Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Featured Author: AMY HATVANY! Win Her Books!



Congrats to the Winner of Amy's 3 Novels:
equinn726 
Please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com so I can send you your novels!


** Note: Previous book winners announced at the end of this post! **

Featured Author:

Today's post is an extra special one as the author I'm featuring has gratefully offered to give to one winner a batch of all her books, which happens to be BEST KEPT SECRET, OUTSIDE THE LINES and THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, all by the very talented Amy Hatvany.

I discovered Amy when her first book came out, Best Kept Secret and have been waiting anxiously for each and every book since. Her characters are beautifully crafted and flawed, and I love this trait about them. At the heart of each story is something particularly pretty sad, yet realistic, and she colors each story in a way that is relatable. I just really enjoy her books so much and I wanted to make sure that if you haven't had a chance to read an Amy Hatvany book, or ALL THREE, that you learn more about her, and maybe you'll have another chance to win her books here today!

You might want to follow her on Facebook too -- you can practically smell her kitchen -- she's always talking about these incredible yummy things she's whipping up! I don't know how she has time to cook and bake in between writing all of these wonderful novels! (Check out amazing recipes on her website here!)

Which reminds me, she's got another book coming out in March called Heart Like Mine  which is NOT to be missed! Don't worry, I'll have it here on Booking with Manic for ya!


At the center of this novel is Cadence, a single-mom who is trying the best that she can to get through her days raising a whirlwind of a happy little boy and working in freelance writing. When life becomes more and more difficult, and she starts suffering from insomnia, and work is not coming for her, a glass of wine at night helps her to sleep. That glass of wine becomes two and three, which then turns into a couple of bottles a night. Within a year, she is a full-blown alcoholic on the verge of losing the most important thing in her life: her son Charlie.

I was drawn to this book for so many reasons. As a mom to three children very close in age, I know what it’s like to need something to calm the nerves when you’re at your wit’s end, when you think you might blow a gasket over spilled milk. This book hit home for me, and I’m very confident that
Best Kept Secret will unearth feelings in every single woman who’s ever had a sip of wine, or felt like she’s not doing the best job at motherhood, or maybe has been unsure about everything in life she thought she had a handle on.


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.

The Language of Sisters is the story of Nicole, who leaves home for 10 years because she's unable to deal with her family - her sister is placed in a home for the mentally disabled and she's not able to forgive her mother. Her father has left the family. Nicole leaves to try to make a career and a life for herself as far away as possible, distancing herself from those she loves the most.

Circumstances bring her back to her sister, and she's forced to confront her past. Unbeknownst to Nicole, she's about to receive the most beautiful gifts she'll ever get just by coming home.

If you'd like to be entered to win all THREE of Amy's novels, leave a comment telling me you would like to win them, and please make sure you leave an identifying name that's UNIQUE so if you win you'll know it's YOU when I announce the winner later in a future post! : ) …

Which brings me to …

WINNERS from last week's three books!

If you are one of the winners of these previous books, please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can get you your book! Congratulations!

INDIA's SUMMER: 
Donna W.

HOW LUCKY YOU ARE: 
Kimberly Pearlman

A GIRL LIKE YOU: 
 BlueStarBrite

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If you're new to Booking with Manic, thank you for stopping by! We love new readers! Some notes - If you're entering to win a book, please use an identifying name and it's usually a great idea to include an email, which I will never give out to anyone else. You can only enter once please. You'll need to check back here in about a week or so to see if you've won the book -- I will highlight the winner's name at the top of this post, or tell you where you can find the winner's name at the top of this post. Most books are supplied directly through publishers, publicists and the authors. Winners will receive books directly from the publisher or author within 3 weeks from the time you provide me with your address, unless I send you the book (sometimes I will). Sorry, but we can only ship to U.S. and Canada so if you're from another country, thank you for coming by to read and discover new authors, but we can't send you a book. Any questions on how I run the blog or suggestions on who you would like to see featured, please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

64 comments:

susieqlaw said...

I would so love to win and read these books!

susieqlaw

jdstec said...

I love her writing so much. I would love to win these books

robynn78 said...

I would love to read these books, will keep my mind busy as I watch these guys finally build my house :o)

Katie said...

I would love to win and discover a new author I have never read!

Wigsmom1981

Mary Jo Burke said...

