A COWBOY’S SONG ~ Megan Ryder

Hi everybody! Thank you so much for letting me celebrate the release of my book, A Cowboy’s Song, here today!

This book was special to me, as all of my books are, as it combines two special loves for me – cowboys and music. But it also presented a whole bunch of challenges, especially around the music side since I was not that familiar with writing songs and my hero was all about writing a song. So I had a tough road to travel, so to speak.

Country music man playing guitar

Ty Evans, my hero, loved music since he was a boy but he stopped playing and writing music when his family was killed, leaving him an orphan. He ended up in foster care on the ranch in my book, Redemption Ranch, along with two other boys, who became his brothers, but music was not a part of his life. Slowly he reclaimed music, but only to play, not write.

When his oldest brother met the love of his life (Book 1 in my series), Ty decided to try his hand at writing music, and it brought up all the ghosts from his past. A visitor to the ranch, Piper Raines, the daughter of country music royalty, who understands the struggle of music, is there for the wedding, and she helps him breakthrough his block and they sing the song together. When it’s recorded and goes viral, he gets swept up in the hoopla and follows her to Nashville to see if he can have a career, or if it’s too late.

I listened to a lot of country music but listening to music and writing music are two very different things. So, I was lucky to be introduced to a talented songwriter, Sierra Bernal, who wrote a song for the book, which took themes from all three books and made it into the song that is featured in this book. She is recording it now, and I hope to share it in the near future! But learning about Nashville, the country music scene, and how different it is from the other types of music was fascinating.

She taught me about the Nashville numbering system, how they use numbers instead of chords for their music. It was quite complicated and I ended up not using a lot about it in the book but it gave me a foundation for my hero feeling like his time had passed.

I also researched venues for where they might play. I had visited the Grand Ol’ Opry hotel many years ago during the holidays and would have loved to set a book there, or at least a scene. But, that wasn’t realistic. So, I had to find some other place. The Bluebird Café was not at all what I expected (and possibly a little unrealistic) but perfect for my purposes. There are a ton of these little venues for up and coming musicians in Nashville to showcase their talent, and this is a highly sought place.

Here is a playlist I created for this book on Spotify since music was so important to this book, if you’re interested in hearing my inspiration: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Yj768NXWQHhvPSfWnG8T0?si=g2HivK4WRLK8FzEyGDzEwg

In addition, if you’d like to hear more about the songwriter, check out Sierra Bernal on Spotify at SierraBernal or at her website: Website: http://sierrabernal.com

Ty wrote a song for his brother’s wedding.

What do you think is a romantic gesture for a wedding?

Let’s chat, and I’ll give away an ebook copy of A Cowboy’s Song to one lucky commenter! 

Short Book Blurb:

Can they build a future on a shaky foundation?

Tyler “Ty” lost everything in a car accident when he was twelve, retreating into his shell so tightly that it took months for him to come out again. Music and the ranch saved him, and he will always be grateful to his foster family for saving his life. Now, with the ranch on financial tenterhooks, he wonders if he can use his music to contribute to the solution.

Piper Raines is the daughter of a legendary country music family. While her parents and brother are all famous, her attempt at an independent career went off the rails, and, with exhaustion and stress and bad press dogging her every step, she needs a place to recover. When Piper is invited to vacation at the ranch, Piper and Ty connect through horses and music. After a video duet of Piper and Ty goes viral, they’re invited to sing in Nashville, which also provides added pressure, stressing their new relationship.

 

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BIO: Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.

 

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Updated: March 10, 2020 — 2:41 pm

25 Comments

  1. Something personal for the couple like writing their own vows or learning a special dance just for the occasion. It sounds like a wonderful book.

    1. I love the special dance. Since I have two left feet who are completely uncoordinated, I am in awe of people who can dance at all!!!

  2. The book sounds wonderful Megan. I agree withDiana, writing their own vows to one another.

    1. Vows are definitely very personal and unique to the couple. I love that one!

  3. I agree writing there own vows.

    1. Absolutely! Vows are great!

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    Oh wow! How exciting to have had a song written about and for your series! That’s so awesome! Do you know the name of the song? I must hear it when its released! This sounds like a great book and I’d love the opportunity to read it! A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list! Congratulations on your new book and best of luck!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I was so lucky to work with a very talented songwriter. Sierra Bernal is amazing. I hope to be sharing the song very soon. It’s called Ruined Plans and its so spot on for the whole series. I love it. We talked about the series and characters and it came out great. When its finished, I’ll be sharing it on social media so stay tuned!

  5. I agree with writing their own vows but a special song can be very romantic as well.

    1. Absolutely. I think a couple needs to find what works for them whether it’s vows or songs or dance or whatever works for them!

  6. Definitely writing a song is one of the most romantic gesture someone could do for a wedding. Writing their own vows is really special too.

    1. Aww I’m glad you think so. I agree!

  7. This book sounds awesome and I would love to read it. I love country music so I can see the song would be something special.

    1. I can’t wait to share the song!! It should be soon!

  8. this has been a wonderful series to read – love that the characters will continue into another series as well

    1. Thank you, Teresa! Yes, we’ll be continuing these characters because I just wasn’t done yet!!!

  9. I think that would be so sweet to write a song for a wedding. Country songs are what I like listening to. Sounds like a great book!

    1. I had a great time listening to the country music and picking songs for each of my books. They all have a wonderful story to them and such meaning!

  10. Welcome to P&P, Megan! I loved your blog, and I love the premise of A COWBOY’S SONG. Ty sounds conflicted, which is always a page-turner for me.

    This is probably old-fashioned, but my husband and I lit the Unity Candle at our wedding. Do they do that anymore? But light is such a strong gesture of life and hope, and when two flickering flames join into one strong one, ah, that’s romantic!

    Congrats on the new book, and I’m wishing you many sales!!

    1. I love that! Shows how two become one! I think that’s so special! Thank you so much!

  11. Something that is personal, that has meaning

    1. Completely agree – something personal to the couple. Thank you!

  12. A cowboy who can sing and play the guitar has always been my ultimate fantasy. I think the groom singing to the bride at the wedding is the perfect romantic gesture.

    1. I agree! He may not have been the groom but it was still pretty special!

  13. Megan, Congratulations on your release! Anything personal as in a song or special vows is so romantic.

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