“OMG! I am in Paris and I started to read book 1 last night before bed. Went to sleep but woke up at 3am to read more. I’m hooked. Fabulous writing.”

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I got tired of reading stories about middle-aged female characters who sweetly reminisce about their younger years while the twenty-somethings have all the fun.  I’m not going to stop having adventures just because I’m over… okay, well over forty.  Okay, fine.  Over fifty, but that’s all I’ll cop to.

I’m old(er), not dead.

That’s why I created a kickass, foul-mouthed middle-aged bookkeeper who gets sucked into a spy’s life.  If you like fast-paced action with some laughs along the way, my books are for you.  I hope you enjoy them!

Diane Henders

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Despite her penchant for weapons and ripe language, Aydan Kelly’s resumé reads ‘bookkeeper’, not ‘badass’.   She’s leaving the city to fulfill her dream of rural tranquillity when she gets carjacked by a man who shouldn’t exist.

When RCMP officer John Kane kills her would-be abductor, Aydan thinks her troubles are over.  But Kane’s investigation implicates her in an international espionage plot, and criminal charges become the least of her worries when she’s targeted by the very spies Kane suspects her of aiding.

Pity her enemies.  Because nobody’s tougher than a middle-aged woman who wants her dream back.

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Sliding into bed, I touched the handle of the crowbar under the other pillow for reassurance.  I live alone.  If somebody breaks into my house in the middle of the night, what am I going to do?  Hit them with a pillow?  I don’t think so.

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5stars2 “Clever premise, funny and smart, takes you on a wild ride, and keeps you guessing.”

5stars2 “Gotta love ’em, quirky yet realistic characters combine with a fast-paced James Bond style plot for a whole new experience in action stories. Can’t wait to read the next one!”

5stars2 “The characters are funny, principled, sexy and flawed…everything that I want in a good story.”


When a clandestine government agency recruits middle-aged bookkeeper Aydan Kelly, she overcomes her fear and agrees to go undercover at a lavish gala affair.  But the glamour of the mission fades fast when she finds herself astride a motorcycle, assigned to an all-male surveillance team.

Aydan discovers spies are using classified technology to torture information from their captives.  Worse, they know she’s breached their security.  Now she has to prevent them from revealing her true identity, while avoiding capture by the vicious criminals who won’t hesitate to torture her, too.


I had a sudden mental image of letting fly with a rip-roaring fart halfway through the elegant meal, and snickered.  “You behave,” I said severely to my reflection, struggling to quell its wicked grin.

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5stars2 “I feel like I’ve just finished a wild ride on an overpowered motorcycle – I’m exhausted, shaky and totally exhilarated.”

5stars2 “Just the right amount of violence, sex and good old spy adventure to keep you entertained for hours on end.”

5stars2 “This book is hard to label. Mix in a little scifi, with two parts spy, and one part sex, shaken, not stirred. Chug it down and enjoy.”


Middle-aged bookkeeper Aydan Kelly never wanted to moonlight as a spy, but she doesn’t have a choice.  Working with computer networks in a secured building sounds safe, but it turns out the job’s a killer – literally.

When Aydan’s trusted co-worker is shot while committing an apparently treasonous act, Aydan embarks on a secret mission to clear his name.  But her investigation casts suspicion on the director of operations himself.  If he’s a double agent, Aydan’s in more danger than she ever imagined… and national security hangs in the balance.


Jesus, my yard was starting to feel like a Village People reunion.  So far I had the cop, the biker, and the cowboy.  My overstressed brain temporarily disengaged as I glanced toward the road, half-expecting to see a musclebound construction worker approaching.

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5stars2 “This series just gets better and better! I can’t stop reading! More action, turns and twists, great character development, and one hell of a fun read.”

5stars2 “OMG – fun fun fun and sexy too.”

5stars2 “I just can’t keep away. For Kelly, I’d even leave Bond behind. In the dust!”


Aydan Kelly has reluctantly accepted her unwanted role as a part-time spy.  It’s painful and dangerous, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice for the good of her country.  Too bad her country doesn’t have the same honourable intentions.

When Aydan discovers the government murdered her husband, the betrayal drives her on a quest to uncover the truth.  Living as a fugitive, alienated from the people she once trusted, she has to evade both government agents and the violent criminals who will sell her to the highest bidder.


My ass hurt like a bitch, it had taken me all goddamn night to get ten miles out of town, and I was starving, exhausted, and scared shitless.  And I had a Glock and a Bible.  Hell, what could possibly go wrong?

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5stars2 “This is the fourth book in a series that just keeps getting better. Aydan Kelly and Hellhound are hands down two of my favorite people in the whole world…”

5stars2 “YAHOO …A series mature women might seriously enjoy as a temporary “escape” from the challenges of their daily grind.”

5stars2 I haven’t been this hooked on a series like this since Karin Slaughter.”


Suspense thriller How Spy I Am by Diane Henders

In her work with a clandestine government agency, Aydan Kelly stumbles across a shadowy consortium of scientists whose members are selling classified information for personal profit.

