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Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Secrets Between Us by Katie Mettner 💕 Fun Facts, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Contemporary Romance)

Of three things I was certain...

The first?

Mercy was exquisite in the most devastatingly broken way.

The second?

I didn’t know how to love, but for the first time in my life, I wanted to try.

The third?

The secrets between us could tear us apart forever.

I wouldn’t let that happen.

Thank you for hosting me and The Secrets Between Us on your blog today! My name is Katie Mettner and I live in a little house on the lake in Northern Wisconsin. I’m a wife for nineteen years and a mother of three teenagers. I have one very special lizard, Leroy Jethro Gibbs. I am a left leg amputee and love picking a new pattern or design for my prosthesis when I get a new one! My current leg is black carbon fiber with rainbow music notes and staffs. I’ve been writing for eight years and just finished my 42nd book!
Fun Facts about The Secrets Between Us:

  1. Red Green is mentioned in the book. Don’t know who he is? I’ll leave it to Google! 
  2. Hayes Rutherford never uses his real name when he leaves the city. Mercy doesn’t use her real name EVER. They each have their reasons but Mercy’s are far more life changing than Hayes’s. 
  3. Writing this book was harder than some I’ve written. Mercy is missing a hand and that was an extra challenge when writing from her point of view. I had to make sure she didn’t make a motion or do something you would need both hands for. 
  4. The idea of the fishing camp came to me when I saw a sexy guy dressed in a trapper hat as a stock photo. He just looked like he was trying to hard to fit in. That was exactly how I pictured Hayes would be at Mercy’s camp.
  5. Mercy owns a fishing camp but hates fish.
  6. Hayes is important enough to be tailed by the tabloids.
  7. Mercy hunts for her own food…one handed…just to avoid going into public. Is it because she doesn’t like people or because she is afraid of them?
  8. Hayes’s brother Caleb is keeping a big secret from him. When Hayes discovers what it is, it’s a huge turning point for him. 
  9. We really do sit in a hot tub in the middle of December in the Midwest. 
  10. Last but not least, I wrote The Secrets Between Us over a year ago. I submitted it to several publishers and one of them responded by telling me how much they loved the story, and the next sentence asked me if I would consider rewriting it so that Mercy wasn’t an amputee. They didn’t “think they could sell it the way it stands.” I don’t know how you can love the story that you don’t think will sell, especially when Mercy is the story. I passed on the rewrite for the simple reason that I stand firm in my belief that romance doesn’t have to be about the rich and powerful. It can be about the rich and powerful, the pretty, the thin, the curvy, the academics, the jocks, and yes, the disabled. Our world is made up of people from all walks of life. Saying they couldn’t sell the story told me two things; they weren’t confident in their ability to market to the right audience or they didn’t want to. It’s always easier and less uncomfortable to market a book that is filled with pretty people who don’t take us out of our comfort zone and make us think. That’s not what The Secrets Between Us is, and that isn’t what I want it to be. I want it to be a sexy, gritty, soul-baring, painful, and loving adventure between two people who aren’t perfect but find perfection in each other. I hope, after you finish the book, you can say I did that and I did it well.

“I came by to apologize,” he said, relaxing back in the chair like he owned the place.

“For?” I asked, sitting across from him in the other club chair.

“For being rude the other night,” he answered. “I’ve found myself in a bit of a surly mood lately and I apologize if I took it out on you.”

I bit my lower lip and tipped my head to the right. “Same, actually. Truce?” I asked, sticking out my left hand.

He leaned forward and shook it, somewhat awkwardly. “Truce.”

“Great, how about a drink then?” I asked before I thought too hard about it.

“I could definitely use one,” he agreed. “What do you have?”

“Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, or Captain Morgan,” I answered instantly.

His brow went up. “Clearly, you like the boys. I guess I don’t have to worry about you being a lesbian.”

A smirk lifted one side of my lips. “I’m strictly dickly.” I stood and walked to the kitchen door. “Now, who will it be?”

“Jack and Coke?” he ordered, and I walked off to the kitchen nodding.

“Be right back,” I said over my shoulder.

Once alone in the kitchen I blew out a long, slow, unsteady breath. The fact that I had a man in my living room was unnerving. The fact that it was him was terrifying. And, strictly dickly? Did I say that?

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Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales filled with epic love stories and happily-ever-afters. She proudly wears the title of, 'only person to lose her leg after falling down the bunny hill,' and loves decorating her prosthetic with the latest fashion trends. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her own happily-ever-after and three mini-me’s. Katie has a massive addiction to coffee and Twitter, and a lessening aversion to Pinterest— now that she’s quit trying to make the things she pins.


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  1. Love this cover sounds like a great read.

    1. Thank you! The cover is definitely one of my favorites!

  2. Thank you for hosting The Secrets Between Us today! I appreciate the great post :)

  3. What's a relaxing day like for you?

    1. A relaxing day for me is spending it on Lake Superior either on the beach with a book, on a lookout point, or in one of the fun and exciting restaurants or shops. Duluth or Two Harbors is always my go to spot for relaxing!

  4. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This sounds like a wonderful read.

    1. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy!

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    1. I hope you have a chance to pick up one of my books and that you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!


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