At dusk, the White House sits like a pearlescent jewel encased in the velvet of a dark park, like a star that has fallen to earth.
I’m so grateful to Lena Diaz celebrating my fourth Golden Heart nomination, and entry into the Golden Hall of Fame, with this incredible post. This time it’s for the fourth book in my spy series! That means each and every book thus far has either won or been […]
Every Memorial Day weekend, the forecast is Rolling Thunder in the D.C. area. No, not the weather — though we’ve had some storms of late — but a huge motorcycle rally. This was the 30th year this group roared onto the D.C. Mall — all in tribute to […]
Diana here: As you may know, I’m all about anything high tech — what author of spy novels isn’t. Besides, things like this are just plain cool. Here is a great feature from Amusing Planet. Enjoy! Amusing Planet: “A major South Korean retailer has opened what it appears […]
Thriller writer Tom Clancy passed in 2013, but he’ll always be an indelible part of the top secret D.C. landscape. He knew his subject inside out, and if authenticity is what thrills you, no one did it better. Now his estate is going up at auction and you […]
Ever wonder what it is like behind the doors of the FBI? Author Lena Diaz knows all too well … 😉
When one thinks of the United Arab Emirates, we think of glamorous veiled women, luxury beyond belief, and palaces shimmering like mirages in the desert. We rarely think of the great scientific facilities and universities the country has to offer. Nor do we think about women scientists, or […]
Champagne, truffles and a Frenchman? Dining with the French ambassador was right out of the pages of a novel. One of the most magnificent homes in the D.C. area, the French Ambassador’s Residence is a mansion filled with treasures that reflect it’s history — from Kings like Louis […]
Here are some great links to posts you might enjoy this weekend — if you’ve run out of things to read on Top Secret Washington or BookSmart TV that is! First up for writers — Ever notice that a character has green eyes in book one and blue […]
I’ve always dreamt of being at a grand ball and waltzing. The image of tall, mysterious men circling a floor to the strains of Strauss, while their partners’ dresses billow behind them, is incredibly romantic – like a music box springing to life. […]
I’ve run the gamut this week: upset for, mad at, and now, unbelievably, outraged on behalf of Ryan Lochte. Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show should be ashamed of himself. Unless you’ve been on Mars, you’ve by now heard the tale of the robbery that wasn’t, or perhaps […]
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open on September 24th, 2016, however that didn’t stop Top Secret Washington from getting a behind-the-scenes tour on June 5th, 2016, almost four months early! Seeing the museum dusty and draped gave me the opportunity […]
Thank you Sharon Wray for featuring the Golden Heart Suspense finalists — including me!
On June 23rd, 2014, John Rehm passed away. Though it has been two years, I still think of him often. He was a mentor and friend who died much too young and much too painfully. Please join me in remembering him via this post from back then. Too […]
In this guest post, naturalist and bird expert Cecily Nabors continues her fascinating series on the wildlife in and around Washington, D.C.
The theme of this blog is Top Secret Washington because of all the special things I get to do behind the scenes in D.C., but it’s also called this because of my spy series. I love empowered women who can take care of themselves — something I’ve always […]
This woman is so lifelike, so realistic, it can be debated whether this is art or a mannequin display like you’d see in a shop window. I personally think the work of Duane Hanson (1925-1996) are character studies that could drive a novel. This again is the type […]
Okay, time for a bit of fun. Can you identify where these photos were taken? I’ll give you a hint, we’re near George Mason University in Virginia. I’m not looking for a town — Can you tell me what restaurant I’m at? First clue — this architecturally interesting […]
Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most amazing museums in the world. Even better, most of them are free. This is my first feature on specific works of art that I find interesting and want to share. I love art of all kinds, and if this […]
Cecily Nabors reports on the wildlife in a suburb of D.C. A professional nature writer, Cecily’s work can be seen in Audubon Naturalist News, Bird Watching Magazine, and Bird Watcher’s Digest.