Secret Stories

Welcome, Initiates, to the Secret Story Page!

Think Amy “Bugaboo” Haskel has confessed it all? Au contraire! There are gaps in the written record, and now you can read all about them!

Here, you will find stories that fit between the lines of the Secret Society Girl books, when Amy wasn’t present to confess the events. Did you ever wonder what happened when Lydia met Josh? What did Felicity say to Brandon to get him to forgive her? How did that conversation about Amy go between Malcolm and Poe?

An exclusive, original story will appear here every month leading up to the conclusion of the series, TAP & GOWN, which will be released in trade paperback and e-book from Bantam Dell on May 19, 2009. (Order your copy today!)


List of Secret Stories

“Poe in D.C.”
December 2008
Pre-Req: Secret Society Girl

“Banned from the Tomb”
January 2009
Pre-Req: Under the Rose

“My Phi Beta Kappa Valentine”
February 2009
Pre-Req: Under the Rose

“Poe at the Gates”
March 2009
Pre-Req: Under the Rose

“A New Confession”
April 2009
Pre-Req: Rites of Spring (Break)

May 2009
Pre-Req: Rites of Spring (Break)


To discuss the secret stories, leave a comment here.

163 Responses to Secret Stories

  1. Juliana Laragnoit says:

    what is the password?

  2. Kara says:

    How did everyone read the Feb story? I can’t get to it bc I dont have the password… does anyone know what it is?

  3. Katrina says:

    argh, can’t wait for the next one. anyway, thank you for writing such excellant stories

  4. Melie says:

    Come on! it’s march already!
    where’s “Poe at the Gates” ???

  5. Diana says:

    Melie, the stories are posted in the middle of the month.

  6. Renata says:

    Come on! it’s march already!
    where’s “Poe at the Gates” ???²

  7. Allyne says:

    Come on! it’s march already!
    where’s “Poe at the Gates” ???³

  8. Diana says:


    Cute as it is (I especially like the creative use of the superscript), I don’t like repeating myself. It’s taking time away from stuff I could be writing, such as the story.

    The story will be posted at the middle of the month, like all the other stories.

  9. Diana says:

    POE AT THE GATES is going up tomorrow (Friday).

    It’s a doozy. 😉

  10. Pam says:

    OMG! Best secret story yet! I’m so glad that you elaborated on that moment.

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  12. Ann says:

    Right away it had a special spot in my heart as well.

  13. Alexa says:

    Definitely my favourite secret story so far.

    Poor Poe

  14. Jen says:

    Best one yet! Poe definitely has it bad 🙂

  15. Heather says:

    I can’t believe we only have two more months and two more secret stories yet to tell. I think I fall in love with Poe a little more after each of these stories. This is by far the most telling of his true feelings and these little moments really add up to the impact of RoSB. Loved it…can’t wait until April for the next one!

  16. Tiff says:

    I agree with everyone else. Poe at the Gates had amazing intensity. Definitely the best of the stories so far! It’s nice to see that Poe wasn’t just sitting around all that time. I can’t wait to see the next story!

  17. Kasya says:

    love love love this new story!! this was definitely my favorite of the secret stories!! my favorite line was poe saying “And once I was positive that no one else would ever suspect the truth, I’d convince myself.” awwwww! he’s got it so bad. that made me sad even though i know better that it turns out ok. i’m so excited for tap and gown you don’t even know! i’ve been rereading all three books in between my studying and it helps me get by. i cannot wait for may!!

  18. Diana says:

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed the story! I’m here at the castle, packing…

  19. Vicky says:

    Perfect. love Poe.

  20. KER says:

    I am DYING to read Poe at the Gates, I just signed up for the newsletter, but I imagine that you’ve already sent out that password. Do I really have to wait until April??

  21. Fernanda says:

    Hi, I’m a huge fan, I found your first book on a little bookstore on Curitiba – Brazil. I told my friends and they fell in love with your books too. I’m really looking forward to read Tap an Gown. The Secret Stories are amazing. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  23. Vicky says:

    when is the new story going to be posted???
    Can’t wait 4 it !!!

  24. Pam says:

    Vicky – Diana said in one of her blogs that it will be posted on the 15th, to give a little happiness on tax day!

