Girls*Heart* Books: 'The Secret to Letting Go' by Katherine Fleet Tour- Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway @KatherineFleet @YaReads

Friday, February 12, 2016

'The Secret to Letting Go' by Katherine Fleet Tour- Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway @KatherineFleet @YaReads

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published by Entangled Teen
To be released February 1st, 2016

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

One summer can change everything…

Check out this excerpt from The Secret to Letting Go

“So, I’ll see you tomorrow at noon?”

She nodded so hard, her teeth probably rattled. “I’d like that.”

It wasn’t like we were arranging a date, so why did her enthusiasm make me straighten up and puff out my chest? “We can meet at the beach next to the pier. My friends and I’ll be surfing. You bring the preserves, and I’ll bring the stove.”

Uncertainty flickered across her face, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water.

I should have used her reluctance to back out, but instead I reassured her. “We won’t be hard to find. We’re just north of the pier, and this way we can meet on neutral territory.”

Her expression turned blank.

“You know…in case I’m secretly a serial killer. There’s always safety in numbers.”

Her lips twitched upward, and she laughed. The sound tinkled through the air like wind chimes on a breezy day. “I already know you’re not a bad person.”

“Oh yeah?”

She nodded. Her unwavering stare made me want to squirm in my shoes. “True evil can never be hidden. It’s always there, if you know where to look. When I look at you, I see only good things.”

I snatched my gaze away from hers and tugged at the collar of my shirt. I wanted to know how she could talk with such authority on the subject. I wanted to know what evil she’d seen, but I wanted even more to escape the narrow store aisle. Warning bells pealed in my brain. She’s crazy. Don’t get involved.

Please enjoy our interview with Katherine Fleet! 

Thanks for stopping by Girls *Heart* Books! Let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself and your latest project.

Thanks for having me! I am originally from Newfoundland, Canada, but for the last eight years I’ve been lucky enough to live on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

The Secret to Letting Go is my debut novel. It’s about secrets, guilt, family and hope. Homeless and alone, Clover comes to Florida, searching for her grandparents and a place to call home. Instead, she finds Daniel, the boy who keeps saving her. Life keeps throwing them together, but their secrets and guilt over past actions keep them apart.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

My imagination understood that I needed to be a writer when I was still a kid. If I read a good book or saw a great movie, my favorite part was after. I’d come up with my own versions and stories based around the characters. This was before fanfiction, so I never thought about writing them down. I finally started writing about twelve years ago, so that’s how long it took me to listen to my imagination!

What are three things you must have to write?

My MacBook, tea and music.

What role does music play in your writing? Do you have one album or playlist that works best for you?

I love writing to music and have different playlists for different activities. Certain songs put me in the right mood to write emotional scenes, and other songs I listen to when editing. But it can’t be an upbeat song that I really love, because then I’ll start bopping my head and singing along! It has to be something that complements my creativity without taking over my focus. Most of my debut was written while listening to Mumford & Sons.

What can we expect next from you?

More published books, hopefully! I have a book on submission now. It’s a romantic suspense featuring a young woman from Northern Canada (where I used to live) who gets drawn into a deadly treasure hunt with a morally corrupt young man on the Caribbean island of Curacao (where I currently live). Definitely inspired by “Romancing the Stone.”

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in CuraƧao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at www.KatherineFleet.com.

Author Website: www.KatherineFleet.com
Author Twitter: @KatherineFleet
Author Instagram: @katherine_fleet


  1. Thanks so much for joining the Secret to Letting Go blog tour!!


  2. Just wanted to add my thanks for hosting me here on your site. I really appreciate it:)


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