music of the heart
For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose.
Pam: This is Pam and Jenn coming at you live from Austin’s Rocked out studios! Jenn: We have the guys of Runaway Train with us on the phone fresh off the huge Rock Nation music festival! *sound drop of an out of control crowd*
Pam: We both know how much you guys rock but can I get a roll call for the listeners out there? Names and what you do?
Brayden: Thanks for having us on your show, ladies.
AJ: She said roll call, not suck up time.
Brayden: Shut up.
Jake: Well, as the front man, I’ll go first since I’m most important.
Rhys: *muttering* Douchebag
Jake: Anyway, I’m Jake Slater—lead singer, guitarist, and song writer for Runaway Train
Brayden: I’m Brayden Vanderburg, and I’m lead guitarist, background vocals, and I also do songwriting.
Rhys: I’m Rhys McGowan, and I’m the bassist.
AJ: Saving the best for last. I’m AJ Resendiz, and I’m the drummer. I really know what to do with a stick…..and I also do some background vocals.
Jenn: Sounds like four of you have your hands full! Pam: Right!!! What or who do you do to wind down after a show like Rock Nation…the groupies must be lining up for a ticket to the bus after the show *both laugh out loud*
Brayden: Well, there are no groupies for me. I’ve been happily married for five years, so after the show, I’m usually talking or Skyping with my wife, Lily, and our two children, Jude and Melody.
Jake: Bray is the Old Fart of the group.
AJ: *snickering* You got that right.
Brayden: Yeah, well, what these guys aren’t saying is they can get pretty geriatric after a show. Like crawl in the bed and sleep for hours and days.
Jake: That’s because not only have we put everything we had into a show, we’ve usually burned off all the excess adrenaline with some lovely ladies.
Rhys: Damn straight
Pam: So I heard through the grapevine that you have a bus guest? Truth? *sound bite of the Jeopardy thinking music*
Jake: Oh fuck…I, erm, I mean…
Rhys: Oh no, you made the bet, so you should be the one to explain it, asswipe.
Jake: *groaning* Okay, so yes, we have a guest on our bus. Her name is Angel.
Brayden: Talking about her like that makes her sound like a stripper. Tell them the truth.
Jake: Fine. Her name is Abby. She’s a singer, and she accidentally got on the wrong bus. Okay?
AJ: Nice stall job, man. Why don’t you tell them about how she accidentally fell into your bed, and instead of falling for your charms, she nailed you in the balls?
Rhys and Brayden: *laughing*
Jake: Whatever. She’s a real piece of work that’s for sure.
Jenn: Sound like you are going to have your hands full boys! Pam: *jumps in with a little too much excitement* Jake how do you think you will fair with Abby in the bus?
Jake: I’ll be fine. I know how to handle women.
AJ: *snickering* Oh, you don’t know how to handle this one.
Rhys: Jake’s just saying that because for the first time ever, he’s met a chick who isn’t swooning for him or intimidated by him.
Jake: Whatever…next question please.
Together: Oh to be a fly on the wall for the next week! You think I can get a follow up interview on Sunday *snickers*
Pam: Did I just hear the Abby put you in your place Jake? *drops sound bite of a whip crack* She must be some lady!
Brayden: Abby is a true lady, and you can bet that she’s going to keep Jake on his toes for the remainder of the week.
Rhys: *wistfully* She’s something all right…
AJ: Seriously she’s gorgeous. And she wears dresses like a lady too
Jake: *snorting* Oh yeah, those sundresses showing her fabulous rack and fantastic legs are really lady like.
Jenn: Ok all joking aside what’s next? You have just about 3 weeks left one the tour and a new album after that. Anything you can share?
Jake: Bray and I have been working on a lot of new material for the album
AJ: You’re not going to mention the duet? *smacks* Ow, dude, what the hell?
Rhys: Yeah, Jake, tell the listeners about the duet you wrote with Abby
Jake: *mumbling under his breath* Yeah, so I’ve written my first duet—
AJ: Like ever…the guy NEVER does collaborating with anyone, but he’s written a song with Abby.
Jake: Like I was saying, it’s a duet called “I’ll Take You with Me”. I plan on recording it with her too.
Pam: Ok guys we are going to take a call…Cris your on with Runaway Train…OMG!!!! *long ear piercing scream* I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Each and every one of you! YOU SO ROCKED OUT ROCK NATION!!!!! * continuous screams* Jenn: Wow! *mutes the phone line mid scream* Guys how do you deal with that? Pam: Right! How can you live your life? I also think it’s best if we drop this call. Cris you rock but this is about the guys.
Jenn: Never a dull moment!
Pam: Well I think we have taken enough of your time this morning. Good luck with the rest of the tour! Good luck with the new album. Most of all…Good luck with the little sassy thing on your bus this week! *sound bite of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train* Jenn: Let the games begin!
Pam: Be sure to stop and see the guys on the last leg of the tour and you can pick up their current album on iTunes and be on the lookout for the new album! Both: Thanks and hope to chat soon…Jenn: Maybe Sunday! *both snicker and laugh*
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.