A Spy Like Me celebration kicks off!

Welcome to the kick off of a terrific blog series to celebrate the release of my YA novel, A Spy Like Me!  **throws confetti**


And wow do we have an incredible line up of authors and bloggers in the next three weeks! Stick around and you’ll get tidbits of personal stories, behind the story stories, mystery writing tips – you name it.

Here’s how it will work. Almost every day there will be a guest post with a giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment and tweet using @laurapauling. If you tweet more than once or blog about this series then add another comment with the link. Let’s show these fantastic authors and bloggers our support!

On Saturday, at the end of each week, I’ll announce the winners. So you’ll have all week to promote and enter. Woo hoo!

I thought I’d start with an interview. Yeah, I interviewed myself. Okay?

Why did I choose to write about spies?

I’ve thought about this and to find the answer all I had to do was look back at my favorite books and movies in the last 20 years or longer.

  • 1. Count of Monte Cristo. Yes, a one thousand page book that I liked so much I’ve read it twice. The aspects of unfair imprisonment, betrayal, revenge, secret identities – all called to me.
  • 2. Until Tomorrow Comes by Sydney Sheldon. I’ve read this numerous times. A woman is unfairly imprisoned, escapes, and turns into a cat burglar.
  • 3. And, of course, Ally Carter’s Gallagher series and Heist books.

And for movies?

  • 1. Shining Through with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith: A woman because of her ability to speak German becomes a spy during WWII – and falls in love, of course. Loved it!
  • 2. True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story is about a wife learning her husband is really a spy and how she gets involved. Over the top, funny, serious – all at the same time.

So now you know why my tagline is Spies, Murder and Mystery.

Why did I wait so long to write a story about a spy?

Inspiration. I needed a different take. A unique angle. And I found that during Castle. Yes, Castle. In this one episode, the victim was involved in Spy Games. Bingo. I found a way for my main character to become an accidental spy. And then I set the story in Paris, France to add some flavor.

Anything else you want to know? Ask away in the comments.

Wait! What about the giveaway for today?

Here’s what Gemma Halliday, NYT best selling author of the Spying in High Heels series thought about A Spy Like Me.

“Move over Gallagher Girls – there’s a new spy in town! A Spy Like Me is a fast-paced, high energy ride through Paris that left me almost as breathless as Pauling’s hot hero. Super fun beginning, great story, and an ending that won’t disappoint.”

-Gemma Halliday – NYT best selling author of Spying in High Heels.

So I thought we’d give away her books today! Spying in High Heels, which I read and loved, you can download for free! At Amazon and Smashwords. And Gemma is also offering the ebook of Hollywood Scandals, the first book in a separate series, to one winner today. Thanks Gemma!

That wraps up day one. Tomorrow we’ll hear from Anne R. Allen and a little bit about The Gatsby Game and the Hollywood scandal that inspired it. Here’s a terrific review by Benoit Lelievre.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you tomorrow and the next day.

Don’t forget to enter to win Gemma’s book!




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36 Responses to A Spy Like Me celebration kicks off!

  1. Matthew MacNish May 7, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I used to love John Le Carre growing up, but then they made Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy into a movie, and I didn’t think it was all that great.

  2. Ansha Kotyk May 7, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Woo hoo!! What a way to start off you’re own spy games,a book giveaway! And I love your inspirations! I’m a huge fan of The Count, and I loved True Lies, Jamie Lee Curtis played the part so perfectly and her comedic timing was brilliant! Loved it! Happy Debut Day, Laura!!

  3. Sheri Larsen May 7, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    The Count of Monte Cristo rocks!! So happy for you, Laura! Congrats and much success!!

  4. Stina Lindenblatt May 7, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I love True Lies. I never grow bored of that movie.

    Congrats on your book release, Laura!

  5. Susan Kaye Quinn May 7, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Got Gemma’s book! And I loved True Lies as well. 😉 Congrats on your big day!!

  6. Natalie Aguirre May 7, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Congrats Laura! So excited for you! And that’s so fun that you got your story idea from Castle.

  7. Creepy Query Girl May 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Sounds like a jam-packed loads of fun schedule! Congrats Laura!

