Alicia Dill in conversation with Sara Maniscalco Robinson
Please join us for a reading from Alicia Dill in conversation with Sara Maniscalco Robinson to celebrate the releases of her book Beyond Sacrifice
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In Beyond Sacrifice, Concepcion Chapa—an Army veteran, FBI special agent, and the orphaned daughter of two CIA agents—has lived a life of sacrifice for her country. When she learns that her parents may not be dead, but just undercover, she allows herself to be recruited as a killer-for-hire for the CIA. Faking her death and undergoing surgery to change her looks, Concepcion leaves everything behind—her friends, family, and country. Under the identity of Sofia Paltrini, she travels the globe doing the dirty work of the US government. But in a world of subterfuge and hidden motives, no one is quite who they seem. Concepcion is left not knowing who to trust, and wondering if there’s a way to live a life for herself that’s beyond sacrifice.
Alicia Dill is an Army veteran, a globally published journalist, public speaker, and award-winning author. Originally from Missouri, she joined the Iowa Army National Guard at the age of 17 and received a degree in journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa, and she also has a masters from the University of Dubuque. After her service, she was published by several weekly newspapers in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, with over 75,000 readers. Her first book, Squared Away, was a 2020 International Next Generation Indie Book Award winner and a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award. Alicia is currently a participant in the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project, a year-long program. She lives in Cedar Rapids.
Sara Maniscalco Robinson is the founder of Iowa Veterans’ Perspective. With more than 20 years of service to the Iowa National Guard as a public affairs soldier and broadcast journalist, Sara has interviewed and shared the stories of countless military members. She has deployed twice, which gives her the right background to connect with different types of veterans. She has degrees in natural resource management and entomology, from Iowa State University, and is happy to still call Iowa her home.