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FREE E-BOOK. The Rocker and the Bird Girl

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The Rocker and the Bird Girl.

Book 1 in The Mattie Saunders Series


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Meet Mattie Saunders…

Quick-tempered, intolerant, and defensive, Mattie Saunders loves birds, but not so much people. A childhood spent in one foster home after another has made her wary of commitment as evidenced by an absence of close friends and difficulty with intimate relationships. Instead, she's filled her life rescuing and rehabilitating exotic birds people buy as pets and then abandoned.
Experience Mattie's heartaches and happy times as well as personal and professional triumphs and tragedies as she grows from a young adult with a passion for birds to a controversial expert in the field of ornithology.

The Mattie Saunders Series: Romance and action combine with provocative themes for an exciting and entertaining exploration of contemporary culture and issues.


The Rocker and the Bird Girl – Book 1

The Saunders Exotic Bird Sanctuary, a not-for-profit rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing establishment for exotic birds people buy as pets and then abandon, is out of money. In an effort to raise some so her birds won't be homeless yet again, owner Mattie Saunders reaches out to Bodine, the lead guitarist of the bad-boy rock band Seditious. She's learned he has a macaw as a pet and since it's obvious he's wealthy she hopes he'll be sympathetic and use some of the money he now spends on his hedonistic lifestyle to help these precious, beautiful creatures. They're hardly birds of a feather, but Mattie's not about to kill the goose if it promises a golden egg.

Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll have taken their toll on Bodine, lead guitarist and songwriter for Seditious, the chart-topping, outrageous rock band. He's just playing the part until something better comes along. The problem is what's better than being a rich and famous rock idol? Certainly not helping some overzealous young woman save exotic birds, even if his best friend is a Blue and Gold Macaw.


★★★★  "... a seriously non-traditional love story"
   The Rocker and the Bird Girl … a seriously non-traditional love story. Written by an environmentalist, the novel not only paints a sweet picture of hearts in tune, but offers respect for the breathtaking gift of the colorful birds of the rainforest. Raglin's words caution the reader to study the serious consequences of pet adoption, while creating a heart-warming novella that contains just the right amount of romance.
   - Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite


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review 2019-05-12 15:07
Good Story and Good Characters
There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll - Sasha... There's No Crying in Rock-n-Roll - Sasha Marshall

Samantha calls Jagger and screams she was his publicist and she was supposed to know about this before anyone else. A baby. Than she added they were all over Henley as they spoke. Jagger asked where his girl was? Samantha/Sam said she was at Saks with Jessica and the media had been outside for thirty minutes. Than Jagger asked how it happened so fast and Sam said Claudia Windsor had set him up She told the media to be at the doctor's appointment. Jagger said he wasn’t there. He’d asked for a paternity test and she asked for money. He met her to pay her off so she’d shut up. Jagger told Sam he was sorry he should have told her and his lawyer Meagan. He wanted Sam to bring Henley to him but Sam said to stay away from Henley. She will be humiliated Henley was a rock queen and had her own band Abandoned Shadow which was very successful allso. . Sam said she didn’t care who’s baby it was he couldn’t blindside Henley, his parents, and is band like this. Keep his buut in the house and do not leave for any reason. She had to deal with the girls heart he was about to break in front of the world. Jagger wasn’t sure henley would forgive him, how will he survive? When the doorbell rings he sees it is Koi- his best friend and henley’s brother as well as the leader of their band. Koi said he had been sent by Sam- after he punched jagger- he told Jagger to get everything he owns and take it and get out of Henley’s house. She doesn't care where you but you can’t see  here when Henley gets home. Jagger begged to let him stay there and explain. Koi said time for explaining was over when the story hit every news outlet in the world. Jagger said he’d pack but he needed to see henley before he left. Koi told him not to imagine she wanted to see him right now and he had an hour to get his stuff out of her house. Koi also said he wasn’t coming back to his house after this. Henley loves jagger and her passion for him overwhelms her. He invokes all these feelings she couldn’t decipher. Henley’s assistant and publicist are attempting to do damage control. Jagger is part of Koiband - Broken Access. Sam told hensley she had new security- goons- to get her out of there- Cory and Maurice who offered to carry her out as Cory had went to take care of the problems outside. They take her to a nearby hotel and she drank and then cried as Samantha and Jessica rocked her in their arms as tears went down their cheeks and she fell asleep in their arms. Jagger had begged her to stay home with him instead of going shopping with Jessica but she had been worried about finding him the perfect gift. Henley had been in love with Jagger forever. But for the longest time she had just been Koi’s little sister. Henley had known Jagger since sixth grade. Henwakes to loud voices and one is Koi’s than he comes to and he wraps his arms around her. She holds onto everything she has left as henley knows she is about to walk through hell….again. Henley stayed in bed for three days and she doesn’t speak as she can’t find the words. Henley got herself up and told Samantha to be her best friend and not her publicist right now and tell her goons they were going out , she can’t stay holed up in the hotel any longer. Kip tells her goons to take them to Lure- an apparent celebrity hot spot. Jagger ends up at the club and once outside Henley agrees to listen to him. He talked to her  and than asks her to meet up with him after she had time to think. He knew he didn’t deserve it but than he will answer all her questions. She said she needed time but she call him when she was ready to talk. She was going home. She needed the memories of them in her home to decide. Does she stay with jagger or does she leave him behind? Kip buys Henley a puppy to help her heal.