Aydan wants to report them, but there’s a small complication:  her supposedly dead husband… isn’t.  He wants to rendezvous with her, but he could be working with the consortium.  If she rats on the scientists, her husband will die.  But if she doesn’t, the consortium will kill her…


I fixed him with a weary eye.  “Shoot me, tell me what’s on your mind, or shut the fuck up.  Or hell, do all of them, in any order you please.”

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5stars2 “I’ve since devoured all five books in the series. Honestly, they’re like potato chips–I couldn’t stop.”

5stars2 “Enjoyed not only this Spy book by Diane Henders but all the rest of her Spy books besides. Kept me up reading just could not put these books down.”

5stars2 “I was so caught up in Aydan’s adventure that I bought one after another to discover answers to the mystery and intrigue that she was entangled in. It has been refreshing to read a book with a middle aged strong capable woman as the main character.”


Aydan Kelly’s part-time job with a clandestine government organization just got a lot more complicated.  Forced to lie to save her lover’s career, she tells the director she’s an experienced secret agent.  He believes her… and assigns her to a dangerous mission.

When Aydan realizes innocent lives are at stake, she tries to confess her deception, but it’s already too late.  Cut off from the Department and used as a pawn in the vengeful schemes of an obsessed spy, she must stop him before he destroys the people she loves.


Oh, goody.  I’d learned another valuable spy-skill.  If you’re planning to shoot a spy, don’t knock on his front door.  Duh.

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5stars2 “Downloaded “A Spy For A Spy” on my Kindle this morning. Couldn’t stop reading!!! BEST book of the series!!!”

5stars2 “D Henders is one of the most talented writers I’ve had the privilege of reading. The way she makes you feel like your wearing the skin of her characters is a truly an amazing thing. This gave me goose bumps!” – Amy Swendra, MN

5stars2 “The characters, plots and sub-plots are incredibly well developed. The writing is superb and reads fast. I have read all six books in this series in four days. I absolutely could not put them down. Wish I could give these books each more than five stars.”


Middle-aged bookkeeper Aydan Kelly knew pretending to be an experienced secret agent was a bad idea, but it was the only way to protect her lover.  Now her lies have caught up to her in the worst possible way:  everyone believes them.

Armed with nothing but a sleazy porn-star cover identity, Aydan must infiltrate a criminal organization to retrieve a secret weapon prototype.  With her lover’s life at stake as well as her own, she can’t afford to fail.  But she has no idea how to succeed…


Nine-fifteen, pitch dark, freezing cold, and I was about to drive two hours for the privilege of walking alone into a biker bar in the middle of the night.  Well, just give me a ‘hell yeah’.

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5stars2 Outstanding! Diane Henders is one of 5 authors I recommend for almost any reader. Wow. Have fun.”

5stars2 Nail biting, tear shedding, heart wrenching, humor in all the right places. I mean, WHEW!”

5stars2 “Excellent work with the characters and plot line. Such a unique story, and love the writing!”


08_Spy_Now_Pay_LaterRailroaded into acting as a secret agent, Aydan Kelly only wants to return to her peaceful former existence.  But when trusted co-workers go missing along with a deadly weapon prototype, she’s forced to take over the investigation to protect them from an agent with a personal vendetta.

And when a violent criminal organization abducts her lover, Aydan discovers exactly how far she’s willing to push the limits of her new role.  The bad guys are about to learn an important lesson:  Don’t piss off a middle-aged bookkeeper.


How much did I really trust Stemp?  I didn’t know the man at all.  My gut told me he wouldn’t betray us, but what the hell did my gut know?  This was the same gut that thought it was a good idea to pig out on beer and burgers right before bed…

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5stars2 “One of the best series I have ever read and I’ll say the author is a master of her craft. Her descriptions and pacing of the stories are perfection.”

5stars2 “I can not imagine how anyone can continue to write such awesome well developed stories that draw me in until I can not sleep until I finish the book. Then I want to read it again.”

5stars2 “This is a must read for anyone who loves romance and lots of action and suspense. Wow! Wonderful series. Please bring the next installment soon.”


After four uneventful months spent guarding her boss’s eccentric hippy parents on an isolated raincoast commune, bookkeeper-turned-secret-agent Aydan Kelly is beginning to hope mildewed undies will be the only hazard she’ll face.

But some of the blissed-out flower children are not what they seem.  Aydan discovers a plot to kill her lovable charges, and in her fight to protect them she unearths the commune’s deepest secret.  Suddenly she’s facing dozens of enemies who threaten the lives of all the innocent commune members as well as her own.

She’ll only survive with a little help from her friends…


How the hell was I supposed to get down from the roof? As soon as my boots scraped the shingles Nichele would come running out with her flashlight again. And I couldn’t think of any plausible excuse if she caught me squatting up here like a constipated gargoyle.

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5stars2 “…a great read. I found myself smiling while reading. And then gritting my teeth with tension, while the suspense and mystery built.

5stars2 “This was one of those books that kept me engaged from page 1. And that meant, I was up until 2:30am finishing!”

