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What if we can’t choose
Every battle we win and lose
What if we decided years before, to live this life, to fight these wars
And all the dreams we ever thought were ours
Were written in the stars”
Waiting tables isn’t exactly what singer/songwriter Stephanie has in mind for her move to Nashville, but memories of the past and a case of writer’s block mean inspiration isn’t coming easy. When brooding pianist Conor Judge opens his mouth in a smoky bar he proves music can heal, and even help you re-write your story, but a history of his own means the one thing he starts to want most is always just out of reach. Stephanie.
Enter Travis Flynn – an upcoming star who won’t take no for an answer, and a record label intent on helping Stephanie shine, without Conor. As fame comes knocking as hard as the ghosts of their pasts, it soon becomes clear that no matter how hard you might fall in love, having the perfect songs doesn’t always mean perfect harmony.
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Becky’s Top Ten Favorite Words
1. Soliloquy. I just think this is a beautiful word, right? Although not many people will hear me say that out loud as it means talking when alone!
2. Waddlesome. I love this word, especially combined with sloth. I don’t think you can paint a better picture of a slow-moving lazy person than by calling them a waddlesome sloth.
3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious… even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. Haha! This must be the best made-up word ever, right? God bless Mary Poppins. Can’t say I’ve ever written it into a book though.
4. Sekali. This is an Indonesian word I learnt in Bali. It basically means ‘very much’, so you’re making sekali, for example, which means very hungry. Love the way it rolls off the tongue!
5. Pernicious. I use this one a lot, especially when describing rough water. For example, ‘the pernicious swipe of the waves on the rocks’. Nice, huh?
6. Eidolon. This one means a phantom, or a spiritimage of a living or dead person. It’s kind of creepy, right? I always thought it would make a good book title.
7. Misbegotten. I’m not sure why I like this one so much as it’s quite dark and depressing
way of saying something’s ill conceived and bad. I just think it’s kind of majestic somehow!
8. Unconscionable. I like this one and use it quite a lot because I think it makes me sound clever (ahem). It means unreasonably excessive, which writers know a lot about, especially when it comes to drinking coffee and/or wine.
9. Megalomaniac. Another great way of describing a power crazy, self important tyrant. I like to have a good megalomaniac in a book to highlight the somewhat nicer traits in other characters!
10. Arbitrary. A great word about chance that also rhymes with canary, on the off chance you’re writing a song about canaries.
– I am in love with this book.
– The love between Stephanie and Conner made me cry. They needed each other more than they realized.
– Travis was the absolute best villain that I love to hate. He was such a loveable character while still being a big meanie.
– Whenever Stephanie and Conner sang or wrote songs I felt like I was there along side them, getting lost in their music.
Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.
Title: Before He Was A Secret (Starstruck #3 – can be read as a stand-alone)
Author: Becky Wicks
Publication date: Feb 24 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance