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.
Detour: Compulsory Road Trip Food
Ethan’s mom purchased an entire trunk’s worth of Trader Joe’s snacks to get him through his road trip. You know, delicious things like tiny peanut butter cups (to be consumed immediately because they, um, melt), Triple Ginger Snaps, Pirate’s Booty, dried fruit, Speculoos Cookie Butter (with spoons!), and… well, you get the idea.
Reesa and I make a LOT of road trips, usually around 12 hours long each way over the course of a weekend. What can I say? We’re road warriors! Well, and we like hockey. Especially the ECHL Jacksonville Ice Men. Now while I wouldn’t turn down any of Ethan’s snacks— except maybe the Pirate’s Booty, not a huge fan— I have my own Road Trip Required Food List.
Combos. No road trip may be conducted without pizza-flavored Combos.
Caramel M&Ms. In a pinch, Crispy M&Ms, but they don’t carry as much of a sugar buzz.
Dark chocolate Bark Thins. I really, really love the dark chocolate gingerbread, but it’s seasonal, so harder to find.
Last but not least, a 6-pack of Coke Zero (I refuse to acknowledge the new dreck Coke, Inc. is trying to pass off as a suitable Zero replacement). In a car stocked with these necessities, I can do the DC to Florida drive Friday night after work without breaking a sweat.
About Reesa Herberth
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.
Connect with Reesa:
● Email: YlendrianEmpire@gmail.com
● Goodreads: goodreads.com/S_Reesa_Herberth
About Michelle Moore
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.
Connect with Michelle:
● Email: MichelleMooreWrites@gmail.com
● Goodreads: goodreads.com/Michelle_Moore