When A Bad Idea Seems Like Your Only Option [GUEST POST]

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When society is unforgiving, some secrets must be kept at all costs. (Photo courtesy K. A. Servian)

What would you do if everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? In the new book, A Pivotal Right, a young woman named Viola is faced with just such a dilemma when she discovers her father isn’t who she thought he was and that her mother, Florence, has kept the truth hidden for years.

This premise captured our imaginations, so we invited the author to tell us how being a mother herself impacted the way she wrote Viola’s character and what advice she would give to Florence on how to handle telling a child such a carefully guarded secret. We hope you enjoy this guest post from K.A. Servian! —Jathan & Heather Read more of this post

‘Pieces of Her’ Asks If It Is Ever Truly Possible to Know Those We Love [REVIEW]

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After watching her mother perform an unexpected act of violence, Andy can’t help but wonder if she ever knew her mother at all in Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her. (Photo by Dave, Flickr)

Two women bound by blood. They think they know everything about one another. Then a deadly event throws their relationship into a tailspin. Now the question begs to be answered: is it ever really possible to know someone completely? Find out in Karin Slaughter’s new stand-alone thriller, Pieces of Her. 
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‘Tiffany Blues’ Is As Luminescent As Its Namesake [REVIEW]

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Everything looks better through beautiful Tiffany glass… except her past. (Photo by Can Pac Swire, Flickr)

A budding artist with a dark past. A wealthy socialite with a penchant for trouble. A living legend’s charismatic grandson. The three of them are brought together because of one shared passion. But will buried secrets shatter their jazz-kissed lives and destroy the bond they share? Find out in M.J. Rose’s beautiful and mysterious new novel, Tiffany Blues.  Read more of this post

Spirited Widow Courageously Pursues Dream to Paint ‘Midnight Blue’ [REVIEW]

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A young woman with a dream. A past she has to escape. A talent that can’t be denied. Lose yourself in Simone van der Vlugt’s Midnight Blue. (Photo by Thomas, Flickr)

When her husband meets an untimely end, a young widow leaves the small village she’s lived in her entire life to reinvent herself in the big city. But try as she may, she can’t seem to outrun whispered rumors about why she really left. Will she ever escape the past and make her dreams of becoming a skilled artist a reality? Find out in Dutch author Simone van der Vlugt’s enchanting new novel, Midnight Blue.  Read more of this post

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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