Natalie Richards Swims With the Mermaids

I am so excited to welcome debut author Natalie Richards to the warm waters of our lagoon. Her YA thriller, SIX MONTHS LATER, released earlier this week, and it’s one of those books that stays with you for a long time.

Here’s the blurb:

She Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory…

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the SML Cover Smallerlast six months of her life.

Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? You know what else is amazing? The hero of this book, Adam. Ah, Adam. I am kinda (okay, totally) smitten with this boy, so I asked Natalie to give us a little more insight into his character. She was kind enough to share with us some of Chloe’s thoughts:

Shh…we’re sneaking up the stairs, and Adam’s apartment is…Holy Cramped Spaces. Have to be quiet, too, because his grandma isn’t the type to invite me in for milk and cookies. Let’s twist open the door and….whoa, what do you know? Adam is a neat freak. Capital N to the K, people. I could bounce a quarter off his bed. If I could stop thinking about the fact that he sleeps here.
Okay, so his iPod is beside his bed, the earbuds perfectly coiled beside it. Maybe we’ll just take a quick little look at his first playlist.
Hm, wonder if he thinks of Piper when he listens to some of these.

Lonely Boy — The Black Keys
Breakdown — Seether
Demons — Imagine Dragons
Comeback — Redlight King
Rope — Foo Fighters
Staring at the Sun — TV On The Radio
Sia — Breathe Me
All This and Heaven too — Florence & The Machine

There you have it, readers! A sneak peak at Adam through his music. Are you in love yet? 🙂

Natalie’s Bio:
2013 Headshot MediumLost for years in a maze of cubicles and file rooms, Natalie found her way back to her love of writing. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, their three amazing kids, and a giant dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog.  Follow her on Twitter @natdrichards or visit her

10 thoughts on “Natalie Richards Swims With the Mermaids

  1. Whoa. Great premise! I’m definitely going to check out Six Months Later (and great title!). Thanks Natalie for stopping by the pond. (And thanks Pintip for inviting her!).

  2. This book sounds amazing!!! Loved the playlist too. Welcome to the lagoon, Natalie!

  3. Pintip, thank you SO much for having me today! I know I had fun breaking into–er, I mean, BORROWING Adam’s iPod. 🙂

    Carlene, I totally agree! Some of these songs are my absolute favorites!

    Denny, Kerri, thank you so much!! It’s very good to be here and I’m so excited about your interest in Six Months Later! Hope you enjoy it!! 🙂

  4. Natalie, Thanks so much for being here today! You know I jump at the chance at anything Adam. I hope you enjoy the lagoon. The waters here are really nice — good company, good conversation. We even have fruity drinks with little umbrellas! 🙂

  5. Okay, I’m becoming a little stalkerish here with regards to Natalie. I did try to leave a comment on DoomsDaisies, but it never appeared…:-(
    I love the idea of the playlist, and Adam sounds like a great hero. I can’t wait to read this book! I remember your editor grinning like a crazy fan girl every time she spoke of it at YARWA.
    I’m dying to know what happened during those six months.

  6. P, I could totally use a fruity drink. Kim, you can ALWAYS stalk me! Thank you so much and I’m really sorry about the Doomsdaisy comment issue — we’ve got something kind of wonky going on there we’re trying to figure out. Mary Jo — thank you so much!! 🙂

  7. Oh, I’m so glad this book is on its way. I’m regretting the super-saver (slow) shipping option a little. Nat, I’m so intrigued by these characters and, well, everything about this book. Pintip, as usual, you’ve set up such a unique post! Thank you, both of you!

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