Hello all and welcome to my stop on the AToMR Tours-sponsored tour for Nicole Williams’ book Lost and Found. Today I have a lovely guest post and giveaway for you in celebration of the release of this book on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Thank you all for stopping by and please feel free to check out the rest of the tour by clicking here 🙂
There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
It’s a lot of one step forward, two steps back for me. A lot of times, my characters are usually both intrigued and irritated by one another at the first meeting. I prefer to show my characters feelings for one another, as opposed to them telling each other how much they love, love, love, love, LOVE each other because, like in real life, actions speak louder than words in fiction as well.
I also like to leave some of that chemistry and attraction up to sheer kismet. I think a lot of us can relate to that I-can’t-put-a-finger-on-it-but-you-rock-my-world kind of feeling, and that’s part of what makes falling in love so exciting. I don’t want it to be an exact science or equation. I want it to seem organic, but I want them to make mistakes along the way as well. However, at the end, I want the love they have for one another to be so powerful that the reader can’t help but cheer for them.
I’m a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I’m still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here’s to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
Up for grabs is: One (1) print copy of Lost and Found – Open International; One (1) leather cuff bracelet with metal inscription “Love is organized chaos” – Open International; One (1) $50 Amazon Gift Card – Open to countries that can use Amazon
Just click on the cute ‘copter below to enter to win 🙂