Monday, May 13, 2013

A Different Blue, Amy Harmon - Review and Interview.

Author - Amy Harmon
Title - A Different Blue

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Review : 

Once upon a time…there was a little blackbird, pushed from the next. Unwanted. Discarded 

Even though in the spectrum of covers A Different Blue isn't over the top flashy but for some reason it is the kind of cover that appeals to me and make me need/want/have to read! It is simple yet emotive, yes I am a cover junkie - I am a firm believer that a cover alone can sell a book.

 “This is the story of a nobody who becomes a somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love.”

Blue is the kind of person who has a beautiful spirit and soul, I literally fell in love with her character. Amy did an amazing job and creating her and she has a beautiful way with words that evoke feeling from the reader, she has pure talent and I cannot wait to consume everything from her - I think I may have a new addiction.

"There's a whole lot more to most people than meets the eye, Wilson. Unfortunately, a lot of times it isn't good stuff. It's scary stuff, painful stuff. By now, you know so much scary, painful stuff about me, it's a wonder you're still around. You had me pegged pretty well right from the start, I'd say. You're wrong about one thing, though. Girls like me notice guys like you. We just don't think we deserve them.” 

This story was beautiful and it made me feel along with the characters, in some parts I was smiling like an idiot and in others I was heartbroken. This is a story that I will continue to read periodically because I don't believe it will ever get old or tired.  

“I keep wishing you had a better life………A different life. But a different life would have made you a different Blue.”

This will be a difficult review, not because I don't have anything to say but I have too much and most of it will give away too much in the book - I am a firm believer in spoiler free reviews and talking about this books makes me want to talk about everything so I need to contain my enthusiasm. 

“The beauty of that poem is that everybody can relate, because we all feel like nobody. We all feel like we are on the outside, looking in. We all feel scattered. But I think it's that self-awareness that actually makes us somebody. And you are definitely somebody, Blue. You may not be a work of art, but you are definitely a piece of work.” 

Blue was sassy and confident but she was also hiding a lot of pain and loneliness - She doesn't know her real name, where she was born or who her mother really was. She doesn't have anyone who shows her affection so she gets it the only way she can - through sex.  

“You can’t control who loves you….you can’t let someone love you anymore than you can make someone love you” 

Blue has trouble trusting people and finding people who in turn trust and believe in her - But then she meets Mr Wilson, the new history teacher at her school who forms a friendship with her that will melt your heart, make no mistake this is not a story about a sexual relationship between teacher and student it is so much more it is about heart and soul. 

“Don’t worry about being perfect. Perfect is boring” “I just want an honest account – whatever you are willing to divulge” Wilson

Wilson is the kind of guy every girl needs, if someone could be described at the perfect man then this is him. Oh and he is British! - Okay yes I am also British so I am generally surrounded by British men but there is something about reading about them or seeing them in a movie that gets me all hot under the collar. 

“I've never felt about anybody the way I feel about you," I confessed in a rush. "I can't imagine that what I'm feeling isn't love. But 'I love you' doesn't feel adequate to express it." I plunged headlong into babbling. "I desperately want you to love me. I need you to love me - but I don't want to need it, and I'm afraid that I need it too much.” 

Wilson helps blue to accept her past and learn from it and she does so in a beautiful way, I loved reading her story and watching it unfold. This story has many twists and turns, that will have the book firmly attached to your hand I don't think I put my kindle down once - toilet breaks be damned. 

This book was a firm 5.5/5 stars.

Author Biography:

Amy Harmon is a mom, a wife, a daughter and a sister.  She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written four novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and A Different Blue.


Firstly thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks, I am a huge fan of your novels and cannot wait to read more!

I loved your books! I was just curious how did the idea for your current book come about?

The ideas come in increments.  I’m not one of those authors who writes an outline and sticks to it.  I start building the characters in my head and think about them for a month or so.  As I began to flesh out my characters, the characters begin to tell me their story.  My books tend to be very character driven.

Are there going to be more books in the same series - Maybe a spin off or something? 

As of right now, no.  A Different Blue is stand alone.  I can’t imagine writing another book for Wilson and Blue, though the inspiration may come at a later date.  I love these characters so much that I really don’t want to mess up a good thing.  I find the second book rarely lives up to the first anyway.

Do you have any weird writing rituals? You can tell us we don’t judge. 

No.  I really don’t.  I write at my kitchen table whenever my kids will allow it.  However, when I’m stuck in a scene I write dialogue between my characters.  I just have them converse about the most inane things.  You would be amazed at how often these conversations make it into the story.  The scene where Blue is talking about pee?  Yep. That’s how that scene came about.  Now you’ll giggle when you go back and read it.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book? 

It took me a year to write my first novel, Running BarefootA Different Blue took me about six months.  It was my fourth book, but it was definitely my most difficult to write.  My Purgatory books were easier, simply because they are not heavy reads.  They are more fun and designed for a younger audience.  They took me about four months a piece to write.

How did you find the support from other Authors? I have always been curious if it is a welcoming world or if you have to gain respect to be considered a part of it. 

I’ve had great support and encouragement from other Indie authors, and I try to reciprocate that as well.  And that’s the way it should be.  There can never be too many good books, so we need all the good authors we can get.

How much of the book came from your imagination and how much came from real people and experiences? 

I don’t know anyone like Blue or Wilson, for that matter.  These were people that I dreamed up.  My first book, Running Barefoot, was about a girl very much like me.  I wanted A Different Blue to be about a girl very different from me.  However, as I began to write, I realized we weren’t so different after all.  I think most women will be able to relate to Blue on some level.

If you were to cast a movie for the book, who would you pick to play who?

Oh that’s a good question.  I like Henry Cavill.  Who am I kidding? I love Henry Cavill.  He has the curly dark hair and light eyes for Wilson.  I also think James McAvoy might make a good Wilson.  He has that intelligent intensity that I like.   Blue is much harder for me to cast.  Someone with a Megan Fox look, maybe.  The dark hair and light eyes but with a smokier coloring.  I tend to be harder on the females in movies, maybe because I am one, and we females relate so strongly with the female characters.  For instance, I loved the Twilight books but really thought Kristin Stewart was NOT Bella, although I like her as an actress.  I loved Robert Pattinson as Edward. 
I don’t know who could play Blue.  Maybe an unknown actress would be best, because I honestly can’t think of anyone who could play her....Do I sound like a mother who thinks no one is good enough for my daughter?  LOL

 Do you have any other books planned that are not related to this series?

  I am working on a book called Making Faces, due out in October.  I can’t wait to share it.  The male main character  is going to steal your hearts, I promise.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my Questions!

Quick Questions –

Top 5 favorite books (or series) you think we should check out:  I loved Twilight.  I know that’s cliche, but I don’t care.  I loved those books.  I also love Anne of Green Gables.  Don’t laugh!  Those books were like childhood friends that I never outgrew.  I enjoyed The Bronze Horseman, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and just recently A Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.  I also love Flowers in the Storm by Laura Kinsale. That’s six.  Ah well. 

Favorite ice-cream flavor:  Rocky Road

Country you most want to visit:  I’ve been to England, but I desperately want to come back.  I’ve been to Manchester and Preston, but never to London.  Manchester was one of the few places I’ve ever been where I thought “I could live here!” And I NEED to visit Australia. 

Celebrity Crush:  I have two.  I am enamored with Daniel Craig.  Absolutely scrummy. And I love Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers.

Blind folds or handcuffs:  Blind fold.  And like most females, I might prefer that my lover is blindfolded as well.  Maybe I would be able to relax more if he couldn’t see me in all my non-glory.  Too much information?  Sorry.

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