April was an infant when her teenage mother abandoned her and disappeared. With the sudden death of her father, seventeen year old April is devastated and feeling abandoned once more. With nobody left to take her in except her mother’s sister, a woman she has never met, April has no choice but to move to New Orleans, a city that she has never been to. After a cryptic conversation with her Aunt Kate about family secrets and lies, April is more lost than ever before.
It’s Miles, a handsome tour guide, who brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. When his cemetery tour takes her to the tomb of Marie Laveau, April senses a spine tingling connection with the infamous 19th century Voodoo Queen.
When a mysterious Voodoo shop owner suggests she can help April find peace amid the chaos, April must decide—is the woman crazy, or is the haunted city of New Orleans a place where the impossible comes true?
About the Author
Winner of the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award for Best YA Fiction and Finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA Fiction, she was also nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
As a Senior Auditor for Warner Bros., Sheila oversaw production costs for films including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the “Matrix” trilogy, “The Dark Knight” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” After working on 70+ Independent and Studio movies, Sheila stepped away from the film business to complete her first YA novel.
A member of SCBWI since 2010, Sheila is also a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC), Children’s Book Writers-LA (CBW-LA) and Women in Film (WIF).
When not writing, Sheila volunteers her time walking dogs rescued from local shelters by the Amanda Foundation. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two rescue dogs and two rescue cats.
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