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Hilary Duff Pictures: Elixir Book Signing Barnes and Noble The Grove Photos and Pics

Hilary Duff Pictures: Hilary Duff signs copies of her new book Elixir at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on October 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

In March, Duff inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish her first-ever young adult fiction series. The first novel in the multiple-book series, entitled Elixir, combines the overpowering allure of a dangerous love triangle with thrilling international adventure. It tells the story of Clea Raymond, a talented young photojournalist who has spent her entire life in the spotlight as the daughter of a Washington politician and a renowned surgeon.  Haunted by the strange appearance of a mysterious young man in her photographs, Clea travels the globe with her best friends, Rayna and Ben, in a race against time to unravel a centuries-old mystery that could unlock the key to her soulmate's true identity and the secret of her father's disappearance—and ultimately save all their lives.

"I've always loved the escape of a great book, especially one that features a strong, inspiring female character you feel you really understand, someone who could be you, but living a more fascinating life. I'm hoping Elixir will be that kind of book—a novel that will transport readers and open new worlds for them," Duff said of her first novel, which is due to hit bookshelves on Oct. 12.

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