Monday, December 17, 2012

Cheryl Douglas Introduces Hero from Shameless, Trey Turner



 

Hello Everyone, thanks for stopping in – good times here this week – Cheryl Douglas, author of contemporary romance Nashville Nights series, is interviewing Trey Turner, the hero of Shameless. I love learning about heroes and heroines through interviews. Thanks so much for sharing this one with us, Cheryl;)

Topic: Trey Turner Interview

Author: Cheryl Douglas

Series: Nashville Nights / Next Generation

I’d like to introduce you to Trey Turner, the hero from Shameless, book one in the Nashville Nights series…

Did you always know that you wanted to be a singer?

No, but living in Nashville, it would’ve been hard not to fall in love with country music. I started playing the piano and guitar when I was a kid, and it became evident early on that I had a good voice. But football was my first and only love for a long time.

Did you hope to play professional football?

I did, but an injury during college put an end to that dream. It took a while for me to get over it, but eventually I did. That’s when I started to consider music as a possible alternative.

Were there any other career options that you considered?

The logical choice would have been to be a rancher, like my father and grandfather, but I wanted to travel, experience a little more of the world. Being a rancher requires a hell of a commitment. You’re basically bound to your land, 24/7. Most ranchers wouldn’t have it any other way, the land is in their blood, but that just wasn’t the case with me.

Why do you suppose you’ve been so successful when most fail in this highly competitive industry?

First and foremost, I have a great team behind me. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But there are a few other factors, luck, work ethic, belief in myself and my ability. I also write all of my own music, and I’ve been known to put it all out there, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think that enables fans to relate to me. They see that I’m just a regular guy who makes mistakes like everyone else.

Was there someone who inspired you to follow your dream?

My girlfriend at the time, Sierra, made me believe that I had something special. She had an amazing voice and was a talented songwriter. We collaborated on a few songs, and she convinced me that I had a real shot at making it in this crazy business.

Sierra later became your wife, correct?

She did. We were married for almost ten years.

As it stands, you’re one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Do you think you’ll ever re-marry?

Not likely, but I’d never say never.

You have had a very public battle with alcoholism. Would you care to comment on that?

Let’s just say I’m taking it one day at a time.

What do you like or dislike about being in the public eye?

I knew when I signed on for this gig, I’d be sacrificing my privacy and I’m okay with that, most of the time. There have been a few times throughout my life when I wish I could have been alone to experience loss and grief in my own way. But the flip side of that coin is the out-pouring of support I’ve always received from my fans. No matter how badly I’m portrayed in the media, they’ve always got my back. I get thousands of letters and emails from fans every month telling me they don’t believe the garbage they hear about me. They know that I’m just a decent guy who’s made some of the same mistakes they’ve made. That makes it easier to survive the inevitable mud-slinging.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

I would have put my marriage above everything else, including my career. I would have fought harder to save it when I realized it was slipping away. Instead, I buried my head in the sand and pretended our problems would fix themselves. I can’t change the past. I can only learn from the mistakes and trust that if I ever got the chance to make things right, I’d be smart enough to make better choices.

 
 
Shameless

Book One

Nashville Nights Series

By Cheryl Douglas  

Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He’s desperate to make amends for the mistakes he’s made and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.  

Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce. She has a career she loves and a fiancé who loves her.  

Unfortunately, her fiancé isn’t the only man professing his love. He may be able to offer her safety and security but will she decide to risk everything for another chance with the man who broke her heart?

Shameless-Amazon

 

Fearless
Book Two
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
Lexi Brooks has overcome adversity to build a successful real estate business that will enable her live life on her terms. The life she envisions includes travel, fun, and excitement, not marriage, kids or commitment. But will Trey’s sexy bodyguard throw a wrench into her plans? 
Being a cop taught Josh Cooper to take calculated risks, but he’s tired of living with the daily threat of danger. He’s ready to settle down with someone who wants to be a step-mother to his two teenage sons. Too bad Lexi isn’t that woman. 
She’s smart, sexy, and head-strong, and they’re totally in sync in the bedroom, but she isn’t willing to ‘settle’ for a life of domestic bliss. Or is she?
Fearless - Amazon
 
 

Ruthless
Book Three
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
Marisa Turner has wanted Luc Spencer forever, but she also wants a baby, and it seems Luc isn’t up to the challenge. She has to choose between the man she loves and the family she hopes to have. Fortunately, there’s another man waiting in the wings who would love to make her baby fantasy a reality.
Luc Spencer is tired of hearing about marriage and babies. He loves Marisa, but he’s not a forever kind of guy. After two years together, she tells him it’s over. He’s not worried; he believes she’ll be back. But what will happen when he finds out there’s another man waiting to take his place?
Ruthless - Amazon
 
