Author Crystal Russell Unveils a Story About Money, Greed and Ambition

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“Tender Offers” is a new novel accessing the beauty and entertainment industries, and exposes the role played by lawyers in businesses driven by greed for money and power.

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Inspired by her love for the practice of law and a desire to share the excitement of business, author Crystal Russell reveals an entertaining, darkly witty story about business, lawyers and all those people in the cosmetics industry who work to create an image of ageless beauty in an artificial world where image is all. In “Tender Offers”, the entertainment and business worlds collide in a cut-throat industry where beauty is marketed like a commodity.

Russell’s prime plot-builder is the creation of an international company in the cut throat cosmetics industry. The company, located in Beverly Hills, California, is run by Stanford Wentz, a man whose days as a movie star never materialized but who still has his remarkable good looks. He is assisted by his unlikely partner, Aaron Rose, who is a ruthless entrepreneur. Readers are given titillating behind the scenes glimpse into the soul of greed dressed up as glamour. Their business world is driven by people who will do anything for money and power. It is populated by lawyers who work behind the scenes in mysterious and arcane processes which legal eagle Russell shines an ironic fictive light on.

The author thoroughly describes what lawyers do and their intimate involvement in the deal-making process. It should force some re-examination as to the role the lawyers play in the hard-hitting, even over-the-top deals they put together. The book exposes a façade that is the Beverly Hills entertainment world where image is more important than reality. It is all fun, gorgeous tongue-in-cheek reading that provides real understanding of the modern business world.

“Tender Offers” is set up as a fast-moving suspense thriller filled with corporate politics, intrigue, legal maneuverings, litigation and murder to show the seamy world behind the images. It has many unexpected twists and turns that will take readers by surprise and keep them asking and expecting more from author Crystal Russell.

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About the Author
Crystal Russell is a business lawyer. She has practiced law in Arizona, California and Texas. As someone who has always found the world of business exciting, she decided to share that excitement from a lawyer's perspective. Much of the world really does not know what business lawyers do. It is rather a mystery and the lawyers endeavor to keep it that way. Those lawyers who practice in a business environment frequently find themselves in the center of all the intrigue. It is being in the center of it all – knowing all the secrets – that is so exciting. “Tender Offers” tries to capture some of the exhilaration that goes with the fast paced world of business.Russell lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area with her husband Tom.

Tender Offers * by Crystal Russell
Book One: Building an Empire
Publication Date: January 10, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4931-5309-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4931-5310-7
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5311-4

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