A Bodyguard of Lies Reviews
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4.5 Stars out of 5!
Read the great review LASR gave Book One in my FBI romantic-suspense series, A BODYGUARD OF LIES!"
WHERE DANGER LIES
Book 3, the FBI romantic suspense series by award-winning author Donna Del Oro
Two vicious crimes against women prove to FBI Agent Jake Bernstein that even in beautiful San Diego, you never know WHERE DANGER LIES.
Based on actual events, two cases prove that truth is indeed stranger than fiction as FBI Special Agent Jake Bernstein is pulled into two apparently unrelated cases while he’s on medical leave in San Diego. A female officer assigned to Naval Base Coronado is killed and a Muslim mother is viciously beaten and left for dead. Jake suspects something else is at work, two evils overlapping as two different worlds violently collide.
Meg Larsen accepts that Jake has a dangerous job, and is proud of his role in thwarting terrorists. She’s willing to aid him in his investigations but is not so accepting of his refusal to commit to her and give her a reason to alter her own career plans.
Even as Jake arrives at a crossroads in his relationship with Meg, he must stay alert and keep both of them safe. Although San Diego is sunny and picture-perfect, you never know…
WHERE DANGER LIES.
Rocklin's Blacktop Comedy Club launched a Lit Up night with the first page from my novel, ATHENA'S SECRETS, a romantic suspense about clairvoyant artist, Athena Butler, and her troubles and challenges. The first page focused on her clairvoyance powers erupting when she was nine years old, causing her to freak out in the midst of her little friends. The six comedians used that as a prompt and took creative leaps from there. Their routine was hilarious!
Lit Up was a unique way to promote reading and books, and everyone at the club enjoyed their routine, including me.
You can find my romantic suspense books at the Wild Rose Press
"The exciting sequel to A BODYGUARD OF LIES by award-winning author, Donna Del Oro! Coming from The Wild Rose Press--Fall, 2016!
FBI agent Jake Bernstein's undercover mission in Silicon Valley is aimed at identifying and eliminating a coordinated terrorist plot that may involve five U.S. cities. Posing as a disaffected biotech scientist, Jake is recruited and tested in a harsh, brutal way. To prove his loyalty to radical Islam, he must first pass the ultimate test of total obedience.
It is a task pitting him against his lover, Meg Larsen, and is so despicable and shocking, Jake doubts he can follow through with it. But if he cannot do this, the undercover operation will fail. Thousands of lives are at stake!Jake must make a fateful choice. Do his duty and stop the terrorist plot? Or save the woman he loves?"
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.
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. 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. 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! Click here to learn more
At our RWA chapter meeting (our guest speaker, Patricia Nelson, a literary agent with Marsal Lyons Lit.Agency), Lara Van Hulzen and I signed and sold our latest novels. Lara writes Christian-based romances and I was featuring my newest release, Book One in The Delphi Bloodline series, ATHENA'S SECRETS--a romantic suspense with a clairvoyant-artist heroine. Set in Washington, D.C. Available on The Wild Rose Press website, Amazon/Kindle/Nook/Apple in print and eBook.
What if you could read minds
with just a touch?
Would you be able to trust anyone?
Athena Butler, the twenty-year-old
descendant of an ancient bloodline of
psychics, yearns to lead a normal life.
She wants a career, a boyfriend,
independence. Her clairvoyant gift,
however, has taught her that people
can be false and dangerous. Although
warned to keep her powers a secret,
she's recruited by law enforcement to
help search for a serial killer and
uncover a terrorist cell.
Can Athena stay alive long enough
to fulfill her dream?
“…cuts romance with the razored-edge
suspense of a great thriller…”
--James Rollins, NYTimes bestselling
“"In ATHENA'S SECRETS, a young woman just coming into her ESP powers is intriguing. Add in threats to her family and a blossoming love interest and you have a fascinating, fast-paced read."--Dee Brice, Author of It Takes a Thief.
ATHENA'S SECRETS HAS A RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 16th, 2015! Soon available in ebook/print on Amazon.com/TheWildRosePress.com/Kindle/Nook.
ON AUGUST 27TH, 2015 AT THE INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARD CEREMONY, MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO--Born To Sing won Second Place for BEST ROMANCE novel! Celebrity author Victor Villasenor and I congratulate each other!
