Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Baksheesh by DS Kane

Please welcome DS Kane author of Baksheesh.

DS Kane will be awarding ebook versions of the whole Spies Lie series (which includes Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet, and Baksheesh) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Ebook versions of the whole Spies Lie series (which includes Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet, and Baksheesh) to a randomly drawn host.



by DS Kane


GENRE: Thriller




  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?


My work in intelligence left me searching for the real story underneath a cover story. Small clues often sent me to a place where the critical mass of facts I could see covered something worthy of investigation. The best spy thrillers use the same technique. Give the reader a few disjointed pieces and then gradually deliver the missing pieces that tie it all together. This is just one example of where the skills of a spy work as well in writing thrillers. And, I believe most people involved in intelligence work lie. The motto of the Mossad, for example: “Through deception, we wage war.” The best intelligence work is full of believable lies.


My thrillers start with a news story I watched on television or read on the Internet. But, since everyone in Washington DC lies to cover a darker story underneath, the news becomes my ticket down the rabbit hole.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?


When I started the Spies Lie series, I wrote a “series bible” before I started the first book. The series was to be six books. So far, Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet and Baksheesh (Bribes) have all become Amazon bestsellers. The sixth, ProxyWar, wil be out in December. But when I asked myself if I had more I wanted to tell, the answer was ‘yes.’ I’m now writing another in the series, about a war between hackers and governments.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?


Tricky question. Each of my characters contains a small part of me, usually a mix of my best and worst features. So first, Jon Sommers and William Wing contain more of me than anyone else. Someone designed by fate and the nastier side of life, a victim of tragedies. Jon is a traditional covert operative, a spy who was trained to kill. William is a master hacker, someone who knows the vulnerabilities of every network in existence. Both are orphans.


But I also have the experiences of Cassandra Sashakovich. My cover was blown, as was hers. And, I use logic to solve problems, as does Yigdal Ben-Levy.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?


This one is easy. I write to a soundtrack I’ve assembled, and it helps me visualize the scenes in my books. The same for my characters. So, here’s the list, in order of their introduction in the series


Yigdal Ben-Levy: F. Murray Abraham

Jon Sommers: Clive Owen

Aviva Bushovsky: Lauren Ambrose

William Wing: Masi Oka

Betsy “The Butterfly” Brown:

Avram Shimmel: Oscar Isaac

Cassandra Sashakovich: Claire Danes

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


Yes, I have other writers I have worked with in critique groups. For the first four in my series, I worked with the ActFourWriters, including Dennis Phinney, Janet Simcic, Brenda Barry, Linda Rohrbough, Claudia Melindez Salinas, Julia Reynolds, and Liz PIcco. These days, I’m trading manuscripts with Diana Y. Paul.


Without the assistance of these excellent writers, I wouldn’t have learned my craft. Their critiques of my plots and character arcs were essential to my development as a writer.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?


I outline everything. Themes, scenes, characters, books, and the series as a whole. My outlines tend to go about twelve pages per book. When I find myself drifting off the outline, I ask if it will still lead to the same ending and expose the theme I started with. If not, I revise back to my original outline.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Yes. I play blues guitar and sing. So do a few of my characters. Barry Eisler introduced me to single malt whisky, and I’ve found that several of my characters enjoy Lagavulin scotch, from Isley.


  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

A few. Ludlum’s The Borne Identity, is my all-time favorite. But I also love James Rollin’s Sigma novel, Map of Bones. And Barry Eisler’s A Clean Kill in Tokyo.


  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

My favorite actress is Claire Danes. In Homeland, her depiction of Carrie, a bipolar spy, is exceptional. So many field operatives are damaged in some crucial way, and her acting shows this aspect off well.


My favorite actor is Clive Owen. In the movie, The International, he steps into the space where I was so many decades in my past.


  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

In Baksheesh (Bribes), Cassie’s wedding turns into a blood bath, exposing how badly damaged she is psychologically. It will take several hundred pages and a lot of help for her to unwind the piece of her that has been blasted, and evolve into someone more powerful than she ever was before.


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

My advice to series writers is to write a series bible before you begin. My series bible contained full-page descriptions of every character and every location. In most cases, I visited the cities where the characters lived and where my scenes would take place, took extensive notes, and in a few cases I even visited the buildings where they lived. I wrote an overarching plot outline of the entire series, to define the theme of the series and the sub-themes of each book in the series. Finally, I outlined each individual book in the series. This gave me consistency across the series, and made it possible for every book to be a stand-alone book, for readers who pick up the series mid-way.


