Dropped text from UNTIL I DIE (read it or watch it!)

Only five months to go until Un-DIE is released! And a very few Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) have begun to be sent out to sales reps and book reviewers in the United States. However, it was discovered after-the-fact that a 1 1/2 page section was accidentally dropped in the printing process.

Of course the problem will be fixed by the time the actual book is published in May. But in the meantime I got special permission from HarperCollins to reveal the dropped text here on my blog. And to celebrate the fact that I am actually allowed to share a sizable section of text, I made a video of me reading it which you can see just below the passage.

And here is your sneak peek at (what starts as) an everyday scene with Kate and Vincent. For those who have an ARC, this begins at the beginning of Chapter 6.

***

Before meeting Vincent, my days all seemed to speed by like one of those passage-of-time visual metaphors in movies that show pages falling off a calendar. But lately, every day seemed significant: The first time Vincent met my grandparents. The first movie date (Holy Grail, where Vincent earned major points by quoting the best bits in English right along with me). Our first New Year’s together.

Today was my last day of freedom before school resumed post-holidays, marking exactly one year and one semester to go before my high school education was officially over. Which made it another significant day. So of course I planned on spending it doing the thing I loved most.

I flitted down our building’s creaky wooden staircase with a feeling of elation buoying my footsteps. The whole day stretched out in front of me like a new country to explore. With my favorite person.

I caught sight of him as soon as I stepped out the door. Shaking my head in disbelief, I jogged to the park across the street and pushed through the metal gate.

“What are you doing? I thought we were going out for breakfast,” I laughed, pointing at the picnic blanket he was lying on, with wicker basket and thermos by his side.

“You can’t get much more ‘out’ than this,” Vincent responded, his eyes hidden by mirrored sunglasses.

His languid smile did its regular job on me: It was as if an invisible hand took my insides and squeezed. Hard. It happened every time. And it made me wish that I could freeze-frame the moment and stand there feeling that delicious, squeezy feeling for the rest of my life.

Inhale and then exhale, I reminded myself. I tore my gaze away from his face and noticed that he was cocooned in a warm coat, wool scarf, and knitted cap, with his dark hair waving out from underneath. He lay back on his elbows, propped on the blanket that was spread across the frozen grass.

“Let me get this right. We’re having a picnic in January in the freezing cold?” My breath came out in a warm puff of mist as I stood above him, hands on my hips.

He pulled off his glasses, and the amusement in his eyes warmed me more efficiently than a bonfire. “I thought we could have a day of doing things we’ve never done before. I’ve never had a picnic in January. Have you?”

I shook my head and, bemused, sank down onto the blanket next to him.

“Perfect,” he concluded. “Since it has to be something that neither of us has ever done, this totally counts.”

I glanced at the people walking by: mainly businesspeople carrying briefcases and backpack-wearing tourists out for an early start. They all stared at us as if the park was a circus and we were its freak-show headliners, and a few laughed out loud. Vincent said, “I hope you don’t mind spectators,” and then leaned forward and took my face in his hands, kissing me.

“I think I can deal.” I grinned, and then shivered as he let me go.

24 Comments to Dropped text from UNTIL I DIE (read it or watch it!)

  1. by Chevie - On January 9, 2012

    so cant wait so excited for the release of until i die :)

  2. by Hannah - On January 10, 2012

    *swoons* I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Die For Me was my favorite book last year, and I have very high hopes for Until I Die.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. by tylar - On January 10, 2012

    oh my god i love it! i cant wait for the next book to come out, their amazing! Die for Me was one of my favs from last year and i am counting down the days til Until i Die comes out. thanks for posting this

  4. by Andrea Clunes Velásquez - On January 10, 2012

    Woot, so interesting! I love the way you write and I love your characters. I can’t wait for the new book to come out! *o*

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m looking forward to reading the full version~~!

    Best regards from Chile!

  5. by mujda - On January 10, 2012

    wow cant wait for until i die thnx for sharing amy

  6. by HayleyAG - On January 11, 2012

    Ahhh so excited for this release, hope I’m lucky enough to receive an ARC! :)

  7. by Natalia Belikov - On January 13, 2012

    Oh Good Lord! I hope May comes faster!! aaaaaaaaaah!!

  8. by ashley lynn - On January 13, 2012

    i love it i wish it was here now btw thank for read it i love you work but i have to lisin on auido book i can read very will also thank you for have auido book of you novil not all book are in auido book and there are even less that are good and i love so thank you it means so much to me and other people who love book and can’t read tham

  9. by mackenzie - On January 14, 2012

    Oh my god!!!! Can’t wait for it to come out xx vincent<3

  10. by amy - On January 14, 2012

    YAY!!! So glad everyone is as excited for the book’s release as I am!

    And Ashley, so glad you enjoyed the audio book. I have another reader who is sight impaired and who enjoyed it as well!

  11. by Marit - On January 24, 2012

    Hello Amy! :)

    I just finished “Die for me” (about a half hour ago, actually) and I lovedlovedloved it! Thank you for giving me this nice reading experience in this dark time up north (Norway, more spesifically).

    But, I have to say, you are giving those guys out there a hard time. How will they ever manage to live up to those expectations? Vincent has the most charming personality, and I can’t but imagine that my next boyfriend has to be just like that! :S Giving me those glances, telling me I’m perfect – that everytime I see him, crowds of butterflies will fly around in my tummy and make me feel so loved, so special… What am I supposed to do?

