Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Review: The Width of the World by David Baldacci

Title: The Width of the World
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Pan Macmillan


Vega Jane is a teenage Wug and until recently was a resident of Wormwood village. Her entire life was shaped by two facts — a) nothing exists outside the grim village of Wormwood, and b) there’s no way to cross the monster-filled Quag. However, these facts are nothing but lies. And once she learns this truth, her life changes for ever. Along with her friend Delph, she breaks out of Wormwood and makes it through the deadly Quag alive only to find a wall. The key to the world on the other side is a ring that once belonged to her grandfather. When the duo reach the village, they are in for more surprises.
For the first time, they find themselves among people who aren’t governed by fear. But Vega Jane starts to suspect that this new world might be even more dangerous than the treacherous place they have left behind. She confronts the Maladons — malign magicians who have ruled everywhere else for eight centuries over a populace brainwashed into mindless contentment. The cheerful citizens have paid a high price for their comfort; they’ve been enslaved and don’t even realize it. To set the innocent people free from the clutches of the evil Maladons, she recruits and trains a small army of magicians to fight back while effecting rescues and eluding multiple ambushes with help from a ring of invisibility and different spells. 
The thing about a book series is that you can’t just pick out any book in random and expect to understand everything that is going on. This is what happened with me. Without being initiated into the dystopian world that David Baldacci has erected with meticulous details over the last two books already, I just dived in headfirst and found myself floundering. It took me a while to get to know the back story, but once I did, things became easier.
Baldacci’s writing style is easy to comprehend and makes for a quick read. The book is aimed for a younger audience and comes with illustrations. With a style similar to that of the Harry Potter series, Baldacci has created an entire universe filled with creatures and characters unique to his dystopian world. He surely knows how to spin a tale and make the unbelievable realistic. Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.

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About the Author

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling writer. He writes books for children and adults and they are published in over forty-five different languages and in more than eighty countries and with more than 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. The Finisher was his first book for young adults and film rights have been bought, with the producer of Spiderman attached. The Width of the World is the third book in the Vega Jane sequence, following on from The Finisher and The Keeper. David is the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. David is still a resident of his native Virginia.

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Title: Dangerous Games
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Pan Macmillan


In Danielle Steel’s latest release, she explores the nuances, manipulations and extortion of politics.
The story begins with a sneak peek into the dangerous lives of renowned television correspondent Alix Philips and her cameraman Ben Chapman, who is an ex-Navy officer. Alix is a reporter extraordinaire who is at the frontline almost always, covering pieces ranging in variety. She is passionate about her work and gets into grave situations in search of truth and then reporting it back. The real story begins when Alix and Ben land into an assignment to investigate allegations against the Vice President of United States, Tony Clark. As she digs into the case, she uncovers a domestic political scandal of epic proportions. Working with the intelligence community, she interviews the reclusive Olympia Foster, the widow of the beloved U.S. senator who was gunned down by an unknown assailant. This investigative journalism forms the crux of the book and dominates the scene with a sub-plot about Faye, Alix’s 19-year-old daughter, who wants to pursue higher education.
Steel writes a taut, compelling thriller with believable characters, a smart heroine, and a plot that keeps readers engaged while keeping the door open for a sequel. The narrative is absorbing and free flowing with a smooth pace. However, the book doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Certain elements in the book seem sudden and hence come across as forced. Then there’s repetition of sentences throughout the narrative that could have been avoided.
As a teenager, I was a die-hard fan of the author. She wrote some of the most beautiful romances that the literary world has produced. For me, she was the queen of that genre. ‘Dangerous Games’ is a deviation from that genre and somewhere along the lines, I felt that the author’s usual flair for heart-tugging emotion is missing in this book. This is definitely not one of her best works. I was expecting her old charm but was somewhat disappointed. Perhaps it was because I kept comparing this book to all her previous fabulous works.
Overall, Steel still knows how to tell a story beautifully. Dangerous Games will win her new readers.   

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About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a NoblewomanBluePrecious Gifts,UndercoverCountryProdigal Son,PegasusA Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless;and the children's books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The Beast and the Sibyl by AJ Adams

Title: The Beast and the Sibyl
Author: AJ Adams

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The Beasts of Prydain are back! He’s a vicious Beast, violent and dangerous. Bliss knows she ought to walk away. After all, she has a dark and dangerous secret to preserve. When she can’t leave him to burn, her rescue tumbles them both into danger, adventure and romance.

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“We caught a Beast! A real live poxy Beast!”
Bastards. Calling us beasts while they cheat, steal, and lie. I got kicked in the ribs, a whip laid about my shoulders, and all the time they were screaming.
“Hang him!”
“Beat him!”
“Kill the Beast!”
Then I saw her. She was standing there, staring right into my eyes. For a moment, I thought I was looking at a Valkyrie, one of Valhalla’s shield maidens. She had hair the colour of ice, and eyes as blue as the sky. Tall, willowy, and silent, she looked unworldly. There was a wolf at her side, too.
I blinked, expecting her to vanish, but it wasn’t a vision. She was real. The knowledge hit me with a punch that sucked the breath out of me. She was one of us, a Skraeling of Thule.
She leaned on the wolf, controlling it with a touch of her hand. “Lady Freyja always advises counsel before action.”
A Skraeling woman who invoked our goddess yet who was a traitor. I was filled with sudden hate, poisoned by the thought of one of our own people contaminated by foul betrayal.
If the will were a weapon, she would have fallen on the spot. Instead, the world blurred again. I think I passed out for a few moments because when I opened my eyes, he was there. The Patriarch. A cheat, a liar and all-round scum bucket
He certainly hates us Skraeling. “Glorious Ullr will bring us wise counsel. And tomorrow we will flog the Beast to cleanse him of his sins, and then we will burn him alive!”

