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About Marjorie DeLuca
I spent my childhood in the beautiful cathedral city of Durham, which has often appeared as a setting in my novels. I moved to Canada where I worked as a teacher and a freelance writer. I studied Advanced Creative Writing with Pulitzer Prizewinning author, Dr. Carol Shields and received many local arts council grants for my work. I love writing in all genres. My historical novel, THE SAVAGE INSTINCT(Inkshares) came out on May 18 2021 to great critical acclaim, receiving a starred review on Publishers Weekly. THE PITMAN'S DAUGHTER (Amazon 2013) has been featured with many bookclubs and has appeared on Amazon Bestseller lists. My contemporary suspense THE SECRET SISTER (Canelo March 2021) is an Amazon Bestseller and will be followed by THE PERFECT FAMILY MAN (October 21 2021). I also write YA and have a best selling sci-fi trilogy THE FOREVERS, THE PARASITES, THE FEEDERS (Amazon 2014) as well as a contemporary YA suspense, CHASING A THRILL (Amazon 2013). I'm an avid reader, an eager painter and love getting outside for walks, even in the depths of winter.
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How far would you go for family?
Anna’s done bad things before. Neglected and unloved as a child, she had to do whatever it took to keep herself and her little sister, Birdie, safe. But the worst thing she’s ever done is let her sister walk out of a diner when they were teenagers. She would never see her sister again.
Years later, and Anna is a new person. After a whirlwind romance, she’s married handsome, successful, and generous Guy. She has a steady job and a new life of comfort. Things seem perfect.
But she hasn’t told her husband about her dark past or about Birdie, that she’s still looking for her. It’s not about his too-perfect veneer, or her suspicion that he flirts with other women. It’s that he has a complicated past and family secrets, too. Secrets that might be more entwined with hers than he knows.
After all this time, one thing about Anna remains the same. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister. And when she finds out who’s kept them apart for all these years, there will be hell to pay.
A completely addictive, dark and eye-opening novel about what people hide behind closed doors, perfect for your next book club pick. Fans of Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena will love The Secret Sister.
Read what everyone is saying about The Secret Sister…
‘Okay, I was totally blown away by this book. I thought it was going to be your run-of-the-mill mystery… Wow, I was wrong. This is an amazingly written book. If you think you can figure it out, well good luck to you… I will be bringing this book up every chance I get. Great story!!!!’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A heart-wrenching clash of past and present which is not for the faint-hearted. It is rare for a book to make you feel so many strong emotions… Captivating and intriguing… I couldn't put the book down… This has been the most memorable book I have read in a long time.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This novel is one you cannot put down! I put aside all my work so I could binge it in a day. A gripping story… With many twists and turns, this novel kept me on edge and guessing till the end.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Crazy good. This story tells of an incredible bond between twin sisters who end up in the care system. Ups and downs throughout and an absolutely heartbreaking ending. I loved it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Utterly compulsive reading. I found the subject matter harrowing but so well written and well researched… The story of Anna and her twin sister Birdie broke my heart… I can highly recommend it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Ooo this one definitely had a twist that I was not expecting! Go ahead and read this one for yourself because trust me it will keep you guessing until the very end.
Journalist, Nick Hendricks is coasting on auto pilot with his job, his relationships and his life. But all that changes one snowy night when the beautiful and mysterious Lilah arrives in sleepy little Silver Narrows, Minnesota. Driven by her encouragement, Nick begins to investigate a string of tragic disappearances from the town’s past. Soon he realizes that things aren’t so perfect in this small Minnesota town and there are guilty secrets lurking beneath its cozy exterior. Secrets some of the town’s long-standing citizens want to keep buried. Nick’s investigation sets off a string of disturbing and violent events that stir up unsettling and painful memories from his own past.
Nick is drawn into an affair with Lilah, but he can’t help wondering where she came from, why she came and how she’s connected to the unexplained disappearances of four teenagers, but he’s unprepared for the shocking discoveries he makes about the town he thought he knew, his own past and ultimately about Lilah
Perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, this taut psychological thriller offers a delicious take on deviant and defiant Victorian women in a time when marriage itself was its own prison.
England, 1873. Clara Blackstone has just been released after one year in a private asylum for the insane. Clara has two goals: to reunite with her husband, Henry, and to never—ever—return to the asylum. As she enters Durham, Clara finds her carriage surrounded by a mob gathered to witness the imprisonment of Mary Ann Cotton—England’s first female serial killer—accused of poisoning nearly twenty people, including her husbands and children.
Clara soon finds the oppressive confinement of her marriage no less terrifying than the white-tiled walls of Hoxton. And as she grows increasingly suspicious of Henry’s intentions, her fascination with Cotton grows. Soon, Cotton is not just a notorious figure from the headlines, but an unlikely confidante, mentor—and perhaps accomplice—in Clara’s struggle to protect her money, her freedom, and her life.
