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Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1) by [Mankin, Michelle]
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Beautiful~Cute~Heartbreaking~and Soul Searching. 5 out of 5 stars - Star Angels' Reviews
A powerful turbulent journey - Pages Abound
An incredibly poignant read - Bookworm Brandee

From the Author

Hey Michelle! Thanks for letting me get inside your head for Outside. :) 

You said these were some of your favorite characters and I could feel your love for them as you told their story. Was there a specific inspiration for Mona and Linc?
As a couple together I love them the most of any I have written so far. My female narrator for my audio books inspired Simone. She sings and she has a beautifully strong steady spirit like Simone.
Can you tell us about your research? 
I watched copious amounts of youtube videos and surf competitions, wrote the rough draft, then flew to Ocean Beach, went up and down the coast to map out the band's footsteps then took a surf lesson. My surf instructor and I really bonded. And yes I have a new passion. Surfing. It is a very spiritual thing.
I adored your surfing lingo and surfing metaphors that were interspersed throughout the story. Did you do research on surfing and then write the story OR did you have the skeleton of the story and then do research to fill it in?
The Outside term I had from the beginning. The word is interspersed throughout the novel. Here let me show you. 
Outside, she drew in a deep breath of air. "I love this time of day. The salt from the ocean smells so good. I don't know how you stay away."
But if I was going to venture outside my comfort zone was he the guy I wanted to take a chance on?
Once outside the gate, I hooked a sharp right my feet automatically leading in the direction my heart wanted to go.
 "Come outside and talk to me a minute." His voice was deep and tempting. "I want to ask you something." The warmth of his breath tickled against my skin making me shiver.
I took her hand after we stepped outside into the humid air. The steady churn of the ocean was our music now.
"When two girlfriends close ranks that usually puts us guys on the outside."
I couldn't protect her when she was in there and I was outside.
Leave the rest of the world and their expectations outside.
All metaphors for their relationship that he summarizes... 
... You were like the perfect wave but instead of turning around and swimming toward you with all I had in me I went the opposite way, the wrong way."
I really liked the way you presented Mona and Linc's story. Was there a particular reason you chose to use the Present-Past-Present, as well as Dual POV format?
I wanted to have the mystery of what broke these two people up who have such obvious chemistry carry you threw the story... as one reviewer said reading with her hand over her eyes knowing the bad is coming...
Music plays a big role in your creative process and your books. Since Mona and Linc's musical styles differ, I was wondering if there is any specific music that served as inspiration or helped you get into your creative place for writing their story.
My audio team is writing the music right now. Kai Kennicott is bluesy ...Wen Ross is the rocker.
The music I listened to while writing is on spotify.
After combining music and surfing, I'm curious as to whether the ocean now speaks to you in the same way music does.
The ocean has always spoke to me. They say the throne room of God is surrounded by a crystal sea. That's where I will be snorkeling with underwater speakers playing rock music.
Chulo...I would be remiss if I didn't mention him. ;) He has so much personality and he's adorable! What made you decide to include him in this story? And what does his name mean?
I have been waiting for a place to fit him in. He and Simone are a natural fit. Chulo is slang for cute in Spanish.
What's next from this series?
Patch and Karen
Present Past Present
Present where Outside left off, Past beginning where Simone left the band
More surf, more Ash, Ramone, more ocean beach. more Chulo!!!

Thanks again for taking time for this!
Happy to. You ask great questions. You just reminded me that I love this story. 

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  • File Size: 2208 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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This may be my favorite from Mankin yet! She said she loved these characters and it shows in her writing. I love them, too.

The way Simone "Mona" and Linc's story is told plays well. It's told in three parts, Present, Past, and Present, and in dual POV. And the way Mankin presents Mona and Linc's backstory was clever. We meet Mona after 15 years have passed following the end of her ill-fated relationship with Linc. She's made a nice life for herself but there's something missing. When Linc shows up on Ocean Beach again, Mona's isn't sure she's ready or even willing to listen to anything he has to say. She'd thought she'd put that part of her life behind her. When we meet Linc, he's grown up. Seeing the difference between his younger self and the man he's become was startling. He's always been a determined man, doing everything in his power to win what he wants. And he's determined to win back the love he stupidly threw away.

Reminiscing over photos of that summer, we learn the story of the summer they fell in love. We see the connection these two forge - it's a powerful love. Their relationship was intense and although they were young when they found one another, their love grew organically and I felt it. The Past section also conveyed the very different people Mona and Linc were that summer and that made the contrast with who they are now that much more stark. Their childhoods affected them both significantly and it showed in their personality and actions.

Back in the Present, Mona and Linc have to determine if their love is a love that, despite the tempestuous waters they've navigated, will endure. Watching as these two find one another again, grabbing onto the second chance they've been given was awe-inspiring.
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As one of my go-to authors, Michelle Mankin continues to deliver books that warm my heart and make me smile. She has the ability to take a second chance love story and give it the freshness that I seek. Successfully combining the exhilarating world of surfing with the sexiness of Rock and Roll: Outside is every reader's dream come true!

Simone Bianchi thought she had found forever love with Lincoln Savage. But that was 15 years ago and since then, her life has been quiet with her constant companion Chulo and her surf shop in her beloved Ocean Beach to fill her days. And now Linc is back and he wants nothing more than to claim his 'Mona' once again. Under a ruse to have her sign papers to work together on a song they co-wrote all those years ago, Linc will stop at nothing to convince Mona that they have another chance.

Oh my. This book is just so beautiful. The way the author describes the sights and sounds of Ocean Beach, you can almost smell the breeze coming off the water. We get both the past and present lives of our couple and watch as the love they thought was meant to be as young lovers, get decimated by some rash decisions and foolish words.

I love the way Lincoln is so sure of himself. His passion, his want, his need for his woman was off the charts moving. Getting the more mature and self-assured Lincoln is just what Mona needs. It's all we can do to hope that she sees how he truly is her HEA and the missing piece to the broken puzzle she has remained all these years later. With wonderful secondary characters in Karen and Ash and even a lovestruck Patrick, this book has it all. The author even touches upon the sometimes tragic consequences of a rock and roll life which gives this story the realism she is known for.
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Michelle did a fabulous job of telling the story how Lincoln and Simone met and came together. I'm a fan of insta love, and this aspect was well written and done right. The story starts out at present day with the couple apart and living separate lives. Linc comes back to see Simone and wants to win her back. These two are truly fated for each other and are two halves of one whole. Unfortunately, events from their past and naivete of youth prevented their relationship from sustaining and actually tore them apart in their first go around. The book then transports you in time to the year 2000 to chronicle their relationship and the launch of the band. We meet all the friends and get a feel for the relationships surrounding the secondary characters as well. Once the relationship is over between Simone and Linc in 2000, we are brought back to present day and their second chance at love.
What I loved about this is that we didn't get snippets about their past while reading in present day but rather an entire portion of the book detailing their young relationship from beginning to end.
What I didn't like about it...the exact same thing. I know, I can't have it both ways. But I really wanted it.
Seeing as this is about second chances, I was hoping for more present day events and maybe discussing the good and bad times from 15 years prior. For me, the section of the year 2000 was a little too long with not quite enough emphasis on who they were as adults in the present day.
This is a good read with likable characters. I can't really pinpoint what the exact "more" is that I was looking for to make this a great read for my which is why I have to rate it in the middle of the scale for me.
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