Reckless
Book Four
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
As a publicist, Avery Collins knows that mixing business with pleasure is a recipe for disaster so she has one rule. Her bedroom is off limits to clients, no matter how enticing and persistent they may be. 
Ty McCall is country music’s newest rising star, but he needs the best team in the business to help him make it to the top. That team includes Avery, the woman who gave him the most unforgettable night of his life only to disappear the next morning. 
Avery agrees to work with him, but Ty isn’t willing to settle for a professional relationship with the woman of his dreams. Can this sexy cowboy convince her that rules were made to be broken?
Reckless - Amazon
 

 
Relentless
Book Five Nashville Nights
Cheryl Douglas
Print Length: 192 pages
ASIN: B008EW4MGY
Nikki Spencer is all grown up, but the world still sees her as the little girl she used to be. She's ready to prove to her adoring public, and a certain rough riding rodeo champion, that sweet little Nikki isn't as innocent as everyone seems to think.
J.T. McCall has a reputation as a rough rider, both on the bull-riding circuit, and in the bedroom. So what's he to do when an innocent, like country crooner, Nikki Spencer, sets her sights on him? He plans to do what any good old country boy would do, save the lady from herself. But who will save J.T. when this little firecracker sets his world on fire?
Relentless - Amazon
 

 

Heartless
Book Six Nashville Nights
Cheryl Douglas 
ASIN: B008RH5IH8
Number of pages: 181
Word Count: 60,365
Derek McCall was devastated when his college girlfriend married his best friend, Josh Cooper. He respected the boundaries of friendship for years, but one night they gave in to temptation. Feeling guilty for betraying his best friend, Derek left town determined to put the past and Ashley behind him.

Ashley Cooper has loved two men in her life, her ex-husband, Josh, and her ex-boyfriend, Derek. The single mom of two grown boys is finally ready to start dating again when Derek comes back to town, eager to throw his hat in the ring. Her kids are against the relationship, but is she willing to risk their disapproval for a chance to re-write history?
Heartless - Amazon

 

Hopeless

Nashville Nights Book  Seven
Cheryl Douglas 
ASIN: B0091N9JAE
Number of pages: 199
Word Count: 63,328
When Jay Cooper has to hire a new black belt instructor for his karate studio, he doesn’t expect the most promising applicant to come with a huge chip on her shoulder. He knows there must be a story behind those tortured brown eyes, if only she would let him get close enough to find out why she seems so determined to keep her past a secret.

Victoria Pierce grew up in the foster care system. For her, martial arts was more than a hobby, it was her best hope of survival. She learned at an early age that the only person she could count on was herself. She doesn’t let anyone get close enough to hurt her, not friends, boyfriends, and definitely not her new boss. She shuts Jay down at every opportunity, so why does he keep coming back for more?
Hopeless - Amazon

 

Careless
Nashville Nights, Book Eight
Cheryl Douglas 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
ASIN: B009AZLYQ0
Number of pages: 207
Word Count: 69,019
Detective, Mike Cooper, loves a challenge. So when his father, Josh, asks him to consult on a tough case, he can’t resist the temptation. He agrees to take a brief leave of absence from the police force to accompany country singer, Tori Warner, on tour. His objective? To find the crazed fan who’s been stalking her. If only Tori wasn’t so determined to play hard and fast with the rules.

Tori is tired of living in a bubble. She’s been allowing this stalker to control her life for months, and she’s sick of it. So when some hotshot detective decides to become her self-appointed bodyguard, she’s determined to show him that she’s the one calling the shots.
Tori is the most infuriating woman Mike has ever met. She refuses to take orders, even when her life is at stake. He’s tempted to let her fend for herself, but Mike can’t walk away knowing some maniac is out to get her. Especially not after one explosive night makes him lose his objectivity. Suddenly, this case is personal, and Mike can’t rest until he knows Tori is safe.
Careless - Amazon

 

Here’s a bit about Cheryl Douglas:
Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel. 
The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of its own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation. 
One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming. 
Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose. 
 
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Trey, thank you for sharing so much about yourself – Cheryl, thanks so much for sharing the interview with your Shameless story-star :0) Intriguing post! Sounds like an excellent contemporary romance read. Congratulations on your Nashville Nights series ~ wish you many more successes :)

Thank you everyone for stopping in and visiting with Trey and Cheryl ~ show Cheryl some love and leave a comment or a question AND don’t forget to follow her links :0)

Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,

Kay Dee

 

1 comment:

Kay Dee Royal said...

Good Morning Cheryl & Trey;) I've been looking forward to spending the week together and hope you're ready for a few more questions.

Trey - I have to ask...do you see anyone promising in your near future?

Cheryl - I absolutely love your covers! Brilliant series art.

With this series you have to be a country music woman...what inspired you most to write this series?

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