Monday, February 9, 2015

A No Good Itch by S.D. Skye

Today, I have S.D. Skye and A No Good Itch. This is book 3 of a fabulous series.

Peep Rep: Does she bring prizes?

Liza: Sit down Peep Rep, because she has fabulous prizes: An Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 + a $25 Gift Card. (US Only) to a randomly drawn winner from the rafflecopter.

Peep Rep: *falls to floor in a faint*

Liza: I told him to sit down. Not my fault he never listens. So while Peep Rep is out of commission I want to interview this book.

Liza: Since all S.D. Skye’s books have an itching problem, I’ll call you Good, okay?

Book: That name made me itch…in a hemorrhoid, poison ivy kind of way. Try again.

Liza: How about “A No Good”?

Book: That’s like taking out my appendix and then giving it back to remove my kidneys. Maybe I’ve been watching too many mafia flicks. How about “No Good”?

Peep Rep: It’s just two short words. Liza could probably handle that. On second thought…

Liza:  Great! Peep Rep is back. Okay, I’ll call you No Good. But don’t give me any trouble, or you’ll be just another “Itch’. So what’s this book about?

No Good: The FBI and Italian Mafia work together—

Liza: Hold on. That can’t happen.

No Good: They do make strange bedfellows, I’ll grant you, but the hero, FBI Special Agent Tony Donato, is also the exiled son of a crime boss. When it comes to the mafia, he’s family…AND he’s “family.” *wink wink* *nudge nudge*  He’ll need his “family’s” help when a vicious Russian Organized crime figure, operating at the behest of Russian Intelligence, lands in The Big Apple. 

Liza: Oh, I have friends there. What are the Russians up to? And how are the Italian mafia involved? I’ve tried to avoid those guys since one threatened to blow my head off.

Peep Rep: She started it by flying him the bird. 

Liza: The world doesn’t need to know that. So tell me about the Russians.

No Good: The Italian and Russian mafia are connected by two things. No, not Brooklyn and testosterone.  

Liza: Then what? 

No Good: Crime and money. The ties work when both sides are making money. But things go bad when one side starts making enemies. Unfortunately, the Russians make enemies of friends when the Russian intelligence henchman, infamously known as Mashkov, avenges the death of slain a Russian sleeper agent and accidentally hits the son of an Italian crime boss—who is also Tony’s brother.

Liza: Well, that explains why the Italian mafia is involved. So what does the FBI do?

No Good: Special Agent J.J. McCall and Task Force Phantom Hunter arrive in New York to take down the financier for a Russian spy ring but find out they’ve got bigger fish to fry when they end up smack dab in the middle of an emerging war between the mafia.  

Liza: Hope they bring their guns.

No Good: They’ll need more than guns when trying to put this ugly baby to sleep. Stopping Tony’s family from avenging his brother’s death and causing a bloodbath is one thing -- trying to dismantle the financial hub of the most insidious Russian illegals network in U.S. history would be almost impossible. Except the Bureau has J.J. and Tony, the FBI’s not-so-secret weapons. 

Liza: They should wear bulletproof vests, too. What else is going on?

No Good: Isn’t that enough?

Liza: Not for one of SD Skye’s books it’s not. I haven’t seen anything this twisty-turny since making my smoothie this morning in the Nutribullet. 

No Good: You know my author! Meanwhile, CIA Case Officer Grayson “Six” Chance is in Moscow.

Liza: What’s he doing there?

No Good: He’s trying to capture a fugitive American who has stolen White House intelligence and is planning to pass it to the Russians.

Liza: Sounds like Skye is putting her characters through the ringer again.

No Good: More than you can imagine. The case gets ugly when the CIA uses some extreme tactics and puts Six in a moral dilemma he may not be prepared to handle. 

Liza: And what does she do to J.J.?

No Good: As if J.J. didn’t already have enough on her plate, she’s also got to deal with her mother’s case. 

Liza: Oh, no! Not the mother, too.

No Good: The woman has no limits! J.J.’s mother is a fallen FBI Agent who died under mysterious circumstances while working on a controversial case. Well, J.J. finally learns the truth surrounding her mother's death in the line of duty and her life may never be the same.

Liza: This sounds like another great novel. Can’t wait to read it.

No Good: 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).

