Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wild Angel (Rock'n Tapestries Book #2) by Shari Coppell with Giveaway, Excerpt & Review

Title: Wild Angel (Rock'n Tpestries, #2)
Author: Shari Copell
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Paranormal Elements
Release Date: May 11, 2014
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

“Hello, Pittsburgh! You ready to rock?" 

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 wonder if her mother is losing her mind. 

Life soon spins into chaos for the Sorenson family. It began when Nicks learned the name of the dead musician who’d willed her his four guitars. Then came the dreams of a man shrouded in mist. She doesn’t recognize him, but he seems to know her. 

As the strange occurrences escalate, Nicks goes on an unexpected—and painful—journey into the past. 

She’s about to learn what you don’t know can hurt you.

Wild Angel - Excerpt

Stone prowled from one corner of the platform to the other with his guitar then stepped back to the mic to sing. The man sure knew how to whip people into a frenzy. Nicks played to the crowd in one corner, then turned her attention to Stone. She met him in the middle, thrusting her guitar at him with her pelvis. He clutched his chest and staggered back, feigning a heart attack. She laughed and went after him, cornering him against one of the light supports.

She couldn’t explain it, but being up there with him felt sexual. He was hotter than hell, and if they were a thing, the only task left to do was make it official. She stared into his eyes as she played, silently making promises she intended to keep. Tonight.

He turned to the crowd, begging them with his eyes for a rescue. Willow had said she came across like a ten-foot-tall warrior woman when she played. That’s exactly how she felt sharing a stage with Stone Jensen. She finally backed away and freed him from captivity against the support. For the time being, anyway.
My Review: 5 stars
I don’t know how she does it, but Shari makes me cry like a baby with each of her books. I absolutely loved her first, Rock’n Tapestries, and I absolutely love Wild Angel, the second in the series. I loved learning more about what happened after the end of the first book, which just devastated me. Tage stepped up in such a huge way for Chelsea and they have loved each other ever since then. They have a beautiful family with five children, one of whom is Asher's daughter.

I loved the originality of this story, how we learn more about Asher, the loveable, charismatic, heart crusher that he was. But he’s so much more in this book. This book took a lot of my favorite things and rolled them into one, so there’s no doubt to me that it deserves 5 stars, but to me that’s still not enough. First we have the sequel, which this is, that lets us know how many of the original characters have fared since Asher’s passing 19 years ago. Then we get to know Asher and Chelsea’s beautiful, feisty, take no crap, talented with Rock God DNA daughter, Nicole affectionately known as Nicks. Third, we have Asher coming back from beyond the grave to watch over his daughter and help keep her safe. Yeah, it had Chelsea and Nicks thinking they were both a little nuts until first Stone, Nicks’ boyfriend heard Asher, and then Tage saw him when they needed him most.

There’s a lot of mystery, a lot of anguish and agony over the past, there are a few smack downs which are pretty awesome, and there’s Asher, who makes it oh, so clear (at least to me) that he loves not only his daughter, but Chelsea too in his smartass way. I believe he regrets dying, but can’t say for certain. This is a roller coaster of events taking place that lead to a huge, oh my damn showdown and even larger events that take place after that. 

I loved every page from start to finish. I loved getting to know Nicks and Stone, seeing their connection and watching it grow. Of course, after he groveled appropriately. I loved how Nicks and Stone really just got each other, and the chemistry that just oozed off of them, especially when they played together. I loved seeing the deep, abiding love that Tage and Chelsea have for all their children, and each other. I loved reading how Nicks would sacrifice herself for her sisters sake. I would love, love, love more in this series, because Shari has made it so I connected with them on such an emotional level. I will always be on the lookout for Shari’s work whether I get that or not, because she wrote such amazing novels. 

*Buy book 1 of the Rock'n Tapestries series*

“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.

*About Shari*

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 Ă€lainnshire 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.

In the meantime, rock on!

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