"MASTERY OF MYSTERY: Donna Del Oro"--Granite Bay View newspaper
Award-winning author of three riveting series:
BORN TO SING, a romance series about professional singers, their careers and love lives
The JAKE BERNSTEIN FBI ROMANTIC THRILLER SERIES
THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, about a long bloodline of psychic women featuring artist Athena Butler
ONE OF MY THREE PUBLISHERS, MUSA PUBLISHING, HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS AS OF MARCH 1, 2015. WHICH FORTUNATELY HAS OPENED ANOTHER LARGER AND BETTER DOOR--THE WILD ROSE PRESS, NAMED BY PREDITORS AND EDITORS AS BEST PUBLISHER FOR SIX YEARS IN A ROW!
THE WILD ROSE PRESS WILL BE PUBLISHING MY SMART ROMANTIC THRILLER SERIES, THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, ABOUT AN ANCIENT BLOODLINE OF PSYCHIC WOMEN WHOSE PRESENT-DAY HEROINE IS CLAIRVOYANT ATHENA BUTLER.
ATHENA'S SECRETS WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR, 2015 OR EARLY 2016!!!
ALSO, MY FBI SERIES STARRING SPECIAL AGENT JAKE BERNSTEIN (A BODYGUARD OF LIES, LIES IN WAIT, WHERE DANGER LIES) WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE WILD ROSE PRESS--RELEASE TO BE DETERMINED!
I'LL KEEP YOU ABREAST OF MY NEW PUBLISHER AND THE RELEASE DATES!
Lots going on lately. Just got word that my romance novel, BORN TO SING, won the International Latino Books Award for Finalist in the Best Romance category, 2015--available on Amazon.com in print/ebook form, published by Devine Destinies and available on their website as well. First and Second Place Awards will be presented at the American Librarians Convention in San Francisco on June 27th.
At the Capitol Crimes Workshop on April 18th, I had a chat with one of my favorite thriller authors, James Rollins, and a new author on the crime scene, retired FBI Special Agent George Fong. Jim is a thoroughly entertaining speaker and Mr. Fong is a treasure trove of information about the FBI. Both have new books out and are on the promotion circuit.
MUSA PUBLISHING CLOSED ITS DOORS ON FEB. 28, 2015. THE JAKE BERNSTEIN FBI SERIES IS LOOKING FOR A NEW PUBLISHING HOME. WILL KEEP YOU LOYAL READERS POSTED!
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UPCOMING PUBLIC APPEARANCES BY AUTHOR DONNA DEL ORO:
April 18th- Capitol Crimes Workshop/Book Signings and Sales
April 26th-Placerville Shakespeare's Book Club (see flyer)
April 30th- Sweet Adelines Regional Competition, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno
June 9th- Citrus Heights Ya Ya Red Hatters presents
"WOMEN OF MYSTERY"-featuring authors from the Sac chapter of Sisters in Crime, 10-4, $15 includes luncheon, book signing and more!
Crossroads Community Center, Citrus Heights
Registration is required. Contact Jackie at (916) 207-9691
Donna's PUBLIC APPEARANCES:
April 12, Local Authors' Book Fair, Sacramento Public Library, 1 PM.
April 26, 2015--the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 12 Noon--Panel Presentation followed by book signing/selling.
NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AT AMAZON AND EXTASY.COM/ DEVINEDESTINIES/MAINSTREAM--BOOKS ONE and TWO in my BORN TO SING series, the riveting, sexy series about professional singers, their careers and love lives!"
Book Two in the BORN TO SING series, a series about professional singers and their love lives! In ebook and print versions, www.extasy.com /DevineDestinies/ Mainstream and at Amazon.com/ Kindle/Nook/Apple Readers.
"Coming soon! Print copies of BORN TO SING, the first exciting contemporary romance in my "Born To Sing" series about professional singers and their love lives. Go to www.extasy.com and click on their Mainstream imprint. Also available on Amazon/Kindle/Nook/Apple."
"Hi everyone and Happy Birthday, Musa Publishing! I've been with Musa since the very beginning. Three of my smart, romantic thrillers have been published by Musa and a fourth one is on the way! Book Three in my FBI Thriller series is titled WHERE DANGER LIES. And speaking of titles, I'd like all of you visitors to my website to enter my "Name a New Title Challenge". My three FBI books have the word "LIES" in their titles. I'm needing a new title with the word "LIES" in it to get me inspired. Post your title idea here and email me: email@example.com.
