Thursday, March 12, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: A No Good Itch by S.D. Skye

We are excited at The Library to have had the chance to review this book by SD Skye. It was sent to us as part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 + $25 Kindle GC (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Read the Blurb


The FBI and Italian Mafia make strange bedfellows when a vicious Russian Organized crime figure, operating at the behest of Russian Intelligence, lands in The Big Apple. The Russian intelligence hench-man, infamously known as Mashkov, avenges the death of slain a Russian sleeper agent and accidentally hits the son of an Italian crime boss, sending J.J. and Task Force Phantom Hunter to the streets of New York. They are stepping into a possible war between Russian and Italian organized crime factions, while trying to dismantle the financial hub of the most insidious Russian illegals network in U.S. History.

Meanwhile, CIA Case Officer Grayson “Six” Chance is in Moscow trying to capture a fugitive American who has stolen White House intelligence and is planning to pass it to the Russians—putting Six in a moral dilemma he may not be prepared to handle.

And when J.J. finally learns the truth surrounding her mother's death in the line of duty, her life may never be the same.

If you enjoy this book, you will love Book 1--The Seven Year Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel) and Book 2 -- Son of a Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel).

Read the Review

This book is the third installment of S.D. Skye's J.J. McCall series. J.J. is an FBI agent with a unique gift/curse... when she hears a lie, she itches. The series is a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes struggles and back-biting in the different Federal (and international) intelligence and espionage agencies. You can really tell this author knows her stuff!

There's action, romance, and non-stop thrills as J.J. and Tony continue unraveling the problems they discovered in the earlier books. Six comes back for his own set of issues to resolve. And...there's a cliffhanger at the end that left this author anxious to read the next installment in this series. Can hardly wait until December!

Ms. Skye does a wonderful job with the character development--they all really come to life! Not only do you get the excitement of a spy thriller, there's the opportunity to watch the characters grow and evolve. I would love to see this series picked up for TV. It would be an awesome action-adventure television series.

4 stars

Read an Excerpt

The Sheriffs walked J.J. and Tony through a series of security doors until they reached the interrogation room. They left their overcoats with their escorts and tugged their suit jackets straight before entering. The sight of Kendell Phillips’ murderer shrouded in orange and shackled at the hands and feet gave J.J. a burst of pleasure she hadn’t felt since her early morning romp with Tony. A reddish blue bruise circled his eye and spread to the cap of his jaw. His gaze disintegrated under the weight of her glare and fell to his twiddling thumbs. She prepared to speak when an overwhelming scent jarred her senses—the smell of contemptible swine.

“My, my, my,” J.J. said to Maddix. “What an ugly fall from grace. Too bad they don’t make an Armani perp suit. You used to wear him so well.”

Positioned across from Maddix, Tony scanned the rat’s face and looked at him with a pained expression. “Rough night, eh? Did they forget to put you in solitary? Looks like you’ve been mingling with the locals.”

“Nothing I can’t handle,” he said with a shrug. Then he leaned back, spread his knees wide, and placed his hands in his lap. “So, this is the reason you came all the way to Shangri-La? To gloat?”

J.J. savored his misery and then vexed him with a tight smile. “We’re here to discuss your comrade in arms, Hawk—Gary Mosin.”

“Newsflash, doll.” Maddix forced out a grating laugh, overplaying his weak position just a smidge. “You get nothing from me, not without a deal. I want immunity.”

“Immunity?” J.J. blinked in rapid motion.

“Listen, you ain’t gotta make this difficult. We didn’t come here to pick a fight. Give us the information we need, and you can go back to counting the tiles on the ceiling . . . or whatever it is you do on the inside.” Tony contrived a calm demeanor as he reached into his pant pocket and pulled out a pack of Marlboro 100s and a book of matches. He slid them to the middle of the table until they stopped beside a plastic ashtray. “Our treat. Enjoy. But if you choose to stay on the difficult route, we can reverse course any time.”

Maddix cupped his hands and with no show of gratitude, pulled the offerings to the table’s edge, his shackles jangling with his every move. He folded back the foil on the corner of the pack and knocked the open end against his wrist until a cigarette emerged. Then his brow drew together, furrowed in confusion. “You don’t have a clue, do you?” His gaze ping-ponged between J.J. and Tony before he shook his head. “That’s why you’re here. You don’t know!”

Meet the Author

S.D. Skye is a former FBI Counterintelligence Analyst in the Russia program and supported cases during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and two of the Bureau's own—FBI Agents Earl Pitts and Robert Hansen. She has spent 20 years in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Skye is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.

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  1. This was a fabulous excerpt. What a great series. Are you planning writing many more books in this series>

    1. Thank you! At least 2 more books, probably more! I love these characters. The original plan for 5 books no longer feels like enough.

  2. What's the author dream cast if the book were to made into a movie?

    1. Hi Mai T! Funny you should ask! I did a guest post about this very issue THIS week on another tour stop! It starts with Henry Cavill as Tony Donato and only gets better from there. Stop by and check it out. www.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting and to everyone for stopping by! I will respond separately to comments. Please don't forget to enter to win the prizes!

  4. Thank you so much Librarian Judith taking time to read and review! :) So. awesome.

  5. Loved the excerpt. What is your favorite genre to read? Entering under the name of Virginia.

  6. Hi Virginia! Lately I've been reading more non-fiction. Usually, I'm a romantic comedy/category romance girl. I tend not to read spy fiction and thrillers because they lose me quickly when they become to unbelievable...not that they are poorly written. It's just my experience is a hindrance to my imagination. :)

  7. Enjoyed reading the review today. Since I haven't read any of the books in this series, is it necessary to begin at the beginning or can one jump into this book and get the point of the characters, etc? How closely intermingled, if at all, are the books in the series?

  8. Hi Karen. No. Each book starts with a different case which is the focus of the book...and mostly concludes at the end. You may miss some nuances in terms of the relationships and how they've evolved but the stories themselves are unique to each book so it shouldn't be difficult to figure it out.

  9. Do you outline and know the ending first or do you just start and let the characters take you through the story?

  10. Do you plan everything out but take detours or do you "fly by the seat of your pants"? Thank you!

  11. I loved the excerpt! How do you pick which excerpt to highlight and the order in which you reveal them? Thank you!