Wednesday, March 2, 2016

We're "fall"ing for Amy Hatvany...plus a book giveaway

We love Amy Hatvany, as her books are incredible and she has such a sweet, down-to-earth personality. We're excited to feature her latest novel, Somewhere Out There, today, and even more excited to read it! Amy is helping us kick off our Seasons theme at CLC by giving us a taste of autumn, even though it's almost spring (as implied by her pretty book cover). Thanks to BookSparks, we have one copy of Somewhere Out There for a lucky US reader!

Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on her passion: writing books.

Her background in sociology inspires and informs much of her writing as she tackles timely and controversial issues in her novels including mental illness, domestic abuse, and alcoholism. She is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, Heart Like Mine, and Safe with Me.

Amy spends most of her time with her husband, her two children, and her “bonus child.” Their blended family also includes two four-legged hairy children, commonly known as Black Lab mutts. When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking, or zoning out on certain reality television shows. Top Chef is a current favorite. She eagerly awaits auditions for the cast of “Top Author.” (Bio adapted from Amy's website.) 

Visit Amy at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Synopsis of Somewhere Out There:
Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.

Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.

How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)


Autumn is hands down my favorite season.

Favorite thing about this season overall: Beautiful changing leaves, long sunny days followed by a cool, crisp bite in the air at night.



In the fall…

Favorite thing to eat: Soft and chewy molasses cookies rolled in crunchy, decorative sugar crystals.

Favorite thing to drink: Hot spiced apple cider

Favorite thing to wear: Knee high leather boots!

Favorite holiday that occurs: Thanksgiving.

Favorite thing to do:  Take a walk in the forest to look at the leaves, then find the perfect one to bring home and press inside a book.

Thanks to Amy for visiting with us and to BookSparks for sharing her book with our readers. This is part of their "Winter is Booked" tour. Enter to win their Somewhere Out There prize pack by March 10th. Thanks also to Atria for coordinating this interview.

How to win: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you have trouble using Rafflecopter on our blog, enter the giveaway here.


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US only. Giveaway ends March 7th at midnight EST.


17 comments:

Janine said...

I just love being outside in the fall. It's my favorite time of the year.

Anonymous said...

vera wilson said

I like a trip to the moutains to see the leaves change

Bonnie Franks said...

I like the crispness. I really am not a big fan otherwise.

Melissa said...

I love to go apple picking!

traveler said...

I enjoy visiting the farms and orchards during the fall, apple picking and veggies.

susieqlaw said...

I love going for walks!

jpetroroy said...

Apple picking!

Jessica Meddick said...

I love making s'mores in the fall.

Laurice McClung said...

I love looking at the leaves change color.

Linda Kish said...

I like taking walks when it finally cools down.

Carol Fragale Brill said...

Pretend it's still summer, keep my beach chair in the trunk, and go the beach in my sweats

Cindy B said...

I love the caller weather so I can go for walks

Anonymous said...

Well, living in CA, we don't get a lot of seasons like other parts of the country. So, I guess my favorite part of fall is the new Fall TV season...and drinking Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes. : )

-Suzy

Bonnie K. said...

When I'm out for a drive or walk, I like looking at the trees for their colors. I love when the leaves changes colors and when they make a field of colors on the ground.

TinaB said...

Picking apples & putting out my autumn decorations.

Vicki said...

I love taking walks by the river and riding bikes with my family.

Nova said...

i love going to all the Fall festivals, especially The Crossings Festival in Glendale, KY.