5stars2 “The suspense is top notch, the humor is perfectly balanced with the intensity of the moments. Each character is so well defined that you can’t help but know them as if they were old friends, or enemies…”


Bookkeeper-turned-secret-agent Aydan Kelly has barely begun to relax after her last mission when a shotgun-wielding man kicks in the front door of her country home. She doesn’t recognize the would-be assassin, so who hired him and why?

As evidence mounts against her abrasive co-worker, Aydan begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with herself as bait. If her suspicions are correct, the Department’s security has been breached and no one is safe.

With the lives of her dearest friends at risk as well as her own, Aydan must stop her unknown enemy before the next assassin succeeds.


He’d never know how lucky he was that my emotions were currently encased in several layers of ice.  Instead of violent rage, I achieved only intense irritation.  I grabbed his scarf and twisted hard.  “Bring it, dickbreath,” I barked in his face.  “I’ve had enough of your bullshit.  Any time you want to dance, little man, you just name the time and place.”

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5stars2 “…sucked me in so deep I can barely put the book down. Who needs sleep right?”

5stars2 “Like the other books it’s funny, enjoyable, fast paced, “can’t put it down” type book with lots of action. The characters are well developed and relate-able and there’s always a twist or two in the story.”

5stars2 “…so superbly detailed so that at the end of that section you feel almost out of breath… An amazing story. I could go on forever but it would keep me from reading it again.”


Secret agent Aydan Kelly is hoping to resume her peaceful life as a bookkeeper, until her director issues an ultimatum: Go undercover as an arms dealer or go to jail for life. But when Aydan realizes her co-worker’s son has been taken by a serial killer, she defies orders in an attempt to save the child.

Neglecting her undercover assignment may cost more than just her freedom. When the gunrunner she’s been baiting threatens her loved ones, Aydan must choose between protecting them herself or entrusting their safety to geriatric amateur vigilantes while she closes in on the killer.

How much will she risk for a child who may already be dead?


“Lola!” I interrupted.  “Please tell me you’re not forming a vigilante group.”

“Oh, fiddlesticks, Aydan!”  She gave a light innocent laugh that set off all my alarm bells.  “You know me better than that.”

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5stars2 “Fierce and fantastic… This book in particular was riveting and, as usual, I can’t wait for the next one.”

5stars2 “I loved the new “Jane Bond” gadgets that were used in this story. I read this non-stop once I started. It’s just that great!”

5stars2 “…strong characters and quirky humour!!  I tried to savor this one, but couldn’t leave it alone. I wanted it to last forever, but wanted to know how it ended even more.”


Reluctant secret agent Aydan Kelly is posing as an arms dealer when her gangland buyer is implicated in a deadly plot to attack Remembrance Day services.

Partnered with an agent she can’t trust, Aydan races against time to stop the terrorists; but her partner’s volatile temper might blow the whole op… if it doesn’t kill her first.  And when she discovers her lover is embroiled in the case, Aydan must decide:  Will she sacrifice him to save hundreds of innocent lives?


I jumped back as Holt scissored his legs in a sweep that would have brought me crashing down to the pavement beside him.  He rolled to his feet, murder in his eyes.  A voice from months ago spoke in my memory: “…he’s unstable… And he’s almost as advanced in hand-to-hand combat as Kane…”

I only had time for one word.

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5stars2OMG! Talk about being EXPLOSIVE! I love Ayden!

5stars2 “Irresistible.  Don’t start the series unless you have free time because you are not going to want to put the books down.

5stars2This was another heartthrob of a read. Makes my heart race when I read your books.


Escorting Canada’s top weapons developers to an international summit should be just another stressful day in the life of secret agent Aydan Kelly.  But Aydan’s routine mission becomes a nightmare when she’s accused of an attack on the delegates and the theft of a classified weapon.

As evidence mounts against her, Aydan’s own investigation suggests she might have unconsciously committed the crime.  Burned by her own Department and hunted by MI6, CIA, and FBI, Aydan must decide:  When her own mind might betray her, who can she trust?


There was so much bullshit floating around us, the air was turning brown. I added my own shovelful.  “Well, it was very nice to meet you,” I lied. “But it’s been an exhausting day and I’m going to go and grab a drink.  Excuse me.”  I left them standing there eyeing each other with thinly-veiled suspicion.

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5stars2 “I want more!  Edge of your seat action kept me turning the pages. Quickly! I can’t get enough of this series.”

5stars2 “I SCORCHED through the first 12 books in a matter of days… so this was the first time I had to wait for a new story. It was well worth it! All my favourite characters were there with their usual delightful, sexy, and thrilling charms. If you love the series, you will no doubt lap this book up like I did.”

5stars2 “All of her colorful cast of characters are there to pursue another breathtaking adventure that defies you to quit turning the pages. I must confess; I read this one in one sitting!”


Book 14 is nearly done!

Update:  It’s been an awesome writing week!  I’m on Chapter 52 and I might… (dare I say it?) …finish the draft this week — I’m so pumped!


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260 responses to “Books

  1. Barb

    Hi Diane
    Discovered your books this summer and have loved every one. Can’t wait till #11 is out as I am now going through an Ayden/John/Arnie withdrawal.
    Thanks for providing me with so many hours of enjoyment. Now, please let Ayden and John figure things out and finally have a real relationship!
    Till book 11 arrives!


