Happy book birthday to Julie Stock and From Here to Nashville. As part of the birthday celebrations, I am sharing an extract from the book with you all. Many thanks to Julie for allowing me to share the extract, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the festivities.
Two worlds, 4,000 miles apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?
Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset. When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.
But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?
Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again to see whether their music really can unite them.
This extract is from the beginning of the second chapter and introduces the idea that Sam is not quite so pleased about Jackson’s arrival on the scene.
After some breakfast the next morning, I called Sam to talk over last night’s concert, still buzzing with excitement from all that had happened.
‘Hello, Rach, how are you feeling today?’ his gravelly voice resonated down the line.
‘I still can’t get over how brilliantly it went for us last night, can you?’
‘No, better than we could have expected really, given that we’re still quite unknown.’ He fell silent at the other end of the phone, making me wonder what he was really feeling. He didn’t seem his usual laid-back self.
‘Hey, Sam, is everything all right? You seemed a bit upset with me at the end of the gig last night and I didn’t know why.’
There was an awkward pause while I waited for his reply.
‘I’m feeling a bit tired, that’s all and I’ve got a sanding job to finish today as well. I’ll be fine later on, I’m sure. Do you want to meet up for a drink tonight as usual?’
‘Yes, I’d like that, shall we say six o’clock?’ I was sure he was bluffing but I didn’t want to push him over the phone.
‘See you then, bye.’ He rang off quickly as though he couldn’t wait to get away.
I remembered the strange look I’d seen on Sam’s face last night when Jackson had offered to walk me home and a seed of doubt began to niggle away in the back of my mind.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.
The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.
Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.
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