Erika Marks was guest host of #LitChat at 4 p.m. ET on August 1, 2016. Read the chatscript of her #LitChat session here.

New from Erika Marks, author of It Comes in Waves and The Guest House, comes a novel of three lives entangled in the secrets of the sea and the enduring bonds of love. In The Last Treasure, students with a shared passion for shipwrecks, Liv, Sam, and Whit formed a close bond searching for the mysterious Patriot, a schooner that disappeared off the Carolina Coast in 1812 with Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia aboard. But as the elusive ship drew them together, love would bring them even closer—and ultimately tear them apart.

It’s been nine years since Liv left Sam to be with Whit, and the once close-knit triowent their separate ways. Liv has given up her obsession with Theodosia Burr to focus on her career as a salvage diver and her passionate but troubled marriage to the reckless and hedonistic Whit. The Last TreasureBut when a diary of Theodosia’s is discovered in a collector’s estate, she is pulled back to the world of the Patriot, this time with startling new clues to what might have really happened.

Diving back into the lost history of the Patriot could be just what Liv needs to find closure to a mystery that still haunts her. But when she and Whit reunite with Sam for one last salvage in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, buried romantic tensions begin to resurface, and once again Liv must choose between two men with very different hearts.

Erika Marks is a native New Englander, raised in Maine, who went to New Orleans to study architectural preservation and promptly fell in love with a man named Ian when she and he were each walking their dogs on the levee in the rain. They now live in North Carolina with their two children. She has worked as a carpenter, an illustrator, an art director for a woodworking magazine, and a cake decorator, and after many years of marriage to a native New Orleanian, she is proud to say that she can make a mean gumbo and a praline that peels cleanly off a sheet of waxed paper.

Follow Erika Marks on Twitter: @erikamarksauthr.

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