After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
“A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love. Filled with laughter, heart, and a side of sass, this rock star debut will have you cheering for an encore!”—Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
Now on to the interview with Emery Lord.
My own best friends, a major love of summertime and music, and curiosity about what happens off-stage during concert tours...;)
2. Where would you like to travel to and why? Where is your favorite place you've traveled?
I'd love to see Marrakesh and Bali and Cinque Terre (amongst many others!) because of the colors and foods and landscapes. I don't know if I can pick a favorite, but in the past year, San Francisco and Mendocino, California, bowled me over with their beauty and restaurants!
3. Can you tell us THREE things you loved about writing Open Road Summer.
I loved writing...
...a narrator who is very guarded and hard-edged (I'm very easy to read and effusive)
...female best friends who would honestly do anything for each other
...the Fourth of July chapter. There are fireworks--the pyrotechnic kind and the other kind ;)
4. Which book do you wish you'd read again for the first time?
Oh, what a GREAT question. I'm always really jealous of anyone who is reading JELLICOE ROAD for the first time.
5. What would you sell your soul for?
Equality, rescue pets, and infinite cheesecake.
6. What are you hoping your readers will take away from your book?
I'll be thrilled if readers just take an enjoyable few hours out of my book. But, beyond that, the themes that mattered a lot to me are: How worth it is to walk the hell away from parts of your life that are unhealthy, without looking back. How much it matters to have and be a true friend. Aaand that it's never too late to forgive yourself or others. Cheesy but so true!
Thanks for being here, Emery!
About The Author:
Emery Lord lives in Cincinnati with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Open Road Summer is her first novel.