HAVE NO SHAME and Melissa Foster


When civil rights and forbidden love collide  

“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.”

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Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 – hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers dependent upon cheap black labor who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from `In the Heat of the Night’ and `Easy Rider’; you will remember that, less than fifty years ago, if you were black, you could be beaten for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if you died at the hands of a white youth, justice would almost certainly be denied you.” Author Roderick Craig Low



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.  


“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine

“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review

“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop

“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite

“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala  

“[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, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’

“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. 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 Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington,DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.



Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader’s Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda

Come Back To Me

2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,

2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist

2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist

2011DanPoynter’s Global Ebook Awards, Finalist

Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post




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COME BACK TO ME Melissa Foster

As I sit down to write this guest post, it is 4:51 p.m., the evening before it’s due, I’ve been at my computer since 7 a.m., and it’s Sunday. I have been mulling over what I wanted to say in this post for two weeks, and I still have a hard time coming up the right sentiments. You see, I should write about gratitude in general, because it’s the right thing to do. What my heart tells me to write is very specific, and in this case, I have to follow my heart.



My third novel, COME BACK TO ME, was recently released. To celebrate the release, I hosted 35 authors on the new literary community that I was developing, WoMen’s Literary Café (for men and women). I felt that I had marketing skills to share that could benefit others, and I wanted to pass them along and watch others succeed. What became of the effort was so much more, and so much more important than my simply sharing of information and teaching.

Thirty-five authors, along with twenty-two bloggers and reviewers—all of whom only knew me from limited online conversations, gathered with open arms, enveloping one another and each of our separate endeavors. Friendships blossomed, bonds were formed, and even now, almost two weeks after the event, I am overwhelmed with emotion when I think about how much energy went into our event, and the amount of support that took place.
Support was not limited to those directly involved with the event. There was an outpouring of support by many who were simply generous enough to donate their time and energy. I believe in fate, and can only believe that this literary community that we’re developing was meant to be. The WoMen’s Literary Café is being built upon the premise of giving more than you receive, and that once you have received guidance, you should then pay-it-forward. These are the values that build strong communities, and our community has already proven its strength.
I wish to extend my gratitude to all of the readers, bloggers, authors, reviewers, editors, Kindle promoters, and other individuals and groups that graciously reached out to us. Thank you. I look forward to a long and happy friendship with each of you. My gift to you is a free copy of CHASING AMANDA. I hope you enjoy it.
As Melissa said above, each commenter will be sent an ecopy of CHASING AMANDA. Please be sure and leave your email. Giveaway is TODAY ONLY!


Finding your niche with Melissa Foster

“Have you found your niche?” That’s a question that I’ve been asked too many times to count, and my answer is always accompanied by a perplexed look. Niche? Well, yeah, writing is my niche. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that question; Have I found my genre, my formula, what works for my readers? The answer is yes, I have, but it’s not what one might expect.

Writing has been a glorious gift for me, and I hope never to pigeon-hole that creativity into only one genre. Many authors do, and that works for them and for their readers, but when I’m given a box, I have a need to climb out of it.

I give very little thought to what genre my books will fall into. I care tremendously that they are well formed stories with emotional pull and realistic characters, I want my readers to fall in love with each one of those characters, but I don’t spend much time on worrying about how those readers categorize my books.

MEGAN’S WAY was literary fiction, CHASING AMANDA was a crossover between suspense and women’s fiction, and my upcoming release, COME BACK TO ME, is an international love story/tragedy, which probably fits best into the women’s fiction genre. My current work-in-progress is a YA/women’s fiction crossover. I enjoy writing too much to confine myself to one genre, and I’m a bit rebellious, making such confinements almost impossible. One thing I will say about my writing in general, is that readers seem to really enjoy my books, both men and women, and for that reason, I plan on continuing to write the stories that come to me in the best way I know how. If you have the chance to meet me, instead of asking if I’ve found my niche, perhaps try the question, “Where are we headed next?”

Here’s a sneak peak at my next release, COME BACK TO ME:

Tess Johnson has it all, Beau, her handsome photographer husband, a thriving business, and a newly-discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.

As Tess struggles to put her life back together and deal with the pregnancy she can no longer hide, a new client appears, offering more than just a new project.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing Honor Killings find Beau alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.


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Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Spirituality)
Nominated Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011 (Winners TBD summer 2011)
Chasing Amanda
Nominated Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011 (Winners TBD summer 2011)


Melissa, thank you so much for taking the time to visit Manic Readers!

Ivy, thank you for hosting this interview. I appreciate your time and truly enjoy reaching out to and chatting with readers.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure could you please tell us a bit about MEGAN’S WAY and CHASING AMANDA?

Thank you for asking. Megan’s Way was named Finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and is currently being adapted for film. Filming is set to begin this summer. Megan’s Way is a very personal story to me, because the idea of the story stemmed from a real event in my life. Megan’s Way begs the question; What would you give up for the people you love?

