Monday, February 06, 2012

OUTSIDE THE LINES by Amy Hatvany

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Hey everyone, here’s one of my favorite authors you’ve seen on MaNiC MoMMy previously and I’m so happy to have Amy Hatvany featured again as her latest Outside The Lines debuts. I recently gave away an ARC of this fantastic book but it’s now available everywhere!

And since I last told you about Outside The Lines it has since been selected as a Target book club pick which is a huge honor so if you’re looking for a great book to buy for a friend, consider Outside The Lines … and come on, who isn’t at Target at least three times a month? Okay, or four or five!

Outside The Lines is a gorgeous book and a heartbreaker as I’ve mentioned before, but one that will have you fall in love with all of her characters. It’s the story of Eden and her search for her father, who deserted her when she was a young child because of his mental illness.

I loved this story because it’s told from Eden’s perspective when she was a young girl, and also when she is a grown woman. It also tells her father’s perspective too. This was one of those perfect-ending books, in a way that it ended perfectly, if not wrapped up in a perfect bow. Amy has a knack for storytelling and she has created a beautiful family portrait in Eden and David’s story in Outside The Lines.

About Outside the Lines:

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life.

Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides it’s time to find her father, to forgive him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest.


As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found.

Eden volunteered at the homeless shelter in Outside The Lines. I’m going Outside The Lines on this one and for you to win this book tell me if you’ve ever volunteered your time anywhere. If you haven’t been able to volunteer anywhere, tell me where you would like to volunteer. I have always thought it would be cool to read to children at a hospital or a library because whenever I read stories to little kids I have so much fun doing it.

Thank you to Amy for writing ANOTHER fabulous book in Outside the Lines. She has also written Best Kept Secret, and that was an incredible book as well. Her other novels, which were published under another name, are going to be republished and I’m excited to read those too, and you can bet I’ll be sharing those with you too. 

She’s an amazing author and I’m so glad to be able to share her books with you here! Amy will be going on book tour too, so check out her appearances to see if she’ll be in your neck of the woods. Sadly, she won’t be around Arizona, so I won’t get to meet her. But maybe you will get to say hi to Amy at one of these book signings and events!

You can still check back to the last three books to enter to win as I've been ill and haven't chosen winners yet so lucky for you! They are:

The Cell Phone Lot
Point, Click, Love
Falling For Me

(I will probably choose winners in a day or two)

ALSO, will have another great book for you later during the week!!!)

Remember, MaNiC MoMMy is aiming to feature great books each and every week this year, and you’ll have a chance to win it as well! Please stop by often as I’m now posting new books more than once a week! Open to US/Canada residents only, and thanks to all the participating authors and publicists for providing the books. You can check back on this post over the weekend to see if you’ve won the book!

79 comments:

Jessica said...

I've volunteered at the soup kitchen a few times.

Thank you!

-Jessica M.
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

I've volunteered at church and school events. I've also volunteered at a Halloween party for mentally challenge patients at a local hospital a few years ago. Melissa Rem

JennyJenD said...

Last year I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer at my daughter's school every Friday.

Twins + 1 said...

I volunteer at my daughters school once a week...picking up the recycling and taking it to our local recycling ctr.
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Oh I've volunteered ALL OVER! :) Luckily I grew up in a family that was part of this group (The Foresters) who offer volunteer opportunities. I've done Ronald McDonald house clean-ups & meal servings, volutneered for the LA Marathon once, done multiple beach clean-ups, I went with my church group to Mexico for a 3-day weekend to help re-vamp a church down there, I've built playgrounds with KABOOM!, I've served meals at soup kitchens. I absolutely LOVE that feeling you get when helping out. :) It's magical & especially when you can see the smiles on the faces you're personally affecting.

Bridget said...

I have volunteered at all my kids schools: for parties, room parent, PTA, etc.
Bridget
iambtinrb@aol.com

Margaret said...

I have volunteered at my daughter's school on field trips and I sing so I've sung for countless charity functions over the years.

Margaret(singitm)

Joelle said...

