On Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host J'nell Ciesielski as she discusses her new book, The Brilliance of Stars, in conversation with Aimie Runyan and Rachel McMillan. Bestselling author and with a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. She is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
Amid the chaos of the Great War, two elite assassins learn precisely how dangerous it is to have something - or someone - worth losing.
Washington, DC, 1914. Ivy Olwen knows how to survive on the streets without two coins to rub together. But when destiny thrusts her into the nest of a covert agency of assassins sworn to drive back the world's darkness, she acquires a new set of lethal skills. Her education - from explosives to etiquette, sharpshooting to sabotage - is as far-reaching as the organization's missions. But it's the hours she spends among the towering bookshelves in the library and stargazing on the roof with Agent Jack Vale that make her heart fly.
Jack knew plenty of hardship before the agency refined his rough edges, transforming him into the man who never misses. But he didn't know the feeling of home until Ivy entered his world. Now, Jack's heart drums with a singular purpose: he will fight for her, fight alongside her. No matter the cost.
When the pair is sent on a seemingly simple mission to take down Russia's newest and most dangerous arms dealer - a soulless man using the Great War as an opportunity to further his own depraved agenda - they discover that no amount of training could have prepared them for a manhunt that takes them across the frozen tundra, to the Crimean Peninsula, and along the Trans-Siberian Railway... only to discover that there is evil in the world they are just beginning to understand.
The first book of an epic duology from bestselling author J'nell Ciesielski, The Brilliance of Stars incorporates her signature blend of thrilling adventure, glamorous espionage, and sweeping romance.
Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has been honored as a Historical Novel Society Editors’ Choice selection, as a three-time finalist for the Colorado Book Awards, and as a nominee for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year. Aimie is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her amazing husband, two (usually) adorable children, and two (always) adorable kitties.
Rachel McMillan is the author of The Herringford and Watts mysteries, The Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries, The Three Quarter Time series of contemporary Viennese romances, and, most recently, The Mozart Code. She is also the author of Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Independent Adventure. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada.