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Lady Justice has a long memory as FBI analyst Jake Bernstein investigates a suspected Nazi spy wanted for war crimes.

A BODYGUARD OF LIES is a riveting blend of romantic thriller, mystery and WWII espionage.  A Jewish-American FBI analyst, Jake Bernstein, is recruited by MI-5 to go undercover and investigate a naturalized American grandmother. The elderly woman is suspected by MI-5 of being a notorious Nazi spy wanted for war crimes. Jake Bernstein runs into a series of complications: This spy knows a secret that could endanger the British royal family; his attraction to the old woman’s beautiful granddaughter; an Irish, neo-Nazi group tries to kill him; and all the while, a clever, cagey old woman stands in the way of justice.

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July 1st I was Interview by Selling Books!

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A love story about two professional singers whose drive to succeed in the world of grand opera jeopardizes their love for each other.

Coming next: BORN TO SING: Scheming and Dreaming in Los Angeles

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Devine Destinies | Kindle

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I was interviewed by Cindy Munoz, SVR Newsletter

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Coming Sept. 5th! Book Three in the riveting Jake Bernstein FBI Mystery-Thriller Series: WHERE DANGER LIES

Inspired by true stories, Jake and Meg discover that...even in lovely, sunny San Diego, you never know WHERE DANGER LIES.

This ad goes on the Jumbotron at Sweet Adelines International Region 12's Competition in Reno, April 25th. Wish my chorus, Sacramento Valley Chorus, good luck!

LIES IN WAIT, Book two in the Jake Bernstein FBI mystery-thriller series, has been nominated for: the 2014 RITA Award for Best Romantic-Suspense ebook; the 2014 ITW Best Ebook; and the 2014 Silver Fachion Award (Killer Nashville)!

Book Two in the Jake Bernstein FBI romantic thriller series! Available NOW!

THE DELPHI BLOODLINE and A BODYGUARD OF LIES are on the Top Twenty Bestselling List at Musa Publishing. Go here  and scroll down to the Bestselling List!

Click on this link to check out my latest blog about Research That Scares and Chills:

Sarcastic Ramblings and Writing: Welcome Author Donna Del Oro

 

Book Two of the Jake Bernstein FBI mystery-thriller series

Lies in Wait

New Release! June 28th, Book Two of the Jake Bernstein FBI mystery-thriller series-- LIES IN WAIT."

Read my blog on Musa Publishing (scroll down to Donna's blog post) Research is Knowledge--Scary Knowledge!

Book Two: LIES IN WAIT

For love of country or love of a woman?

These are two of the choices FBI analyst/undercover specialist Jake Bernstein faces when he goes undercover for the Joint Counter Terrorism Center. His mission: Go to Silicon Valley and identify the masterminds behind what the JCTC chief believes is a coordinated terrorist plot that may involve five American cities.  As a disaffected, biotech scientist, Jake is recruited and tested in a harsh, brutal way. But slowly, the pieces of a possible terrorist plot begin to emerge. Still, the entire puzzle eludes Jake.  To stop the deaths of thousands of lives, he must gain access to the terrorist cell's inner circle and learn the details of their plot.  

For months, he doesn't break cover, all the while knowing that his lover, Meg Larsen, is living and studying in San Diego, an hour's flight away.  He fears he'll lose her while waiting for his case to break open.

In his desire to see Meg, he breaks cover one time and flies to rendezvous with her in San Diego, unwittingly involving her in his case. To maintain his cover and prove his loyalty to radical Islam, however, he must pass the ultimate test of loyalty--kill Meg, the unclean infidel, with his own bare hands. If he cannot do this, the undercover operation will fail.

As the cell lies in wait for the final, deadly call to action, Jake must make a fateful decision. Do his duty, expose the plot and save thousands of lives? Or save Meg?  Of course, he must do his duty. But can he survive his attempt to do both?

Behind the Scenes, from Donna Del Oro:

Writing this prescient story last year (think the recent and tragic Boston Marathon bombings) was a challenge. I read scores of books and articles about Islam, Muslims in America, the Qur’an, the history of Islam and the FBI’s undercover and intelligence strategies in counter-terrorism. I even learned some Arabic.  What I learned, however, was both enlightening and chilling. If only Americans realized the dangers we all face…  The FBI is aware of these dangers but often they are hamstrung by the very rights we all enjoy.

