Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Have No Shame," by Melissa Foster

Here's a new release from acclaimed bestselling author Melissa Foster. This romantic suspense / coming of age story rips open the racial tension of 1960s Arkansas, when the secret friendship of 18-year-old Alison Tillman and a young black man takes a romantic turn. In a unique innovation, the author offers the book in two styles: you can choose to read it 'straight,' or in the southern dialect of the narrator. Get this unforgettable book - reduced in price today to $2.99.

Have No Shame (When civil rights and forbidden love collide), by Melissa Foster

[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time. -- Roderick Craig Low

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The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms--and her own beliefs--when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

A meaningful combination of romantic suspense and coming of age at its very best.

"This book will resonate with readers who enjoyed Kathryn Stockett's, THE HELP, Julie Kibler's, CALLING ME HOME, John Grisham's, A TIME TO KILL, Sue Monk Kidd's, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and Kathleen Grissom's, THE KITCHEN HOUSE."

PLEASE NOTE: This ebook contains TWO versions of this novel. Readers have the option to read with or without the southern dialect in the narrative. Once downloaded, you will be presented with a choice of reading preferences. Both versions reflect the exact same story, with the only difference being the style of the narrative.
Q&A with author Melissa Foster

Q: How is HAVE NO SHAME different from each of your other novels?

MF: I write across genres, and HAVE NO SHAME is my first historical fiction book. But SHAME is also a coming-of-age story, and so much more. HAVE NO SHAME is told in a very soft voice--the voice of the main character, Alison Tillman, and is reflective of her Southern voice.

Q: You've said that this story is your most important story to date. Why is that?

MF: HAVE NO SHAME was not an easy book to write. Researching and writing this story took me back to the civil rights era--unearthing all of the hate of those times, and it was an eye opener to how in some ways, prejudice is still as strong; it's just aimed at other types of society. Alison's realization of the prejudices of society--and even of those she loves--and the strength she shows in how she moves forward is a lesson for all of us. The heart is not color-blind, and although I know this type of prejudice still exists, I feel it's important to give the the truth of that era a voice.

Q: Is this a stand-alone novel?

MF: Yes, this is a stand-alone novel, however, I'm asked often to write a follow-up novel to explore what happens in the town and with the characters. That's something that might be coming.

Q: You offer this book in two formats with one purchase--why is that?

MF: Alison's voice came to me as a southern voice in dialogue and in thought, and HAVE NO SHAME is told from Alison's point of view. I felt it was vital to keep her thoughts in her own voice. However, I also realize that readers are passionate about their reading preferences, and because most novels present dialect in only the dialogue, I decided to give readers a choice. Each ebook and each paperback offers both formats: Read With Southern dialect, and Read Without Southern Dialect. This has never been done before, but in this wonderful digital age, I decided to give readers exactly what they want.
Alison Tillman has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother's Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

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Meet the Author

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose "Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

Comments from Melissa: Hello everyone! I grew up in Maryland with my mother, a slew of wonderful brothers, and friends. I am passionate about writing, reading, living healthy, and helping others do the same, and enjoy just about anything outdoors (and anything chocolate!). I love to chat with readers and book clubs, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me. You can also catch me on The Women's Nest, user name, "Thinkhappy". Thanks for reading!

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