But back to the novels. When I served in The White House and the President was spending time at Camp David one summer, I was sent to South America to give speeches to various business and student groups explaining the President's policies. That exciting trip included time in several cities including Salvador, Recife, Sao Paulo along with the Capital City of Brasilia and everyone's favorite vacation spot, Rio de Janeiro. These last two cities provide most of the settings for my new novel, Affairs of State, about a young woman on the President's Council of Economic Advisors who is sent to a conference in Brasilia and meets a man introduced as the Assistant Chief of Protocol at the State Department. But that's only his cover. He's actually a Special Agent on a mission to prevent a national crisis. And while he initially just talks about arranging proper seating charts, does she ever figure out who he really is? And when she is in danger, can he rescue her while he's been assigned to handle a completely different potential disaster?
|Brasilia, Capital of Brazil|
|Brasilia's "Crown of Thorns" Cathedral|
In the story, the economist and the agent take a side trip to the gorgeous city of Rio de Janeiro and stay at the famous Copacabana Hotel across the road from the beach of the same name. It's romantic and yet dangerous as Rio is known as the home to a number of drug king-pins, kidnappers and other nefarious characters who all show up in Affairs of State. And yet, imagine yourself taking a vacation here:
|Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro|
|Teton Village Tram |
As for the characters, this time it's the White House Director or Homeland Security paired with an FBI Special Agent who must figure out how to pinpoint and stop an incredible plot.
So the question for you readers (and writers): how are you spending your summer? Are you traveling to any exotic locales -- places where you could envision some unique characters becoming entangled in a threat to our national security perhaps? Let us know -- we'd love to hear your plans and ideas. Also, to find out the publication dates for Affairs of State and Trust but Verify -- I will announce them later on my website: www.karnabodman.com. Thanks for visiting us here....and do keep in touch.
Karna Small Bodman