Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Hallowed

It's been a long but happy day. Hallowed is on the shelves! You'd think I'd get used to the idea, after all this time, but this year I was yet again struck dumb at the bookstore in sheer amazement that it was my. book. on. the. shelves!!!!! Wow. There's some sneaky little corner of my mind that still whispers, "Don't they know that you made this entire thing up? No, really. You made this entire Clara-the-angel-blood thing up. From your brain. That's all."

See? Don't I look dazed?

 And there was a HUGE pile of my books at the Idaho Falls Barnes & Noble, in preparation for Saturday's signing, and posters with my picture on them all over the store. Talk about surreal. . .
See the lovely display and the bunches of books?

Yup. That's me.


This is a day that I am truly thankful for all the wonderful, supportive people in my life, most especially my writerly-super-hero agent, Katherine, my kick-butt-and-take-names editor, Farrin, and my sounding-board-and-support-system husband, John. I couldn't have done any of this without you three. (come on, group hug!)

Now I have to go to sleep, because I am doing my first ever Author School Visit tomorrow morning. For someone who teaches writing for a living, I am surprisingly nervous. Wish me luck!

And thank you, all you readers out there, all you book bloggers, all you friends and neighbors and colleagues, all you fellow writers, for making me feel so loved and so important on this very fine day.  


27 comments:

Olivia said...

I can't wait to go and buy that book!!!!!!!!!! I love Clara!!!!!!! Team Tucker all the way <3

Jen said...

YAY.

Happy hallowed day!

I expect to see some Christian love once people have read the book!

Amalia said...

That's awesome! I've read Hallowed and am glad to have that copy finally on my shelf. I finished it in such a short time span because the book was like a bomb with sheer amazingness.

Good luck with your Author School Visit!

Anonymous said...

gostaria de saber quando esse livro - Hallowed - chega no Brasil?....

I wonder when this book - Hallowed - arrives in Brazil ....

Ashleigh said...

I read Hallowed all day yesterday and wow, I don't think a book has had such a huge emotional impact on me in a very long time. After I finished it, I sat down and cried for the longest time. I've been digesting it now for a full day and there's still so much to think about.

Thank for writing such an amazing novel, Cynthia, and thank you for indirectly encouraging me to be a good writer. My dream is that the stories I want to tell will one day have the same effect on someone else that Hallowed did on me. I hope your school visit and signing go well.

Anonymous said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I can't wait to get this book!! I've been waiting for months!! So um... what's the next book called and when does it come out!! ;) HAHA

mandy720 said...

Reading the bok right now!!!!!!!

Goat Girl said...

I missed out getting it on launch day because I thought it came out on the 16th, not the 17th, haha.

Now I have to wait to pick it up until the 21st when I come to the Idaho Falls signing. I'm really excited because I've never been to one before!

So if someone asks about writing and getting an agent, it might just be me! :D

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh!!!!!!! I can't wait to get this book!! I am so team Tucker, I like Christian, but Tucker is like sweet country boy. Are those your only book signing? Well I hope I can get this book soon!!!!!

Jamie said...

Just finished it after reading all day!!! I must say, it exceeded my expectations. LOVED LOVED it. My heart is still aching and I hope the next book comes to us very very very soon! You are an amazing writer!!!

Fall Into Books said...

Hey, I LOVED HALLOWED! Here is my review, if you'd like to read it. I can't wait for the third book! :)

http://falln2books.blogspot.com/2012/01/hallowed-by-cynthia-hand.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia I can't wait to read hallowed but I can't seem to find it in amazon uk is it not released yet?

Anonymous said...

team Christian!!! I love him... such a good book. I think that Clara and Christian are really cute together. I really don`t like Tucker, is not really my type of boy.

funkelstein17 said...

You are important! To all of us who love your books!! Hopefully there´s more to come the next years, I can´t wait to read the next book of yours. Thank you soooo much for giving me the ARC of Hallowed ... signed and all ... sigh! I have received it a couple of days ago and of course I had to read it instantly! And so loved it! (Like I stated in Goodreads, I "inhaled" it.) This may sound a little creepy, but I told my husband I want that book in my grave with me, really. I´m so proud of it! Thank you again, you made my day, my week, my month, my year ... and that has yet only started. From the bottom of my heart I wish you the very best for this year, for your promotion´s tour, for the third book´s writing process, for reconciling family and business as smoothly as possible.

funkelstein17 said...

@Anonymous: Check Amazon.co.uk again, I entered "Hallowed" and found it immediately!

Anonymous said...

