Cynthia Hand

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in Boise, Idaho, The United States



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November 2009


Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE, MY PLAIN JANE, and MY CALAMITY JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, THE HOW AND THE WHY and the upcoming novels WITH YOU ALL THE WAY and MY CONTRARY MARY (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, two cats, one crazy dog, two kids, and mountain of books.

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Cynthia Hand There's not another book, but I've got an Unearthly novella from Christian's POV that I may try to sell sometime soon. :)…moreThere's not another book, but I've got an Unearthly novella from Christian's POV that I may try to sell sometime soon. :)(less)
Cynthia Hand No more books about Janes. But three more books about Marys! The first will be My Contrary Mary, about Mary, Queen of Scots, our next summer!!!
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Cover Reveal For My Next Book!

It's that time again--cover reveal time!!!!

This time it's for my new YA contemporary that will be out March 30, 2021. It's called WITH YOU ALL THE WAY, and it's about family and sisters and, well, sex. (Although I would say that it's a fairly clean book--it's meant to discuss sex, not, uh feature it.)

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My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand
"This book was a slow start for me but I'm glad I kept reading! The adventure follows Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and Frank Butler reimagined as teens in the wild west with the added dash of werewolves, called woofs. When I picked up the title for a " Read more of this review »
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No, we're sticking with the Lady Janies. We did consider shifting to being called the Mary Janes. :)
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
it pushed me out of my slump
it made me cry a little

i’m 100% going to re-read this next year during christmas time because it was INCREDIBLE ❤️🎄"
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"I... did not expect to love that so much.

Full RTC. That ending made me cry three times.


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More of Cynthia's books…
“Tucker: "But she gave me the perfect gift."
Clara: "What?"
Tucker: "You.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

“Tucker," I say. "I'm so glad you're still here."
I throw myself into his arms. He hugs me tightly.
"I couldn't leave," he says.
"I know."
"I mean, literally. I don't have a ride.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly


What is your favorite YA book/series about angels?

Angelfall Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee Susan Ee
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor Laini Taylor
  96 votes, 15.6%

Hush, Hush Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick Becca Fitzpatrick
  95 votes, 15.5%

Sweet Evil Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) by Wendy Higgins Wendy Higgins
  72 votes, 11.7%

Fallen Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate Lauren Kate
  51 votes, 8.3%

  47 votes, 7.7%

Unearthly Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand Cynthia Hand
  33 votes, 5.4%

  23 votes, 3.7%

  18 votes, 2.9%

  18 votes, 2.9%

Angel Burn Angel Burn (Angel, #1) by L.A. Weatherly L.A. Weatherly
  10 votes, 1.6%

  9 votes, 1.5%

“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

“Tucker," I say. "I'm so glad you're still here."
I throw myself into his arms. He hugs me tightly.
"I couldn't leave," he says.
"I know."
"I mean, literally. I don't have a ride.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

“It's been nice knowing you, Clara.'

Huh? My brain still a bit shell-shocked.

'Say a prayer for me, will you? He gives me a shaky grin. Because I'm pretty sure my parents are going to kill me”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.”
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message 41: by Sharon

Sharon Thank you for accepting my friend request! I LOOOOVE Unearthly (especially Tucker), and The Last Time We Say Goodbye touched my heart completely. I don't usually cry easily for movies or books, but this book absolutely broke me. You're amazing, and I can't wait to read any of your future books. :)

message 40: by Jenny

Jenny Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I absolutely love the Unearthly series! I'm currently reading Boundless right now and it's really good :)

message 39: by Rina

Rina Hello Cynthia,
I love your books :)

message 38: by Eugenia (Genie In A Book) (last edited May 26, 2013 12:23AM)

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Dear Cynthia,
Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
I look forward to discovering more of your work and sharing books with you!

Best wishes,

message 37: by Kim

Kim Thank you! It's an honor to have one of my favorite authors on my friends list. (And sorry if I sent like 10 requests -- the thing wasn't working right.)

Anastasia Hi Cynthia. Thanks for being my friend. How is living in Idaho? Free, I imagine..

message 35: by Angela

Angela Thank you for adding me :)

Nicole-Pattypattz1 Thanks for excepting my invite. I really enjoyed the first two books in the "Unearthly" series!