Three of you will win a free ebook or print copy (whichever you like), the first in the series, A BODYGUARD OF LIES or THE DELPHI BLOODLINE (from a new series involving a clairvoyant young adult who's recruited by the police to help solve crimes). Help me out with my "Name a New Title Challenge", will ya please?"
April 11-12, 2015, BookFestSolano in Vacaville. And June, 2015-The Red Hatters of Citrus Heights panel presentation of Sacramento's Sisters in Crime chapter, Capitol Crimes.
Wed. Oct. 8, Foothill Community Center "Women of Mystery", sponsored by the Citrus Heights Women's Club. Panel presentation of mystery/thriller/suspense authors followed by book signing/selling.
Sat. & Sunday, Oct. 25 & 26--the California Capitol Book Festival
I'll be there in the mornings during that weekend. Drop by and say hello!
April 26, 2015--the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 12 Noon--Panel Presentation followed by book signing/selling.
"I'm so excited! My 8th novel, WHERE DANGER LIES, is coming out September, 2014.
Book Three of my FBI romantic-suspense series features Special Agent Jake Bernstein and his girlfriend, Meg Larson, getting involved in two seemingly unrelated cases. Are these two women-a murdered Navy lieutenant and a battered Muslim mother-victims of hate crimes? On the surface, it appears so. But Jake and Meg uncover two evil plots at work that strangely intersect. These two plots involved military espionage, a terrorist cell and murder. For even in lovely San Diego, you never know...WHERE DANGER LIES. Available Sept. 12th on Amazon, Musa Publishing, Kindle, Nook, Apple."
Coming Sept. 5th! Book Three in the riveting Jake Bernstein FBI Mystery-Thriller Series: WHERE DANGER LIES
My 8th novel and Book 3 in the Jake Bernstein FBI romantic suspense-thriller series, WHERE DANGER LIES, is featured on Manic Readers. Click on the following link
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 entered in the 2014 Rita Awards 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!
August 14, 2013 - 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
|New Release! June 28th, Book Two of the Jake Bernstein FBI mystery-thriller series-- LIES IN WAIT."
June 30, 2013 - Read my blog on Musa Publishing (scroll down to Donna's blog post) Research is Knowledge--Scary Knowledge!
March 2, 2013 - Read what inspired me to write about psychic gifts in THE DELPHI BLOODLINE. Go here Let me know what you think, at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 10 - The Market Place in Folsom
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November 20, 2012 - Blog at Julie's Book Reviews
READ ABOUT MY PUBLISHER'S FASCINATING SUCCESS STORY!--Donna
The Romance Reviews is pleased to announce a review of THE DELPHI BLOODLINE
October 1, 2012 Science Fiction Thriller Blog
October 6, 2012 Just Romantic Suspense Blog
October 10, 2012 Genre Wench
October 12, 2012 RomCon-Prize is A Body Guard of Lies
October 15, 2012 HeartFelt Promos In the Hot Seat
October 16, 2012 Danica Winters Blog
October 18, 2012 Tweedling
October 26, 2012 Nina’s Reading and Reviewing Blog
November 5, 2012 SJ Clarke Blog
November 10, 2012 Rhonda Jackson Joseph
10.01-07.2012 Blog Hop
09.05.2012 - Musa Publishing
05.27.2012 - Rosanna Leo's Room
09.09.12 Making Light of Serious Stuff - As posted on RomanceJunkies.com
04.20.2012 Guest Blog with Sarah Ballance
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Fallen Angel Reviews
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News & Updates
Coming May 25th: My New Romantic Thriller, THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, available at MusaPublishing.com, Amazon.com/Kindlebookstore, Nook, Apple iPad, iPhone
A BODYGUARD OF LIES (release: January 13th)
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.