My most interesting day of research was at a Silicon Valley mosque, the largest in Northern California.  Our tour guide was a former engineer who has lived in this country for nearly forty years.  I think moderate, peaceful Muslims want what all of us want, a world in which their children can thrive. On another level, there is a current of secrecy that many guard zealously. I won’t say anything more except that my eyes were opened to the strange (to me) world of Islam in America.

 

A Bodyguard of Lies

COMING SOON:

A contemporary spy-mystery--A BODYGUARD OF LIES, the first in a series about FBI agent, Jake Bernstein, who goes undercover to catch a ruthless, dangerous spy with neo-Nazi links. Look for it here

My romantic thriller, A BODYGUARD OF LIES, received a great review from Celtic Lady's Reviews

Romance Junkies....awesome romantic suspense thriller that will have you turning the pages quickly to see what will happen next. Read the review

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Bodyguard of Lies !!!
Bodyguard of Lies by Donna Del Oro was a book that was hard to put down once I started reading it !! From the first chapter I was intriged with the characters and the story.
Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! My review: I loved this book! My attention was caught immediately from the first page and it kept my interest until the very last page!Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting spy thriller worthy of Daniel Silva! This is a wonderful spy thriller that kept me wondering all the way through whether or not justice would ever be served.Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment This spy story covers alot of ground and keeps the reader interested from the beginning. FBI Agent Bernstein must work within Britain's political limitations, struggle with his... Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! A Bodyguard of Lies is an exciting mystery thriller that makes you realize there are always two sides to a war. Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bodyguard of Lies This is a fast-paced read with lots of twists. An interesting modern view into the seemingly never-ending story of Nazi spies.Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars a Modern Who- Done It I recommend A Bodyguard of Lies to anyone who enjoys a modern "Who done it?" Anyone who enjoys Catherine Coulter's FBI series, will enjoy this read. Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! I just read this terrific spy thriller and found I couldn't put it down from page 1 to the last page of the book. Read more

 

Sonya's Midlife Crisis

Buy Now: Devine Destinies

When Sonya’s husband tells her he wants a divorce so that he can marry his pregnant girlfriend, she goes a little berserk! So, how does the worst day of her life turn out to be the best thing that ever happens to her? Forty-two-year-old Sonya learns it’s never too late to wake up and grow up!

 

Born to Sing 2: Scheming and Dreaming in Los Angeles

Buy Now: Devine Destinies | Kindle | All Romance eBooks

Tess MacIntosh is 29, a professional R&B singer in a nightclub in Los Angeles, owned by her fifty-something fiance, Porter Hunt. She's as cynical and as hardnosed as Porter, due to her own difficult childhood, and is marrying Porter for his money and connections. Porter, in turn, is one of those middle-aged men whose wealth and power in his little world make him feel invincible and entitled to any beautiful woman he wants.  Tess's good friend and once teenage crush, Aaron Peterson, a musician and composer with dreams of seeing one of his musical plays on Broadway, needs her to join him for a cruise gig.  He's loved Tess since he was nineteen and she was sixteen. He sees this cruise gig as his last chance to win her over before she takes a path in life that he's convinced will lead to misery. So which path will Tess choose?  Millions of dollars if she marries Porter? Or Aaron's love and Broadway dreams?

 

Born to Sing

Buy Now: Devine Destinies | Kindle | B&N

BORN TO SING is about the 25-year love story of two opera singers from opposite sides of the track. For them, their opera careers are their lives...but is it truly?  Does their love and passion for each other supercede even their careers?  Take a peek into the world of Grand Opera and see what it's really like--the sacrifices, the demands, the competition. Do two talented singers have to abandon true love in order to find the Holy Grail of opera, performing in the world's great opera houses?  Or does true love win out?  

Buy it now and transport yourself to the world of high-class entertainment!"

