The first excerpt featuring in 2021 goes to author and adult romance novel Blood and Bone!
I'd originally planned to post this in late December but I think having it in the start of a new year is a better idea.
Book: Blood and Bone
Publication Date: 30 October 2020
Number of pages: 329 pages
So let me tell you a bit about the book through the Synopsis:
Love is complicated, messy, and sometimes painful but oh so worth it. A heartbreaking journey through love, friendship, family, and fame.Music brought them together, addiction tore them apart, loyalty saved them. It was always Jack and Mia, everyone else was just collateral damage.
Jack O'Donnell's life was teetering on the edge. Forced, as a teenager, to make a decision that would change his life forever, he left his hometown to pursue a music career with collaborator Mia Stone.
Living in a van by the beach was not the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle they had envisioned but sparked the most creative time of their lives. Making it big was all they ever wanted but when it happened, friendships were tested, hearts were broken, and lives were changed forever.
Erin Langford is a seasoned journalist tasked with writing a feature on Jack O'Donnell. Being at the right place at the right moment puts Erin in a unique position to get the story, but at what cost?
Having preconceived notions about Jack's rock star image, she learns there is more to a story than just the headlines. The two embark on a journey through Jack's past where he recounts the rise and fall of his band Mogo and the irreplaceable bond between himself and collaborator Mia Stone. The feature she thought she was going to write, turns into so much more.
Blood and Bone is an evocative story told in alternating time periods, from the early '90s to the present day about deep bonds between flawed people whose only outlet of self-expression is through their music.
Excerpt from Blood and Bone
Chapter 22 – Food Police
“Who ate my fucking yogurt!” Cash bellowed through the tour bus.
“Nobody ate your special yogurt, freak.” Jack kicked his feet up on the table.
“Get your feet off the table.” Wade smacked him and his boots landed with a hollow thud against the bus’s floorboards.
“All I want is to just enjoy my yogurt and I can’t because you assholes keep eating my shit.” Cash slammed the tiny refrigerator door closed.
“I kind of agree with him.” Wade crossed his arms. “There was a full jar of pickles in there last week and all I’m saying is that the jar is practically empty now.” He gave them all a skeptical look.
“More important,” Mia interjected, “is why I have to step over dirty underwear on the way to my room?” She gave all of them a disgusted look because no one could tell whose underwear it was anyway and none of them would admit to being the culprit.
“Why does she get the big bedroom, again?” Wade asked, hooking his thumb in the direction of the master suite which was only slightly bigger than their bunks but it had its own bathroom.
Mia gave Wade an incredulous look. “Do I really have to answer that?”
“Can I just make a general statement?” Jack stood up. “Flush.” He made a pointed look at all of them. “All I’m gonna say.” He held his hands up and then sat back down.
“Why are you so worried about it anyway when you’re using Mia’s bathroom.” Cash said to him annoyed. “You practically moved in there anyway.”
“Don’t be jealous.” Jack said to him flippantly.
“Don’t be an asshole.” Cash said back to him.
“As if I haven’t heard that one before.” Jack rolled his eyes and put his boots back on the table. Wade eyed him and he moved them off the table again with a loud sigh.
“This is supposed to be fun.” He got up and moved around the bus. “Instead, I’m living with my grandmother and the food police.” He looked pointedly at Wade and Cash.
“I just ask for a little common courtesy and you call me the food police?” Wade said.
“I think you’re the grandmother and I’m the food police.” Cash corrected Wade.
“Whatever.” Wade shook his head. “The fact is, those,” he pointed on the floor beside the bunk, “are not my underwear.”
“Well, they’re not mine!” Cash said immediately and they both looked at Jack.
“Babies, the two of you.” Jack shook his head and walked over to the underwear. Using a pencil to scoop them up he inspected them. With a broad smile, he said, “Could be mine.” He shrugged. “I was probably in a rush last night.” He raised his eyebrows toward Mia.
“Pig, much?” Mia scrunched up her nose at him.
The bus stopped and the driver opened the door to tell them they had arrived. The Radio City Music Hall lights blared at them as Jack looked out the bus window.
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