New Novel Details Impassioned Family Saga

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Author Mary Jo Stanley debuts new novel celebrating old literary traditions

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From John Steinbeck’s East of Eden to Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, family sagas have long been a staple of literary achievements. Author Mary Jo Stanley continues that tradition in her debut novel, Paper Secrets (published by AuthorHouse).

The first book in a planned series, Paper Secrets tells the stories of two sets of families: the Blacks and the Colemans. Like the Hatfields and the McCoys or the Capulets and the Montagues, the families are separated by hostility and old grudges. The beginning of the feud began with the slashing injury of a common dagger – lost love.

A flashback to the 1930s shows that Vivian Black and Louise Coleman were best friends during their childhood years, until later circumstances led to a 10-year rift. When they meet again in college, Louise is extremely rich and Vivian is attending college on an academic scholarship. They both fall in love with the same handsome, wealthy upperclassman John Williams, and the former friends find themselves at odds over for his affection.

The plot of Paper Secrets unfolds as family members find various letters and papers explaining their torrid family histories. While some family members are anxious to have the secrets revealed, others want them hidden or forgotten forever. Lawsuits and threats of public humiliation are the least of their worries when potentially life-damaging secrets loom over their heads.

About the Author
Mary Jo Stanley has been married to her husband, Ray, for 34 years. She and her husband currently reside in Jacksonville, N.C. She is the mother of three adult sons. Paper Secrets is her first published book.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.


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