Title: Girl on Tour (Kylie Ryans #2)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Age Group: New Adult (MA 17+ Content)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Cover Design & Format: E.M. Tippetts Book Design
An up and comer trying to make a name for herself…
KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.
A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career…
TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.
Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can’t trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.
Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…
********ARC received in exchange for an honest review********
Holly’s 5 Star Review
I was lucky enough to have the chance to read an arc of Girl With Guitar before it was released and I loved it so much that I wanted the sequel immediately! Again, I received an arc around a month before release and it was sat on my kindle taunting me because although I was desperate to read more about Kylie and Trace, I knew it didn’t end happy and I didn’t want to put myself through that too soon, so I left it until the last minute. And although yes it was painful to read at times, it was so worth it. Caisey Quinn is a truly fantastic author and her talent shines from the pages of this novel.
So now we have Kylie and Trace back on tour. But this time they’re going their separate ways. Kylie is rising to fame with the princess Lily and queen bitch Mia, while Trace is lumbered with Gretchen the drunk as they both try to save their failing careers. Of course, being on different tours mean being a part and when your relationship is only really just starting then that’s never going to be easy. And especially not when you are surrounded by temptation and the one person who kept your demoms at bay is currently on a bus heading in a completely different direction.
Kylie!!!! She is such a kick ass character to me and I freaking love her. In GwG she wasn’t afraid to call Trace out on his BS and she’s still that feisty, firecracker in GoT although we do see a slightly more vulnerable side to her this time around, but being away from the man that she is desperately in love with it was bound to happen.
I’ve always been a fan of rock stars in books but after first reading about Trace I was like . . . Move along guys, I’ve found myself a sexy country bad boy 😉 Even though he could be a major A-hole, he still stole my heart and that hasn’t changed in GoT. Every time he called her “Kylie Lou” I swooned again and again and I’m not even sure why! He just seems to have that kind of effect on me.
As I said, this isn’t a lovey dovey, sunshine and roses kind of story. As the book goes on it slowly builds up until your at the point hiding behind your pillow with just your eyes poking over the top so you can see your kindle, while silently (and sometimes not so silently) begging “Don’t do this to me Caisey!” But she did. Oh boy, did she. Bit by bit she chipped away a piece of my heart until there was tears streaming down my face.
It’s safe to say that Caisey Quinn is an evil genius when it comes to her writing. Even though I knew the heartbreak was there, I just couldn’t put my kindle down. I was so invested in every flawless word she wrote that I welcomed the bad times because I knew this is just how it was meant to happen for Kylie and Trace. This is their story not ours and I have every bit of faith that Caisey will heal our broken hearts in book #3 Girl In Love. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Caisey Quinn is an author to look out for.
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the author of several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. She is currently working on Girl in Love, the third and final book in the Kylie Ryans series. You can find her online at http://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.
What inspired you to write this book/series?
My love of country music mostly. And I was very curious about Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert touring together when they were at very different places in their careers and how they fell in love. Since they’re probably never going to tell me what happened, I had to make up my own story!
The great thing about New Adult books is that many of the readers are in the same age group as the characters, making it easy to relate to them. Was there a specific character you related to best?
Ha! Well…I’m 30, so I’m not quite a new adult. 😉 But I do relate a great deal to Kylie. I’m not quite as vocal about my feelings as she is but I did move away from home many years ago with no money and very little family. I wish I was as tough as she is though!
Which was your favorite character to write and why?
So far, Trace. He’s a combination of so many of my loved ones and he’s deeply flawed and struggles to accept that he’s worthy of love. His complexities make him a lot of fun to write.
Country Music plays a big part in these books. Did you base either Trace or Kylie after a specific country artist or artists?
They were inspired by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Trace’s musical style is very similar to Luke Bryan’s. (I got the idea for Girl with Guitar at a Luke Bryan concert). But they’ve become their own people in a lot of ways.
Bouncing off the last Question, if you could pick three Country Songs to sum up Kylie and Trace’s relationship what would they be?
Ah! Only three? Okay, let’s see…
It Goes Like This by Thomas Rhett
Hot Mess by Tyler Farr
Damn I Do by Rachel Farley
Like Jesus Does by Eric Church (sorry I couldn’t pick just 3!)
Besides country, which I think we can tell is a fave, is there any other type of music on your playlist that you like to listen to, to get into the writing mind set?
