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Tierney James, Author

Lipstick & Danger



I traveled to Africa a number of years ago and am still basking in a dream come true. From the time I was a little girl I couldn’t get enough of the old 1930’s and 1940’s black and white movies where Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan. My father introduced me to the television series titled Jungle Jim, which we watched together. Nobody could wrestle a crocodile like Jim! Thus began my fascination with Africa. Somewhere along the movie trail I found the Spencer Tracey movie of journalist Henry Stanley who finds Dr. Livingstone in Africa. The famous words, “Dr. Livingstone I presume,” followed me all the way to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where there was a sign dedicated to the real life characters I’d carried around in my imagination for so long. So with a big smile on my face i stood in front of the sign and said, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume!”

During my trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa I took lots of notes. When we were on Safari I made sure I sat in the front seat to hear all the folklore about native birds and other animals. I got a first rate education of the floral and fauna and experienced a wild land which showed signs of disappearing. I knew some day I would have to write a story to incorporate the things I loved. From the fruit bats hanging outside my tent at night (they sound like puppies yipping by the way) to the bull elephant the natives called Rambo and would bring two of his buddies into our camp, you’ll finally begin to see the pictures which cemented into my brain. 

Fast forward to the present. Like with any journey there must be a beginning. KIFARU is your passport to Africa. It is my hope you’ll experience some of the excitement I enjoyed while there. Enigma #4 is part of a series where Tessa Scott usually gets hip deep into trouble no matter how hard she tries to avoid it. A shady character manages to entangle her in this first part of finding her way to adventure. Reminder: all my books can be read as a stand alones. I won’t leave you hanging out to dry at the end, but I will try and make you hungry for more. Enigma #5 will actually take you into Africa where I stayed. In the meantime read the blurb from KIFARU. Release date will be November 21, 2017. And remember–diamonds are not a girl’s best friend.


Kifaru is another action-adventure ride with the Enigma team. A story laced with half-truths and hidden treasure, brings our reluctant heroes to expose deception and force a naïve husband to participate in the world of crime.

Tessa Scott thinks taking her children to Squaw Valley for a skiing trip will be a great way to relax. The vacation turns out to be more of an adventure than she plans when a mysterious sedan follows her onto a snow-packed highway. She stops at a convenience store with the children and convinces a man to help her get away, only to discover the stranger is a bigger threat.

When his newest agent, Tessa Scott, disappears under his watchful eyes, Captain Hunter races to save her from a dangerous man. When the stranger convinces her to help save an African nation from a brutal dictator, Hunter can’t prevent her from taking matters into her own hands. He needs to find her before falling victim to more deceit and the nasty business of conflict diamonds. An avalanche complicates the rescue until an enemy intervenes to save them both from certain death.

Never in his wildest dreams did Tessa’s husband, Robert Scott, think he’d be the target of an FBI investigation in a money laundering scheme. Kidnapped by men promising bodily harm, he lands in a secret location where escape appears impossible. Interrogated and drugged, he’s dumped in a parking garage. In the days that follow, he continues to look over his shoulder in fear of more trouble or the chance his wife will find out about the dead woman in his hotel room.




One of the best things about being an avid reader is the ability to be transported into another time. You step into the lives of colorful characters that warm your heart or wake you in the middle of the night, trembling with fear. When you reach those dreaded words, “The End,” you sigh, cry or even scream that there is nothing left to explore—at least until you pick up the next book.

All my life I’ve loved books, stories told by the old folks and movies which made my heart pound with excitement. I wrote my first puppet play when I was ten years old. From that moment on I realized that I could create worlds designed to entertain.

The Enigma Series was born after moving to Northern California. The first book, An Unlikely Hero picked up steam after several people in Northern California kept mistaking me for someone named Melanie. The DMV even took me aside for a little chat. After all was resolved I began to wonder who this woman might be and whether or not she could be in danger. I fell in love with my characters and knew they would be a part of my life for a very long time.

I write to inspire, to make your heart pound, to make you lose touch with reality for just a short time. Thank you for stopping by this page, even if it was a mistake. Things happen for a reason. Join me as I write myself into character and adventure.

One more little thing. I would love for you to sign up for my blog. You’ll find what you need to the right at the bottom of this page. Remember! Every day is a new page.


4 Responses to "Welcome"

  1. Comment by Cygnet Brown
    June 10, 2017 11:22 pm

    I love your website! This landing page makes me want to read your books!

    • Comment by Tierney James
      June 11, 2017 1:16 am

      Well that was my goal! Please look around the site. It is really fun to dream this stuff up. Thanks for being awesome and inspiring to those around you.

  2. Comment by Jason Fort
    August 31, 2017 7:18 pm

    You have inspired me to change mine a bit. Thanks…

    • Comment by Tierney James
      August 31, 2017 9:20 pm

      This marketing stuff is constantly evolving! Let me know how I can help. Will contact you in a few days to come on this website.

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