Friday, June 14, 2013

Sydney Logan talks Mountain Music and Mountain Charm

Mountain Music
Sydney Logan

Anyone who reads my books (or just my bio) knows how obsessed I am with music. As a child, I preferred record players to Barbies, and I distinctly remember my first 45 and my first album. The first record I remember owning was Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.” I was four years old, and I sang it ALL the time. My dad even has an old cassette recording of me singing it. The first album I ever bought was Rick Springfield’s Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. I don’t remember much about the album (It was 1982 and I was eight years old), but I distinctly remember the dog-covered image, and I remember two songs—“Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”

I was definitely a child of the 80s. Michael Jackson. Madonna. Stevie Nicks. But then came the 90s, and with it a shift from 80s synthesizers to 90s grunge. For me, grunge was loud and dark and didn’t really interest me at all, so my love of music shifted to country music. Living in Tennessee makes it hard to avoid country music, but I’d managed it until Reba came along. Then there was Garth Brooks and Vince Gill, and with them, my absolute devotion to country music weaved its way into my heart.

In my new book, Mountain Charm, Angelina Clark owns a music store that sells Appalachian instruments. My dad plays bluegrass and has even built a few instruments over the years, so having a character whose life is so integrated in music wasn't a real stretch for me to write. She also loves Stevie Nicks. :)

As you can imagine, choosing music for the Mountain Charm playlist was very easy. If you’re at all interested in the music that inspired me to write, you can find it on my You Tube channel here: You can also view the book trailer, with music provided by indie songwriter/singer Sarah Cowart.

About the Author:
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is now available on Amazon.
Buy Mountain Charm in Paperback or for Kindle.

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

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