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Nashville - Part One - Ready to Reach ( A New Adult Contemporary Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Inglath Cooper
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Book Description

New Adult Romance series from the Author of Truths and Roses - Reached #11 on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List

Ever thought a dream might pass you by?

Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie is determined to make her dreams come true. She heads for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she'd inherited from her grandma called Gertrude. But when Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, Nashville has never seemed farther away. Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be. Because while CeCe is chasing after her dream, she might find love as well.

New Adult Romance where "the characters are so alive you can almost hear them next to you."

Excerpt

Nothing in my life has ever felt as good as Holden's kiss. Not the top of my first roller coaster ride, right before the plunge. Or the first time I performed one of my own songs in front of a crowd. Not even the day my Uncle Dobie said he thought I had a future in country music.

At first, Holden is gentle, kissing me like he's not sure where the line is. I'm the one who deepens it. I loop my arms around his neck and pull him closer, opening my mouth beneath his and inviting him in. He accepts. I've never been kissed like this. Thoroughly. Completely. Expertly.

And that's what it feels like. As if Holden knows exactly how to coax, persuade, entice. A couple minutes of this, and my mind is blanked of everything but him. I explore the ripples of abs. His breathing quickens, and I trace the other side.

He runs his hands down my back and anchors me against him as if he needs me to know what I'm doing to him. Knowing I'm not ready for what I've so clearly asked him for, I pull away and study his far too good-looking face, my chest feeling as if I've just run a marathon.

"I'm sorry, Holden," I say.

He smooths my hair back from my face. "If this ever happens between us, it has to be for the right reasons."


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From the Author

CHAPTER ONE
CeCe

I've been praying since before I can ever actually remember learning how. Mama says I took to praying like baby ducks to their first dip in a pond, my "please" and "thank you" delivered in a voice so sweet that she didn't see how God would ever be able to say no to me.

Mama says my praying voice is my singing voice, and that anybody listening would know right off that the Father himself gave that voice to me. Two human beings, especially not her and one so flawed as the man who was supposedly my Daddy, would ever be able to create anything that reminiscent of Heaven.

I'm praying now. Hard as I ever have. "Dear Lord, please let this old rattletrap, I mean, faithful car Gertrude, last another hundred miles. Please don't let her break down before I get there. Please, dear Lord. Please."

A now familiar melody strings the plea together. I've been offering up the prayer for the past several hours at fifteen-minute intervals, and I'm hoping God's not tired of my interruptions. I've got no doubt He has way more important things on His plate today. I wonder now if I was a fool not to take the bus and leave the car behind altogether. It had been a sentimental decision, based on Granny's hope that her beloved Gertrude would help get me where I wanted to go in this life.

And leaving it behind would have been like leaving behind Hank Junior. I reach across the wide bench seat and rub his velvety-soft Walker Hound ear. Even above the rattle-wheeze-cough of the old car's engine, Hank Junior snores the baritone snore of his deepest sleep. He's wound up in a tight ball, his long legs tucked under him, his head curled back onto his shoulder. He reminds me of a duck in this position, and I can't for the life of me understand how it could be comfortable. I guess it must be, though, since with the exception of pee and water breaks, it's been his posture of choice since we left Virginia this morning.

Outside of Knoxville, I-40 begins to dip and rise, until the stretch of road is one long climb after the other. I cut into the right hand lane, tractor-trailer trucks and an annoyed BMW whipping by me. Gertrude sounds like she may be gasping her last breath, and I actually feel sorry for her. The most Granny ever asked of her was a Saturday trip to Winn-Dixie and the post office and church on Sundays. I guess that was why she'd lasted so long.
Granny bought Gertrude, brand-spanking new, right off the lot, in 1960. She named her after an aunt of hers who lived to be a hundred and five. Granny thought there was no reason to expect anything less from her car if she changed the oil regularly and parked her in the woodshed next to her house to keep the elements from taking their toll on the blue-green exterior. It turned out Granny was right. It wasn't until she died last year and left Gertrude to me that the car started showing her age.

What with me driving all over the state of Virginia in the past year, one dive gig to another, weekend after weekend, I guess I've pretty much erased any benefits of Granny's pampering.

We top the steep grade at thirty-five. I let loose a sigh of relief along with a heartfelt prayer of thanks. The speedometer hits fifty-five, then sixty and seventy as we cruise down the long stretch of respite, and I see the highway open out nearly flat for as far ahead as I can see. Hank Junior is awake now, sitting up with his nose stuck out the lowered window on his side. He's pulling in the smells, dissecting them one by one, his eyes narrowed against the wind, his long black ears flapping behind him.

We're almost to Cookeville, and I'm feeling optimistic now about the last eighty miles or so into Nashville. I stick my arm out the window and let it fly with the same abandon as Hank Junior's ears, humming a melody I've been working on the past couple days.