Your book recommendations are always right. I'll take a chance to win them.

Denise said...

I too would love to win all three of these books!

-Denise F.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win all three books.

-Donna W.

buttah said...

I would love to win and read all of these books!! I need some great beach reads for my trip to Mexico next month!!

Bev V said...

I would love to win and read these books!

Bev V ~~ shaggy552(at)gmail(dot)com

CAnative said...

Would love to win these books!

Nicole

ncsuloges said...

Yes please! I have never read her books but would love a chance to win!

Margie said...

I'd like to read these book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Margie T

absolutahnie said...

count me in, please!

Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

Yes yes yes please! I would love to win all three!!!

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Melissa said...

I'd love to win them! Thanks!

Melissa A from CLC

your invisible pixie said...

i would love to win and read these books! thanks!

Juliet Farmer said...

i would love to win these books!

Lizett34 said...

I would love to win these books!

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I would love to win all 3 of those books! :)

Melissa said...

I would love to win all 3 books!
-tmd636

Emma S. said...

I'd love to win all three and discover a new author!

Bridget said...

I haven't read any of these and they all sound so good. Would love to read them.

Iambtinrb

Nancy said...

I read "Best Kept Secret", an incredible book, would love to win the other two!!
cybergram@ns.sympatico.ca

Books & Reviews said...

I love her work and would love to win her books since I've only read 2 of them,

LeslieGC said...

I would love to win these books!

Mumma23qts said...

I totally need reading material when I'm sitting for like 15 hours a week at my daughter's soccer practices. o'kay, slight exaggeration...

jersey turnpike said...

Please,please,pretty please, would truly love to read these books.

Corgi Lover said...

Would love to read these!

TinaB said...

All 3 sound perfect!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Lilian said...

*O*

I saw her latest book featured over at CLC and I just had to add it to my TBR list! I hope I win! *crosses fingers*

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox
lilianxchengATgmail.com

Jamie said...

New follower and friend!! :) Always looking for a good read (or 3!!)!

Bridget O'Neill said...

You always have the best books! I'd love to win these!

bjoneill

Luvschocolate said...

I would love to win these.

rhonda said...

Great giveaway would love to read these books.

betsy_blixt said...

Haven't read her books yet, so I would love love love to win the copies. They all look amazing.

Lucie Simone said...

Amy Hatvany has been on my radar for some time, but I haven't had the chance to read any of her books yet. So, I would LOVE to win all three!!

Lalucie AT sbcglobal DOT net

A.C. said...

Wow, those sound amazing! I would love to read her books!

Sherry said...

Love to win them :)

EKB said...

woohoo! 3 books!!! fingers crossed :-}

Anonymous said...

I would love to win these books.

Colbey J

Carly said...

I'd love to win. :)
Carly H

Krystal said...

Please enter me for this drawing. I would love to win these books! :)
kndyer

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I would love to win all of these! Pick me!
qweska8402

Sharn3960 said...

Now this is a giveaway!! Amy's books caught my eye about 6mos ago but I've not had the chance to read one - this could be it!!!

StereoQueenBee said...

I totally want to win these books! I have been meaning to read all of her books... So this is great.

Laura K said...

I've never read any of her work, would love to win them!

Ally said...

That would be great!

equinn726 said...

I would love to win and read all three of these books!

Kelleyc said...

I would love to win these books!! They all so sound good!! Thanks for all the great recommendations! :)

Sslinsky said...

I would love to read the bookS!!!!

Sarah

Coleen said...

I would love to read these books!! Please, pretty please!!

Marla W. said...

I would LOVE to win these books!

Thanks :o)

Carie Casey said...

I wanna win!!!!

Carie C.

ludy2288 said...

I love Amy's writing & would love to win her books :)

Nanette said...

I have a feeling these books are in my VERY near future. I would love to win them for free but if not...they are going on my wish list!! :)

Heart you, Stephanie! Nan

Kimmi said...

I loved Language/Sisters - what a great book.

slm8803 said...

Would love to win these books!!!

DaphneSFL said...

I would LOVE to win these books!

Reese78 said...

I would love to win these. I love the covers of all three too! :)

Kristen said...

Love Amy!

kristen27

Erin G said...

Would love to win and read her books!

faithspage said...

Would love to win these

kyfaithw at aol dot com

Joelle said...

I would love to win these.

- jobella in va

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

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