The Melody In My Head
Love and Music in Texas, Book Two
by Nikki Lynn Barrett
Welcome back to Harmony’s Echo, Texas…..
Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she’s fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination.
She’s alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?
Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he’s ever loved. Each lonely day he’s faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the ‘music’ of his past.
The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can’t be ignored.
Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all…
If she doesn’t flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.
Fun Facts about The Melody in My Head, and the Love and Music in Texas Book series.
- Jameson’s character wasn’t originally going to be a good guy. (I know, I know…what was I thinking?) As I wrote Baby Stetson, he surprised me and grew on me. I loved him so much, I had to give him his own story and HEA.
I used Keith Urban’s intense guitar playing for inspiration when I pictured Jameson playing the guitar. Yes, it’s no secret I have a huge celeb crush on Keith, but it’s more than that. He’s a talented guitar player and he puts his all in when he plays, and that’s why I used his image for Jameson…..Honest!
- The song lyrics I incorporate in the story are mine. I am a lyric writer, and so I fit some of my own songs in the story as I see fit. 🙂
- I’m going to be working on a project- The songs used in the series, I’m going to try and get them to melody, find a band, and release a music CD with the songs. (Yep, I’ll be singing them. I won’t burst your eardrums, promise!)
Jameson set the bag on the table and followed the sound. Not only was she playing the guitar, but she was singing, too. She sat on the stool in the middle of the garage, wearing a white half sleeved shirt that showed enough skin to drive him crazy. She had her legs crossed and her hands gracefully strummed the strings.
She was beautiful. She seemed at ease, her eyelids half shut as she played her heart out with the song. Jameson made sure to stay out of sight. She hadn’t caught on that he was there yet, and if he made her aware of his presence, she might stop. He wanted to hear more. Good God, her hands on his guitar, he wanted those hands back on him.
She finished the song. Jameson had to catch his breath before popping in, clapping and grinning. She practically jumped from the stool and she put that guitar down quick. “That was beautiful. I didn’t realize you played!”
“Oh! Jameson, you startled me. I’m sorry, I had no idea you were home already. I couldn’t help but pick up the guitar..I just, I felt compelled.” She was blabbering and apologizing for nothing. Jameson crossed the room, closing the distance between them and gathered her in his arms.
“Melody, why would you apologize? You keep doing that, and I can’t understand why.” Jameson kissed her forehead, then threaded his fingers through her hair. She looked up at him with wide eyes. “I’m not mad at you, angel. I loved what you were playing.” He dipped his head and took her lips again, nibbling on the bottom one. When he pulled away, he smiled. “ Not to mention how hot it was to watch your hands move on my guitar. It made me think of a not to distant morning when your hands were doing something else.”
That got her to laugh as she leaned against him. “You crack me up, you know. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and the card.”
“You’re welcome. I just wanted to let you know how much I was thinking about you. I can’t stop. You’re in my head. I’ve got Melody in my head. Hey, that’s a good song title. The Melody in My head.”
She blushed and ducked away, but Jameson pulled her closer to him. “I love it when you blush. It’s sexy.”
“You are determined to get me all flustered, aren’t you?” She questioned with a smile.
Jameson shrugged, playing coy. “It’s working quite well, I’d say. My master plan to woo and seduce you is playing out just fine.”
She raised a brow at him. “Oh, is that what it’s all about?” Melody backed out of his arms and wagged a finger at him. “I should have known. You want me for my skills. I think I’ll be taking them and going now…” She slowly backed away, watching him with a mischievous grin as her eyes lit up.
Jameson caught her at the door, pinning her to the wall. “ You didn’t get very far, did you?” He lowered his head, ready to devour her again. He teased her neck with kisses until she moaned. “Looks like I won this round.”
From now until the end of July, Baby Stetson, the first in the Love and Music in Texas series, is discounted to just $.99. You’ll meet Jameson in this book, and then you can get his story when The Melody in My Head comes out.
In small Texas towns, strangers come and go…
Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love…only the knowledge of her past.
By day she works the Inn, but by night…Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good…stable, until new guests blew into town.
Some strangers come with secrets and lies
Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.
Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.
Each time they’re near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.
But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She’s an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki’s site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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