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To Say Goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler

SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE

Title: To Say Goodbye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.

As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible. Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question:  Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?

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My Favorite Scene to Write in To Say Goodbye
They can happen in
a coffee shop, on a bus, or in a park. Sometimes they’re planned, but more
often than not they’re completely unexpected. They’re a symbol of unwavering
passion showcased between two people.
    First kisses are
magical, memorable, and sometimes life-changing. Frequently, they’re the
turning point in relationships, in love.
       As a romance
writer, I’ve always loved writing scenes about first kisses. There’s just
something inherently beautiful about the first time two characters’ lips meet.
I love the vulnerability and the moment of revelation that can happen in a
first kiss scene.
     With five novels
released now, I’ve been able to explore a lot of first kisses. I’ve written
about first kisses in a wintery park. I’ve written about first kisses by
appetizers at an 80th birthday party. I’ve written about first
kisses that lead to chaos and turmoil at Wildflower Meadows. I’ve written about
first kisses that happen on a park bench, while baking cupcakes, and over a
bucket of popcorn while watching The
Wedding Singer.
     Even though I’ve
written about a lot of first kisses, my favorite first kiss scene so far has to
be the first kiss scene in To Say
Goodbye.
    When writing To Say Goodbye, I couldn’t wait to get
to the scene where Sophia and Jackson finally give in to their feelings for
each other. I wanted it to be reflective of who they are—a little bit hesitant
but, once the spark is lit, full of passion.
    Jackson and Sophia
are two wrecked souls at the beginning of the novel. They’ve both barely
managed to survive immense tragedies in their lives. They’re broken and unsure
of their footing. With each other, though, they’re able to resurrect a piece of
their lives. They’re able to find the shattered pieces of their former selves
and start rebuilding who they are.
   The redemptive
quality of their relationship shines through in their first kiss. Sophia and
Jackson’s kiss is honest, genuine, and sweet. It isn’t the overly passionate
kiss of some lovers, but it makes sense for them. It’s unassuming and a bit
humorous in its location.  Despite the
pretty unconventional locale of their first kiss, though, it’s a revolutionary
moment for both of them. It’s a huge “aha” moment for the characters and the
reader.
    When their lips
meet for the first time, Jackson and Sophia realize they’re perfect for each
other—and I think you will, too.
     I hope to write
many more first kiss scenes, but I know Jackson and Sophia’s first kiss will
always hold a special place in my writing heart. There’s something
unequivocally meaningful about a kiss that serves as a salvation for two broken
people. 

An 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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