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Lost in NashVegas, NashVegas Series #1
Westbow / 2006 / Paperback
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Who knew Nashville would look so much like Las Vegas? At least that's how it appears to Robin Rae McAfee---an aspiring songwriter from Freedom, Alabama. Packing witty dialogue, quirky characters, and a rocking "country vibe," her story will make you laugh as it plunges you into the world of today's country music industry. 320 pages, softcover from WestBow.
Last week, I was stocking groceries in Freedom, Alabama. This week, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, about to take the stage at the famous Bluebird Cafe.
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Only one problem, I 've got stage fright.
But after years of being ruled by fear and hiding from my dream, I confronted my limited reality and left home. Forget the hometown hunk who wants to make me queen of his double-wide. Forget Momma's doubt-inspiring tirade. I can make it in Music City...can't I?
In a leap of faith, I gathered my old guitar, my notebook full of songs, and packed up my '69 Chevy pickup. Look out NashVegas!
With the help of some new friends, especially handsome Lee Rivers, my dream is about to find the light of day. But as I face my first night at the Bluebird Cafe, I realize...I might just do what comes naturally. Look for the nearest exit, and run!
Rachel Hauck has found a calling in today's booming market of Chick Lit. With her new book Lost in NashVegas, Hauck inspires us all to find our dreams outside of our hometowns. Hauck is an Ohio State grad who started off as a software trainer and didn't take up serious writing until 1999. Since then she has had eight books published, including two coming out in Spring 2007.
Lost in NashVegas takes us into a first person view full of hilarity and troubles that will leave everyone grinning from ear to ear.
The book holds considerable wittiness in dialogue, including a southern dialect that you may not have known existed. Our heroine, Robin McAfee, is a twenty-five-year-old still working at a grocer and still stuck in Freedom, Alabama. With the support of her town and her family, except for her more than pressing mother, Bit, Robin makes her way to live in Nashville. Fortunately for her, she makes friends with the locals with the help of her sassy landlady and her go-getting city cousin, Skyler. Once settled in, she finds herself at open mic nights, inside writing studios, as well as cleaning the toilets of upper crust clients.
Troubles start in when her naive nature causes her to be too trusting. Not only is trouble a handsome songwriter, but also her hometown sweetheart and a sweet contractor. With three men running around pulling on her heart strings, Robin nearly loses sight of why she came to Nashville to begin with. The tissue box is needed as she and her mother continually argue about Robin's life and what she should be doing. Later on, as Hauck wraps up her sweet, homey tale, you can find a sense of peace not only in the book but also in your own life.
Lost in NashVegas is not only a good literary book, it also provides a pulling story that makes you believe in your own dreams again. You will struggle alone with Robin as she decides whether to follow God's call or her own plan. Hauck has hit a homerun with a book that can make you smile and fume with anger but also cry on the very same page. Mallory L. Lahr, Christian Book Previews.com
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Author: Rachel Hauck
Located in: Palm Bay, Florida
Submitted: August 25, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. I love great books, moving music and romantic comedies. I love witty dialog and a clever- turned phrase. I love the music of Misty Edwards. I love my spiritual children, especially since I have no children of my own. I've been married to my grand and great hubby for 14.5 years. He's my biggest encourager. I couldn't write books without his constant support. I am a worship and prayer leader. Graduated from The Ohio State University, and am a big Buckeye's football fan. I've lived in the south for 32 years, though I did migrate to my father's alma mater for college. I love dogs and cats, most any animal.
What was your motivation behind this project? Lost In NashVegas is a compilation of great minds. I feel very blessed to have been "given" this project. The story started out with a dialog between my agent and me. She suggested writing southeresque chick lit. We brainstormed and came up with the idea of writing about a songwriter. I thought,"What could hinder a person from being a songwriter?" The thought came, "She's afraid to sing in front of people." So, the story of Robin McAfee was born. As I begin to writer her story, one of my motivations was to show how we can face our fears, push through them, and have victory on the other side.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First, I hope they have an enjoyable, fun read, and have a good time relating to Robin Rae McAfee as she tries to realize her heart's desire. Second, to see the powerful love of God. His love really does cast out all fears. God has written a dream or destiny on all of our hearts. After reading Lost In NashVegas, it's my prayer that folks will be encouraged to pursue their dreams, or ask God to show them His purposes for them.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My influences are people who really have a heart to live all out for Jesus. Not in religious, judgemental ways, but who pursue a deep, inner relationship with Him. My sources of inspiration are all around me. Friends, family, the fragrance of God. I'm also inspired by many authors. A good writer has to be an excellent reader. (smile)
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: You're His favorite one!
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