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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: World Literary Press (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098905084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989050845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...a stunningly impactful read." Rabid Reader Reviews

"A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality." Cindy Smith, avid reader 

"[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'

"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] should be up there with "To Kill a MockingBird" she deals with something in our recent history with caring and compassion." Mary E. Moriarty

"HAVE NO SHAME is an amazing American classic yet to be recognized." Marbeth Skwarczynski

From the Author

"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 dependant upon cheap black labour 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

Some novels just beg to be written, and Alison and Jackson's story, Have No Shame, is one of those novels. I could not turn away from their voices if I had wanted to. I know there is ugliness in this beautiful world of ours, and for that reason, I feel that stories such as this one are so very important to be told. 

I was lucky enough to be brought up by a woman who believes that love knows no boundaries, and I try to raise my children with the same conviction. In this very short life we live, we are lucky to find true love, and my hope is that society will accept--and even strive for--happiness for all, regardless of color, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. 

I hope you enjoy Have No Shame, and I thank you for picking it up.

More About the Author


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. 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 World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose



New York Times & USA Today Bestseller
2013 Readers Favorite Award, Gold Medal Winner (Southern Fiction)
2013 Readers Favorite Award, Finalist (Historical Romance)

SLOPE OF LOVE (The Remingtons)

USA Today Bestseller


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Silver, Contemporary Romance

HEARTS AT PLAY (The Bradens)

2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Romance Sizzle


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Silver, Romance Sizzle


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Bronze, Romance Sizzle


2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Gold Medal Winner (Thriller)
2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Bronze Medal Winner (Suspense)


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Realistic Fiction
2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Finalist (2 categories): Fiction Drama, Fiction Suspense

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)

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


2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,
2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist
2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist
2011 Dan Poynter'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


MEMBER: League of Extraordinary Authors.

Comments from Melissa:

Hello everyone! I grew up in Maryland with my mother, a slew of wonderful brothers, and never a shortage of friends. I am passionate about writing, reading, living healthy, and helping others do the same, and enjoy just about anything outdoors (and anything chocolate!). I love to chat with readers and book clubs, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me. You can also catch me on Facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor.

Thanks for reading!

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the book and it was very well written.
The main story almost started immediately and the author's style of writing really brought the story and the characters alive.
When I really started reading the book, I was hooked.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Liss Lovejoy on April 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The story takes place in 1967 when most of the United States was in the midst of change due largely because of Martin Luther King Jr. Alison, fondly known as "Pixie", is caught somewhere between being a child and becoming an adult. Her childhood thoughts and dreams start to fade away when she finds a black man who has been left along the water after someone beat and killed him. This is a defining moment for her and she starts to question the very things she holds dear.
I was swept away with Melissa Fosters writing. This was the first book written by Melissa Foster and I immediately fell in love with her writing. Its flawless and flows so well that you are taken away from reality and feels like you are transported back in time and you get to watch the story unfold right in front of you. The imagery she puts out makes you feel the pain and anguish of the characters. I loved that Alison was exactly how I thought she should be. She is young and her transformation isn't fast. It takes time and told in a way that makes you identify with her. You feel her pain. You get angry for her. You get angry at her situation and what so badly for it to change.

I couldn't put it down and read through it in just a couple of hours. Then I re-read it. It is gripping and you honestly wish you could change the way people act. The characters are strong and each one had their place within the story. Each one connecting every part and leading up to a dramatic end. There are a few surprises and the romance is light and sweet.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MamasGotFlair on June 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Have No Shame isn't the typical fluffy star-crossed teenage romance novel. Melissa Foster doesn't pull punches or sugarcoat the raw truth about the era -- and danger -- Alison and Jackson are in. It's a smart, jaw-dropping read that sincerely had me completely captivated from the first page to the last.

I LOVED Have No Shame and recommend everyone read it. It was my first Foster novel, but the connection I felt to her writing and story guarantees that it won't be my last.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Claire Ridgway on April 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read a few of Melissa Foster's books and they were all thrillers so I was surprised when I started reading this, it's very different.

The novel tells the story of eighteen year-old Alison Tillman, known to her family as Pixie, who lives with her parents on a farm in a small town in Arkansas in the late 1960s. There, she is sheltered from the real world and just accepts the bigotry and prejudice aimed at black people as part of life. Her life is turned upside down, however, when she discovers the body of a black man in the river. She is struck by the fact that he is not 'just' a black man, he is someone's father, husband and son. Alison re-evaluates her life and things change even further when she strikes up a friendship with Jackson, a young black man, and her sister visits home and tells her how things are changing in other states.

I can't say any more without ruining the story, but it is a wonderfully poignant novel which brings home the reality of living in a world of oppression, violence and hatred, and risking everything to try and change it.

From an ARC.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Me, My Books and I on June 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was really intrigued by the blurb for this book but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it. I was utterly gripped by the storyline, it was one of those books that had me thinking about it even when I wasn't reading!

It began with Alison making a gruesome discovery, this was a powerful way to start a book in my opinion and it captured my interest immediately. Obviously Alison was deeply upset by what she found but it also made her think more about the town she was living in and the actions of its people - she started to realise that she didn't agree with what was going on. It seemed to me that finding the body opened up the floodgates of curiosity for Alison and she began to question everything she had previously been taught about skin colour and her place in life. Venturing into forbidden territory was just the start of her rebellion...

It was clear from the start that Alison's relationship with Jimmy Lee wasn't healthy and I found myself willing her to be strong enough to make her own decisions. When Jackson came into her life he opened her eyes to a whole new kind of love but this also brought danger and at this point I could almost feel Alison's confusion jumping off the page at me.

When Alison's sister Maggie returned from New York she was full of new ideas about civil rights and it showed Alison just how behind their town was, this was a definite turning point because it meant that Alison was able to imagine the world in a very different way. Maggie was a great character, she brought out the good side of her sister and I thoroughly enjoyed their moments together. Another great character was Alison's mum who was just full of surprises! I loved seeing how their bond became stronger as they got to know each other properly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ebeth on June 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been following this author on twitter for a long time, and this is the first time I have read her writing. I am now a fan and will be reading everything she has written and writes in the future. Her style is phenomenal. This is an incredibly hard subject to write, read and especially to have lived. Even today people are still living this subject matter. Racism, murder, injustice - it is horrid, it is unbelievable, it hurts - and Foster has captured it through character, story line and vision.

Alison Tillman faces several personal struggles and situations which strip her of the youthful beliefs we all cherish, until the world infringes with reality. She finds the body of a black man, floating on the river waters, and she knows he's been murdered. She knows other things too, that change her world and challenger her views. Then she becomes friends with a young black man - in the early and mid 60's - a time of race turmoil in America - which further imperils everything she knew about social justice, moral and ethical choices, and people.

This is the kind of book that is hard to read because so much of it screams of how far we haven't come from there, and it is painful; yet much of it speaks to how far we have endeavored to change, and it is important. Melissa Foster is an excellent writer. Have No Shame is definitely on my "You cannot borrow this, you have to get your own" list.
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