Shana: Hey Jaunty, don’t you want to interview me about my new book, True Spies? It’s a Lord and Lady Spy novel, and it comes out today. I’ve been waiting for you to harass—I mean, ask me.

Jaunty: So now you want me to interview you! Last time you had a book out, you tried to keep it a secret from me.

Shana: (Shoot, that was supposed to be a secret. We should never have given Jaunty a Twitter account.) That was my novella, The Spy Wore Blue,and with your busy schedule, I thought I should just let sleeping porcupines lie.

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Jaunty: I do have a busy schedule.

Shana: Do you think you have time to interview me? I’m really sorry about last time.

Jaunty: How sorry?

Shana: Very sorry. (Not sorry at all, but I didn’t think I could get away with it twice.)

Jaunty: Sorry enough to talk to Kate Middleton about renaming the royal baby, Jaunty?

Shana: Not quite that sorry, but pretty sorry.

Jaunty: Sorry enough to make me the hero of True Spies?

Shana: Umm…I don’t know about that, but I do mention you by name in True Spies.

Jaunty: Really? Go on…

Shana: Here’s an excerpt from page 39.

If Elinor only knew how little time he spent worrying about his title and his lands. Until recently. Recently, he’d been thinking a hell of a lot. Too much. He’d never considered what would happen if—when—he retired from the Barbican group. He hadn’t really believed he ever would retire until…

 What would he do? His children were growing up before his eyes. Soon they’d be having children of their own. And his wife—well, Winn was relatively certain, at this point in their lives, she hardly cared whether he lived or died. If he was not careful, he would end up alone, like Crow. He’d die a solitary old man, with no one to mourn him.

 His mother would have said he was too much like his father—absent and inattentive. He shuddered at the possibility that Elinor might follow in his mother’s footsteps and marry her groom were Winn to suffer an untimely death.

 A slight movement caught his attention, and he blinked, uncertain for a moment as to whether he was imagining things. Ghosts? But no, there was a man sitting on his garden bench, reading the forgotten novel. As Winn stared, the man looked up and gave him a jaunty wave.

Jaunty: A jaunty wave? Well, I do have a rather unique and distinguished wave. It’s all in the flip of the wrist. You know what, Shana, I will do that interview for you. I’ve always said you’re one of my top ten favorite Quills.

Shana: Wow. Thanks, Jaunty. What would you like to ask me about True Spies?

Jaunty: Did you know that I’m a spy? You could have consulted me for True Spies.

Shana: No, I didn’t know that, I’ll keep that in mind, for my next book. So, Jaunty about this book…

Jaunty: The name is Quills. Jaunty P. Quills. You can call me Agent Quills.




Shana: How very original. Now, back to questions about True Spies. It’s releasing today

Jaunty: I’m sorry, Shana, Q is calling me. Duty you know. A spy’s work is never done. Pip, pip and all that. Maybe there’s a question you’d like to ask my friends.

Shana: I suppose that’s all I am going to get out of Jaunty—I mean, Agent Quills. My question for you is, do you have a favorite spy in movies or in books? I’m giving one person who comments a copy of True Spies.

Book 2 in the Lord and Lady Spy Series

He’s weary 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…

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…

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41 thoughts on “Agent Jaunty P. Quills Interviews Shana about True Spies

  1. Mary Preston says:

    THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL is a great favorite. More then just a spy though. All the lives he saves from Madame Guillotine.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Oh, love love love the Scarlet Pimpernel. Great choice, Mary!

  2. Anita H. says:

    Hmm, favorite spy? I’d have to say it’s definitely Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) from the TV series Alias. She kicked major butt and she did it in style! 😎

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Anita, it makes me so happy that you mentioned a female spy. I agree.

  3. Ada says:

    I’d say mine is Jason Bourne. Now there was a man who knew how to handle himself in any situation! 😉

    1. Shana Shana says:

      And look good doing it, right, Ada?

