Kick Ass Girls of YA Event!

Drum roll please….. I have an announcement!! I’m excited to announce that my publisher for The Haunting of Secrets Series is hosting a series of events in April to celebrate strong female characters in young adult fiction! We call ourselves the “Kick Ass Girls of YA!”

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Strength comes in many forms. We’re not only celebrating the super girls who are able to slay dragons or defeat alien invaders (though we love them and will definitely gush over them), but also those who possess a quiet strength that often goes unnoticed: the girl who stands up for her friends, the girl who has the inner strength to walk away from a bad relationship, the confident girl who works hard to make a better life for herself.

This idea came from Libby Libs, the author of Sortilege Falls, a fellow Fire and Ice author as well as a story with a strong heroine that kicks some serious butt! We write women as strong because we don’t need a knight in shining armor to save us. If life teaches you anything, it’s that you have to take responsibility for your own destiny and have the inner strength and fortitude to make your dreams come true. That is what Aimee does despite the fact that the odds stacked against her, thanks to her curse. This ability to overcome is essential for a strong women. It is the tool that I hope to give my daughter to arm her with knowledge and strength she needs to take on the harsher side of life. I hope you can come and join us!

Strong women unite!!!

Here are the fun events we have planned:

Sale – Fire and Ice is putting roughly a dozen titles on sale from April 17 to the 23rd.
Kick Ass Girls of YA Blog Hop – April 19 – Details and sign up below!
Facebook Event – April 22nd  – Events will be throughout the day!
Twitter Discussions on the topic of Strong female characters in YA fiction – Friday nights in April, 9-10 pm EST (April 7, 14, 21 and 28) Use the hashtag #KickAssGirlsofYA
Instagram Event – April 8th lasting for one week – more details to come

Free Short Story Collection – From the Fire and Ice authors – to be released April 15th!

We’ll have author interviews on the Fire and Ice blog throughout the whole month of April as well!

Giveaway:

To kick it off, we’re doing a Rafflecopter Giveaway this week for multiple Fire and Ice ebook titles! The Rafflecopter starts March 27th and runs for one week. There are six ebooks up for grabs.

Here’s a link to the Rafflecopter:
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The Kick Ass Girls of YA Blog Hop – April 19th

I am so proud to be hosting this blog hop! How does it work? It’s super simple. Sign up using the linky tool below. On April 19th, write a post about a strong female YA character on your blog, then visit the other blogs on the list. Be sure to leave comments and enjoy the discussion. What can you post? We’re leaving it pretty open. You can write about a character you’ve created or a character you’ve enjoyed in a young adult novel. Maybe you’ll write a post about a character you’d love to see or what you hope young adult fiction will be like fifty years from now. As long as it involves young adult fiction and strong female characters, then you’re good!

Feel free to post the linky tool on your blog as well! We’d love to start a discussion throughout the blogosphere on this important and fun topic.

Enter the Blog Hop for April 19th. The link will take you to the sign up and will also let you copy and paste the code:

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Day 10: YA/Middle Grade; Shelley Pickens

Turning Darkness into Light through writing. My perspective on why I write.

A New Look On Books

Meet Shelley Pickens.

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Shelley Pickens has always enjoyed languages and writing. At the University of South Carolina, her career path took a turn when a professor proclaimed her writing as inadequate and disorganized. After those words, Shelley decided to teach so she could support the development of young minds rather than demolish them. She majored in Spanish education and began her lifelong career as an educator.

After years of instructing high school students, she decided to utilize her firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and the supernatural. Thus, “The Haunting of Secrets” was born. Her debut novel was published by Fire and Ice, an imprint of Melange books out of Minnesota, in July 2014 and soon became an Amazon five-star pick for readers. Her sequel, “The Haunting of Secrets: Unhinged” was released in April of 2015 and the third book in the…

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Unleashed (The Haunting of Secrets, #3) by Shelley R. Pickens

Doing the happy dance- 4/5 stars for Unleashed!

My train of thoughts on...

the_haunting_of_secrets_3The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Aimee killed a man. Worse yet, she enjoyed it.

