Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals Book Tour
By author Julie Archer
Tour Dates: November 27th – December 6th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 18th, 2016
A bar, a band and a Thorne between two roses…
Caro and Nate are perfect for each other. Trouble is, Nate is really Alik Thorne lead singer of the Next Big Thing in rock music and his girlfriend, Edie, isn’t really prepared to share him…
Caro Flynn leaves behind the sultry nights of Mallorca to open her own bar back home. Romance wasn’t high on her list of priorities, but a last minute fling makes her think again…
Edie Spencer-Newman always gets what she wants. But when she sets her sights on something a little too close to home, she’s about to stir up a whole heap of trouble…
When the consequences of a tragic accident cause relationships to crumble, will anyone find a happy ending?
“Edie Spencer-Newman shuddered as she sipped on her glass of slightly-too-warm Chardonnay. It had been years since she had drunk anything quite so distasteful, but The Vegas wasn’t exactly a venue renowned for its wine list. The beer-and-shots bar definitely wasn’t high on her list of venues to frequent. But when Alik had suggested that she see him play live, she hadn’t exactly been able to say no. So far into their relationship she had managed to avoid places like this, making sure that she took Alik to dinner or met him in a wine bar she felt comfortable in, or inviting him to parties at friends’ houses. She was eternally grateful that she had managed to persuade the team at Pretty Rich Things not to film her that evening. This definitely wasn’t the way she wanted her glamorous life to be portrayed. The reality TV programme followed a cluster of both self-made and inherited wealthy young men and women who were trying to make their own way in the business world. In Edie’s case, this was the opening of her own designer boutique, The Magpie. The little vintage boudoir-inspired shop had taken up a great deal of her time, as she sourced the chicest, most feminine, and, most of all, most expensive items that would appeal to her target market. Despite being pretty lazy when it came to work, she had thoroughly enjoyed scouring the internet and visiting suppliers to source the products and garments that would create the exclusive theme of the shop. Hanging out in seedy rock bars was not something that would resonate with her fans.
She looked around – taking in the clientele – seeing mostly leather and tattoos, and held her Prada clutch more tightly. Not a designer label in sight, except for her Pucci-inspired print shift dress, which still made her stand out from the crowd despite it being one of the more subdued garments in her extensive wardrobe. However, it was a wardrobe that wasn’t built for the rock scene. Perched uneasily on a bar stool, Edie wondered how much longer she would have to wait. Alik had just texted her to say he was backstage, which hopefully meant they would be starting soon.
“Hey, you didn’t tell me you were coming tonight.”
Like a beacon of light, Olivia Cole appeared beside her. She had been helping Edie with the PR for The Magpie and had become a firm friend over the last few months. Olivia’s work had been amazing, already creating a buzz about the place, and anticipation was high.
Edie smiled. “Alik invited me, but I’m not sure this place is for me.” She noticed Olivia was dressed similarly to her and was comforted by that fact. After all, Olivia was definitely more PR than rock, even though she would be working with Alik and the band. A couple of women walked past, heading towards the mosh pit close to the stage, clad head to toe in black, with matching pierced noses and heavily-studded ears. They cast a suspicious glance in Edie’s direction.
“The lead singer is my boyfriend,” Edie said, making sure they heard her.
One of them laughed. “Yeah, whatever, as if Alik Thorne would look at someone like you. I reckon he’ll be seeing more of me later.”
Edie watched in horror as the two women headed off towards the front. There was a flurry of activity as they heard a couple of guitars being tuned up
Olivia grabbed Edie’s arm and pulled her closer towards the stage. “You’ll be fine, their bark is usually worse than their bite.”
All of a sudden, there was noise, in Edie’s opinion anyway, and Alik appeared on the stage, bathed in a single spotlight.
“Good evening Vegas!” he roared. Edie thought it sounded as if he was pretending to play Las Vegas rather than North Ridge. “Thanks for coming down tonight. This is ‘In It For The Craic’.” She watched as he whirled across the stage, microphone in hand, with the guitar, bass, and drums crashing around him.
As the set progressed, Edie started to enjoy herself. Despite the fact that the music was so far away from being her sort of thing, she couldn’t help but be enthralled by Alik and how he could hold the audience in the palm of his hand. She hadn’t really known how talented he was, not to mention how popular the band were. She realised she would probably have to fend off all sorts of female attention for her man.”
Julie Archer grew up in Hampshire and lived in Reading before moving to the beautiful riverside town of Dartmouth in Devon. She still feels like she’s on holiday.
Julie trained as a journalist, then went into teaching (kept meeting the sixth form students in the pub, awkward!). After that she ‘fell’ into recruitment, spending more years there than she cares to mention, where the most creative thing she did was to create a sexy top line for job adverts! Since moving to Devon, she set up her own business offering virtual administration and recruitment services, worked for an accommodation company and is currently moonlighting in the local bookshop…
Also, COYS, Cats, Metal. Underneath this preppy exterior beats the heart of a rock chick.
Visit all the stops on the Tour:
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt
Chick Lit Central – Author Guest Post
Authors & Readers Book Corner – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt
Novel Gossip – Book Promo/Excerpt
Rae Reads – Book Excerpt
Grass Monster – Amazon Book Review
Tour arranged by: HCL Author Services & Book Tours