It’s my turn on Elle Field’s blog tour for ‘B-Side’! Thank you to Elle for asking me to take part and host a post! If you have had the music too loud and haven’t heard about ‘B-Side’, luckily for you, here is some information about the book and where you can dance your way to nabbing a copy of your very own!
B-Side (Arielle Lockley Series Book 2.5) blurb:
“What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”
Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore). Keeping an eye on Arielle’s poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more. When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?
B-Side sits between Lost (out now) and Found (out summer 2016) in the Arielle Lockley series – read Etta’s version of events in this gritty Lost spin-off.
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Who IS Elle Field?
Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!
Like the sound of Elle and her B-Side so far? Well, we have even more treats for you on this tour stop! Next up there is a giveaway to celebrate the publication of B-Side.
Prizes are Amazon vouchers, a paperback set of the full Arielle Lockley series (Kept, Lost and B-Side), and a set of vinyl coasters.
To enter, follow the link right here —> a Rafflecopter giveaway<—. You never know, you need to be in it to win it! A bit like the UK Top 40….
IMPORTANT: Giveaway ends on the 31st May, so you will need to stop singing and dancing for a few minutes to let yourself enter. I think I can stop myself singing ‘Hit me baby one more time’ by good ol’ Broccoli Spears…not that I’m showing my age anyway ;). (Side note, fully aware her name isn’t Broccoli, however, if you grew up then, you’d know!)
Where do you think you’re going?! Did my singing scare you off? I’m sorry, I’ll stop. Only because I have one last treat for you and I want you to read it! The lovely Elle has written a post for The Writing Garnet to share with you all. A post that will make you reminisce….
‘Mem’ries, Light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories. Of the way we were.’
Sorry, I did say I would stop singing didn’t I? Over to you Elle!
‘If you’re of a certain age, you’re going to remember spending your Sunday afternoon sat by your boom box, finger hovered over the record button, waiting for your favourite songs to come on the Top 40 so you could hurriedly hit play and tape them. (Yes, an actual cassette tape.) Most of the time you’d miss the first five seconds or so and, if you were really unlucky and you were near the end of the tape, you’d miss the middle thirty seconds as you frantically flipped over to the B-side. When it was an absolute favourite song playing, you’d hope wildly that they wouldn’t do the voice-over link over the end of the song because no one wants to have to listen to some dodgy DJ talk over your beloved track.
By the time I started to get into music, records and tapes were out and CDs were in, though I did have Now 28 on double cassette, before switching to the CD version from Now 29 onwards. (Nowadays, if I did listen to the Now albums, I’d listen on Spotify – how times have changed!). I did, however, insist on getting a record player for Christmas when I won the 7″ single of the rather dreadfully catchy “No Limits” by 2 Unlimited at a Halloween birthday party – who remembers that song?! For the record – no pun intended – coming first in musical chairs landed me that awesome prize. It’s possible the first, and only, time I ever won that game!I never bought any other records though – Santa, likely, cursed me for that wasteful present ask – though vinyl has since made a big comeback in the past year or so and I now, once again, have a record player at home – this time round I own more than one record!
Etta, the anti-heroine of my latest book, B-Side, is, of course, a big vinyl fan as a passionate music lover and jazz singer. It was great fun to ignore my own musical tastes to write as Etta, and I’ve definitely discovered a whole bunch of new songs and artists over the past few months. Plus, it’s given me the excuse to listen to tracks as cringy as “No Limits” – brilliant!
What’s your favourite kind of music?’
How many of you nodded your head in agreement to that as you read it? That is a brilliant question from Elle, what IS your favourite kind of music?
As a music lover myself, that is a very tough question to answer. I grew up in the 90’s when it was the time of the cringy boybands and dodgy hair cuts, however, I did think they were amazing back then! That said, I do love music from as early as the 50’s and 60’s, onwards. If I had to choose ONE song as my favourite, it would have to be Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’. I have my reasons, but that is a story for another time!
A big thank you again to Elle for stopping by! Why don’t you Tweet Elle and let her know YOUR favourite music?