    • Hi Barb! It’s so great to hear you’re enjoying the series! I’m hard at work on Book 11 and already things are complicated. John and Aydan are getting along fine, but John has surprised me again. I was writing along and suddenly words came out of his mouth and I went, “What?!? Wait, you can’t… Oh. I guess that makes sense… Dang, now I have to figure out my plot all over again.” But that’s the kind of surprise that makes it so much fun to write these characters!

      Thanks for dropping by, and for your kind words! 🙂


  2. Lee Ann Brown

    Another GREAT BOOK! I hve now read all of them and can’t wait for the next one. Thanks Diane for a great series of books that keeps me looking forward to the next book.


  3. Just finished Spy Away Home! As always read in only a couple of settings! Looking forward to next great story! Keep them coming! Thanks for the hard work!


  4. Susan Spurgeon

    Just read my first one and I’m totally hooked. Two through nine being downloaded now. I absolutely loved it. What a concept. You actually drew me away from my geeky world of Final Fantasy XIV to read the book. Both keep my very aging brain active.


    • Hi Susan! Wow, I’m so flattered to hear Final Fantasy XIV took a temporary backseat to Never Say Spy – thank you! And thank you, too, for embarking on the rest of the series. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


  5. Eva

    Love your books. Going to Greece end of August and really hope you will release your next book so that I can read it by the pool.


    • Thanks, Eva! I’m aiming for the end of August, so I’ll do my best to release Book 10 in time for it to join you at the pool! 🙂 I should have a firm release date by the end of next week.


      • Eva

        The book is probably your best yet! I managed to download it and read it by the pool, which made it a perfect end to my two week holiday in Greece.
        Can’t wait for book 11.


        • Thanks, Eva, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And I’m glad you got it in time to read on your vacation – I think reading any book poolside makes the book more enjoyable! 😉

          I’m looking forward to putting words on the page for Book 11, too. The plot is rolling around in my head now, so I’ll probably start writing in a week or two.


          • Eva

            Hi Diane,
            Hope all is well? I really can’t believe it is February already. Feels like only yesterday that I read your last book by that lovely pool in Greece. Hope you are enjoying writing book 11. Can’t wait to read it.


            • Hi Eva! Thanks for the good wishes! Everything’s great, and Book 11 is into the ‘final push’ now, where I spend less time plotting and more time writing. Now it’s hard to tear myself away from it to do the mundane things in life like eating and laundry. 😉

              Hope all is well with you, too – thanks for dropping by again!


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  7. Victoria Mills

    I am addicted to Aydan and her wacky adventures! I just downloaded book #9 and hope there are more to come very soon. Love this series, Diane! Please keep ’em coming. : )


    • I’m so glad you’re loving the series, Victoria! I plan to keep ’em coming for at least a couple more books, and any time I think I’m done more ideas pop into my head. So who knows…?

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! 🙂


  8. Mary L Smith

    Can’t wait for next book. Was bored, and went back and reread the last 2 books. Up reading until after 2 AM, then up at 7:30 to finish again. Can’t beleive how good your books stand up to rereads. Even knowing the end, they keep me enthralled. Glad to know that #10 is going to be released early. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it before i leave on a trip the end of August. Keep up the wonderful writing.


    • Thanks, Mary! I’m flattered that you enjoy the books enough to reread them – that’ so nice to hear! I’m doing my best to have Book 10 ready by the end of August. So far it looks as though everything’s on track, but I won’t know for sure for another couple of weeks. Stay tuned… 🙂

      Thanks again for your support – I appreciate you taking time to drop by and comment!


  9. Faye Boley

    Please…..don’t stop writing this series! Can’t wait for #10, 11, 12 ect! Really enjoy them! Ayden can’t stop getting into trouble! Thanks for working so hard!


    • Thanks, Faye – I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! I’m lucky that the hard work of writing and editing feels like fun to me, and I’m lucky to have lovely comments like yours to encourage me! There will definitely be a 10, 11, and 12… after that I’m not sure. I guess I’ll have to see if the characters keep talking to me. 😉


  10. Took me a week to read the first one. Ripped through the next 4 in four days. I don’t know where to put the star rating but I give them all a 4 so far. Each one is better than the last. You will rank with Ian Fleming before you finish.


  11. mindy maurer

    I read all your books in just under a week (’cause after all who needs sleep?), and I love the romance dynamic you’ve got going. I’ve been married to and faithful to the same man for over 20 yr.s. However, I accept other people’s needs/desires/mores may be different from my own. Both Arnie and John seem to fulfill different needs for Aydan to keep her centered and working. I just feel it would be a shame to make her choose, especially when she has seen how a non-traditional can be made to work if everyone is willing and able to put in the extra effort.l


    • Hi Mindy – Thanks, I’m so flattered that you traded sleep for reading! I hope you had a few nice long nights to catch up. 🙂

      And I’m glad you’re enjoying the series and the relationship dynamics as much as I enjoy writing them. Even I’m not sure how it’s going to work out yet – every time I think I’ve got it all figured out, my characters do something different. Book 10 has already surprised me with a new wrinkle in the relationship dynamic, so I guess I’ll just have to keep writing and see what happens along with everybody else.

