COVER REVEAL - Behind the Strings

As one of Nashville’s hottest music bloggers, Celia Westbrooke spends her days chasing stories and her nights mingling with country music’s rising stars. Her life is a whirlwind, but it keeps her mind from remembering a past she left behind. That is, until a new assignment forces her to face the one person she thought was gone forever.

Logan Kent is on the fast track to country music stardom. It was the dream he had worked his entire life for. A dream that cost him the one person he ever truly loved. The same dream, that five years later, will be the reason she returns.

In the heart of Music City, Celia and Logan will be forced to relive the remnants of a relationship they thought would never be. And just when they think they have what it takes to put all the pieces back together, one night could tear it all apart. Secrets will be revealed, loyalties will be tested and both will be left to decide if what they really want, is worth what they’ll lose in the process.

Doesn't that blurb just reach out and grab your attention? Don't you want to skip over to Amazon and buy this book? Yes? I do too, but unfortunately it's not available until May 17th!

But all is not lost! Courtney Giardina's latest release, Behind the Strings may not release until May, but today is the Cover Reveal!! Isn't it gorgeous? I'm so in love with this cover and it makes me want to read the book even more!

Here's a little taste of Behind the Strings to whet your appetite!

Excerpt

The back patio was pretty empty at that point in the night. There were a few stragglers standing around smoking cigarettes, but based on the screams that echoed through the open doors, most of the crowd was focused on trivia. My weight fell heavily upon the railing. The breeze was calming against the warmth of my skin. It had a cool, gentle touch to it. I almost thought that’s what it was that set firmly on my bare shoulder for a minute until I heard a voice behind me.
“You okay?” Jesse asked.
His lips grazed my ear and I began to shiver.
“No, Jesse, I’m not okay.” I said, pulling his hand from me. “I told you I can’t do this.”
“I don’t know why you’re fighting this so hard,” he said. “I see it when you look at me. I know you want this too.”
My eyes were now facing him. “Jesse, you don’t want me.”
“Yes I do.”
“No, you don’t.”
“And why not?” He asked.
“I’ve had a lot of disappointment in my life. I’m tired of being let down. I’m tired of trying to hold on to people who will never give me what I need. I’m happy with my life the way it is. And then you come around and you do something to me I can’t explain. You bring up this feeling inside me that I thought I had buried.”
I let him step closer and rub his hand on my cheek. A chill rushed through me as he moved his body again toward mine.
“Do you know how badly I want to kiss you right now?”
I turned my head away from him even though I wanted the same thing. I had wanted to kiss him again the second we stopped outside my car that night. I wanted to kiss him at Logan’s party and I wanted to kiss him right now, but I resisted
“You don’t want to kiss me,” I said.
“And why do you say that?”
“Because if you did you would’ve done it already.”
I saw the dimple creep up as he smiled. He stepped closer to me and slid his hand around to the back of my neck. Slowly he leaned in. I closed my eyes and waited until his lips met mine. Each time he started to pull away he would come back stronger and firmer than before. My hands fell to his chest and I was so distracted by the sensation flowing through me that my mind went blank.
When we finally came up for air, a puff of stale smoke brought me back to the bar scene I’d forgotten we were in the middle of. Jesse’s forehead leaned against mine, and even as I inhaled the toxic fumes I couldn’t help but smile.
“Just give me one chance,” he said.
“Oh, Jesse, I make everything so complicated.”
“My whole life is complicated. I’m a musician.”
“That right there,” I said, “is what I’m afraid of. I write about people like you every day. You even said yourself, it’s a world like no other.”
“I’ll tell you what, look me in the eye and tell me you don’t want me to kiss you again and I’ll go away.”
I thought about it long and hard. I had fought my entire life to keep people like Jesse away from me. I couldn’t rationalize why he of all people was making it so difficult. As much as my head wanted to say it, my heart was winning this time. I wanted Jesse to keep kissing me the way he just did and the way I felt when he touched me; I didn’t want it to go away. Right as I was about to answer I heard Logan call out to us from the doorway.
“Everything all right out here?” he asked.
I looked over at his inquisitive eyes. I didn’t know how long he had been standing there or what he saw, but this was the second time he had found us immersed in a conversation like this. I could only imagine what he was thinking. I glanced back over at Jesse before I stepped passed him and started to walk inside.
“I got a little light-headed,” I said as I met Logan in the doorway.
He put his hand on the small of my back. “Want me to take you home?”
“Oh no, I’m feeling much better now. I think I just needed some air.”
“I had to make a phone call,” Jesse said persuasively. “I found Celia out here so I thought I’d keep her company once I was done.”
The three of us all walked back to the table, Jesse a couple steps behind. With Logan coming out before I had a chance to answer, I thought Jesse would be reminded of his insecurities. I felt as if our conversation had turned in the other direction. I knew the night Logan had called when I was with Jesse that my relationship with Logan was a blurred line to him. One he first hesitated about crossing. And now, after he had fought so hard to get me to make a decision, one that was in his favor, I was afraid that now he was going to be the one to walk away.

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xoxo
~Heather

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