Aimee has survived a bombing, a killer’s torture chamber, countless evils harbored deep within the minds of psychopaths and killers, and even death. But now, the greatest threat is the evil barely contained within.

With her ascension, Aimee gained great power. She no longer needs to touch a person for their every memory and thoughts to be divulged. With that power, she now feels the pull to become judge, jury, and executioner to those who commit evil in this world.

Despite her desire to be alone with Logan and live a normal life, she soon realizes that she, in fact, is the greatest threat to the normality she craves. Without control of her own…

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Do women still need Knights in Shining Armor? What I wish every man would know.

This is what I wish every guy would know about women – we still sometimes need you to save us. But not in the way you still think we do.

Knights in shining armor aren’t gone, their role simply has changed. With women taking on more roles than just the caregiver, it leaves men wondering sometimes where their place is within this new family dynamic.

But the answer is simple – your place is right beside me. Do I need you to solve all my problems? Nope. What we women do best is handle the five thousand different things around us so that the world we created together doesn’t collapse.

But my question always has been – what happens if I collapse?

Do I need a knight in shining armor then? Well, yes and no. I don’t need you to draw a sword and fight something you think I can’t. As much as I value your opinion my love, I don’t need you to give me ten pieces of advice for ways to solve things because that may not be the way that I like to solve my problems.

What I need is for you to put your arms around me, tell me that everything is going to be okay, and don’t let go while I pick up my mental sword and fight whatever it is that’s holding me back. Your sword is now your arms holding me tightly so I don’t fall. Simply because if we fall, so does everything else. And our greatest fear is falling.

You see, I’m strong. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay all the time. It means that whenever the world is too much, I need you to hold me, and not let go. Remind me that you’re thinking about me when I’m not there. Tell me one thing that makes you love me so much. Push my hair behind my ear just for the heck of it, so I can actually feel like a woman rather than what I define myself as in this world.

So, do I still need a knight in shining armor? Damn straight I do. But one that fights for me when I just don’t have enough left in me to fight for myself.

That’s worth a thousand swords.

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Back to School Blast Giveaway! And hint: I’m on this one for The Haunting of Secrets!

And did I mention there’s a giveaway?! Time to stack up on those books you’ve been wanting to read for a while but were waiting til they go on sale!

Good luck in the giveaway and please get THOS for $.99 now so you can catch up before Unleashed comes out September 13th!

HUGS!
Shelley Pickens

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#MysteryNovember Bus coming home

Hey everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are as full as a tick with turkey! I’ve been out of town visiting my and my husband’s family in SC. Wow, it was a lot of driving for 4 days but it was great food and wonderful seeing family. I hope you had just a great of a holiday.

To finish our Mystery November tour, we will visit the final 5 authors. I truly hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and a big thanks to Rosie Amber for allowing all of us to be on her blog this month.

It’s been one hell of a ride.

Our first author is CJ Browne are her book Revenge Ritual! Link to her interview on Rosie’s blog here:http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8uE

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Next, we traveled to Southwell to pick up Mark Barry and his book Hollywood Shakedown. I do love a good Hollywood mystery!

Link: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8uU

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Then, we went to pick up Jacqueline Jacques and her book The Illusions Of Innocence! wow, this one sounds awesome!

Link: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8uG

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Next, we are off to Hampshire to pick up Faith Mortimer and her book A Brutal Trade! Yep, trading can be brutal!! But I LOVE this cover…I would totally pick it up on a bookshelf!

Link to her interview: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8vR

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And for our final stop, we pick up Rose Edmunds from Brighton and her book Concealment. Link to interview: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8xM

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Well, that’s it my friends! I hope you have enjoyed this tour as much as I have. I hope you catch the bus with me next time!

Cheers!

Shelley

 

#MysteryNovember Continues!

Hello fellow riders! Today, our first stop is in Kings Lynn in Norfolk to pick up author Nell Peters and her book BY ANY OTHER NAME!!

If you want to know more about Nell or her book, visit her interview on Rosie’s blog: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8sS

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Our next stop is in North Carolina to pick up Marni Graff, Death unscripted! I love death in a title!!

And check out her interview here! http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-8ya

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Happy mystery reading my friends!! I LOVE Mystery November time!!

Shelley