Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Rock n' Tapestries by Shari Copell



“Asher Pratt had been a drug for me, and I wasn’t sure I wasn’t still addicted.”

Chelsea Whitaker works as a waitress at Tapestries, a trendy Pittsburgh bar. She’s doing her best to avoid Asher Pratt, the Pittsburgh rock legend who shattered her heart years ago.

When he takes a job at Tapestries just to be near her, Chelsea has some decisions to make. 

She soon discovers that some things never change. It’s all she can do to keep a tight hold on her heart as Asher takes her for another wild ride.

As she struggles to gain some perspective on their relationship, she learns that he’s never needed her more. She must put the past aside for the sake of the future.

          I was totally not expecting this book to be what it was... I have to put out a little warning that if you are looking for a happy ending, this one isn't it, but with that said,  I fell in love with these characters. Rock n' Tapesteries is as close to real life as I've read in a long time. Full of heartache and anger, happiness and tears... real life struggles.. loved it!
          Chelsea Whitaker works her butt off every night at a local bar to make ends meet, to try desperately to get ahead and move out of her parents house and onto her on own place. Tapestries is your typical town watering hole. Live bands bring in the customers, flowing drinks and short skirts to help with the tips... She is at peace with her life. Until she found the Dirty Turtles were scheduled to play at the Tapestries, that is...

         Asher Pratt, the lead guitarist for the Dirty Turtles, is a typical rocker, soaking up the attention of every woman in the bar. He only has eyes for one woman though, one who he broke in two years ago, one who is avoiding him and treating him as if he is diseased. Asher will stop at nothing to break Chelsea's walls down. When she tells him that a friendship is all she can offer after what he has down to her in the past, he can only jump at the opportunity.

          Throughout the book we are brought through the pain Asher still feels towards Asher, and we find the true reason for his actions. I was not expecting the ending of this book, at all. Although, we do not get our 'Happily Ever After' ending most would have expected, I thinking it ended perfectly!! Shari did something that I think most authors may be afraid to do, it was extremely refreshing, I can't wait to read book 2, Wild Angel.  Added to my very long list of favorites 4 stars hands down <3

I was given a copy of this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.

“Go dump a cold drink on his crotch,” Willow suggested as we watched the disgusting display from the shadows across the room.  “That’ll cool him down.”

I shook my head. “I’m not going to stoop to his level.  Trust me, ignoring him will hurt him worse than if I spilled a drink on him.  That’s why he’s working here right now. I was doing my best to pretend he didn’t exist, and he can’t stand that. It’s the Asher Pratt Theory of How The World Revolves Around Me.  He thought because he took me to the hospital, it negated all the other shit he’d done to me. ”

“He is gorgeous though.”  Willow clucked and shook her head.  “I can see how something like that could burrow into your psyche and stay there.”

Wild Angel (A Rock'n Tapestries novel, #2) - Coming 2014

Book Blurb:

A young guitar prodigy trying to discover who she really is. A husband fighting to hold his family together.  A wife struggling with the feelings she has for a musician who’s been dead for nearly nineteen years.

 And a man who will battle from beyond the grave to protect his only child.

Nicks Sorenson, guitarist extraordinaire for the band Wild Angel, has a lot going on during her last year of high school. In fact, she sometimes wonders if someone has painted a bull’s eye on her forehead.

 Stone Jensen, lead guitarist for the band Heavy Remedy, shows up everywhere  she plays despite the bad blood between them.  The high school principal is targeting her with endless detentions for some reason. And she’s starting to think maybe her mother is losing her mind.

A dream seems to set inexplicable events in motion.  Things get even weirder when she learns the name of the man who willed her the four guitars she now owns.

Nicks Sorenson is about to find out what you don’t know can hurt you.

Though I write contemporary romance under the name Shari Copell, my real name is Sherry Jesberger.  I write a historical fantasy/paranormal romance series under the name S.L. Jesberger.

I am an eleventh generation native of Pennsylvania.  My husband Gordon and I raised three lovely daughters, one of whom designs my book covers. Another daughter drew the map in the front cover of my historical fantasy series. 

I’ve always had stories swirling through my head. Crazy stuff, totally whack situations. I was a voracious reader as a child, choosing to escape into the world of books. I wrote stories when I was a teen, but quit as I grew up. (Keep in mind, there were no computers then. Writing a book or story consisted of a brand-new notebook and a ballpoint pen.) I found some of these early stories as I cleaned out my grandmother’s house after she passed. Unfortunately, I threw them away.

 I started writing again in 2012 after my husband lost his job. Aislin of Arianrhod was published in October of that year. I immediately began to work on the second book in the series, Winter’s Child.

Sometime in the middle of writing Winter’s Child, I had the inexplicable urge to swear like sailor, use modern vernacular, and write steamy sex scenes. I was amused and tried to push it aside. The language in a historical fantasy is obviously much different from a contemporary romance, so I had to behave myself.

 I finally just thought, fuck it. I’ll do it.  It was during that time that I started to write “Micah’s Island.” I simply needed to purge the wild story that had taken over my brain by then. It was so much fun to write.  What would happen if you met a man who had never seen a grown woman before? 

I chose the pen name Shari Copell because Micah’s Island was so very different from the Àlainnshire series. Copella was my grandmother’s maiden name—I just dropped the A.

For the most part, people seemed to like Micah, though he was a man of few words.  I got some nice (and not so nice) emails about it, mostly from people wanting a better ending. I promptly wrote them one.

I wasn’t sure I would ever write another contemporary romance until Rock’n Tapestries dropped into my head, nearly complete from beginning to end (though I did run some things past Tara Chevrestt, who edits for me. Her suggestions were invaluable.)  You just have to indulge your muse when that happens, as it doesn’t happen often.

Though the names and situations have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, some of the things in Rock’n Tapestries were things that actually happened to me.  My husband was wearing a bass guitar the first time I ever laid eyes on him. As Chelsea says of Tage, “ I think I might’ve had to scoop my jaw off the floor.”  He’s the skinny dude in the gray tank top and orange guitar on the far right in this video:

I hope you’ve enjoyed Rock’n Tapestries. I’m currently having a blast working on a book about Nicks Sorenson, Asher’s daughter. I love this girl! It should be out sometime in 2014.

In the meantime, rock on!


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  1. Ok so it will sound weird but all time favorite band is Air Supply, it got me through my dad dying. However, Aerosmith is a close second because they totally rock live in concert. It would be Joe Perry yummy

  2. Fav band of all time Aerosmith thanks to my older brother who listen to them none stop and I ended up taking his records yes i said records and listen to them and still love the Steven Tyler still hot

  3. I don't have a favorite Rock group, and I can honestly say Asher is my all time favorite Rocker book boyfriend. Rock'n Tapestries will always have a place in my heart. It blew me away and I will never forget the feelings I had when I read this book!