08 October 2014

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Key To My Heart (Love and Music in Texas #3) by Nikki Lynn Barrett



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The Key To My Heart (Love and Music in Texas #3)
by Nikki Lynn Barrett.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 12th 2014 by Nikki Lynn Barrett.
One dream fails, a passion burnt out...

With no set plan and a desire to find a passion, Blaine Grant hightailed it out of Harmony's Echo a year out of high school to find herself. Finding a passion didn't come as easily to her as it did for others she knew. Now, Blaine has come home for good with mistakes she'd like to forget, but the past doesn't want to forget her. Everyone thought she'd been selfish to not come back when she was needed the most, but Blaine never let anyone know the emotional hell she went through.

Another dream is just beginning to see the light...

Randy Hughes has always been the shy guy until he discovered his love of music. It wasn't until joining the band that he grew out of his shyness. The oldest sibling and the only boy, he's pressured by family expectations to set a good example. He's the one who takes everyone in when they need it, and he's the one whose own dreams are ignored. Now that big things are happening for the Baby Stetson band, Randy has to decide how to handle his family when his dreams are on the line...

A friendship is changing.

One spur of the moment, impulsive move leads Randy and Blaine into a dire situation that may bring them together, or pull them apart, just when he's finally able to gather the courage to tell Blaine how he's felt about her all these years...

Revisit the characters you've come to know in small town Harmony's Echo, as more changes settle upon them

Guest Post: Sort of Playlist...

Hello, and thanks for having me on your blog today!


So yes, I know this is a music series and some authors have specific playlists for when they write. Not quite me. I DO have music on while I write, as music is part of my soul and it helps fuel the muse, but really for me, I just run Pandora on random and let the tunes play.

However, there are specific tunes that remind me of characters and some of their situations. Most of my couples have a song, and there were a few tunes that inspired parts scenes in The Key To My Heart. So this is a different type of playlist I'm sharing with you :)


The song that reminds me the most of Blaine and Randy and that I see really fits them is Blake Shelton's “Over” It says a lot about them. Randy would do everything he can for Blaine and all he's ever wanted was to win her over. Now he gets his chance.

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There's also Leah Turner's “Pull Me Back.” The song seems to fit because Blaine is always pushing away.

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Now, there are two songs that kind of combined for a scene in the book. The scene didn't go quite the way I planned, but it was definitely a big one!

The songs?

Cop Car By Keith Urban
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and Skinny Dippin' by Whitney Duncan.


There's also songs that remind me of other Love and Music in Texas couples, and they definitely make appearances in this book.

For instance. I always thought Lee Bryce's Hard to Love reminded me of Lucas and Avery.
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And now that Lucas is settling down, Lee Bryce's “I Don't Dance” comes to mind (LOVE that these songs come from the same guy for my same hero LOL)
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For Jameson and Melody, the song that reminds me the most of them is Thomas Rhett's “It Goes Like This”
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So there's a handful of songs that while aren't a play list, they do come to mind a lot in the making of the Love and Music in Texas cast and characters :)


Excerpt...

Can you show us some moves?" Frank asked. "Can you break dance or something?"
"Nope. No break dancing for me. Hey, what do you say we teach your uncle some moves? We'll create our own version of Dancing With the Stars. You guys can be the judges!"
Blaine's wicked grin told Randy this was only the start of the payback. Hell, he'd play along. Why not?
"Uncle Randy can't dance." Madison scoffed, rolling her eyes.
"Hey!" he protested. Madison was right, but geez! She could give him a little credit.
Blaine giggled and patted his back. "Maybe he can, maybe he can't. But after he takes my crash course, we'll see exactly what he can do. You up for the challenge, Randy?"
"Bring it on!" Apparently, he wasn't learning the lesson of not taking a challenge yet.
"So how is this going to work?" Madison asked, plopping down on the couch. Janey followed, then Frank.
"Well first off, let's move the coffee table out of the way. We're going to need some space." Blaine reached for one side of the table. Randy moved to the other and they moved it a few feet over, close to the front door.
"Okay, Randy. Show us your moves." Blaine pulled a hair clip from her purse, scrunched up her hair and pinned it up. A few loose strands hung over her face.
"My moves?" He arched a brow. "I have no moves."
"Everyone's got moves. Strut your stuff so I know what I have to work with."
Damn her. Blaine was enjoying this way too much.
"Come on, Uncle Randy!" Frank thrust his fist in the air.
"All right, all right." Here went nothing.
All the kids laughed at him. He stole a glance at Blaine. Amusement blazed in her eyes. Oh, she was good. Hiding it, even though he could tell she wanted to laugh her ass off. He'd get her.
"I hope we aren't going to judge this," Madison said between bouts of laughter.
"No, no. Not yet." Blaine shot forward and took Randy's hands in hers. "Ready for a few lessons?"
"Is this only the beginning of my payback?" he whispered in her ear.
"Wouldn't you like to know," she whispered back. "Follow my lead."
Randy looked down. "You're wearing sandals. I hope I don't crush your feet. As you've noticed, I'm not good at this."
"You were fine at Avery's wedding. All you need is practice." Blaine grinned. "Now shut up and do as I say."




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I'm an avid lover of books. I've been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first "book" by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I'll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.







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