Today I am participating in Amy Harmon’s blog tour for her newly released book, A Different Blue.
Amy Harmon is masterful at crafting interesting and complex characters, and her prose is exquisite. But instead of giving you a typical review, I though I would share with you some excerpts and let the story speak for itself.
“Once upon a time there was a little blackbird, pushed from the nest, unwanted. Discarded. Then a Hawk found her and swooped her up and carried her away, giving her a home in his nest, teaching her to fly. But one day the Hawk didn’t come home, and the little bird was alone again, unwanted. She wanted to fly away.”
“We climbed into his apartment, cheeks windburned and red, blood pounding, invigorated by the cold ride. And I didn’t wait for sweet talk or flirtatious foreplay; I never did. We tumbled onto his rumpled bed without a word, and I shut off my anxious heart and my nervous head as dusk descended into another night, another meaningless merging, another attempt to find myself as I gave myself away.”
“That’s what I was. A chicken, pecking at nothing, squawking and ruffling my feathers to make myself appear strong, to keep people at a distance.”
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us–Don’t tell!
They’d banish us you know.
– Emily Dickinson
“The beauty of that poem is that everybody can relate, because we all feel like nobody. We all feel like we are on the outside, looking in. We all feel scattered. But I think it’s that self-awareness that makes us somebody. And you are definitely somebody, Blue. You may not be a work of art, but you are definitely a piece of work.”
“I stopped, considering. I was scarred, but I was not broken. Beneath my insecurities, beneath my pain, beneath my struggle, beneath it all, I was still whole.”
“You’re wrong about one thing, though. Girls like me notice guys like you. We just don’t think we deserve them.”
“I keep wishing you had a better life…a different life. But a different life would have made you a different Blue.” He looked at me then, “And that would be the biggest tragedy of all.”
Book Blurb: Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.
Author Bio: Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, so she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband and four kids, and doesn’t plan to ever move somewhere, because nowhere is sublime. She has written Running Barefoot, and the Young Adult books Slow Dance in Purgatory and the sequel, Prom Night in Purgatory. A Different Blue is her fourth novel.
Amy is giving away 2 – signed copies of A Different Blue plus a blue bracelet with charms from the book and some signed swag. Simply click the link below.