I don’t know how to really write this. I loved this book but hated the cliffhanger at the end -one of the worse ones I’ve seen. I laughed, I cried and even got angry while reading this book. I was poed at jagger for not letting henley know what was going on. I didn’t like what Henlet did to lessen the pain she was in. I loved how Kip brought her a puppy to try to help Henley heal. I think Jagger gave up to soon if he really loved Henley than made more mistakes. I loved how henley’s family and friends stood by her and tried to help. This book did need some editing. I liked the multiple POVs even if it broke my heart at times. I advise you to read the first boke in this guitar face series- Broken. I loved this and would have rated it a five but it lost a pint for the cliffhanger at the end. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it. Just be warned this book as well as Broken ends  in a cliffhanger.

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review 2019-03-12 15:09
Recommended to lovers of Rock & Roll, music, and the 1970s rock scene.
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Thanks to NetGalley and to Random House UK, Cornerstone, for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

I kept seeing this book pop up all over when it came to recommendations of new releases and that made me curious. I also read that Reese Witherspoon had bought the rights to adapt it into a TV series, and the comments about the book made me think about the movie This Is Spinal Tap, although the musical genre is different (yes, it’s all Rock & Roll, baby) and the story is not intended as a parody, and all that together with the evocative cover, I knew I had to check it out.

This is one of those novels where I was intrigued to read what other reviewers had said, and, curiously enough, one of those where I could see the point of both, those who really loved the book, and also those who hated it. Somehow, I could see the merit on both types of opinions, and it really depends on the kinds of books you enjoy or not. A couple of provisos, here. Many of the reviews talk about the author, and especially refer to one of her previous books, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which seems to be a well-loved novel, and for people who had loved that book, their expectations were very high, and some found this book too different (some fans of the writer also loved this book, so don’t let that put you off). I haven’t read any of the author’s previous novels, so I cannot help with that. After reading the reviews and this novel, I became curious about her other books, but I come to it without any previous knowledge. The second proviso is that quite a few people compare the ‘fiction’ band at the heart of the story, The Six, that is later joined by Daisy Jones, with Fleetwood Mac (with Daisy Jones then being a stand-in for Stevie Nicks), but I must confess not to know enough about the ins and outs of this band to be able to comment (I was quite young when they were at the height of their popularity, and I never read much about them, although having read a bit about them since, yes, I can see similarities, but I can also see differences). So, if you are a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, you might be more intrigued to read this novel, but you might also hate it. You’ve been warned.

So, what are the comments on both sides that I agree with? The way the story is told will not be to everybody’s taste. This is the story of the band, and of Daisy Jones, pieced together through interviews conducted many years after the band was created, and that makes it very fragmented. It does follow a chronological order, and we get to know about Daisy Jones, and about the Dunne Brothers (Billy and Graham), from before they got into singing, composing, and playing songs, and later on the rest of the members of the band, Camila (Billy’s girlfriend and later wife) and their manager also come into play. These fragments of interviews often refer to the same events, providing the reader different points of view, and sometimes completely different descriptions, but it can cause a disjointed effect, and it will suit some readers but others will hate it. Personally, I found it fun and quite dynamic, but it is true it does not immediately create a picture of what’s going on in one’s head, in the same way as more standard narratives do.

