Nate’s School is Not Like Your School

Okay folks, Spy Factory is now available at Amazon in kindle format. And those who have been honing their spy skills can even find it on Goodreads. Releasing in paperback in July. Here’s the description:

Sixth-grader Nate Fischer never wanted to be a spy. But when a mysterious phone call lands him at a new school, he realizes that he doesn’t have a choice: his new school is a spy factory. He barely has time to learn his locker combination before his first mission plunges him into danger. A sinister organization is trying to destroy his school and take over the world, and Nate has only a few hours to stop the evil plot.

With just a backpack full of spy gadgets, a bit of spy training, and their own cunning to guide them, Nate and his partner Lucy follow a trail of secret messages in pursuit of the one thing that can save their school from destruction. As they are chased through subway tunnels and across rooftops, Nate and Lucy must race to complete their mission before it is too late. Cracking secret codes, evading capture, and battling enemy agents—sixth grade wasn’t supposed to be like this!

 

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Spy Factory Cover

Hello fellow secret agents,

(If you are not a secret agent, please stop reading and pretend you never saw this. Really. Please.)

After much anticipation and a lot of work at HQ, I finally have a cover for the first book in my Spy Factory series, My School is a Spy Factory. I’ll be rolling out a description in a few days because, well, those folks at HQ need to look it over and make sure I do not compromise national security by posting it (but again, if you are not a secret agent then you really shouldn’t still be reading this, so I think it’ll be okay).

Now, as some of you may know, the way these things usually work is that an author reveals a cover on his blog and then, maybe 6 months later (or more) the book becomes available for actual readers to see. Not this author. Nope. Not even close. There’s no long range book launch strategy anywhere to be found around this series. Trust me, I have looked. I have nothing against folks who plan things out that way, but I am not nearly organized enough to do that.

So you should expect to see this book available very soon. In a matter of weeks, and not very many of them. Precise details TBA when those folks at HQ let me reveal them. For now, here’s the cover.

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Coming Attractions

I have been on a long hiatus from the blog. Yes, “hiatus” in this case just means that I have been procrastinating or slacking off or just plain too busy to get to it. The good news is that I have been hard at work on a few projects and I am happy to report the following:

A sequel to the first Auggie Spinoza book will be released this spring under a new imprint. More about that last bit in a future post. All you secret agents out there probably know that this was originally scheduled for late 2012. Sorry about that. I wish I could say there was some sort of cloak and dagger element involved in the delay but I don’t own a cloak and I am afraid of daggers. There were some delays in working out the publication details but everything is on track now and you can look forward to a shiny new cover preview in the near future. 

Also, the first book in my new series, Spy Factory, is nearly complete and will also be released this spring. Get ready for more code-breaking.

On a separate note: I am not one to check the bestseller lists very often but as I sit here at 1:00 p.m. P.S.T on January 25, 2013 I see Auggie Spinoza is among the top 20 bestselling books in Amazon’s Children’s Mystery and Spy Stories category. Also hanging in the top 100 in the Action/Adventure category. Pretty cool. I am trying not to blink.

 

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Auggie Learns Latin

It is back-to-school time for Auggie. He has been on vacation all summer. No secret agent stuff, no code-breaking, no time-travel; just a bit of rest and relaxation.

Now he is ready to learn something. Summer is almost over. The Ticonderogas are freshly-sharpened, a stack of fresh notebooks is already waiting by the door, and the new lunch box is ready to go. Unfortunately for Auggie, the first day of school is still more than a week away.

What a great week, then, for a review of The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza to appear on This Kid Reviews Books. For one thing, “This Kid” (A.K.A. Erik) is one sharp ten-year-old. He and Auggie would get along great. They would spend their days cracking codes and their evenings reading books. It would be fun.

For another thing, it was a great chance for Auggie to learn something. Erik, you see, inserted a clever latin phrase in his review. Check it out HERE and feel free to let Erik know what you think of the review.  He assigned the book five out of five bookworms, which made Auggie feel great.

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Hiding Out

I have been hiding out at an undisclosed location for most of the summer. Spy stuff. Very top secret. Every spy needs to hide out every so often. It’s the nature of the job, really.

However, I did get a chance to sit down for an interview with Alison at The Cheap Reader. What a great time we had! I’m a big fan of her blog. If you enjoy middle grade fiction, you should be, too.

Let me warn you: do not try to pry information about my secret location from Alison. She is every bit as clever and crafty as you are. She will not give in to pressure. I suspect she was raised by secret agents. Either that, or she is one. Either way, things will not end well for you if you attempt to find me through her. Seriously.

Best to just relax, sit back, and enjoy all the wonderful content she has on her blog. Trust me, it’s for your own good.

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