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YA Debut: The Haunting Of Secrets by Shelley Pickens

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In Aimee’s world where one touch can reveal a cesspool of carefully guarded secrets, the last thing she wants to be caught up in is a quest to expose a murderer, let alone fall for the cute, popular guy that has the biggest, dirtiest secret of all – and it’s a killer.

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Synopsis:

Sixteen year old Aimee doesn’t like to touch people.  One touch and she sees their past.  One touch 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 kills again.  Though Aimee loathes human contact, she embarks on a mission to find the killer.  She enlists the help of her friends in school to aid in sifting through her stolen memories to determine clues.  The quest to find a killer unravels the very fabric of her carefully woven life and puts her in even more danger as one of her classmates is murdered and dumped in the woods behind the school.  The killer leaves a note for Aimee –“you are next.”  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?

YouTube Trailer Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQvKX0rb-Zg

 

We have a surprise visitor today. Aimee, from The Haunting of Secrets, has stopped by to tell us a little about herself and give us the scoop on Shelley’s YA Paranormal debut novel. Let’s see if she gives away any secrets of her own. she has promised not to scare us. 

Why were you given that name?

My mother I’ve never known gave it to me

Is there a nickname you’re known by? Do you prefer it?

Aim, cause that’s what Logan calls me

When were you born?

1998

Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?

Yes, I have a nose ring.

Do you have a personal scent (perfume or cologne)? If yes, what?

Yes, Moonlight Path from Bath and Body works

Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?

I’m an orphan so if I do I don’t know them

Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?

Mary. Because she’s one of the few people whose memories are not sinister and who accepts me despite the evil that follows me.

Where do you currently live (town, neighborhood, locale)?

I currently live in Bartow, GA

What sort of a home is it (castle, apartment, cardboard box)?

I live in a small house with my adopted mother Mary

With whom do you live? How do you feel about that person / people?

I live with my adopted mother Mary who loves me despite my curse.

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?

As a Goth girl who likes to be alone

Who is your best friend? Describe them briefly.

Dejana – she’s popular, pretty and a great artist

Who is your biggest rival / enemy?

Everyone. One touch and I know their every secret; hold their every memory. So my greatest enemy is anyone and everyone.

How would you spend an unexpected day off?

Alone reading a book in my room

What makes you blush?

Logan, his smile is intoxicating.

Have you undergone any dramatic physical transformations in your life?

I dye my hair black to go with my Goth exterior I show to the world. But my hair is really blonde.

How do you feel about children? Do you have or want to have your own?

I don’t’ feel comfortable around people so children would be out of the question. And it is also a possibility that they could inherit my curse which I would never do to a kid.

What do you dislike most about your life? What is missing?

The same thing actually – the Simple touch of another human being. Something I both fear and crave

 

About The Author

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Shelley Pickens has been in love with anything and everything on the dark side of paranormal since the time she learned to read.  After 15 years of teaching Spanish to high schoolers, she decided to take her unique 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 reader of all types of genres.  THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.

Keep In Touch With Shelley:

Website: http://www.http://shelleypickens.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelleypickensauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shelleybelly74

Fire And Ice Author Page: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/shelleyrpickens/index.html

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-R.Pickens/e/B00M3BNI2Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

 

Erin Elliott's Debut: Mira's View

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Title: The Sword of Lumina: Mira’s View

Author: Erin Elliott

Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Publishing, an imprint of Melange Books LLC

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Cover Artist: Stephanie Flint

 About the Book

Galena is just like every other elf, enslaved by the powerful Rau. Once a beautiful and powerful race, the elves has been reduced to slave labor in the mines of Rau. Galena grew up hearing the stories of old about a sword, when wielded by the right elf, ending Rau’s tyranny. Unsure if she believes these stories, she finds herself plunged into a world unfamiliar to her, hunted by Rau for her unnatural magical abilities. Will she find the sword promised to her people? Or will she fall prey to the idea of a sword that doesn’t exist?

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Miras-View-Sword-Lumina-Book-ebook/dp/B00LALJ3EW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403757279&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Sword+of+Lumina%3A+Mira%27s+View

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miras-view-erin-elliott/1119872800?ean=2940149782277

Melange:  http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/erinelliott/1mirasview.html

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJiscg8ZDSY

Character Interview

I’d like to welcome part of the cast from Mira’s view, Erin Elliott’s debut YA fantasy novel. Galena, Elenio and Tark have joined me for an informal Q&A today. They have promised to behave but we’ll see. 

Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?

Tark: We all have the marks of Rau on our hands and feet. They are tattoos that keep us from using our magic, placed on us by mauks for Rau. If most elves even think about magic, they get headaches, but Galena is different.

