Friday, July 20, 2012

Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.

But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”

Her answer changes everything.

By the bestselling author of WHEN I FOUND YOU, SECOND HAND HEART, and PAY IT FORWARD, DON’T LET ME GO is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.

September 3- Chick Lit Plus – Review

September 4- Chick Lit Club Connect- Guest Post

September 6- Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

September 7- Tea and Scribbles- Review

September 10- The Book Bag- Review

September 11- The Book Bag- Guest Post

September 12- Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

September 14- Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Q&A & Excerpt

September 19- Jessa Russo Writes- Review

September 21- The Bookish Mama – Review

September 22- Jersey Girl Book Reviews- Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

September 23- The Winey Mommy – Review

September 24- The East Village- Review

**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Don't Let Me Go before September 24 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Amanda Higbie. Please email me to confirm your prize!**

Catherine has 4 backlist titles that will be available for Kindles coming in October! Check out:
Funerals for Horses
Earthquake Weather
Electric God
Walter's Purple Heart

And When You Were Older (available now in the UK) will be will be on sale in the US in November - print and eBook!

Author Bio:

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 18 published and forthcoming books.
Her newest releases are When You Were Older,  Don’t Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World , When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is Walk Me Home (Transworld UK, Spring 2012). 

Other newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills  The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness.
Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List.  Jumpstart the World was chosen as a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, received a third place Rainbow Award for Young Adult/Coming of Age Fiction and a tie for first place in Bisexual/Transgender Fiction. Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.

Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart

Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries.  The mass market paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller.  It is still in print, and was rereleased in a trade paperback edition in April of 2010.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Sun and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories  and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.  Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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  1. I am looking forward to following the tour, I love Q & A's to get to know the author behind the book better

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  2. Wow, this sounds wonderful. I actually got a lump in throat just reading the summary. Combined with the cover image, it's powerful stuff. I will absolutely be picking this up.

  3. This book sounds so good. I hope I can track down a copy to read it :)

  4. I've actually never heard of this one. Definitely looks like something worth adding to my TBR!


  5. Looks like a wonderful books, will have to get my hands on it <3


  6. Oh my goodness, just the description of the book already has my heart breaking! Sounds like a very beautiful book! Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful giveaway!

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  7. I am riveted by this amazing story its going to be under my " Must Get " List .. I just started a book club so I will introduce this book into my curriculum .

    Telling my friends

  8. I look forward to a good read and wish you many pots of gold.

  9. DON'T LET ME GO is a perfect choice for a book club. Highly recommend this wonderful and heartfelt novel. Catherine is an amazing writer.

  10. this sounds really good book... and loving the tour so far... :)


  11. The summary sounded so endearing! I enjoyed the interview on the samantha march site as well.

  12. This cover is amazing. Combine that with the description, and I'm sure it's a very powerful book. I'm enjoying the reviews so far and I look forward to the rest of the tour!

  13. Loved this book - I have added Catherine to my 'authors I must read' list. Thanks for the great tour!


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