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Blonde Ops

Blonde Ops

A Novel

Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

St. Martin's Griffin

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Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world's top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly.

Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.

Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? Blonde Ops is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman.

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TRICKS AND TIPS FOR THE EDGE-Y GIRL
Little plaid skirts, button-downs, knee socks, and loafers only work in Japanese films or private school. Go for collegiate details rather than a full-blown costume for an A+.

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Praise for Blonde Ops

“[A] hypercharged thriller of fashion, high-tech sleuthing, and power, with bella Roma as the backdrop. Close calls, mysterious phone conversations, surreptitious whispers in office corners, and a clandestine conversation in a dark warehouse make for…highly entertaining, escapist fun.” —Booklist

“Bennardo and Zaman offer a light mystery filled with fashion tips, entertaining dialogue, a pair of potential romances for Bec, and an alluring Roman setting... An energized pace, ever-shifting suspects, and an intriguing glimpse into the benefits and drawbacks of art and fame.” —Publishers Weekly

“A big, delicious ice cream cone of a novel! A hilarious, fast-paced mystery/thriller combining high fashion...plus a couple of very hot guys and one of the most engaging and original heroines ever. I dare anyone not to love this!” —Molly Cochran, New York Times bestselling author of Legacy

“An absolute thrill ride of a story. I loved it!” —Kristi Cook, author of Mirage

“Clever and cute...a laugh-out-loud blast of a ride. Resist at your peril.” —Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning author of Darker Still

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About the author

Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

CHARLOTTE BENNARDO graduated from Rutgers with an English degree and lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

NATALIE ZAMAN has previously held positions in the publishing industry and as a high school English teacher. She lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Together, Bennardo and Zaman are the authors of Sirenz and Sirenz: Back in Fashion.

Charlotte Bennardo

Natalie Zaman

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