A Single Woman… A Double Life
International, super-model Sadie Stewart meets her Dutch lover, Sebastian Wilde, in Venice to celebrate their six month anniversary. But having lived a double life as a CIA operative for ten years, her life is never simple. During a costume ball in an ancient Venetian palace, an assassin tries to kill her. As a result Sebastian gets ridiculously, over-protective, which drives her crazy. Her old boss offers to help her, but wants something in return. Bakari al-Sharif, an arms-dealer with an insatiable thirst for power, is planning to steal King Tutankhamen’s scarab from Highclere castle near London. Sadie is the only person who has ever gotten close to al-Sharif and lived. The CIA wants her to stop him. Or at least that’s what they say. When it comes to the world of espionage, the true motivation of the players is never clear.
Can Sadie return to the life of a spook and maintain a relationship with Sebastian? Can she nail the arms-dealer? And why did the masked man try to kill her?
The arcane knowledge of ancient civilizations intrigues me. What did they know that we don’t? What have we lost? Our modern life is cluttered with inventions and in our minds we tend to order our world in neat, easily consumed, packages. Everything we think and do relies heavily on what can be seen and touched. We are sceptical if someone suggests we step beyond that. But I wonder about the edges of our world. As Shakespeare said, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio) I like to probe those edges in my stories.
I’ve lived most of my life on islands off the the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches. While I enjoy traveling, I’m most at home on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. In my twenties I wanted to become a writer, but being practical I chose a career in teaching. I loved working with children for many years. Time flew by, but the writing itch stayed with me, as much a part of me as my skin. My family has grown up and I’m retired. Now I spend my days spinning sexy, suspense stories edged with adventure. Presently, I’m working on the Mata Hari series.