A sudden roar in the front of the car is followed by an awful grinding sound. Gertrude jerks once, and then goes completely limp and silent. Hank Junior pulls his head in and looks at me with nearly comical canine alarm.

"Crap!" I yell. I hit the brake and wrestle the huge steering wheel to the side of the highway. My heart pounds like a bass drum, and I'm shaking when we finally roll to a stop. A burning smell hits my nose. I see black smoke start to seep from the cracks at the edge of the hood. It takes me a second or two to realize that Gertrude is on fire.

I grab Hank Junior's leash, snapping it on his collar before reaching over to shove open his door and scoot us both out. The flames are licking higher now, the smoke pitch black. "My guitar!" I scream. "Oh, no, my guitar!"

I grab the back door handle and yank hard. It's locked. Tugging Hank Junior behind me, I run around and try the other door. It opens, and I reach in for my guitar case and the notebook of lyrics sitting on top of it. Holding onto them both, I towboat Hank Junior around the car, intent on finding a place to hook his leash so I can get my suitcase out of the trunk.

Just then I hear another sputtering noise, like the sound of fuel igniting. I don't stop to think. I run as fast as I can away from the car, Hank Junior glued to my side, my guitar case and notebook clutched in my other hand.

I hear the car explode even as I'm still running flat out. I feel the heat on the backs of my arms. Hank Junior yelps, and we run faster. I trip and roll on the rough surface pavement, my guitar case skittering ahead of me, Hank Junior's leash getting tangled between my legs.

About the Author

When asked to tell something about myself, I never know where to start! We're all made up of so many different interests, beliefs and motivations. I love books, dogs, kind people, spending lots of time outdoors, juicing, making huge salads and fundraising for my local Humane Society.

You might like one of my books if:
  •  you like a good love story that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
  • you like the main characters in your reading to be someone you wouldn't mind being and someone you wouldn't mind marrying.
  • you like animals in your stories: dogs, cats, horses, cows.
  • you like books for kindle, iPad and other ereaders.
  • you like to keep the rating at PG-13.

I fell in love with reading as a little girl, devouring most of the books in my elementary school library. At some point, I decided I wanted to pursue a writing career, creating romance fiction that might provide the hours of entertainment and escape my favorite books have provided for me. I love character-driven books that leave me feeling as if I've really known these people and make me wish I didn't have to turn the last page.

Romance fiction has always appealed to me because it deals with so many of the relationships in a woman's life. Not only the love of her life, but often her relationship with her mother, sister or best friend. Romance authors have so much room to explore many of the meaningful moments and transitions in women's lives. And who doesn't love a good love story?

I most often write stories about love and life that are set in small Virginia towns like the one where I grew up. I like to think the flavor of my hometown shows up in my books both in their setting and through the characters who people it.

Outside of writing, I'm actively involved in dog rescue, working with to place dogs and cats in need of rehoming. Helping an abused or neglected dog go on to have a wonderful life with a family who loves them is more rewarding than I can possibly say!
Inglath

Product Details

  • File Size: 2814 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Fence Free Entertainment, LLC (October 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LSEZYO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story October 5, 2012
By TreeTx
Format:Kindle Edition
In this story, you meet CeCe, Thomas, Holden and precious Hank Junior. Cece is determined to fulfil her dream of becoming a country singer and songwriter. Everything works against her, and she finds herself alone on a the side of the road with only Hank Junior (her dog) and her guitar case. Coming to her rescue, Thomas and Holden take care of her and their little group becomes close as they travel to Nashville.
Ms. Cooper has written such a beautiful story that gives you hope. It fills you with laughter, sadness, and many other emotions. You feel connected to the characters and really share in their successes and hurt in their failures.
I can't wait for the next part to come out. I've really grown attached to the characters and want to see what lies ahead for them. Again...beautiful story.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read! Even if you're not "into" romance! October 13, 2012
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Nashville - Part One - Ready to Reach

What a well written novella this is! You are immediately drawn into the characters who are 3 dimensional and very realistic. So many romance novels make the good guy all good and the heroine so sweet you want to throw up, but these characters are normal people who could be your next door neighbors (well, if you lived in Georgia or Alabama :) ). I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting it was that captivating.

It may not be important to everyone, but having been an English major in college, spelling, punctuation and grammar are all too important to me and I've read so many books lately that have atrocious spelling and even worse grammar! This one is perfect in those respects and I respect the author for making sure it was so before publishing it.

