Tour Stop: Regret Me Not by Danielle Sibarium- Guest Post & Giveaway
Ladies and Gents, Ms Danielle Sibarium:
Thank you for having me today, I am so excited to be here. Since its release, many people asked me where the inspiration for Regret Me Not came from. My previous books had all been alive in my head for years before they came to fruition, and they all sort of came from each other. For Always was supposed to be the back story for Heart Waves, and then I realized they were two totally different storied. Chris from For Always wanted to lead me down a dark path, and so To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together was born.
About a year before Regret Me Not was released, my son and daughter had friends over. I didn’t know the children or their parents well, and it was the first time they were at our house. While the kids were playing in the backyard, their mother and I sat at my kitchen table making small talk and getting to know one another. Our conversation revolved around our families and our children. And then I sat in stunned silence as she shared a very personal experience that left me rummaging through my mind for something, anything to say to her.
Teary eyed, choked up, and unable to speak, I listened, hanging onto her every word. She captivated me. Right then and there Regret Me Not was born. I don’t want to give away too much, but in listening to a heartbreaking event that deeply affected her, I realized it is an experience that many women go through and can relate to. Immediately the love story between Kenzie and Brayden formed. While the romance between Brayden and Kenzie is one hundred percent original and not related to her story, I thought it was the best way to tackle the issue.
As I was wrapping up Waves of Love, I’d only barely touched on the first chapters of Regret Me Not. I seriously considered abandoning the idea all together. I wasn’t sure there would be any interest, and thought my wonderful idea of writing a book on a tough subject that doesn’t get a lot of attention would end up as a giant flop. I turned my attention onto another work in progress, certain I was not going to go any further with Regret Me Not, when another woman approached me. In early September I spoke with a teacher at my son’s school. Standing in the hallway talking about the summer, her eyes filled with tears, and she looked away. She didn’t have the same story, but she had the same pain.
I believed this was a sign that I needed to not only finish Regret Me Not, but really take my time to make sure I got it right. What I learned from these women is that holding it in, not talking about their experience and suffering in silence was the wrong way to handle it. It needed to be said. It needed to be felt. It needed to be out there.
Towards the end of book, before I wrote the final chapters, a third woman shared her painful story with me, and I knew I was right. I never tried to solicit information from these women who felt compelled to share. They told me their stories because they had to let it out. I just happened to be there for them. What most surprised me in the journey of writing this book, is how much I took from real life. More than I ever planned. Once again, thank you so much for having me. I hope you enjoy Regret Me Not. Happy Reading!
About the Book:Regret Me Not
Author: Danielle Sibarium
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 17 June 2014
For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever.
It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life.
Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?
About the Author:
Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.
In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She Has since released Heart Waves and the second book in the Heart Waves series, Breaking Waves.
To learn more about Danielle Sibarium, visit her website. You can also find her on Twitter.
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