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About Lynne Russell
LYNE RUSSELL, author and journalist, anchored CNN HEADLESS NEWS for almost 20 years, breaking ground as the first woman to anchor a regular network nightly newscast (33,000+ of them).
For her new novel, STREGA - MAGIC: THE SPIRIT NEVER DIES, she draws upon her Italian family’s wealth of stories and legends to create the challenging world of a modern-day young woman and the ancestors who continue to shape her destiny.
Russell’s wacky, entertaining PJ SANTINI romantic crime series includes HELL ON HEELS, HEELS OF FORTUNE, and LOVE HEELS!. PJ Santini is the TV journalist and private eye whom Rita Zekas of The Toronto Star calls "the love child of Janet Evanovich and Elmore Leonard". Enough said. Russell’s style is compared to James Patterson and his character Alex Cross.
Russell, like PJ Santini, is a TV journalist and private eye. Coincidence? We'll let you decide. Hint: PJ has a penchant for stilettos, dark chocolate, and a certain handsome man whose scent is a mixture of Fahrenheit and gun oil.
Lynne's Russell’s memoir, HOW TO WIN FRIENDS, KICK ASS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE (St Martin's Press), explores the liberating concepts of women's appreciating and utilizing their own abilities and talents...along with peaceful coexistence with the opposite sex, and a healthy celebration of "La Difference!". Actor-comedian Richard Belzer says, "If Xena, Warrior Princess could tell her story, this would be her book."
Her long-standing dedication to the People's Right to Know was recognized in THE NEW YORK TIMES, which called her a "just-the-facts stalwart of CNN Headline News"...but also a "news anchor with the personality of a professional wrestler". So much for charm school. In THE WASHINGTON POST: "We are, frankly, devastated by the news...Lynne Russell is leaving...the future seems a little sadder." Lynne hosted the first U.S. cable in the classroom project, as her "CNN Week in Review" was introduced in schools.
She is a former Deputy Sheriff/Jail Officer in Fulton County [Atlanta] GA, holds two black belts in the martial art Choi Kwang Do, is a certified open water SCUBA diver, certified keelboat sailor, and enthusiastic - if clumsy - hockey skater.
After CNN, she launched Lynne Russell Red Lipstick, and is the creator of the Benevento Lampshade Company, featuring personally handstitched, one-of-a-kind luxurious Italian silk lampshades. A nod to her Italian heritage and the romance of the Old Country.
Lynne and her husband divide their time between Washington, DC and Italy.
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STREGA - Magic: The Spirit Never Dies
“I was born on the white November day the Baptismal font cracked. Big, and right down the middle. Not a good sign in the Italian immigrant stronghold of Ocean County, New Jersey. Six weeks later, the second they wrapped up the christening my Godfather - running late for a meeting at an unspecified location - gently kissed my forehead and signaled to the bouncer waiting at the door to ‘Git the friggin cah stahted.’ And that’s the good part.” - Annie
STREGA - Magic: The Spirit Never Dies is a rich novel from acclaimed storyteller Lynne Russell, set along the shores of modern day Massachusetts and in the Old Country of southern Italy, where the hereditary witchcraft of Benevento province is legendary. Indeed, Strega means witch in Italian. Steeped in history but with a sense of humor, this is a tale of Reincarnation, Family, Love, Hope. About the Joy we can pull out of suffering. About Feminine Sovereignty and Gifts passed down through the ages. And about a certain magical liquore enjoyed to this very day, and the importance of sharing it with your true other half.
Angela Scotti (Annie) is a third-year medical student very near to achieving her dream of becoming a healer. But destiny, Destino, has other plans for her. Tragedies in her short life refuse to give her peace. Worse, her fiancé, a successful New York divorce lawyer, gives no credence to the urgent whispers she has begun to hear in the night. They swirl around her and warn that the clock is ticking, that the time is near, but they never say what she should do. Even worse, in her hospital work her mentor has become her enemy, and she faces the fight alone.
This beautifully written, cinematic account of the women who preceded Annie moves smoothly through Italy of 1617 and 1899. Today, a prisoner of her unsettled present, Annie flees to the calming waves and fresh salt air of Massachusetts. Without warning she runs headlong into the frightening Past, a past that threatens to destroy her. Yet she finds hope, and love, and herself in the most unlikely places. Will she recognize it in time?
About the Author: Lynne Russell was the first woman to anchor a regular network nightly newscast, more than 33,000 over 18 years at CNN. The New York Times called her a “just-the-facts stalwart of CNN Headline News”. They also called her a news anchor with the personality of a professional wrestler, which she took as a compliment. Washington Journalism Review: a spot as Best in the Business. Private investigator, double black belt, former Deputy Sheriff, Lynne writes the PJ Santini series of romantic crime novels and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Washington, D.C. and in Italy.
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“The first witch was as beautiful as you. Men loved her and women hated her. She was all women.”
At some point in her earliest years, every little girl in my family turns a bewildered cheek into the softness of her pillow as she’s tucked in at night. She closes her wonder-filled eyes to unpuzzle this riddle, reassured by the gentle feminine voice beside her bed that it is the truth and that in time she will understand. Then this tender sleeping beauty is whispered to, as she sinks into slumber.
“Remember this: the power and the knowledge that rest in your breast have been handed down from the ancient goddesses… the Lifegivers. They rule over Harmony and Fertility and Balance. But men have sought to erase their influence from the world. They have been violent [but] no match for our passion and for the way Nature favors us. You can do a lot more with a broom than sweep, you know.
After fifteen years of international exposure as an anchor for CNN's Headline News, Lynne Russell has become one of the most recognized and beloved women working in broadcast journalism. Renowned for her on-air combination of professionalism and irrepressible energy, Russell is every bit as remarkable off camera as she is on. Not only does she know her way around a newsroom, but as a private investigator, bodyguard, and black belt, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Russell writes, for the first time, about her amazing life, from her memories of childhood as a self-described nomad following her army father around the globe, to a frank look at her ill-advised early marriage, to her steady rise through the ranks of radio and television. Then she turns her attention to what her remarkable achievements have taught her about work, love, body language, and the best little shoe store on the Champs Elysée, and gives us her gutsy advice for life today.