  25. jules says:

    I’m dying to read “A New Confession!”, just can’t wait. Pleeease, post it soon! 🙂

  26. Vicky says:

    Pam – THankss

  27. Heather says:

    oooooo i hate her i hate her i hate her i hate her i hate her……i don’t really like him either but she gives strong women a bad name…..

    Great story though!

    Note: I wrote this post as to not spoil the new secret story. If you’ve read it you will know who i am talking about.

  28. angela says:

    i must agree with heather…this secret story made me hate her even more. how deceitful can you be? she gives women a bad name.

    it was a great addition to the novel.

    diana…thanks again for the ARC…i have passed along the whole series to some girls that i work with!

  29. Bronwyn says:

    I do not agree with heather or angela. This story made me feel sorry for her. Angela, where is she being deceitful?

  30. Diana says:

    Huh. Really, Angela? That’s…nice for them, I guess.

  31. Katie says:

    Huh. It made me feel like I understood Felicity more. It would be awful to be in a relationship with someone you thought was hung up on his previous girlfriend. Especially when that girlfriend (as much as I love Amy) treated him pretty badly.

    I loved that Felicity called her parents to brag about her society name! Do Amy’s even know she’s in one?

  32. Angie says:

    See, I love this one for the same reason I loved Lydia’s story. I get to peek behind the scenes and get some insight into what’s going on in a side character’s head. Felicity has it rough, guys. That’s not to say that I don’t feel for Brandon, poor sweetie. But I think it’s clear Felicity’s in love with him and is trying to make it work the only way she knows how. Can’t knock her too hard for that. He’s a smart guy. He’ll get by.

  33. Alexa says:

    I loved this one. Felicity is great. I loved that she used war language rather than falling part. Although Brandon is totally not worthy of her.

    I’m surprised people hated her, personally I disliked Brandon. I can’t dislike Amy, love her too much, but she did behave badly and it wasn’t even as if she really loved him (she loved the idea of him) or she’d wouldn’t have fallen for Jamie a week later. So thank goodness for Felicity, imagine if Amy had wasted spring break thinking of Brandon rather than noticing Poe 🙂

    Hope Felicity finds a fellow Art of war devotee to rule the world with!

  34. Annie says:

    I found after reading it that, while I still disliked Felicity, I felt I understood her more. Like above commenters have said, it’s got to be hard thinking your boyfriend is in love with someone else. Especially when you see the examples of your parents who just go for whatever they want, after learning that, what else can you do?

    I really enjoyed the story and her POV. I wonder what will happen to her and Brandon in Tap & Gown….

  35. Erin says:

    I am torn with Felicity. I understand her character more, no matter how much i disagree with her methods. Amy made a mistake with Brandon. We all have made a mistake with someone we cared for. Felicity uses Amy’s mistake with Brandon to make her seem like a bad person. I think that Felicity has a sad life. If i knew that the object of my affection needed to maneuvered to make the choices and say the things I needed them to say. I would feel empty.

    I do think that it is good that she knows that she loves Brandon and she is not just winning to win, but because she has genuine feelings for him.

    Diana this is a great story and great incite, a treasure to read as always.

    Bottom line, I relate to Amy and I feel for her when she makes bad choices. Through the stories I can experience the thoughts and feelings that go behind the choices she makes. Felicity only means as much to me as she does to Amy. So Felicity can have Brandon, I will take Poe.

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  37. Tiff says:

    Holy crap, Diana! Brilliant use of the war motif! I think you did an amazing job with this secret story. The reactions you’re getting should tell you that.

    I have to think about this one some more. I both hate and love Felicity a lot more now, but honestly? I think I’ve come down on the side of feeling sorry for her more than hating her. She’s fighting in a war that she knows she’s already lost, and it’s desperate and yes, a little pathetic, but also really brave. She hopes that if she can fix this mess, everything will go back to the way it was–but that, of course, is the inherent problem with war. No matter what the war is about, people inevitably get hurt, and things inextricably change. So her attempt to fight anyway may seem useless, but I think it had to be rewarded, at least a little. I think Amy knows that, and that’s why she’s cries–because, honestly, had things been reversed, I think Amy would have totally fought, just like Felicity did.

    Poor Felicity. Yeah, she’s a strategical bitch, but I’m definitely convinced that she really did love Brandon.