There were also a lot of comments about the characters, and how some of them were one-dimensional and it was difficult to tell them apart. As I have said before, the story starts with the origin of the band (we later learn why), and then we only get to hear from the rest of the members as they join the band or meet the other characters. For me, Pete, Eddie and Warren were not distinctive enough. Yes, Eddie always seemed to have issues with Billy and didn’t like his style of leading the band. Pete had a girlfriend in the East and he would phone her often, and Warren was the drum player, but other than that I’m not sure I got a strong impression of who they were, and when later in the book one of them wanted to leave the band, I realised that I must have been told two of them were brothers already, but because that hadn’t feature prominently anywhere (after all, the interview is about the band, their tours, and their records, and the questions asked are mostly about the time they spent together), it had not registered with me. Camila is talked about a lot, because many of Billy’s songs are about her, and although she seems to represent an old-fashioned model of femininity, the staying-at-home Mom, she gets involved at crucial points and she has a more important role than one might think when the story starts. I did feel that the female characters were the strongest, and although that did not make them immediately sympathetic and likeable, I thought they were the more complex and the ones I most enjoyed. I liked Karen (I’m not a musician, but I did feel a connection with her) the keyboard player, as well, and she is, perhaps, my favourite character. And I quite liked Daisy’s friend, Simone, also, although she is mostly portrayed as her friend, rather than being an individual in her own right, and that comes in part from her telling Daisy’s story and her role in it rather than giving us much insight into her own character. Although Daisy marries at some point, Simone is more of a steadying influence for her, like Camila is for Billy, than any of the men she meets and talks about in the book. But I agree, the way the story is told does not make for fully rounded characters, although many of the situations will feel familiar to people who have read a lot of biographies of rock & roll bands.

Some reviewers were disappointed by the ending, that perhaps feels more like a whimper than a bang, but I thought it made perfect sense, and yes, there is something I’ve seen described as a twist, that is perhaps not truly a twist, but it helps join everything together and adds a nice touch.

I am not an expert on music, and not a big follower of bands. I have not been to many concerts, although even with that, it is difficult not to have heard or read about the use of drugs, wild parties, hotel rooms trashed by bands on tour, groupies following bands from city to city, and the paraphernalia around the 1970s world of rock & roll music scene. There is plenty of that here, and also of envies, of fights, of creative differences, of the process of composing, creating, and editing an album, down to the shooting of the cover, that will delight people who really love the period and reading about it. Even I, who am not knowledgeable about it, enjoyed it, particularly learning more about the process of creation, although it might not sound authentic to people who truly know it. The writer gives the different characters (at least the main ones) distinct voices, and the lyrics of the songs, that are also included in full at the end, fit perfectly in with the band and its themes, and it made me keen on reading more of the author’s novels.

There is more than R & R to the book, or perhaps some of the themes seem inherently related to it, like drug addiction, family relations, alcoholism, abortion, fatherhood, bringing up children, the role of men and women in the family, child neglect and abuse… Although some of them are only mentioned in passing, we get a fuller picture of others (Daisy is very young when she leaves her parents and starts visiting bars, taking drugs, and engaging in behaviours that would be considered risky at a much older age, and drug and alcohol addiction and its consequences are discussed in detail), and readers must be cautious if they find those subjects upsetting.

I have talked a bit about the characters and said which my favourites are. In some ways, Billy and Graham are the most sympathetic to begin with. Their father abandon them when they are very young, and they work very hard, are talented, and support each other through thick and thin. However, when Billy becomes addicted to drugs and then gets sober and becomes the head of the band, he puts himself and his family first and is not always likeable (even if creatively he sounds interesting). Daisy, on the other hand, sounds at first like a rich-spoiled girl, but her family pays no attention to her, and she is in fact neglected. She is selfish and egotistical as well, but she has no role models or understanding. I liked her attitude, but not her in particular, at least at first, and her behaviour will be alien to most people (although typical of the image we might have in our head about what a rock star would be like). However, the way the story is told gives us the opportunity to read her later reflections and the way she now sees things and how she evaluates much of what she did at the time. And although I didn’t particularly like the Daisy of the period (she is described as a magnet to everybody who met her, but I never had the feeling I would have liked it if I had known her), I came to appreciate the older Daisy and her take on things.

What did I think of the book? I really enjoyed it. It panders to most of our standard images of what the life of a rock & roll band would have been like at that time, but it gives an insight into parts of the process that I found interesting. It also creates some credible female characters that have made their own decisions and fought their own fights, and in the world of music that is not always easy to find. The way of telling the story worked for me, although I know it won’t work for everybody. I highlighted a lot of the story, so much so that I decided to leave it to readers to check a sample and get a sense of the narrative style. Does it deserve the hype? Well, perhaps not for me, but it’s a good read and I can see why it will captivate some readers more than it did me. Oh, and for those who love audiobooks, I’ve read very good reviews of the audio version, and I understand that there is a full cast of narrators and each character is voiced by a different person, so it is worth considering.

