Welcome back, Shelley. You have a lot of books out now. What is your favorite setting to use in your books?
Although I really enjoy going on research trips and exploring new places, my favorite setting for my Amish novels has to be up in
That’s because I’m friends with several Amish ladies there, so when I set a
novel in Sugarcreek, Charm, or Holmes County, Ohio Berlin,
it feels like I’m writing about good friends.
What do you look for when you’re shopping for a book to buy for yourself?
I absolutely love to read. I usually read several books a week. I usually am attracted to two things when I pick a book. The first is that it’s different from anything I write and the second is characterization. If I don’t find the characters in the novel I’m reading either likable or well developed, I usually put the book down and pick up another on my To Be Read pile.
Give us a little tour of the setting for this book.
Hart County, Kentucky,
the setting for HER SECRET is not in
really enjoyed all the research I did for it! Hart
County is located in the center of Kentucky, right where
is located. One thing I learned from my visits to the area is that while Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave
is the largest cave in the region, it’s only one of many caves in the heart of Kentucky.
is rural, populated by several scattered Amish communities, and is truly
beautiful. Hart County
What other books do you have coming out soon?
HER SECRET is the first of six novels set in
Three of the books will be released this year and then the series will finish
up in 2018. Each novel is set in area but is meant to stand alone. The next
book in the series is called HIS GUILT, and it will be released in July. Hart County
Please give us a glimpse inside your home.
We live in southern
in a walk-out ranch house that is next to a creek. Honestly, the best part
about our house is the back yard. I love to watch all of the animals and birds
visit. We have a blue heron that returns every summer, chipmunks, deer, a
ground hog, and even a fox that lives in the woods. I love looking out the
windows in the winter or sitting on the back porch in the summer.
Tell us about the story.
HER SECRET is the story of Hannah Hilty. She and her family move to
Hart County because a stalker was taking pictures of her
back in Ohio.
At first she thinks that she’s safe and even allows herself to form a friendship
with Isaac, her next door neighbor. But when strange little incidents start
happening in her new town, Hannah fears that her stalker has found her
It was a lot of fun to write.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“This just arrived for you, Hannah.”
Hannah Hilty looked up from the table she was clearing to see her manager by the reception desk at the Berlin Country Store. Blowing a wisp of hair off her brow, and wiping her hands on the dish towel tucked in the sash of her apron, Hannah hurried to take the brown envelope out of Kennedy Frazier’s hands.
“Danke,” she said politely. “I’m not sure why someone would have given you an envelope for me, though.”
“Actually, someone slipped it through our mail slot. In any case, I was happy to hold on to it for you.” She winked. “I’m glad you were working today. Otherwise, I would have had to remember to hand it to you for your next shift.”
“Oh, you would have remembered . . . eventually.” If there was one thing Hannah had learned about her manager, it was that Kennedy sometimes bit off more than she could chew. Because of that, she was a bit of a scatterbrain.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a beautiful new website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com, I’m active on Facebook, and I’m also on Twitter at @ShelleySGray. I love to chat with readers, so I hope everyone will reach out and tell me what they thought of HER SECRET.
Thank you for hosting me,
My pleasure, Shelley. Thank you for sharing this new book with us.
Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.Her Secret - Christianbook.com
Her Secret: The Amish of Hart County - Amazon Paperback
Her Secret: The Amish of Hart County - Kindle
Her Secret: The Amish of Hart County - Amazon - Audio
Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside
(Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)
Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.
The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.
If you’re reading this on Goodreads, Google+, Feedblitz, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link: