Release of A SPY UNMASKED and the things I’m thankful for

Today is the release day for my historical romance, A Spy Unmasked. It’s the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service Series about sexy spies and the feisty, independent women who capture their hearts. At The Spy’s Pleasure will be released in April 2015. It’s always an exciting time when an author has a new release. But instead of blogging about spies in the Regency period, I want to write about all the things I’m truly grateful for.

A Spy Unmasked Cover - Tina Gabrielle

My Writing Organizations

I can easily say I wouldn’t be published if it wasn’t for Romance Writer’s of America and my local NJ Romance Writer’s Chapter. I believe I was born a writer, and I fondly remember writing my first book when I was sixteen. Needless to say, it was not publishable and it sits in the back of my file cabinet. But these two organizations taught me how to write professional, commercial fiction. A huge difference for me. They also taught me about the business side of being an author. I still religiously attend workshops with my notepad. It’s an ongoing learning process. I’ve also met my closest friends—including my fellow Femmes—writers that aren’t scared when I say “I hear my character’s voices in my head.” And the conferences that NJRW and RWA held are where I met my agent and editors.

The Readers

Where would any author be without the readers? I cherish each one. I’m also thankful for reviews. I value the time readers spend writing them.

My Critique Partners

I’ve had several critique partners over the years. All of them have helped make my books shine. I think of finding a good critique partner like dating. You have to find the right match for you. I’ve been lucky and will always be grateful.


I never thought I’d say this, but I’m grateful for volunteering. I’m on the NJ Romance Writer’s board as the hospitality chair, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. At meetings I hand out milk chocolate kisses for authors who are brave enough to submit their work and white chocolate hugs for authors who received rejections (a regular part of being a writer). I enjoy handing out flowers to celebrate each member’s good news. I also volunteer and run a monthly critique group at my local library. Every month aspiring writers get together in the library and read their work. I organize the dates and times with the library, and even though I don’t always get time to read my own work, I’m thankful for the group. Many people have helped me on the way to publication and I feel a deep sense of satisfaction helping others now.

Family Support

I know of writers who gave up on their dreams because they didn’t have family support. Many of us have kids, day jobs, and/or elderly parents, and we all need a support system. I’m thankful for mine.

James Bond

Ok, I have to say I’m thankful for Ian Fleming. In A Spy Unmasked,  my hero, Robert Ware is a safecracker and an expert in the fine art of finessing open safes. He’s also a master spy for the Crown. I grew up watching the Bond flicks and I love them still. Spies are mysterious and dangerous. They often have close calls but somehow they always end up escaping unscathed. And when the intrigue surrounding the spying is interwoven with the romance, the result is a sizzling read. So who’s my favorite Bond actor?

Daniel Craig in swim suit


I can’t depart without some type of shameless promotion for A Spy Unmasked. I’m offering a prize of a new Kindle Fire HD6 to a winner who reads the book and leaves an honest review at Amazon. I’ll pick one winner on Sunday November 16, 2014, from all the reviews posted. See my website for details!  Here’s a quick blurb of the book:

London 1820

The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.

 So what are you most thankful for? And who’s your favorite James Bond actor? I’d love to hear your views, so please share!

Tina Gabrielle


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  1. Hi Tina!!! Congrats on the release and can I say I’m loving it!

    What I’m thankful for is everything. Family, friends, clean water, enough food to eat, a home…. Lots of things. And of course my authors for keeping me up at night and reading.

    As for a James Bond actor, for me it’s Pierce Brosnan. He is just a hunk!

    *not in for the gift*

  2. Reblogged this on doingsomereading and commented:
    It’s Release Day and Tina is sharing what she’s thankful for at the Violet Femmes~

  3. Thanks so much Ki! It’s good to think about all we have to be thankful for. As for the Bond actors, I love Pierce Brosnan too.

  4. Jaye Marie Rome

     /  November 10, 2014

    Hi, Tina,
    Happy Book Birthday! Yea!

    First of all, I have to agree. I am so thankful for all the Femmes who support me and push me when I need pushing. Not only are you a rocking group of women, but you offer the best critiques.

    I’m not a big James Bond fan, but the actors…well, I think Pierce Brosnan is probably my favorite, too, although I like Daniel Craig also.

    I can’t wait to read your book!

  5. Happy Release Day, Tina! I loved A Spy Unmasked. Wishing you all the best with this release.

  6. JB Schroeder

     /  November 10, 2014

    Tina–perfect time of year to remember what we are thankful for. I have much the same list, but will add the blessing of decent health for me and mine. Your new release sounds fabulous! Congrats and good luck!

  7. RoseAnn DeFranco

     /  November 10, 2014

    Hi Tina! Happy Release Day! I’m thankful for many of the same things on your list. I’m also thankful for the EYE CANDY you brought to the Femmes this morning in the form of Daniel Craig. Yum!

    Your story sounds very intriguing and sexy. I can’t wait to read it. I’m hopping over to Amazon right now to do just that.

    • Thanks so much RoseAnn! I hope you like the book. Daniel Craig is sexy and a great actor. I like Casino Royale the best of all the Bond movies.

  8. Congratulations on the release, Tina! I can’t wait to read A Spy Unmasked. I love James Bond movies. And like Ki, my favorite is Pierce Brosnan. I, too, am thankful for all the wonderful writers I’ve met over the years, including all of you!

  9. Congrats on the release! And I can say, yes, I am thankful for Daniel Craig, too.

  10. Diana Quincy

     /  December 1, 2014

    Congratulations on the release! I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed A SPY UNMASKED. The romance was both hot and sweet and the mystery was intriguing and very original!

  11. blcbaker

     /  April 18, 2015

    Help! I am looking for Bret’s and Anthony’s stories from the Barresters series where can I find them or they in the spy series? I am left hanging on a great series.


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