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Secrets & Chance

(Secrets and Lies)
(The first book in the Sterlings series)
A novel by

Defense attorney, Rosalie Stetson never wanted to return to Blushing Green, California, the place where she left behind memories of an unhappy marriage. But when she receives a strange letter from her ex-grandmother-in-law, the matriarch of the powerful Sterling family, Rosalie hits the road and heads back to her hometown.

Very quickly the situation starts to degrade when Edna Sterling goes missing, and all signs point to foul play. None of Edna's sons, who are salivating over the family's billions, can be trusted. Then there's Chance Sterling, a grandson Rosalie's never met. He can't trust her, but by his taciturn disposition, Rosalie suspects he can't trust anybody. However, they both find themselves trapped in a dangerous game of winner takes all, and Rosalie and Chance are going to have to become allies to survive it.

A few problems are complicating the situation though, starting with his continual distrust of her and ending with their intense attraction for each other.


Note: This title "Secrets & Lies" was previously "Secrets & Chance." The title has been changed to more accurately reflect the content.


"Secrets and Lies is a magnetic story that really pulled me in. Z.L. Arkadie has a knack for creating complex characters that grab hold of the reader and take them along for the ride. The author does a great job of presenting an intelligent romance along with an intricately weaved mystery. I am very excited for the next book in this series!"
-- Neila F., Editor, Red Adept Editing


The Sterlings Series:
Secrets And Lies (Book 1)
Secrets That Hide (Book 2)
Secrets That See The Light (Book 3)
The Secret Keeper (Book 4)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Paperback Editions

December 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Secrets and Lies (The Sterlings, Billionaire Family Saga)
Author(s): Z L Arkadie
ISBN: 1-942857-42-X / 978-1-942857-42-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Z.L. Arkadie Books
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June 2017 : USA Paperback

Title: Secrets & Chance (The Sterlings) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Z L Arkadie
ISBN: 1-942857-10-1 / 978-1-942857-10-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zuleika L. Arkadie
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Kindle Editions

December 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Secrets and Lies (The Sterlings, Billionaire Family Saga Book 1)
Author(s): Z L Arkadie
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