10 May 2022

Rising Star | Excerpt + Giveaway


When Bluestar’s hometown celebrity unexpectedly returns to the island, there’s a heartbreaking scandal following her…

Country singer Emma Bell is finally making headlines—just not the right ones. Before she has time to heal her broken heart, her assistance is desperately needed. Bluestar’s Concert on the Beach Summer Spectacular is in trouble, and her soon-to-be sister-in-law’s job is on the line.

Financial investor turned carpenter, Noah Sullivan, has retired from his high-stress job due to health issues. He’s moved to Bluestar Island for a quiet, healthy life, but when Emma blows into town, his days are anything but serene.

Everyone in the small town counting on them, Noah and Emma must work past their conflicts to keep a promise to someone special to both of them. Will the summer’s sun soothe their tension and the sea breeze lull them into a peaceful surrender of their hearts?

Includes a recipe for Emma’s Heavenly Angel Food Cake!

Publisher: Lazy Dazy Press
Release Date: April 16, 2022



Sympathies and virtual hugs abounded. Oh, no. Someone must have died to stir up this much of an outpouring. Her chest tightened. But who?

She clicked on the first link. It took her to a gossip site. Right there on the home page was a photo of her boyfriend, um, her fiancé, JT. He was kissing someone. And it wasn’t some little kiss on the cheek. The breath hitched in her throat. This couldn’t be real. She blinked, but the image was still there—JT with his arms around someone else.

This couldn’t be right. It had to be an old photo. Yes, that was it. This must be a relationship he’d had before he met her.

She desperately wanted that to be the case, so much so that she almost closed the screen. But a niggling bit of curiosity had her enlarge the photo. And that was when she saw it—his new tattoo.

They were supposed to get matching tattoos, but at the last moment, she’d chickened out. Her fear of needles won out over her disappointing JT. And yet he’d still opted for a new tattoo to add to his collection.

He’d gotten a star. He said it reminded him of her. She was like a star that guided him home. At the time, she’d thought it was the most romantic thing.

Now she wondered if he’d also used that line on the new woman in his arms. Her heart ached. Why had he done this right after proposing to her? Had it all been a lie?

As her gaze drifted down, she caught sight of a small photo of her. The image appeared to show her crying, but she didn’t recognize the photo. She wasn’t a big crier, not unless it was something really important—like your boyfriend kissing someone else. Where did this picture come from? She started to wonder if they’d done a bit of photo editing—make that a lot of editing.

And then she returned to her messages. There were also voicemails and texts. As she held her phone, it rang. Caller ID identified it as Razzled. A gossip site. The hottest site in Hollywood and Nashville. Their website didn’t feature stories unless they were gossipy and messy stories about today’s hottest stars. She wasn’t a celebrity, but JT was Nashville’s biggest star with a foot in both the music and film industries.

Emma shut off her phone. Her nice, quiet life on Bluestar Island had morphed into something so different since she’d won the television reality show Songbird. She’d become an instant national sensation. The only thing was once the show was over, her star had dimmed.

With only one song recorded, producers had been hesitant to take on someone new without a large social media following—well, that had been before her romantic relationship with JT. When their relationship had come to light, her social media numbers had soared.

Without JT in her life, her numbers would ultimately tumble. Just out of curiosity, she pulled up her social media. She did a double take. Her following had been in the four digits. This morning, it was in the five digits and rising quickly. And then she noticed her name was trending. In another scenario this would have excited her, but considering her personal life was on display for everyone to see and pick apart, she wasn’t so happy. Not at all.

Excerpted from Rising Star by Jennifer Faye, Copyright © 2022 by Jennifer Faye. Published by Lazy Dazy Press.


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting my book!!! 😊 Hope you have a beautiful week.