I'm not a particular fan of romance (although I had my day), but I so thoroughly enjoyed this book on so many levels that I just HAD to comment on it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nashville Part 1 November 9, 2012
By Heidy
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Very light read. Story starts strong but loses it about half way through. Using an entire song for a chapter seemed like just a use of words.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring February 18, 2013
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This book was very similar to every other young adult book out there today. Girl meets boy and his friend. Girl falls for both of them and forced to choose between them. Granted this is only a set up to the next book so you don't know for sure this is what happens, the writing is on the wall for this one. I will not be buying the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Adventures October 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
CeCe and Hank, Jr on the road to Nashville... and its fun and tears and joys and sorrows as she finds troubles and rescuers much unexpected. I loved this story and was so sorry that I had reached the final word...until we receive the next chapter. This is a delight and if you haven't read Inglath Cooper before this little novella will quickly make you a fan of all her books. Personally I can hardly wait for the next Part.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grabbed my interest on the first page! October 10, 2012
By kentuck
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This storyline caught me up in its very beginning. Loved the unexpected of which characters would be close. Can't wait for Part II!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great October 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Can't  wait to read more from this series. such an easy read. finished in a day . great storyline and incredible characters
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the 2nd October 17, 2012
By May
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What a wonderful story! The characters are great! I was addicted from the very first page! Impatiently waiting for the second book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute!
Cute, fun and easy read. Likable characters and a decent plot line.
Published 2 days ago by Emilou
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 4 days ago by jim barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is the second book I've read by Inglath Cooper (Jane Austin Girl was the first- also excellent) and it will certainly not be the last! Read more
Published 6 days ago by BLC
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
Cute. Read this for free through one of those free books of the day subscriptions, but would probably buy the second or third installment if this series were to be continued. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Not so GT
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read, a little slow in places
Published 15 days ago by mcd
3.0 out of 5 stars I really dislike installments!
Installments are like someone saying something important to you, stopping mid-sentence and walking away. You are just left hanging. Very anti-climactic. Read more
Published 20 days ago by MRandall
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
A thoroughly engaging look into the lives of three aspiring artists. By the end of the first few pages, you feel you need to keep reading to find out what happens to them next;... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tia Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Done with the series...
I'm impressed. Finally a good solid romance with lots of tension and a good plot, without the sleaze! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Conjunxpigra
3.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the premise
I really liked the premise, the characters, and the plot. But since this is just a teaser book, I reduced it a star.
Published 27 days ago by E. Penney
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
This book is amazing. I hope to read the whole collection. And I hope they r as good as this one.
Published 1 month ago by Lydia Condrey
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Bestselling, RITA® Award winning author Inglath Cooper fell in love with books as soon as she learned how to read. She is a Virginia girl who also loves dogs, compassionate people, being outside, summertime, pretty much all vegetables and happiness.

"Truths and Roses. . .so sweet and adorable, I didn't want to stop reading it. I could have put it down and picked it up again in the morning, but I didn't want to." -- Kirkusreviews.com

On Truths and Roses: "I adored this book...what romance should be, entwined with real feelings, real life and roses blooming. Hats off to the author, best book I have read in a while." - Rachel Dove, http://frustratedyukkymummy.blog.co.uk

"I am a sucker for sweet love stories! This is definitely one of those! It was a very easy, well written, book. It was easy to follow, detailed, and didn't leave me hanging without answers." - www.layfieldbaby.blogspot.com

"I don't give it often, but I am giving it here - the sacred 10. Why? Inglath Cooper's A GIFT OF GRACE mesmerized me; I consumed it in one sitting. When I turned the last page, it was three in the morning." -- MaryGrace Meloche, Contemporary Romance Writers

5 Blue Ribbon Rating! ". . .more a work of art than a story. . .Tragedies affect entire families as well as close loved ones, and this story portrays that beautifully as well as giving the reader hope that somewhere out there is A GIFT OF GRACE for all of us. -- Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies 5 Stars. "A warm contemporary family drama starring likable people coping with tragedy and triumph." 4 1/2 Stars. -- Harriet Klausner -- Romantic Times

"A GIFT OF GRACE is a beautiful, intense, and superbly written novel about grief and letting go, second chances and coming alive again after devastating adversity. Warning!! A GIFT OF GRACE is a three-hanky read...better make that a BIG box of tissues read! Wowsers, I haven't cried so much while reading a book in a long long time...Ms. Cooper's skill makes A GIFT OF GRACE totally believable, totally absorbing...and makes Laney Tucker vibrantly alive. This book will get into your heart and it will NOT let go. A GIFT OF GRACE is simply stunning in every way--brava, Ms. Cooper! Highly, highly recommended!" 4 1/2 Hearts -- Romance Readers Connection

"...A WOMAN WITH SECRETS...a powerful love story laced with treachery, deceit and old wounds that will not heal...enchanting tale...weaved with passion, humor, broken hearts and a commanding love that will have your heart soaring and cheering for a happily ever after love. Kate is strong-willed, passionate and suffers a bruised heart. Cole is sexy, stubborn and also suffers a bruised heart...gripping plot. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Cooper's work!" - www.freshfiction.com




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