Monday, June 8, 2015

Release Day Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Back Stage (Power Station #3) by T. Gephart

Title: Back Stage
Series: Power Station #3
Author: T. Gephart
 Release Date: June 8th, 2015


Rock Star? Angie Morelli was not one. Growing up next to Power Station’s drummer didn’t guarantee a taste of the limelight, unless you count catcalls at low paying gigs in seedy bars and second-rate venues. She was okay with that; working her ass off at her dad’s mechanic shop during the day meant she could live her dream at night. She didn’t need Power Station waltzing back into her life, Jason Irwin had done enough damage the first time. Could she let go of her hurt for a chance of hitting the big time?

A one-night stand right before Jason Irwin left for his big break was no big deal. Except it wasn’t just any girl— it was Angie, Troy’s hot but young and inexperienced neighbor. It should never have happened, so best he pretend like it didn’t. Ten years later he remembered exactly why he went down that road. She was even hotter and she was also pissed as hell. Sounded like the perfect combination to invite on their world tour.

The road was not the place for history. It was bound to get ugly.
Book Three of the Power Station Series.

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“Hey what about Angie Morelli?” Troy rubbed his hand through his mohawk, the mess of crap he called hair.

Angie Morelli.

Yep, just saying her name was enough to send a chill up my spine. It had been ten years, and still not long enough. Her long, black hair and dark-brown eyes, something that had taken a while to wipe from my mind. That body. Yeah, I still remembered every curve. So freaking sweet, too. Unfortunately it wasn’t only her attributes that I remembered, one of my biggest asshole moments was also front and center getting the trip down memory lane. So you would have to understand why I didn’t immediately start doing backflips and welcoming her. The idea was to avoid the drama, not to give it top freaking billing.

“Dude, no. No fucking way,” Dan chimed in, his words echoing exactly what was rattling around in my head.

Thank you, douchebag. An Angie reunion was bad news. There had to be someone else. Hey, was Charlie Manson out of prison yet? I mean if we were thinking up bad ideas to take on tour, we might as well put them all on the table.

“She’s still playing?” James tipped his head toward Troy, taking way more interest in the topic than I would have liked. The itch to shut the conversation down danced with the need to keep my mouth shut. Delicate act. Wasn’t sure which one was going to win. Honestly, it was going to be trouble either way.

“Sure is. Lexi is trying to sign her band, Black Addiction; saw them last week at a club in Brooklyn. She said they packed the house.” Troy threw some more weight behind the cause. The conversation continued around me, even as the mother of all headaches took up residence in my frontal lobe.

“I saw her stuff on You Tube, they’re tight.” Alex nodded, the bastard not having any idea on what he was signing us up for, and I wasn’t going to be neon-signing it for him either.

“C’mon! Angie?” Dan rolled his eyes, throwing his hands up in disgust. “Troy, did you snort some of Wade’s nose candy before he left? She doesn’t have the chops for a stadium. Besides, she hates us.”

Had to admit, this was one time where I was happy for Dan to be running his mouth. Giving him a round of applause would have been too conspicuous, so I kept it on the down low, but I was a hundred percent behind his stance. The fact it wasn’t me who was leading the anti-Angie movement was a fucking bonus.

“No, she hates you.” Troy smirked. The Dan v Angie battles common knowledge.

“No, she fucking hates Jase, too.”

The motherfucker had to go there. He couldn’t have left it with his own reasons for not wanting her around. He had to go ahead and drag me into it.

“Hate is a pretty strong word, let’s go with a strong dislike.” I eased back into the chair knowing well enough that it wasn’t going to be the last on the topic I was going to have to volunteer. Fucking Dan.

“Dan I understand, but why you, Jase?” Troy’s raised eyebrow proving he had no idea what had happened between me and his sexy, barely legal neighbor before we’d hit the big time.

At least Dan had managed to keep a lid on it for longer than I’d ever imagined; I’d always had my suspicions that he’d spilled one time or another, but seems to be those concerns were unfounded. Who knew he had it in him. In the end, the violence was still happening. I’d just make sure I didn’t punch him above the neck, keep the SOB pretty for the fans.

“Long story.” Well at least it wasn’t a total lie. “Let’s just say I’m not her favorite person and move on, shall we.” The less I said about the subject the better. Besides, it was fucking years ago. Why the hell were we dredging it all up now?
“I heard she has a voodoo doll of you.” Dan stretched out his arms, anchoring them behind his head, his grin splitting off the side of his face. “Tell me, asswipe, do you feel any stabbing pain in your cock?”

About the Author:

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

My Review:

If you are checking my reviews often, you probably already know that I love the Power Station series by T. Gephart. Both Dan and Ash's and Troy and Megs' stories were pretty great so for me reading Jason's story was simply a must :) And let me tell you, I was definitely not disappointed. The vibe of this books is a little bit more series than the previous two in the series. It is still intriguing and entertaining but at least for me, it was obvious from the beginning that the relationship between Jason and Angie won't be as easy as those Dan and Troy have (even with all the problems they both experienced together). But at least for me, that made the story that much more interesting.

Jason is quite an interesting character. I was definitely anxious to learn a little bit more about him as he was always the quite one in the previous books, most of the time sitting in the background and just observing what is happening around him. If I quote from the book, Jason is pretty much a "w*ore with a conscience", he needs control in pretty much everything he does but at the same time very few people really know the person behind the good boy mask he presents to the world. From the first page of the book, it was obvious that he was hurt and betrayed in the past but I was definitely surprised by the extent of the hurt and blame he carries within him. These are the feelings that lead his life together with a big amount of guilt. It is quite close to impossible for someone to reach in his heart and show him that he deserves more, he deserves to love and to be loved.

The person who finally manages to break his walls is one Angie Morelli. Her first try ends in tears and heartbreak for her but ten years later she gets another chance to save him from the crash course he is determined to follow. Putting everything she has into a relationship she is not sure she can survive, Angie hopes that this time around it will be different and the only man she ever loved is not going to break her heart again. Unfortunately, Jason's past, his heartbreak and betrayal prove to be quite difficult to conquer and nearly destroy her in the end. I have to say that these few chapters in which Jason's story is told were so emotional and heartbreaking that they brought tears to my eyes. Simply nobody deserves to live through what he had to go through.

Thankfully with some help from friends and band mates the Jason and Angie manage to find their HEA. And they definitely deserved it :) They are just perfect for each other :)

To summarize in the end, I loved this story :) There is a little bit more heartbreak than in the first two books in the series but this is still an amazing read. The story is quite interesting and entertaining. I loved getting to know Jason and Angie and also revisiting with the rest of the Power Station crew :) It was also cool meeting Angie's band mates from Black Addiction :) I am actually quite hoping that T. Gephart will consider writing also their stories :) I am just a sucker for rockstars :) As for now, I am diving directly into Lexi and Alex's story told in the Lexi Series :) 


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