Welcome to my tour stop for Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb. This is a young adult mystery and the tour runs Nov. 16-27th with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Morgan Brooks is still considered the new kid in the small town of Emit, Michigan. Both of her parents are lawyers, but her father has built his reputation prosecuting some of the worst criminals in New York and Chicago. Now, as a high school junior, she is trying to choose her own path.
Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school-such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the “Fab Five” Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what’s happening around her.
She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages-things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.
But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?
First Sentence, or Lasting Impression
A friend once asked me, “What’s the first sentence in your book?” And I was thinking, ‘I have no idea’. Which my face must have revealed when they said, “Oh, I heard that writers agonize over the first sentence”. Which made me feel even worse, because I still had no idea. Was I supposed to agonize over the first sentence? Does this make me a bad author? I quickly decided it did not.
So do I now know the first sentence from my book, Lindsey: Love & Intrigue? General idea – yes; exact wording – no. So here is it for the curious, “First day of school.” No it’s not a story about a kindergarten student, it’s about a girl in High School and it starts on the first day of her Sophomore year. But I don’t think of my book as a collection of sentences, I think of it as a collection of ideas – it’s a collection of emotions, connections and vignettes. Vignettes I see very clearly in mind, as if I watched them in a movie. A mental movie that I hope I have created for my readers.
So to me the more logical question is, if there is one idea you hope stays with the reader, what is it? That’s easy. I would hope the reader would remember this quote spoken by Lindsay’s mother, to Lindsay from Chapter 8:
“Everyone peaks at a different time. For some people, high school is the best time of their entire life; for others, it’s college. But that’s it. They peak early, and then the best days in their lives are just a memory. Your best days are still ahead, and I believe they will last much longer than a year or two in high school.”
If everyone in high school believed this in their heart and mind, I think there would be a lot less stress for a lot of teenagers. I think many teens would benefit from a shift in just this one perspective. This is almost verbatim the advice my mom gave me one night when I was in high school. What is also true from that night is what follows from that same vignette in my book, these are taken from Lindsey’s thoughts shared with the reader:
“I can’t even respond. A door opens somewhere inside, and I know she’s right. It is a profound moment that I know I will never forget. It feels like she reached into a box of truth and pulled out a ribbon from my future for me to see. I somehow know in this moment that my best days are ahead and that this is all just practice.”
It was a moment that changed the trajectory of my life. Truly. My mom couldn’t have had any idea that on a random school night she would change the path of my life like a line on a graph which hits a point and the angle is forever shifted. The shift may not have shown up that night, but it was there, and I knew it at the time. This change in perspective, which I truly believed reduced my stress and worry (I said reduced, not eliminate), and motivated me in a new and powerful way. I started building a confidence I had never known prior to that. My relationships changed, my ability to leverage and frankly find my own power evolved, my belief in myself grew and I started to believe success was in my future and I was determined to grab it. It is in fact tied very closely to why I wrote this novel. This is one of many messages I have tried to weave into, what I hope, is an interesting romantic thriller. So to anyone reading this, of any age – believe that the future is bright. Believe that the power is within you. And believe that hard work, commitment and a dose of good luck can change everything.
Happy Reading. Happy Writing. Happy Living.
Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.
Kimberly Kolb received the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star Award from iUniverse.