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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Meet My Best-Received Book. Free.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Today, February 20th, and tomorrow, February 21st, the Kindle ebook edition of my novel Don't Let Me Go is free.

Here's my thinking.

What do you think is my best-loved, best-received book? You thought it was Pay It Forward, didn't you? In some ways it might be debatable. It's certainly the best-loved concept. But a huge percentage of those who love the concept have never read the book. Here are some statistics that are not debatable. They are simply fact.

Pay It Forward was published in late 1999. Since then, it has gathered 205 Amazon reader reviews. Of that 205, 127 are 5-star, and 169 are 4- and 5-star. Don't Let Me Go was published in June of 2012. About eight months ago. Since then, it has gathered 240 Amazon reader reviews. Of that 240, 182 are 5-star, and 225 are 4- or 5-star. So, hands down, Don't Let Me Go is the best-reviewed, best-received book I've published to date.

I thought it would be the right book to help introduce people to my work. So here's a way you can Pay It Forward, if you choose to accept it. If you haven't read my work, or haven't read it recently, grab a free copy of Don't Let Me Go. If you've read the book and enjoyed it, tell a couple of friends who read, but have never read anything of mine. This is very different from a sales pitch, because the book is free. Everybody likes free!

But be sure to tell them it's only today and tomorrow.

And if they say they don't have an ereader, tell them they don't need one! They can download a free Kindle app right from the Amazon book page. They work beautifully, and allow you to read the book on your computer, tablet or phone. And if they have a different kind of ereader, such as a Nook, you can point them to conversion instructions here.

So people who haven't read my work, or haven't tried my newer work, can jump in for free. And for my faithful readers, it's my gift to you, and you more than deserve it.

Happy reading!