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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan Giveaway (US/Can only)

Deliver Her 
Patricia Perry Donovan

Author Patricia Perry Donovan weaves her tale flawlessly, testing the boundaries of family and friendship.

On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.

Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.

When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.

Things You Didn't Know About Deliver Her

I’m so pleased to visit Books à la Mode on behalf of my debut novel Deliver Her. While my publication journey wasn’t nearly as harrowing as Carl and Alex’s ride through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, there were plenty of detours and crossroads along the way. I hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at delivering Deliver Her to market:
  1. The early working title of the book was Transported.
  2. I initially pitched Deliver Her as a romance between transporter Carl Alden and shopkeeper Iris Bailey. The couple would meet when Alden stumbled into Swiftriver seeking assistance. However, once I created a client for Carl to transport to Iris’s neck of the woods, the mother-daughter duo of Meg and Alex hijacked the story. In the final version, Iris and Cam are happily married, but if you sense a little tension between Iris and the transporter, as other readers have, that might be why!
  3. When Deliver Her originally caught an agent’s eye, I had written only about twenty pages of the story. Enrolled in a fiction writing class at the time, I entered a story pitching competition on a lark, and won. My prize was a manuscript review by an agent. When I explained my predicament, the agent graciously agreed to wait for the completed manuscript. And while that agent ultimately passed on the book, the deadline drove me to complete the manuscript and to pitch Deliver Her to other agents, which led to its 2016 publication.
  4. Swiftriver Junction is based on an actual New Hampshire convenience store, down to the pink pig-themed gas tanks, taxidermy and porch rails wrapped in bullet lights. (The last time I checked, the store was for sale. I’m still thinking about it.)
  5. In at least one case during Deliver Her development, life imitated art. Days after I wrote the scene in which Jacob presents a special edition Amphibian concert poster to Alex, my husband came home from his business travels with a special edition concert poster for our younger daughter.
  6. Early drafts included two additional alternating points of view from Iris and Mia, but their perspectives proved too confusing.
  7. As originally written, Carl performed Grateful Dead songs during his Trinity karaoke gigs. Ultimately, the cost of securing permission to include those lyrics in the book proved prohibitive, so I wrote my own Amphibian lyrics for Carl to sing. I enjoyed that quite a bit, so perhaps I’ll try my hand at songwriting one day.
  8. Carolyn “Mom Haircut” Murphy owes her life to my own book club, which came out of retirement to serve as Deliver Her beta readers. And that’s all I’ll say so I don’t spoil the story for anyone who hasn’t read it. Deliver Her.
  9. The unedited backstory of Mia Bailey, the artist and adopted daughter of shopkeepers Iris and Cam, includes a birth father on death row and his troubling deathbed request. Again, too much drama for one book.
  10. There really is a town named Happy Corner in the northeastern corner of New Hampshire, but it’s more likely to be overrun with snowmobilers and hunters than jam band groupies. Serendipitiously, Happy Corner Bridge crosses Perry Stream.

About the Author

Patricia Perry Donovan is an American journalist who writes about healthcare. Her fiction has appeared at Gravel Literary, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable and in other literary journals.

Deliver Her is Patricia's first novel. At Wave's End is slated for release in August 2017. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives at the Jersey shore with her husband.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Deliver Her—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Patricia's question in the comments below:
Key Deliver Her characters connect over their passion for music. What was the first concert you ever attended, and what is a significant memory from that experience?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Patricia and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I love this question because I've been concert-crazy lately. Crazy as in, I should be doing other things (like studying and working out and being healthy/responsible and whatnot) but I'm placing priority in shows. I'm seeing Fitz and the Tantrums tonight, in fact :D

My first real concert (i.e. at a paid venue that wasn't part of a field trip) was Arctic Monkeys and it's a significant experience for me because I got to go with my then-roommate and it opened my eyes to the the diversity and wonder of the Bay Area's musical offerings. 

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at TLC Book Tours and Lake Union!
Giveaway ends October 26th at 11.59 PM (your time).
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Good luck!