I used to volunteer at a rescue for abused and neglected horses. It was such a great time and loved giving the horses love and care. I've also volunteered with the Girl Scouts...also very rewarding and love watching the excitement the girls have when earning their badges. :)

TaraUB said...

I've volunteered for numerous causes over the years. I wish I could organize myself enough to volunteer on a more regular basis. My dream is to return to not for profit work someday. One of the most rewarding was volunteering for the Obama campaign and am looking forward to that again this year.

CherylB said...

I volunteer a couple of time a month at the elementary school my kids go to. I have done that for years---it's a great way to get involved!

cabest@yahoo.com

susieqlaw said...

I have volunteered at the local United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and many other places. My favorite volunteer experiences have been working with children as an advocate.

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I would love to volunteer at the humane society. Maybe when things slow down here, I can!
Qweska8402

Ally said...

I help serve food to the homeless once a week. I also do a lot of volunteer work at our church.

Anonymous said...

I volunteer at my kids school all the time. I am in the classroom as much as they will allow me to be and I am in their library once per week.

-Donna W.

ludy2288 said...

I've done a ton of volunteering. I was a girl scout leader for 2 years & do a lot of fundraising for charities I strongly believe in-the american cancer society & the make a wish foundation

Nanette said...

I did Hospice for a short time. After my second "client" passed away I decided it wasn't the right time in my life to be hanging around dying people. Maybe later in life...when I have more time to devote to it.

I hope I win this book!! Mental illness runs in our family so I am really drawn to this story.

Fingers crossed! Nan XO

Kelly said...

I would love to volunteer to tutor younger kids.

Melissa said...

My favorite way to volunteer during the holidays is at the Food Bank with my family and coworkers.

-tmd636

Melissa said...

I volunteered a lot when I lived in the Chicago suburbs. I would go to a nursing home once a week. I also helped a young mother learn the ropes of parenting. Then I didn't have time to volunteer for a while. Now I do volunteer activities with a group from work.

Melissa A from CLC

Kristen said...

I have volunteered at a school for troubled kids, a food pantry, a Young Survivors coalition for breast cancer survivors, and several benefits. It's so rewarding!

Kristen27

Amy R. said...

I've done volunteer work for school events and with organizations I belonged to. :)
-Amy R
Amy.a.risner@gmail.com

Kelleyc said...

Volunteering at the community food bank was a very humbling experience. My son and I volunteered one day, and met some really incredible people. I will never forget the one woman who, when I asked "how are you today?", replied , "dear, I am too blessed to be stressed!". And I try to remember that when I am stressing over whatever stupid thing in my life!

kconley1215 at. Msn. Dot. Com

Becki*** said...

Volunteer at my churchs thrift shop. Have volunteered at Convalescent homes

Dani In Chicago said...

I used to volunteer at PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) when they first opened in Lincoln Park. They were a tiny little no-kill shelter trying to raise money. Now they have a huge state-of-the-art place!

Dani

Read Baby Read said...

A women's shelter near my home. Always makes you appreciate the little things a LOT more!

Emily said...

I have volunteered at the Salvation Army, a food pantry, a Thanksgiving dinner project done yearly in the area that provides meals to homeless families, and volunteered my time when I was younger to teach religious education classes. I'd very much like to volunteer at a homeless shelter or with homeless children.

Emily116

LizzybethDJ said...

I've volunteered for Habitat, a local food bank, an AIDS hospice, Relay for Life, and my national sorority. I also participated in the breast cancer 3 day walk and raised over $6,000 in honor of my best friend who lost her battle.

jdstec said...

I hope you are feeling better. As a teen, I was actually a candy striper. That sounds a little risque, I know, but was just a hospital volunteer. As a young mother, I volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center.

ncsuloges said...

I volunteer twice a month in the pharmacy at Urban Ministries. I absolutely love it!

absolutahnie said...

when i was in high school i was a candystriper at a local hospital and i've also been a big sister.

buttah said...

I volunteer at my little one's school. I recently helped out with their annual Book Fair...I got such a kick watching the kids spend their money wisely on their favorite books! It was too cute!

