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“We are all slightly delusional under the California sun.”

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, GATHERING THE INDIGO MAIDENS is a must read for anyone who loves a good thriller. Velastegui does a excellent job of mixing fact and fiction, imaginary characters and historical figures, for an explosive combination of history, art, good and evil. Readers won’t want to put the book down.

SUMMARY: Paloma Zuibiondo is a rich art collector and philanthropist living in a gated community in a gilded cage in Laguna Beach. Her life is perfect, quiet and safe, until a frantic phone call from a mysterious girl claiming to be sex-slave shatters her sanctuary. The girl begs for help; her capturers promise to free her if Paloma will return the 17th century painting of the Immaculate Conception the girl claims is rightfully hers. And thus is the shallow Paloma rudely awaken to the harsh realities of stolen art treasures and human trafficking. Now – along with the aid of her best friend Jen – Paloma is racing the clock to protect her reputation, save her paintings and learn the identity of her mystery caller.
      The princess steps out of her ivory tower and faces reality.  If Paloma does own a stolen painting, then the truth can only be found by studying the details of the Madonna paintings in her collection.  A la Dan Brown, Paloma and Jen study the symbols and the history of the iconic paintings. They find clues that lead them to three historical women, in three different centuries. Clues that lead to danger, but ultimately, clues that lead to the truth and to freedom.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cecilia Velastegui was born in Quito, Ecuador, where she spent her childhood. She feels very strongly about the plight of Latina victims of human trafficking and has donated several thousand dollars to the Orange Country Human Trafficking Task for its client services. Additional, Donna Karan International hosted the book launch in September, and donated over a $1000 to the same organization. Ms. Velastegui was raised in California and France, and has traveled in over 50 countries. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, and serves on the board of directors of several cultural and educational institutions. To learn more about the author and her book, visit

LANGUAGES: The book is available in English and Spanish, CONVOCANDO A LAS DONCELLAS DEL INDIGO.


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DISCLAIMER: The book was provided by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. –mcf