Monday, February 17, 2014

[Guest Post] Spy Terms with Elizabeth Seckman

Today, we have our good friend Elizabeth Seckman over to discuss something really cool—spy terms! (As if I weren't on enough lists, thanks to book research... LOL) Take it away, Elizabeth!


Hi Carrie! Thanks for having me over to talk about naked blind dates, honey pots, and night crawlers.

No, I'm not talking about porn and fishing bait. I'm talking about some of the coolest spy terms I came across while researching Fate Intended. In the story, Trip Coulter is a man on a covert mission. A spy with his eye on the happily ever target.

So, what does it mean to go naked on a blind date with a honey pot to look for night crawlers?

► Naked- to work without cover or back up

► Blind date- first meeting with an unknown source

► Honey pot- female agent using sex to compromise a target

► Night crawlers- talent spotters who prowl bars and clubs for government employees and military who can be compromised or trusted

► Talent spotter- recruiter

Some other fun terms?

► Rent a goon- operatives proficient in hand to hand combat used as body guards

► Bag job- breaking and entering

► Cobbler- spy who makes fake documents

► Cooked- mixing real intelligence with false information

► Expats- expatriates planted in other countries to influence culture

and by far...the funkiest word I came across?

► Funkspiel- impersonation of another in electronic communications

Want to know more? Go here: spy codes

About the Book


Fate Intended is the third book in the Coulter Men Series. Trip is the last of the Coulter sons to find love. He’s a handsome man with all the skills a young spy needs to succeed. But when it comes to love, he misses the target. Jane is a sweet beauty who may or may not be wanted for murder. She’s hiding out as a cleaning lady when chance brings her and Trip together. It looks like a happily ever after is in the cross hairs until reality tries to destroy what fate has intended.

About the Author


Elizabeth Seckman is a simple chick with a simple dream…to write stories people want to read.






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Question of the week (from Carrie):
 Do you have a favorite fictional spy?
Mine is Michael Weston from Burn Notice!

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm going to have some fun with those terms today! Think I'll skip using the honey pot one though.

Melissa said...

Cool post! I really enjoyed reading this. :D

Hm... I write with a pen name. Does that mean I'm committing Funkspiel?

DMS said...

These spy terms are so fun! Definitely add a lot of flavor to a sentence. :)
Thanks for sharing!
~Jess

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Honey pots can be deadly. Wise man to avoid them!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm going to go with yes. Only because telling people you're a funkspieler could be good fun!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My pleasure Jess! They are some really fun words. Spies always get the cool stuff!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks for having me over Carrie! I simply LOVE my spy gear. It's just too cool.

Ashley Chappell said...

I think Funkspiel might be my new favorite word :-)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow. Interesting. Kind of reminds me of the terms they use at the creative terms they use a the wastewater treatment plant (sewer). For some reason they all seem to be food related.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Isn't that the best. Sorry, I can't stay long. I have some funkspiel planned for tonight.

Carrie Butler said...

You're very welcome! :) Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I've never heard those ones...sounds like a blog post Donna!

Natasha Hanova said...

Fun terms! Didn't know about cobblers or funkspiel.

jamieayres.com said...

Love this post! Burn Notice was great until they ruined it in Season 7 :-(

Denise Covey said...

Hi Elizabeth. Hi Carrie. Love these spy terms. You certainly got my attention there! Favourite spy? Hmm. So many. Maybe Sandy Woodrow in The Constant Gardener. I want to read these books...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Some fun terms! I knew a few but most I didn't. Cool shades, mike, and all that neat green neon! I liked Michael Weston too.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Bag Job sounded a little too much like another B. Job, if you get my drift. Hilarious Liz, naught girl posting this Carrie.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Enjoyed learning about all these terms. Had no idea what they meant. Congrats on your book, Elizabeth.

Tammy Theriault said...

naked...I see that totally different. I'm referring to Trip last night. bwahahaha...

Carrie Butler said...

Oh, I know! I could've dealt with them wrapping it up in Season 6.

Crystal Collier said...

Those are some pretty epic terms. LOVE IT. I know who I'm going to hit up for advice if I ever aim to write a spy book. Probably won't but I will definitely be reading one. =)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I didn't either. So many good terms, so few ways to work them into the book.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks Jamie :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks Denise! I hope you do read them ;)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Aren't I cool? Carrie is the bomb!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

LOL. I never thought of it...but now I am turning a little pink in the cheeks!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks Natalie :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

LOL. Sure, sure...I still know you're weakness. Bwa ha ha!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I love the way you think Crystal!