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Some secrets should remain hidden forever…

The last place Rosalina expected the clue to a 700-year-old mystery to lead her was back into the arms of Archer, the man who broke her heart. When neither can solve the puzzle without the other, they set off on a new adventure. They’re forced to ignore the sparks that still fly unhindered between them as their search for the golden riches weaves from Tuscany’s underbelly to Archer’s luxurious yacht in the Greek Islands.

Archer desperately wants to salvage his shattered relationship with Rosalina but fighting for her love soon takes a back seat to fighting for their lives. Ruthless competition is hot on their heels and will do anything to get his hands on the treasure. With evil close on their trail, and Archer wrestling with the remnants of a childhood tragedy, Rosalina begins to wonder if some secrets were never meant to be revealed.

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Rosalina dusted her flour-caked hands onto her apron and then turned to check on the Murazzano cheese rolls already baking in the oven. The scents of aromatic spices, melting cheese and fresh-baked pastry wafted from the open door. She lifted the tray from the oven and placed it onto the cork placemat.
‘Smells magnifica.’ Alessandro ran his tongue over his lips and she had this sudden desire to kiss him. The urge came from nowhere. Maybe she’d had too much wine. Maybe she was falling for him, despite all her determination not to. Maybe, just maybe, she was finally over Archer.
She smiled as Alessandro practically drooled over her cooking. He’d always been a dependable part of her life, and that was something she needed right now. And he was the perfect willing guinea pig for her culinary experiments. He reached for a still steaming pastry and she snapped his hand away. ‘Wait,’ she said. ‘You want the whole experience don’t you?’
His eyes lit up. ‘Sì, mio dolce.’
Rosalina liked the way he called her ‘my sweet’, especially given her love of cooking all things sugary. He was patient with her and seemed to understand her need to take everything slow.
Rosalina sliced the now cooled poached pear and placed a sliver upon the savoury cheese pastry. ‘Open up.’
Alessandro obliged and she popped the nibble into his mouth. His eyes did that heavenly eye roll before he closed them and savoured the treat. A low moan of approval teased from his throat and she knew she had him. He was a delight to watch.
First he would taste the sweetness of the pear, delicately poached with cinnamon and Chinese five spice. Next would come the multifaceted Murazzano cheese, smooth and rich in flavour. Finally, the buttery pastry would round it off. She liked to think of it as a smorgasbord in a bite.
After he swallowed, he sighed his approval.
‘Now, keep your eyes closed.’
He simply nodded as a smile of pure bliss curled at his lips.
‘This second sample is the same cheese pastry, but this one I’ve topped with a touch of my homemade fig jam and a sprinkling of crispy prosciutto.’
A fresh moan tumbled from his lips and he hadn’t even tasted it yet. His eyelids fluttered as she placed the second sample into his mouth.
‘Take your time. I need to know which one is better.’
His eyes opened but it was as if he’d slipped into another world. He began to shake his head slowly.
‘You don’t like that one.’
He shook his head faster as he continued to chew. ‘You can’t make me choose one.’
Rosalina put her hands on her hips. ‘Come on, Alessandro, you know the game.’
‘But I can’t decide. They’re both delizioso.’ He kissed the tips of his fingers.
‘This is serious.’ She giggled. ‘There can only be one clear winner. So which is it, pear or prosciutto?’
‘Rosa, you torture me.’
She giggled. ‘I tantalise you.’
He flashed a devious smile and fluttered his long lashes. ‘Yes you do, il mio dolce.’


TM Clark & Kendall Talbot
ANGI: I met Kendall at the RWA national conference in New York. Talk about an interesting person! Wide-open heart with a matching smile. Yet another reason to visit her part of the world. Of course, as you'll see in Monday's portion of the interview...Kendall's world is pretty big.

TM CLARK: I am lucky to call Kendall a friend. She is an amazing person whose infectious smile will conquer the world! Full of fun and always looking for adventure, Kendall's quest in life is to live life to the fullest!

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KENDALLI read every night, have done since I was 14 years old.

ANGI: Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?
KENDALLHands down without question Chris Pine

ANGI: What’s your favorite meal?

ANGI: What’s your favorite place to visit?

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of TREASURED SECRETS?
KENDALL:  Archer is an Australian man in his early 30’s. He’s wealthy, feisty, courageous and impulsive and he’s handsome in a rugged outdoorsy way. He thrives on adventure and treasured hunting is his chosen profession. But a shocking childhood tragedy has him screaming awake almost every night. He believes the nightmares are fitting punishment and a burden that only he should suffer. 

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KENDALL TALBOT is an award winning author, thrill seeker and a hopeless romantic. She has travelled extensively, some 36 countries and counting, and she's addicted to experiences that make her scream... white water rafting, scuba diving with sharks and hang gliding are just a few. Her stories reflect her sense of adventure and her long running love affair with her very own hero.

Kendall collects junky jewelry and expensive perfume, her favorite night out is with great friends and a fabulous bottle of wine or two, and she rarely watches TV. She lives in Brisbane with her hubby, her two grown boys and her little dog, Josie McLuvin.

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KENDALL WANTS TO KNOW: Treasured Secrets weaves from an Australian tropical reef to historic Tuscany to the luxurious Greek Islands. These are all amazing places I’ve visited. Where is the most amazing place you’ve been to and why did you love it?


  1. That's interesting, I never think of Paris for its food. I love trying new foods when I travel. I would have to say Italy is my favorite foody destination. Thank you for commenting. Cheers

  2. Hey Kendall and welcome to GLIAS for the weekend.

    1. Thank you so much for having me Angi. I always love talking to people about foodie destinations. It's such a good topic.

  3. Darn I should never have read your excerpt while I was hungry. I think I have some fig preserves somewhere! I can top some cheese!
    St Petersburg was pretty amazing. The architecture, The Hermitage, and the palaces were all amazing. And so was the food. Their portion sizes didn't feed an army. But hands down - if you want to travel for food - Tuscany! I agree with you.

    1. Hey Nan, thank you for contributing. Figs and cheese are such a yummy duo. I've made a few things with them now. I haven't made it to St Petersburg - YET. I agree though Tuscany is up there with the best foody holiday for me. Cheers and thank for you reading.

  4. Ahh Kendall and Angi, thats playing dirty... yummo for that food!!!!
    Love the sound of Tuscany... but I have always wanted to travel through Mexico, tasting all the different local foods there (but not worms or funny things - I will leave that part to you!)

    1. Hey TM. I've just come back from a week in Mexico. This was my 4th time there - I love it. Each time I've been somewhere different. It's interesting though, the Mexican food there is nothing like the Mexican food we have in Australia. And don't even get me started on the Tequila. I'm always up for trying the worms and funny things. If it's good for the locals then it's worth a try, I reckon. Thank you for contributing. cheers to you