Coming in 2012: More books by Donna Del Oro
Jan. 13: A BODYGUARD OF LIES, a spy-mystery ***FBI analyst Jake Bernstein goes undercover to investigate an elderly, naturalized American grandmother suspected of WW II war crimes. Musa Publishing
March 15: SONYA’S MIDLIFE CRISIS
*** A humorous tale about how the worst day in a woman’s life can become the best thing that ever happens to her. Devine Destinies
May 25: THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, a romantic thriller
*** An ancient bloodline of psychic women is threatened when a high-tech tycoon seeks to exploit them for his global spy network. Musa Publishing
June TBA: BORN TO SING 3: ALIVE IN NEW YORK CITY
*** Talented L.A. composer Aaron Peterson takes his musical play to Broadway, only to see it highjacked by big-shot producers and a ruthless primadonna. Devine Destinies
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Amazon US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy
On Amazon: The list author says: "Here is my list of the Best Chica Lit Books of all time by smart and funny Latinas"
1. Operation Familia by Donna Del Oro
The list author says:
"Humor, drama, and adventure all rolled into one hot novel with a spicy Latina heroine"
A romantic comedy-SONYA'S MIDLIFE CRISIS, the story of a midlife crisis and the woman who needed it. Look for it here
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
I just signed the contract for my romantic spy-mystery, A BODYGUARD OF LIES, with Musa Publishing. I love spy mysteries and thrillers (Have you seen the film, THE DEBT?) and have always wanted to write one. This is it! This contemporary story features a Jewish-American FBI agent, Jacob Bernstein, who goes undercover to investigate an American grandmother. She may or may not be a notorious Nazi spy that caused the deaths of thousands during WW II. I did a lot of research into the FBI and MI5, as well as on-site research in Ireland and Germany.
This book may develop into a series with "Lies" as the catch-phrase and Jake Bernstein (named after my grandson and stepfather)as our hero. He's a wonderful hero and I guess I'll follow him wherever he takes me.
This brand-new ebook/print publisher, Musa Publishing, feature high-quality fiction from international authors. Check them out.
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?
BORN TO SING is now available through www.devinedestinies.com! Buy it now and transport yourself to the world of high-class entertainment!"
The Latino Book and Family Festival, Cal State U, Los Angeles
--October 9-10, 2010
I received a Second Place Award for my book, OPERATION FAMILIA, in the Romantic Comedy category of the Latino Books into Movies Awards, presented by actor Edward James Olmos, founder of Latino Literacy Now. I was honored and thrilled! In the photo are the other winners of the eight categories, ranging from mystery-suspense to children's illustrated book to romantic comedy. Mr. Olmos began this awards contest; 2010 was the first year that these awards have been presented. Judges included agents, screenwriters, directors and producers from the Hollywood film industry. One of the award-winning books has already been optioned for a movie.
It's gratifying to be validated in this way.
An Evening with the Authors
the Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2010
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INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES
03.16.2010 Interview by author Sandra Lopez
01.26.2010 Interviewed by author Loucinda McGary
09.2009 Interviewed by author Sandra Lopez
04.09.09 My interview with Sandra Lopez
Check out author Sandra Lopez' spotlight of my novel, OPERATION FAMILIA, on her online book club website: www.sandra-lopez.info
07.08.08 - Our Globus Tour of Switzerland
s05.07.08 - Latina Author, Donna del Oro, Supports Scholarships for Latina College Students at University of California, Davis
Hispanic PR Wire
The Sierra Belles, a double quartet from the Sierra Gold Chorus, visited my booksigning at the Galleria in Roseville on Feb. 12, 2011, and gave me a singing Valentine. They're a wonderful "Sweet Adelines" chorus with beautiful harmony, happy faces and great costumes. They attracted quite a crowd, including a cute little girl named Sienna. Thank you, Sierra Belles!
The Sierra Belles, a double quartet from the Sierra Gold Chorus, showed up at my Feb. 12th booksigning to give me a singing Valentine. Don't they look great in their sparkly costumes? And they sing like angels, too!
Hawaii Trip 2010
My sisters, daughter, niece and I took Grandma Tillie to Hawaii for a week-long cruise. 3 1/2 generations of family females had fun in the sun and surf, and visited the four biggest islands. We hope to make this "women's only" outing a new tradition every year!
We took Marylou's Guided Tours in Hilo, Hawaii. Marylou did a great job showing us around her adopted hometown. The parks were teeming with sea turtles and black lava-sand beaches, the waterfalls were lovely, and she showed us a part of Hilo that many tourists never get to see. Then it was back to our ship! Mahalo, Marylou! We won't forget you!
July 2008 booksigning
"Getting support and help from my daughter, Leigh, and fellow authors, Loucinda McGary and Brenda Novak, make venturing into this writing business all the more worthwhile. Thanks, Leigh, Cindy and Brenda!"
May 2008 Venice
A fantastic Mediterranean cruise with my Silicon Valley cousins, Linda and Frank Rodriguez, my sister Gloria, and my husband Joe begins with an equally fantastic meal along a side canal in Venice. It doesn't get any better than this.
Stay tuned for more updates! Thanks for visiting.