Blog Tour: Remember When

Title: Remember When
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….
 
They met at a wedding, Todd the only man wearing jeans, Jessica the beauty with a troubled background. Settled into married life after falling in love, they have so many things left to do in life. They think they have so much time… until Jessica and Todd’s average married life comes to a halt on a snowy back road. When their truck careens down an embankment, they find themselves in a life-or-death situation. With rescue seeming impossible, they cling to the only hope they have left: their love for each other.
As they fight for survival, their connection carries them through the biggest challenge of their lives. Memories and regrets swirl around the couple as they finally take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing in life.
There’s one big, icy question that haunts them, though: Is this where their story will end?
 
 
The Inspiration Behind Remember When
by Lindsay Detwiler
As a writer, the most popular question I get is: How do you come up with all of your ideas?
Many times, the answer is that they simply come to me. Usually they start with a “what if” question, an idea for a character, or even a title coming into my head in the shower—that shampoo apparently works wonders.
For Remember When, though, the story came about during a real-life trip with my husband on a night we shouldn’t have been on the road.
We were heading to a comedy night about an hour away to meet one of my best friends from college. The roads were icy, and there was another storm on the way. In short, we should’ve stayed home instead of being on the roads during a snowstorm.
However, just like so many people, we felt invincible. Nothing bad would happen because…well, it just wouldn’t.
Driving down backroads after taking a wrong turn, my husband and I started talking as my car treacherously skidded on patchy ice. Relieved we didn’t crash, the questions started to roll.
What if we would wreck, right here? How long would it be until someone realized we weren’t where we were supposed to be? How long until someone could find us since we took a different route and no one knew where we were? What would we do? What would happen to us? What would happen to our mastiff Henry?
So many questions swirled in the frosty air. The idea that life could change with one turn of the wheel, on one icy night, was a gripping idea. The idea that our love story we’d carefully constructed and lived could end with one decision, one turn of the wheel, and one icy moment was something terrifying.
And thus, Remember When was born.
We didn’t wreck that night. We made it home safe and sound, and I ran into the house to jot down an outline for what would become Jessica and Todd’s love story. That night, tucked away in the warmth of our home with Henry at our side, my husband and I realized how lucky we were that our love story got to continue.
However, in Remember When, Jessica and Todd come to realize the answers to some of our questions that night. They come to learn that life can really change in a second. They come to realize that no one is invincible. Most of all, they come to realize that their connection, their love story is the most important thing in life.
Writing Remember When let me explore an unimaginable nightmare that thankfully didn’t come true on that icy February night. Most of all, it helped me realize that the memories and moments that make us who we are as a couple shouldn’t be taken for granted.
I hope that Jessica and Todd’s love story connects with you and speaks to you. Most of all, I hope their story reminds you not to take a single breath of life for granted.
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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Book Review: The Wanderer

“The Wanderer by Dahila Donovan is the first book I had read from the author, and holy cannoli it did NOT disappoint! This book will take you on an amazing adventure, one filled with a beautiful love. This story broke my heart, I think I used more tissues than ever before while reading. I can definitely say that I will be reading much more of her work in the future.” ~ M. Knight, Amazon – 5 Stars

A Bridge for Sale in Brooklyn

A week has passed since the RT Convention. My thoughts have settled. Well, at the very least, I no longer want to hide from people forever. Large conferences aren’t the natural habitat of an autistic like myself.

I managed it, somehow, at the very least.

Workshops were a large aspect of the convention, many geared toward writers. It’s taken a week for my thoughts to clear. I’ve come to the conclusion that my opinion on advice on writing remains unchanged.

Whenever ask for my advice on the subject of writing, I usually say: “Take all advice on writing with a healthy grain of salt.

I might have to expand it ever so slightly.

Take all advice in general with a grain of salt.

Why?

I went to multiple workshops every day of the convention, barring maybe one day when I’d just reached my limit of sensory input. Just on the subject of series vs. serials vs. standalone, everyone had their opinions on what every author should do.

Author A believed writing a series to be a waste of time because no one read them anymore. Author B insisted that readers hate standalone novels and only want to read long series.  Author C suggested a serial worked much better than a series.

Then there was of course suggestions on how to write in general.

Write what you know.

Write what you don’t know.

Write what you love.

Write what you fear.

For fuck’s sake, just fucking write. I often wonder if the adage of ‘those who can’t, teach’ isn’t a tiny bit true with writing. I’m always wary though of people who try to sell me their tried and true method as the ‘God’s honest truth.’ All the sage experienced author wisdom can occasionally amount to nothing more than pissing in the wind, particular if you never actually put words on paper.

If you’ve got a story in you, all the writer tips from others won’t get your words out of you. They can’t put your pen on your manuscript and bleed for you. You have to do the work.

Is all advice on writing shit?

Of course not.

Should you listen to everyone?

Of course not.

There are brilliant resources out there if you want to be a better writer. I even learned a bunch from some of the RT workshops. The key, I believe, is to be selective on what you allow to influence you.

I’m a sceptic in the body of an optimist. Whenever someone has the best ever shiny new way to do something, I’m always immediately hopeful yet equally distrustful.  The trouble is, if you wait six months, someone’s going to have a new shiny to sell to you. It’s never ending.

So what to do?

Trust your gut instincts. Write what and how works best for you (not for someone else). Be open to advice, but not so open you begin to morph into someone else. Readers can sense inauthenticity (and they don’t like it.)

 

Neil Gaiman says it better than I do:

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman

 

Book Review: The Wanderer

“The feels, the characters, the story…you have to read this one. It will break your heart, but if you stick it out, it will put the pieces back together. The characters are realistic, their reactions are perfect and not too over the top or unbelievable. And the story itself is so well written that I had a hard time believing it wasn’t real. Pick it up today. 5 stars!” ~ Maria, Amazon

Things I Learned at the RT Convention

  1. Stuart Reardon is the sweet and most attractive man ever. (Also, he hugged me).  
  2. I can stretch out of my autistic comfort zone.
  3. People REALLY like free shit.
  4. The authors and staff at my publisher (Hot Tree) are all adorably sweet people who went out of their way to ensure I felt as comfortable as I could be.  I heart them.
  5. Steak and ale pie is brilliant.
  6. Authors fangirl as much as readers do, because at our core–we can’t be great authors if we don’t also love to read.
  7. Five days is enough to exhaust me completely and utterly.
  8. Volunteers work incredibly hard and rarely get noticed.
  9. The tribe of book lovers is an awesome one. I’m proud to be part of it. 
  10. Play time is over. Time to get to writing.

Did you attend the RT Convention in Atlanta last week? If so, what was your favourite part?

Book Review: The Wanderer

 “She has created a story that is a fast paced page turner. You will find yourself so engaged in this story that you will lose track of time. If you cry easily, you may want to keep a box of Kleenex next to you, you just might need it. This story will keep you wanting to turn pages to see what happens at the end of this story. I highly suggest this story as I know you will want to take this journey with these two.” ~ 5 Stars – Bobbi Jo Wagner – Amazon

Emotional Masochism.

I have a confession.  I am an emotional masochist. I search out videos on Youtube that I know will have me sobbing at my desk.

Seriously.

This is a true story.

Videos of soldiers coming home to their kids…or dogs…or mailman? I’ve seen them.

People hearing or seeing for the first time? Sign me up.

Anything guaranteed to make me weepy and I’m in. Yesterday, I was watching a real estate ad on TV, and I got teary eyed.  So sad. So true.

How about you? Do emotional videos, stories, and ads make you weepy?