Today, I'm excited to be a book blog tour stop for the country-western flavored inspirational novel, "Twang" by Julie L. Cannon.
About The Book:
The songs Jennifer Clodfelter writes and sings aren’t from her imagination.
With innocence and passion, Jenny pours the pain from her childhood into the lyrics of one Billboard Country hit after another. Her manager assures her that confronting formative years wrapped in violence and poverty is a necessary evil, part of the unstoppable force of her destiny to become a Country Music Diva. And for a while, little Jenny Cloud is in heaven. She basks in the spotlight on stage and the wild applause of her fans.
But as she pours herself into writing more and more autobiographical songs, Jenny begins to find the emotional fallout is staggering. When she revisits a dark memory she thought was long-buried, she begins to seriously wonder if the high price she’s paying to write her hits is worth it.
Jenny’s hairdresser, Tonilynn, sees the wounded little girl beneath the star’s on-stage smiles and she attempts to fix her broken spirit along with her hair by counseling Jenny to pour yet another long-repressed story of her father into a song.
Is singing for her sanity a possibility in this instance? Would another hit song be therapy enough to reconcile Jenny and her dark past? Jenny Cloud faces the music with music.
My husband has been a country musician for over thirty-five years, so I was really interested in a novel set in the world of country music.
"Twang," Julie Cannon's story of one girl's skyrocket to fame in Music City, did not disappoint. Cannon captures the essence of the Nashville music scene - from the grubby and seedier side to the glittery and glamorous facade that draws young people to it's flame and promise of fame and fortune.
Cannon's characters are personable, and I enjoyed the sassy Tonilynne, hairdresser to the stars, and her Aunt Gomer, the loveable old busybody with a heart of gold.
Cannon also includes, as the dramatic ending of her story, a very good description of the horrific flood that ravaged Nashville and the music community in 2010.
As well as being a music-influenced novel, "Twang" is also a Christian-inspired tale, and there is plenty of faith and hope sprinkled throughout the story.
I enjoyed this book, and would love to see Cannon continue to highlight the music scene in future novels.
About The Author:
Julie L. Cannon is a bestselling author, speaker and teacher. She believes that using your memories to write autobiographical fiction is both cathartic and powerful, and when Julie isn’t busy writing, she can be found leading memoir workshops, encouraging others to encourage others on this journey called Life. Julie has captured many awards in the ABA as well as the CBA. She loves growing flowers and listening to country music at her home off Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia.
Her latest book is the Christian fiction novel, Twang.
You can learn more about Julie L. Cannon at www.julielcannon.com.
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Twang Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, and was not compensated for my opinion.
My thanks to Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for including me on this blog tour!