  38. MJ says:

    I think I’ve already taken a page form her book as I read this it rings a little to close to home right now. I’m seeing a guy that I’ve know since 8th gread, the problem is his still alittle to in-love with his ex. I’d like to think that I’m not that despert to “win” him seeing how broken my “rock-a-billy” is right now,and unlike her I’ve already spilled my tears, not saving them for a weppon, but I can see and understand where she’s coming form. All is Fare in love and war, because sometime we have to pull out all stops to get what we need and want. Only differnts between her and me is I put my loved ones first.

  39. MJ says:

    But then again isn’t that what she did?

  40. Heather says:

    Now that everyone is talking about the story, I feel better explaining my previous post.

    While there were moments that I genuinely felt sorry for her and understood her motives. No one wants to be constantly reminded of someone’s ex but as in the adage that all is fair in love and war, so is the adage that it takes two to tango. She did her fair share of putting Amy in the middle too. I actually sympathized with her as she looked around her room and was itched by the sweater. I even thought at one point, “Wait a minute this is Felicity, why are you sympathizing?”

    It was the final conversation with Brandon put me back on the hate wagon. She admitted to using Amy’s role in R&G to her advantage to prove her love for him and “never letting the dragon’s head interfere” but does she have angry patriarchs chasing after her? Also her tears strategy sent in to a tizzy. If you have to cry then cry, don’t use it as a battle tactic. Maybe that’s hypocritical of me because I am sure women have been using it for centuries but I feel that emotions like actions, are one of those things that need to remain honest for a healthy relationship. To “listen” to her mentally debate the best time to use her wiles and tears just caused me to want to go through my computer screen and shake her.

    That said, it was well written and really brought a lot of emotion to the surface hence the above rant.

    While, if we hear from this dynamic duo in the future I am sure it will be for a good reason, but I really hope that Amy doesn’t have to put up with them again.

  41. Nelly says:

    I read this story yesterday but couldn’t respond to it because I just didn’t know what to think about it. I mean, it’s so well written you almost want to identify with Felicity but on the other hand I still can’t help but want to just walk away slowly from her without making sudden movements and never turning my back.

    I know she loves the boy and for that I can understand her, but my overall impression of her is that she’s bat-S*** crazy. I guess this comes from my own personal view- I don’t buy that love is a battlefield. Don’t get me wrong, love is rough and messy sometimes and you have to be tough to survive, but strategic planning? Really?? That strikes me as more emotional manipulation that anything else. And I just see that as wrong.

    It’s one thing to plan how to meet a boy, how to get him to ask you out ect.. but Felicity crosses the line when she does all this to Brandon. I know that this is what she has been taught all of her life, and for that I feel bad for her, but it’s still wrong to play someone like that.

    As for Brandon- I don’t know if I respect him at all. I feel bad for him, but it bothers me he knows what he’s getting into with these girls (both Amy and Felicity) and aggravates the situation with his actions, like the sleeping over with Amy.

    Still, I want to know how this pans out because Diana has done a great job of making us invested in these characters 🙂

  42. Cathy says:

    Amen Heather! I couldn’t agree more.

    Did anyone else find it interesting that Felicity looks to her parents’ example when her dad married her mom just days after breaking an engagement to her mom’s best friend?!? Wow, waste much time?

    I was also very bothered by Felcity’s strategies. This isn’t the war room of the White House, it’s college romance. I think that Brandon was surprised to learn of Felcity’s involvement in the hazing of Amy. Did he ever dream she was capable of such low tactics? It’s hard when we’ve fallen for someone, put them on a pedestal and then see a new side to them. A side of them that is truly shocking. Did Brandon feel responsible for what happened to Amy? Maybe a little bit.

    I can’t be upset with Amy. Like it’s been mentioned before,we’ve all screwed up and maybe hurt someone we cared for in the process. I love Amy because she’s not perfect and maybe not the ideal Eli student but she’s just like any one of us! I could have been Amy (at least I wished I was her with the shower scene in ROSB.)

    I can’t wait for the Tap and Gown. Diana, great series!!! I’ve recommended it to many friends. Actually, I’ve lent out my copies so many times that I’ve purchased quite a few copies myself. I lend the books out and then think about something and have to get another copy to suffice my curiosity.

