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

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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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Secrets Won’t Stay Buried in C.J. Tudor’s ‘The Chalk Man’ [REVIEW]

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Chalk figures begin to appear on their own, striking fear in the hearts of longtime friends with a shared secret in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr)

In 1986, a band of misfits on the cusp of adolescence made a discovery that would haunt them forever. They agreed never to speak of it again. Now it seems someone has discovered their secret and is threatening their very lives. Will these old friends be able to stop a stranger bent on revenge before they all fall victim to a killer? Find out in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man.  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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‘The Paris Secret’ Opens the Door to the Fascinating World of Art [REVIEW]

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Long-buried secrets resurface when an abandoned Paris apartment is suddenly rediscovered in Karen Swan’s The Paris Secret. (Photo by Ian Whalen, Flickr)

When thieves break into an old Paris apartment, they are met with empty rooms and thick layers of dust. But as they navigate the space, they unearth something more… something far better than anything they’ve come across even in their wildest dreams. Discover what enamored them so in Karen Swan’s The Paris Secret.  Read more of this post