Second Chances, New Books, & Bling!

Second chances… Starting over. Getting a another chance to make a good impression. Recovering from a mistake or failure.

THE_BLOOD_CODE_6x9My latest sexy spy thriller, THE BLOOD CODE, releases today, and I’m super excited to FINALLY share this story with my readers. Initially, I never planned to extend the Super Agent series beyond the first three books (OPERATION SHEBA, I’D RATHER BE IN PARIS, PROOF OF LIFE), but an agent put a bug in my ear, and a long, difficult journey began to bring THE BLOOD CODE to life. It changed titles twice, opening chapters three times, and went through a handful of editors before finding a home.

It’s been over three years since PROOF OF LIFE came out. I have a new publisher, two new editors, and this book has undergone the first step in a “rebranding” campaign for the entire series, from the cover art to the blog tour. The research on Russian culture/language/history and the Kremlin nearly killed me (and I love research), but the editing? The publicity? OMG, this book is truly a labor of love, love, love.

And here it is…release day for a book that feels bigger to me than any I’ve previously undertaken.

Along with that excitement, I’m also terrified. This story is a bit different than the first three Super Agent books. And again, it’s been over THREE years since the last one came out. It’s like starting all over again, finding readers, and hoping the few still hanging around like the new look and the story.

Thank goodness I have one advanced review that praises it! Here’s a snippet (used with permission):

“The Blood Code is an exciting adventure with plenty of secrets along the way. Just when you have it all figured out another twist will keep you guessing about the final end game, exactly what a spy story should do. The ending is great and hopefully we will see bits of Anya and Ryan again. Misty Evans does a great job weaving real-life details and bringing the reader into the CIA world.” ~ Meredith’s Musings

When that review came in, I let out a huge “phew!” (and clutched a paper copy to my chest in relief). I also giddily emailed my editors. One of them graciously emailed me back and did a little cyber dance with me. Since that review, a couple more have come in that made me smile. (Read Amy Remus’s review, and join me at her blog today if you can for an interview with my sexy boy scout hero, Ryan.)

I still feel like I’m starting over. Getting a second chance at writing a strong romantic suspense series. It’s scary and exciting. I hope old and new readers love my characters, enjoy some hot romance, and keep coming back to my world of spies, secrets, and lots of action.

So tell me, have you ever been given a second chance? Were you excited or terrified or both? (Read on to enter my contest…)

More about THE BLOOD CODE:

Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.

Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan recruits Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her.

Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.





THE BLOOD CODE Blog Tour is full of interviews, guest posts, spy quizzes and giveaways! One lucky reader will receive a princess-cut tennis bracelet and there’s other princess bling to be won as well, including tiara keychains (limited to US and Canada). But that’s not all, three international winners will be selected to receive a free ebook copy of THE BLOOD CODE, and an ebook copy from any of Misty’s super agent backlist books. Enter today! Rafflecopter giveaway

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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15 Responses to Second Chances, New Books, & Bling!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Misty, BLOOD CODE is on my Kindle! I got the email from Amazon last night and loaded it right away!!! I’m so looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  2. Misty Evans says:

    Thank you for the well-wishes, Edie, and I hope you enjoy the book! It was a labor of love and I’m so excited to finally put it out in the world today!

  3. Amy says:

    Happy Release Day, Misty! I think all the effort you put into this book showed because it was fantastic and the research was phenomenal and it felt so real. I hope this book gives you renewed confidence! Sounds like it is off to a great start. Meredith does a great job of summing up the book so hopefully her review will bring in more readers to make this one a hit! Congrats again!
    Amy`s last blog was …Blog Tour Stop (Character Interview & Giveaway): THE BLOOD CODE by Misty Evans

  4. YAY, Misty!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congrats on the release of The Blood Code — I’m thrilled for you!!
    Looking forward to reading it, and will head over to Twitter to share it now :).
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: A Summer in Europe…in Polish!

  5. Amy Atwell says:

    Congrats on the new release, Misty! Impossible to keep a super agent down, isn’t it? Glad you gave your series a second chance.

  6. Chelsea B. says:

    It’s always a little scary when someone gives you a second chance, because letting them down is always at the front of my mind. But I feel lucky to have received and given second chances!

  7. Misty, I love the title! And huge congratulations for sticking with it and holding out for what worked for you. I’m sure everyone will be thrilled you did extend the series, and I can’t wait to read it.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: Banquet of Lies

    • Misty Evans says:

      Michelle, the original title was LAUNCH because the story opens with a scene where the heroine hands the hero a launch key for a nuclear missile. But as the story progressed and I figured out a key plot point with her blood, I knew the title had to reflect that. 🙂

  8. Felicia says:

    Happy release day!!

  9. Celena Clause says:

    Congrats! Seems very intriguing! You must be very proud!

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