To Say Goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler

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?

Targeted Audience: Adult readers/ Over 21

Author Bio:
An 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, Marjorie, 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.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My husband is my everything, and I'm not afraid to admit that.
He is my rock when I feel like giving up or like I can't go on.
He is my source of laughter when everything's falling apart.
He is my fighter when something isn't fair.
He is my cheerleader when I feel like I'm losing.
He is my righter when I am wrong.
He is my focus when I lose sight of the bigger picture.
He is my reminder to go with the flow.
He is my shield from the painful aspects of life.
He is everything to me.
As a writer, I look for ideas that spark emotion. I want readers to feel every word of my writing. I want them to laugh with the characters, but I also want them to cry. Life isn't perfect, and neither is love. Sometimes it is the biggest source of pain.
To Say Goodbye came to be mostly out of fear…the fear of losing my husband. I got to thinking what life would be like if I were forced to face it without him, if tragedy struck. I thought about how hopeless I would feel, how I wouldn't ever know if could go on.
To Say Goodbye, in many ways, is a projection of one of my biggest fears. However, it's also a hopeful story. It shows that the human spirit is capable of amazing feats. The human heart, too, is able to achieve unimaginable triumphs.
Sophia's story is a story I hope I never have to live through. However, her story is also a reminder that even in our broken times, love both past and present can carry us through.
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