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Save a place in your TBR for Lynda Wolters's novel...plus a book giveaway

Today we welcome Lynda Wolters to CLC to talk about her debut novel, The Placeholder. Lynda is delightful to chat with and we're excited for you to get to know her. She even has TWO copies of The Placeholder to share with some lucky readers!

Lynda Wolters grew up as a farmer's daughter in a tiny north Idaho town of 400 people. She now resides in the booming metropolis of Boise, Idaho (population 462,000) with her husband and Peekapoo.

Lynda would rather be ballroom and west coast swing dancing, rafting, or horseback riding than working, but finds her job in the legal field quite rewarding (and it pays the bills). 

As a lover of people, fur babies, and underdogs, Lynda is an outspoken advocate for matters of the heart. She is passionate about volunteering and finding good in all things. As a thriver with an incurable cancer, she has learned the value of a day and the meaning of kindness. 

Visit Lynda online:
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Synopsis:
Thelma and Louise meets Eat, Pray, Love meets Me Before You in The Placeholder, an unconventional, unforgettable, unputdownable story of loss and love.

Fresh out of boxed wine and romantic prospects, Serenade Kincaid, a middle-aged attorney in Boise, Idaho, enlists the assistance of Zac, a for-sex-only companion, to ease her loneliness. It's all fun and games until he gets married, and she falls ill.

With the stakes high, Sera's friend/boss Carolyn takes things into her own hands only to find out that not everything is as it seems. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

"An unexpectedly tender story with the panache and steaminess of a romance." 
~ Kirkus Reviews

In one sentence, what was the road to publishing a fiction novel like for you? 
After publishing two non-fiction books, going through the process, while still arduous, was less stressful than publishing non-fiction.

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing The Placeholder
The biggest reward to writing The Placeholder is having people reach out to me and express that while some parts of the book were difficult to read, it has helped them work through some of their own past or to appreciate the ones they love and who love them. The biggest challenge was writing those difficult passages.

If The Placeholder were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles? 
Oooooh, I love this question, and to be honest, I have worked this out with some girlfriends before you even asked it! Because the characters are predominantly in their 40s (I state this because the cast would be wholly different if it were cast for mid-50s actresses), I would love to see Rachel McAdams as the lead, Sera, Kate Hudson as the snarky, fun-loving Carolyn, and Joe Manganiello as the hunky Zac. 

What is your favorite autumn activity?
Snuggling with a warm blanket, a nice cup of spiced cider, and a good book.

What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend? 
I can't remember the last time I went out to a movie (pre-Covid), but one on a favorite streaming channel my husband and I saw recently that has stuck with us (especially since we have elderly parents, one of whom is in care), was I Care A Lot! It really makes you see how easily vulnerable people can be swindled.

Who was your role model when you were growing up? 
My grandmother from my Dad's side. She was a very special person in my formative years, and as a teacher before her marriage to my grandfather, she was instrumental in teaching me to read and write. I read Poe and Christie and Longfellow with her before I was even in school. I also enjoyed reading the encyclopedia with her (back when it was only in book form). She was educated, refined, and well-spoken back in the days when women were men's chattel, and she kept my moonshine-distilling grandfather in check by using kindness to get him to see a better way. She was ahead of her time. I was fortunate to have her as an example in my life for twenty years. 

Thanks to Lynda for visiting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends November 8th at midnight EST.

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