Kes Trester 2017-09-11T14:57:36+00:00

Project Description

A native of Los Angeles, Kes Trester’s first job out of college was on a film set, though the movie title will remain nameless because it was a really bad film. Really. Determined to combine her love of reading and writing with the excitement of Hollywood, she became a film development executive, working on a variety of independent films, from gritty dramas (guns and hotties) to steamy vampire love stories (fangs and hotties) to teens-in-peril genre movies (blood and hotties).

Kes produced a couple of indie films, both award-winners on the festival circuit, before seguing into television. As head of production for a Hollywood-based film company, she supervised the budgeting and production of national television commercials (celebrities, aliens, talking chickens!) and award-winning music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, and OKGO (more celebrities, aliens, and talking chickens!).

In an attempt to raise YA’s who could actually pick their mom out of a line up, Kes turned to writing fulltime. Her contemporary novels for young adults are cinematic, fast-paced, and above all, fun. Add a pack of rescue dogs to the mix, and that’s also an apt description of life in the busy Trester household.


As the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities. With her mother long dead, her unlikely surrogate mom – and her father’s security chief – is the hulking Benson. Tagging after him most of her life, she has learned Benson’s Rules for espionage, combat, and defense.
When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, her father’s current post in Pakistan is no longer safe for her. The State Department steps in, offering an all-expense paid senior year at Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to keep her eye on roommate Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire. Hayden is notorious for ditching her bodyguards, so Riley’s true purpose must be kept secret from the heiress.
Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. As Riley’s relationship with Hayden thaws into her first opportunity at true friendship, the danger around her roommate heats up. Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s – and the security of a nation – as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends, or the ultimate betrayers.


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