Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Prisoner of Night and Fog #2
Author: Anne Blankman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: April 21st 2015
Review Source: Balzer + Bray
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.
But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.
Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?
I’m not going to lie: I enjoy reading a romantic sexytimes scene. Who doesn’t, right? So when I started writing Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, I thought a lot about whether or not Gretchen and Daniel would do the deed. After all, by the time the sequel opens, they’ve been together for almost a year and a half and, more importantly, they genuinely love each other. When I discussed it with my editor, though, we decided an intimate scene between the two characters wouldn’t ring true, given the time period they’re living in and everything they’re going through during the book. So, just for all of you reading this post, I decided to write an extra scene. When you read the book, it should be easy to figure out exactly where this part would happen. Without further ado, here’s what I think the first time between Gretchen and Daniel would be like …
After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.
Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
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