      Thank you for dropping by to comment – I appreciate your kind words!


  12. Faye Boley

    I have read all of them! You just need to quit sleeping so you can write them quicker! Cant wait for #10!


  13. Hello Diane, I fell into reading your Spy Series totally by accident. I came across “Never Say Spy” from BookBub and it was either free or super cheap (can’t remember HA it was last week hehe) So I got it and started it. Damn GIRL I couldn’t stop reading it, so then I bought the next one, and then the next one and so on. I should have been reading my Literary Theory book and getting my homework done, but NOOOOO I had to finish this series, but I’m glad I did. Well I finally finished Spy High (not my favorite) and I’m anxiously awaiting to see where the story goes from here. I love your characters. I really mean that. John Kane is …. well he is isn’t he? Hellhound is a darling, and Aydan Kelly is my hero! I love female characters who are independent and don’t take any shit from anyone. And Aydan certainly doesn’t. I especially love it when some dickhead is being a dickhead and she has no qualms about telling said dickhead where he can put it. Can’t wait for #10! A little hint would help pass the time…really it would.
    Catherine McGuire Needham
    Vancouver, Wa


    • Hi Catherine –

      LOL! There’s nothing quite like calling a dickhead a dickhead, is there? 😉 Sorry about your homework, but I’m pumped to hear you got into the series like that! I love writing my characters so it makes my day when other people love them, too.

      Spy High was a bit of an experiment – I thought my readers might like a change of pace, but although some people really enjoyed it, the general consensus was as you said: Not their favourite. Book 10 will be more like the others – it starts off with a bang, literally. The usual gang is together again, but things are getting complicated and dangerous in the town of Silverside. (Is that a vague enough hint?) 😉

      Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words!


  14. Diane
    I’ve been thinking (a dangerous thing at times) and I think I know why Spy High isn’t my favorite book. As much as I love Aydan, and her exploits none of the other characters (Arnie, John, Spider, etc) didn’t come into the story line until halfway through or more. I missed them. What were they doing while Aydan was at the commune? Curious minds want to know. Now on the flip side we now have some really interesting twists to the story line. Stemp has no idea his parent’s are deep undercover, he thinks his father is Wolf (??), but it could be Skidmark (love that name), Then Stemp’s parents don’t have a clue about what their son actually does but it’s basically in the same field, but now know there is a granddaughter somewhere. Arnie, John, and Aydan sleeping altogether in the same bed. Now that was interesting. That alone can go so many different ways lol.

    One thing I LOVE about Aydan is how she dresses and how she thinks about it. Like Aydan, every time I put on some nice cloths I wreck something. For me dressing up means wearing my Dansko’s (shoes) with my jeans. Normally, you’ll find me in a hoodie, jeans, tennis shoes. It’s like my uniform.

    We know Spider and Linda are engaged (yeah) but somethings gotta happen to keep Aydan on her toes with her pal Spider, cause we all know she loves Spider like her own kid. And a mother would do anything to keep her kid safe, well I would at least even if I failed I would do anything. Lets not forget Carl, Jack, and that other woman and right now I can’t remember her bloody name. grrr. So where will all of those characters end up. OH and I love how your writing the relationship between Aydan and Stemp. It’s not there, but it is in-between the lines. There’s an amount of trust there between the two that is rather new for both of them. That will be interesting to see where that goes as well.

    Well, Can’t wait for #10…Late in 2015? Well, hopefully it will be out soon so I don’t have to read all 9 in order. I really should stay on task and finish my LIT500 and ENG550 stuff before I pick up a book. BUT damn I just can’t resist a great story! Keep em coming!

    but my friends call me Cait


    • Thanks, Cait! Exploring the dynamics between the characters is one of the reasons I enjoy writing so much. I didn’t intend to write as many books as I have, but every time I think I’m finished a little niggling voice speaks up and says, “But what about the relationship between Character X and Character Y? What happens there? How does that change things?” And off I go again… 🙂


  15. Judie Bryant

    I just finished binge reading your Spy series. I am anxiously awaiting #10. I love your writing! Ayden says out loud what I think in my head. I had a spinal injury 4 yrs. ago and am confined to a wheelchair. I have gotten back to reading and you have entertained me for the past month. Thank you so much!


    • Hi Judie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the series – thank you for dropping by to tell me. 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about your injury, though – what a painful and difficult adjustment that must have been (and probably still is). Sending good thoughts your way.


  16. Angela

    Hey Diane. I have turned into a “Spy” Series junkie. I just started reading them about a week ago and I finished all 9!!! Totally hooked. I love your style of writing. The humour and suspension had me completely sucked in. Can’t wait for #10.


  17. draewilson

    Thoroughly enjoyed 1-8 of the Spy series and have been waiting for #9. Love the action/humor combination.


  18. marla

    love the spy novels <all seven have been 5stars each love the flawed hellhound the best.


  19. I had no idea you are such a prolific author. I am flattered you find a moment or two to visit my blog.


  20. elTea

    I don’t know where you find the time, Diane. You’ve been traveling this week, yet you wrote your blog and have kept up with comments on your blog, made HUGE progress on Book 9, and I presume your normal week is filled with doing your computer tech job, taking your kickboxing and/or belly dance lessons, keeping up your target practice, seeing friends and family, researching details for the book, maintaining your home (and in summer working the garden, and maintaining the RV and deluxe outhouse), vehicles, and clothing, and putting the occasional meal on the table, spending quality time with your beloved; yet you find time to write such fun, funny and occasionally deep books in such short spans of time. Yea, I understand the first 3 were worked over and over and then released more or less all at once- but you haven’t deprived us of regular installments for that many months. Pretty impressive, Diane.


    • Thank you, el Tea! It’s funny – I stress over vacations the way other people stress over work. I enjoy my daily routine so much that it’s hard to tear myself away even for the promise of palm trees and warm weather. I’m an early riser, so when I’m on vacation I compromise by working for a few hours in the morning and being ready to go out by ten AM or so. It’s the best of both worlds!


  21. Pamela Baker

    Your books are marvelous!! I discovered them by accident and now I’m hooked. Aydan, Kane and Hellhound keeps me up for hours. Thank heavens for this gift. The way you describe the characters is just wonderful; your writing is great! I would love to be like Aydan!


    • Hi Pamela! Thank you for dropping by – I’m pumped that you discovered my books and loved them! 🙂 I have so much fun writing my characters; I love it when they strike a chord with someone else, too. Your comment made my day!


  22. Annelie

    What a book! If nobody else tells you great job, I will! Thanks for all the long hours….. I gobbled up the book in less than a week. All the best for number 9, can’t wait……………….


    • Thanks, Annelie! It’s so encouraging to get praise like yours after all the time and effort that goes into writing and releasing a book! I’ve already got a bunch of fun new characters clamouring to be included in Book 9, and I can hardly wait to start writing. Lucky I’m a writer, or I might be concerned about all these voices in my head… 😉


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  24. nick maynard

    great reading. started with book 1 last month allready on book 7,


  25. Dawn Walker

    I read all Spy novels back to back and can not wait for book 8 to come out!!! I love these books!!!


    • Thanks, Dawn – I’m so glad you love the series, and I really appreciate you dropping by to tell me! I’m hoping to have the Book 8 draft finished in a week or two, and then it’s off to my editors/proofreaders – I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a June release. 🙂


  26. Mel Ortner

    Am I the only guy who reads your books ? I just finished Book 1 after ignoring my wife, job, home chores and all other responsibilities until it was done. Wow ! I loved everything about it and will now have to buy all the rest as I’m already jones’n for a Book 2 fix. And it’s only been 15 minutes.


    • Hi Mel! I’m so glad you loved Never Say Spy, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Thank you for coming by to tell me – it was great to get a lift today after a long day of writing!

      And nope, you’re in good company – I have lots of male readers but for some reason they tend to write to me directly instead of posting on my pages, so thanks for being a renegade! 😉


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  28. Lee Ann

    I now have my daughter hooked on your books. We both have been checking for new books. Can’t wait for the new one to come out.


    • Thanks, Lee Ann – I really appreciate you recommending my books! I’m hard at work on Book 8 – just finished writing a scene that made me laugh out loud. I hope it makes everybody else laugh, too… 🙂


  29. Just finished reading book #3 and can’t wait to get the rest of them in my hands! Congrats to the most interesting and action packed series I’ve read in a long time. These characters are my crack and I can’t wait to see what’s up with each of them in each book. I’ve got a soft spot for Spider but I’m split with Team Kane and Team Hellhound. Just can’t choose…much like Ayden. I’m so glad you posted your pic. You are truly beautiful and now I know why everybody falls in love with Ayden. Love her potty mouth too!


    • Hi Charlotte – I’m proud to be your literary crack dealer! 😉 Thank you for your lovely compliments – I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series and the characters. I’m not sure if Aydan will make up her mind one day or not, but that’s why I have so much fun writing – the characters surprise me as often as they surprise my readers.

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment – I really appreciate it!


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  31. Deanna

    I loved Never Say Spy which I got free through Kindle. That, I think, is more beneficial marketing than a nude picture, but you got to do what you got to do. I am going to catch up to the rest of your fans and read the remaining 5 that are available to read and hope that the 7th book is ready soon.


    • LOL! I think you’re right about the nude picture – it seems to me that could backfire… though it might turn out to be lucrative when people offer me money to put my clothes back ON. 😉

      I’m so glad you loved Never Say Spy – thanks for coming by to tell me. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!


  32. Lisa Keefner

    Words are inadequate to describe how much your books have changed me. Sadly, I’m unemployed currently, but happily your exquisite series has taken me from frustrated about not working to frustrated that I actually need sleep-unlike your groovy super spy/bookkeeper. Thank you for offering your first book on the free books to download. Once happily ensconced I immediately bought the rest of the series and finished them in less than a week. I cannot wait for your next book and love that she stays true to herself! I actually laughed out loud at some of your expletives and am smiling even now thinking about ‘baloney pony!’ My gratitude goes out to you for letting this wonderfully flawed women be portrayed so those of us who have our spy years still in front of us can celebrate!


    • Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad you got a laugh out of ‘baloney pony’ – I had so much fun writing that scene! And I’m glad my books coincided with a time when sleeplessness didn’t inconvenience you too much. The whole problem with being between jobs is that you don’t even get to enjoy the break from work if you don’t know when you’ll have money coming in again. Grrr – no fun at all. Wishing you the best of luck with the employment situation, and thank you for taking time to let me know you enjoyed the series!


  33. Mary L Smith

    I love the entire series! Found myself staying up until 3:30A.M. to read, even though I had to be up @ 7:30 to work; and I’d do it again. Fortunately, or maybe that should be unfortunately, I’ve finished all 6 books, & have to wait for the next one to be available. Can’t wait. I plan to miss sleep when it is published. Please hurry, I’m biding my time to read next installment.


    • Thank you – your sleeplessness is a lovely compliment! But ouch, that must have made for a lo-o-o-ong workday.

      I’m hurrying as fast as I can, but my life has been crazy lately. It’ll all settle down in a couple of weeks, though, and Book 7 is still on schedule for an early release. Stay tuned…

      Thanks for dropping by!


  34. Rebecca

    Stumbled upon this series while I was searching for new books to fill up my kindle (and my spare time between obligatory reading for uni). I definitely didn’t expect to be sitting up until five in the morning because I had to get this book finished! It’s so refreshing to find a REAL female protagonist. And I accidentally fell a bit in love with Hellhound (still rooting for Kane and his fantastic arms though.) I absolutely ADORE these characters, maybe more so because they totally snuck up on me and now I’m obsessed. Very excited to start book #2! Thank you for these books. You’ve totally ruined my life.


    • Oops, sorry about that. (Okay, not really, but it seemed like the right thing to say.) I’m glad you fell a little in love with Hellhound – I love all my characters, but… *whispers* …he’s kinda my favourite. Don’t tell the others, okay?

      Thanks for taking the time to come by and give me such great compliments! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series (and that it doesn’t cut into your obligatory reading.) Good luck at uni! 🙂


  35. BJWilson

    Love this series! Had to buy all of them
    Waiting for the next book.
    Hurry up and finish it! Lol


  36. Beth

    Just discovered your series in my never ending quest for interesting series with female protagonists by female authors! I’m all caught up in every series I read (write faster people!!) and was so happy to find yours (first one free on iBooks…just like a drug dealer!) I tore through all 6 books in less than a week and cannot wait for number 7. Thanks for creating an interesting, REAL, middle aged female lead and an intriguing premise. I’m rooting for Kane and would like to see Ayden loosen up a bit…perhaps that’s my Eve Dallas/Rourke love coming through! Looking forward to what comes next!


    • LOL – I’m proud to be your literary drug dealer! 🙂 And it’s great to hear that you devoured and enjoyed the series – Book 7 might even be released a little earlier than planned (I hope). As for Kane and Aydan, even I don’t know what’s going to happen next – my characters just keep surprising me!

      Thank you for taking the time to come by and comment – I appreciate it!


  37. Faye Boley

    Love, Love,Love this series!! Have read the first 5, ready to start #6! Can’t start it today, have to do things to get ready for work this week. If I start, won’t do ANYTHING but read! Love Ayden, Kane and Hellhound! They have REAL feelings/emotions. Have read all the “Stephanie” series. Hope there are just as many or more of Ayden. Can’t wait for #7!!!


    • Thanks, Faye! I’m so glad you love the books – I have so much fun writing the characters and I’m always pumped to hear that they ring true! So far #7 is going faster than I expected and I already have some ideas for #8, but I don’t know if I can match Stephanie Plum. Time will tell… 🙂

      I really appreciate your encouragement – thanks for dropping by!


  38. dawn carpmail

    Hi diane ive just finished all six books 5 stars for each and every one i enjoyed them immensely now the long wait for the next one . I enjoyed learning more about your characters ,all the twists and turns in the plot make your books so enjoyable


  39. Loved the series. Keep ’em coming. Like you I was tired of the sexy, svelte twenty something heroines. So glad there’s Aydan Kelly. She’s my fictional counterpart. As a sexy young 60 I too am commitment phobic and would rather work with power tools than make up sponges! Thanks for the enjoyable reading hours.


    • Hi Joann –

      It’s great to “meet” another toolaholic! I’m so glad you enjoyed the series – thanks for dropping by to tell me. It always makes my day to hear that people like you identify with my characters. The world needs more sexy young 60s! 🙂


      • I just spent the day reading the latest one. Love the part where she finally becomes “human” for a bit. Glad it was with Hellhound. Keep up the good work. I love a good read!


        • Aha, another Hellhound fan! I have so much fun writing his character! I hope you’ve voted in the poll in the right-hand column – my readers are locked in a struggle between Team Kane and Team Hellhound and the numbers are close. Hellhound needs your vote… 😉


          • Nope.I’m not gonna chose between Hellhound and Kane. They both keep her happy and she’s strong enough to handle the both of them. I swear I met Hellhound in real life. Beard, raspy voice, tattoos and Harley! It was awesome to see someone in person who fit the character you wrote about.


