Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-six New York Times bestsellers, most recently PLAY DIRTY which was published in August 2007 by Simon & Schuster and debuted at number two on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. Her other recent bestsellers include RICOCHET '2006', CHILL FACTOR'2005', WHITE HOT'2004', HELLO, DARKNESS'2003', THE CRUSH'2002', ENVY '2001', all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Her new novel SMOKE SCREEN will be published on August 12, 2008. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published nearly seventy novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel, including reprints of earlier books, have become Times bestsellers. Her novel THE WITNESS was recently optioned by Twinstar Entertainment for a major motion picture. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco and raised in Ft. Worth. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program PM Magazine. She is much in demand as a speaker at book festivals and charity functions throughout the year.