September 22, 2014

Music Monday: Kenny Chesney's "American Kids"

"Growing up in little pink houses . . ."

I listen to all kinds of music. The writer in me especially loves songs that tell a story. I thought I'd try blogging at least once a week about a song that I love. It could be a current song or something from the 70s. You just never know with me. :)

About two weeks ago, I heard a new song by Kenny Chesney called "American Kids." I've been a fan of Kenny's music for a long time. In college, he performed in our basketball arena, opening for Aaron Tippin and Terri Clark. Kenny was so unknown at the time that nobody was in his meet-and-greet line after the show, so my friend and I went through his line . . . twice. These days, we wouldn't be able to get within a thousand feet of him, and that's because of songs like this.

Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally, "American Kids" is a feel-good, upbeat song about growing up.

"We were Jesus save me, blue jean baby, Born in the USA
Trailer park truck stop, faded little map dots, New York to LA
We were teenage dreamin', front seat leanin'
Baby, come give me a kiss
Put me on the cover of the Rolling Stone
Uptown down home American kids."

It doesn't matter when you grew up. There's something in this song for everyone to relate to. Here's the video. Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite song right now? I'd love to hear about it! 

September 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Stronger With Him by JA Hensley

Author JA Hensley is revealing the cover of her upcoming novel, Stronger With Him! Keep reading to see the gorgeous cover and to learn more about the story. Please note this book is intended for adult readers. 

September 12, 2014

Johnny Cash Died Today

I rarely blog about anything except writing, but today, I felt the urge to blog about Johnny Cash. He died eleven years ago today.

One of my earliest musical memories is my dad playing "Ghost Riders in the Sky," a hit for Johnny Cash in 1979. Johnny's isn't the only version of the song, but it's the only one I knew at the time (I was five). I was a Madonna-loving, Cyndi-Lauper-singing child of the 80s (and Johnny wasn't recording much by that time, anyway), so I didn't truly appreciate his music until 2002, when I saw the video for "Hurt," a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

Johnny Cash covers Nine Inch Nails. Really?


At this point, I became obsessed with the man, his life, and his music. I read book after book, including his autobiography. It's a fascination that continues today. While I write this blog post, "Folson Prison Blues" is playing in the background. :)

I stumbled upon this today. It's his last interview, recorded about a month before his death on September 12, 2003. 
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Cover Re-Reveals: Hunted and Tormented by Lorenz Font

cool TWCS logoAuthor Lorenz Font is revealing the new covers for her novels, Hunted and Tormented! Keep reading to see the awesome new cover art and to learn more about the books.

September 10, 2014

99 Hours and 99 Authors - Rafflecopter Giveaway

Author NJ Cole is celebrating 9/9 by having a 99 Hour & 99 Author Rafflecopter Giveaway! Gift cards, paperbacks, ebooks (including one of mine), and loads of other author swag is up for grabs! She's also offering all her books for just .99 cents during these 99 hours. Keep reading to learn more!

September 09, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wrong Place, Right Time by Brooke Williams

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Brooke Williams is revealing the cover of her upcoming novella, "Wrong Place, Right Time." Read on to check out the cover, read the summary, and enter the giveaway!

September 06, 2014

Blog Tour: Branded - A Bad Boys Anthology

Authors B.L. Wilde, Jeanne McDonald, Jo Matthews, Mary Elizabeth, and Sarah Elizabeth give us five good reasons why good girls love bad boys. The men of Branded – A Bad Boy Anthology are sexy, adventurous, and troubled deep into their souls. There may be no redeeming them, but at the risk of losing everything, these good girls must decide if loving their bad boy is indeed worth the cost. Keep reading to learn more!


September 04, 2014

Cover Reveal: Lincoln Ladies by Suzy Duffy

Lincoln-Ladies-Large-Blog-Tour-BannerMy sweet Irish author-friend, Suzy Duffy, is revealing the cover of her upcoming novel, Lincoln Ladies! Keep reading to see the fun cover, view the summary, and enter the special giveaway!