One woman’s journey, her daughter’s will to survive, and a circle of friends shrouded in secrets.

Chasing Amanda is my newest release, mystery/women’s fiction crossover. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare, dealing with child abduction. The story is driven by the main character’s past. Molly Tanner observed a little girl’s abduction, without realizing what she’d seen. The child is later found murdered. Molly escapes the memories of the busy city and moves to the small town of Boyds, Maryland. Nine years later, a seven-year-old girl is abducted from her community, and Molly must face her past, and is driven to search for the child, risking her life, and her marriage.

One child murdered, another missing. One woman’s search uncovers another side to this small town, where the residents, and the land itself, hold potentially lethal secrets.

While most authors stick to writing along the same line your books are diverse. Is there a particular reason for this?

I write the stories that come to me. As lame as that sounds, it’s really the truth. When I think of what my next book will be, I don’t think in terms of genres or what’s expected of me. I simply have ideas for interesting, emotional stories, and I follow their path.

Congratulations on MEGAN’S WAY being made into a movie. Brief snippet of your reaction when you found out, please.

I think I screamed as soon as I hung up the phone, possibly before hanging up. I jumped for joy. I cried. I laughed. I think I ran around the house in circles, to be honest, yelling, “Oh my god! Oh my god!” shaking my hands, and unable to tell my family because I was in shock. My body shook and became very cold, covered in goosebumps. I’m being serious.

Too funny..

Are you keeping control, a la Rowling, or do you have very little, if any, say in the film?

I’m keeping the rights and control, but I will probably defer to my director, Wendy Crouse, who is fantastic. I feel very strongly that the integrity of the book remain in tact. Luckily, Wendy’s vision, and my vision, are in complete alignment.

That has to make it easier..

What exactly is the ‘Women’s Nest”?

The Women’s Nest is a social and support community for women that I founded in 2007. I wanted a place where all women, regardless of where they lived, what they believed in, or any other factor that makes each of us unique, would fit in and feel welcome. It’s a community where women can escape the chaos of everyday life, establish friendships, and share advice. We are lucky enough to have a physician and financial expert who donate their time, as well as a health/nutrition expert.

Sounds like a fun place….

You’re also a painter? Do you have a preferred style?

I haven’t painted for a few years, but I like to paint for children. I’ve donated six murals to the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. I enjoy making people smile, and art was one way I was able to do that.

What do you find similar/different about writing and painting. They’re both creative outlets, but do you find that each one satisfies a unique artistic urge?

That’s a really interesting question. Yes, actually, writing satisfies all of the “friends” I have meandering around in my brain vying for attention, while art is more like…bringing my thoughts to life in a different realm. When I paint, I create images that are typically more fanciful, without backgrounds or goals, simply happy thoughts in color.

Can you give any hints on your current book in progress?

I love my current work-in-progress! Thank you for asking. Come Back To Me is an international love story/tragedy. Below is a rough summary:

Tess Johnson has it all, handsome photographer husband, Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.

As Tess struggles to put her life back together, a new client appears, offering more than just a new project, and to make matters even more complicated, she can no longer hide her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing Honor Killings find Beau alive, his body ravaged, in the middle of the desert. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.

That sounds really good…I’ll have to keep a watch for it.

Is there anything that’s a “must have” to get those creative juices flowing?

A bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream with a brownie, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles would be ideal. In lieu of that I need music, sunlight, and time. Lots and lots of time. I write from 9am – 2pm Monday-Friday (most weeks). I leave my computer only under duress. I don’t write from June 15-September 1. That time is dedicated to my children and rejuvenating my mind.

Do you have a favorite book and movie?

Yes, my favorite movies are Mama Mia and Dirty Dancing. I’m sure I should come up with a more influential movies, but I like happy things, and both of those movies make me smile.

As for books, I have many favorites. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, by Lisa See was beautifully written. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Seibold touched on paranormal aspects that are right up my alley. Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Varghese was beautifully scripted. A Thousands Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini drew me in from page one and had me hooked until the end.

Current read?

Unfortunately, between writing my next manuscript and marketing my new release (Chasing Amanda), the film for Megan’s Way, and maintaining The Women’s Nest—and family—I have very little time to read. I usually make it through my Women’s Nest book club selection each month and not much else.

I just finished reading The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and I’m starting Think Twice.

Thanks so much for chatting with Manic Readers today. I’ve enjoyed it.

Melissa’s MEGAN’S WAY has won the following awards since our interview. Congrats Melissa! CHASING AMANDA has been nominated for an award also.

Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Spirituality)
Nominated Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011 (Winners TBD summer 2011)
Chasing Amanda
Nominated Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011 (Winners TBD summer 2011)

FYI y’all, Melissa is giving away a KINDLE….follow the link below for all the details!


Ivy, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with your readers. I am always happy to discuss books and writing, or to answer questions from your readers.

Anytime Melissa.

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