Author Name: Kate Lowell

 Book Name: Flesh Market

 Release Date: November 10, 2015

Pages or Words:  75,000 words (pre-edits).

 Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Thriller

I'd like to say thanks to Kate Lowell for stopping by today with Flesh Market and also for a great post about getting into the FBI.

So...I'll let Kate take it from here.


Hi, I’m Kate Lowell!

Thanks for joining me on the Flesh Market tour, or what I’ve come to call “The blog tour that will forever make you question your view of the world around you”. I know it did that for me. Tons of research that went into this book. So many books, so many articles, and over the course of the tour, I’m going to share some of that research, and some of my sources with you. (Please be gentle—it was extremely difficult to condense all that info down to a reasonable sized blog post for each topic. I could have gone on ad nauseum—and honestly, some of the reading was nauseating.) One lucky winner will get to choose any one book from the ones I’ve highlighted through the tour, and I’ll send it to them. (Caveat: I won’t necessarily send the cheapest version of a book, but I do need to keep my pocketbook in mind. And some books may only be available used, or in electronic format. We’ll talk when you win.  )


Getting into the FBI

Getting into the FBI is just as hard as it sounds. First of all, you don’t get in just out of high school—you have to be a minimum of 23 years old to even apply. You also can’t be older than 37. The average age of new agents is 30, with significant work experience.

“The critical skills the FBI is looking for change with the needs of the Bureau. My advice to someone thinking of becoming an FBI Special Agent is to stay away from all drugs—period. Do well in school, take a major you like because you are likely to do well in it. Have a clean driving record, no criminal record, and if not in excellent physical condition, start getting in shape long before you fill out the application. You will be physically challenged, to be sure.” (Holden, 2005)

Then, there’s the process of getting accepted.

First off, they like people with specific skills. Accounting is popular. So is computer science. Or law enforcement experience. Criminal justice is a given. A four year degree in some area where the FBI sees a need is required. You have to have 3 years of full time employment, a valid driver’s license, and be able to pass a polygraph, an extensive background check, a drug test, and a vision test (including color).

Once you put in the application, you go through a series of tests and interviews.

The paper tests have been compared to the Law School Admissions Test on steroids. Situational judgment, cognitive ability, and biodata inventory—questions that test natural aptitude with respect to skills that will be used extensively by the new agent. (There is a test prep manual available from the recruiter, though it only helps with the cognitive test.) If you pass, there’s a 15 page application for employment that you must turn in within 10 days. (I lol’d. I can’t even imagine…) If you make it through that, and then through the background check, you move on to Phase 2 of the application process.

Phase 2 involves a 90 minute written essay, then a 60 minute interview consisting of 15 different questions. An 80% failure rate at this stage is not unknown.

The last phase is a personal security interview, where the applicant is interrogated about past travel, foreign contacts, drug usage, financial obligations, and will fact-check information provided in previous paperwork. The accuracy of this information is then checked through a polygraph, often administered the same day. Then there is a physical readiness test to determine the likelihood that the applicant will be successful in the physical training portion at Quantico, and a medical exam. Applicants also undergo a full field background check, including interviews with anyone they know or knew, worked with, went to school with. This might take several months, depending on how often the applicant had moved in the past, how many jobs they’ve had, how extensive their list of acquaintances and coworkers is.

At the end of this long process, the successful candidate may or may not be offered a seat at Quantico. The final hurdle to pass is the level of funding provided by the federal government, and the number of new agents the FBI needs. 

Recommended read: To Be an FBI Special Agent by Henry Holden

Thank you! :)


Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers. 

But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.

Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.

There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.




Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.

Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.

Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.


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Meet the author:

Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?


Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.


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