Friday, May 24, 2013

Blessed Tragedy Tour Stop

Maddie Neumann died the day she pulled away from her parents' house determined to make her dreams come true. She wasn't the perfect little princess she'd been raised to be, all she wanted to do was rock. Everything Maddie was tucked away in a box to allow for her re-birth as Rain Maxwell; a badass rocker who answered to no one and lived by her own set of rules.

Rain's world is shattered with one phone call from her estranged family. No sooner does she get home than everything she thought she knew about her life starts changing.

Colton Bradford knew there was something special about Rain the moment they first met. Unfortunately, she had a hard and fast rule about dating a bandmate so he was stuck in the friends zone. When Rain is going through her own personal hell, will Colton finally be able to make her see how he feels and convince her to take a chance on love?

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Darra's Review:

I did like this book. You know this book is good since Sunny liked it too. I am a total music fan and so I did do a happy dance(not physically, just mental) when I got to read about music I like. Rain was kick ass and did not take any of the guys crap. How can you not love Colton?! I am not usually a real fan of the rocker guys, but this may have turned me around.
The reason chicks dig rocker guys? It is because they usually have a awesome voice and/or play the drums/guitar/bass and the lyrics to a song can make you swoon. All the things that can be said in lyrics of a song can't always be expressed in conversations. I think that is what the relationship with Colton and Rain is like. Love is all within the music. And in the tour bus. :-)

I give the book a 4.3. I would read it again.

Sunny's Review: you know my views on band books...UGH HATE THEM! So I was not looking forward to this book at all. Darra told me about it and I was just like seriously can you do it and I'll just ignore it???? (all of this is written in my whiniest voice by the way) Then she tells me No you will like it...the guy has blond hair!!! (and then she kinda mumbles but its long) so then I decided no not doing it...absolutely not!!!

I read it and I actually REALLY LIKED IT!! Look at me branching out!!! So mostly I had to just try not read anything that had to do with Colton's hair...I know I have issues )I am taking shrink donations for my many issues)  Maddie/Rain is actually a pretty good character. She has had a rough life in the sense of not feeling like she can fit in with any of her family and feels very alone.  Colton is a guy in the band and her best friend. He takes care of her and has been in love with her from the beginning. I like him b/c he really does care and wants the best for her. He is there for at ALMOST every turn...yes I said almost (you have to read the book to find out where/when/how he lets her down!). It was actually a little heart breaking to see what he does. I wanted to punch him in the face.  

I think I am going to give this book a 4.3. When you think about how I dragged my feet to get started on it and then I ended up reading it in a day it must be pretty good. The next book is called Blessed Fate and it is from Colton's POV. I love when authors do this!!! Looking forward to it!

Some writers can tell you what book piqued their interest in writing a book of their own. I can’t. Other authors tell you the name of a teacher who influenced and encouraged them to write. The only English teacher I can remember probably does deserve some of the credit for my success because she was one of the hardest teachers I ever had. Honestly, I don’t know why I write; all I know is it’s one of two things I can do that makes me feel completely free.

The first “official” writing I did was as a fifteen year old high school sophomore. My dad was part of an APAzine and, for whatever reason, I started guest writing on his zine. That led to me getting a zine of my own in the Turbo Charged Party Animal APA. Rope the Moon (named after the John Michael Montgomery song and a nod to my dad’s influence on me) was the ramblings of a child in a world of adults.

I was held to a high standard because most of the contributors were my dad’s age. They were somewhat hesitant to allow a kid in, but they voted me in after those guest contributions. To this day, I feel blessed to consider some of those members friends.

Sometime after high school, life got in the way of my dreams. They keyboard was dusty. Looking back, that’s also when I felt my most restless. After my daughter was born, I started my first blog, More Than Mom, as a way to vent about my struggle to hold onto the identity I’d owned for 27 years.

In 2006, I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time. I jumped in with the enthusiasm of anyone who’s never tried to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It was a damn good story. Did I mention I’d never written anything of that length before? Yeah, that’s important because it means I never lost a work in progress of that length before. It was November 14th and I was over 24,000 words when my hard drive failed. And with the loss of my manuscript, I lost the drive to write for a while.

In 2012, I attempted NaNoWriMo again, this time saving in so many places I’m sure I’ll be finding partial copies of Bent everywhere until the day I die. The thing they don’t tell you with NaNo? When you hit 50,000 words, that doesn’t mean you’re done writing! So, I kept writing until I was done. And then I edited. And edited some more. Deleted a bunch of scenes, added others in. Had some trusted friends and mentors read it and then tweaked it some more.

In January 2013, I made the single scariest click of my mouse that I will ever make. I published Bent. It’s been a whirlwind year and it keeps picking up pace but I’ve never before felt so blessed to be where I am!

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1 comment:

  1. Sound a good book, on my TBR list …
    Thanks for the giveaway