Bethany Michaels - Nashville on My Mind + Contest
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Nashville on My Mind
by Bethany Michaels
After 30 years or so of living in the Midwest, my husband and I uprooted our family moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. We didn’t have much of a choice, since both my job and my husband’s were heading to Music City. Both of us looking for new jobs with four small children at home was a lot less scary than moving to a new state, so we packed up our things, sold our house and moved south.
As it turned out, the Midwest and the Mid-south are not all that different. People are generally laid back and friendly, polite, practical and have a connection to the land. But there is some flavor of the deep South here, too. “Y’all” is the pronoun Yanks forgot to put in the English primers and children never address adults by their first names, instead using “Miss Bethany” or “Mr. Mike”. Time is marked by fishing and hunting seasons rather than the calendar, and life-long Tennesseans have a great suspicion of anybody who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line or west of the Mississippi. Here in the Bible belt, church ain’t just something you do on Sunday.
In Nashville there’s the music, of course. Country music is as vital to the city’s identity and its economy as the Cumberland River. Many well-known musicians record here, perform here, make their homes here and raise their families here. The music industry brings money and tourists to this mid-sized city, which gives Nashville a really interesting combination of dirt floor bars and blue jeans along with a more cosmopolitan appreciation of music, art and theatre.
Within a few month of unpacking our boxes, I was smitten with Nashville and knew I had to set a book here. As it turned out, I set several books here because the city, its history, its culture and its overall flavor were just too big for one book.
Nashville Heat, the first in my Nashville series, is the story of Sydney Stratton, a woman singing in smoky bars and dreaming of signing a big record deal and her country music star lover, Dex Wilder, who has been there and done that but now wants more. Writing Nashville Heat, I had a lot of fun using real Nashville landmarks as my settings—the beautiful lush atriums of Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, Music Row, Broadway Street and of course The Ryman Auditorium, traditional home of the Grand Ole Opry.
This was really a book I poured my heart into and I was thrilled when Nashville Heat was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Independent Erotic Romance. I’ve even more thrilled that the book has a new home and publisher and can’t wait until the newly edited version goes on sale April 20 at Whispers Publishing and other ebook outlets.
So tell me, has there ever been a place or a city, other than your home town, that really speaks to you? One commenter will win an “I Heart Nashville” prize pack (US addresses) and a free ebook copy of Nashville Heat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bethany Michaels grew up in a small Indiana farm town, which gave her lots of time to indulge her love for reading and writing. She graduated from Ball StateUniversity with a degree in English and did graduate work in English at Butler University. Bethany currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and children.
Bethany is the author of over a dozen short stories, novellas and novels in the romance genre. She writes hot historicals, hot paranormals and hot contemporaryfor several publishers including Red Sage, Whispers and Siren. She earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nomination for her novel, Nashville Heat and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Music City Romance Writers and Indiana Romance Writers of America.
When not at work on her next book or catching up the laundry or dishes,Bethany enjoys watching movies, hiking, reading, travelling and volunteering with her kids’ scout troops. She is trying to enjoy snacking on vegetables and using the treadmill rather than snacking on potato chips and using the television,but isn’t quite there yet.
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