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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Paw It Forward is available in Kindle!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Several of you asked me about this, and I said it was coming soon. And now it's here!

Paw It Forward is a book I wrote about my dog Ella to help kids change the world with kindness. It was written, illustrated, and published in collaboration with Cara Warren of Paw It Forward, LLC, whose goal is to celebrate great and heroic dogs (including quiet, everyday dog heroes like Ella). For a time it was available only through the Paw It Forward website, but now it's available for your Kindle as well!

But do stop by the Paw It Forward website. There's some wonderful Ella merchandise that the kids or grandkids in your life might enjoy if they sparked to Ella's story. And it's just fun.

Happy reading!

50 free ebooks of DON'T LET ME GO!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

I've decided to try my hand at one of the new Amazon giveaways. You know how I love to give books away, and I'm hoping this one will be fun for my faithful readers but bring in some new people as well.

I want the readers who are discovering me through my newer books to learn more about my backlist, so the book I've chosen is Don't Let Me Go.

To enter, click on THIS LINK. You'll be asked to follow me as an Amazon author, so you'll know about new releases. (Like Leaving Blythe River, coming up in only four days!) And I'm giving away 50 ebooks, so your chances should be good!

Best of luck and let me know what you think of the new giveaway format. Don't worry, it won't replace the old one. Just adding on something new.

As always, happy reading! 

Another Derby, the same set of fools

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Nyquist

Nyquist

I'm not sure which is harder to believe: that it's already this year's Kentucky Derby day, or that authors Brian Farrey, Kimberly Pauley, and yours truly have agreed to do the crazy bet thing again.

If you're not familiar with the insanity that comes over us each spring, you can read about the very first bet here.

My horse is Nyquist. Because I'm no fool. I'm on a two-book-a-year schedule, and I wanted to grab the horse most likely to come in ahead of Brian's and Kimberly's. Then again, it's a horse race. You never know.

If you're interested in reading the stories from previous years, last year's story, Good Enough to Play at Stevie's, is here. But it might pay to read them in order, as they are all interconnected. They are:  The Art of Being Stuck Here,  Uncle Mo Holds a GrudgeEven Pigeons Can Sing.

So if you're watching the race today, please root for Nyquist. And of course I'll keep you posted.

Time for another giveaway

Catherine Ryan Hyde

When I arrived home from my Nepal trip, there were several packages waiting for me. One was a full carton of finished paperbacks of my new novel Leaving Blythe River, due to be released on May 24th. Another was a set of five MP3 audiobooks.

Now, you know my policy on audiobooks. I like to give them to my local library, but for some reason they still only loan out CD sets. Maybe that will change eventually. Meanwhile I listen to one, archive one. Five audiobooks are at least three too many.

Which means three of these babies are up for grabs.

Here is my usual plea to (please, please, PLEASE) read the following simple instructions. Otherwise I always have several people I can't enter, because they didn't leave an email address and I wouldn't be able to contact them if they won. This only take a minute. Trust me.

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!

I'm back. With photos, of course.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Mount Everest (left) at sunrise. Ama Dablam is on the right. Lhotse is hidden by clouds.

Mount Everest (left) at sunrise. Ama Dablam is on the right. Lhotse is hidden by clouds.

I actually got home from my big trekking vacation to Nepal on Monday night. But I had a lot of catching up to do, and I landed home with a lousy chest cold. (I hated to break my amazing streak--it had been over eight years since I'd been sick!)

I still haven't quite navigated the time change. Case in point, last night I fell asleep at 7:30 p.m., woke up at half past midnight, and never got back to sleep. Finally at 4:00 a.m. or so I gave up, got up, plowed through my backlog of email and posted the rest of the photos.

So here they are, for any of you who are interested: This is the link to my photo site. The first twelve albums are from this trip. I hope you enjoy viewing them half as much I enjoyed taking them!

And, by the way, there's no place like home.

Gone hiking

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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 Amazon.de, 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!