"Compelling, chilling, captivating story [...] This book grabbed me in the beginning and kept my interest till the very end. It made me think and feel and care as it presented a story that wasn’t always easy to read but could not be put down." Cathy Geha, Goodreads
Published: January 22nd, 2020
International travel means international danger.
Lacey Devaine is a four-year veteran of a spy ring which fronts as an exclusive escort service, Miss Belle's Travel Guides. Maintaining her cover is Lacey's number one priority to protect the integrity of the operation she works for.
While on assignment in Tokyo, a nosy newspaper reporter threatens to blow the lid off a scandal that will put dozens of innocent lives at risk. To protect her cover, Miss Belle is called in to act on intelligence Lacey has uncovered.
Can these beautiful, intelligent, and deadly women complete this assignment in time and emerge unscathed? Or will this mission be their last?
The biggest don’t have this and the biggest must-have this, in a mystery story…
The best spy novels I’ve read have one thing in common. They don’t have easy answers. That sounds simple, but one of my biggest pet peeves in books and on screen, is when there is clearly an easier choice for the character, but they chose the harder road so the story will go on. It doesn’t make sense. And it bugs the crap out of me. That being said, it’s harder than it looks. Lacey Goes to Tokyo went through several different moments of someone asking me why Lacey or Miss Belle didn’t just do this or that to get out of a jam. It took plot revisions, story arc changes, introducing new characters and nixing others, to have my characters’ choices make sense.
Most really successful mystery and spy stories have fantastic characters. I’d say all, but I’ve read my share of stories where the characters are so-so, but the plot kept me going. I think it’s a trap many writers can fall into, letting the plot run the show. There are plenty of stories where this works, to be sure, but in my opinion, without characters that really speak to the audience, there isn’t going to be much of an audience.
Plotting Lacey Goes to Tokyo, and the next few stories in the series, was fun, challenging, and thought-provoking. But writing the characters is what I really love. Showing Lacey’s development in this book with just enough of her past to give the reader a really clear idea of what she struggles with, was a puzzle I greatly enjoyed putting together. Letting Miss Belle show her dark side, and exploring what it will mean for her psyche and her relationships in the next few books, is an arch I’m extremely excited to continue writing.
About the author:
I was born and raised in a small town in Northern California. Growing up in a college town meant I experienced a wide variety of people and opinions. I like to think my stories reflect the vast differences in the people I've met. I love to travel. I want to explore the world around me while writing about the worlds in my mind.
I grew up with a steady diet of wonderful stories set in amazing worlds. I've read almost every series Tamora Pierce has written, and I am a crazy fan of the Hunger Games series. My nerdiness also encompasses the Harry Potter series, LOTR, and (to an extent) the worlds of superheros. Though, my husband is really head of DC knowledge in the household. He is also the most amazing source of support I could hope for.
I'm 26 now. My daughter just turned one. She is already so smart, curious, and beautiful. I want the female characters in my writing to be inspiring, not just for her, but for all the little girls who grow up reading.