Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Lost on the Way by Isabel Jolie @IsabelJolieBook @XpressoTours

Lost on the Way
Isabel Jolie
Publication date: September 21st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

They were friends—just friends. Now they’re something else entirely…

Maggie was my best friend’s girl. When he died… I don’t have the words. Indescribable pain.
But we healed. Together. She got me through my illness and became my friend, my confidant, my family. She’s everything to me.
And I ruined it all last night.
One drunken night. That’s all it took. Now I’m lost.
I want her with everything I am, everything I have, but she can’t be mine. She deserves someone with better odds than the doctors gave me.
Now, if I can’t figure out how to go back to the way things were, I’ll lose the most important relationship I have. The only one that truly matters.

Last night was the best—and worst—night of my life.
He’s made it clear, more than once, that he only wants a friendship.
Then last night happened.
And now he knows how I feel.
He’s my best friend. I love him —mind, body, and soul. We have a visceral connection others can’t understand.
The problem? He’ll always see me as his best friend’s girlfriend, no matter how many years pass.
I can’t lose him. If he wants to stay in the friend zone, I’ll need to somehow accept that and move on. I know it’s true.
But convincing my heart…well, that’s another story entirely.

One night of excess tequila changes everything for two codependent best friends. Will they lose all they had, or can they find their way to something even better?

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Interview with Isabel Jolie

    What inspired you to write Lost on the Way?

    I read this book called P.S. I Love You ages ago. I bawled. I might have been fifteen years old. In it, her boyfriend dies. So, not an HEA. I’ve never forgotten that book. I’ve always thought about what happened to the girl in it. I haven’t read the book in decades. But, when I was writing Trust Me, the hero had a friend, Jason. And I wanted Jason to be down, and for Sam to be concerned about him. When I was brainstorming Jason’s back story, I decided that he’d had a friend who, much like in PS I love you, had died too young. And then, as I thought more about Jason’s storyline, I decided his love interest would the girl who I’d thought of so much over the years…the one who lost her first love.

    When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

    I toyed with the idea of being a writer in high school. I bounced around between career dreams. I’d do internships and I always looked at the people in my potential career and I’d ask, are they happy? So often, the answer was no.

    I ultimately graduated with a Journalism degree and ended up in advertising. Not exactly writing, but a related field. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I decided to revisit my earlier dream of writing, and even now, I’m not sure I could say with certainty that I want to be a writer. On one hand, it’s fun. I’m a daydreamer. I love getting lost in my head. But, writing is a lot of work and I’m not entirely sure I see a way to make money from the endeavor. And it makes you vulnerable.

    Looking back, I don’t think I was strong enough to have pursued writing right out of college. Now, I’m thicker skinned than I used to be. I think I can handle the criticism that’s bound to come my way. I can handle it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt. So, for me, this is still a test case scenario. Like any job, there are many things about writing I enjoy, but life’s short. When I write, I’m often pulling away from my family and my kids won’t be kids forever. I’m taking it day by day. Today I want to be a writer.

    What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

    Elementary school? I do remember others reading to me at a much younger age.

    What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

    Contemporary romance is my love.

    What is your favorite book?

    Wuthering Heights.

    You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

    I’m not entirely certain I have a favorite. I think I’ve trained myself to not have a favorite and to love many, kind of like a mother with many kids. But, if held up against a wall and forced to pick, I’d go with Jewel E. Ann. She consistently writes unique, thought-provoking, sexy stories in my favorite genre.

    If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

    Well, considering I have every intention of searching for large boulders and thrusting myself against them on my next trip to Scotland, I suppose I should say 1743. And why? Duh. Jamie.

    When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

    On some days it’s easy, and on others I struggle. I do a bit each day. I know Mary Shelley infamously sat down and wrote all of Frankenstein in one sitting. I’m in awe. I don’t think I could ever do that.

    Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

    I have the best dog in the world and her name is Roxie. She is the absolute best. I also have a cat named Figgy. He’s really my daughter’s cat. I think he lost all respect for me when I brought a dog into our home.

    What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

    Cheeseburger and fries. But, I mean, gourmet. Or Five Guys or In n Out. If done well, nothing to me tastes better. On a hot day, a cold beer perfects the meal.

    Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

    In general, my advice would be to write. Write a little each day and once you have your first draft, start on your second book while you edit that first draft. And keep doing it. There’s tons of advice out there about a daily word count goal and getting *something* on the page each day, and there’s a lot to it. You do a bit each day, and it does all add up.

    I’d also recommend allocating some time each day to research book publishing and marketing. The industry is in flux and evolving and there’s a ton to learn. FB author groups are hugely supportive, and I’ve found author professional groups to be a great resource as well. 

Author Bio:

Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.

When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.

Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood.

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