  43. Diana says:

    Wow, cathy, THANK YOU!

    I’m really loving this discussion! It’s interesting to see how many different points of view you can have on this situation. I think I have a soft spot for Felicity, myself. Like cathy said, I think we all make mistakes, especially when it comes to love,and we can end up doing bad things for good reasons, believing that the end can justify the means.

    I mean, just in Felicity’s parents case, when you look at it from the perspective of a long term marriage, you wonder if maybe the mom actually knew the other girl was wrong for the dad. Like all those movies where the bride runs away from her wedding at the last minute.

    Or, maybe she stole her best friend’s husband. Who knows?

  44. Tiff says:

    I think Felicity is really messed-up. Like Nelly, I don’t think that love should be seen as a battlefield, and I think the fact that Felicity’s shining example of marriage is her parents’ screwed up marriage says a lot about her. This is why I feel sorry for her. She’s probably worked her arse off getting everything else in her life, but love is one thing that she can’t control. She’s totally a bitch, and it’s just really sad, but I find her hard to hate.

  45. keri says:

    Diana, thank you for the latest story. Wow is it thought (and emotion!) provoking. The reference to the meaning of the girls’ names was perfect. I am completely trapped in all of the follow up discussion as well.

    Even taking away loyalty to Amy, I find myself detesting Felicity even more now. The insight made sense, but I just don’t agree with her. I sense that she believes she loves Brandon, but primarily views him as a prize. She has invested a lot of herself in him, and she is too valuable to herself to just let it go. Her ego and competitiveness infuriate me. Her tacticts are manipulative and deceitful; this is deliberate and, in my mind, worse than what Amy did. I can vividly see her smug face outside the library as she touts her win over Amy. ARGHHH!! (Not that I wanted Amy and Brandon together, I just want Felicity to get a little of her own medicine.) It’s all about the victory, not about having a healthy, solid relationship with someone.

    I am angry with Brandon for being gullible and for divulging Amy’s membership in R&G to Felicity. He says he still cares for Amy, yet he doesn’t help her by neutralizing the playing field in regards to Felicity’s membership. That single act could have helped Amy tremendously and likely eased his conscience.

    Thanks again Diana. I think we’re all “trembling with antici . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pation”.

  46. Melissa says:

    [[Diana’s Note: MOVED OVER FROM BLOG]]

    I just read this month’s secret story and I must admit I dislike Felicity even more now. She’s so calculating…just the type of girl you hate to go again and yet there is a small part of you that wishes you played as well as she does.

    As I’ve re-read the first three books (in a failed attempt to hold me off to T&G’s release) I must say that Amy and Poe have grown on me. I’ll admit though that I was one of those hoping Amy would get back with Brandon. I’m just not sure how I feel now. I do know this though: I hope Felicity gets hers in the last book.

    Any more ARC giveaways?? 🙂

  47. Julia says:

    Will the last story be posted mid-month still? right before the release of Tap and Gown? 🙂

  48. dulce says:

    and here i though i couldn’t hate Dragon’s Head anymore… they need to go down! no one messes w/ Bugaboo and gets away with it!!!!!!!!!

  49. Shelly Lou says:

    Wow, Diana I cannot get over how relatable your characters are. I know how Felicity feels in this story, and even though I am not a huge fan of her I feel for her. I know I have done some…unsavory actions to try to win a boy back. Ylour characters are so real I often wonder if you are just telling stories of your own college experience. A lot of the stuff Amy is going through is so commonplace for college students and even though I’m not in a secret society I am in a sorority so I connect on a different level. But this recent secret story is so strong. I really feel bad for Felicity. She let herself get “weak” by falling in love with Brandon and now she’s just trying to stand her ground and reestablish her strength through Brandon. She can be in love but she will not be weakened by it…or at least that’s what I got from it.

  50. Diana says:

    Wow, thanks, Shelly! You totally made my day.

    Some of the stories in the SSG books are about my own college experience, but surprisingly, they are never the ones that anyone guesses. 😉

    Regarding relating to Felicity, I think that’s something that a lot of people can do, whether they’ve followed through on their actions or just fantasized about the length to which they can go in order to get their heart’s desire

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