Anyone else out there love a good spy story? I don’t know what it is about them, but I just can’t get enough of them, whether it’s reading or writing them. Maybe it’s the possibility of living every day right on the edge of life and death, risking everything for love and country.
But not all spy stories are fiction. In fact, some of the best romance stories I know have come out of World War II.
One in particular was about a young woman who was studying to become a nun in Russia right before the Nazis invaded. Her family wasn’t Jewish, but they were certainly on the enemy list of the Nazi regime.
This young woman was attacked and raped by Nazis soldiers yet somehow managed to escape with the help of a young man. The young man turned out to be a spy for the Allied forces and helped the girl and her family escape before they were taken to the concentration camp.
As it turned out, the young girl and her spy fell in love, married and moved to America. They later became my grandparents. Great story, huh. Maybe that’s why I love spy stories so much.
In February 2010, Shadow Games will release through Champagne Books. Part of my grandparents’ story is there, slightly embellished of course, and modernized to reflect the current war.
Here’s the book’s blurb for your enjoyment.
Rachel Weiss thought she’d dealt with her feelings for Booth when she left the shadowy world as a CIA operative behind three years earlier after discovering her love affair with Booth had produced more than a broken heart. She was pregnant with his child. Rachel walked away from the CIA and Booth who let her go without a fight further proof that her decision was for the best. If Booth truly cared about her, wouldn’t he have at least tried to convince her to stay?
Three years later, Rachel settled into a new, far more stable career as Assistant US Ambassador to Israel, happily raising her two-year old daughter Ava.
When someone text messages Rachel asking if she knows where Booth Tanner is, she is unwillingly plunged back into the murky world of espionage.