If you are a rock & roll fan and enjoy trips down memory lane, especially to the 1970s, I’d recommend this book. And I hope to explore further novels written by the same author.

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review 2018-03-25 07:03
Rezension | Vintage von Grégoire Hervier
Vintage - Grégoire Hervier,Alexandra Bai... Vintage - Grégoire Hervier,Alexandra Baisch,Stefanie Jacobs



Der junge Journalist Thomas Dupré lebt in Paris und träumt davon eines Tages ein erfolgreicher Musiker und Gitarrist zu werden. Bisweilen jobbt er in Alain de Chévignés Laden “Prestige Guitars”, in dem alte Vintage-Gitarren zum Verkauf angeboten werden. Bei einem außergewöhnlichen Botengang macht er die Bekanntschaft mit einem reichen Lord dem die legendäre ›Gibson Moderne‹ gestohlen wurde. Das Angebot den Spuren dieser sagenbehafteten Gitarre nachzuspüren und dafür noch eine Menge Geld zu bekommen kann Thomas nicht widerstehen…


Meine Meinung


Grégoire Herviers Roman “Vintage” hat mich sozusagen auf den ersten Blick wie magisch angezogen. Denn ich liebe alte Dinge und auch Geschichten die mich in eine andere Zeit entführen. Herviers Geschichte spielt nicht nur in Paris, sondern nimmt den Leser mit auf einen spannenden Roadtrip durch die Vereinigten Staaten Amerikas.


"Für mich ist Prestige Guitars der schönste Gitarrenladen in Paris. Um nicht zu sagen der schönste Laden überhaupt in Paris." (Vintage, Seite 12)


“Vintage” ist der erste Roman den ich von dem mir bisher unbekannten Autor gelesen habe und ich muss sagen, dass mir sein Erzählstil auf Anhieb zusagte. Schritt für Schritt lernt man die agierenden Persönlichkeiten kennen und während Thomas Roadtrip spinnt sich ein immer weiter ansteigender Spannungsbogen fort. Hoch anrechnen möchte ich dem Autor, dass er mich für etwas begeistern konnte mit dem ich bisher überhaupt keine Berührungspunkte hatte: alte Gitarren! Seine Liebe zu diesen prachtvollen Musikgegenständen funkelt durch die Zeilen mindestens genauso stark wie seine Liebe zu Musiklegenden wie z. B. Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix und Co.


Die Mystik die diese Personen und vor allem ihre Musikinstrumente umgeben kommt wunderbar zum tragen und hat mich vollkommen in den Bann gezogen. Es kommen zwar einige für mich als Laie unbekannte Namen (vor allem von Gitarrenmodellen) vor, aber das fand ich überhaupt nicht störend, es bietet vielmehr die Möglichkeit diese Stellen nochmals nachzuschlagen und sich genauer mit den einzelnen Modellen zu beschäftigen. “Vintage” ist daher ein Buch für Gitarren- und Musikliebhaber und solche die dies vielleicht erst werden möchten.


"»Muss man sehen, um zu glauben, oder glauben, um zu sehen?«"  (Vintage, Seite 33)


Sollte man kein Interesse an dem ganzen Gitarrenkram haben, bietet die Handlung jede Menge Verstrickungen und eine gute Portion Spannung. Außerdem strömt aus den Seiten das Lebensgefühl der Rock ‘n’ Roll- und Bluestage über die Buchfläche hinweg direkt aufs Lesesofa in das Ohr. Obwohl mich der Roman wirklich begeistern konnte fand ich den Plot zum Ende hin nicht mehr ganz so realistisch und passend. Trotzdem gibt es von mir eine Lesempfehlung mit guten 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen.




Dieses Buch macht Lust auf längst vergangene Tage, gute Rock- und Bluesmusik und auf einen spontanen Trip in die USA!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-vintage-von-gregoire-hervier
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review 2017-12-28 16:07
It's a Marshmallow World
It's A Marshmallow World: A Rock and Roll Fantasy - Diane Rinella

This will be brief. This story is told in diary-like entries that go back and forth from past to present. I had a hard time getting into this and was bored. After reading this, I'm struggling to remember characters names. Darla and ? 
Cute title.

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