I listen to a lot of “harder stuff” actually, because of my musician brother. I love bands like Flyleaf (even though I think they broke up), Paramore, Red, Killswitch Engage, and such. I love the idea of country-rock crossover, which readers will see as Steven Blythe becomes a bigger character. I also love Christina Perri, Jason Mraz, and Katy Perry. My iPod is pretty nuts. Looks like it belongs to five different people.
What made you decide to start writing? Has it always been something you enjoyed doing?
I never actually “decided” to start. I always just did. Even as a kid and teenager. I love it and can’t imagine my life without it. 😉
Many of the readers out there are also writers. Do you have any advice for writers who are trying to be published?
I’m always nervous about giving advice because that indicates I know what I’m doing and I don’t know that I’d recommend the way I do things to anyone. The only real advice I can give is finish what you start and don’t give up!
What was the best advice or piece of wisdom given to you?
I’ve gotten so much good advice from the generous and wonderful members of the writing community that it’s hard to pick the best. But the most recent piece of advice I got was “always take the high road.” Something hurtful happened to me recently and I was very upset. Luckily I have a very levelheaded and intelligent mentor who reminded me that this is always the best way to handle difficult situations.
If you could only pick one, who would be your favorite Book Boyfriend?
Oh this is just a mean question. One? ONE??? Ugh. Okay, well this week’s book boyfriend is Cole Pritchett from Elizabeth Lee’s Escaping Me. He reminds me a lot of my husband in that his expectations of himself are pretty low but when you see him for who he really is, he’s a hardworking lovable man with a precious heart. And the tattoos are pretty hot, too! 😉
Are you a wine drinker? If so, what is your favorite type? If not, name your poison? Coffee, Soda, Chocolate? All of the above?
I’m a wine drinker. I prefer sweet whites like Riesling and Moscato. I’m also a coffee drinker but I prefer it iced. And with chocolate syrup on top.
What characteristics, if any, do you share with Kylie?
We both HATE to ask for help. But sometimes you just gotta!
I’m sure naming your characters is much like naming your children. How did you come up Trace and Kylie? And give us Rae too, as that’s my middle name. 🙂
I wish I had a cute story about this but I don’t. Both names just came to me as soon as I started plotting the story. Rae is named after my cousin who is adorable and spunky and just had to have a character named after her!
Tell us about your writing rituals? Silence vs Music? Coffee house vs comfy chair? Mac vs PC? Bananas vs Pears (Just making sure you are paying attention.)
No fruit is involved but I do have a comfy chair and I write in silence unless I find inspiration from a certain song. Sometimes I’ll put on the soundtrack for a book as I edit/revise if I have it created already. I’m a recent convert and use a MAC. Macs for Life!!
E-book vs physical book?
I’m a former English teacher so I’m a paperback/hardcover girl. But I have recently been filling my Kindle and it is handy at bedtime not to need a reading light.
If Physical: Dog ear vs bookmark? (Wow, there are a lot of “vs” in this interview)
If it’s my personal book I might dog-ear a page of something I loved so I can come back, otherwise I always use a bookmark. (Or sticky note, envelope, whatever I have handy!)
If E-book: Are you a highlighter or note taker?
I do both!
Who is your current book boyfriend?
Current one is a secret because I’m writing him!
1. What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
Iced coffee, so I can stay awake!
2. What made you start writing?
All the characters constantly yelling at me in my head.
3. What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas)?
Everywhere. Music, movies, the news, the grocery store…
4. Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
I write in my comfy chair in my living room once everyone else has gone to bed. Pretty much anywhere quiet would work though.
5. Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do?
I’m a stay at home mom so my three-year-old daughter is my full-time job.
6. What is one surprising fact about you that not too many people know?
Hmm…I’m pretty open so this is tough. I was in a near fatal car accident in high school so I have lots of pins and plates and rods where things like bones and joints should be.
7. What are you writing now?
Girl in Love (Kylie Ryans #3) and a few novellas for compilation projects with other authors.
8. What is the first Romance book you remember reading? What is the last book you read?
Oh gosh, I’m not sure what the first one I ever read was. Probably something I was too young to be reading. When I got back into reading romance a while back I read Rachel Gibson’s Rescue Me and I loved it. The last book I read was a manuscript by Rachel Harris. It was awesome and I can’t wait for y’all to read it!
9. What was the last book you read that gave you a “book hangover?
Hmm…Either Tangled by Emma Chase or The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorenson. Both kept me up late into the night!