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Amy Harmon

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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she 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. Her books are now being published in two dozen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl.

Amy Harmon has written eighteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bir
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Amy Harmon Monica, You are right. It is something I do in ALL my books, which is why I was so hurt by a few big reviewers insinuating that I was trying to "trick…moreMonica, You are right. It is something I do in ALL my books, which is why I was so hurt by a few big reviewers insinuating that I was trying to "trick" my readers as a sales strategy by not talking about the spiritual aspect in The Law of Moses in the blurb. I'm not sure what they wanted, but whatever happened to reading a blurb, looking at a cover, and saying "hey, looks interesting." The book is inexpensive, a sample is available, and if it doesn't suit you, you can stop reading and return it for a full refund from Amazon, so how it could possibly be a sales strategy is beyond me. I have a touch of the spiritual in all the stories I write because it is how I feel about life in general. There is so much we don't understand and so much in my own life that I can not explain, that it feels very natural for me to include these special little things in my books. Thank you for reading, and thank you for this message. <3(less)
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Author Note - The Unknown Beloved

The Unknown Beloved – Author’s Note

As so often happens in these historical journeys I take, the sadness of the history often overwhelms me, and I wonder how I’m going to give my readers a happy ending—or even a sense of an ending—when history is messy and hard and tragic. The real Eliot Ness died of a heart attack when he was only fifty-four. He was an interesting figure for me, a man I liked, but

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From the bestselling author of The First Girl Child comes a new beguiling romantic fantasy where a blind boy and a lost girl discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other.

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From the bestselling author of What the Wind Knows and From Sand and Ash, comes a powerful love story about a musical duo who put everything on the line to be together.

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“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?

Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?

Does he curl the hair upon my head 'til it rebels in wild defiance?

Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant?

Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate?

If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?

For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.

Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can't see?

If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”
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“True beauty, the kind that doesn't fade or wash off, takes time. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that creates the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would have otherwise never existed.
And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can't see. We believe there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent, our bodies can't contain it.”
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“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
Emily Jane Brontë , Wuthering Heights

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”
Maxim Gorky, The Lower Depths and Other Plays

“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”
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AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé To: Dear Amy Harmon sensei and her publishing team
*takes a bow*
It's me again. I just want to tell you that I suspect goodreads staff don't like authors as AWESOMETACULAR as yourself cuz a few of the staffers might have been involved with literary agents...and I suspect your books take a huge chunk of their new releases earnings. No wonder because Making Faces by Amy Harmon is ....TIMELESS!!! So so good!
But anyway, the staff targeted Making faces this year during romance week. Now they don't erase the trolls that are there posting spam on Making faces page. I always notice cuz I recommend Making faces all the time as it's such a life-changing book everybody should read.

Look at this:
WTF
A huge bunch of trolls posting the same review over and over again deducing from what should be a higher rating. It's disrespectful for me as a long-time Goodreads contributor, to your hard work and to all your fans.

I guess you're really busy and have no time to deal with this, which is why I hope this reach one of your sons or your publishing team. This targeting indie authors and their fans HAS TO STOP.

Sincerly yours
AMY-chan


message 8: by AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé (last edited Apr 11, 2020 08:08PM)

AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé Harmon Sensei
*bows*
I recommend Making faces and The bird and the sword to my friends all the time. I make a search in goodreads click on the recommendation feature...and...MAGIC HAPPENS!! You're books are so so good!!
Up until a week ago whenever I made a search, I got this edition (KU) on the search results
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

But see? The default cover has changed!!
description

Did you approve that change? Smashwords edition should be out of stock now, and the purchasing link is broken. Making faces is part of the KINDLE UNLIMITED ELITE!! Kindle unlimited elite=Coolest books with the coolest readers in the world!!

The KU edition should be default cover, it has been changed it back and forth in the past two days and I think whoever did the change knew that it could affect you and that's why they did it. If you're okay with this change I'll still be angry about it, but I'll accept it.
I suposse you're super busy now with your upcoming historical novel (I CAN'T WAIT!! Counting the days now!) so maybe you won't read this, but maybe someone who loves you and your books has librarian status and can edit your book to make the KU cover the default cover as it was just last week.

If this has been fixed already please ignore my message don't ignore my message. Someone might be trying to hurt your sales and it will happen again.

I hope I didn't bore you to tears! I spend a lot of time in Goodreads and my BR's for indie authors like yourself have been targeted by bad people so I'm a little on the look out of this sort of coincidence when they happen to cool writers as yourself.

Love
A.M.Y
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Update 02-14-2020 5. 47 p.m.
This morning the default edition had been restored to the KU edition as it should have been as it's the edition I've been recommending for the past two years. Then someone else took the time to change it. Is it a coincidence that this is happenign during Romance week when romance authors and Goodreads are trying to showcase their own romance books?

Update 4/11/2020
I was about to send book recs using the search features and I noticed!!!!It was changed AGAIN!!!, it's back to the out of stock edition which according to my poll doesn't attract readers.
My poll
https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...
You'll only notice if you make a search, if I visit your profile I can see the correct edition.
Don't ask help to GR staff unless it's your last resort, if you could change your default editon yourself it'd be better cuz some people from the staff might be the ones changing the default editio. It may be (speculation) that your books are so so good and popular that they're threatening to the books the staff are promoting. Just to be sure do it yourself.


AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé Hello Mrs. Harmon Sensei
*bows
I'm your number 1 fan. You wrote my favorite books and I always recommeded Making faces to every single one of my friends. I hate historical fiction except when you write it. You're that good.


*bows again

Thanks for accepting my friend invite.


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


Lady Alexandrine Hi Amy, thank you for connecting :) I am reading your book "Making Faces" :) It is very beautifully written and emotional to the extreme! I have never read such an emotional book before! Makes it difficult to read it without tissues ;) Looking forward to reading more of your books :) Greetings from Poland x


message 4: by Jen

Jen Johnson Hi Amy! Any new books you are working on? I LOVED A Different Blue, Running Barefoot and Making Faces. LOVED!!! I can't even tell you how many times I have recommended them to my friends and they LOVED them all as well. I keep watching your page for any new books to appear. :)
Take care!
- Jen


Kelli C Making Faces just blew me away! Amazing work...im pimping it out to anyone I know...people are getting sick of me talking about it! Thank for a profound read and a beautifully written story!


message 2: by Amy

Amy Harmon Lili wrote: "
Congrats on making the New York Times Best Sellers List!!! ♥"


Thank you so much! What a day it has been!


message 1: by .Lili. (last edited Jun 05, 2013 06:34PM)

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Congrats on making the New York Times Best Sellers List!!! ♥


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