Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Leaving Amarillo synopsis:
Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Dixie, her brother Dallas and their best friend Gavin are hoping to make it big with their band, Leaving Amarillo. They have been playing together since high school and are just on the edge-somewhere between sleeping in their van and opening up for big acts. Dallas manages them; he has the drive and the ambition. Dixie is all about playing the fiddle. She's got a scholarship to a prestigious music school, but playing violin in the orchestra pit is not going to cut if for her dreams. Gavin is content with his drums; his life is wrapped up around Dixie and Dallas. Without them he is groundless and the demons of his abusive childhood will swallow him whole. 

I was born to be an opening act, to fly by the seat of my pants and make the best of it. But my brother is a headliner. 
And Gavin... I don't know exactly what he is. The encore, maybe. The one nobody can get enough of. 

Dixie is becoming more and more frustrated with Gavin. She doesn't want to keep bottling her feelings deep down inside her. She knows he feels the same connection and she can't stomach the constant parade of his one night stands that are upfront and center in her face. When she tries to talk to him about it, he shuts her down and reminds her he won't let himself cross that line; she and Dallas are his family and he doesn't have it in him for anything other than one night. She knows things, not everything, but some things about his junkie mother that neglected him and abused him. She can't understand why he bails that woman out every time she calls. Maybe having to pay for her crimes would teach her a lesson. But Gavin won't do that, he won't open up about why he keeps bailing her out, but Dixie knows it has something to do with the trouble Gavin got into while she was away at school. Without the band to keep him focused, he spiraled  downward and Dallas won't share what happened to him during that time. 

Falling in love with Gavin Garrison happened without my permission; as inevitable as a Popsicle melting down my chin in the middle of a heat wave, Gavin cracked my heart open and seeped into me slowly and all at once. 

But Dixie eventually wears Gavin down and he promises her one night-only one night- where they can be anything they want for each other. But their careers are about to take a turn and things are going to get even more complicated. Enter one passive/aggressive want to be manager, a label executive that is interested-but not in all three of them- and a death that leaves Dixie reeling. 

Gavin feels such loyalty and is so protective of those he cares about-even when he has no reason to  care so much. Very little is revealed about his childhood, other than the fact that he was half starved when he entered Dixie and Dallas' life. He rarely lets down his guard and he isolates his heart. I am hoping that we learn more about his past and what happened when he entered into the bowels of hell when Dixie was away. 

Leaving Amarillo ends on a cliffy. The second installment is going to be bringing a woman from the past back into Dallas' life and hopefully resolving the differences between Dixie and Gavin. I think I am going to enjoy this series. The characters are interesting with lots of delicious secrets to explore! 

A mirrored reflection of her gloriously naked body in front of mine is permanently tattooed behind my eyes-imprinted as deep as the ink on my skin. It's as if my blood has turned to kerosene and Dixie Lark tossed a match at me.

About the author: 
Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places. 

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