Sit Down Saturday with Amy Vastine

Today we’re celebrating Amy Vastine’s release of Catch a Fallen Star, the second book in her Grace Note Records series. 

So, Amy, where did you get the idea for this novel?
I love music and was trying to think of a way to tie in the world of music in a new way. I came up with having a series that centered on a record company. Boone came to me when I was writing the first book. The company needed a troubled, aging star, who could cause the hero in that book a little bit of trouble. I knew I would then have to give Boone a chance to redeem himself and Catch a Fallen Star was born. 

In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
“Not too late for sorry.” Boone comes to Helping Hooves horse farm to write his new album and try to get his life together. He’s estranged from his daughter and, thanks to Ruby and her daughter Violet, he ends up writing her a song called “Too Late for Sorry”. I imagine that’s the song he’s working on when I look at this picture.

What is your favorite scene?
I have a lot of favorites in this book. I love a lot of the scenes between Boone and Violet (Ruby’s teenage daughter). Violet knows how bruise Boone’s sometimes oversized ego and plant his feet on the ground. But I really love the scene between Ruby and Boone after she saves him from falling off the wagon. It’s the first time he really takes responsibility. Here’s a little snippet …
She didn’t see what to Boone was so clear. They both might have felt rejected, but only one of them deserved it.

“No, I mean I’m not like you. In my family, I’m Levi. I have no idea why you even open your door to me.”

“What are you talking about?”

“If you were my ex-wife, you would hate me and have every reason to do so. I’ve spent so much time convincing myself Sara’s the bad guy in our relationship, I never thought about what I have really put her through. You and Violet have forced me to see the other side. Sara has been battling with me like you’ve been doing with Levi.”

“You and Levi aren’t the same.”

“Aren’t we? I’ve let my daughter down more times than I can count. I’ve put my career and my problems in front of her since she was born. I’m worse than Levi. At least he’s apologized for not being around.”

“More like given Violet thin excuses, Boone.”

“I’ve never apologized. I blamed Sara. I blamed my drinking problem. I blamed everyone and everything except myself. I’m the bad guy.”

Ruby’s eyes welled with tears. “You’re not a bad guy.”

He cupped her cheek and wiped her tears with his thumb. “Thank you for
thinking that.”

Maybe someday he wouldn’t be. It was time to change. To be the person he should be.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I didn’t really like Boone when I wrote him in the first book, but when I got in his head during this book, I fell hard. I was Booned for sure! There’s something about a guy who’s a little cocky in the beginning and is humbled in a way that allows his true self to come shining through. I do love Violet, too. I live with a sassy teenager, so I know exactly what they’re like. You might not always like them, but you have to love them!

lf you could pick actors to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?

Easy! Boone has always been Tim McGraw and Ruby is Amy Adams. 

What do you plan to work on next?

I have a couple things in the works. One thing I can’t talk about yet and the other is Sawyer’s story. If you’ve read the first two books in the series, you know Sawyer and are hopefully rooting for him to get his happily ever after. 

That's all for me - wishing everyone a very happy new year! Let's hope 2017 brings us lots more Heartwarming stories to love!
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  1. Congratulations on the fantastic response to Catch a Fallen Star, Amy, and best wishes for continued success with it!

  2. Amy, I read Boone's story and loved it. Happy New Year and I'll look forward to more stories.

    1. Thank you so much, Roz! Happy New Year to you as well :)

  3. Okay, you made me want to read it right this minute!!!! Wow.

  4. Sounds like a great read. Love the cover also. They did a nice job on selecting a hero. smile
    Happy New Year.

  5. Awesome, Amy!! I just finished Catch a Fallen Star two nights ago! I couldn't put it down. Your portrayal of Boone and all that he's going through with his addiction and fallen career are so real, so spot on, that he literally leaped off the page for me. Another Great One from Amy!! Congrats!

  6. Sounds like a great story, Amy. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  7. This sounds so amazing, Amy! Can't wait to read it. You had me 'Booned' at the mention of Tim McGraw and Amy Adams and with that snippet!

  8. Same here! Love the idea of Boone, then put Tim McGraw's face on him and I'm hooked. Congratulations, Amy, and wish you more big success in 2017.

  9. Sounds good - now for the more reading time I am requesting for the new year!!

  10. I loved the first book in the series, but this one is even better. Such a great redemption story, and the characters are so real, especially Violet.

  11. I loved this story! I admit, I am totally Booned. That is one of my favorite scenes in the book as well. And you nailed the teenage attitude perfectly! Can't wait for Sawyer's story.

  12. Congratulations, Amy! I can't wait to get "Booned!" Happy New Year!

  13. Congratulations, Amy! I love the name Boone! I think I was hooked the first time I heard it and it's so perfect for a country singer (especially one who looks like Tim McGraw.) I love a good redemption story. Can't wait to read it!

  14. AH. That scene just made me cry again. LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH Amy. Great story from a great story teller. Thanks a million times for this one and for letting me get Booned. XOXOXO

  15. Sounds like a great story, Amy! Congrats!


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