March 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Spy Island by Sophie Schiller (Excerpt)

Title: Spy Island
Author: Sophie Schiller
Publication Date: January 11th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Abby Maduro is a young girl living a purposeless existence when she rescues a handsome deserter from a German U-boat, Erich Seibold, who has washed ahore on her Caribbean island. Abigail hides Erich in the basement of her house and friendship and love blossom between the unlikely pair. Unbeknownst to Abby, St. Thomas is a hotbed of German spies and saboteurs who use their Hamburg steamers to aid the Kaiser's war effort. When island's German Consul, Lothar Langsdorff, discovers Erich's presence on the island, he forces him back into the conflict. Langsdorff blackmails Erich into committing sabotage and murder, throwing the whole island into chaos and plunging Abby headfirst into the dangerous world of German spies. When Erich is arrested, Abigail faces the ultimate test. But as long as Lothar Langsdorff is on the loose, Abby relies on her wits, bravery, and a little island magic to save Erich and rid her tranquil island of a nest of German spies.
 If you can imagine "Summer of My German Soldier" set on a Caribbean island replete with German spy characters, Old World Danish characters, colorful West Indian characters, blazing Luger pistols, a mad Voodoo Queen, and a brave and resourceful heroine, then you have a good picture of Spy Island.

I trail the policeman through the courtyard, attempting to avert my gaze from the hissing prisoners as I search for Erich. Suddenly, we halt in front of a cell door in the prison's southern wall.
"You have five minutes, no more, then be on your way," says the policeman, inserting the key in the lock and calling out, "Hey Kaiser man, you have a visitor."
When the prisoner turns around, my relief is boundless. Although his face is obscured by the shadows, I have no doubt that it's Erich. As soon as he sees me, Erich bolts upright and starts toward us, but the jailer holds up his huge, powerful hand.
"Not so fast, Kaiser man," he yells. "Stop right dere. Talk from ovah dere."
The policeman turns and retraces his steps through the courtyard, leaving us alone for a few precious minutes. With the door ajar, I slip inside Erich's cell and throw my arms around him.
"Erich! I thought I'd never see you again. Are you alright?"
"I’m fine," he says, with a mixture of shock and relief. "And what about you? How the devil did you manage to get in here?"
"I have my ways," I say. "I did what anybody would do under the circumstances. But I had to see you again, no matter what. What are they going to do to you?"
"They'll charge me with espionage, but only after they interrogate me for any useful information I care to divulge about German wartime strategy."
I hiss in his ear. "Now listen carefully. I'm going to get you out of here. Just do what I say…there’s no time to lose."
"What? Are you crazy?"
"I'm quite serious," I affirm, pulling out the gendarme uniform. "It's our only chance. Put it on quick. The outside gate is still unlocked and there's only one policeman on duty right now. Larsen's in his office daydreaming and if you hurry, you might be able to slip through the front gate. I calculate you have about two minutes."

Author Bio:
Sophie Schiller grew up in the West Indies amid aging pirates and retired German spies. She was educated at American University, Washington, D.C. and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Author Links:

Purchase Link:


  1. Very refreshing blog and very refreshing ideas. Im glad that I came across this when I did. I love what youve got to say and the way you say it.

  2. this sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Wow I would never have guessed what the book was about from the cover! It sounds really exciting! And historical fiction is usually very interesting :D Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great excerpt and blurb. German spies on a Caribbean island, this book sounds like there's a great adventure with lots going on. I'm going to have to check it out.

  5. I agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your incoming updates. Just saying thanks will not just be adequate, for the wonderful clarity in your writing.It is imperative that we read blog post very carefully

    University of Phoenix Online

  6. Really i am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.

    longview dentists

  7. This books looks exciting - thanks for sharing the excerpt! I love spy books and don't see many that are YA. I had never heard of this book but after reading this post, I am adding it to my TBR list.

  8. Honestly, I don't really read much Adult anything. The only thing Adult that I have read in a long time is Kate Locke's The Queen is Dead series. I love it, but usually I don't take much of a shine to them. So, while this one sounds good, I don't believe that it would be for me. And that cover is honestly very strange!

    1. This is actually a Young Adult thriller, not an Adult novel.


I truly appreciate each and every one of your comments!