She's a boxer, a fighter, and a bodice-ripping good read

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Chronicle Books has acquired the rights to a novel by United States Senator Barbara Boxer of California. The novel of personal friendships and betrayal, political in-fighting and pragmatism, follows Ellen from her days as an idealistic college student, through romantic entanglements, to a difficult marriage to a rising political star. When her husband is killed, she steps into his campaign for the Senate and is elected. On the eve of a crucial senate vote, her personal and political worlds collide when her right-wing adversaries recruit her former lover to sabotage her credibility and career. With a fascinating, up-close view of how politics and power are shaped by personal friendships and revenge, this novel is an exciting fiction debut by an experienced senator.

...The yet untitled book, to be written with Mary-Rose Hayes, who has written several novels, will be published in November 2005...
I'm sure the hardest part of all this was Boxer thinking up the name of her character.