Dec 19, 2014

Blog Tour and Guest Post for One Song Away by Molli Moran

One Song Away by Molli Moran 
Publication date: December 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn’t have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees—on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time and that their fake relationship will keep them both away from wagging tongues. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep…and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or write her own?

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Guest Post

Hi there I’m a Book Shark readers! I am so thrilled to share the post Mickey asked me to write regarding what inspired the coffee shop setting in my ONE SONG AWAY.

Confession: I try very hard not to base characters on people I know, or use real places in my books, unless it’s a celebrity mention, historical figure, or place, etc. So I struggled a bit when I decided to set ONE SONG AWAY in the fictional town of Martinville, Tennessee. I once said I would never write a book set in my state, but when Sophie came to life in my head, she was adamant about the fact she was from Tennessee, and was proud to be a southerner. Creating her hometown was a lot of fun; I look forward to expanding it in future books.

I wanted a central setting, some place Sophie and her friends or family could go, a place where a few important events in ONE SONG AWAY could take place. So I broke my rule, and drew inspiration from a real life coffeehouse I used to spend my weekends at for karaoke, coffee, live bands, and more. Freshly Ground is based on that place, which sadly isn’t in business anymore. I made some great friends during that time in my life, and that’s what I wanted to express with Freshly Ground. Thanks to working there, Sophie meets Mina and Brenna, who become good friends, and turn her friendship with Sloane into a quartet.

There’s a scene in ONE SONG AWAY shortly after Sophie has started working at the coffeehouse, where she’s studying all the various people who are there – everyone from teens, to businesswomen, to bikers, to a group of girls. (Cassadee Pope’s Frame By Frame album inspired a LOT of ONE SONG AWAY, and her song “Everybody Sings” was on repeat this scene.) Soph realizes that they are all there just to have fun. I wanted to show that something simple could bring a bunch of diverse folks together.

I fell in love at *my* Freshly Ground (name changed to protect guilty parties, heh heh), and I was so giddy when I got to use Sophie’s coffeehouse as a stage for a lot of important things and people who shape her story. I hope y’all enjoy the setting as much as I did! 

About the Author

Molli is a Southern writer who doesn’t consider her day complete if she hasn’t written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She’s a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.

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1 comment:

  1. Aww great post! I think writing about places you know probably helps bringing it to life. You can mention the little things that make up its atmosphere you know. :)


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