Meet Sally Sin. Wife. Mother. Retired Spy. Or so she thinks. After nine years with the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction)--where she desperately tried to stay one step ahead of her dashing nemesis, Ian Blackford--Sally has become Lucy Hamilton, stay-at-home mom to Theo and wife to adoring husband, Will, who knows nothing of her covert past. But now, instead of chasing bad guys through perilous jungles, she builds giant Lego towers, reads Green Eggs and Ham, and crafts exceptional forts from couch cushions and blankets.
Just when she’s starting to settle into retirement, Sally’s old Agency boss, Simon Still, shows up to recruit her for one more job, involving the illegal arms dealer, Blackford, who is on the move again. Original Sin features Sally’s great chase to thwart Blackford, who, conveniently, no one besides her seems to be able to stop. But can she make it to preschool pickup, get dinner on the table, and foil Blackford’s nefarious plot?
And just when you think the thrills are over, you’ll be ready To Sin Again.
When the Agency Director is taken hostage, Sally is once again called into action. A rescue operation? Easy. That is, until Sally learns of a connection between the kidnapping and her own mysterious childhood, which complicates everything, even Theo’s kindergarten applications. Being a mom is hard enough, without having to save the world.
Funny, fast-paced, and compulsively readable, Spy Mom offers two action-packed adventures for mothers and spies, and anyone who has ever dreamed about being either.
Beth McMullen used to have a normal life. Until she had kids. Then, everything changed. She has channeled her often hilarious and sometimes distressing experience with parenting into two novels that tell the tale of a life she is definitely not leading. The title of her upcoming release (Hyperion, June 12, 2012) says it all: Spy Mom, the story of a stay at home mom who used to be a spy.
The idea of a San Francisco mother with a secret life was born about six months after Beth's son. Thinking 'how hard can it be?' she left a job in Silicon Valley for full time mothering. Well, we all know the answer to that question, don't we? Had she realized at the time it would be a while until she spoke to adults again about anything other than diapers, organic baby food and the odd, sometimes embarrassing effects of chronic sleep deprivation, she probably still would have opted for the baby. He was really cute, after all.
But right around the time when that cute baby learned to sit up, Beth realized she was frequently checking under the bed for where she might have left her sanity. Thinking it was probably important for her son to have a mother who hadn't lost all of her marbles before he even started to drive, she decided to go back to work.
Two years later, Original Sin was acquired by Hyperion and published in July 2011. The sequel, Spy Mom, will be released June 12, 2012.
Beth lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and very old cat. At any given moment, you can find her driving to soccer practice, doing math homework, volunteering for school yard duty or working on the third book in the series as well as another novel.
It's all good.
(Beth loves to do book clubs! If you are local (Bay Area, Northern CA), she can usually arrange to come in person. If not, Skype is the next best thing. Contact her on the Send Communique page on this website to set something up!)