Today’s Book Bash featured author, Julie Prestsater sends us over the prologue, a trailer and an image teaser, for her latest book release, “Without You“, and oh wow does it sound sweet and romantically angsty! “When he’s offered a golden opportunity to go on tour, he never imagined she wouldn’t go with him.” <— *gasp* I can already imagine the heartache.
A bit from the blurb:
Evan James had it all. Drop-dead sexy, brilliantly talented musician, a skyrocketing career and his high school sweetheart by his side. When he’s offered a golden opportunity to go on tour, he never imagined she wouldn’t go with him. Without her, he found his dream meant nothing. Three years later, bereft and alone, Evan stops at an open mic night and spots someone sitting in the audience, the beautiful face of a woman he’d never forget…Maddy, his one true love.
Madison Grey had only ever loved one man. When Evan broke her heart she had no choice but to move on with her life, start a career of her own, and she even finds a new love. Still, thoughts of Evan were never put to rest. And on one fateful night, she unexpectedly hears him pour his heart out into a new song. A song about broken hearts, lost love, and second chances. A song about her.
And, finally, the “pièce de résistance”….
I had no idea what made me stop at the piano bar. I was driving down Sunset and spotted the billboard. My manager said I would know when I was ready to perform again. Maybe he was right. It had been months since I’d sung live in front of an audience. I just hadn’t been feeling it. I barely made it through the last tour. The music didn’t sound the same. Singing sure didn’t feel the same. The overwhelming response from my fans didn’t give me the same rush it once did.
Not without her.
I had been in town for two weeks. With every passing minute, hour, day, I wanted nothing more than to call her. To stop by her house and just knock on the door. But I didn’t. I didn’t know what stopped me. Maybe it was the memory of the pain in her voice, screaming at me to leave her alone and never come back. There were times when the sound of her sniffling cry had still wakened me from my sleep.
I deserved the sleepless nights. The ringing in my ears reminding me that I fucked up.
If I could have done it all over again, there were so many things I would have changed. So many things I would have done.
But it was too late.
The piano bar’s call had been far too loud. Not only did I stop, but I found myself on stage once again. The time had come. I was ready. Apparently.
As I finished pouring out my wounded heart into the microphone, finished tapping the keys of the piano for one last note, the crowd was silent.
Except for the screeching of a chair, the clinking of a tipped-over glass, and the familiar sob of a woman.
I peered out into the sea of darkness to find the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen staring right back at me. Somber and angry; the fiery light, seemingly long gone.
It was her.
“Without You had my heart singing to every sweet tune that came from Evan’s gorgeous mouth! My new book boyfriend for sure!”
New York Times and USA Today best selling author
“Without You is so sweet and fun. Evan and Madison definitely make beautiful music together and I loved every minute of this second chance love story.”
New adult author of The Games Series
“Without You is one of those reads that makes you want to plunge into the pages and truly live with each and every character.”
-Gretchen de la O
New adult author of The Wilson Mooney Series