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New Release Spotlight! LIES THAT BIND by Diana Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix #2)

Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
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What would you risk to learn the truth?

Reeling from the truths uncovered while searching for her sister in Italy, Anastasia Phoenix is ready to call it quits with spies. The only way to stop being a pawn in their game is to remove herself from the board. But before she can leave her parents’ crimes behind her, tragedy strikes. No one is safe, not while Department D still exists.

Now, with help from her friends, Anastasia embarks on a dangerous plan to bring down an entire criminal empire. From a fire-filled festival in England to a lavish wedding in Rio de Janeiro, Anastasia is determined to confront the enemies who want to destroy her family. But even Marcus, the handsome bad boy who’s been there for her at every step, is connected to the deadly spy network. And the more she learns about Department D, the more she realizes the true danger might be coming from someone closer than she expects…

Entangled Publishing



 “One dance. Por favor.”  His bottom lip protruded, his mouth pouty, but it was his eyes that wouldn’t let me say no.

Marcus pulled me close, breath in my ear as he swayed his hips to the samba beats like he’d done this dance his entire life. His hips pressed against mine, guiding me back and forth, his hands firm as he held me, sliding ever so slowly toward my rear. His stubble skimmed my cheek, and I could smell him from the shampoo in his hair to the scent of his skin.

My chin grazed the tattoo on his neck, and I closed my eyes. His body flowed against me, his grip on my hips firmer, his hands tighter, his lips closer, and the air between us growing hotter. I’d never wanted to kiss anyone more in my life. So when his tongue flicked my ear with the slightest flutter, I didn’t stop him. Nor did I stop him when his mouth moved to neck, then across my jaw, and then hovered at my mouth, a tickle of his lips against mine. I was lost, my hands clutching his hair to stay upright when he pressed his mouth against me. I could feel him moan. I pulled hard at his hair, and he bit my lower lip.

“I want you,” he whispered into my kiss.


Author Bio:

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix Series, three young adult spy thrillers (Entangled Publishing, 2017, ’18, ‘19). The first book in the trilogy, Proof of Lies, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best Young Adult Books for March 2017.” Bustle also listed her as one of the “Top Nine Latinx Authors to Read for Women’s History Month 2017.” Additionally, she is the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013).

In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she currently blogs for Quirk Books. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards.

She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, a school-based Workshop Instructor for Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, and has been a Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

For more about Diana, check out The Whole Story,

To learn about her journey to publication, which includes a visit to a Salem, MA psychic, check out How I Became A Writer,

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