An Unexpected Inheritance Comes with Plenty of Dark and Twisty Family Secrets in Danielle Trussoni’s ‘The Ancestor’ [REVIEW]

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The secrets to one family’s dark past lies buried deep in the Italian Alps. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She is trying to put her life back together when she receives a letter that challenges everything she thought she knew. But the truth comes with a warning… and a price. What cost will she pay to unlock her family’s darkest secrets? Find out in Danielle Trussoni’s engrossing new gothic suspense novel, The Ancestor. Read more of this post

‘The Chef’s Secret’: Six Questions for Crystal King [INTERVIEW]

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Crystal King, author of The Chef’s Secret, dishes on her delicious new book. (Photo courtesy Crystal King, Facebook)

The history of the Catholic papacy has been long and complicated, oftentimes fraught with mystery and intrigue. In her latest novel, author Crystal King uses this backdrop to introduce us to one of her most fascinating characters yet, a man who became the world’s first celebrity chef. Recently she sat down for our insightful interview. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

Escape to Venice in ‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger’ [REVIEW]

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A cunning art collector in Venice holds the key to Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s life and she must travel to Italy to get it back. (Photo by noirESTblanc, Flickr)

When a young woman becomes a widow, her entire existence is threatened. Now she must go to great lengths to salvage the life she’s become accustomed to, even if that means traveling to a distant country on the arm of another man. Readers are going to revel in Victoria Alexander’s latest misadventure, The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger.  Read more of this post

Tragic Secrets Await In ‘The Silent Fountain’ [REVIEW]

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Two women decades apart are trapped within an idyllic Italian villa in Victoria Fox’s The Silent Fountain. (Photo by Mircea, Flickr)

Deep in the Tuscan hills of Italy stands a beautiful old villa. It is the stuff dreams are made of. Scenic and solitary, it should be a haven for all who enter. Instead, it holds dark secrets that threaten to escape. But what are they? And what will their discovery ultimately mean? Find out in Victoria Fox’s The Silent Fountain. 
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Six Literary Haunts Every Bibliophile Should Visit [PHOTOS]

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Shannon Mckenna Schmidt, co-author of National Geographic’s Novel Destinations, shares six of her favorite literary haunts.

Warning: Novel Destinations may inspire wanderlust. But rest assured, whether or not taking to the road is in the cards right now, the book offers an entertaining armchair journey. Rather than simply guiding readers to famous writers’ homes and haunts, Novel Destinations shares intriguing, little-known stories about the wordsmiths and the places where they lived, wrote, drew inspiration, and ventured themselves. Here are some of my favorite literary travel tales. Read more of this post