He’s a vicious Beast, violent and dangerous. Bliss knows she ought to walk away. After all, she has a dark and dangerous secret to preserve. When she can’t leave him to burn, her rescue tumbles them both into danger, adventure and romance.
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I write cartel and crime romances, with twisted dark heroes and feminist arse kicking heroines.

My real name is Ellen Whyte. In my non-novel life I'm a syndicated author who has published roughly 3500 articles and 10 non-fiction books with publishers that include Pearson and Marshall Cavendish.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Kissing The Demon by Amrita Kumar

Title: Kissing The Demon
Author: Amrita Kumar
Publisher: Harper Collins India


What got things going for me while reading the initial pages of ‘Kissing the Demon’ was Amrita Kumar’s verdict: “…. writers are born and made, that talent can be innate and developed.” What I inferred from this is that one can polish one’s craft and hone the skills to go on to become a good writer. It sat well with the aspiring author within me.
A longtime writing teacher/mentor, Amrita shares her approach to developing creative writing skills in ‘Kissing the Demon.’ She has infused all her creative interests into this work. If you are planning to write a book then you should most certainly grab this one to channelize your literary prowess better and in an orderly fashion.
This book has five chapters. Each chapter breaks into subsections tackling smaller topics, with many examples and checklists to keep the information organized and to aid the readers understand better the workings of that which goes into developing a quality work. It helps to navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation, and description. 
This book is an effective — and affecting — first read to call forth the writer’s voice. There are several books out in the market with related material. What sets this book apart from the milieu is that it specifically targets the Indian scenario. While Amrita’s approach has plenty of New-Age flavor, it’s also her pedagogical belief which helps one learn to write through a process of observing experiences and then expressing the same in the written form. Through this book, she has attempted to break the process of writing down into as replicable a craft as possible.
All aspiring scribblers, who want to quickly absorb the fundamentals of writing and getting published, will find ‘Kissing the Demon’ to be a concise manual. An orderly, no-frills guide to the craft of fiction as well as non-fiction writing — a must have for all those out there dreaming to be successful writers.

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About the Author

Amrita Kumar is an anthologist, novelist, writing-mentor and creative writing teacher. She began her career in the godowns of Daryaganj to select books for a chain of bookshops, moving on as research writer for the Department of Culture, Government of India, then on to publishing as associate editor, Penguin India; editor-in-chief, Roli Books; managing editor, Encyclopedia Britannica; editor, Indian Design & Interiors magazine; and vice-president, Osian s Literary Agency. In addition, she has freelanced for Rupa & Co., HarperCollins India and Oxford University Press. She lives in New Delhi. 

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Cards From Khole's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson

We are so excited to announce the tour for Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson!

"Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop is perhaps one of the most memorable stories I have ever read. The characters are a huge plus, but the main star was the wisdom hidden within this profound story."
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"Engaging, heart-warming, and full of romance, this one is bound to please readers."


As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all. Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story. A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life? As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

"In Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop, author Isabella Louise Anderson weaves a delightful tale that follows three women's journey of self-discovery and finding an unexpected second chance at love."


"Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop is a wonderful novel about finding love and happiness that will leave a smile on your face."

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Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder. Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: Les Just Not Be Only Friendz (1) by Vikash Sharma

Title: Les Just Not Be Friendz
Author: Vikash Sharma

About the book:

Les jus not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 - 2011.
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father's profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span. 
Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha's blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind.
Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?

About the author:

Vikash Sharma was born in Haryana in 1987. He has travelled various states of India, to explore about the lives of people, places, languages, cultural differences, festivals, religions, and the rest.
He currently lives in Mumbai. He is a freelance writer, photographer, traveller, producer and a filmmaker. He believes in wandering, seeking happiness in small things, and sharing it with people.
‘Les just not be only Friendz (I)’ is his first novel. He is currently working on the second part of the trilogy of ‘Les just not be only Friendz.’
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Guest Post: Why Book Covers are So Important by Veronica Thatcher

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Why Book Covers are So Important by Veronica Thatcher

Book covers. A common mistake that most orthodox-minded writers make is that they don’t pay attention to the book cover. After all, there is an age-old maxim about it. “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” So, writers think, who in hell cares for the cover?

Rookie mistake. In today’s modern world, no one follows maxims. If they did, life would be much, much simpler. Everyone, in fact, does the very opposite. They do judge a book by its cover. And why shouldn’t they?

