Simply Held December Authors: Daniel Silva and Linda Lael Miller

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New month means new highlighted authors from Simply Held. December’s authors are Daniel Silva for fiction and Linda Lael Miller for romance.

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Our December fiction author is Daniel Silva. Silva debuted in 1997 with the thriller, The Unlikely Spy, a story about love and deception during the Allied invasion of France in World War II. However, Silva’s fourth novel, The Kill Artist, really set his career in motion by introducing Gabriel Allon to the world. Gabriel is an art restorer and sometimes Israeli secret agent, whose book series is still being written today. Silva always knew that he wanted to be a writer, but what set his career off was his work as a journalist. Born in Michigan, Silva was raised and educated in California. He was working on his master’s degree in international relations when he began working for United Press International in 1984 to help cover teh Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. He left his studies later that year to work for UPI fulltime, first in San Francisco, then Washington, and then in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. He met Jamie Gangel, NBC Today National Correspondent, in 1987 and they married later that year. He then began to work as an Executive Producer for CNN in Washington. In 1995, Silva confessed to his wife that he wanted to be a novelist. He left CNN in 1997 and began writing full time. All of his books since then have been New York Times and international bestsellers. They have also been translated into more than 30 languages and have been published around the world.

Silva’s newest book is Portrait of an Unknown Woman, book 22 in the Gabriel Allon series. This book was published in July 2022.

Curious what this book is about? Check out the following description provided by the author:

In a spellbinding new masterpiece by #1 New York Times–bestselling author Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon undertakes a high-stakes search for the greatest art forger who ever lived.

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon has at long last severed ties with Israeli intelligence and settled quietly in Venice, the only place he has ever truly known peace. His beautiful wife, Chiara, has taken over day-to-day management of the Tiepolo Restoration Company, and their two young children are clandestinely enrolled in a neighborhood scuola elementare. For his part, Gabriel spends his days wandering the streets and canals of the watery city, parting company with the demons of his tragic, violent past.

But when the eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood asks Gabriel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the rediscovery and lucrative sale of a centuries-old painting, he is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems.

Gabriel soon discovers that the work in question, a portrait of an unidentified woman attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck, is almost certainly a fiendishly clever fake. To find the mysterious figure who painted it—and uncover a multibillion-dollar fraud at the pinnacle of the art world—Gabriel conceives one of the most elaborate deceptions of his career. If it is to succeed, he must become the very mirror image of the man he seeks: the greatest art forger the world has ever known.

Stylish, sophisticated, and ingeniously plotted, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is a wildly entertaining journey through the dirty side of the art world—a place where unscrupulous dealers routinely deceive their customers, and deep-pocketed investors treat great paintings as though they were just another asset class to be bought and sold at a profit. From its elegant opening passage to the shocking twists of its climax, the novel is a tour de force of storytelling and among the finest pieces of heist fiction ever written. And it is still more proof that, when it comes to international intrigue and suspense, Daniel Silva has no equal.

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Our December romance author is Linda Lael Miller. Linda is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporart novels. Linda was raised in Northport, Washington. She traveled the world, lived in London and Arizona as well, before returning to Washington to live on a horse property outside Spokane. Linda sold Fletcher’s Woman in 1983 to Pocket Books, but before she did that, she went through much rejection. Linda has published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, mysteries, and thrillers, before she finally decided to concentrate on novels with a more Western flair. She was awarded the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 by the Romance Writers of America.

Miller’s newest book is Country Born, book three in the Painted Pony Creek series. This book was published in April 2022. 

Curious what this book is about? Below is a description provided by the author.

Rancher and military veteran J.P. McCall loves simple pleasures. The satisfaction of working his family’s land. The freedom to come and go as he pleases. But ever since his two closest friends have married and started families of their own, J.P. realizes what he’s been missing. He’s known plenty of women, but now he craves finding The One. And then Sara Worth comes crashing back into his life. She’s his buddy’s sister, the woman who was always out of reach.

Single mom Sara Worth has her hands full. After a disastrous early marriage, she is now writing bestselling books by day and caring for her two teenagers by night. That doesn’t leave a lot of me time. But when an innocent request for J.P.’s help leads to an unforgettable kiss, she’s intrigued—and unsure. Giving love a second chance feels impossible. But when the man from Sara’s past resurfaces, threatening everything she holds dear, J.P. will do whatever it takes to protect the woman who’s stealing his heart.

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