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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Travel & Book - Donna Del Oro tells an interesting tale about her trip to Ireland #RssosSisters #romanticsuspense






Travel & Book with

Donna Del Oro

The idea for this book, A BODYGUARD OF LIES, struck me when I was tipping a pint with fellow tourists at an Irish pub. There on the wall was an old, WW II photo of Irish dockworkers sharing their pub with German U-boat sailors, coming off submarines that prowled the Irish Sea. That started me wondering about the role that Ireland played during the war, its uneasy relationship with Nazi Germany and the German spies who infiltrated Ireland and England.

While traveling in our touring motor coach around Ireland, I kept wondering whether I could set different scenes of a book at various places, like the coastal area on the Ring of Kerry; the town Killarney, so close to the lush mountains where people love to hike; the Irish stud farm where prize Arabians and thoroughbreds are kept and bred; the beautiful city of Dublin, so cosmopolitan in its architecture and sidewalk cafes. The Irish Sea is vaster than I had imagined and could be crossed by ferries and all manner of ships.




Lots of research followed, which led me to a contemporary story about an FBI undercover agent who investigates an elderly, naturalized American grandmother, wanted by MI6 for war crimes. Little ol' Mary McCoy Snider, a dangerous WW II Nazi spy who caused the deaths of thousands? Even Agent Jake Bernstein finds that an unbelievable stretch. The granddaughter whom Jake finds himself falling in love with also disbelieves MI6's allegations. 
Until his investigation draws him into the middle of a dangerous, secret neo-Nazi group that'll stop at nothing to protect one of their own. And then Jake must choose, the old woman and her lovely granddaughter. Or justice.

My new FBI series, INTERNATIONAL RELEASE-JUNE 8th, is the Jake Bernstein FBI series--A BODYGUARD OF LIES, Book One. If you love a genre that's chock full of danger, suspense, crime drama and a heavy dose of sizzling romance, you'll LOVE THIS SERIES! FBI agent Jake Bernstein is my epitome of a hardy, justice-seeking federal officer who combines good looks, a sense of humor and unyielding courage. He knows how to investigate as one of the Bureau's best undercover agents, but he also knows how and when to bend the rules for the sake of true human justice.


Find A Bodyguard of Lies at:Amazon


Find Donna Del Oro at: Website


Donna, I love how your trip to Ireland and the picture inspired you!

6 comments:

Angela Adams said...

Donna, I like the title of your book! It grabbed my interest.

Liese said...

Wow! I had no idea about the role of Ireland during WW II! How fascinating and what a great backdrop for the story!

Best of luck!
Liese

Barbara Bettis said...

Interesting post! And you new book sounds great. Isn't it fulfilling to tie your trip to a tangible result! congratulations.

Melissa Keir said...

Sounded exciting. Love the series plan!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Donna, Fascinating back story! Love reading these "inspiration" stories. Best of luck with sales. :)

Ashantay said...

WOW! What a great premise for a book! I had no idea of Ireland's WWII role - I thought they were neutral. Now you've got me heading for the research sites - best wishes on your newest book!

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