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Saturday, January 18, 2020

#WeWriWa ~ THE SPY His Cover is Blown #sfr

Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to all who visited last week. I'm embarrassed that I didn't get to everyone. Time got away from me. I'm sharing snippets from The Spy: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 4th book in my series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. 

Because this is a work in progress, suggestions are greatly appreciated. Genna is at headquarters meeting with the Commissioner of the Clandestine Sector of Coalition of Planets Intelligence. I've skipped a few paragraphs.

The Commissioner leaned forward, his elbows on the arms of his chair, “I called you here because we have a situation that couldn’t be conveyed over comm channels.”
“I’m surprised, sir. I thought CPIC comms were the most secure.”
“No system is one hundred percent secure—we believe one of our agents is in danger and must be pulled out.”
“I don’t understand, surely her handler is in a position to protect her.”
“The agent is male, and his handler lost touch with him three tendays ago.”
“Isn’t that unusual? During training, we were told that—”
“His undercover work often put him out of reach, but he’s never been incommunicado for so long. The last thing he told his handler was that suspicions were arising about him.”
Worried and distressed for the agent, Genna blurted out, “He should have gotten himself out of the field right away if he thought his cover was blown.”

Tentative blurb:

Rookie agent must rescue veteran before his cover is blown.

Genna Nogaro, new to the Coalition of Planets’ Intelligence Commission, is assigned to bring in an undercover operative in Hallart’s organization. More experienced agents died before getting him out. Were they killed by the intergalactic gangster or has the operative gone rogue?

Quintall d’Sernin, con man extraordinaire, infiltrated the mob and moved up to be the gangster’s right-hand man. Hallart has his tentacles throughout the Coalition—business, industry, and government. Quin’s finally worked himself into a valued position. All he needs is the key to mob structure in order for Coalition forces to take down the entire organization.

Genna will pose as a new recruit to distract Hallart long enough for Quin to find the key. If they work together, they can accomplish more. But Quin and Genna’s lives are jeopardized by a mole in the Intelligence Commission. Will their true roles be revealed before they accomplish their goal?


  1. Yes, you'd think the agent would scram . . . but that just adds a nice touch of mystery to the snippet.

  2. Yikes! Sounds like a very dangerous situation! Very intriguing snippet!

  3. You have a way of writing mysterious scenes. Wonderful.

  4. Oh, I like that she's a little impulsive!

  5. I think she has reason to be worried, as her superior should be. No communication for about a month sounds ominous. Can't wait for more!

  6. Not heard from in a month - I think she is right to be worried.

    1. They all should be worried. But he's been off the grid before.

  7. Good set up for advancing the story! Can't wait to read more of this one...terrific snippet.

  8. It sounds like a pretty serious problem.

  9. Sounds like trouble! Looking forward to more.

  10. Sure he should have gotten out if he believed his cover was blown but perhaps there wasn't time. I'm curious to know if she'll help to find him.

  11. I wonder who the mole is?? Sounds like this will be an edge-of-the-seat ride. :-) Write faster!

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  14. Looks good. I can feel the sense of urgency from everyone.

    Keep smiling,

  15. Obviously, not good. Is his silence because he's been caught or because he's trying not to be and can't get out. Both tricky and dangerous situations to send another spy into. Hope Genna's up to the task.


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