My second love, after writing, is listening to music. I absolutely love all kinds of music; however, when I’m in the car, I allow my boys to take over the radio, so my music may be a little outdated. Here are just a few that are still on favorites list after all these years.
1. Bruce Springsteen: You’ll Be Coming Down
Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest musicians out there. I think it would have been some sort of sin for him not to make my list.
2. Lux Lisbon: Show Me the Money
I found this song while I was trying to publish my first book. I just thought this song summed up my debut novel, LORD BACHELOR very well. Great band…I just wished they would tour the US.
3. Jack Mack and The Heart Attack: Jersey Girl
I binge watched this movie in my VERY small military dorm room. I absolutely fell in love with this version of the song. I also fell in love with the movie.
4. George Strait: Amarillo By Morning
I had this cassette tape (yes, tape) when I was sent to my first duty station (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii). I was 22 and shared a 10x22 with two other females. I would fall asleep to this song every night…until I settled in and got to know my unit. Good times.
5. Garth Brooks: The River
I believe everyone who has a dream should listen to this song. It’s about never giving up and never giving in…no matter what people say.
6. ABBA- The Winner Takes It All
Because a lot of us can relate to this song…in one way or another.
7. Metallica: Whiskey in A Jar:
This song inspired a historical romance, titled The Rakehell Raider. I hope to finish the novel one day very soon.
8. ACDC: Thunderstruck:
This is my workout song. There’s no slacking when this tune pounds through the headphones.
9. Luke Bryan: Roller Coaster:
I’m a huge Luke Bryan fan, so anything he sings, I love.
10. Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
Dedicated to all the dreamers out there. Never give up.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Mine, Forever and Always
Author: Tammy L. Bailey
Published: March 17th, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Content Warning: Some kissing and intimate scenes but no sex.
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.
It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.
Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?
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About the Author:
I’m a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran.
I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD’tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There’s just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author.
No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.
Excerpt from Mine, Forever and Always by Tammy L. Bailey
“Did you write the letter?”
Lily jumped and spread her gloved hand over her chest. Her heart thumped against her palm as she rotated around to face her friend. “Yes,” she answered, leaving out the fact that it no longer remained in her possession. “It’s…written.”
Jane clapped her hands like a child. “I’m sure it’s perfect, but I’ll read it later when Aunt Sophia has fallen asleep,” she whispered.
Lily glanced over at the gray-haired woman, her head bobbing one way and then the next, against a red and gold striped mahogany-framed couch. Aunt Sophia remained the preferred relative above everyone else because she always fell asleep during her sole occupation as a chaperone.
“For now, I’m trying to discover what possessed my brother to ask me to invite Miss Appleton,” Jane said, all the while smiling in their direction. “They are not together, but I do believe he chooses to associate with the most disagreeable women on purpose, just to vex me.”
Lily tried to avoid glancing in Henry’s direction by instead sending her friend a sympathetic smile. She’d always remembered Jane as being outspoken and determined. With a much larger dowry than Lily, she attracted her fair share of suitors, all of whom she tried to deflect with her infamous “parlor games.” That is until Jane had suddenly and surprisingly realized her unrecoverable love for Mr. Waverley.
“I cannot begin to speculate about Henry’s many cordial affairs,” Jane continued, fanning her face in disgust. “Do you know that Miss Appleton is rumored to have been engaged five months ago, but the wedding was called off because of something the groom discovered but did not disclose?”
Lily pressed her lips together. While her heart had remained steadfast and loyal to Jane’s brother, he’d veered off onto a path of open debauchery. Sometime between their quiet walks in the garden, a lovely pretend wedding day, and this moment, he’d become a man she hardly recognized. What had happened to the young boy who had reached for her hand when he thought her unhappy or hurt? Perhaps she might address him as Mr. Daltrey, next time.
“Oh, good. Look, Henry’s unlatched himself from Miss Appleton and is now speaking to Mr. Waverley. I shall introduce you to him.”
Lily shook her head. “But I had hoped to have some punch.” She needed something to steady her nerves, a place to think on how to retrieve the letter. Since seeing Henry again, her heart hadn’t slowed its pace, and her hands had yet to stop shaking. Of course, when she turned away, Jane grasped one of her trembling hands, hauling her toward where Mr. Waverley and Henry stood talking, a glass of brandy in their right hands.
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