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HAVE NO SHAME and ABNA

I'm thrilled to announce that HAVE NO SHAME has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Contest. 

Image previewThey accept 10,000 entries, and 400 from each genre make it to the second round. HAVE NO SHAME is in the category of General Fiction. HAVE NO SHAME will be released May 6, 2013. The final cover is not yet designed, but you can read a summary, below. 

 

 

HAVE NO SHAME

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tilman 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.

Alison 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.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.