Hi there yes I found it but not as an Ebook for my kindle which is what I want Sony know when it will be released?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cynthia for giving me such a great book to read yesterday. It makes you feel for the characters in a way I never thought possible, and despite the angels, it's so realistic. When Mom died in it, I cried like she had been my own mother. Thank you so much!!

Amy said...

I read Hallowed super quick and I am now dying for book three. Congrats on the book birthday and I hope that everyone loves Hallowed as much as I did!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for Hallowed- it was a great continuation of the first book. I felt really about about Tucker. Christian was great and all but I was still rooting for Tucker, he just seems more lovable:-) Please give us the third book SOON!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making the New York Times bestsellers list!

Anonymous said...

OKAY ur book is the most amazing sequel I have ever read!!!!! BUT if TUCKER dies I WILL actually cry my heart out for the rest of my life and that will not be good because Tucker is not actually real and if he dies I will become depressed and OMG y does it have to be TUCKER????? I mean u can kill Christian like no plz kill Christian but y TUCKER??? he is the sweetest most lovable most adorable guy I have ever read about and u CANNOT kill a guy so sweet like him I mean what about Christian??? he is neither lovable or sweet or adorable (wellll that totally not true but I JUST LOVE TUCKER SO MUCH I KIND GET CRAZY SOMETIMES)

I just wanted to tell everyone that im TEAM TUCKER!!!!!

PS Black Winged peops want to kill my guy TUCKER I WILL personally haunt them down until there fear the day they were born....)

TEAM TUCKER

funkelstein17 said...

@Anonymous: OMG I love love love your comment!!! I was laughing so hard when I was reading it. I could have written this, Tucker is the biggest book crush I´ve ever had, I love him even more than I did Edward (y know, Cullen). Trust me, Tucker will be well and alive in Cynthia´s third book, I mean it was Jeffrey´s purpose to save him, so she can´t just let him die, right? There was a purpose in Jeffrey´s purpose, that´s what I believe. It´s even funnier how you changed your mind in the course of reading this book. A few days ago you were totally into Chris... He seems to be a decent guy and nice enough, but I can´t feel love between him and Clara like I do between Clara and Tucker. Team Tucker forever!!

Jackie Briere said...

Hallowed is a great book . I love it!
congratulations on writing this story! It's beautiful and I love clara and Tucker and Christian and her Dad!! Love him! and yes her mother is a great mother too :)

Normally death is a sad occasion but you made dying happy :D kudos.

Jeri said...

Mitch Wieland posted on Facebook that your second book is out. It's great to see that you're published. We took a couple of classes together back in the day at BSU. I'm still figuring out what type of writer I want to be when I grow-up! Blogging has been a way for me to get back into writing. Shocking that teaching high school English zapped my creative energy... Anyway, all the best.

Anonymous said...

@funkelstein17
haha thanks so much!!! i took me a while to try to get all my word out i was so sad/mad. where is the love??? i mean between chis and clara.. i mean there both angels and that triplionare thingy (sry dont know how to spell it!!!) Ummmm.... idk.. there both going to Stanford so ummmm.... BUT TUCKER!!!!! HE GOT ALL SAD AND DEJECTED IT MADE ME WANNA PUNCH CHRIS'S FACE OUT (i could totally NOT do it but i could try) but man TUCKER.. peops come on TUCKER... he's all cute and squishy and soft and fuzzy... OMG IF THERE WAS A REAL TUCKER (nice and cute and squishy and soft and fuzzy and UBER FUNNY) I TOTALLY CALL DIBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I TOTALLY AGREE TEAM TUCKER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica said...

Wow congrats. I saw the book at the local Barnes and Noble and I was attracted immediately. Keep them coming please =]

Anonymous said...

Well, my daughter has done it to me again...I have a 14 (and a HALF) year old daughter who loved the whole Twilight saga and dragged me through all the movies (so far) and I read all the books along with her :) That's a lot of pages. So, when we couldn't get our hands on anything else, we heard about Unearthly. I had no idea what it was about, but heard mention of angels. Hmmm. She tore through both books (after we had the library import the second book), and ofcourse I started reading. Wow. I must say (in hushed tones) I may possibly be more excited (as a 34 yr old mom) for your third installment of this series than I was with Twilight :) Amazing story, absolutely. It's also given me a new take on Heaven and God's purpose for us all while we're here. It's changed my perspective, you could say. Another piece I never thought of was after death we will have another job, purpose. Thank you for writing these books. I am not a 'HarperTeen', but I guess you could call me a HarperMom :) lol