"An adventurous twist of genre, much recommended," Midwest Book Review
The Rothston Institute can secretly manipulate the decisions of anyone in the world - from ordinary friends to government leaders. Possessing special mental skills used to accomplish its goals, college student Kinzie Nicolosi is training to protect humankind from self-destruction. A student missing an exam? A construction worker fired for an industrial accident? A Congressman ruined in scandal? Necessary consequences of honing her skills for the greater good.
But Kinzie brings more than her remarkable talent to Rothston. She bears an unexpected power that rivals Rothston's own ... and the clash may be something none of them can control.
Noted as having “a native talent for imaginative storytelling that her readers find unfailing enjoyable,” (Midwest Book Review), and “skilled at crafting a nuanced page turner,” (Kirkus Review), Terri-Lynne Smiles creates novels filled with realistic characters, a quick pace, and a bit of a puzzle for the reader and characters to chew on. The novels of her Rothston Series met with acclaim from professional reviews and readers alike, as entertaining reads that explore the lure and misuse of power in a contemporary world in which “adepts” can change the decisions of those around them.
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Terri-Lynne’s analytic skills were put to work as a health care attorney, where she was recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys in Ohio. With the release her debut novel, Foreseen, to rave reviews in Summer 2012, Terri-Lynne left her law practice behind to devote more time to writing and meeting readers and has never looked back. When not writing or making appearances, she and her husband spend their time drinking wine and laughing at life’s twists and quirks. Find out more about Terri-Lynne at www.terrilynnesmiles.com
The mission of The Rothston Institute embodies one of the central question of the novel and the entire series: If you can see where a decision leads, when should you intervene to change it? We see this question play out in raising children - as in purposefully distracting a toddler from a cookie they want. But it arises in the "politics" (governmental or otherwise) between autonomous adults as well. We each have an arsenal of tools to "influence" the decisions of those around us, sometimes without their knowledge. When is this proper and when are we infringing on an individual's, organization's, or society's autonomy? It is not as easy to answer as it may first appear.
“The adepts of the Rothston Institute are pledged to improve the fate of humanity by intervening to keep humankind safe,” she’d answered as if she was reciting some litany.