9/9/19, The Dark Side, Instagram, and Parties!!!


Hi Everyone,


I hope you had a great week since we last chatted. I’ve had an exciting week!!! My new book The Dark Side is on the New York Times bestseller list, high up on the charts—-thanks to YOU, my faithful readers for putting it there!! And my fairly recent new paperback, Turning Point, is still on the lists too after 6 weeks, since pub date.


And it’s always fun to try something new. I’ve been debating for a long time about doing Instagram, and I made a decision this summer to do it. And we’ve launched the Instagram, to give you some visual glimpses into various aspects of my life. The Instagram is listed as officialdaniellesteel. I hope you love it!!


And when I wasn’t going through photographs (of my dogs, kids, desk, typewriter, and a few other surprises) for my Instagram, I went to a terrific party this week. I don’t usually go to parties given by stores—-I’m at home, writing. But Hermes is a beautiful long-established French brand of beautiful leather goods as well as clothes (they started as a saddle maker many many years ago), and I have a soft spot in my heart for Hermes (I still have some of my grandmother’s beautiful Hermes bags, the brand is family-owned, and their craftsmanship is exquisite. Anything by Hermes is a treasure to cherish forever. I still have the Hermes black leather “Kelly” bag that my grandmother gave me for my 18th birthday!!!). And several years ago, they introduced a “Danielle Steel” bag which was a huge honor. It looked a bit like an old fashioned satchel, and had a secret compartment in the bottom. Very cool!!


Hermes has a tradition of giving a big fun party at the end of the summer, and they turn the store into a chic, fun “Playland for Adults”. There is no purpose to the party, other than for the guests to have a good time, relax, and enjoy themselves, with lots of food, drink, and entertainment. They held it on a balmy night and did an incredible job. I didn’t even recognize the store. It was beautifully decorated for the party. There were dancers in the windows looking onto the street, a bowling alley when you walked inside. There were lots of food, games of musical chairs all set up, a photo booth (I stopped to have my photo taken with a friend. And a beautiful roof top garden terrace, where many people congregated to sit and chat. The Champagne flowed, and it was easy to see that EVERYONE was having fun. I really enjoyed it, and stayed much longer than I expected to. I didn’t want to leave. It was really fun, and ‘free dress” prevailed.


So it was a fun week, and I hope you enjoy both the Instagram, and The Dark Side, the new book!!!  Have a great week ahead!!


love, Danielle


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  1. Scharon Rose September 10, 2019 10:19 am

    Hi Danielle, I’ve been reading and enjoying your novels since I was a sophomore in high school- I’m 55 now…the most beautiful person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing introduced me to your novels. Her name was Betty Bressett and the first book she lent me was Perfect Stranger. As the years rolled by, I married, had children and my mentor (Betty) passed away from lung cancer. She passed the same day as our beloved princess Dianna. Fitting I’d say for such a beautiful person. Well, turned out that my mother in law (the worlds best mother in law I might add) also loved you too and she collected many of your novels. Sadly, she too passed from cancer this past July. The day before she passed, she asked me if there was anything that I wanted to remember her by. I looked at her and began to sob as all I wanted was for her to live. Since I couldn’t have that, I asked for her DS collection. I’ve been traveling all over the world reading your books since she passed and I couldn’t be happier. Right now I’m finishing up First Sight, who knows where you’ll take me next! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading. Thank you and have a fabulous day. Scharon Rose

  2. MAIREAD MORIARTY. September 15, 2019 3:34 am

    Hi danielle.love all your books and reread them over and over One day at at a time.bittersweet and safe harbour.anything near the beach I love.thank you for all of them .I did not like The Dark Side though.didnt look forward to reading it every night.Keep up the good work. And thank you for books.