            • A woman after my own heart! That’s why I included “choosing would take the fun out of it” in the poll, and 27% agree. 🙂

              What fun that you spotted Hellhound! I’ve seen a few copies of him roaming around, and for a while there was a “Kane” who worked out at my gym. (Never spoke to him, though. Somehow I just couldn’t visualize a good outcome to that conversation.)


  40. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for giving us a female lead who has an IQ and a fantastic dry humor. My first book last night; fell asleep with it and woke up at 0500 and finished it. Thank you for the humor, and real language that she uses (this is not Pollyanna time), thank you for being refreshing. What a treat. OK, so need to get the next ones. Big time.


    • Thanks – I’m so glad you enjoyed Book 1! 😀

      It makes my day to get comments like yours – it’s a little risky to write such a non-traditional character, so I’m pumped when people like you drop by to tell me you liked what I did. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series.


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  42. Carrrissima

    I just finished reading all 5 books. I couldn’t put them down!! Your books not only made me laugh at times they also made me hold my breath in anticipation of what was going to happen next. I am secretly cheering for Aydan and Kane! I can’t wait for book 6 and download to my kindle as soon as I can. Thanks for taking me on such a great ride and some great new catchy sayings!!


    • LOL! I won’t ask if the “catchy sayings” are ones that can be repeated in public… or not…

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the series! Right now I’m waiting for the cover art and final editorial comments for Book 6, and then it’ll go off for final proofing. The planned release is by the end of March, but I hope to have cover art up in the next couple of days.

      Thanks for dropping by to say hi, and for your kind words! 🙂


  43. Daniela

    I can’t wait for book 6. I just read all your books in less than a week. I love Kane and Ayden’s characters. Can’t wait to see how they react to each other in book 6. Could not put the books down. Forge 5 stars I give it 10 stars.


    • Hi Daniela –

      Thank you so much for coming by to tell me – I’m glad you enjoyed the series! So far I’m a week ahead of schedule on Book 6, so I hope to have it out there soon.

      I really appreciate your comment – ten out of five stars makes my day! 🙂


  44. I have just finished all 5 books… read at a fever’s pitch. Fast. Fast. Faster. I’ve just decided to start over and read them all a bit slower! Wonderful, wonderful writing and I am attached to all of the characters.


    • Thanks, Robin! It’s so nice of you to drop by and tell me. Maybe by the time you finish the Book 5 again, I’ll have Book 6 ready. I hope to finish writing by the end of the month, and then it goes to beta readers and editors and all the formatting and cover design has to be done. It looks as though the release date will be somewhere around the end of March… but I’m hoping for sooner!

      Thanks again for your kind words! 🙂


  45. Glen

    Fantastic just finished the third book. I cannot wait to begin the next one. I am Handicapped. Reading is my is my favorite thing to do. Hard to to find good authors. Now I have found a very entertaining one. Thank you


  46. Hi Diane, This is not a come on, but you are beautiful. I enjoyed “Never Say Spy.” I give it 5 stars. I couldn’t put it down. I too, write, but I haven’t gotten any feedback. You asked for it so this is what you get. The compliment is well meant, just responding to you add-ons at the end of the edition.
    I found I came to know Ayden quite well, And Spider too, John Kane not as much. All the agents were nice guys and seemed compassionate, caring, but I didn’t know who they were below the surface.
    I knew more about Hellhound, a nicely drawn character, complex, smart, with depth and character to spare. As to Ayden, “tough broad,” but her abilities seemed a little implausible. She also seemed a lot smarter than any of the others; they were agents, presumably in their jobs because of brains not only muscles. I’m being candid, not superior. My first three works, a trilogy are amateurish compared to your. My fourth one is better, but that may not be saying much. Anyway, this isn’t about me.
    When I finished the book, downloaded from Smashwords I really felt I wanted to write, and express enjoyment, appreciation, maybe a little sharing of the writing experience, and to say thank you, nicely done. I don’t write reviews very often but felt compelled to write this one. Best of luck to you. Dan Schorsch (age 77, dirty old man.)


    • Hi Dan –

      Thank you for taking the time to comment (and compliment) – I really appreciate it! I’m pleased with your character evaluation. Sounds as though I nailed what I’d intended to do: making the civilian characters a bit more open and the secret agents a little more… um… secretive. 🙂

      Your comment about Aydan’s abilities isn’t unexpected – there are a few of us female target shooters around, but we’re pretty scarce. As the series progresses, I dole out some more backstory which (I hope) makes her abilities a bit more plausible and also deepens the characters of the agents.

      Nice to hear from a fellow writer. I definitely know what you mean about the quality of our earlier works – it takes a few novels to get our feet under us. I actually rewrote Never Say Spy three different times: the initial edition; again after I finished my third novel (before any of them were published); and a final time after I finished my fourth novel. And I still go back sometimes and think, “Maybe I should have changed that…” It’s the curse of the writer.

      Thanks again for dropping by, and the best of luck to you, as well.


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  49. Whoa! When did all this happen?

    Congratulations! 🙂

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