It was difficult to narrow down my picks for New Title Tuesday, so I opted for the tantalizing titles – The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict and Liars’ Paradox by Taylor Stevens

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict is a work of biographical fiction about a beautiful woman who escapes her Austrian arms-dealer husband to become the Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr while hiding a secret double life as a Jewish scientist and sharing vital information about the Third Reich.

Publisher’s Summary: Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis…if anyone would listen to her.

If The Only Woman in the Room makes you want to learn more about the incredible real life of Hedy Lamarr, you owe it to yourself to watch Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a PBS American Masters documentary about the inventor who created what became the basis for secure WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth technologies in the hope of defeating the Nazis.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story “examines the life and career of Hedy Lamarr whose arresting appearance and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication. An Austrian Jewish emigrant who invented a covert communication system to try to help defeat the Nazis, Lamarr was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead.”

If you’re looking to start a new series with the first book, look no further than Liars’ Paradox the newest by Taylor Stevens – “They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they’ve been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second.”

“Now twenty-six years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare’s off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they’re forced to believe the unthinkable: Their mother’s paranoid delusions have been real all along. To find her, they’ll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they’ll have to draw on every skill she’s trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted.”

Taylor Stevens is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers including the breakout hit The Informationist.

Happy Reading! Susan C.

Hedy Lamarr – Technological Trailblazer

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