7 August 2018

As Dust Dances - New Release

The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both. AS DUST DANCES is now available on all retailers! 
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As Dust Dances - Play On #2
by Samantha Young

What they say: The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both.

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Aww!! As Dust Dances is heartwarming and poignant. It made me laugh and cry. Samantha Young feel brings out the feels and cuts deep with this emotional drama!

Skylar Finch is a pop-rock star who hates fame, like really hates everything about it. After a series of traumatic events she runs away from it all and in an attempt to escape from the heartbreak and drama of her past gives everything up. She has no money, friends or family and when we meet her she's living on the scary streets of Glasgow.

In an attempt to make enough money to eat, she takes on the persona of Busker Girl and plays for small crowds. In walks handsome and determined A&R executive Killian moody O'Dea. Killian wants to sign her to his family record label and won't take no for an answer.

The chemistry between them is instant and intense but they are both determined to ignore the growing tension and produce an album. To say Skylar is reserved about returning to the spotlight is an understatement but Killian wants to help her and make the label a lot of money - the story is about the struggle to find a balance.

The books delves into some pretty dark and traumatic issues. I was almost desperate for Skylar to face up to her issues rather than trying to suppress her emotions. It isn't just Skylar who has a painful past because Killian has seen more than his fair share of tragedy.

I loved the drama, music and emotion hat seeps off of every page. More please!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


When I finished, ODea was sitting on the chair, his elbows braced on his knees. He was staring at the floor, like he was lost in thought. Then he looked up at me and my breath caught at the million heartbreaking emotions roiling in his gaze.
And then they were gone, as if theyd never been there.
Thats all I have so far, I whispered, so confused by him. No more songs.
His expression was unreadable. Your visitors visa is about to run out.
Bewildered by the response, I could only nod.
Youve no money.
I tensed.
Youve run away from your identity, from your life in the band, in the US. Youve no family to speak of, and you abandoned your friends.
The man was the soul of sensitivity. “Your point?
My point is that you dont have many options. I think you were living in some naive fantasy that you could keep running from your problems and live a relatively peaceful life as a homeless person. Somehow, miraculously, you survived unscathed for five months. But last night you were given a giant fucking look at the reality and dangers of homelessness. I wish it hadnt happened that way, but there was never any other way it was going to end. And it has ended, am I right?
So, do you get, like, a bonus at the end of every day if you say a hundred patronizing things in a twenty-four-hour period or something?
He ignored me. “You cant go back to sleeping rough.
I think I got that, thanks. I waved my cast at him.
So  its either call your old manager, your band—
“Not an option,” I snapped.
O’Dea smirked. “Then I’m all you’ve got. And I’m no fucking Mother Teresa. I’m in the business of making money, Miss Finch. You’ve already proven you’re good at making it. And from what I heard today and have heard you playing when you busk, I think the world hasn’t even seen a fraction of what you can do.”
There was really nothing to do but glare and hope that he withered under it.
Ill let you stay here in this flat free of charge, give you a weekly stipend for clothes, groceries, a new guitar. You can heal up here. But all of it in exchange for a record contract. A one-album deal, thats all I ask. When youre healed up, youll be straight into the studio to record.
The thought made my stomach pitch. I dont want to be famous again.
Tough shit. There is no being famous again. You are famous. And youve got more talent in your pinkie finger than most do in their entire being. And that talent deserves more of a platform than standing on a street busking. Its a goddamned insult to all those people out there trying to make the big time. I dont care what it is youre running from. I care that you sort yourself out and make some music again. Music that matters. Music that will heal you.
I bristled. Ive made music that matters. Ive got the fan mail to prove it.
Your music in Tellurian did its job. It was catchy, appealing, and teenagers related. But your voice is meant for something else. The songs you just sang to me  those are songs that will really make people feel. It’s vulnerable and brutally honest and that’s the stuff that resonates with people. People want songs that make them feel good, but they also just want songs that me them feel, even if it breaks their fucking heart. Youve been through a lot, Skylar. Even if I couldnt read a newspaper, Id know that by listening to those songs you sang. 
“Two years ago, you were a leader on social media and the lead singer of a pop-rock band that teens and college freshman loved. Im not asking you to go back to that. Im asking you to become an artist in your own right. If you dont want the social media exposure, well have someone else run that stuff for you. And well do what we can to minimize the tabloid exposure. It will be hard at first considering your disappearance, but once it dies down, we can make it so youre not hounded. It is possible.
It doesnt matter whether they hound me or not. I hate the fame. I hate the touring. I hate it all.
No. His expression hardened. You dont…”


Author Spotlight:

Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.



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