Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Blogtour: Detour by Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore

Please welcome Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore with 


Transportation #1

We’re Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth, and if you know our writing, you probably know that we’ve won awards for our science fiction and mystery romance.  (That was the same book, for the record.) What you might not expect from us is a New Adult rom com… but that’s exactly what our new book, Detour, is.  Sort of.  Mostly? Definitely, yes.

Detour is the book of our heart.  It’s a story we’ve always wanted to tell- and one we’ve been telling each other, in some fashion, for as long as we’ve known one another.  It’s pretty funny in some places, and sad in others, and delightfully quirky throughout. It’s the story of Ethan and Nick, two strangers on a summer road trip.  One of them is running from ghosts, and the other is looking for them. Somewhere along the way, they find themselves in love, and in possession of a plush Titanic.

But not necessarily in that order.


Ethan Domani had planned the perfect graduation trip before tragedy put his life on hold. Smothered by survivor’s guilt and his close-knit family, he makes a break for the open road. He doesn't know what he's looking for, but he's got the whole summer to figure out who he misses more: his boyfriend, or the person he thought he was. It’s just him and his memories . . . until he almost runs over a hitchhiker.

Nick Hamilton made some mistakes after his younger brother died. His violent ex-boyfriend was the most dangerous, and the one that got him shipped off to Camp Cornerstone’s pray-the-gay-away boot camp. His eighteenth birthday brings escape, and a close call with an idiot in a station wagon. Stranger danger aside, Nick’s homeless, broke, and alone. A ride with Ethan is the best option he’s got.

The creepy corners of roadside America have nothing on the darkness haunting Ethan and Nick. Every interstate brings them closer to uncharted emotional territory. When Nick’s past shows up in their rearview mirror, the detour might take them off the map altogether.

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Detour: Help Plan Nick and Ethan’s Next Road Trip

It’s a given that one good road trip deserves another, right? There’s no way Ethan and Nick are going to become homebodies after making it coast to coast and back. There are way too many potential hauntings and giant balls of twine they haven’t seen yet.

Plus, Nick would have a lot more fun on a trip where his creepy ex wasn’t stalking him.

Michelle and I take a lot of road trips- usually a couple a year, despite living in an area with the worst traffic in the US. (We’re #1, we’re #1! Depending on which study you’re looking at. Heh.) Have you taken an epic road trip? A not-so epic one? Is there some weird place in the middle of nowhere that’s always fascinated you? If so, you and Ethan should probably start planning your route.

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About the authors:

Reesa Herberth grew up in Hawaii, tried Arizona for a few years, and eventually settled in the D.C. area, where they have trees and rain.

She’s held a variety of crazy writer jobs, including book and video store manager for a defunct chain of music shops, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy, high school secretary, and dye-stained proprietress of a small yarn and fiber business.

When not writing, she can usually be found reading, gardening, cooking, or spinning yarns of another sort entirely. She often resents her need for sleep.

With Michelle Moore, she is the author of the Ylendrian Empire books, including The Balance of Silence, the award-winning space opera caper, The Slipstream Con, and Peripheral People, a sci fi thriller with psychics and squishy feelings, coming soon.

Ylendrian Empire

Michelle Moore has a well-documented obsession with travel, television, frappaccinos and flamingos. These, however, come in a distant second to her love of writing. Most evenings she can be found huddled over her laptop at the local Starbucks, dividing her time between actually writing and pretending to be a barista.

While Michelle would like to claim child prodigy status, the truth is that she’s only been scribbling words on paper since she was six. However, she’s moved beyond those initial Dick and Jane story knock-offs to the Ylendrian Universe, a much more rewarding and enjoyable choice of subject matter.

Ylendrian Empire

To celebrate the release of Detour, Reesa and Michelle are giving away a $20 gift card to the Ripped Bodice! If the winner is outside the US, it will be a $20 Amazon gift card instead. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 12, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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  1. Poll submitted! Weird Al's "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" started blaring in my head the moment I started reading this post, if that makes a difference...


  2. Poll complete! They need to go to the Corn Palace!

  3. Sounds good!
    jlshannon74 at

  4. Thank you for the post. I've never taken a road trip but have wanted to.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Thank you for introducing me to this book, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!
    nikolina1812 @

  6. Congrats on the new release! It sounds like a fun read.


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