Wednesday, April 1, 2015

[Blog Tour & Interview] Hidden Deep by Amy Patrick

Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy)
Release Date: 03/23/15
Oxford South Press
319 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Give in to the Glamour…
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.
After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

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Interview with Amy Patrick

Where did the idea for HIDDEN DEEP come from?
 I’m that girl who read the Lord of the Rings trilogy 17 times back to back in middle school, so I’ve always been a big fan of fantasy books and movies. Of course, I realized that LOTR was actually a love story—what? You don’t think so? Well, I was really into the Arwen/Aragorn story line, and I loved the idea of a great love between people of different sorts—one immortal and magical, the other human. HIDDEN DEEP takes place in rural Mississippi, beginning in the woods surrounding the log house where Ryann lives with her mom and grandma. Something incredible happened when Ryann was lost in those woods as a child ten years earlier and it leads to a connection between star-crossed lovers that refuses to go away. 

Are any of the places or people in the book based on real life?
 I grew up in Mississippi (with a few years in Texas, too) and my great-grandmother had a cabin on many, many acres of woodland there. I envisioned her place and those mysterious woods when I was writing the story. And the tiny town where Ryann and her friends live and go to school (Deep River) is based on the town where I went to high school, Water Valley. As far as people… not exactly. But I think bits of our past and our relationships throughout life do find their way into most authors’ stories. When I picture Lad in my mind, he bears a striking resemblance to Liam Hemsworth. And why not? 

Any plans for more books? What are you working on now? 
Yes! HIDDEN DEEP is the first book in a trilogy, and I’ve already written book two, HIDDEN HEART. It’s in the editing process now. I’ve already seen the cover, which is *fabulous*! I’m also very excited to have a HIDDEN DEEP-related novella coming out in May in a box set with some amazing fellow YA Fantasy authors, including Anthea Sharp, Julia Crane, Alexia Purdy and Jenna E. Johnson. It’s called Faery Tales. My story’s called The Sway. It features a secondary character from Hidden Deep and takes place concurrently in another location—by the end of it, the storylines have converged and you get to see some key scenes from another point of view. 

Thanks so much for having me here today—it’s been fun! I hope your readers will love HIDDEN DEEP. 

About the Author
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

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