Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Rock'n Tapestries by Shari Copell

“Asher Pratt had been a drug for me, and I wasn’t sure I wasn’t still addicted.”

Chelsea Whitaker works as a waitress at Tapestries, a trendy Pittsburgh bar. She’s doing her best to avoid Asher Pratt, the Pittsburgh rock legend who shattered her heart years ago.

When he takes a job at Tapestries just to be near her, Chelsea has some decisions to make. 

She soon discovers that some things never change. It’s all she can do to keep a tight hold on her heart as Asher takes her for another wild ride.

As she struggles to gain some perspective on their relationship, she learns that he’s never needed her more. She must put the past aside for the sake of the future.

Asher looked rather befuddled when I retrieved the Christmas gifts that he’d purchased from my closet and laid them on the floor in front of him.  “I’m afraid I don’t know the first thing about wrapping gifts.”

“Didn’t I hear you say you wrapped your guitar last year?”

“Yes, but no one saw it.  I did a terrible job. I don’t want your mom and dad to think I’m an idiot.”

“They won’t think you’re an idiot just because you can’t wrap a gift. My dad sucks at it too, so he always hands it off to my mom.  I’ll show you how.”  I picked up the foot massager, which was in a fairly large box.  “We’ll start with this one.  It’ll be easy.”

Oh this book was a hard one for me! The ending was not what I was expecting at all, it twisted me up. But if I am honest the whole book had me thrown off and going in different directions.

First we meet Chelsea who is a waitress at Rock'n Tapestries a local bar/restaurant in Pennsylvania. She loves her job, the bar is always busy since they host bands on the weekends and are known for having music scouts in the audience. Chelsea is an only child and her parents are very protective of her. One night at work Chelsea does everything she can to avoid that evening’s band, The Dirty Turtles. The lead guitarist happens to be Asher Pratt, an ex she has not been able to get over for five years.

Asher Pratt has lived the fun rock star life over the last few years. His appearance is dreamy and the girls throw themselves at him, what's a guy to do? Live it up! After five years being away Asher pops back up at Rock'n Tapestries to play a gig. He knows Chelsea will be there. Chelsea is the girl that he messed up with and it seems he wants her back. Once she sees him face to face she wants nothing to do with him. He starts out on a mission to break the walls she built around her heart.

During this story I really felt like I was reading a TV sitcom script. There was a lot going on and time moved quickly. It wasn't a bad thing actually but just different from the flow of books I normally read. The story was a freaking roller coaster though. One minute I was rooting for them to make up and get back together. Then I was pissed because he would pull a stupid move. Throughout the story we were able to see what made Asher tick. My heart did break for him a few times. During the Christmas chapter I just wanted to give him a big hug and spoil him rotten. I loved how Chelsea stayed strong even after everything that happens to her throughout the story and A LOT happens to her. That poor girl has the worst luck.

I really can't say too much without giving the book away. Do Asher and Chelsea work past all the issues of their past and move forward? After 5 years does Chelsea finally get over Asher and move on with her life? This novel was a quick read, but one that left me staring at my Kindle trying to process everything once I finished it. I did see the synopsis for book two, and I am excited to get that one in my hands! If you’re looking for something different and quick I would buy this book!

Though I write contemporary romance under the name Shari Copell, my real name is Sherry Jesberger. I write a historical fantasy/paranormal romance series under the name S.L. Jesberger.

I am an eleventh generation native of Pennsylvania. My husband Gordon and I raised three lovely daughters, one of whom designs my book covers. Another daughter drew the map in the front cover of my historical fantasy series. 

I’ve always had stories swirling through my head. Crazy stuff, totally whack situations. I was a voracious reader as a child, choosing to escape into the world of books. I wrote stories when I was a teen, but quit as I grew up. (Keep in mind, there were no computers then. Writing a book or story consisted of a brand-new notebook and a ballpoint pen.) I found some of these early stories as I cleaned out my grandmother’s house after she passed. Unfortunately, I threw them away.
I started writing again in 2012 after my husband lost his job. Aislin of Arianrhod was published in October of that year. I immediately began to work on the second book in the series, Winter’s Child.

Sometime in the middle of writing Winter’s Child, I had the inexplicable urge to swear like sailor, use modern vernacular, and write steamy sex scenes. I was amused and tried to push it aside. The language in a historical fantasy is obviously much different from a contemporary romance, so I had to behave myself.

I finally just thought, fuck it. I’ll do it. It was during that time that I started to write “Micah’s Island.” I simply needed to purge the wild story that had taken over my brain by then. It was so much fun to write. What would happen if you met a man who had never seen a grown woman before? 

I chose the pen name Shari Copell because Micah’s Island was so very different from the Àlainnshire series. Copella was my grandmother’s maiden name—I just dropped the A.

For the most part, people seemed to like Micah, though he was a man of few words. I got some nice (and not so nice) emails about it, mostly from people wanting a better ending. I promptly wrote them one.
I wasn’t sure I would ever write another contemporary romance until Rock’n Tapestries dropped into my head, nearly complete from beginning to end (though I did run some things past Tara Chevrestt, who edits for me. Her suggestions were invaluable.) You just have to indulge your muse when that happens, as it doesn’t happen often. 

Though the names and situations have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, some of the things in Rock’n Tapestries were things that actually happened to me. My husband was wearing a bass guitar the first time I ever laid eyes on him. As Chelsea says of Tage, “ I think I might’ve had to scoop my jaw off the floor.” He’s the skinny dude in the gray tank top and orange guitar on the far right in this video:

I hope you’ve enjoyed Rock’n Tapestries. I’m currently having a blast working on a book about Nicks Sorenson, Asher’s daughter. I love this girl! It should be out sometime in 2014.

In the meantime, rock on!

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Wild Angel (A Rock'n Tapestries novel, #2) - Coming 2014
Book Blurb:
A young guitar prodigy trying to discover who she really is. A husband fighting to hold his family together.  A wife struggling with the feelings she has for a musician who’s been dead for nearly nineteen years.
And a man who will battle from beyond the grave to protect his only child.
Nicks Sorenson, guitarist extraordinaire for the band Wild Angel, has a lot going on during her last year of high school. In fact, she sometimes wonders if someone has painted a bull’s eye on her forehead.
Stone Jensen, lead guitarist for the band Heavy Remedy, shows up everywhere  she plays despite the bad blood between them.  The high school principal is targeting her with endless detentions for some reason. And she’s starting to think maybe her mother is losing her mind.
A dream seems to set inexplicable events in motion.  Things get even weirder when she learns the name of the man who willed her the four guitars she now owns.
Nicks Sorenson is about to find out what you don’t know can hurt you. 

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