JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth experienced food ration books, Victory Gardens and black-out sirens as a child. These memories help her create vivid descriptions of time and place for her award-winning, WWII paranormal suspense series wherein the U.S. government recruits psychics to hunt down Nazi spies. 1. Expect Trouble was a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition and a semi-finalist in the East Texas Writers Guild first-chapter contest. 2. Expect Deception was a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Award in the category of Mystery/Suspense and a finalist in the East Texas Writers Guild first-chapter contest. Ms. Ainsworth is the author of six published novels. Expect Betrayal (Book 3) will release in 2020. She has B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in English and has completed her M.B.A. studies. She lives in northern California. To learn more, please visit https://www.joannsmithainsworth.com or send an email to joannsmithainsworth@gmail.com. Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth

Books

Expect Betrayal (Operation Delphi, #3)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

A college friend offers advice on staying safe in war-torn England to the naval commander overseeing the U.S. psychic team and to its team leader (a U.S. WAVES clairvoyant) while they search for her family’s grimoire, The Book of Cures. The grimoire contains spells and charms to protect their Philadelphia headquarters from further Nazi occult attacks. But the friend is the very man assigned by the Fatherland to spy on them and to put a bullet between their eyes once he gets his hands on this grimoire that Hitler covets and needs to fight the war

Book Bubbles from Expect Betrayal (Operation Delphi, #3)

The Sneaky Bastard Used Enchantment

Always one for a back-up plan, the Nazi spy used an enchanted tracking device to augment his remote viewing skills to follow the trail to the book of spells that Hitler covets.

Is romance in the air?

This was a tricky scene to write. I had to start the romance on the hero's part, show the heroine's reactions while under a spell, and establish that WWII was going on.

The Nazi Spy Wears Sheep's Clothing

The villain appears as soon as they set foot in Great Britain because Hitler is anxious to get his hands on the Livvy's family grimoire. The covert spy is a friend, so who guesses what he's up to--nobody.

The Nazis are coming!

In the long-ago, when magic and medicine were intertwined, the female ancestors of certain Black German gypsies living in Bavaria oversaw the healing of the people. They cast out demons and kept evil at bay with herbs and minerals, occult energy protections, and charms... Hitler covets the Book of Cures with its ancient spells and charms and orders his spies to track it down at all costs.

Support Team Left at Home

U.S. WAVE Livvy and Naval Commander Trey were ordered to Great Britain by the White House to search down her clairvoyant cousin, Etta, who was evacuated during The Blitz and who took with her, as she fled, the family grimoire of cures and charms to defend against curses and spells. The U.S. needs that mystical book to defend against Nazi occult attacks. Hitler wants it, as well. His spy intends to get to it first and kill for it, if need be.

Expect Deception

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Just when US WAVE Livvy Delacourt thinks she and her team of psychic Nazi hunters are ready for whatever The Reich can throw at them, Hitler adds to the mix a spy who also happens to be a wizard. Now dark magic is being used to attack US facilities, and Livvy must match wits with the evil wizard, whose objective is to destroy Operation Delphi and all her team. If she fails to ramp up her psychic powers, she may perish—and perhaps cause the US to lose the war with Germany while she’s at it.

Book Bubbles from Expect Deception

Nazi Spy Juices Up His Spells

Nazi spy (and magician of the Black Arts) Fergus increases the potency of the spells he has woven to disable the U.S. psychic team.

A Rotten Apple in the Barrel

Sleeper spy Deryk Fergus is unexpectedly called into action to benefit the Third Reich. And he's ready! He's long been impatiently waiting to show off to Hitler.

Occult Training 101

The U.S. government hastily brought together a team of psychics to combat the occult disruptions emanating from Hitler's Third Reich. They each have a specific psychic talent--clairvoyant, crystal ball reader, a nurse with healing hands, a medium, a seer of ghosts. Now, they must learn to work as a team!

Expect Trouble

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The US government recruits psychics to find spies during WWII. Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVES Lieutenant Livvy Delacourt wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her skill to track Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet.

Book Bubbles from Expect Trouble

EXPECT TROUBLE hit the Amazon Top 100 list

Wow! EXPECT TROUBLE hit the Amazon Top 100 list today in Psychic Mysteries. Walking on air!

No "Need to Know"

A skeptic and an engineer, Trey needed to talk with people to do his research and be effective on his new assignment. The govt. tied his hands by declaring potential staff had no "need to know" at this point. Frustrating!

Rich and Powerful Dad Can't Get Him Out of This On

Protests are to no avail. He's stuck with the job.

Trey Can't Believe His Marching Orders

Trey's financially powerful, and politically connected father had gotten him special consideration for colleges and employment. This time he got him into trouble.

Trey the Skeptic is Tapped to Oversee a Psychics P

What else could the military get wrong, he wondered.

The Plot Thickens and Trey Cries "Uncle"

Skeptics and psychics aren't "birds of a feather". It will take much adjustment on both sides before these two can co-exist.

Rooms, rooms, everywhere and not a chair to sit on

First day of the new assignment for the naval commander and first day for the top secret facility, an uninhabited Philadelphia mansion. Furniture and most of the staff have yet to arrive, but these inconveniences aren't the greatest challenge the commander will be facing...as he has yet to find out.

Clueless, but Enlightenment is Coming!

Trey doesn't know it, but he's about to be plunged into a whirlpool of espionage and psychic phenomena.

Light Bulb Time for Trey

She'd grown up, lost weight, and enlisted into the WAVES. No wonder he didn't recognize his newly assigned aide.

Trey Takes Livvy Under His Wing

Family ties feature prominently in the social fabric of the early 20th century. As a naval officer, Trey first carried out his duty--to offer advice to the facility manager to protect NAMU from sabotage in the future. Always in the back of his mind is his obligation to help a childhood friend who, unexpectedly, came under his command.

Taking Charge

New to this top secret assignment and not fully briefed by command, Trey feels out of his depth. Bombs and their destruction were not part of his engineering studies at Dartmouth.

Stubborn Independence Takes a Back Seat

Sometimes it's easier just to let someone else take care of you.

Trouble Arrives

Livvy tries to shield others while not going so far as to give away her secret--that she is a clairvoyant. This time she wasn't quick enough.

Shorthand and the Other Worldly

Livvy focuses on shorthand swirls to keep a psychic vision from manifesting.

If you know what's good for you...

Livvy learned as a teenager to hide her special talent if she and her wheelchair-bound father wanted to continue living for free in the Gate House on Uncle Max' estate. That her clairvoyant visions were pushing to the surface in front of her new superior chilled her--to the bone.

Romance in the air?

The last person Livvy expected to see as her new boss was her unrequited high school crush. Awkward! Embarrassing, too. She recognized him by his voice. He. on the other hand, was staring straight at her and he hadn't a clue who she was.

Intelligence vs. Brawn

Livvy is conscientious, hard-working, and clairvoyant. These skills sometimes clash, but she can always count on her brain to find a way to a solution.

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