Tuesday, October 29, 2019

One Week To Go!

Yes, it's true. In just one week, THE HOW & THE WHY will be out in the world! As usual, I am filled with excitement and nervousness, especially because this book is so deeply personal to me.

If you'd like to receive a signed copy of this book, along with some free stuff like bookmarks, quote cards, and stickers, order it HERE.

If you've already pre-ordered the book and are now kicking yourself because now you won't get the free stuff, STOP KICKING YOURSELF. Just send me an email at writercynthiahand@gmail with your proof of purchase (like a screenshot) and I will send you a signed and personalized bookplate and all the free stuff, free of charge. *U.S. only. Also: THANK YOU. If I could hug you right now and you liked hugs and were okay with it, I totally would. Thank you so much for reading.

If you want to help me out this week, please share about the book. Check the book page for the very kind reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, etc, and the links to how to buy it from pretty much everywhere.

And if you happen to live in Idaho, check the events page. I am going to be doing events and school visits like crazy over the next couple months. Including a BOOK LAUNCH at Rediscovered Books in Boise, on November 6 from 7-8:30. So stop by!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cover reveal for THE HOW AND THE WHY

This post has been a LONG time coming. The folks over at HarperTeen have been working on the cover of my newest book, THE HOW AND THE WHY (out in November 2019) for over a year, people. And now it is finally ready to show to the world.

But first, the description:

A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand.

Dear X,

Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies. I can't imagine you as an actual baby, let alone an eighteen-year-old person reading this letter. I'm not even eighteen yet myself.

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

And now (drum roll, please!)


I am so in love with this cover. I cried the first time I saw it. It is extra personal for me, as the building shown here is the real Booth Memorial Home For Unwed Mothers (what is now Marian Prichett High School for pregnant teens and new mothers). On the left is S, who write a series to her unborn baby, and on the right, Cass, the headstrong girl that baby would grow up to be, gazing at each other across time. (Can you tell that it's summer on the left side, and autumn on the other? SOOOOOOOO COOL!)

Here's where you can find the book:


Barnes & Noble




So what do you think?