    Well, thank you so much for this beautiful story, embodying dozens of different emotions! Merci beaucoup Madam :)

    Greetings from Norway!

    PS: Would you ever consider making this book into a movie? hehehe…

  12. by amy - On January 27, 2012

    So glad you enjoyed it, Marit! And I know I’m giving real live guys a hard time by raising the bar to an almost impossible level. But isn’t that a good thing? It’ll keep them on their best behavior! ;) And yes – I hope one day I’ll get to see my characters on the big screen. I’m a cinephile, so that would be a dream come true!

    Thanks for writing! *waves in the direction of Norway*
    Amy

  13. by Alissa - On February 3, 2012

    OMG!!!! i just finished reading the first book today and it was the best book i have ever read! you are the best writer ever! i cant wait for until i die!!!!!! something thats hard for me is to image vincent and jules and kate and all those people.

  14. by Savannah - On February 3, 2012

    Amy,
    Thank you for writing this! I loved it! I like the fact that you actually get on here and respond! It makes me think you’re actually human and down to earth! I happened to run across your book in the library and was so glad. I thought I’ve done read all the good books! When I finished it I didn’t expect there to be a second, much less a third! Unforchantly it was just published in 2011 meaning i’d have to wait long(well not that long just until May!!!!)! See when I finished I checked the back cover and read your part. It said this was your first novel and I literally groaned in class. I wanted to read something else by you! So I went and googled the book and found this website! When I saw it was a triology I literally was like yes and the kid in front of me gave me this look. So to say the least….IM EXCITED! And I totally agree with Marit. What happened to guys being nice? Opening doors? Offering there jackets? I TOTALLY love Vincent!!! So once again, Thanks!!!

    Love, Savannah! :)

  15. by Francesca - On February 6, 2012

    If this part of chapter 6 is an indication of how this book is going to be, I am WAY excited! Everytime I re-read Die for Me, I am thrown into a roller coaster of emotions, even though I know every word the next page holds. I am very much looking forward to reading Until I Die, and will anxiously wait with baited breath for the 3rd book as well!! Thank you so much for writing this story in the first place. I love stories where true love transends all time!

  16. by amy - On February 10, 2012

    Alissa – I’m SO glad you enjoyed DIE FOR ME so much! Thanks for writing to tell me.

    Savannah – I do like to consider myself at least part-human. ;) Thanks for being excited for books 2 and 3. And high-five on the loving chivalrous guys thing!

    Francesca – merci for your encouraging note. Sending you an appreciative hug from France!

  17. by Michaela SWEDEN - On February 10, 2012

    Oh I can’t wait !!
    I have re-read Die for me, about 10 times!
    When does Should I die release ?
    sorry for my english.. not so good, but I have to say that you are on my top 10 best authors.

    Have a great day ! I don’t know what time it is in the US but here in Sweden it’s 5.15 pm. <3

  18. by amy - On February 12, 2012

    Hi Michaela,
    I’m so glad you love DIE FOR ME that much! And thank you for the huge compliment of counting me in your Top 10! :)

    I actually live in France, so I think we’re the same time zone as you.

    And UNTIL I DIE (Book 2) will release in English this May, 2012, whereas Book 3 IF I SHOULD DIE will be released May 2013.

    Thanks again for your note!

  19. by Michaela - On February 14, 2012

    Hi Amy !

    Thank you so much for answering !
    I think you should come visit Sweden when you’re soooo close !
    we have a bookstore named the “Sci-Fi bookstore”, and I know they invites various authors, it would be so cool if you came to visit. Not in Stockholm or Gothenburg but in Malmo in southern Sweden. If you have time of course :)

    Have a lovely valentines day!

    Michaela Nordin

  20. by Katerina - On February 16, 2012

    Hey Amy,
    So I just finished reading die for me again and totally can’t wIt till until I die comes out cause I will be the first to get it. But I absolutely love love love love Vincent he is everything a girl could and would ever dream of. You are an amazing writer and hope you come out with more books and series and possibly even movies soon.

    <3Katerina from over the big old pond lol USA<3

  21. by olivia - On February 16, 2012

    Hi Amy,
    When i first read this book i was like ‘WOW!!!’
    i searched for the next book but i counld’nt find it i was so upset! :(
    but now that i know there is going to be a third as well!! ;)
    i just want to say you are amazing and your book(s) are fab!!
    I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU your books are an insperation!!!
    Olivia.
    x

  22. by Pat - On May 7, 2012

    Just wondering if there will be an Audible version of “Until I Die” and, if so, will it be released at the same time as the Kindle and book version? Looking so forward to it! Thanks!

  23. by Michaela - On August 21, 2012

    Hi Amy

    i TOTALLY love your books they are totally awesome i loved DIE FOR ME and have started to stalk UNTIL I DIE (lol)i cant wait to read it as it is already out i am going to ask my local lirbrery (?) if i can buy Die For Me and ask if they have Until I Die also DIE FOR ME has inspired me to learn french so i hope i can finally understand the french words in the book :) anyway please keep the books going i totally love them Thanks again for your amazing books

    from
    Michaela
    one of your biggest fans

  24. by amy - On August 28, 2012

    Michaela – thank you for the notes. I would LOVE to come to Sweden. If you suggest my name to any book festivals that you know of, maybe they will arrange for me to come!

    Katerina and Olivia – thank you so much!

    Pat – unfortunately, there are no plans yet for an audio book of UNTIL I DIE, but if that changes I’ll be sure to let everyone know!

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