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 32: by Amie

Amie hi ms. cynthia thanks for accepting my request to be your friend. btw i love love love your unearthly series & i want to thank you personally for sharing us such an amazing story... even my niece loves your book. thanks again luv yah xoxo...

message 31: by Elise

Elise Congratulations for your books, they are amazing! :) Can't wait for the third Unearthly novel!

Brooke (The Cover Contessa) I tried to friend you on Facebook and you know what it told me??? YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR FRIEND MAX!!!! LOL! You are one popular woman!

message 29: by Nicole

Nicole Sanglay Hello Mrs. Cynthia Hand! I'd like to tell you that I love Unearthly, and if you ever have the time to read it, here's my review:
Review of Unearthly

Thank you and wish you all the best! :)

message 28: by Lidush

Lidush Hi Cynthia! Thanks for friending :)

Elizabetha I loved Unearthly, and now I am reading Hallowed and I'd be quite content to live in Clara's world forever! <3

message 26: by Sandy

Sandy Congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand! You deserve it. Hallowed was EPIC.

message 25: by Daphne

Daphne Fantastic! You left me so emotional...
I was seriously drawn to the story. Great series. I will need patience to wait for Book 3 in 2013. You're da bomb :)

message 24: by Heather

Heather I just finished Hallowed last night, and wow. So, so good. I just gotta tell you that you broke my heart! So emotional, and written very well. No melodrama. Fantastic! I can't wait for Book 3!

Fabi Emi Hi Cynthia
Thank you for accepting my request =]

message 22: by Jasprit

Jasprit hey Cynthia thank you so much for accepting. You did an awesome job with Unearthly can't wait to read Hallowed :)

message 21: by Jessica

Jessica I ssooooo can't wait for Hallowed!!! As soon as I finished Unearthly I googled to see if there would be a 2nd book, I just about died of happiness when I found
out about Hallowed!!

message 20: by Natasha

Natasha Thank you for connecting with me. Please check out my blog "Where Every Book = A New Adventure", if you haven't already. I look forward to sharing my love of books with you.

message 19: by Katie

Katie Hi Cynthia, thankyou so much for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved Unearthly, and I'm looking forward for Hallowed to be released! :D

message 18: by Holli

Holli Cynthia!

The cover reveal for Hallowed is GORGEOUS! Just had to tell you that! Not that you don't already know! ;) *Swoon*! :)

KaSonndra Leigh Hi Cynthia,

Thanks for friendship. I'm counting down the days to Hallowed's release! :-D

Yours in Prose,
KaSonndra Leigh
YA Author of When Copper Suns Fall: a Dark Urban Fantasy

Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Cynthia! I really enjoyed your first book and I'm eager to read the next one :)

message 15: by Stacy

Stacy Eaton Cynthia - Thank you for the friendship!

message 14: by Gary

Gary Revel It's great to have you as a friend CYNTHIA:

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is at Barnes and Noble, and other book sellers worldwide. It includes details of my birth, youth, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record THEY SLEW THE DREAMER about the MLK assassination.

Paperback and Nook Book

Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.

message 13: by Tommie

Tommie Thank you for adding me. I am a huge fan of Unearthly and I just can't wait for Hallowed to be released!

Lots of love from France.

Theodore Carl Soderberg Hi Cynthia, thanks for the add, good timing for your books! Ted

message 11: by Becca

Becca Thx so much for adding me =D

Georgina thank you for accepting! Loved Unearthly and by the way, LOVE the UK cover for Hallowed :D very different indeed and i can't wait until it comes out!! :)

message 9: by Paola

Paola Thank You for your friendship :o) I just loved Unearthly I can't wait for the second book.

message 8: by Amy

Amy Thanks for the add!

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
Best wishes, William

message 6: by Say

Say thanks for the add...i really love your first book unearthly!!! totally!!!

William O'Brien Hi Cynthia - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William

message 4: by Jewel

Jewel Thanks for being my friend! Also, I cannot wait to read your book. It sounds AMAZING!! I am going to buy it the day it comes out!

Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!

message 2: by Leah

Leah Clifford Really looking forward to your book, Cynthia! Thanks for friending me!

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Cynthia,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!

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