Palace Secret: A Tale of Love, Adventure and the Quest for the Secret Behind the Door

Palace Secret: A Tale of Love, Adventure and the Quest for the Secret Behind the Door

by William Diebold
Palace Secret: A Tale of Love, Adventure and the Quest for the Secret Behind the Door

Palace Secret: A Tale of Love, Adventure and the Quest for the Secret Behind the Door

by William Diebold


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A Tale of Love, Adventure, and the Quest for the Secret Behind the Door.There is a legend common among peoples living in the Siem Kulea valley that before recorded time ancients once dwelled there and left something behind a hidden door that could mean unlimited wealth and power.Jack and Mai leave their happy Chicago home to live in the valley where two years ago they barely escaped with their lives. The valley is the traditional home of the Champa people and thousands have come to settle there and live with their queen. At first Jack has some trouble adjusting when he is confronted with the culture of the Champas, which is governed by ancient and barbaric customs. This uncertainty is enhanced when Mai reveals a secret to him that challenges his love for her.A professor of archeological studies with knowledge of the legend of the ancients discovers a link to the ancient secret that leads him to the Siem Kulea valley where Jack and Mai have settled. At the same time, adversaries learn of the legend and form a diabolical plan seeking to control Mai, take over the valley, and find the answers to the secret behind the door. It becomes a surprising and thrilling contest that takes them around the world to see who finds the answer first in this all-or-nothing contest. What happens when the bond of love between Jack and Mai is tested and their adversaries unexpectedly put them and their valley in great peril? What will Jack and Mai do when all seems lost and their opponents have won?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692874660
Publisher: Debold Photography Inc
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Valley of the Queen
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

William Diebold spent two years and three months in Vietnam as a photographer from 1969 to 1971. Following that he attended and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and was hired by Leo Burnett Inc. upon graduation to manage a studio in Chicago. After one year he went out on his own eventually spending twenty-five years as an advertising photographer with studios in Chicago and Dallas. He was fortunate to enjoy success during those years with a client list that includes many major clients such as Kelloggs, Little Ceasars, Pillsbury, Bud Light, Sam Adams, Pepsi, etc.
He was an advertising photographer in Chicago at a time during the 1980's when the industry was at the dawn of major changes brought on by the revolution of personal computers, digital media and the Internet. It was an exciting, portentous time and he still has the opinion that Chicago, the city and its wonderful people, is the best-kept secret in the country.
He is currently retired from teaching (a career taken up after closing his studio), living in Southern California. As a father with two sons, a wonderful daughter, and two amazing grandchildren, he very much looks forward to what tomorrow may bring. His time is made up of working on his third book "Haleran".
His website can be found at (Note the name difference.) There you will see some of his professional advertising work and many examples of his students' work from his time teaching digital imaging classes. There is also a section of his photographs from when he was a photographer in Vietnam.

He welcomes your comments. Please feel free to send him a note to
The website for his books 'Valley of the Queen' and "Palace Secret" is at
The cover photographs and graphics are by William Diebold © 2018
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