Valentine’s Day’s only two weeks away so what better time to curl up with some great YA romance? With that in mind, we kicked off the first week of our Valentine’s Day promotion yesterday, bringing you no less than FOUR great romances each week!
Now, we’re not picking favorites but we DO have to admit we have a soft spot in our hearts for Hush, Hush, the first book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s epic Hush, Hush Saga. Hush, Hush was originally published way back when in 2009 so it’s probably already considered “classic” YA by many and we’re thinking there may be a lot of you readers that have yet to experience the passion of Nora Grey and her sexy fallen angel, Patch. If that’s the case, it’s a shame, but we hope you’ll remedy that unfortunate situation and read it now while you have the opportunity!
The Story Behind Hush, Hush
The day was February 3, 2003, and the event was my twenty-fourth birthday. After a long debate between Japanese cooking lessons and an eight-week writing class, my husband decided to give me the writing class for my birthday present. I have to admit, I was hoping for the Japanese cooking lessons because A) I took one English course in college and my professor threatened to fail me, and B) I didn’t think I had a story to tell. But at the same time, I felt a scary and almost magnetic draw to the class. When I was eight years old, I watched Romancing the Stone for the first time and promptly announced to my mom that I would grow up to be a writer. Granted, I thought all writers hunted for treasure in Colombia and fell in love with a sexy, mysterious stranger a.k.a. Michael Douglas.
In the following autumn, I started a new book about a sixteen-year-old girl named Ellie Fairchild (who would later become Nora Grey), her backstabbing and manipulative best friend, Vee Sky, and Ellie’s sexy bad boy bio partner, Patch (who had a very big secret he’d been keeping).
Thinking I’d write the book and figure out Patch’s big secret later, I finished a rough draft in a matter of weeks. I wasn’t very happy with 99 percent of the plot, and Vee as a backstabbing best friend wasn’t working for me. With a lack of workable ideas to fix the story, I decided to shelve it. A few months later, I pulled the story out and tried again. I kept the first three chapters but scrapped everything beyond that point.
After a brief hiatus, I was hit with an overwhelming desire to pull out the book and try again. But this time something was different, very different. I knew Patch’s secret. He was still the ultimate bad boy…but now I knew that hadn’t always been the case. At one point long ago, he’d been upstanding, and something had caused him to change his ways. As I thought about his progression from good to bad, I couldn’t shake the image of falling. After that, everything fell into place. I knew Patch was a fallen angel. That realization opened up endless possibilities – I could literally make him anything I wanted. And I did just that.
I do hope you enjoy it.