Guest Post: End of the Lie ~ Diana Rodriguez Wallach


By Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of End of the Lie, book three in the Anastasia Phoenix series.

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“I wasn’t some princess in a tower. I knew how to fight. My place was right beside him, holding my own weapon. We would take this on together.”

“I wasn’t psychic, I didn’t have prophetic dreams of the future or believe in crystal balls, but that feeling people get when the phone rings and they know who’s on the other line without looking and they know it’s bad news. I believed in that. I’d felt it before—when my sister stood outside my bedroom door the night we thought our parents died.

I felt that way now.”


KEIRA IRENE PHOENIX [Looking directly into the camera. Footage released by Phillip Stone Media, Inc.]

“Hi. My name is Keira Phoenix, and I am the daughter of international criminals. In May, I was kidnapped by a man named Craig Bernard who, at the time, I thought was my boyfriend. We had met weeks before at a bar in Boston. The anniversary of my parents’ death had just passed, so I was upset when he showed up, acting nice. [She scoffs, rolling her eyes.] I invited him to a party I was hosting, then later that night he drugged me and took me from my home.

“I don’t remember the abduction—one minute I was in my bed, the next I’m waking up on an airplane, my head pounding and my hands bound together with plastic cable ties. [She rubs her wrists.] I was held captive in Italy for months, by armed guards, and I had no idea why. Eventually, I learned that Craig Bernard and all of the men involved in my kidnapping used to work for my parents. Only not as engineers for the Dresden Chemical Corporation. They were spies. All of them, especially my mom and dad. It turns out that my parents, along with Randolph Urban, CEO of Dresden, conspired to create a criminal enterprise known as Department D, which stretches back long before I was born. We have photographic proof that my parents were involved in the assassination of Italy’s Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978, and we have a journal, in my father’s handwriting, and eyewitness testimony that proves he was involved in the fake terrorist plot that defamed nearly a half dozen Islamic women in London two years ago along with the reporter who covered the story, Julian Stone.

“I believe I was taken by enemies of my parents as payback for their past criminal activity. Evidence of my time in captivity is undeniable. [For the camera, Phoenix holds up a proof of life photo with a church bulletin, and a posed photo of her body in the trunk of a car.] I was rescued by my sister, Anastasia, and her friends, who acted alone, because the Boston P.D. refused to listen to them, for reasons none of us understand. After my rescue, my sister, her friends, and I made statements to Italian law enforcement and the CIA, and I was instructed to stay in hiding for my own protection. But I was never safe. No one around us is safe. Tyson Westbrook, a seventeen-year-old friend of my sister’s, was murdered recently as a way to get to us, to lure me and Anastasia out of hiding. When that didn’t work, when we continued to fight, these people poisoned one us—Marcus Rey, son of Dresden executives Carlos and Rosario Rey.

“They’re picking us off one by one, and we don’t know how high up the corruption goes. Our parents were hired by world leaders to create propaganda for decades. Now these same people are covering up their crimes against us—including kidnapping, poisoning, and murder. They’re trying to silence us, take us out, and prevent us from exposing the truth behind Department D and its shell corporation, Dresden Chemical.

“We won’t stay silent anymore.

“We won’t stay in hiding.

“And we won’t trust law enforcement to act on our behalf.

“That’s why I’m coming forward now. I’m telling my story, in my own words. I need the world to know what’s going on, so hopefully no one else gets hurt.

“I’ve learned a lot about my parents recently, and you will, too, over the coming weeks. They did a lot of bad things. I know that. And they might even still be alive. [She cocks her head.] I’ve heard the rumors, like you, but I swear, if they are, I haven’t seen them.

“However, I am certain that the only way my sister and I will ever be safe is if we bring down the Dresden Chemical Corporation and its corrupt underbelly, Department D. We need to take back our lives and stop paying for crimes we didn’t commit.

“My name is Keira Phoenix and I survived Department D. But will you?”

Top 10 “Happy Feely” songs

By Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of End of the Lie, book three in the Anastasia Phoenix series.

While these aren’t Happy Feely per say, they are some of the songs that inspire me to get in a writing mood. I have kids, which means I’m forced to write within the confines of a 9am – 4pm school day. Sometimes inspiration doesn’t strike on a schedule so before I sit down, I’ll turn up the music to get my creative juices flowing. Some of these songs are literally about writing and achieving a dream, others remind me of the plot I’m crafting, and others just remind me that I’m a tough chick who gets stuff done.

Here are some of the songs I’ve listened to over the years before writing any one of my six published novels:

  1. This Girl Is On Fire, Alicia Keys
  2. One, the U2 and Mary J. Blige version (has to be the duet)
  3. Don’t Leave Home, Dido
  4. Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield
  5. Suddenly I See, KT Tunstall

I also crafted a playlist for Proof of Lies that readers can enjoy on Youtube:


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