Monday, 22 September 2014

The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley R. Pickens: Interview + Giveaway

The Haunting of Secrets (Secrets Series #1)
by Shelley R. Pickens

Genre: YA paranormal
Publisher: Fire and Ice 
Number of pages:171 pages
Cover Artist: Caroline Andrus

Are some secrets worth dying for? 

Sixteen-year-old Aimee doesn't like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One graze over her skin and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn't until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor-or exactly how far one of them would go to keep his secrets safe. 

In the aftermath of that fateful day of the bombing Aimee is brushed by a fellow student as they are caught in the mob running for their lives. Images of tortured and murdered young girls rise up to choke her. The problem is, Aimee doesn't know who touched her. Somewhere in this school a fellow student is a killer, and Aimee is the only one that can find him before he murders again.

With the help of her friends Aimee must sift through her stolen memories to determine clues. The quest to find a killer unravels the very fabric of her carefully woven life. He won't stop until he silences her- for only she knows all his secrets.

She will have to summon all of her inner strength to decide what she must do: hunt or be hunted.  

Are some secrets worth dying for?


Shelley Pickens is a Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. She’s been in love with everything paranormal since she can remember. After years of teaching high school students, she decided to take her firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy.

When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga.

Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid watcher of little league baseball.

THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.


Q & A with Author Shelley Pickens

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Aimee is a sixteen year old girl who dresses head to toe in black, including gloves. She’s a Goth girl with a curse: if she touches you she absorbs all your memories. Logan is the popular athlete and an all-around nice guy who has a crush on Aimee. Dejana is Aimee’s one and only friend in the world. She’s spunky, beautiful and a talented artist.

Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
Caroline Andrus designed my cover. She’s the head artist at Melange Books. She was the one that read my manuscript and signed me so I thought she would be perfect to design my cover. I loved it from the beginning.

What is the best advice you have been given?
It only takes one person to like your manuscript. Never give up.

How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
There’s no need since I am a school teacher and a mother of two, I’m always busy.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I still love the feel of a book in my hand while I’m reading but I don’t mind reading on my kindle either.

What book are you reading now?

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (the second book in the Anna dressed in blood series)

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring me on you blog. Such a cool web page!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog. I enjoyed see all the different books you featured! And your web site is super cool. Love it! Thank you again for helping me get the word out about The Haunting of Secrets!