Read an Excerpt

The Long and the Short - Clean, meaty, and interesting. If you are interested in music or opera, give this a try. If you aren’t interested in this performing art, give it a read anyway; you’ll enjoy the story, too!

Romance Junkies Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5 - A compelling read, BORN TO SING is a delightfully emotion-packed women’s fiction novel, which will tug at your heartstrings. This story begins just after Eva has performed her very last opera after twenty-five years of performing. She has been called home for an emergency, but while waiting for her transportation to go home, she in interviewed by a young reporter. Eva relates her life story to her, trying to keep herself composed in the process. DJ had a recent cancer scare and has had his memoirs published. During the interview, Eva recites some of his story from her autographed copy. Deliciously infused with an intriguing plot, complex and compelling characters, family conflict, the competitive world of opera, sacrifices and tender romance, this story is one you will want to read more than once. Readers will find themselves laughing at times and near tears at other as they follow DJ and Eva’s story. A beautiful love story, BORN TO SING is one you do not want to miss. This is the first story I have read by this amazing author but I look forward to reading more of her works.

 

Operation Familia

chosen #1 on amazon.com's
"Best Chica Lit Books of All Time" list

BUY NOW: Floricanto Press | Amazon | B&N
ISBN: 978-0-915745-96-8

Operation Famiilia

When Dina Salazar learns that her Mexican-born grandmother has a shameful secret--a son Grandma Gomez had to abandon in Mexico sixty years before--she is reluctant at first to get involved. The uncle she has never known has died mysteriously--killed, her grandmother believes, by a rival in the Juarez drug cartel. And Abuelita’s granddaughter, Teresa--Dina’s Mexican cousin--is in danger and is on the run.

To Dina’s dismay, her grandmother urges HER to find out where her granddaughter and great grandson are seeking refuge. Her grandmother tells her that Dina is the only one that can rescue Teresa and her son, for Dina is the only one who speaks fluent Spanish.

What’s a girl to do when la familia calls?

 

 

Please check out my blog about LIES IN WAIT,  Book Two in the Jake Bernstein FBI mystery-thriller series. LIES IN WAIT, due to be released June 28th, turned out to be a prescient warning in light of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. Many of the government weaknesses revealed by Jake in this story, sadly, have proven to be true. Sleeper terrorist cells, coordinated or not, lie in wait to exploit our country's weaknesses. Jake does his best to infiltrate one of these cells to stop a horrific attack aimed at one of America's favorite pastimes.

Research Brings Knowledge

by Donna Del Oro

June 28 is an exciting day as it's the release ofLIES IN WAIT, Book Two in the Jake Bernstein FBI Mystery-Thriller series.

Writing this prescient story last year was a challenge. I read scores of books and articles about Islam, Muslims in America, the Qur’an, the history of Islam and the FBI’s undercover and intelligence strategies in counter-terrorism. I even learned some Arabic. What I learned, however, was both enlightening and chilling. If only Americans realized the dangers we all face… The FBI is aware of these dangers but often they are hamstrung by the very rights we all enjoy. 

My most interesting day of research was at a Silicon Valley mosque, the largest in Northern California. Our tour guide was a former engineer who has lived in this country for nearly forty years. I think moderate, peaceful Muslims want what all of us want, a world in which their children can thrive. On another level, there is a current of secrecy that many guard zealously. I won’t say anything more except that my eyes were opened to the strange (to me) world of Islam in America.

Here is a little from my soon to be released novel LIES IN WAIT

For love of country or love of a woman?

These are two of the choices FBI analyst/undercover specialist Jake Bernstein faces when he goes undercover for the Joint Counter Terrorism Center. His mission: Go to Silicon Valley and identify the masterminds behind what the JCTC chief believes is a coordinated terrorist plot that may involve five American cities. As a disaffected, biotech scientist, Jake is recruited and tested in a harsh, brutal way. But slowly, the pieces of a possible terrorist plot begin to emerge. Still, the entire puzzle eludes Jake. To stop the deaths of thousands of lives, he must gain access to the terrorist cell's inner circle and learn the details of their plot. 

