Kristy and Stacy are teenage best friends who couldn’t be more opposite. One is the troublemaker and the other is the peacemaker. When one of them moves away, devastating family secrets emerge. She is left picking up the pieces of her shattered life and starts to make way for a new beginning. Through tragedy and loss, their friendship grows stronger until a horrific car accident changes everything leaving one of the friends to deal with grief, heartache and betrayal to discover her life purpose and find true love.
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What a well written, beautiful and heart-wrenching story Stacy writes with Upon Impact. The life changing moment of the car accident is how the book starts and I loved knowing that huge piece of information right up front. Although my cold heart may have dripped a little emotion it was written very well. It grabs your attention right off the bat and demands that you read it in one sitting (like I did.)
Kristy and Stacy have a beautiful story and I think the fact that it is the Authors story makes it almost hard to read at times. I just wanted to jump into the book and give Stacy a HUGE hug. I’ve been through the death of a friend myself at a very young age and it the hardest thing ever and it never goes away. Death keeps a friend at the age they died for life, even in your memories as you grow older.
My heart ached for these friends because I know the pain that goes with losing someone in a tragic way. Stacy has kept Kristy a part of her own story her whole life and I have no doubt that Kristy is with her every single day. This is a beautiful story of two friends lives and the joy and pain that a single day can bring later in life.
What I Loved:
-The story is well written and addicting.
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What I thought of the Cover:
-The cover and the title are perfect for the book!
About the Author:
Stacy Buehner felt compelled to share her story in hopes of inspiring women. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she works in public relations and writes on the side. She lives in Brookings, SD with her husband, Ben and high-maintenance dachshund, Charlie. Connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StacyBuehner.
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I got the chance to interview Stacy –
1.) Realistically, how long did your story take you to brainstorm, write, rewrite, edit and sell to a publisher?
Since I wrote a memoir, I had to look back and really think about that time in my past. Once I got started it didn’t take too long. I wrote my book in 8 months. Then, it was edited and polished. At the same time, I had my graphic designer working on my book cover. I went the non-traditional route of book publishing and worked with CreateSpace (an Amazon company). So overall, the whole process took a little over a year.
2. Why a writer? There are so many exciting careers in the world, how did you know that writing was the one for you?
I now consider myself an author/writer and public relations professional. My book was something that I had to do. It was inside of me and needed to be put out into the world. It was very scary putting something out there so personal, but I believe my book has a larger purpose than me.
3. So the questions every aspiring Author wants to know: How many times did you submit your manuscript before you were accepted? Did you, or did you not, use a literary agent? Thoughts on the process?
I wasn’t going to wait around for a publisher to “accept” my book. I decided to take charge and do it myself. Through my research, I discovered CreateSpace and the whole process was easy and smooth. My book is out in the world and I didn’t have to rely on a publisher.
4. Has the ‘becoming an author’ experience been what you had expected? And why?
I didn’t know what to expect, I was just terrified 🙂 The best part is getting positive feedback and personal messages from readers who have thanked me for writing this book. This book starts conversations and I’ve heard from so many people who have dealt with the loss of a loved one through a car accident. My book has helped people and that has been so incredibly rewarding.
5. If you could choose 3 foods to live on the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
I can give you three drinks that I could live on the rest of my life: coffee, wine and water 🙂 They make me happy — well, the coffee and wine in small doses anyway.
6. What is your favorite life memory?
I feel that I have many more life memories to experience (at least I hope so!), but by far my favorite life memory has been my wedding. My husband and I got married in Mexico and he is the love of my life.
7 If you could give an aspiring author 1 piece of advice, what would it be?
Do it! Start writing and set goals. I made a goal to write at least 1 hour every week.
Thank you Stacy! I loved your book, you’re a great writer and I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to read and review your book!