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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author R.L. Merrill to Stories That Make You Smile. R.L. is here today celebrating the release of the highly anticipated second book in her fabulous Summer of Hush series, Brains and Brawn. She’s brought along a lovely excerpt, a generous giveaway, and has taken the time to sit down with us and discuss the musical influences behind the story. Pull up a chair and join the conversation! 🌟
Brains and Brawn by R.L. Merrill
A Rockstar with a secret is injured in a freak accident. A single dad Navy corpsman comes to his aide. Neither expected romance to bloom, but will their secrets end it before it begins?
Series: Summer of Hush (book #2)
Publisher: Celie Bay Publications LLC
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood
Release Date: August 24, 2020
Length: Novel / 90k words / 344 pages
Pairing / Genre: M/M Contemporary Rockstar Romance, gay, demi/bi, age gap, hurt/comfort, proximity, single dad, military
Hush is back…and it’s about to get loud as Metalcore band Hush makes their comeback on the last cross-country Warped Tour.
Founding members Silas, Los, and Brains are ready to hit the road after two years of grieving for their best friend and lead guitarist Gavin West. In the span of 46 days, they’ll initiate new members of the band and crew and find discord, distraction, and devotion along the way. Hit the road with Hush for a summer full of hope, love, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Billy “Brains” Brennan has achieved rock stardom in not just one, but two chart-topping bands, but events from his past have him convinced he’s living on borrowed time. Brains and his brothers-in-Hush are ready to take the last cross-country Warped Tour by storm…until the actions of two drunk dudes with bad attitudes set off a chain of events that leave him incapacitated…and face-to-face with a handsome stranger who inexplicably feels like home—and not the home Brains fled at sixteen.
Chief Petty Officer Paul McNally has spent his 25-year career as a Navy Corpsman responding to emergencies and caring for wounded soldiers. When fate has him in the right place to provide aid to a fallen rock star, it sends his life spiraling on a trajectory he never planned for. Instead of concentrating on his impending retirement and a second career, he’s now playing nursemaid to a fascinating younger man…and falling in love—a fact he can’t seem to figure out how to explain to his adult son.
A health scare, band drama, and pain from both of their pasts threatens to end Brains and Paul’s fledgling relationship. Fate brought them together. It will take trust, honesty, and hope to keep them together.
☆ Guest Post ☆
Musical Influences Behind Brains and Brawn:
Summer of Hush Book Two
Thank you for joining me on this next leg of the Summer of Hush tour! Some of you may have been around since book one came out last year. We met Silas Franklin and his band of brothers in the metalcore band Hush, including drummer and, well, super genius Billy “Brains” Brennan. Many readers fell for Brains and sent me requests for a Brains and Paul story. I am here to say I hope I delivered!
As with book one, the Summer of Hush series follows the band on the last cross-country Warped Tour that occurred in 2018. If you visit the Summer of Hush page on my website, you can find inspiration videos and links to the blog tour for the first story. Book Two has some of the same artists, but a few new ones as well.
Motionless in White made an appearance on the first book’s playlist, but in the meantime they released a new album and ohhh it’s lovely. I’m sharing their Warped Tour set from 2018 and if you skip to 18:35, the singer from the next band on my playlist joins Chris Motionless onstage to sing “Abigail,” one of their early hits about the Salem Witch Trials. Chris is my muse for Brains in the book. Ironically, Chris started out as a drummer before taking over frontman duties. Silas in Hush doesn’t need to worry about that, however, as Brains doesn’t love to sing.
Ice Nine Kills is a band I discovered over the past two years and I don’t know where they’ve been all my life! They’ve got it all, a great frontman, a fresh sound, and a love for horror that bled all over their latest album. The Silver Scream came out in 2018 and if I would have been there (family trip with the school to Spain, that’s another story) I would have been able to see Spencer sing with Chris and see the band perform these phenomenal new songs. Ice Nine Kills is on my bucket list of bands to see and I hope it happens soon! If the screaming is a bit much for you, you can catch this performance which happened on their recent visit to the infamous Stanley Hotel in Colorado, inspiration for The Shining, one of my favorite books…
But I digress…
The pivotal scene in Brains and Brawn takes us back to events that happened in book one. Brains is seriously injured in a freak accident, and in his book, we get the events from his perspective. Around the time I was writing the scene, I heard this lovely song by You Me At Six. And once Brains is faced with sending his bandmates out on tour without him, he’s kind of lost and this song by Crown the Empire really resonated with me.
Brains and Brawn’s playist also features some older rock as Paul, our Navy Corpsman hero is a little older himself. His workout routine includes Bon Jovi tunes and he’s a big KISS fan. Brains likes to needle him about his musical tastes, but when it comes to debating musical prowess, they both enjoy it the banter…immensely.
There was always a little something for everyone musically at Warped Tour, and the same can be said for the Summer of Hush series. I hope you’ll check out the books and join me on tour with the metalcore darlings. Book three will be out in 2021. Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance…
Summer of Hush – https://books2read.com/u/meeLQR
Brains and Brawn: Summer of Hush Book Two – https://books2read.com/u/bwdQaa
R.L. Merrill writes stories full of love, hope and rock ‘n’ roll. She can be found lurking in the following places:
Website and blog: www.rlmerrillauthor.com
Music Reviews: www.HorrorAddicts.net
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @rlmerrillauthor
Meet the Author
R.L. Merrill brings you stories of Hope, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring quirky and relatable characters. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues that affect us all or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after.
Winner of the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese, Foreword INDIES finalist for Summer of Hush and RONE finalist for Typhoon Toby, Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after.
She writes diverse and inclusive romance, contributes paranormal hilarity to Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe, and works on various other writing and mentoring projects that tickle her fancy or benefit a worthy cause.
You can find her connecting with readers on social media, educating America’s youth, raising two brilliant teenagers, trying desperately to get that back piece finished in the tattoo chair, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance.
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