For months, he doesn't break cover, all the while knowing that his lover, Meg Larsen, is living and studying in San Diego, an hour's flight away. He fears he'll lose her while waiting for his case to break open.

In his desire to see Meg, he breaks cover one time and flies to rendezvous with her in San Diego, unwittingly involving her in his case. To maintain his cover and prove his loyalty to radical Islam, however, he must pass the ultimate test of loyalty--kill Meg, the unclean infidel, with his own bare hands. If he cannot do this, the undercover operation will fail. 

As the cell lies in wait for the final, deadly call to action, Jake must make a fateful decision. Do his duty, expose the plot and save thousands of lives? Or save Meg? Of course, he must do his duty. But can he survive his attempt to do both?

Here is Book One in the Jake Bernstein FBI Mystery-Thriller series

Lady Justice has a long memory as FBI analyst Jake Bernstein investigates a suspected Nazi spy wanted for war crimes.

A BODYGUARD OF LIES is a riveting blend of romantic thriller, mystery and WWII espionage. A Jewish-American FBI analyst, Jake Bernstein, is recruited by MI-5 to go undercover and investigate a naturalized American grandmother. The elderly woman is suspected by MI-5 of being a notorious Nazi spy wanted for war crimes. Jake Bernstein runs into a series of complications: This spy knows a secret that could endanger the British royal family; his attraction to the old woman’s beautiful granddaughter; an Irish, neo-Nazi group tries to kill him; and all the while, a clever, cagey old woman stands in the way of justice.

 

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Read what inspired me to write about psychic gifts in THE DELPHI BLOODLINE. Go here Let me know what you think, at donna@donnadeloro.com

November 20, 2012 - Blog at Julie's Book Reviews

READ ABOUT MY PUBLISHER'S FASCINATING SUCCESS STORY!--Donna

Rosanna Leo's Room - May 27, 2012

 

DONNA DEL ORO TAKES A NEW DIRECTION AS AN AUTHOR OF SMART ROMANTIC THRILLERS!

The Romance Reviews is pleased to announce a review of THE DELPHI BLOODLINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Delphi Bloodline

Available Now

 

 

Coming May 25th: My New Romantic Thriller, THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, available at MusaPublishing.com, Amazon.com/Kindlebookstore, Nook, Apple iPad, iPhone

04.20.2012 Guest Blog with Sarah Ballance

 

A Bodyguard of Lies

COMING SOON:

A contemporary spy-mystery--A BODYGUARD OF LIES, the first in a series about FBI agent, Jake Bernstein, who goes undercover to catch a ruthless, dangerous spy with neo-Nazi links. Look for it here

My romantic thriller, A BODYGUARD OF LIES, received a great review from Celtic Lady's Reviews

Romance Junkies....awesome romantic suspense thriller that will have you turning the pages quickly to see what will happen next. Read the review

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Bodyguard of Lies !!!
Bodyguard of Lies by Donna Del Oro was a book that was hard to put down once I started reading it !! From the first chapter I was intriged with the characters and the story.
Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! My review: I loved this book! My attention was caught immediately from the first page and it kept my interest until the very last page!Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting spy thriller worthy of Daniel Silva! This is a wonderful spy thriller that kept me wondering all the way through whether or not justice would ever be served.Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment This spy story covers alot of ground and keeps the reader interested from the beginning. FBI Agent Bernstein must work within Britain's political limitations, struggle with his... Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! A Bodyguard of Lies is an exciting mystery thriller that makes you realize there are always two sides to a war. Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bodyguard of Lies This is a fast-paced read with lots of twists. An interesting modern view into the seemingly never-ending story of Nazi spies.Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars a Modern Who- Done It I recommend A Bodyguard of Lies to anyone who enjoys a modern "Who done it?" Anyone who enjoys Catherine Coulter's FBI series, will enjoy this read. Read more

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! I just read this terrific spy thriller and found I couldn't put it down from page 1 to the last page of the book. Read more

 

Sonya's Midlife Crisis

Buy Now: Devine Destinies

When Sonya’s husband tells her he wants a divorce so that he can marry his pregnant girlfriend, she goes a little berserk! So, how does the worst day of her life turn out to be the best thing that ever happens to her? Forty-two-year-old Sonya learns it’s never too late to wake up and grow up!