Carie Casey said...

on saturday i volunteered for our church's music school. I led the young vocal class. It was my first time leading any music group.

carie

CAnative said...

I volunteered for my kids school and sport events.
Nicole

Anonymous said...

I've always volunteered at my kids' schools. As a library helper, in the classroom and a friend & I taught knitting to the kids at recess. I loved getting to know all the kids and it helped me develop some great adult friendships as well.

JenFee9476

accidentalgypsy said...

I have volunteered at a food bank, a equine therapy farm, and a wild animal sanctuary in Denver, as well as the Denver Rescue Mission serving meals. Right now, I live in Seattle and am volunteering at Northwest Harvest, where we package healthy food for those in need. I love how helping others make me feel! :)

Crystal said...

I've volunteered at our local Star of Hope and in high school we also did community service hours at the VA.

crystal717

kathygold9778 said...

I've lately become interested in working at my local animal shelter and am hoping once the munchkins get a little older I'll be able to persue that.

kathygold9778

Carly said...

I have volunteered at a preschool and an animal shelter. I have also served food at a soup kitchen but that was a long time ago.

I would like to volunteer at a retirement home/nursing home but I am not sure I could handle it.

Carly H.

Margie said...

I've volunteered with my daughter a couple of times...at a soup kitchen, and pet therapy at a senior center.
Margie T

Juliet Farmer said...

i rescued a greyhound, so i volunteer my time to that rescue group, as well as animal rescue in general.

Jenn3128 said...

I give money, not time. Children's Hospital Oakland has gotten lots of my money.

BrendaL71 said...

My daugthers girl scout troop and I have volunteered at Feed my Starving Children. They put together meal packs for very less fortunate children and families in overseas countries. We are trying to go back but it's very hard to get a slot as they are very popular. We also volunteer at her school.

Colleen Turner said...

I've volunteered at a few different places over the years but the most rewarding was when I volunteered to tutor kids at my old middle school when I was in college. I had two kids that I tutored once a week but, while I did actually go over homework with them, I found more joy in trying to help them cope with some of the difficulties they were currently going through. One had parents who were going through a divorce and she felt alone a lot. When we had a get together at the school at the end of the year I picked her up from home so she could go since she wouldn't have been able to go otherwise. She was so appreciative that I took the time to drive to her house and pick her up( which to me wasn't a big deal). The whole experience made me realize, at a time when I spent a lot of time complaining about classes or friends, that every little thing we do can make a big difference in someone else's life. I will never forget that experience!

Colleen T.
candc320@gmail.com

Lizett34 said...

I would love to volunteer with children. I am in the process of getting that started. I can't wait!

Megan said...

I've volunteered for the past two years as a Sunday School teacher for four and five year olds. Additionally I've volunteered at senior homes reading to the visually impaired.
eloisepeaches

Amy Hatvany said...

I just want to say thank you to Miss Stephanie for this lovely post, and oh my word, you are all such wonderful people for the volunteer work you do!

I felt blessed to be able to work with the homeless community while researching this book - they gave so much to me about their lives, their struggles, their hopes.

Fingers crossed for the win for you here!! XOXOXO Thank you!!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I recently got the opportunity through work to volunteer at a homeless shelter in downtown Boston. We prepared a ton of food for their lunch and dinner program. It was a wonderful experience and my company is trying to do it on a quarterly basis!

Krystal said...

I volunteer at our church. I will volunteer at school for my kids when they get there.
kndyer

Tiffany Drew said...

During high school I volunteered at an after school program in the middle school :)

Leslie said...

I volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity build each year as well as teach JA (Junior Acheivement) classes at an elementary school. I also volunteer with our Youth group at chuch, although I think I get more out of hanging with the teens than they get from me! LeslieGC

cindy r said...

I'm currently blessed to be able to assist with a couple of dog rescue organizations. I've volunteered for different groups since I was in high school ... and that's been a long time.
writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie said...

