Why COUNTRY HEAVEN is as addictive as the hit TV series Nashville
So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. Thanks to Manic Readers for hosting me today. Hopefully you’ll soon see why you should be manic about my new release.
It’s about a down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image, and boy, do I have a hero for you! Is there anything hotter than a country singer? I mean, we have all sorts of incredible ones to choose from, anyone from Tim McGraw—my fave—to the fictional ones on the TV series Nashville, one of my favorite shows.
My hero, Rye Crenshaw, is the quintessential badboy country singer. He plays a mean guitar like Brad Paisley. He wears tight jeans, has a goatee, and wears a black cowboy hat like Tim McGraw. And his voice…well, it causes tingles in all the right places, just like Josh Turner.
But there’s a lot more to Rye than this badboy, low-country image. He actually was weeks away from graduating from Vanderbilt law school when he was “discovered.” He turned his back on his blueblood aristocratic Southern family to pursue a country music career, and his family disowned him. His heart is heavy, but he moves forward.
That is, until his family re-enters his life with all the drama of Nashville. His daddy has a heart attack and decides he wants to reconcile with his son, forcing Rye to make a decision. Will he journey home and make peace with his family?
Then there’s the heroine, a woman trying to pursue her own dreams, but is snowed under with debt from her grandfather’s medical bills. She’s working as a cook in a diner when Rye samples her food and hires her on the spot to be his cook on his tour bus. Tory Simmons takes the job, even though she has little interest in country music or Rye’s larger than life career.
Like Nashville, there’s enough family drama to make your head spin. And did I mention the tabloids? Well, Rye gets into trouble with them, and they’re all over him. Another thing the girl-next-door Tory can help him out with.
And did I mention the songs? For COUNTRY HEAVEN, I wrote thirteen country music songs. Obviously, there’s no music because it’s a book, but they set the scene. That’s one thing I love about Nashville. The songs only anchor in more of the story.
So check out COUNTRY HEAVEN and see what you think. And do tell me if you’re a big fan of country music and Nashville. Who’s your favorite singer?
Ava’s giving an ecopy of COUNTRY HEAVEN to one lucky commenter who answers her question. Giveaway ends @12 am est 2-19-14 with the winner announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!
USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, USA Today Contributor Becky Lower selected it as one of the Best Books of the Year. Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” The next books in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, was met with high praise and her ode to the early 1960s, THE TOWN SQUARE, what she calls Mad Men in a small town with a happy ending, melted reader’s hearts. Ava based her original series on a family newspaper, modeled after her own. Her great-great grandfather won it in a poker game in 1892, so Ava is no stranger to adventurous men and models her heroes after men like that—or like Tim McGraw, her favorite country music singer. Now Ava shares the Dare River series, set in the deep South, telling the story of a country singer and a beautiful cook. A former chef herself, Ava used her culinary background to infuse the story with family and personal recipes, but she also used her love for music to write country music songs to set the stage in the novel, creating a unique book experience. Ava—a writer since childhood—now lives in her own porch-swinging-friendly community with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with with small businesses.
COUNTRY HEAVEN, Book 1, The Dare River Series, by Ava Miles
February 2014/On Sale 2-11-14/$4.99 (eBook), $14.99 (print) ISBN: 978-1-940565-05-7