If I wasn’t as OCD as I am, this could never work. But now, after I’ve extended the series past its original ending, I need to be even more careful about the character arcs and plot points for subsequent books. So, I’m constantly asking myself, does this still work? It’s a question only my readers can answer.



She spied for her country, blackmailed her president, and ran from more threats than she can remember. But when the love of her life proposes, covert agent Cassandra Sashakovich is finally ready to settle down. Unfortunately her past is not quite ready to let her walk away.

Old enemies—including a vengeful president—want her dead, and they’re willing to attack her loved ones, including her adopted teenage daughter, if that’s what it takes.

But Cassandra has other pressing problems—a world leader is assassinated and an arm dealer’s revenge threatens to lead to nuclear war. Now Cassandra and her security firm, Swiftshadow must defuse the threats and find a way to outmaneuver those who threaten not only her family, but her country as well.




Lee Ainsley, her boyfriend, knelt, holding up the tiny ring with its miniature diamond in his hand, offering it to her. He seemed to sense the tsunami of emotions overpowering her. Feelings mixed with logic, pointing in every direction away from what she truly wanted.

He grinned slyly, like a child who’d waited too long for Christmas. “What’s your answer? Cassandra Sashakovich, I’m hopelessly in love with you. Please marry me.”

Her eyes had popped wide open the first time he asked. Now, she tried to speak but her lips wouldn’t move.

She’d shown him her heart, her only private place where thought had no currency.

She forced herself to moisten her lips through the pain, preparing to speak. The voice inside her head told her not to try and sort all of it out before she answered him.

Time to feel? Time to think?

She realized there wasn’t time to sort this out properly. Cassie tried thinking anyway, since—for her—thinking always happened before any action. She wondered what she really wanted. Of course she wanted Lee. And the voice in the back of her head stated bluntly that having Lee would be dangerous for him. She wasn’t safe. No one with her could ever be safe.

Now, what she had originally dreamed of, being wanted and loved by an intelligent, good-looking man, was about to become her dream come true. But Lee had been targeted for death because of her. Accepting his proposal would only exaggerate his peril. And, Ann, her adopted daughter would be at greater risk with both her and Lee as choke points. Furthermore, it would be so much easier for any enemies of Cassie to use her family as leverage against her. Yet, if she declined, she’d acknowledge that her enemies had succeeded in destroying her life.

Cassie sighed. It was a lose-lose situation.

Her heart leaped at the sight of the miniscule ring. Where had he bought it? When had he had time? It had to have been just before he was picked up by the FBI and taken to Guantanamo Bay; it was so small that he’d probably bought it the day after they’d left the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.

Cassie realized, ohmigod, he’s been planning this for months.

She heard Ann tiptoe down the stairs. She saw the teen’s reflection, watching from just beyond the kitchen doors, facing Cassie’s back. Ann’s ragged hair had been dyed back to its natural mousy brown, from the purple and pink she’d colored it to disguise herself when she ran from a Saudi assassin weeks ago. Ann held Gizmo, their small, black kitten in her arms. She smiled. “Do it, mom,” she whispered.

Time to choose.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

DS Kane worked in the field of covert intelligence for over a decade. During that time, his cover was his real name, and he was on the faculty of NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business. He traveled globally for clients including government and military agencies, the largest banks, and Fortune 100 corporations, and while in-country, he did side jobs for the government. One of the banks DS Kane investigated housed the banking assets of many of the world’s intelligence agencies and secret police forces, including the CIA and NSA. Much of his work product was pure but believable fiction, lies he told, and truths he concealed. Secrets that–if revealed–might have gotten him killed. When his cover got blown, he fled the field and moved 3,000 miles.

Now, DS Kane is a former spy, still writing fiction. Through his novels, he exposes the way intelligence agencies craft fiction for sale to sway their countries and manipulate their national policy, driving countries into dangerous conflicts.

To learn more about DS Kane and his books, visit or join him on Facebook for book giveaways and details on espionage at




DS Kane will be awarding ebook versions of the whole Spies Lie series (which includes Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet, and Baksheesh) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Ebook versions of the whole Spies Lie series (which includes Bloodridge, DeathByte, Swiftshadow, GrayNet, and Baksheesh) to a randomly drawn host.

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3 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Baksheesh by DS Kane

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 17, 2015

    Thank you for hosting

  2. Mai Tran
    November 17, 2015

    What kind of phone was your first cell phone?

  3. achristay
    November 17, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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