Guest Post & Giveaway: Making Faces by Amy Harmom

Release Date: February 21, 2017 * Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

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guestpostTop Ten Moments of Being an Author (so far!)

  1. My very favorite moment of being an author so far, was the day I hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. It was with my fourth book, A Different Blue, and I remember getting the news and just walking out of my house and laying on the grass in my front yard. My legs were too weak to stand.
  1. Finishing my first novel, Running Barefoot, and realizing I’d actually done it. I wrote a novel! It took me a year.
  1. Another favorite has to be at my first book signing in New Orleans in 2014, about six months after I hit the NY Times list. People actually wanted my books! They wanted pictures with me! And I sold out before the event was over.
  1. When I released Making Faces, the pressure was enormous because my previous book, A Different Blue, had been a NY Times Bestseller. I remember being on social media when Colleen Hoover posted, saying she’d just finished it and that she loved it. I went and scrubbed toilets after I saw that, just to remind myself that I was still the same Amy Harmon, and I wasn’t living in the Twilight Zone.
  1. My first foreign book deal was with my Italian publisher, Newton Compton, for my book, A Different Blue. When I held my book, translated into another language, and turned the pages, it was a very special moment for me. I cried happy tears.
  1. The first time I received a large royalty payment after the success of my fourth book. I was convinced that when I tried to cash the check, they would tell me it wasn’t real. The family SUV had just drawn its last breath, and I needed a new vehicle. I used that first big royalty payment to buy a used vehicle outright. I picked it out all by myself and paid cash. It was a very proud moment.
  1. The day I finished my book, From Sand and Ash—my first historical—I sent my family to church without me and crawled into my bed. I was so tired. The feeling of relief and euphoria was incredible. It was easily the hardest book I’d ever written, and I had to push through doubt every single day.
  1. When The Bird and the Sword became a Goodreads finalist for book of the year, I danced around my office. I thought my heart was going to explode.
  1. Recently, I went to France for a book signing. I was going alone and I was so scared that I had a panic attack before I got on the plane and had to get myself under control in an airport bathroom. I shouldn’t have been afraid. My French publisher took such good care of me, and my French readers were so enthusiastic and kind, waiting in a line to see me that stretched down two aisles and across the room. I will always cherish that memory!
  1. Reading emails and messages from readers who have been touched or moved or even helped by one of my books. I have so many humbling moments with readers that I couldn’t narrow it to just a few.


Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and 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.

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