Independently Wealthy is the sequel to my second novel, New Money.
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Kirkus Reviews calls Independently Wealthy "soapy, fast-paced fun."
In the sequel to New Money, Savannah Morgan delves into the mystery of her late media-mogul father’s death and uncovers more than she ever expected.
In New Money, Savannah Morgan was thrust into high-society New York when she learned she was the sole heir to her father’s billion-dollar fortune. In Independently Wealthy, she is living her dream life on the Upper West Side, excelling at her job as an editorial assistant, and enjoying her handsome new boyfriend, Alex.
Everything in Savannah’s life should be perfect—but she can’t ignore the questions and scandal surrounding her father’s fatal accident. Her hopes of solving this mystery are shared by Caroline Stone—her newfound sister who is slowly becoming a friend. Savannah decides to investigate, although not everyone wants her to discover the truth. Her domineering older brother, Ned, has his own problems, including a lingering regret over his recent divorce, the constant pressure of running the Stone media empire, and managing a playboy bachelorhood. As Savannah's quest for justice becomes complicated and dangerous, she is led to Washington, D.C.; an alluring stranger; and more surprises, trouble, and changes than she ever could have imagined.
My second novel, New Money, was published on September 10, 2013 by Macmillan/St. Martin's Press (Thomas Dunne Books).
New Money "tackles some contemporary issues in the midst of an agreeable fantasy." ~Kirkus Reviews
"New Money is a fun, funny, heartfelt novel with a heroine so human and charming you can't help rooting for her. Lorraine Zago Rosenthal is a bright new voice...This book is the perfect summer beach read."
~Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane, Fly Away, True Colors and Winter Garden.
A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire.
Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she’s become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah’s world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother’s disapproval, Savannah plunges into a life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward’s other children—the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.
My debut novel, Other Words for Love, was published by Random House (Delacorte Press) on January 11, 2011.
It was included in Amazon.com's "Best Books of the Month for Young Readers: January 2011." http://tinyurl.com/2c6abrb
Other Words for Love “honestly confronts the pain associated
with coming of age and first heartbreak.” ~Publishers Weekly
It's the mid-1980s, and Ari Mitchell feels invisible at her Brooklyn high school. Her hair is too flat, her style too preppy, and her personality too quiet. And outside school, Ari feels outshined by her beautiful, confident best friend, Summer. Their friendship is as complex and confusing as Ari’s relationship with her troubled older sister, Evelyn, a former teenage mom whose handsome firefighter husband fills Ari’s head with guilty fantasies.
When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York—and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn't think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future. When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she tries to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?
Other Words for Love was published by Galera Record - Brazil www.galerarecord.com.br in November 2013 and by AST- Russia www.ast.ru in September 2014.