Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.

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Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.

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Gone hiking

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Which I guess is something like gone fishin' but on dry land and with a "g."

I leave today for a life-list, bucket-list trip to trek in the lower Himalayas of Nepal. Do watch for photos when I get back near the end of the month, as there will likely be two or three (THOUSAND!).

If you came to the site to send me email, please be patient. I'll still answer, but lag time applies.

This is something I felt it was important to do while I was still young enough and fit enough to gain altitude at altitude. I'll be going up to about 13,000 feet. Which by Himalayan standards is not much. But no doubt I will feel it. Maybe I'll be able to hike like this for many years to come, but I have learned not to take such things for granted.

Much more trip info when I return. And when I get back it will be less than a month to the launch of Leaving Blythe River! Woo hoo!

Worthy is a Kindle Monthly Deal!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

As you may have noticed, my books have been getting great placement in the Kindle Daily Deal and Kindle Monthly Deal system. And I love that, because it not only brings new readers to the work, but provides deep discounts for my long-time, faithful readers. You deserve it, and I understand that many of you have to buy books on a budget.

So... all this month, April, Worthy will be a Kindle Monthly Deal at only $1.99!

If you haven't read it, here's your chance. If you have, maybe you know people who like a good book bargain.

Happy reading!

A deal alert for the writers among us

Catherine Ryan Hyde

A couple of years ago my friend Anne R. Allen, a fellow author and publishing industry blogger, collaborated with me on a book for writers. It's not so much a book about how to write. We figured the market was saturated with those. No, this is more about how to get where you're going in this tough industry, and how to survive the challenge with relative good cheer.

That, we figured, needed addressing.

It's called How to be a Writer in the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide. And until March 27th the Kindle edition is on sale for only 99 cents. I think you will agree when you read it--it's a whole lot of useful advice for under a dollar. In the UK, the Kindle edition is on sale until the 29th.

Anne is the award-winning voice behind Anne R. Allen's Blog, and has a new book blog called Anne R. Allen's Books. This week she celebrated the price deal on How to be a Writer by reprinting an interview we did together about her blog and her work. (And other interesting and useful topics such as dealing with internet bullies and trolls, and the pressures of social media.) Stop by her book blog and check it out.

And I guess in this case I should say... happy writing!

Another big thank you to you, my readers!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

My new publisher, Lake Union, has done an amazing job of matching me up with the right readers. And by that I mean people who want to read the hopeful, character-driven stories I want to write.

It started with When I Found You, and I would venture a guess that a huge number of those reading this blog post found me through that book. Then there was Walk Me Home, Take Me With You, The Language of Hoofbeats, Worthy, Ask Him Why.

Yesterday the UPS guy brought me this amazing commemoration of the fact that you have now purchased and read more than a million of these combined titles.

What can I say except "Thank you"? When I say I couldn't have done with without you, I could not mean it more literally.

Physical book deal alert for When I Found You

Catherine Ryan Hyde

For the rest of this month, and until the 12th of March, the paperback edition of When I Found You is on sale for only $6.99 in the U.S. marketplace.

It's part of Amazon's Physical Book Deal, which includes select books at up to 50% off.

If you haven't read it, or would like to add it to your library, now is a great time. And I'm sure I don't need to remind you that books make wonderful gifts. (Of course not!)

Happy reading!

Happy book birthday to "Der Klang der Pferdehufe"!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

I've been waiting patiently (okay, not really--impatiently) for the 26th of January and the release of Der Klang der Pferdehufe in Germany. Literally translated, it means "The Sound of Horse's Hooves" and it's the German translation of The Language of Hoofbeats.

Now I know you might be thinking, "But it's only the 25th." But by late afternoon Pacific Time on the 25th here in the US, it's the 26th in Germany. And the ebook should be dropping onto Kindles even as we speak.

For those of you who don't know, German readers have really stepped up and embraced these books, and they are doing very well on, especially in Kindle. As of this writing, I have three books in the German Kindle Top 100: Ich Bliebe Hier, which has been in the Top 100 for 382 days, Als Ich Dich Fand, which has been in the Top 100 for 308 days, and Wir Kommen Mit, more recently released, at 44 days.

If you're one of my German readers, I hope you enjoy the new one, and I hope to hear from you. Thanks for making these books such a success!

Gratitude giveaway with a twist

Catherine Ryan Hyde

So this is something a little different.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a nice guy named Jeff at a company called USB Memory Direct. They supply USB flash drives in bulk that can be customized with any logo or cover art. Jeff offered me a small shipment of these personalized flash drives absolutely free, suggesting that I could give them away to readers, possibly loaded with a digital copy of one of my books. Who am I to say no to something that I can give away to you lovely folks absolutely free?

So here's where the gratitude comes in.

The Kindle edition of my photo book 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World is quite affordable, but usually ends up being viewed on small devices. The coffee table-size paperback has full color photos in a larger format, but it's pricey because it's expensive to produce. It struck me that this is the perfect book to view on your computer monitor, where the photos are crisp, bright, and huge. And free. And no ebook software required.

Take a look at what I mean. And this is just on a 15" laptop and not viewed full-screen.

So I loaded ten of these lovely personalized flash drives with a .PDF file of the photo book, and I'm ready to give them away. There's a ton of space left on these drives, by the way, so you can use them to store other things as well.

Short version of how to enter: LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in the comment form (a space for it will come up after your first click) or I won't be able to notify you if you win.

Happy photo viewing!

Giving away Leaving Blythe River ARCs!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Look what the UPS guy brought me today! Ella was happy because it's her favorite delivery guy, the one who keeps dog treats in his pockets. I was happy because he brought me these.

