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In the Shadow of the Past

Shadow Series Book One

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About The Series

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She fell for the wrong woman … now it’s going to cost her.

Mix one part espionage, one part romance, and two parts secrets and lies, and you’ve got a lethal cocktail as intoxicating as midnight and warm brandy. Amidst the backdrop of New York City during World War II, this tale of two women, inextricably linked by duty and desire, grabs the reader from the start and never lets go.

One telephone call changes budding reporter Jenny Ryan’s life forever. Longing to do her part toward winning the war, and guilt-ridden over her part in the death of her research scientist father, an anonymous caller sets her on a path of intrigue and danger by pinning her father’s death on the man selling secrets to the enemy, wealthy industrialist Marcus Forrester. Armed with absolution and patriotic duty, she’ll stop at nothing to bring him down. She didn’t count on falling for the key to her plan—Forrester’s mistress, Kathryn Hammond.

Kathryn Hammond isn’t who she appears to be. A popular nightclub singer with elegant grace and stunning good looks, she shoulders a tragic past that haunts her soul. Stuck stateside carrying out dead-end missions for the OSS while the war rages in Europe, her life is turned upside down when Jenny Ryan becomes her latest dead-end mission and awakens the enemy that could cost her everything—desire.

Lush with the sights and sounds of the 1940s, author J.E. Leak tells the story of Kathryn and Jenny, caught in a reluctant slow burn as they battle against the onslaught of negative forces that threaten to keep them apart. This spellbinding journey will carry you deep into the shadow of the past and have you turning pages well into the night.

Follow Kathryn and Jenny’s epic love story as they navigate duty and an unrelenting longing to save each other, despite the surmounting obstacles and a world gone mad.

About The Book

She fell for the wrong woman … now it’s going to cost her.

In wartime New York City, budding reporter Jenny Ryan is chasing the biggest story of her life. Everyone said the death of her beloved research scientist father was an accident, but she knows it was her fault. When an anonymous phone call puts the blame on wealthy industrialist Marcus Forrester, Jenny doesn’t hesitate to act. Armed with absolution and a tenacious drive for justice, she will stop at nothing to bring him down. She didn’t count on falling for the key to her plan … Forrester’s mistress.

On the surface, Kathryn Hammond has it all: a successful nightclub singing career, elegant grace, and stunning good looks that draw all eyes to her when she enters a room. No one can see her tragic past, or the demons she battles daily as she toils stateside, carrying out what she considers dead-end missions for the OSS while the real war rages in Europe. She knows nothing short of her death in service to the greater good will redeem her for the lives lost on a mission gone bad. All that changes when Jenny Ryan becomes her latest dead-end mission and awakens long dormant concepts like hope, redemption, and the worst thing that could happen to an agent toward their subject: desire.

These two women, on very disparate paths, are caught in a reluctant, slow burn that will save them, but at what cost, and are they willing to pay the price?

Follow Kathryn and Jenny’s epic love story as they navigate duty and an unrelenting longing to save each other, despite the surmounting obstacles and a world gone mad.

About the author

J E Leak author photo

I was born in Washington, DC, and grew up on the beautiful South Jersey shores of Long Beach Island. An antiques conservator by trade, I have always been fascinated by history and the stories objects could tell if they could speak. When I’m not bingeing 1940s noir films, I’m writing or photographing nature on the spring-fed azure rivers of Central Florida. I have an Associate of Science degree in graphic design and I am a devoted night owl.

J E Leak

Upcoming books

The Shadow series follows two female OSS agents as they navigate duty and passion in a world ravaged by war.

Two upcoming ebook covers: In the Shadow of Truth and In the Shadow of Victory

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