Hi! Thanks for having me today!
So recently, I've learned that I LOVE series! I enjoy reading them...and I'm loving writing them! I just published my second book in the Love and Music in Texas series, and I'm already excited about book 3, which I'm not writing yet since I'm working on a Christmas book. Which, while it's not a series, it IS connected with my debut Christmas story.
Anyhow...jumping the shark a little :)
Never did I imagine how much I'd enjoy a series. But there's something about making new friends and visiting with some old ones that appeals to me. When I started the first in the series, I honestly had no idea who book 2 was going to be about yet. Yeah, total panster on my part. It wasn't until partway through Baby Stetson (Book one) that I knew who I was writing book two about. Well, at least, I had part of that. I knew I wanted more of Jameson and his story. I just didn't know who I'd pair him with yet.
I looked through my old files and story notes and found a perfect match for Jameson. I had Melody's story in mind for awhile, especially the beginning, and thought...”Hey, why not?”
Why yes, sometimes I do make smart decisions! Jameson and Melody are perfect for each other. I loved combining their story and wow, what a combination!
So guess what? I had the same dilemma. I had no idea who book 3 was going to be about yet. Then, I introduced Jameson's sister to the mix and thought about which Baby Stetson band member I could pair her up with? Well, in The Melody in My Head, I did a little thinking and foreshadowing, only vaguely hinting at a story with Blaine and Baby Stetson's keyboard player. And now, as I'm working on something non Love and Music in Texas related, I've been forming Blaine's history in my mind, and am working on Randy's back story.
Here's a surprise for you. I DO know who book four is going to be about. And it's taking a bit of a leap, but it's NOT centered around a Baby Stetson band member. BUT, the lead heroine is an established country singer who has been around since her teen years and she's going to help bring Baby Stetson on the map. Yep, there I go being a bit different. And I'm okay with that. Then after her story I go back to the Baby Stetson band.
And I'm already thinking of a spin off series. I've been enjoying hanging around musicians. I want to continue to write about them. But this time, I'll probably take it to Nashville, and hey, Baby Stetson will be mentioned a few times. I like the idea of taking an undiscovered band and following their path to success from start to finish. It's been amazing writing this series so far, and it's definitely got me hooked on series. I love stand alone books, too, don't get me wrong, but I never imagined how much a series was going to change my world.
I have this feeling when the L&MiT series ends, I will be an emotion wreck. It'll be like moving away from a favorite neighborhood. Yeah, I may be able to visit and say hi, but it's like...I won't be living there anymore.
The Melody In My Head Blurb:
This is Book 2 in the Love and Music in Texas series. Baby Stetson kicks off the series.
Welcome back to Harmony's Echo, Texas.....
Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she's fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination.
She's alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?
Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Each lonely day he's faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the 'music' of his past.
The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can't be ignored.
Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all...
If she doesn't flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.
She shouldn’t have listened to them.
OhmygodohmygodShe really was going to be sick. Melody’s stomach clenched, her breaths came out on rasps, images she’d rather not have in her mind played over and over again as the sounds repeated.
Melody had to get out of here. Go somewhere, clear her head. She forced herself to stop crying, dried her face. She hesitated before opening the door, hoping Jameson and Blaine were too busy to notice her. She didn’t hear them, and wasn’t sure where either of them were.
She made a dash for it. From the sounds of it, the two were still in the kitchen. Melody could go through the front door and get a bit of fresh air. As quick and quiet as she possibly could be, she managed to get out the front door without either of them noticing her.
The ladder still leaned against the house, from when she and Jameson climbed up there. The old wood creaked underneath her weight as she walked across the front porch. Carefully walking down the steps, Melody gripped the sides of the ladder. One by one, she climbed the rungs, pulled herself up onto the roof and scrambled up. She let her feet dangle over the edge as she let the tears flow again.
Patchy clouds hid the sun, and a cool, brisk breeze weaved through her hair, tossing it lightly. Melody pushed strands out of her face as her chest constricted with sobs.
She gasped at the sound of Jameson’s voice. She stared down at him. He frowned, jumped onto the ladder and was at her side in seconds. He pulled her to him. Cupping her face, Jameson persuaded her to look at him.
“What’s wrong? I’m sorry. I heard the door and wasn’t sure what was going on. Then I saw you up here in tears…” Jameson cradled her to him. “If you need me to leave you alone, I will, but I had to make sure you’re okay.”
Melody liked this man. Way too much. He was always right there to talk to her. He had so much to deal with, but he always put it aside when Melody had something going.
She didn’t want to lean on him, she didn’t want to drag him into her screwed up world.
He knew the real reason she ran, so it was a little too late to keep him out. Damn it, why did he have to be such a great guy? It was the wrong time!
“I used your phone to make a long distance call.”
Jameson pulled away and chuckled. “Okay. So you’re crying up here because you made a long distance call? It’s not the end of the world. We have long distance on our phone.”
Melody nearly laughed, but the gesture actually forced more tears out. She’d said the completely wrong thing to start off with. Yes, that did sound foolish! Crying over a long distance phone call. If only it were that simple. Oh, if only.Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17928959-the-melody-in-my-head
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Bio: Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org