  8. Leah May 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Congrats!ordered my copy 🙂

  9. shelley moore thomas May 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I loved the Count of Monte Cristo, too!!

    I Love hearing what inspires a story–great post.

    And congratulations on the blurb!

  10. Juliana Haygert May 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura!
    I’ll feature your book release on my blog tomorrow!

  11. Talli Roland May 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    What a great quote from Gemma! Massive congrats, Laura.

  12. Wendy Paine Miller May 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Congratulations Laura! Been thinking about you on this road!
    ~ Wendy

  13. Leigh Moore May 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    woo hoo!!! How exciting–here you geaux! :o) <3 And I have to say, I read that first Gallager Girls story, and I agree w/Gemma. Oh, and I loved Shining Through, too! Yay! :o) <3

  14. Janet Johnson May 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Congratulations Laura! Your book sounds awesome.

    And Amen about The Count of Monte Cristo. Awesome book!

  15. Patti Nielson May 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I loved the count of Monte Cristo and everything Sidney Sheldon. So excited for your release today. Your book was/is awesome.

  16. Angela Ackerman May 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Just popping in with a big virtual hug and congrats! Enjoy the day, Laura! 🙂


  17. Anna Staniszewski May 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Congrats, Laura! I just got my copy–can’t wait to dive in! Btw, I love how you’ve “spyified” your website. 🙂

  18. Elle Strauss May 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I love Castle, and I love your book! Congrats on your release!!

  19. Barbara Watson May 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Awesome kick-off and the best to you with your book, Laura!

  20. Lisa Green May 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I love all that stuff, it’s true. Anything with a puzzle. Even in fantasy and sci-fi I want a bit of mystery added in. Congrats, Laura!!! I couldn’t wait to post today. 😀

  21. Lydia K May 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    All great reasons to write a spy novel! Mystery is always a good thing, IMO. 🙂

  22. Shannon O'Donnell May 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    H-U-G-E congrats, Laura! I’ve heard such amazing things about your book. I already have my copy and can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  23. Jenny Lundquist May 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Congratulations Laura!!! What a great blurb!!

  24. Jennifer Hoffine May 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    YAY!!! Happy Release DAy!!!

  25. Kristine May 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Good luck, Laura! And super duper congrats–I love the book and I know others will as well!

  26. ~Sia McKye~ May 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh, Congratulations, Laura!!! Sounds like a fun book. I loved True Lies and yes I read, numerous times, the first two on your list.

    I’ll have to go over to Amazon and get Gemma’s book.

  27. Jemi Fraser May 8, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    I loved the Count of MC as a kid – I’d forgotten all about that one!

    What a great blurb from Gemma – love it!! 🙂

  28. Karen Lange May 8, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Congratulations Laura! Very excited for you! 🙂

  29. Karen Strong May 8, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    OMG. I loved UNTIL TOMORROW COMES. I need to see if I still have this paperback! 🙂

    Looking forward to your guest posts and giveaways.

  30. Amy S. May 8, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    I just finished Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter this evening! I enjoyed the light, easy read. I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I just love Spy books, movies, and TV shows. My all-time favorite TV show ever is Alias. Thanks for the chance to win. I just downloaded Spying in High Heels from Smashwords. I’m glad I found your blog through Day Dreamer. Congrats on the good reviews for your book!
    amy dot swihart at gmail dot com

  31. Kelly Polark May 8, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    I knew TV was okay for inspiration!

    Congrats, Laura!!!

  32. Anne R. Allen May 8, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Congrats on your launch. LOVED Until Tomorrow Comes. I wanted to be a cat burglar when I grew up. (Luckily I never grew up!) Your spy novel is such an exciting page turner. I agree with Gemma about the exciting opener.

    I love Gemma’s books, too. Chick lit mysteries and thrillers are my favorite relaxation books. Just downloaded Spying in High Heels and glad to be in the running for her Hollywood scandal book, especially since my “Gatsby Game” is a Hollywood scandal story too.

    See you all tomorrow!

  33. Leslie Rose May 8, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 is my hero. Love a spy story with wit. Yours sounds like it fills the bill. Congrats on your launch.


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