Monday, March 16, 2015

Unforgettable Sun by Kathryn Andrews Blog Tou with Review, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Title: Unforgettable Sun
Series: Hale Brothers #3
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Matt Hale

I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets. 

“Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself.”

They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.

Elle Summers

If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently. 

“Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life.”

I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats ... I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.

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Work couldn't stop me from finishing this book. I hate to see the Hale brothers go but they went out with a light shining the sky with colors that leaves you in awe. That is what this book and series was to me, a breathe of fresh air from the cost of Florida to the light of NYC back to the rise and set of the sun. I anticipated another great story about the last of three brother who I have come to adore and each night once I closed my eyes Matt was there. His actions, pain, smile, closure and growth. This is a book that leaves you wanting more but escaping when you should be focused on something else. Being one with characters that completed one another with the understanding and knowing that things will be better together. They are a unit bound by a sword, brotherhood and the women that loves them.

Thank you Kathryn for another spellbound experience.
With one foot in front of the other I start running. Over the dunes and into the sand, I push as hard as I can. With tears streaming down my cheeks, visions of the fire play out before me. Gasping for air, the smell of smoke fills my senses. I didn’t notice it before but now it is so strong I almost gag. Wiping my nose with the back of my hand, I desperately try to find some fresh air. But no, there it is again, that smell. It’s on my skin. It’s like it isn’t just following me, but now permanently a part of me. Charging into the water, I dive under into the silence. My hands run over my arms, my face, and through my hair. I’m frantic and I have to get rid of the smell.

Washing up on to the shore, I curl up into a ball on the wet sand. My heart is broken for Beau and I’m so afraid. So very afraid. He’s the one and only person who has ever shown me love and the thought of losing him paralyzes me with fear. My sobs are still silent. I’ve been taught not to make a sound. But they hurt so much. Without a voice, I mouth his name over and over again. I just want Beau. I need Beau. He’s the only one who can make this all better, and make everything about this dreadful night disappear.

But he isn’t here and he can’t be.

With my eyes pinched shut, the smell of smoke in my nose, and the feel of a nonexistent heat against my skin, I know. I know it with a certainty that has robbed me of my voice and permeated itself into my pores that, no matter what, everything about this night will be . . . unforgettable.


1. After the release of Drops of Rain, which I loved by the way, how nervous/excited were you? 
I think I was more excited than nervous. With Drops of Rain, arcs went out about a month ahead of time so I already had an idea of what people thought of the story. It's very surreal. You hit that save and publish button on Amazon, that little one-click, and all the months and months of work is over. The book is published. Elle Brooks is my book bestie, she published her first book two weeks before me, and we both cried. Writing a book is a long process, especially the first one, so we were super excited and I finally could say, "I did it!" 

Now, Starless Nights and Unforgettable Sun were a little different. Arcs did not go out ahead of time and the anticipation of feedback was brutal. I was so nervous that I wanted to hide in the closet under a blanket LOL. 

2. Each book displayed hard life lessons and tragedies to overcome for both the hero and heroine, how hard was it to balance that one obstacle not over shadow the other? This is more in refernce to Drops of Rain and Unforgettable Sun.  
I think by being able to switch POV's it balances it. I'm able to dive into the character's head, hear their thoughts, and that keeps it from overshadowing. Each chapter has an equal amount of time with each character and ultimately I know the ending. I write in sections, not from page one. One morning, a great conversation may pop into my head that happens in chapter two, and then later that afternoon, while sitting in carline LOL, part of a conversation that happens at the 80% mark will come to me. I know what frame of mindset I want each character to be in by the end, I'm just constantly working and tweaking the arc of each storyline to get them there. I hope that answers your question.

3. It may be a secret but Beau is my heart, owned it from book 1. How fun was it researching his bits of fact? I loved those and found myself relaying them to my boys. 
Beau's character is interesting. When writing Drops of Rain, I had never intended for it to be a series. I mean, I was just trying to write and publish a book - 1 book LOL. I read an article that someone had put on Facebook that talked about the importance of secondary characters, so that's all he was really meant to be. I don't remember how I got started with the facts, but they were a lot of fun to research. Most of the facts in his book readers gave me. I ran a contest and if I used your fact you got a signed copy. That was a lot of fun. 

So, here's a little fact for you... After I finished the manuscript for Drops of Rain, I hired a company that worked with self-publishing authors and provided all types of services. First up was Beta-reading. Other than author Elle Brooks, no one had read the story. This was my first time putting it out there and I was soooo nervous. Well, the notes came back and that Beta hated Drops of Rain, especially Beau. She hated the one line facts, said they were completely irrelevant to the story and that the author was just trying to show off what she knew. I was devastated. Gave myself a one day pity party and told myself, "You can't please them all." It was unfortunate to get that from the first reader I gave the story to, but as you know from reading the stories, I didn't change Beau and I'm so glad that I didn't. In the end, it was my story and I loved him just the way he was...

4. As a mother of boys yourself did you find yourself struggling to write a scene when Diane did not do what you would have done in that situation? 

Interestingly, no. But I know that some readers did. The lingering question of why she was the way she was carried throughout, hopefully I was able to answer some of those questions at the end of Starless Nights. We all know people who were not loved as we were as children, or who don't love their children as we do... I feel like I was able to embrace the disappointment and hurt that the boys and Ali had because I know the difference. I am my children's biggest supporter and advocate. I will tear through brick walls for them, and children who don't have that you can see it in their eyes... :(

5. Pleasing parents played a major role in all the books across the board and is something that kids struggle with daily as well as bullying. What inspired you to have that as a constant throughout each book and what was the trials in which you faced in keeping the storyline different but the reality of the ending result the same?  
I think the fact that they were brothers coming from the same background made that struggle similar and easy to keep going through each book.Drew's book was easy, his was about finding inner strength. But as I started Beau's book and began plotting Matt's, it was harder to separate the two because in a way they were the same. So, I picked a word and that became the theme. Beau's was trust and Matt's was forgiveness. Plotting around those two words made it easier to keep the storylines different. But definitely the overall takeaway is that it's up to you to remember each day to move forward and to find happiness. No one can do that for you, you have to do it yourself. xo

6. I know you have been asked before through private messages but are you going to get a 3 years later story, maybe Elle and Matt having a baby along the way?
I have thought about this. My best friend Kelly suggested that I write 3 novellas and package them in one book. Kind of a 'this is how we are doing years later' book. My only hang up at the moment is I am currently working on four more books. These stories have infiltrated my mind and taken over. What I can tell you is that I love it when characters overlap. So, expect to see them in Camille's book (Ali's dance friend from Beau's story), as well as Davy's book (Matt's best friend). Their stories may be over... but they are still around. xo

OVER TEN YEARS ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.

Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run quite a few half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says . . . I run, therefore I am a runner.

I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes . . . writing.

I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!

My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!

I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly . . . but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.

I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.

So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do . . . now I’m going to tell you the why.

I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do. It’s not about winning the race; it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.

In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell . . . all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.

Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”


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