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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Excerpt & Giveaway: Something I Need by Lena Lowe / @XpressoReads

Series & Title: xoxo Nashville, Book 1: Something I Need
Author: Lena Lowe
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

She came to Nashville chasing her dream. He doesn't do dreams and lives in the real world.

Jonte Williamson has a dream: become Nashville’s next big star. Finding herself unexpectedly homeless hot off the plane wasn’t part of her grand plan.

Cash Bellini is a simple man: he loves his twin sister, Dolly, hates country music, and stays far away from anything more complicated than that.

When Jonte stumbles into Cash’s bar, helping out the homeless country music wannabe is the last thing on his agenda. Pity someone forgot to send the memo to his too-big heart and meddling twin. Throw in a pair of baby blue cowboy boots, a pool table and a splash of tequila, and these two are set to ignite in a hot sexy mess! Will either of their hearts survive the tug-o-war between what they want and what they need?

Author's note - Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Cash handed Jonte the cordless phone.
“You’re a lifesaver.” She took the phone and smiled up at him like he’d just lifted a million pounds off her shoulders.
“I’ll give you some privacy and wait out there.” He retreated, shutting the door behind him.
Well, the door was essentially shut. He’d left it open, just a little crack, and may have been standing on the other side. He rationalized that there were thousands of dollars in the safe and keys and all sorts of things in the office, but the truth was he was curious about the Aussie.
Jonte let out a deep sigh from inside the office. It was a good thing the jukebox wasn’t cranked up too loud yet. He scanned the bar, making sure that the few patrons here were comfortable and Pete was still busy in the kitchen.
“Hi, Daddy.” Jonte’s voice was cheerier than it had been just before. “Dad, I’m fine.” Her voice spiked on the last word. Total lie. “I’m so sorry for not calling you earlier, but my phone wouldn’t work.”
There was a lull and then Jonte spoke again. “I’m sorry Mum’s upset. I didn’t do this to hurt either of you. I did this for me.”
The short breaks in conversation continued. “No, I’m not coming home.”
Cash felt shitty for listening, but it was like rubberneckers at a car crash – he couldn’t make himself pull away.
“I don’t care if she’s changed her mind about things now. That’s very convenient, don’t you think?”
What was the story was with Jonte’s mom?
“I’m not coming home. No. You’re not coming here to get me. Dad, I’m not a child. I’m an adult, and this is my choice.”
Cash ran his hands through his hair and blew out a breath. Christ, apparently every family had their own shit to deal with.
“Dad, I don’t want to go on any of those TV singing shows back home. Besides, I’m already a finalist in something here.”
A finalist? Now that was new information.
“It’s in six weeks. For this big Nashville competition, American Country Star.”
Cash was trying to figure out how in the hell she’d managed to final in that from halfway across the world, when she answered his unspoken question. He smiled when he realized her dad must have asked that exact question.
“I sent through my audition video online.”
Hmph. Interesting.
“No, Dad. I don’t need money and I’m not coming home.”
Christ. Her dad sure seemed determined to have her back in Australia.
“Daddy, I love you and I didn’t mean to put you in this position. This is my concession: if I’m not settled in six weeks, and if I don’t make it further in that competition, then I’ll come home.”
Cash nodded his head, considering the proposition she’d just put to her father. It seemed to be a reasonable compromise. Determined and goal driven but still logical; what an intriguing combination.
“Whatcha doin’?”
Cash looked up to find Dolly grinning and standing right in front of him.
Oh, shit.
How in the hell was he going to explain this? He opted for evasion.
“Hey, Doll. You off work already?”
“Okay, I love you too and I promise I’ll call you soon.” Jonte’s voice wafted through the crack in the door.
“Who’s in there?” Dolly cocked her head to the side, a wide I-already-know-the-answer-but-I’m-asking-anyway-just-to-make-you-say-it smirk plastered across her face.
Damn it. How did she always know this stuff?
Cash heard rustling as Jonte probably picked up her bags and returned the phone to its dock.
“Get over here,” he whispered, grabbing Dolly’s arm. He tugged her towards the bar and nodded for her to take a seat. Cash picked up a dish rag, began wiping down the bar, and shot Dolly a don’t-say-a-damn-word warning look right before Jonte emerged from his office.
“Thanks for letting me use your phone.” Jonte’s eyes met his briefly before she noticed Dolly. “Oh, hey.” She walked over and slid onto the stool next to Dolly.
“Hiya, Jonte.” Dolly’s reply was the satisfied purr of a fat cat who got the last bowl of milk.

Lena lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three daughters. She completed a MA in Writing in 2013 and has been working on a New Adult series based in Nashville. The first book in the series, Something I Need, was a 2014 RWA Contemporary Romance Stiletto finalist in the New Adult category.

In early 2015, Lena and her family spent 5 weeks road tripping across the US. It was an amazing once in a lifetime family holiday and research for her debut series all rolled into one!

Lena is an avid reader, especially in the New Adult genre. She is a mad Colleen Hoover, Samantha Young and KA Tucker fan, and is more than a little bit in love with Becca and Krista Richie’s Addicted series, Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series.


  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. This looks like a book that I'd really like to read! I'd love to learn more about Jonte's story, and to see how her journey unfolds.
    Thank you for introducing me to this author and book!