Galena: I’ve been able to use small bits of magic for at least the last couple of years. I didn’t know what that meant until Rau started sending his torlics to hunt me down. Now, I find myself in the middle of the stories we heard about as children. Tark, Elenio, and myself are on a quest now to find the Sword of Lumina, promised to us by the lone goddess, Mira.

Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages?

Galena: My brother Tark, is the oldest at 34 and my other brother Melan, is just behind him at 32.

Elenio: I’m an only child.

Who has been your greatest influence (parent, friend, idol)? Why?

Galena: My father. He taught me everything that I know and encouraged me to free the elf race.

Tark: my sister, Galena. Despite everything going against us, she is still determined to free the elves. Nothing gets her down.

Elenio: my promised one, Galena. She is the strongest elf that I’ve ever known. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s awesome with a sword. Total turn on.

Where did you grow up? How do you feel about it now?

Galena: All of us grew up in the small village of Tomeka. It’s on the northern most point of Tomiro. I liked growing up there. It was quiet, my whole family was there; I had a lot of good memories there.

Elenio: Would I happen to be one of those memories. (Addressing Galena) Galena: You’re at the top of the list you conceited brat.

Tark: I plan on going back after this quest, if we live through it that is. My commitment partner and daughter are still there.

Do you have any pets?

Galena: I recently acquired a ferret on my trip. They’re supposed to have vanished when the elves fell. What can I say, I’m just lucky or Mira is playing a mean trick on me.

Tark: I have a daughter, does that count?

Elenio: Putting up with Galena is enough of a chore for me. (Galena smacks Elenio in back of the head)

 What is currently your biggest responsibility / commitment?

Galena: Hands down finding the Sword of Lumina and destroying Rau. Tark: Keeping Galena safe.

Elenio: Keeping Galena from hurting herself too badly. (Galena knocks Elenio to the ground and proceeds to punch him a couple of times, which Elenio is too busy laughing to defend himself properly.)

Who is your biggest rival / enemy?

All three in unison: Rau.

Galena: Haulua comes in a close second though. He’s the god that created Rau specifically with the intent of bringing down the elves. Stupid, paranoid god.

 What is your greatest talent?

Galena: I rock with the sword, plus, unlike the other elves, I can use magic.

Tark: I’m pretty good with the sword as well.

Elenio: I pretty good at making Galena mad. (Runs from the room cackling laughing with Galena hot on his heels)

What are you the most hopeless at?

Tark: Keeping those two from picking on each other.

What, if anything, do you do to keep fit and healthy?

Tark: Training with the sword on a daily basis generally keeps one pretty fit. Running from torlics also does a nice job of keeping me in shape.

How did the two (or however many) of you meet?

Galena: I grew up with Elenio. He’s been my best friend since birth.

Elenio: I think I’m the only one who can handle her (holds hands up in truce.) I got to know and like Tark through Galena.

Tark: And that pretty much sums up my answer.

What were you doing before you met? How was your life different?

Galena: Training for the day that one of the elves were called to find the Sword of Lumina. I just didn’t think it would be me.

Elenio: Galena convinced her father to train me as well so she wouldn’t have to do it alone.

Tark: I had completed my training and was working in the village and building my own family.

Galena: Now, we’re always together on this quest. It’s been kind of stressful and I’m still not completely sure that this sword actually exist.

Tark: It does, why else would Father train us?

Galena: Because he was a mindless elf like all of our ancestors. (Tark rolls his eyes).

Elenio: Other than the running for our lives and Galena constantly trying to give us heart attacks, this trip has been great. What?! (Addressing Galena) You have!

 

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About the Author

I am a preschool teacher in a Washington Court House, Ohio. I am a graduate of Washington City Schools and I currently live in Circleville, Ohio. I have a wonderful husband and between the two of us, we have five children, four boys and one girl. We also have a wide variety of animals living with us. Everything from the more common pets like dogs and cats to more exotic like cockatiel and cockatoos. I love watching football in the fall and swimming in the summer. Christmas is awesome and without a doubt, my favorite time of year.

Believe it or not, I did not like reading until about the fourth grade when I finally found a genre that really sparked my interest—fantasy. From there it became a passion of mine and often times the perfect way to escape the difficult times in everyday life. Mythical creatures are another love of mine so I combined my two loves and set forth to accomplish what I have always wanted to do: write books for everyone to love.

 Keep In Touch With Erin:

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/swordoflumina

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/eelliottauthor

Blog Site: http://www.erinelliottwriter.wordpress.com