Hi, all! Thanks so much to Rainbow Gold Reviews for hosting us today! We’re glad to be here.
Piper: For today’s stop, we thought we’d do something fun. Kenzie and I both love music. We’re always looking for new bands and new musicians to fangirl over. In Prickly Business, Avery, our hedgehog shifter, is also a huge music fan. He has quite an impressive vinyl collection, and I’m sure he’s attended his fair share of concerts. As such, Kenzie and I thought it would be cool to share some of our favorite and most memorable concert experiences.
Kenzie: I’m going to start with the very first concert I attended: Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker. So here’s the thing–no matter what you think of Kid, the man can put on a show. I’d never been to a concert before then. I was also fairly innocent back then (if you can believe). It was, at the very least, eye-opening. Not to mention exhilarating. And yes, ever since, I’ve bought each one of his albums.
Piper: I’m sad to say my first concert wasn’t particularly memorable. Our seats were crappy and it was one of those events with a bunch of musicians on the same stage over the course of a day. Years later, I would attend a concert in Milwaukee that opened my eyes to just how amazing the concert-going experience can be with the right artist on stage. Yes, that was the first time I ever saw Ed Sheeran live, and if you follow me on social media, well, you’ve probably been subjected to my Ed obsession before. 😉 Ed is literally a one-man act. It’s him on stage by himself with various equipment so he can loop sounds and choruses and he’s all over the place, and it’s just a marvel to watch. That is the first–and so far only–concert where I broke down crying so hard, my friend and the stranger next to me had to hold me upright. I was just that overwhelmed when he started a particular song that’s near and dear to my heart for reasons I won’t get into here. Suffice it to say, that song combined with his amazing stage presence left me a wreck. It’s probably my favorite concert to date, and right now I find it hard to believe any other will surpass it.
Kenzie: I’m still jealous over that one. I will be stalking to see when he stops near me in the future. Secondhand Serenade is one of my favorite artists. I was lucky to see them in Little Rock at a small bar we have downtown. A couple things made that night memorable. For one, the venue is smaller so the concert was a more intimate affair. Just John Vesely and his instruments. For another, I’d won the tickets so meeting him was like a dream come true. If you’ve never heard of my dear John, better known as Secondhand Serenade, you should take a listen. He’s all crooney and sweet and beautiful when he sings. And to talk to to him… well, I won’t bore you with my fangirl details. Needless to say, it was one of the best nights of my life. Surpassing even the Neil Diamond concert I attended. I know I’m a nerd girl. I own it.
Piper: See, that’s why I love small venues. I’ve never won tickets or gotten a backstage pass or anything, but there’ve been a couple of times when after a show at a smaller venue, the artists hung around to sign albums and shake hands. That always adds a little something extra to the experience, in my opinion.
I want to say that Muse was my second most memorable experience. They are one of my all-time favorite bands and they always put on amazing shows, but truthfully, I’d have to give Bastille my second spot. They were incredible live. The drums and their energy, it was just a blast to watch and listen to. At the end of that concert, my eyes watered with happy tears because it had been such a great show and I was so thrilled to have been there. Their album was one of my favorites from 2013, and if you haven’t listened to them, I’d definitely suggest checking them out on YouTube or Spotify. They’re a truly amazing band.
So, do you guys have any concert stories to tell? Kenzie and I could keep going, but we realize not everyone gets as gushy and enthused about bands and concerts as we do. 😉 But we’d be interested in hearing what your most memorable concert was and why. Feel free to share, and thanks for following along with our tour!
~Piper & Kenzie
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Series: Portland Pack Chronicles
Release Date: July 27, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25462873-prickly-business
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.
No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.
Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.
Pages or Words: 97,000 words (approximately)
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Piper Vaughn Bio
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
Kenzie Cade Bio
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story. Contact Kenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her online at her blog: kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thekenziecade.
Where to find the authors:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pipervaughnauthor
Other: Website: http://pipervaughn.com, Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/104698982870458063898/posts
Tour Dates & Stops: July 27 – August 7
I would like to give a big Thank You to Piper Vaughn, Kenzie Cade & Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour.