New Sexy Mystery Novel ART DAMAGED
Exposes Little-Known Hi-Jinx in the Art World

California artist, model and actress Nora Novak has created a splash with her sexy new mystery novel, ART DAMAGED, recentlypublished in hardcover, paperback and E-book. It is a glossy insider’s tale set in Orange County, CA’s art world. Protagonist Nina Valliere tries to keep her job at a contemporary art museum, coping with her adversaries, a new boss from hell and a high-strung, alcoholic director, while juggling the diverse men in her life and pursuing credibility as an emerging artist. Surprising events, including a murder, threaten to endanger the futures of both Nina and the museum.

Radio talk show host Rick Anthony of Hollywood Up & Close said about ART DAMAGED: “Writer Nora Novak’s new mystery novel ‘Art Damaged’ is a perfect late night read or one to put in your tote bag for a day at the beach.”

Qantas executive Matt Banegas calls ART DAMAGED, “A provocative romp through the seemingly staid world of the business of art. The clever descriptions of personalities and the details of the social spotlight make the prose sparkle.” 

San Francisco artist Josephine DeBudda writes, “Anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of the art world will fall in love with this fabulous tale.”  

Long Beach, CA account executive Tina Esquivel declares, “If you are looking for a fun book to read and have secretly wondered what certain women have that turns men’s heads, I highly suggest ART DAMAGED. I haven’t been so caught up in reading a book since Jackie Collins’ Rock Star.” And Minnesota travel writer Barry Kazmer effused, “I loved this book!”

Author Nora Novak explains, “I wanted to give readers a taste of what goes on behind the scenes in the contemporary art world. I intended to show that a museum is not just a sedate and stately enclave of whitewashed walls and rotating exhibits, but a stronghold for scandal, where colorful, charismatic characters reside. Originally, the book was targeted at women 25-60 who are interested in art, fashion and a juicy story, but I have been delighted to learn that male readers are also responding quite positively.”

Some readers have characterized ART DAMAGED as the art industry’s equivalent to The Devil Wears Prada, but done more playfully. This hip, urban, fast-paced novel is an exposé of the contemporary art scene in Southern California. It is a quasi-memoir, as well as being a post-modern parody of contemporary pulp novels. It is replete with suspense, mayhem, humor and shocking surprises that lend a cinematic feel.

San Luis Obispo, CA English instructor and author (Seeing the Light) June Chen states, “The plot has mystery and intrigue and moves at a rapid pace. Novak’s portrayal is unique, and the novel is mesmerizing!”                    

About Author Nora Novak
Nora Novak was born in Antwerp, Belgium. At the age of three, she and her family immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Pasadena and Orange County, CA where she studied fine art before modeling in Europe. She performed on stage in the Orange Coast College theatre department and regionally. She moved to L.A. to pursue acting and modeling and appeared in films, T.V. and rock videos. Novak helped curate a number of art exhibits in L.A. before moving back to Newport Beach to work for commercial art galleries. Nora spent a decade working as an Admissions Concierge at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. She exhibited her own mixed-media-collage artwork in more than a dozen California and Arizona gallery shows. Novak continues to reside and maintain a studio in Newport Beach today.  Her web site can be accessed at

232-page perfect-bound paperback ($15.95), dust-jacket hardcover ($25.95) and E-book ($6)
ISBN: 9781-440-6744-7
Published by iUniverse

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From HAPPENINGS Magazine, November 2009:
Read "Art's dark underworld"

Book Signing at Borders
in Costa Mesa, Nov. 2009.


From THE RIVIERA Magazine, December 2009: How did Art Damaged come about? I was very inspired by the Devil Wears Prada. I really related to the main character and...
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