I used to volunteer with a childrens after school group in the inner city. It was a great opportunity and sometimes I miss it! Maybe someday soon I will get that opportunity again!

Bev V said...

I've volunteered with the Girl Scouts, as a leader, as a camp staff person, as a delegate and several other positions. I've also volunteered as an officer in my daughters' school PTA and as a Sunday school teacher.

Bev V (shaggy@gmail.com)

michelle m! said...

i voluntered at a school for mentally and physically challenged children, I am very fortunate to have healthy children.

Denise said...

I volunteer for an ALS charity here in Massachusetts.

These book giveaways are seriously the best!

Denise F.

Anonymous said...

I've volunteered as a HOSTS mentor in the past. Now I volunteer in my kids' classrooms a couple times a month.

Colbey J

Dolly said...

I've most recently volunteered to feed feral cats for a group that does trap-neuter-return.

faithspage said...

I have volunteered at my daughters school

kyfaithw at aol dot com

Emma S. said...

I would love to volunteer at the animal shelters.

keltban said...

I have volunteered for the American Heart Association, Junior Achievement, Girls on The Run origanizations. In college I volunteered for a school/ gym time and a prison. That was interesting!

Christina said...

I've volunteered many times and am always looking for a new volunteer opportunity - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a local homeless shelter, Susan G. Komen Foundation, kids camps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc. I love it!

ChristinaL

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I am currently working in an academic library and previously worked in a public library. When I don't have to 'work' any more, I am pretty sure I will be volunteering in a library. Love libraries!!

~Susan
suzebomb(at)gmail.com

your invisible pixie said...

I volunteer at a company that gives christmas trees and presents to families who are less fortunate once a year, as well as some other things throughout the year.

Lilianarenee said...

I've volunteered a few different places. Mostly through church. Beach clean ups, theater re models, and doing benefit walks and events are some of my favorite.

Carol5814 said...

My most rewarding experience has been working in the kennel at our local Humane Society on Sunday mornings for the last five years. I get there early and get the 20 dogs fed, then when the rest of the volunteers arrive we clean their kennels, inside and out. Then we get to walk and play with all the great dogs and puppies!

Lesley Davis, esq said...

I've volunteered at soup kitchens & legal aid in the past.

EBrowning said...

I've volunteered at a women's homeless shelter a few times.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I used to volunteer for elections and running my local polls. I now teach and there are a lot of volunteering opportunities through my work.

PS I always love what Target picks for its book club selections!

Books & Reviews said...

I volunteered for a dog rescue called wet cold noses.

Sslinsky said...

I volunteer often for various school events but in college I had my best volunteer experience, the "adopt a nun" program. My best college had a nunnery on campus which included an infirmary. We would go and visit with the ladies often....it really was fun.

P.S. sometimes nuns curse! I know, I was shocked!

Terri said...

I volunteer as a Girl Scout troop leader, and some stuff at my church, like VBS.

Terri M.

Alice said...

Once a year I go help a camp get ready for a summer of campers that have physical and mental challenges. We clean the cabins, help with landscaping, make copies of programs...anything they need.

Hatter's Clean Cup
http://hatterscleancup.blogspot.com

Kim W. said...

I volunteer at my kids' school quite often and every Tuesday morning, I pick up crates full of food from the Food Bank and deliver to families in need.

kewalker1972@gmail.com

Dawn in CA said...

I have volunteered at my children's schools, and at Special Olympics events. I've always wanted to work with CASA as a court appointed special advocate for children that are in the foster care system.

The Poty's said...

I have volunteered a few different places. In high school I voluteered at the hospital with my boyfriend and we would leave the floor together and go make out in the elevator.

Kristi said...

I love to volunteer at the SPCA. I love animals and I think it's a great organization and it's fun!

aggiekristi04

equinn726 said...

I volunteered in the Emergency Room in our local hospital. It was an amazing experience - I loved the doctors, nurses, and techs I got to work with and I miss not seeing them every week now that I'm traveling for school.

Ronda C. in B'ham said...

I've volunteered to bake sweets for hospice patients and their families

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