I have here a lovely carton full of advance reader's copies of Leaving Blythe River, my next novel to be released. This is not available for purchase until June, so you will really be the first on your block to have one of these babies. And not all of my Lake Union ARCs have the final cover. This one does, and what a cover it is! This is in my top three favorite covers of all time. So, if I may be allowed to say so, this is a nice looking ARC.

I'm putting five of these up for grabs.

NOW--PLEASE READ! Every time I have one of these giveaways, people make basic mistakes that get their entries disqualified, usually not leaving an email address so I can notify them if they win. I ask people to read to the end of the instructions, but a percentage of people don't. Please! Read this! I'm trying to give you free books! :)

Leave a comment below to be entered. Please DO leave your email address in the comment form (even though it will say it's optional). I promise I won't use it for any other purpose but to notify you if you win. Please DON'T leave your email address in the body of your comment unless you want everybody to see it. (It will seem there is no place for your name and email. But when you hit "Post Comment," you'll see those fields come up.)

 And if you're reading this on Goodreads, please click through and leave your comment on my original blog. Otherwise I worry I'll forget you when the time comes to draw names.

I'll leave this open for a week to ten days. Good luck!

Here's what's next! (With a cover reveal!)

Catherine Ryan Hyde

This is lovely timing. Around midnight tonight (Pacific time) my new novel Ask Him Why will begin to drop onto the Kindles of readers who preordered it. And on this very same day I get to do a cover reveal for what's next.

And what a cover it is! This is right up there with my favorite covers... ever.

The novel is called Leaving Blythe River, and it will be released by my publisher Lake Union/Amazon Publishing on June 14th, 2016. You can read more about it here, on the new Leaving Blythe River page I just added to this site.

It's available now for preorder in Kindle, in paperback, and as an unabridged audio CD.

I know June sounds like a long way off, but look how fast Ask Him Why came up. It'll go by in no time! And hopefully Ask Him Why will keep you busy while you're waiting. (And if you think you're caught up, check my Books page--you might be wrong!)

Happy reading!

Aaaannnd... the deals keep flowing!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

I just found out late yesterday that both Worthy and Take Me With You are included in Cyber Monday Deals Week's Deals in Kindle Books. 

The ebooks are only $2 each.

Why am I thinking of a pre-loaded Kindle as a holiday gift? Maybe because I did that once. Bought a Kindle and loaded it up with my books and a bunch of free classics and gave it to the nursing home Ella and I visit. (The one that was featured in Paw It Forward.)

Well. Just thinking out loud. :)

Happy holiday reading!


Deal Alert for UK readers

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Okay. You know how I'm always announcing these great price promotions, and they're usually for the US market? And my UK readers (of which there are many, and I appreciate you!) moan or sigh when they learn the deal is not for them?

Well this time it's just for you.

The Kindle ebook edition of The Language of Hoofbeats is included in "40 Kindle Books Discounted to £1 Each on" This deal starts 12/1/2015 and runs through 12/31/2015. 

Tell your friends who like to save money on books. And happy reading! 

A big thank you to my readers

Catherine Ryan Hyde

If you are one of the more than 500,000 people who read When I Found You, or one of the more than 250,000 people who read Take Me With You, or both, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for this honor.

These two lovely commemorations arrived yesterday from my publisher, Lake Union (Amazon Publishing). And of course I'm very grateful to them for their thoughtfulness. But I'm even more grateful to you, because none of this would have been possible if you hadn't taken a chance on my books.

Look closely at the left and right vertical edges of these awards. They're not just big rectangular slabs. They're books!

I feel very fortunate today. Probably because I am.

Thank you for being my reader! 

Gratitude giveaway

Catherine Ryan Hyde

The other two books are shown here to give you a sense of scale.

The other two books are shown here to give you a sense of scale.

You know... I seem to recall that many months ago, when I ordered two big cartons of the huge paperback "coffee table book" of 365 Days of Gratitude... I promised I'd give them away regularly.

And I did. For a time. And then life intervened.

Now I have a new way of sharing the photos in that book on social media. And it helps when others join in the sharing. And when you do, I'll put you in the running for a drawing of one of three of these big paper beauties.  

Here's what to do. And this is all different, so please read!

Go to THIS LINK to access its "AHA book" for sharing onto social media. Choose one you know you like (this method is best for those who have seen the ebook or some of the photos I've shared) and click the button to tweet it onto Twitter. Or copy and paste the the text into a Facebook post. You shouldn't need to sign in or create any kind of account unless you come back again and again.

Or, if this is easier, if you're a Pinterest person, go to the 365 Pinterest account and share to your own Pinterest boards, or to Facebook.

And then come back and tell me you did so in a comment. This is the honor system. You don't have to prove it. And please, please, (PLEASE?) remember that if I don't have your email with the comment, I can't enter you, because I can't contact you if you win.

Not sure how people will feel about a giveaway with a little more effort involved, but these are $35 books (and even at that price I just break even) and I think if you win one you'll feel it was worth the trouble.

We'll see how it goes. Comment with any questions or problems.

Happy posting and pinning!  

Wunderbar! Wir Kommen Mit!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

My wunderbar journey with AmazonCrossing continues with today's release of Wir Kommen Mit (We're Coming With, a slightly altered translation of the title Take Me With You) in Germany. It's available for German readers in a Kindle ebook and in paperback on

It will be exciting for me to watch this title, because it's my fourth book translated into the German market by AmazonCrossing, and the last two have done hearteningly well. Ich Bliebe Hier (Don't Let Me Go) spent 19 days at #1 in Kindle on and, 305 days later, is still in the top 100! Als Ich Dich Fand (When I Found You) has been in the top 100 for 232 days!

A heartfelt thanks to my German readers, and I hope you'll enjoy the journey of August and the boys as much as you enjoyed the books that came before! (And don't be surprised if there is more fun to be had early next year.) 

Gute lese!