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The Devil Made Her Do It?

What would you sacrifice to be a size zero? For more than a few women, the promise of thin thighs in 30 seconds might just convince them to deal with the devil. Series romance author Kathleen O'Reilly's first single title, The Diva's Guide to Selling Your Soul (Apr., Downtown Press), is a story for every woman who knows that becoming celebrity-style skinny involves a pact with Lucifer—or in this case, the silver-tongued Lucy. She's the trashiest gossip columnist in the city, and she's working a pyramid scheme that's truly evil. The more clients our innocent heroine V recruits for her "Life Enrichment Program," the more of V's decadent desires will come true. So if your best friend suddenly happens to morph overnight from a "before" to an "after," you'll know why. This clever new author reveals the top 10 ways to tell if someone is selling her soul.—Tara Gelsomino

10. She lost 40 pounds on her "miracle diet" of nothing but chocolate and champagne.

9. Her wrinkles are gone, yet
her face has a non-botoxified, expressive quality about it.

8. Her new boyfriend is Brad Pitt.

7. You ask where she got the Ferrari and she shrugs: "Doesn't everybody have one these days?"

6. She gets four column inches in Page Six and Angelia Jolie gets one.

5. Katie Couric is dying to interview her about the Trump wedding.

4. She's on a first-name basis with Donatella.

3. Her new driver looks a lot like Johnny Depp.

2. She's carrying the new Hermès bag—and it's not a knockoff.

1. You talk about going to the gym, and she laughs: "Exercise? How quaint."

Kathleen O'Reilly's The Longest Night is an RT Reviewers' Choice Award nominee for Best Harlequin Temptation of 2004.


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