The Brambles on the Branches of a Family Tree [GUEST POST]

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Every family tree has its secrets. But some just won’t stay hidden, especially when there’s a writer among its branches. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

For as long as we can remember, we’ve loved reading romantic suspense fiction, especially novels filled with deeply buried family secrets. Recently, award-winning author Linda Hughes appeared on our radar, and she’s fearless when it comes to throwing open tightly sealed closet doors and digging up old family skeletons, which makes stories like Secrets of the Island, the second volume in her Secrets trilogy, so delicious. In today’s guest post, find out how her own family tree inspired her to write her latest novel. Enjoy! —J&H


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Lisa Scottoline’s ‘After Anna’ Proves Not All Wishes Should Come True [REVIEW]

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Her daughter was stolen from her twice, but who is guilty of her murder? Find out in Lisa Scottoline’s After Anna. (Photo by Gabriela Camerotti, Flickr)

When a woman’s estranged daughter reaches out to her after 16 years of silence, the mother is overjoyed. Little does she know, however, that by inviting the girl into her life, she’ll unleash unforeseeable devastation upon her new family which ultimately results in murder. But who is to blame? Find out in Lisa Scottoline’s new thriller, After Anna.  Read more of this post

‘It Takes Death to Reach a Star’ Is An Unforgettable Sci-Fi Epic Which Explores Man’s Darkest Fears [REVIEW]

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It’s 2251 and the human race is facing extinction. Now it is up to two people from vastly different aspects of society to join forces and save the world in Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington’s It Takes Death to Reach A Star. (Illustration courtesy Vesuvian Books)

The future looks bleak. Mankind has forced itself into a corner and it seems like there is no way out. Between a third world war, incessant fighting over the planet’s resources and a viral outbreak that knows no bounds, humanity has nearly been annihilated. But not everyone has succumbed to death just yet. Two people from disparate factions of society may be able to ensure our ultimate survival if they can only learn to trust one another. Will they succeed? Find out in Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington’s addictive new sci-fi thriller, It Takes Death to Reach a Star.   Read more of this post

Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

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Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South.  Read more of this post

Man Teeters on Verge of Extinction in James Rollins’ ‘The Demon Crown’ [REVIEW]

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Even science isn’t ready for the horrors that wait off the coast of Brazil in James Rollins’ latest thrill ride, The Demon Crown. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

When a team of scientists sets out to explore an island off the coast of Brazil, they are horrified by what they find. But someone doesn’t want their discovery to be made public, and soon they are imperiled themselves. Now only Sigma Force can stop the attrocities from wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting public. But will they be able to do so in time? Find out in James Rollins’ breathtaking rollercoaster ride of a novel, The Demon Crown.  Read more of this post