Burning Tracks By Lilah Suzanne
Author Name: Lilah Suzanne
Book Name: Burning Tracks
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: August 11, 2016
In the sequel to Broken Records, Gwen Pasternak has it all: a job she loves as a celebrity stylist and a beautiful wife, Flora. But as her excitement in working with country music superstar Clementine Campbell grows, Gwen second-guesses her quiet domestic bliss. Meanwhile, her business partner, Nico Takahashi and his partner, reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson, face uncertainties of their own.
Pages or Words: 224 pages, 62,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Romance Rom-Com
“There’s a reason you two aren’t allowed to hang out alone.” Arms crossed, one impeccable eyebrow raised, lips twisted, hair artfully tousled, and dressed to the nines: Alexander Wang black-on-black tropical-printed board shorts, a slim fit black-and-white chino and matching black lapel jacket, black boots, and a black and white scarf to tie it all together. “Nico,” Gwen says.
“Nico?” Grady is up in a flash. “You came?”
Nico’s face softens into his Grady look. “Of course I came. Did you really think you were getting rid of me that easily?” Grady comes closer, and Nico brushes a spiraled lock of hair from his face. “I’m sorry it took me so long. There were storms over Dallas, and I got stuck on the tarmac with a dead phone. I barely made my connection, and the clusterfuck of morons known as the United gate at JFK could not get its shit together, and I may be banned outright from Charlotte-Douglas International, can you believe they flag you as a security risk and hold you in a room with no phone signal or Wi-Fi just for threatening one person with shoving that goddam intercom up their—” He opens his arms for Grady; his look of annoyance slips away the moment they touch. “Anyway, I’m here.”
Grady sighs, crowds into Nico’s space, and tucks himself into Nico’s body. Much better, a perfect fit. “God, I love you.”
“I love you, too.” Nico sinks one hand into his hair, strokes the nape of his neck with other, breathes him in, and closes his eyes. “I’m so sorry. About the apartment and taking off and not being here yesterday, I tried to so hard to make it because I know how difficult it is for you. You shouldn’t have been alone.”
Grady sniffs and holds him tighter. “It’s okay. We’re okay. I’m sorry, too.”
Still ensnared in the sheets and duvet and barely awake, Gwen presses her hands to her cheeks and awws. “You guys,” she coos.
Grady lifts his head from Nico’s neck to smile at Gwen. “I wasn’t alone, though.”
“Mmm” Nico says. “And how much trouble did she get you into?”
“None,” Gwen says, defensive. Here she kept Grady safe and sound, searched all over Nashville and Las Vegas while he was off burying himself in work and what thanks does she get? None.
But then Grady smirks and says, “Kind of a lot.”
“Grady.” Gwen throws a pillow at him. “You’re such a tattletale, gosh.”
He bends to whisper something in Nico’s ear, and Gwen doesn’t miss the way his lips drag and linger on the shell of it, or the way Nico’s breath catches and his eyes roll back. When Nico lifts Grady’s shirt and traces around the tattoos with reverent fingers, Gwen takes that as her cue to extricate herself from the bed, put on some pants and a bra, and go fetch her luggage.
“‘Kay you guys have fun and make sure to change the sheets when you’re finished.”
“Wait.” Nico tugs Grady’s shirt down. Then he goes to the case he always has nearby. “You have trouble of your own, Gwen. Thought you might want to know about this.”
Gwen catches the magazine and folded-up papers he tosses her way: screen grabs from a few entertainment websites printed out in black and white.
Is This Clementine Campbell’s Girlfriend? Our source says, “It wouldn’t surprise me.”
Clementine and Gal Pal Definitely More Than Pals Sunning On Vegas Pool Deck.
Our exclusive source and close confidant of both says: Clementine’s married girlfriend “would cheat for sure. She was always touching her. There’s been an energy between them from the very beginning.”
There are pictures: her rubbing sunscreen on Clementine’s bare back, which looks far steamier in a fuzzy long-range picture than it actually was; a picture of them from the back at the store in the Venetian with their hands clasped and Clementine curled in close and her lips on Gwen’s cheek; and most damning of all, grinding together at the VIP club at the Bellagio just last night.
“I don’t—” Frantic and confused, she flaps the magazine and printouts in the air. “What is this? This isn’t— Nico, I didn’t, I swear.”
Nico holds both hands up. “Hey, I am well aware of the slander of tabloids. I get it.” He gives her a sympathetic look. “I’m just not sure Flora is going to.”
What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
Her name is Gwen Pasternak, and her wife calls her G, her business partner Nico calls her Gwennie, which she doesn’t love, and new best bud Grady calls her Small Fry which she loves even less. Her parents are very serious people who do not endorse nicknames.
What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?
Gwen’s eyes are blue and her hair is currently platinum blonde but it has been every color it could possibly be, and some combinations of every possible color, too. She worked in a salon for a while, so easy access to hair dye was one of the few perks. That and meeting Nico, her future celebrity stylist business partner.
Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does she surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does she wish she were closest to?
She has a difficult relationship with her parents, who are very straight-laced and conservative and have a hard time accepting Gwen, who is anything but straight-laced and conservative. Her childhood was often suffocating and she rebelled pretty hard. But she is trying to build a new relationship with them now as an adult. Gwen considers her wife Flora and their friends to be her real family: Nico and his boyfriend/country singer Grady, client/country singer Clementine, and she even has a fondness for their former assistant/trouble-maker Spencer.
What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?
Gwen’s biggest fear is that her parents were right, and she is a disappointment who will inevitably screw up her life over and over again. Her wife Flora knows this, of course, even though she is the person Gwen is most worried about disappointing. She would never tell her mother this, though it would probably be a huge step in rebuilding their relationship.
What makes your character laugh out loud?
A lot of things make her laugh out loud! Gwen has huge, boisterous, crazy laugh to match her huge, boisterous, crazy heart.
Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Does she wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is she in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is she wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by his grandmother?
Gwen maybe might have a slight preoccupation with black boots, in that she has an entire wall of her walk-in closet full of them: Combat boots, heeled boots, boots with spikes and studs, and with belts and buckles and zippers, black leather boots, black suede boots, shiny black vinyl boots, ankle height, calf height, over-the-knee, thigh-high, even—yes—cowboy boots. Her go-to, are Doc Martens, of course. Everyone needs a signature style item, and Gwen’s is definitely black boots.
It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If she’s eating breakfast, what exactly does she eat? If she’s stretching out in her backyard to sun, what kind of blanket or towel does she lie on?
The work schedule of a stylist is not a nine-to-five Monday through Friday gig, so Gwen is often working at their style studio downtown on a Saturday, or is out in the field, prepping for an appearance or working an event. If she has a Saturday off, she’ll sleep in a little—or a lot if she had a late-night assignment on Friday—then usually wakes up to muffins or oatmeal that Flora made earlier; Flora is an elementary school teacher so she’s an early riser by habit. If it’s a nice day, they’ll work in the garden. It’s really more Flora’s thing than Gwen’s, but it’s nice to have some quiet time together as their schedules don’t line up all that often. Gwen’s very favorite part of gardening is watching Flora doing something she loves so much.
Buy the book:
Apple iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/burning-tracks/id1114833507?mt=11
Meet the author:
Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she has also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the fan fiction community. She is also the author of the Interlude Press books Spice, Pivot and Slip, and Broken Records, which was named a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews Magazine.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29557148-burning-tracks
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Victoria S.
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