Canada’s the last place you’d expect to find an American spy, but CIA operative Talia Reynolds has problems piling up higher than a Canadian snowbank. When Elliott Monteith, her ridiculously handsome new coworker, shows up (and shows her up), Talia decides it’s game on. She’ll be the first to track down a dangerous counter-spy, and she’ll give Elliott an unforgettable souvenir of his time in Ottawa: some humble pie.
Her plans don’t work as well as she expects, though. Elliott’s over-the-top flirting dredges up too many painful memories for Talia and undermines the confidence she’s worked hard to regain. To do her job and keep her integrity intact, she’ll have to keep her personal feelings at bay. Now Talia must find a way to work alongside Elliott—and maybe even trust him—to outsmart the enemy.
CIR: What gave you the idea for this spy story?
McCOLLUM: The series all started with a ’60s pop song playing at the Dollar Tree while I shopped for Valentines. It’s an old favorite, and I immediately began imagining the story of the stood-up boyfriend behind it. It really took off when I asked one of my favorite questions: what if the girlfriend was a spy?
CIR: How did you go about writing the book?
McCOLLUM: Although chronologically it’s the first in the series, this novella is the fourth book I’ve written for Spy Another Day. I actually challenged myself to see how much I could write in a day and the story really came to life for me. (It took more than a day to write, of course, and then weeks and months in editing.) This book came at an important time for me. When I was burning out on editing a novel, this story came along to remind me that writing can be–should be!–FUN.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
McCOLLUM: I love to compare the series to Ally Carter’s YA Gallagher Girls series, but with grownups. I’ve also had lots of friends compare the book to the TV series Alias, which features another strong spy heroine struggling to balance her personal and work life.
Learn more about Jordan McCollum and her spy series at www.JordanMcCollum.com