It’s release day for Elora Ramirez’s Secrets Don’t Keep! I am so excited about this fantastic young adult thriller, and I’m super excited to be sharing it with you. Elora is sharing an exclusive excerpt with us, and a giveaway, so be sure to check it all out!
My name is Kera Collins, and I would do anything for a golden nod.
At first glance, my life appears perfect: the best friends, the best school, the attention of Dex Albright, the deliciously irresistible grandson to the Headmaster. All I need is the prestige behind La Boheme, an elite secret society formed within the walls of my school, and my life would be complete. Once I’m in, I’ll be the one with all of the secrets.
It’s just…no one told me these secrets could kill.
Top Ten Facts About SECRETS DON’T KEEP
- Originally, this was a book about cheerleaders. I may still write that book, but this one turned into something completely different.
- I came up with the idea for this plot at a dinner with friends. Someone mentioned “secret society” and it just clicked. I knew I had the missing piece.
- The setting also changed. Grove originally was in Atlanta, Georgia. Then I knew it needed to be somewhere else….for a few weeks, I considered Providence, Rhonde Island. But, I have another book that will be set in the northeast, so I opted for Asheville — a place I’ve visited once but loved. As soon as I started doing more research I knew it was the right locale.
- My husband read the manuscript as I was writing it. He loves the book as much as I do, and that of course makes me love him even more. He is probably the biggest reason I finished because of his “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!” questions.
- I seriously thought this book would be a standalone. My betas changed my mind.
- Sebastian has a tumblr.
- I got Season’s name from a Cosmopolitan magazine ad.
- I was almost finished with the book when I heard an Invisibilia podcast on quantum entanglement that blew my mind and forced me to reconsider the ending I originally planned.
- A piece of advice you’ll often hear is to keep your book free of pop culture references that could date it within a certain time period. HOWEVER. I think this is a bunch of nonsense and love filling my stories with as many references as possible.
- That being said, one of my favorite scenes is where I drop BOTH a Harry Potter and a Fast and the Furious reference. I’m not even ashamed. (#ripPaulWalker)
It started when she was four, when she taught herself how to read and write as a way to entertain herself while her grandmother kicked and danced in aerobics class. She cut her teeth on books from Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space -- including her Fischer Price kitchenette, the pages of picture books, and Highlights Magazines.
She's matured a bit since then, now choosing to write in the margins of her books and on the mirrors of her apartment ideas and thoughts surrounding story and what makes us human. You can read more on her blog, eloranicole.com