Friday, March 8, 2019

BLOG TOUR: End Of The Lie by Diana Rodriguez @chapterxchapter , @dianarwallach and @EntangledTeen

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END OF THE LIE by Diana Rodriguez
Anastasia Phoenix Series #3

Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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With her harrowing tale of espionage and near death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix
thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire
her parents helped create.

She thought wrong.

Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world
her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She
embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final
confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves… or even herself?

Guest Post

Why you’ll love this book...
By Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of End of the Lie, book three in the Anastasia Phoenix series.

I’m often asked, “What sort of research did you do for your novel?” For me, that’s a loaded question. The
Anastasia Phoenix series is set around the world, so I traveled overseas to Italy, England, Brazil, Prague and
Poland to create some of the settings in my trilogy. That’s research! (Or so I tell my husband.) My books also
deal with conspiracy theories of real historical events, so there was a lot of Googling that could have gotten me
flagged by the FBI. Then, there were the in-person interviews, the real life people who inspired the characters in
my books and who helped me portray the espionage world of disinformation. For me, the most important
interview came from a professor at Boston University.

I was a journalism major in college, and at the time, one of the professors in the College of Communication was
a man named Larry Martin Bittman (formerly Ladislav Bittman). He was the Deputy Director of Disinformation
for Czechoslovakia during the Cold War—a real life Communist spy who went on to teach budding journalists
how to tell when they were being fed disinformation.

At the time I started writing Proof of Lies, Trump hadn’t been elected yet and “fake news” was not a household
term. In fact, I hadn’t really heard of the concept outside of wartime propaganda. But because of that professor
from BU, who generously met with me in his home in Massachusetts to discuss my novel, I decided to give this
specialty to the spies in my series.

It’s a research dream come true. Now, not only do I get to wander the streets of Rome claiming I need to taste
the gelato for “book research,” but I also get to spend months in a deep dive into conspiracy theories. All of the
historical moments I twist in my novels are based on real events. One of my favorite compliments from
reviewers is when they state that “The Truth” page at the end of my novels made the books stand out more.

So was Aldo Moro, the prime minister of Italy, really kidnapped, murdered, and left in the trunk of a car in Rome
in 1978? Yes, and there are a lot of people who don’t believe the Red Brigades, the communist group blamed
for the crime, did it. Were hundreds of journalists and military officers unjustly imprisoned in Turkey in 2010
over a fake coup plot? Yes, and to date no one has been brought to justice for those lengthy false
imprisonments. Did soccer super star Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima of Brazil secretly suffer a seizure before the
1998 World Cup but play anyway? Yup, and people still wonder why, especially after the team’s epic loss.

I understand the urge to roll your eyes at another “fake news” headline, but remember these types of covert
campaigns really exist and have been around a long time. I’m lucky I got to meet Lawrence Martin Bittman
before he passed away, because the Anastasia Phoenix trilogy wouldn’t exist without him. He helped inspire me
to craft a series full of conspiracy theories and global research that I’m sure fans of Jason Bourne and Spy Kids
will love.

He also taught me to think twice before I like, share, or retweet anything because you never know—maybe
there is a clandestine organization behind that fake news. There is in Anastasia’s world. Trust me, I did the


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Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut
beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also 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 based on the Narcissus myth, 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 is currently on staff as a featured blogger 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, and is a Creative Writing
instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from
Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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