loosely based it on Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Did you keep up with that theme in True Spies?

Shana: Yes, and it will be continued in the third book (Love and Let Spy) too. True Spies is based loosely on True Lies, the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. In Lord and Lady Spy, both characters were spies. I wanted to do a story where only one is a spy and the other has no idea and maybe isn’t too happy when the truth is discovered.

Lexi: No matter what you do I am going to love it! I can’t wait to read whatever you have coming next! Thanks for stopping by again Shana. Now, go try explain to your daughter why air is invisible.

Shana: LOL! Grace Burrowes gave me a great suggestion so I used that one when my daughter asked about air again. I can’t wait to see what I have coming too. I’m so gad school is starting because I am ready to get back to serious work!


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...


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 or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

To Purchase True Spies:
Amazon - Kindle


Sourcebooks is offering up one copy of True Spies to a lucky commenter! (US and Canada only please) To enter leave a comment for Shana about your favorite spy. Good luck!

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  1. I love Daniel Craig as James Bond. He's so sexy!

  2. This is a good give away, thank you.

  3. May, great choice! I like Craig too!

    Thanks, Charlotte!

  4. Please do not include me in the giveaway since I have read all three of Shana's books! I am just stopping by to highly recommend her books they are a delight to read! I always find them captivating!

  5. This series sounds delightful :-). You've listed my favorite movies so I'm bound to love the books. Thanks for the giveaway and I've got to collect your books as these push all my happy reading buttons!

  6. Thanks for the chance to win! I love the premise of this series.

  7. Loving all of those book covers!

  8. Nice to see you all about the net today, Shana!

  9. I love the titles in the series, and I think the idea of loosely basing the books on spy movies is fantastic. I loved Lord & Lady Spy, as well as The Spy Wore Blue, and I'm really looking forward to reading True Spies.

  10. I'm with you, Shana, I prefer to read about the heroines rather than trying to place myself in her place in the story. For me it's about entertainment. I like adventures and romance and sometimes mystery...and more romance. :-) Reading it gives me some magical time off from the dreary and mundane. I sleep better at night for having read something from a romance. And I'll bet I have a smile on my face too. :-)

  11. oooh... I totally approve of Daniel Craig :) Thanks for sharing and congrats to Shana on the new release!

  12. Just a quick comment to recommend True Spies! Read it and loved it!

  13. I have to go with the original James Bond - Sean Connery!

  14. Johnny English cracked me up as a spy... :-)))
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I'm a fan of yours and haven't picked this book up yet! It'd be a treat to win it! TU!

  15. Congrats on your new book release. This is an awesome series. I can't wait to read this one.
    Thanks :-)

  16. Thank you, Nicole!!

    Glittergirl, I love that you have happy reading buttons. So true for all of us. We have the kids of stories we like.

    Thanks, Jena!

    Thank you, Theresa.

    I do seem to be everywhere fsbuchler :-)

  17. Thanks, Barbara. Fingers crossed you like it.

    Janice, why read something that won't put a smile on your face? Too many bad things in the real world to read that for pleasure.

    Thank you, Erin.

    You're very sweet, Susan! Thanks!

    catslady, I cannot argue. Connery is pretty sexy as Bond.

  18. Lindalou, good luck with the giveaway :-)

    Thank you, Lori!

  19. these sound really great. on my tbr list

  20. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Adrian and Sophia were such a fun couple in Lord and Lady Spy! I had been hoping that I would see them again in one of your books.

    Favorite movie spy is Daniel Craig's James Bond.

  22. I love Daniel Craig as James Bond. He's so sexy!

  23. I love Sean Connery as James Bond. He always set my heart a pounding. He still has a lot of charisma even now at his ripe old age.

    I can't wait to read "True Spies:, as I know I will love it, just like I've loved all your other books.

  24. Thanks, Leslie!

    Good luck, Natasha :-)

    Cheryl, you'll definitely see them in TRUE SPIES, and the last book, coming out in 2014.

    I agree, Laurie.

    Thanks, Diane. I hope you do enjoy it.


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