Simply Held February Authors: Dan Brown and Maya Banks

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New month means new highlighted authors from Simply Held. February’s authors are Dan Brown for fiction and Maya Banks for romance.

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© Dan Courter

Our February fiction author is Dan Brown. Dan primarily writes thrillers, though his latest book is a picture book! He has written numerous bestselling novels. His most popular title is The Da Vinci Code, which has also sparked debate all over the world. Brown’s novels have been published in 56 languages and over 200 million copies are in print today! He initially taught English at his alma mater before he decided to before a full-time writer.

Fun fact: Dan Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2005. Editors said he is credited with ‘“keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”’

Brown’s newest book Origin, book five in the Robert Langdon series. This book was published in 2017. (Brown also published a picture book called Wild Symphony that was published in 2020.)

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

Bilbao, Spain
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

This book is also available in the following formats:

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Our February romance author is Maya Banks.  Banks is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has written more than sixty novels across many genres: erotic, contemporary, historical, and paranormal. All of her novels have a happily ever after.

Maya Banks is actually the pen name for Sharon Long. As Sharon Long, she writes historical novels and contemporary romantic suspense. As Maya Banks, she writes erotic southern romance. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and children, as well as a wide variety of pets.

Banks’s newest book is Just One Touch, book five in the Slow Burn series. This book was released in May 2017.

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

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult’s bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns to a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit in the chest, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and heals his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she managed to cure him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.

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