  4. Kathryn in Montreal says:

    There is only ONE spy…he was both in books and movies…the name is Bond, James Bond. And I loved him in all (but one) of his incarnations!

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Who could forget James Bond? What incarnation did you not love, Kathryn?

      1. Kathryn in Montreal says:

        George Lazenby…. but Connery, Brosnan and Craig top the list!

        1. Shana Shana says:

          Yes, you never hear Lazenby mentioned with the other Bond men.

  5. I knew Jaunty was a spy, and of COURSE he is my favorite. Other spies…hm. Actually, I know a spy in real life. How cool is that? But I probably shouldn’t give his/her name. Just ordered the book, Shana! Can’t wait!

    1. Shana Shana says:

      That’s very cool! Yesterday USF and I were trying to remember if we knew any spies. I know Kieran Kramer used to work for the CIA.

  6. catslady says:

    I have to go with James Bond too. A nice variety of actors but Sean Connery has my heart.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Very classic, catslady. Nice choice 🙂

  7. Stefanie D says:

    I’ll also go with James Bond, but Craig is my favorite!

    1. Shana Shana says:

      I think he’s my favorite too. I don’t remember a lot of the other Bonds or didn’t see their movies.

  8. That Jaunty – is there anything he can’t do?! Congratulations on the new release, Shana. You already know how much I love this series, so True Spies is moving to the top of my TBR list!

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Thanks, Vanessa. And in answer to your question, I don’t think there’s anything Jaunty THINKS he can’t do.

  9. Kathleen OD says:

    For me there is only won True Spy.. BOND, James BOND.. Good interview Shana and Jaunty…

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Just reading that makes the song pop into my head, Kathleen!

  10. LSUReader says:

    Bond, James Bond. I’ve got to agree with other posters here. He’s the best. I’m looking forward to reading True Spies, Shana. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Thanks, LSU Reader. Bond is sort of synonymous with spying, right?

  11. Ella Quinn says:

    I’ve been into spies for years. I actually considered applying to the CIA once.

    Let’s see, I’m really going to date myself. Simon Templar in the Saint was lovely. I used to swoon over Illya Kuryakin in The Man from UNCLE, and Emma Peel in the Avengers.

    Great post. I tweeted and shared.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Ella, I know all of those references. Love Emma Peel!

  12. bn100 says:

    James Bond

  13. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve always loved Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. LOL Especially the cone of silence and the shoe phone.

    I was also a fan of Sydney Bristow from Alias. Jennifer Garner played her as the girl-next-door…but also a badass. 😉

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Maxwell Smart is funny. I really like Jennifer Garner too. She’s got such a fabulous presence and can play tough and sweet.

  14. Sarah R. says:

    Okay, here is an odd one for you. How about Alicia (Ingrid Bergman)in Notorious with Cary Grant? One of my favorite old movies.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Oh, I love that movie too! Excellent choice, Sarah.

  15. Barbara Elness says:

    I’d have to go with James Bond, but I have to admit I do have a soft spot for Remington Steele as well. 😀

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Barbara, I’m so glad you mentioned Remington Steele. I always loved that show.

  16. I love your book trailer! The story sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to read it.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I really love my trailer. So fun!

  17. CateS says:

    Maxwell Smart was a hoot and I wish they’d show the old series…. but THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL was my first ‘spy’
    book and I loved it and still re-read it!

    1. Shana Shana says:

      It’s one of my favorites too, Cate. I have it on the bookshelf on top of my desk.

  18. Kim says:

    Congrats on the new release. My favorite spies are the Scarlet Pimpernel and James Bond. In tv, it was Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Finally, even though he’s not a spy, I have to include Sherlock Holmes for his skill set.

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Oh, yeah! Scarecrow and Mrs. King! How did we miss that one. I agree about Sherlock Holmes too.

  19. Victoria Pagh says:

    James Bond, of course

    1. Shana Shana says:

      The one and only!

  20. Melody May says:

    I have loved Laura Willig’s pink carnations.

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