Monday, April 29, 2013

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Presents: Davids Song Book Blast & Author Question

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David's Song Taken from the book cover: Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience. A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.  
Author A.R. Talley April R Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio in 1959. She is the youngest of six children. She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff. After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981. April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique. Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church. April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

Author Question:  Did working for the Osmonds give you ideas for writing these books?
or Is there a part of you in these books?

Great Question, Maureen.  Working for the Osmonds was very helpful in writing these books.  When I worked for them, I got an inside perspective on the life of a celebrity - its advantages and pitfalls. I feel it gave me some authenticity when I created David's Andrews' world.
I traveled with the Osmonds to Houston, Texas where they filmed one episode of the Osmond Family Show at the Houston Rodeo.  I flew into Houston with the family and then rode the charter bus with them to the hotel.  I got an upfront and personal look at how their fans reacted to them, and how they felt about those fans. (They were always very gracious to them.)
 I also saw that from the outside the life of a celebrity can appear glamorous and exciting, but creates it's own challenges for their personal relationships. Trust becomes an issue because they are constantly surrounded by people and initially they have no idea if those people have a genuine interest in who they are as individuals, or if they are only self-seeking opportunists.
Working for the Osmonds also provided an understanding, if perhaps limited, of the entertainment business. I experienced sound checks.
I worked on video shoots. I saw the number of people and the time it takes to pull a show together. 
It could be exciting, but it was also work - sometimes very hard work.
I feel fortunate that I had the experience in my life and could pull on it as I wrote my book.

  Praise from reviews on "Not just your typical romance novel" - Tracy Williams "David's Song is great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships". - Anna Pavkov "Sucked me in from the 1st page" - Jill Walker "Loved this book . . . could not put it down!" - Dana Vieira     Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/15/13   a Rafflecopter giveaway  

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