Behind the Book

The Story Behind Hush, Hush

January 31, 2017
The Riveted Team
Believe In Your Shelf

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!

And while you’re reading it—or perhaps after you’ve finished (and are clamoring for the sequel, Crescendo)—here’s a little backstory from author Becca Fitzpatrick on how Hush, Hush came to be:

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.

—Becca Fitzpatrick

The Hush, Hush Saga:

Hush, Hushby Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.

Crescendoby Becca Fitzpatrick

Despite starting a relationship with Patch, her guardian angel (whose title is the only angelic thing about him), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking good for Nora Grey. Aside from fearing her boyfriend is interested in her nemesis, Nora is haunted by images of her father and becomes obsessed with understanding his disappearance. As Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, she begins to wonder whether her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it. And since Patch isn’t answering her questions, Nora has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch—or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Silenceby Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been inexplicably missing for weeks, she tries to get her life back on track. So she goes to school, hangs with her best friend, Vee, and dodges her mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And an unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, with whom she feels a mesmerizing connection. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him feels more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

Finaleby Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

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