Mike, the import car fanatic who worships his older brother, Frankie, a hotshot graduate who’s gone East and developed big spending habits fuelled by poker winnings.
Jay, the budding musician whose father wants him to be an NHL player even though he hates hockey.
Kim, the math whiz and talented artist whose mother recently died and left her alone with a cold, abusive father who spends most nights at the casino.
Nick, forced to be a parent to his two kid sisters while his single mom goes off for days at a time and drowns herself in booze .
Lured by the thrill of gambling, their lives spiral out of control until events come to a head in a gripping final showdown. Along the way they’ll learn about love, heroism, sacrifice and failure, but someone pays the ultimate price and dies on the snowy forest track.
Set in a Canadian prairie city, this story explores the complexity of family conflict and its impact on troubled teens searching for love, acceptance and identity
But Marcia has other ideas and when Junius’s father shows up unexpectedly, plans for the next mission to save Junius go into high gear. Meanwhile a shocking discovery among the ARP residents of Golden Heights threatens Yul’s entire empire making him desperate to get to Paige and her father who may hold the key to the survival of The Iduna Project.
Paige must find the courage to outwit Marcia and Yul otherwise she’ll always be a pawn in the race for immortality. But she faces a tough road and unexpected dangers and revelations in her search to uncover the truth about all the players involved in the Iduna Project.
Can Paige finally find freedom and happiness? Find out in the gripping final episode of The Iduna Project.
After a dangerous and grueling training period, Paige and Junius plunge into the strange, ruined world of Sin City and the Crime Lords, whose lives are defined by death defying feats and undying loyalty in battle.
They meet Antoine, the charismatic but dangerous leader of the Snakes, who draws them into the wild and crazy Sin City lifestyle, and reveals the gruesome methods used to access the forever serum from the captured feeders.
Paige makes some unexpected discoveries about her past, and Chale’s sudden reappearance forces her to make decisions and take risks she never imagined, to ensure his safety.
One thing never changes - the people with power will do anything to gain control of the Forever technology. But who will gain the upper hand? The Crime Lords or the wealthy ARPS backed by Iduna Corporation? Or maybe someone else Paige never suspected.
My name, Paige, means youthful assistant. All of us Forevers have names that mean young or youthful and we wear a tattoo of two golden apples on our left wrist that shows we belong to IDunaCorp.
I want to know more. I want to know why I’m here and what’s out there beyond the compound. But they tell us it’s dangerous outside. Because everyone wants what we have and they’ll tear us apart to get it."
Paige is a forever, genetically altered to stay nineteen forever and live in the secret Iduna Corp compound, a place where age reversal and immortality has been perfected. Forevers are told to live for the moment. Be what you want to be for a while and when you get sick of it – be something else.
But when her friends start disappearing Paige suspects there’s a darker side to their luxurious prison. The official word is they’ve been kidnapped by criminals on the outside who want to use them as feeders. Feeders have a short and brutal life – kept in captivity and sucked dry of all their youth cells so the Crime Lords can enjoy eternal youth.
Her friend Junius involves her in planning a daring escape from the compound so they can infiltrate the IdunaCorp organization and find out what’s really happening to their missing friends. They’re joined by the charismatic and musical Chale, a Keener whose attraction to Paige causes tension between her and Junius. What will they find on the outside? How has the quest for immortality changed humanity?
The journey becomes so dangerous Paige is forced to push herself to the limits of her endurance and to make tough decisions about who she can trust – Junius or Chale.
Rita Hawkins fought all her life to escape from the hard life of Crag Street in North Eastern England. There she meets George, the last surviving son of a poor mining family forced against his wishes to start work as a miner. Her life becomes inextricably tied up with his but love eludes them, though events in their lives constantly throw them together. George the high-minded idealist gets caught up with the miner’s union, while cold, hard cash drives Rita, the pragmatist, towards independence and success in business. Their relationship is complicated by the tragic Maggie, abused mother of seven children and Ella, the childless street gossip with her nose in everyone’s business.
Years later, when Crag Street is torn down and rebuilt in a museum, Rita receives an unexpected invitation to attend the Grand Opening. The visit forces her to face painful memories about George, Maggie and Ella and to revisit the tragic incidents of the last days she spent on Crag Street.
A vivid tale of love and loss, joy and tragedy, The Pitman’s Daughter spans five decades and portrays the colorful tapestry of life in a Durham colliery village. Filled with unforgettable characters it is also a story of ambition and identity that shows no matter how hard we try, we can’t escape our past since it shapes us into the person we become.