Liza: True, but wouldn’t I love them better if I read them in order?

No Good: Well, for personal reasons, I’d rather you read me first and then read the others, but do what you like. *sniff  sniff” No, no. I’ll be fine…after I get my spine stretched and my pages turned. I just hope they don’t dog-ear me again. *sniff*

Peep Rep: Congrats! You made the book cry. That’s a new low.

Liza: What can I say? It’s a gift. 

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!”

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. Good morning, All!! Liza, thanks so much for hosting me again and giving me...I mean the BOOK a chance to do another fun interview! If anyone has any questions just ask. I'll around all day. And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win. This is my 5th Annual Kindle giveaway.

    1. I always love to have you over. You play so nicely and haven't shot me once....yet. And may I say, these are the best prizes ever! And what a great series!

  2. The cover is captivating! Who was your artist?

  3. Thank you. Travis at I gave him the concept (which aligns with the covers for my other books) and he did a FAB job of bringing it to life. Probably my favorite of all my books. Thanks for stopping by, Andra!

    1. That's awesome! Are the models used on your cover close to what you imagined for the characters?

    2. True story. Travis and I both went searching for stock photos on separate sites--and we BOTH ended up picking the same pictures. So based on my description to him, we both had the same characters in mind. Kind of amazing. I think it was fate. But that's the exact image I have of some the bad guys in the story.

  4. Who is your favorite Muppet and why?

    Trix, vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

    1. @Trix - My favorite muppets would between the Cookie Monster and Animal. The only things I love more than chocolate chip cookies are drummers. lol

  5. I really loved the give and take review. The excerpt was exciting.

    1. Thanks, MomJane. This book is so complex, layered, and fast paced as a whole, it was tough to find just one excerpt that would capture the essence, but I'm glad it piqued your interest.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! How do you to become a FBI Counterintelligence Analyst????

    1. Well, you become an FBI employee. And then you apply for the job. When I got the job I had a couple of years of operational experience in the criminal division and I was working on a degree in economics. It's important to have great research and analytical skills.

    2. Wow that's impressive. Do you live in Washington DC?

  7. I love the story idea. How many people do you get to kill in a given book?

    daringzoey at

    1. It's funny. There was a time when I was adamantly against killing any character. I said I would never do it. And with every book that passes, more people die and they die uglier deaths. When I started using my ex-boyfriends as inspiration for my hit list, killing characters got super easy. LOL There is no specific planned number. And I've actually not planned a death in advance, but if I'm writing and the scene calls for it, I knock them off. This book has the most deaths. More than one...less than 100. LOL Thanks for stopping by Melissa!

    2. Here's the funny part to Melissa's question. She is the nicest person you'll ever meet online, and her question took me by complete surprise. I'm pretty certain she's never killed a character in her life.

  8. This book sounds fact the entire series sounds really good. Will No Good cry if I go back and read Book #1 first? That was a fun interview!

    1. I believe No Good has, Booked up and you can safely start at the beginning, But try not to take too long to return to No Book, because otherwise, he probably will start crying again. Books have feelings too.

    2. No Good has a superiority complex. Thinks he's the best. (He probably is but we don't like to tell him that.) With that said, all of them have the same complex, so I think it's okay to go ahead and start with Book 1. He'll survive. :) Warning: Once you get into them they are hard to put down.

    3. That's because a handcuff automatically attaches to your wrist when you open the book. My dog Jess stuck her nose in the book and got her nose cuffed. Fortunately, it fell off, being a narrowing nose and all.

  9. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

  10. I have to say the questions and answers in the comment section are as entertaining as the interview. :-) SD Skye is a new to me author, and I'm definitely interested in these books.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Glenda! If you're a kindle reader, there's a 3-Book set. SpyCatcher. It contains the first three novels including a No Good Itch. Hope you'll check them out. :)

  11. Loved the interview, thanks for sharing. What type of music inspires you when you write?

    1. Thanks, Kathy! I tend not to listen to music while I'm writing...because I spend more time listening to music than writing. Mostly, I write to a TV turned down low for white noise (while I sit in my separate office) OR I keep it quiet. That's when I'm most productive.

  12. Hi, wheres your favorite place to write?

  13. What a great interview! How did you make the book have such a great personality? Thank you for the post and the chance at the giveaway!


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