Thursday, September 3, 2015

Women Spies, Sex Scandals & Sabotage:

Inspiration for Red Tape Protector
By Kathy Kulig

Think high stakes espionage is a man’s game? Women operatives tend to be overlooked in history books, but they have demonstrated their bravery and played a major role in protecting our nation as well as working in many parts of the world. Sometimes their techniques may be different than men, but the results are quite impressive. Many of these women will never be recognized for the work they did because they kept a low profile and died while working undercover.

These women have conducted missions such as information gathering, assassinations, and sabotage, sometimes using seduction and even stripping to get what they want. Here are a few women ‘spies’ who gave me inspiration for the FLC Case Files series. There are many more! See more about the lasted release, Red Tape Protector, Book 2 at the end.

Maria Isabella “Belle” Boyd – Born in Virginia, US, Country of Allegiance - America. She was a Confederate spy. She visited Union camps where she gathered information and also acted as a courier. Her beauty and flirtatious manner with the Union soldiers helped her to acquire the information she needed. She was imprisoned and shot at, was later released. She called herself the “Cleopatra of the Secession.” She married an Englishman who had fought in the Union army and had four children. After divorcing him, she married an actor, seventeen years her junior. She died of a heart attack at age 56.

During the American Revolution the “patriots in petticoats” were British and American housewives, young girls, cooks and maids. They had easy access to the camps of soldiers and could collect information, eavesdrop on conversation and learn about troop movements, equipment and food shortages, etc. Some reported directly to General Washington.

Agent 355 was the code used for an unknown female spy used by the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution. She uncovered Benedict Arnold’s treason and played an important role in counter intelligence. Her true identity is still a mystery.

Anna Nancy Smith Strong was part of the Culper Spy Ring and hung clothes on a clothes line to send coded messages on a farm in New York.

Sacagawea was a scout and guide for the Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition secretly ordered by Thomas Jefferson.

Elizabeth Burgin helped about 200 prisoners escape from a prison ship during the Revolutionary War. British intelligence has a ransom for her arrest.
Nancy Ward a Cherokee also called Nanye-hi. She helped free and save the lives of frontier prisoners, sparing them from torture and burnings.

During the Civil War, Rose O’Neal Greenhow was a spymaster and operative working in Washington DC for the Confederate. She was a socialite that hosted parties for the military and political leaders and managed to collect intelligence. She was arrested and imprisoned by Allen Pinkerton in 1861.

RED TAPE PROTECTOR, Book 2 in the FLC Case Files series is an erotic romantic suspense with BDSM elements. If you’ve watched House of Cards or Scandal, you can get an idea of the type of story the RED TAPE books are. Of course, it’s all fiction. The FLC Case Files series is about a secret organization in the White House that uses coercion, blackmail and sex scandals to fight terrorism and manipulate domestic and foreign policy. I hope you’ll check this story out. And I’d love to hear your feedback—good and bad. Both Red Tape, Book 1, and Red Tape Protector, Book 2 are stand-alone books, but to get the full effect of the series and story, it’s best to read both. Keep watch for Red Tape Betrayal, Book 3 coming soon!

I’m a huge fan of thriller movies, especially spy-type stories. Red Tape Protector was also inspired by one movie Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, and Anne Bancroft. If you haven’t seen it check it out. There are some parallels if you’re familiar with the movie.

Blurb for Red Tape Protector: When Alana MacKenna, a member of a top-secret White House society, makes a critical mistake, she’s not fired, she’s given a new identity and assignment—to be elaborately trained as an undercover security agent and assassin. Sexy, Black-ops agent Jag Denison must prepare her for the dangerous mission, and falling in love will only complicate their hit jobs. Sometimes you can’t run away…from love or danger…

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Bio: New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kathy Kulig is a writer, a science geek, a part time health food nut, an occasional cat sitter, and an adventure movie junkie. She lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house with her amazingly support hubby who is also a geek and shares her love of traveling. Kathy writes sexy paranormal, contemporary and suspense. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending.

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