Thursday, February 8, 2024

Introducing Hannah a book giveaway

Credit: Megan Preece
We're pleased to welcome Hannah Bonam-Young to CLC today. Her debut novel, Next of Kin, was originally self-published, but Dell recently re-published it and will be doing the same with her next two titles in this new standalone series. They even have TWO copies for some lucky readers!

Hannah Bonam-Young is the author of Next of Kin, Next to You, and Out on a Limb. Hannah writes romances featuring a cast of diverse, disabled, marginalized, and LGBTQIA+ folks wherein swoon-worthy storylines blend with the beautiful, messy, and challenging realities of life. When not reading or writing romance you can find her having living room dance parties with her kids or planning any occasion that warrants a cheese board. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she lives with her childhood friend turned husband, Ben, two kids, and bulldog near Niagara Falls on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

Visit Hannah online:
Website * Instagram * TikTok


When people-pleasing Chloe learns that her birth mother has unexpectedly had another baby, she doesn’t hesitate to become a next-of-kin guardian. But when she fails to pass Child Protective Services’ financial evaluation, she is faced with a choice: see her baby sister placed in foster care or participate in CPS’s new initiative, where two prospective guardians join households to qualify.

Enter Warren, a surly mechanic’s apprentice attempting to get custody of his deaf fifteen-year-old brother. From the moment Warren drives up thirty minutes late, blasting music out of his car, Chloe is convinced that this is a very bad idea. The two immediately clash but eventually agree to live together for the sake of their younger siblings.

As their lives intertwine, and Chloe adjusts to caring for her newborn sister, she begins to see a new, softer side of Warren. In fact, they’re far more similar than she could have imagined. What started as forced begins to feel natural—and far less lonely. Chemistry soon intensifies beyond what either of them can stand, but is their mutual attraction worth risking everything they’ve fought for?

“Funny and huge-hearted and romantic and real.”
New York Times bestselling author Talia Hibbert

In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like for you?
An unspoken, life-long dream that when put into action escalated very quickly.

How is Chloe similar to or different from you?
Chloe and I are both recovering people pleasers. We both have a tendency to try and make our feelings or needs smaller so as to not bother anyone. But, fortunately, we’re both working on that—haha. The biggest way we’re different is that she’s incredibly artistic. She’s a talented graphic designer and painter. I cannot doodle to save my life.

If Next of Kin was made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
I love this question and I think every author would love to see their characters on the big screen. But, truthfully, I’ve never been able to answer this! I don’t know of anyone who fits Chloe or Warren just right.

What is something new you did recently (aside from publishing a book)?
I baked a pecan pie from scratch and that genuinely felt like a bigger feat than publishing my books.

If your life were a TV series, which celebrity would you want to narrate it? (Like how John McEnroe narrated Devi's life on Never Have I Ever.)
I love Never Have I Ever! I’d choose Patrick Warburton. (The voice of Kronk from Emperor’s New Groove). I think I’d take myself a lot less seriously.

Share a funny Valentine's Day memory.
My husband and I were still in the early stages of our teenage flirtationship on Valentine's Day over a decade ago. We were playing a large group game of “character speed dating.” The concept is that you choose a fictional character and speed date all the other characters without being allowed to name yourself. Whoever guesses the most characters correct by the end wins. I knew my husband was “the one” when he sat across from me also pretending to be Nemo.

Thanks to Hannah for chatting with us and to Dell for sharing her book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends February 13th at midnight EST.

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Rita Wray said...

Many years ago I worked at a childcare center. There was a little girl there that spent the day whining. She was very annoying, so I asked her what would it sound like if all the kids did what you do. All the kids started whining. It was hilarious and we all started laughing including the little whining girl. It was so funny she stopped the whining and did it a few times just to make us all laugh.

diannekc said...

My neighbor has five grandchildren and one of the youngest, who I don't see very often, calls me by name every time he sees me. He's only 18 months old and he's amazing.

Mary C said...

When I babysat my nephew a few years ago, he always insisted on watching Thomas the Tank Engine - afterwards we would have to play with the wooden trains from the series.

Lisa D said...

We have two new babies in our street - neither of whom are mine! One was born a few months ago and the other was born last week. I'm looking forward to watching them grow and develop over the coming weeks, months and years!

Jess R said...

My boss just became a grandpa for the first time and it is just delightful to hear all the little stories and see the smile on his face when he talks about his grandson. Babies are just the best!

Toni Laliberte said...

There are no babies in my life right now, but I do have a three year old granddaughter. I've had many fun childcare experiences with her.

Amy said...

I'm going to count teaching as childcare. I have FAR too many funny stories to tell, I'm not even sure I could narrow it down to one!

Mary Preston said...

Lots of funny stories with children and chickens. All troublesome.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I love my great-nephew! He's 1 1/2 now, and I don't get to see him too often in person since he's across the country! But I love seeing him on video calls...he's into everything now! And he'll have a little sister later this spring!

Linda Kish said...

My youngest grandchild just turned 8 months old She has been sitting and crawling for 3-4 months. She can stand alone but has no interest in walking yet. She much prefers being carried.

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traveler said...

Taking care of my grandchildren when they were toddlers and young was the best time of my life. They were wonderful company, fun, and interesting. I miss those days since they grow up so quickly.

Robyn said...

Thank you for the giveaway!