SALVATION (Nashville Nights #2)- Available Now!
Letting go never felt so good.
Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.
Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.
Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.
Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.
Can they save each other?When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?
When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?
Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads welcomes author Robin Covington to the blog! Thanks so much for joining us today Robin and congratulations on your newest release in your Nashville Nights series, SALVATION.
Shayna – thanks so much for having me here to celebrate the release of SALVATION and for giving me a chance to gab about how I do this crazy writing thing . .
As I’m sure you’ve heard, the writing process is different for every writer and sometimes every book can be different. I have things that I do for every single book and I can’t get started without them:
- Figure out my characters using archetypes. These are the 12 basic building blocks for characters and I have to fit my hero and heroine in them and get to know them before the book unfolds. Once I’ve got them nailed, the rest starts falling into place.
- Visual stuff: I LOVE Pinterest. LOVE. I start a board for every book and throw up pics of things that are rolling around in my head. I pin people that look like the characters in my head (think Jake Gyllenhaal and Rose Leslie for Mateo and Carlisle), places, things, quotes and sexy scenes. For example, a quote that drove SALVATION was, “you know you really love someone when you can’t hate them for breaking your heart”.
- Soundtrack: I have to have a soundtrack to listen to when I’m writing the book. I can turn it on and jump back into the story. I’m a singer, so every scene and every lien usually is inspired by music.
- Plot it out: I don’t do a really detailed outline but I have to have a roadmap or I get lost quickly and that is not a pretty thing to watch.
- Haribo Gummi bears and Diet Coke: My hubby knows to stockpile them in the pantry when I’m writing a book. They keep me sane and that keeps the house happy. : )
And then I sit my ass in the chair and write until is done or I have to shower – whichever comes first.
SALVATION by Robin Covington
“Zane are you still playing at that music festival thing in a couple of days?”
If they are surprised by abrupt change in conversation, the only indication is the look that passes between them that I ignore.
“Yeah, why? You coming?”
“Can you get me a spot on the sound stage? Something out of the crowd?”
His face scrunches up into a “what the fuck” face. “Yeah. I can work it out.” And then the light bulb goes on and he brushes his long hair out of his face and grins. “You want to treat Carlisle to a little VIP treatment.”
I snort and roll my eyes. “She had dinner at the White House, I’m thinking that meeting you backstage is not going to be the highlight of her life.” I pull my phone out of pocket. “After today, I’m not sure she can handle standing in huge crowds for all that time.”
He nods. “You get her to go and I’ll make sure she is well-protected from the ‘little people’.”
I am able to flip him and hit her number on my phone at the same time. It’s a gift.
“You got her number?” Max asks. “I thought she shot you down.”
“I took it off the TA list for our class.”
“Nice abuse of authority. I like it,” Zane says. Of course he does. If there is a rule within five miles, he’s breaking it.
The phone rings and I walk out on the balcony just off the bedroom. She picks up on the third ring, laughing with whoever is with her in the background.
“Hello,” her voice gets more distant for a second and I envision her checking the caller ID. “Oh wingman. What are you doing? I thought we covered this calling thing this morning.”
I smile. Just her voice gets me going and I have to shift to adjust my shorts getting tighter. I need to tread carefully with this woman.
“I was wondering if you want to go see Zane perform the day after tomorrow. Your exam will be done, you will have failed your verbal portion because of your shitty accent and you will need something to distract your from your defeat.”
“You suck and you need to stop jinxing me,” she laughs.
“You didn’t answer my question.” I like that I have to chase her a little bit. It’s nice for a change.
She sighs. “I told you I don’t date.”
“And I wasn’t asking. The tickets are free and I have an extra. I’m not picking you up, you can meet me there.” I pretend to think about her other rules and drag the moment out a bit longer. I can hear her breathing on the other end of the phone; it’s a little elevated and I would bet my car that her heart is pounding just like mine. We just do this to each other. “There will be no bed, no sleepover but if you’re up for it, I will fuck you.”
The sharp inhale from Carlisle ends on a gasp and I know I’ve got her. It might be the last time we hook up, this thing between us has to burn out sometime, but we’ll go out with a bang.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to pass that up,” she says, breaking the silence that stretched out a little too long for my comfort. “What time should I meet you?”
“Fine. I’ll be the one with the cowboy boots and the very low expectations.”
I huff out a laugh and hope I can wait to see her. This girl fucking kills me.
“Well, then the only way I can go is up.”
Temptation – Book 1 in the Nashville Nights series
Giving in never felt so good.
She needs to be good.
Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.
He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.
Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.
Sometimes bad is so very good.
With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl–no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.