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January 09, 2015

End of Lonely Street by Alicia Dean / Book Blast

I am happy to introduce the first author guest on Write with Fey for 2015...Alicia Dean! She’s sharing the blurb and excerpt for her new book, End of Lonely Street.

Title: End of Lonely Street
Author: Alicia Dean
Genre: Vintage Historical Romance
Page Count: 61
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: January 8th 2014

Blurb:

Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?

All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Excerpt:

After work that night, Toby wasn’t ready to go home, so she sat in her car in the parking lot of Winstead’s, listening to the radio. “Love Me” by Elvis came on, and she cranked the volume.

Nothing else calmed her and lightened her heart like listening to him. She could escape into his music and all the bad just…faded away. When Elvis sang, there was no drunken mother, no failed dreams, no dying Miss Murdock. Toby didn’t only listen to his music, she felt it. It seemed to vibrate through her blood.

Although she was embarrassed to admit it, sometimes listening to him, watching him on television, made her all squirmy and hot—just like Noah made her feel. Especially that one night, when they had almost gone all the way.

Toby had been a senior in high school, and he’d graduated the year before. He picked her up and they drove out to the bluff, known as Make Out Row, overlooking downtown Mapleton.

The town was shrouded in darkness, but scattered lights shone, as though a starry sky were laid out below them. There were other cars around, but closed up in their cocoon, it was as though they were the only two people on Earth. Noah had kissed her, deep and long, whispering love words, telling her she was special, beautiful. She’d fallen in love with him at that very moment—wanted to be with him forever. He’d been the one to halt their make out session. She would have willingly gone all the way that night. She was helplessly under his spell…the feel of his lips on hers, his hand covering her breast through her thin blouse…

A tapping sound on the window made her jump. She looked through the glass to find Noah standing outside the car. Was he real, or just part of the fantasy world she’d drifted to? When another tap came, she blinked away the memories. He was definitely real.


Author Bio:

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.

She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Alicia Dean! I’m thrilled to have you on my blog! :)

QUESTION: How did you like the excerpt for End of Lonely Street?




27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my type pf read, but it sounds powerful. Congratulations, Alicia.

Pat Hatt said...

Great blurb and excerpt, perfect for peaking interest indeed

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like a realistic portrayal of the child of an alcoholic. Congrats to Alicia.

Unknown said...

love this, congrats to Alicia! great snippet!

Lisa Thomson said...

It sounds very romantic! I like that it's set in the 1950's and will definitely give it a unique spin. Nice to meet you Alicia!

Sarah Foster said...

Sounds like a good read! Congrats to Alicia.

Chrys Fey said...

It does sound powerful. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Yeah, I don't often find books set in the 50's.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks to everyone who left a comment so far for Alicia! :D

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog, Chris!

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you, Alex! It's a bit of a departure from what I normally write, but it was fun.

Alicia Dean said...

Thanks, Pat! I'm so glad it peaked your interest.

Alicia Dean said...

I appreciate you stopping by, Susan. Yes, my father was an alcoholic, although he was NOT like Toby's mother. :)

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you, Beth!

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you, Lisa. (who shares the name of Elvis' daughter :)) It's my first attempt at a fifties story, but it was a blast to write. Nice to meet you too!

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you, Sarah!

Chrys Fey said...

You're so very welcome, Alicia! I'll welcome you back anytime. :)

Nicola said...

Congratulations to Alicia!!

Patsy said...

Great title and cover.

Anonymous said...

Wild Rose Press is coming out with amazing stuff. I love when you feature their books. Congrats to Alicia.

Chrys Fey said...

The Wild Rose Press is my publisher. I love hosting my fellow authors. :D

Denise Covey said...

How cool to be able to write a vintage story and include the things/people you love, like Elvis. Sounds gorgeous. I've heard great things about Wild Rose Press.

Happy New Year Chrys!

Denise :-)

sage said...

Probably not the kind of book I'd read, but I like that she works in MLB and music and the cover of the book is wonderful!

Chrys Fey said...

The Wild Rose Press is wonderful. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I think the cover is great, too. :)

Unknown said...

I love the idea of working in one of those three loves into your books. It could become a bit of a signature for them.

Stephanie Faris said...

What an awesome retro cover! The story sounds positively charming.