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Two Sisters Writing and Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of the third edition of Elizabeth’s Dark Secret.

Seventeen years have passed since it was first released, but as we approach the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the idea of passing for white is still alive and well.  As is the issue of how mixed-race people identify themselves and are categorized and perceived by society.  Interracial births have quintupled since the Civil Rights Movement, and today’s biracial and multiracial young people have a much more global, we-are-the-world perspective than prior generations when the “one-drop” rule classified all mixed-race people as black.

Today brings choices.  For example, what happens if a fair-skinned biracial woman CHOOSES to hide her black blood and live as white – at the expense of her own well-being and her mother’s life?  Dark Secret will whisk you away into one such shocking scenario… 

Two beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both.

Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white.

Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community.

But their black mother is dying.

Camille can save her.

But that would expose Camille’s Dark Secret to the rich, racist dynasty that she’s worked so hard to join through marriage.

Will Camille let her mother die?

Or will Karen force her sister to save their mother’s life?

From New York to Capitol Hill, from a Virginia plantation to the ghetto and glamour of Detroit, Karen and Camille battle for what they believe in.

Their clash over black and white, love and money, seduction and deception, explodes into a national scandal.

Can the two sisters escape alive?

Dark Secret will be available for purchase soon.  Please see readers’ reviews below.

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Here are some reviews from amazon readers:



By LUV TO READ on August 14, 2002

A very sexy novel with twists and turns that really kept my interest from cover to cover...It is a strong story of two by-racial sisters from Detroit who had a black mother and a white father. Sharlene passes as white and leaves her family, thinking that her mother does not love her. She changed her name to Camille, reinvented herself, and married into a very rich prominent Virginia family...As the story unfolds we learn that this "very dangerous" aristocratic family has many dark secrets that they keep well hidden from the world......Sharlene's(Camille) sister, Karen who has dark skin searches for her "white" sister, believing that only she can save the life of their dying mother....This story of passion, ambition and betrayal is a page turner and is worth reading.


An attention getter from the start!

ByReadinDiva on June 13, 2001

I found this book to be very good. Of course it is an old story revisited. It reminded me of the old movie "Imitation of Life" with a deadly twist. The story moved quickly and kept my attention. The story had a little bit of everything including romance and intrigue. Some of the happenings within the family were a little hard to take, but it goes to show that we never know what goes on behind closed doors. It takes an open mind to read and enjoy a story like Dark Secret. Take it from this black woman who loves to read this book will be well worth the time spent reading it. If you enjoy it then you have to read "White Chocolate" also by Elizabeth Atkins Bowman. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.


It has everything!

By Theodore Christopher on September 15, 2001

After reading "White Chocolate" which was also very good, Mrs. Bowman did not disappoint with this one at all. The book literally had everything: mystery, intrigue, action, sex, you name it, and it did keep you at the edge of your seat. It was very hard to put down when you finished a chapter.

However, I think the most valuable thing that Mrs. Bowman brings to this work is her unique insight into biracial/interracial America. This subject, which may be controversial for some is definitely a great niche for Mrs. Bowman. You could almost say that she plays the part of Aesop telling a wise old fable, albeit a very long one.

Camille explores a radically different world in pursuit of the love that she has missed, and now feels she long deserves. The grass definitely seems greener with the Stone family at first, but we soon find out what a wrong assumption that is. Nevertheless, knowing fully her thoughts and her past we can understand her new paths and actions. The question is when and how will her big secret be revealed, but she is definitely not the only one with a secret as they start to seem never ending, which keeps you more enthralled till the very end.

The only criticism I have is that the connections between some of the secondary characters get to be a little too far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is a great story, and the moral issues it raised in regard to race relations, and how biracial/interracial people and couples are viewed or misjudged in particular by even their own family is indelible. Nobody seems to approach this subject better than Mrs. Bowman. She is a great, rising, new storyteller interweaving very important, but often untouched moral lessons. "White Chocolate" and this book were excellent. I can't imagine where she might go from here.


A Thrilling Epic

By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 30, 2002

Bowman's sophomore effort, Dark Secret, is a mover and a shaker.

There are none of those "dull moments" that we as readers often find in 400+ page books. The saga of Sharlene (aka Camille), a biracial woman passing for white and striving for the love and affection of a racist-riddled political family, unravels and unfolds at lightning speed.

Sharlene leaves home at a tender age and reinvents herself, becoming part of a world that accepts her based on her achievements and outward appearance.

But how far will she go? Bowman tells the story of Camille, whom her mother refers to as "ghost chile" and Camille's "sweet praline" sister Karen with an awakening edge.

Bowman's characters and language grab the reader from the first page, and never let go of the chokehold until the last word. She is a no-nonsense writer, and you won't find any fluff or frills in this novel, just 416 pages of action-packed reading. This is not a book you want to pass up.

Reviewed by CandaceK