Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blog Tour/GIVEAWAY: SOUNDS BITES: A ROCK & ROLL LOVE STORY by Rachel K. Burke: Review/Character Interview


Right at the end of chapter one you are hit with a bombshell and from there you are taken a literary ride of emotions; betrayal, love, forgiveness, courage and passion in many forms.  You will love this book with realistic characters in realistic situations.  I found it to be an entertaining and fun read.  There are twists and turns, tense situations and a story line that keeps you engaged.  I recommend it highly and rate it 4.5 stars!

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Book Description

 January 16, 2012
Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it's too late.

Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.


INTERVIEW with Renee

1)    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your ex-boyfriend and best friend?

Honestly, when I think of Justine and David now, I think of it as a positive experience. Because if that hadn’t happened, I never would have met Dylan. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve always believed that everything in life happens for a reason. And even though at the time I felt completely betrayed, I’m grateful for it now.

2)    Is being a music journalist as exciting as it sounds?

There are exciting parts, and there are not-so-exciting parts. The free concert tickets, free albums, and the opportunity to interview some of your favorite artists are some of the perks. In addition, you get paid to do something you love, and people are always so interested when you tell them what you do for work.

The not-so-exciting part is that it’s a lot of work for little money. When you count the travel time to and from shows, combined with the amount of time to transcribe interviews, conduct band research, and put together a great article, it really is a lot of work. There is also the downside of meeting your favorite musician, only to find that he or she is a complete jackass in person. It tends to ruin the music for you after that.

But, at the end of the day, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing

3)    Going home is hard to do and LA is a big city.  Why return to Boston?

Unfortunately, when you move away with your best friend, it can be both a positive and negative thing. It’s good to have a familiar face as a support system, but the problem is that you can get dependent on that person, and it doesn’t really force you to live outside your comfort zone and meet new people.

The problem was that Justine and I did everything together, and we although we had acquaintances, we didn’t have any true friends in L.A. except each other. So when things went sour, I realized how alone I was without her. And at the time, I needed my friends and family for support, so I felt I had no choice but to return home.

4)    What precisely attracted you to Dylan?

Dylan has a captivating presence that’s hard to put into words. He has these piercing blue eyes and low, hypnotic voice that I find mesmerizing. There’s just something about him that immediately drew me in. And he’s so incredibly talented yet so humble about it. He hides his emotions pretty well, but deep down, he has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I’ve ever met. He really genuinely cares about everyone.

5)     How hard was it to face up to your past and reconcile it with your present?

Well, as I mentioned, I’m glad everything worked out the way it did. All experiences - even painful ones - can have a positive outcome, even though it may not seem positive at the time. It was a learning experience, not only for me, but also for Justine. Even though she had her heart broken, she also came to the realization that true love really does exist. I don’t hold any animosity towards her at all because, as I’ve learned, love really does conquer all. And sometimes, it makes you do things completely out of character. But at the end of the day, forgiveness is the only way to move on.  

6)    Finally, would you do anything differently?

Not a thing… except maybe slam the door in David’s face next time!


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Rachel was born and raised in Boston, MA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.  She graduated from Bridgewater University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies.  Rachel's work has appeared in Prevention Magazine, Worcester Magazine and Starpulse News Entertainment.

For more information on Rachel and her upcoming fiction, please visit www.rachelkburke.com


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