Sibling Bonds

by Sharon Sala, author of Family Sins

Even though I only had one sister as I was growing up, we were blessed to have been born into two very large and loving families. I took them for granted when I was young, thinking they would always be there. But when I began losing a generation of loved ones, then even my father and my sister, the brevity of life became a hard reality.

So when I began writing my newest Mira Books release, Family Sins, I immediately identified, slipping quickly into the world and war between the Youngbloods and the Waynes.

I understand sisterly/brotherly bonds. I understand couples who still love as strongly in the winters of their lives as they did when their love was new.

I also understand the pain of betrayal and loss, so when my book opened in such a startling way, I was immediately locked into wanting to find solace for the characters and wanting justice for their loved one as deeply as if it was a loved one of my own.

Unlike my loving families, the two families in Family Sins are like light and dark. They are as far apart in what they believe and how they live their lives as they can be. The bond of one family exists because of love and loyalty. The other family’s bonds are tied up in money, fear, and greed.

My dear people continue to dwindle, but as long as there are some of us left to tell the younger ones our stories, we will live on.

That was the ending I gave the Youngbloods. A future is never certain, but the bonds of love are eternal.

Family is our foundation.

It is up to us to fill in the cracks and shore up aging timbers, and to remember the ones who came before us.

It’s because of them that we are who we are.

About Family Sins:

1116-9780778319689-bigwMURDER IN EDEN 

Felled by a cowardly shot to the back, Stanton Youngblood has just enough time before he dies to leave a single clue to his killer’s identity: the word Wayne, scrawled in his own blood.

That word means everything to his widow. Leigh Youngblood was once Leigh Wayne, but she left her wealthy family behind thirty years ago when she fell in love with Stanton, a betrayal the Waynes have never forgiven. Now she publicly vows to discover which of her siblings thinks money and power are enough to cover up a murder.

Back in town to find his father’s killer, prodigal son Brody finds his search for justice comes with an unexpected ray of light. He’s loved Talia Champion forever, but when she said she couldn’t marry him, he left town and never looked back. This time it’s Talia who needs him, and it isn’t in him to deny her anything.

But the killer still has a score to settle, and if that means spilling more blood—so much the better.

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