Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Tour Review of GIRL WITH GUITAR by Caisey Quinn

  

Hardcover Therapy Blog Tour Stop 

with Review and Giveaway:


*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review*

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 Girl with Guitar
 by Caisey Quinn



Synopsis:

After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.



Review:

Star Rating: 5 out 5 stars
Heat Rating: HOT HOT!



Kylie is a girl with a guitar and a dream.  The first chance she gets, she catches a bus to Nashville with just her guitar a few dollars to her name.  Kylie is determined to do everything she can to make her dreams of being in country music come true, nothing will get in her way.  

At eighteen this girl has more grit and determination that most seasoned adults.  I loved that Kylie was a strong, independent, hard-working character that was willing to pound the pavement to get her name out there and showcase her talents.  This isn't your typical girl that is talented and expects everyone to love her, she knows she is going to go through hell to get her dream and she can't wait to get started (when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose when you risk it all and just go for it).  

Luck and being in the right place at the right time lands Kylie on the last leg of a tour with Trace (damn, give me a cowboy and I am a happy girl).  Trace is the country music world's bad boy (drunk, indifferent, self-indulgent, man whore), he is on his way to self destruction and his only saving grace at this point is that he has the talent ( that is when he shows up to shows and actually performs).  On the surface you see Trace and think STAY AWAY, but as the story unfolds you get to delve into the many facets of Trace and your heart just aches for him and you start rooting for him to pull his shit together.

Kylie and Trace are not your instant love match, in fact their interactions can be down right hostile!  I love sass and Kylie is sure full of it and not afraid to call Trace to the carpet when she feels like he is standing in the way of her dream.  The dialogue and biting scenes between Trace and Kylie were so entertaining and real that you could actually picture the scenes vividly in your mind. 

I absolutely loved Girl with Guitar! I am amazed that this was a first book. This was a completely, amazing story that had my heart twisted up and tears slipping down my cheek.  You know it is a keeper book when you finish the book, and then email the author instantly asking to please tell you she is writing more and this will be a series. (Sorry for the late night fan-girl stalking emails, Caisey).  Yep.  I did that.  This book hit all the chords with me, country boy, strong female lead, baggage that complicates things on both sides and lots of tension.  I could read about these characters over and over again and never get tired of them.

This week I am having the hardest time writing reviews because books were almost too good to talk about, blowing me away.  This book was no exception.  Sometimes when you get a gem of a book fall into your Kindle and it is so surprisingly good you freeze up (or I do).  How do you describe a book that has the ability to make you go through so many emotions (laughter, tears, heartbreak, joy, lust)?  Girl with Guitar is a book you MUST read, but I do not want to spoil a moment of it for you, some things you need to experience with fresh eyes so you can fall into the story and get lost. 

Caisey Quinn wrote a story that has stayed with me for over a week.  It was a blend of everything you could want in a story but still crave more.  There was no epic cliffhanger, no crazy ending that makes you pull your hair out, it was a complete story.  However, what it does do is make you sad that it had to end and wish Caisey was your best friend and could keep telling you the story of what happens next on the porch while listening to country music and drinking a beer. (too stalker?) Luckily, there will be more of Kylie and Trace's story in late summer and I know I will be waiting (mostly patiently) to gobble up more of Caisey's writing.

This is a book that you definitely want to buy and read this week (long weekend PERFECT for getting lost in Girl with Guitar).  Do yourself a favor and take Caisey Quinn and her country bad boy for a spin, it will knock your boots off :)  

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Author Information:


Why I Heart Country Music

Girl you make my speakers go BOOM BOOM. –Luke Bryan

Some people call it hillbilly heartbreak music. Others call it beer and break ups. I call it fu*#ing fantastic. I should warn you up front, my brother is an Actual Musician, as in, he’s In A Band. I, however, am tone deaf. My brother is not a fan of the country music and is more into progressive metal and classical. Yeah, he’s the black sheep. Whaddya gonna do? But he knows his stuff about music and all I know is what feels good to my ears. And my soul. Call it what you want, country music can elicit some serious emotion. 

Just because I have to mention her, (you have to when you talk about country music, or I think there’s a fine or something) Taylor Swift’s Fifteen would have made a huge difference in my life if I’d heard it when I was actually fifteen. Instead of twenty-six. But it brought back my hellacious freshmen year of high school and y’all, that was some stuff I’d wrestled, shoved, kicked, and drank out of my memory. Or so I’d thought. 

Lee Brice’s Hard to Love makes an appearance in my debut novel, Girl with Guitar, because if my husband and I had a song, that would be it. We got married too young and before he’d gotten a handle on a very serious drinking problem. Whoa, okay, I didn’t actually mean to tell y’all that. But there it is. And we’ve been married seven years, together for nine, and we made it through. But when that song comes on the radio, he reaches over and grabs my hand and I squeeze his. Hard. Every time. Sometimes my eyes get watery. Because neither of us have forgotten how hard those first few years were and how much stronger we are for having gotten through them. 

I heart country music because it’s men in tight jeans, cowboy boots, sitting on tailgates around the bon fire, playing guitar, drinking too much, loving too soon, and breaking your heart. Pretty much the story of my life y’all. 

Some of my favorite artists are George Straight, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr, and of course Luke Bryan, who is basically the template for my main character Trace Corbin in Girl with Guitar. 

I get that it’s not for everyone. Just like death metal isn’t for everyone. But I love it. It’s a part of me, and it will probably show up in every book I write in one way or another. Like Kylie, I can’t always find the right words for every situation, but I can almost always find a country song with lyrics that fit.  

For the record, I listen to lots of different types of music and also enjoy Adam Lambert, The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Christina Perri, Rihanna, Third Day, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red, Flyleaf, Fireflight, and a few others, including some most people have never even heard of. But I blame that on my brother. ;) 


I’ll be back to check in on comments if any of y’all want to chat about music. Warning: Once you get me going I may never shut up!

Thanks for having me! 


Shameless Self-Promotion: My debut novel, Girl with Guitar is available now! I am currently working on Girl on Tour, the second book in the Kylie Ryans series. I don’t have an official release date yet, but will post on my site www.caiseyquinnwrites.com as soon as I do! Keep an eye out! 


Caisey Quinn is a New Adult author living in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. Girl with Guitar is her first novel. It’s available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.  She is currently working on the second book in the Kylie Ryans series, Girl on Tour. She can be found online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com. 



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Website: www.caiseyquinnwrites.com
Twitter: @CaiseyQuinn


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