The Haunting of Secrets
Shelley R. Pickens
Genre: Paranormal YA
Tag Line: With her ascension, she gained great power. Now the lure of infinite power over others will cause the monster within to be Unleashed.
Aimee killed a man. Worse yet, she enjoyed it.
Aimee has survived a bombing, a killerâs 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 powers, she inadvertently causes harm to those she loves the most.
Aimee is forced to seek out the only other person in this world that can help her: Brett.
Together, they explore the world as ascended beings, reveling in the intoxication of mind control, as flames of love ignite between them. With each new emotion explored, the reasons behind the origin of her powers are slowly revealed.
But a dark threat looms in the horizon âa sinister plot that will cause the monster within Aimee to emerge.
With Logan kidnapped and Brett unable to face his sinister father, Aimee must battle the lure of infinite power to save the two boys that hold her heart captive.
Or risk being lost to the evil forever.
The Haunting of Secrets Book 1
Unhinged The Haunting of Secrets Book 2
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I killed a man. Worse yet, I wanted to kill him. The darkness Iâve fought so hard to keep out of my life had somehow seeped into my soul without me knowing it. My ascension brought great power, but at a horrible price. All it took was a moment. A fleeting thought, and when it was over, the man before me, lay dead and my soul cried out in agony. I stand above him now, watching my reflection as it bounces off his lifeless eyes. This isnât the girl Iâm supposed to be. The girl I know would never have harmed a living soul. Yet, hereâs the proof right in front of me, staring lifelessly into nothingness. I know he never saw death coming for him because his expression is a strange mixture of pain and surprise. I want to help him, but thereâs nothing I can do, heâs gone. I watched his thoughts end, his soul disperse to the sky above. Still, his face remains stubbornly determined; like he wants nothing more than to return so he can admonish me for my sins. But he canât.
And Iâm the reason why.
I slowly back away from him, still unsure of what to do. My progress is halted abruptly when I run straight into a solid wall of muscle. His arms come around to embrace me from behind. Itâs comforting despite the complete inappropriateness of it in the face of death. He holds me as I stare helplessly; hovering over the body of the man I just destroyed.
âItâs all right,â he begins in a soft tone. âYou did what you had to do.â
I turn around and look at my companion, my equal in both power and stubbornness. âNo, I didnât. I did what I wanted to do. For that, Iâm going to burn in hell.â
My self-proclaimed soul mate stares at me with a puzzled look on his face. He seems confused, as if hell is a place that shouldnât be feared. After all Iâve been through in the short sixteen years of my life, Iâm more certain than ever that hell is very real.
And itâs a place I now seem destined to visit.
Though my companion seems understanding and empathetic of my remorse, he isnât quite able to hide the pride he feels for my eliminating someone with my powers. I donât need to see his thoughts; it shines clearly through every aspect of his expression.
He moves his hands up to cup my face, catching the latest tear as it falls from my regret filled eyes. âThen we shall burn in hell together, my dark princess.â
About the Author:
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.
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âWhat' something unique/quirky about you?
I speak Spanish. I teach Spanish in a public high school here in Georgia, but I donât write my books in Spanish. So donât worry
Also, I like to eat ranch chips with chocolate. Itâs soooo good. You should totally try it.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you
when I was 15 I survived a horrific accident with no injuries. The car I was in went airborne onto a 30-foot cliff but was saved from certain death by a telephone pole. The car hit the curb, went airborne, began to turn 360 degrees but was stopped in midair by that pole â it caught the bumper. If it werenât for that, I wouldnât be here right now, writing and living an amazing life.
What are some of your pet peeves?
slow drivers are my biggest pet peeve! I have places to go and I drive at least the speed limit so please, drive that speed! If not 5 over. Iâm a good driver, just not a slow one.
I also donât like it when people whistle. No idea why, but it grates on my nerves!!
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What was your inspiration to write this book?
Iâve always loved everything dark and paranormal. While most girls were watching romance movies, I was always the girl who went to sci-fi. I was driving home one day from the beach, had the idea about Aimee and her powers, and immediately started to write it down. By the time I got home, I switch to the computer since I type so fast and The Haunting of Secrets was born.
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