 

Born to Sing 2: Scheming and Dreaming in Los Angeles

Buy Now: Devine Destinies | Kindle | All Romance eBooks

Tess MacIntosh is 29, a professional R&B singer in a nightclub in Los Angeles, owned by her fifty-something fiance, Porter Hunt. She's as cynical and as hardnosed as Porter, due to her own difficult childhood, and is marrying Porter for his money and connections. Porter, in turn, is one of those middle-aged men whose wealth and power in his little world make him feel invincible and entitled to any beautiful woman he wants.  Tess's good friend and once teenage crush, Aaron Peterson, a musician and composer with dreams of seeing one of his musical plays on Broadway, needs her to join him for a cruise gig.  He's loved Tess since he was nineteen and she was sixteen. He sees this cruise gig as his last chance to win her over before she takes a path in life that he's convinced will lead to misery. So which path will Tess choose?  Millions of dollars if she marries Porter? Or Aaron's love and Broadway dreams?

 

Born to Sing

Buy Now: Devine Destinies | Kindle | B&N

BORN TO SING is about the 25-year love story of two opera singers from opposite sides of the track. For them, their opera careers are their lives...but is it truly?  Does their love and passion for each other supercede even their careers?  Take a peek into the world of Grand Opera and see what it's really like--the sacrifices, the demands, the competition. Do two talented singers have to abandon true love in order to find the Holy Grail of opera, performing in the world's great opera houses?  Or does true love win out?  

Buy it now and transport yourself to the world of high-class entertainment!"

Read an Excerpt

The Long and the Short - Clean, meaty, and interesting. If you are interested in music or opera, give this a try. If you aren’t interested in this performing art, give it a read anyway; you’ll enjoy the story, too!

Romance Junkies Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5 - A compelling read, BORN TO SING is a delightfully emotion-packed women’s fiction novel, which will tug at your heartstrings. This story begins just after Eva has performed her very last opera after twenty-five years of performing. She has been called home for an emergency, but while waiting for her transportation to go home, she in interviewed by a young reporter. Eva relates her life story to her, trying to keep herself composed in the process. DJ had a recent cancer scare and has had his memoirs published. During the interview, Eva recites some of his story from her autographed copy. Deliciously infused with an intriguing plot, complex and compelling characters, family conflict, the competitive world of opera, sacrifices and tender romance, this story is one you will want to read more than once. Readers will find themselves laughing at times and near tears at other as they follow DJ and Eva’s story. A beautiful love story, BORN TO SING is one you do not want to miss. This is the first story I have read by this amazing author but I look forward to reading more of her works.

 

Operation Familia

chosen #1 on amazon.com's
"Best Chica Lit Books of All Time" list

BUY NOW: Floricanto Press | Amazon | B&N
ISBN: 978-0-915745-96-8

Operation Famiilia

When Dina Salazar learns that her Mexican-born grandmother has a shameful secret--a son Grandma Gomez had to abandon in Mexico sixty years before--she is reluctant at first to get involved. The uncle she has never known has died mysteriously--killed, her grandmother believes, by a rival in the Juarez drug cartel. And Abuelita’s granddaughter, Teresa--Dina’s Mexican cousin--is in danger and is on the run.

To Dina’s dismay, her grandmother urges HER to find out where her granddaughter and great grandson are seeking refuge. Her grandmother tells her that Dina is the only one that can rescue Teresa and her son, for Dina is the only one who speaks fluent Spanish.

What’s a girl to do when la familia calls?

 

Currently working on revising three manuscripts:

—a love story about two opera singers who sacrifice love for the glamour and fame of the international opera world, then find each other again.

—a humorous women’s fiction story. How the worst day of Sonya’s life—when her husband demands a divorce so he can marry his pregnant girlfriend—eventually becomes the best thing that ever happens to her.

—A psychic thriller.  A bloodline of psychic women become the targets of ruthless kidnappers.  With the help of a handsome stranger, it takes all of Athena’s clairvoyant powers to discover the mastermind behind a rash of abductions.