Let’s face it, book covers are like first impressions. The cover is the first thing you see when you pick up a book. You read the back matter – the synopsis and author biography much later. Just like first impressions are the most important, so are book covers. If you fail to make a compelling first impression, whatever chance you did have is down the drain.

While picking out the cover of my debut novel, A Way Back Into Love, I was over-obsessed with finding the perfect cover for my book. I spent all day and all night, every day, on stock image websites like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. I was driving myself, my mother and my project manager so crazy that my mother finally gave up and said it. “Why do you care so much about the cover? The book is what matters the most! People are gonna be reading the book or gawking at your cover all day long?”

Oh, Ma! If only you knew. As I said, orthodox-minded people from the 90s who have this stereotypical notion that no one judges a book by its cover and that if a book is good, it will sell even if the author sits inside the four walls of his/her room all day and does nothing to market it, will never understand that the cover of a book is one of the most important marketing tools a author has.

Covers have the ability to speak to the eyes that behold them. It can draw a reader in instantly, or repel the reader to such extent that the reader will not bother to flip your book and read the back matter despite the fact that your book is the next Pride and Prejudice.
An attractive cover is like flirting. It captures the attention of the reader and forces him/her to flip the book. Covers also represent the content of the book. It gives the reader a taste of what is to come.

A risqué cover often represents an erotic romance. A sweet cover in pink could represent teen fiction. A dark cover with solid colours could represent dark romances, forbidden subjects, serious issues, paranormal fiction or a murder mystery/psychological thriller.
After a lot of humming and hawing, a lot of back and forth, I finally chose a cover for my debut novel that I thought represented its theme. I was not overly satisfied with the cover due to my cover designer’s reluctance to add filters to it, and the cover may go under serious editing post release, but it’s OK for now.

What I see a lot these days is that most of the romance novels out there, whether self-published or traditionally published, have a racy cover or a guy’s chiselled chest on the front, even though the content of the book might be suitable for teens. I don’t understand this trend. There are a lot of graphics that can represent romance and still fall in the PG-13 rating. Why go all R-rated on covers? Just because it sells? Fifty Shades of Grey is not suitable for anyone below the age of 21, and it still has a decent, intriguing cover. You can keep a romance book’s cover clean and family friendly and still represent it thematically. A cover is supposed to hook the reader – I believe one should try to keep it thematic yet a bit intriguing instead of just exposing a raunchy scene to the readers and just give away what the book is about. Keep an air of mystery surrounding it – choose a cover that has a deeper meaning and resonates with its beholder.

In the ideal world, of course, you could choose a cover with a melon on it and your book would still be a bestseller. If you hold that opinion, then no one’s judging you. We are nothing without our own principles.

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Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns the man she left behind?

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Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.

About the Author

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: The Princess of a Whore House by Mayank Sharma

Title: The Princess of a Whore House
Author: Mayank Sharma
Publisher: Notion Press


This slender but nimble fiction is a well-meaning story of a girl trying to make it in the mainstream society. Though chased by the shadows of her melancholy life, Aparajita is destined to rise above her hardscrabble life to pursue the dream that her dead father cherished for her.
The story starts with Aparajita trying to get into one of the most reputed schools in Delhi. This tiny event brings forth Ramya’s past. We get to know how, after Ramya’s husband died in an unfortunate incident, she had nobody in the whole wide world to turn to. The only person, on whom she had pinned all her hopes, cheated her of her trust and dignity. Eventually, she ended up in a brothel along with her daughter. Even though reduced to the worst possible fate, Ramya had only one dream — to give her daughter a quality life. Her ardent prayers were answered when she met Raj, a man who is at the opposite spectrum of Anjum. As such, two men define the fate of a woman and the destiny of a girl. 
Sharma sets the stage for a collision of events and characters that are already connected. Just what this collision will bring forth makes up the heart of the book, which also explores the choices that people make in life and their opportunities to overcome circumstances. The story also mildly touches upon the stigma and the conditions that exist for sex workers in our country.
Written in the first person, the narrative swings between the perspectives of Ramya and Aparajita. This switch in point of view is a bone of contention for it leaves the readers flailing for a sense of time and place. The story’s grammar is less assured though, and the dialogue can sometimes feel forced. Nevertheless, once readers get caught up in the tale itself, they’ll likely enjoy the ride. 
The story gets its lasting power from the qualities of its main characters’ personalities — people who may find themselves caught up in dire conditions but who ultimately find ways to look for light at the end of the tunnel.

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About the Author

Mayank Sharma is a ‘left-brained’ professional with over twenty years of global experience in leading multinational companies. His interest in writing intensified when one of his articles was featured in the May 2014 edition of Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA.
As Mayank travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles that curtailed liberties across civilizations. 

He is transforming into a 'right-brained' writer with his debut book, The Princess of a Whorehouse. Besides writing, he is passionate about painting and making sculptures. 

Mayank lives in the National Capital Region of Delhi with his wife, Sonali, daughter, Myra, and son, Aarav. 

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I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel
Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: 9th March, 2017

Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.
Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a NoblewomanBluePrecious Gifts,UndercoverCountryProdigal Son,PegasusA Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless;and the children's books Pretty Minnie in Parisand Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.