So, what does happen in Nashville?

What Happens in Nashville?

The short answer is – a lot! Both for the characters in my new Choc Lit novella and in real life.

I’ve lived just outside Nashville for nearly 18 years now and have finally written a story based totally in my adopted hometown. In ‘What Happens in Nashville’ straight-laced English lawyer, Claire Buchan, is dreading her sister’s hen party;  a week in Nashville filled with honky-tonks, karaoke and cowboys.  When she meets Rafe Castello he fits the cowboy stereotype perfectly with his handsome looks and roguish charm but as he and Claire get to know each other, she realises there is far more to him than meets the eye. That’s also the perfect way to describe the city of Nashville to anyone who has never been here.WHIN_150dpi

Anyone who explores beneath the surface of ‘Music City USA’ finds a far more varied town than its commonly held image might lead you to believe. If you want country music, honky-tonks and cowboys they’re there in plenty but how about a world-renowned symphony orchestra, the top-ranked Vanderbilt University, a vibrant waterfront along the Cumberland River and a growing restaurant scene that goes far beyond traditional barbeque? For Civil War fanatics Nashville and the surrounding area is a huge draw with its antebellum mansions and historic battlefields. If art is your thing then check out the stunning Frist Center for the Visual Arts. I could go on and on but having just reread the last paragraph think I’ll now be in line to get an offer from the Nashville Tourist Board any day now!

For a little fun here’s an excerpt from ‘What Happens in Nashville’ when Claire first spots Rafe at the Nashville hotel where the party will be staying.

‘She dropped her bags and set off in search of another human being. To the right of the elegant curved staircase she noticed a glass door and wandered over to peer out through into a small garden. On the wrought iron bench in the centre of the grass a man with a black cowboy hat tipped down over his face was stretched out with his long bare legs hanging out over one end, swigging beer straight from the bottle. Wonderful. Very classy.’

In her mind Claire immediately labels him as a no-good cowboy before they even speak and over the next week comes to realize how wrong she was in her first assumptions. Just like Claire I’ve had to revise a lot of my opinions over the years! The old adage about not judging a book by its cover – although the cover of ‘What Happens in Nashville’ is so pretty I wouldn’t blame you for that – is so true here in Nashville. The scruffy man with his worn jeans and scuffed cowboy boots sitting at the next table to you in a restaurant could easily be a multi-millionaire, Grammy award winning songwriter, university professor or professional athlete.

I’ll finish in true Southern style (you’ll have to ignore the Cornish accent) by saying ‘Y’all come on now and find out what happens in Nashville.’

P.S. Nashville has an interesting chocolate connection! In 1912 Nashville produced the first combination candy bar with more than one principal ingredient. They were named ‘Goo Goo Clusters’ possibly after the first words of the inventor’s baby! They’re still made in Nashville but known internationally. Here’s a link to the company’s history page:

What Happens in Nashville is available in all countries that have access to Amazon Kindle including Kindle UK, Kindle US and Kindle Australia.

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27 thoughts on “So, what does happen in Nashville?

  1. Oh Angela, I do love a western on TV, and your hero with his cowboy hat and long legs sounds intriguing. I’ve already downloaded What Happens in Nashville and am looking forward to reading it.

  2. I can never resist a cowboy hero 🙂 (Is it wrong that I picture them all as a young Clint Eastwood from the Dollars films?) I can’t wait to read your book Angela!

  3. Sounds like a real treat! I have been to America lots of times but never to Nashville. One of these days 🙂

  4. You’re doing a very good job promoting Nashville, Angela, I want to get on a plane and come right over! In the meantime, I look forward to reading all about it in your book – Rafe is one of my favourite hero names and he sounds great 🙂

  5. Can’t imagine I’ll get to Nashville anytime soon Angela, so I’ll definitely have to read What Happens, to get a real flavour. It sounds wonderful.

  6. I’m never likely to see Nashville with my flying phobia, but it always sounds like such a hub of atmosphere and excitement. Your book sounds a good substitute, Angela.

  7. What a shame I haven’t arranged to do a weeny detour to Nashville on my way from the UK to New Orleans – it sounds fascinating. I have the novel and can’t wait to read it. Anything with a cowboy in it goes straight to the top of my TBR pile.

    Liz x

  8. Nashville sounds like my kind of town, Angela. I had no idea it was so vibrant. Great setting for a book.

  9. Nashiville and the book both sound brilliant – genius and yummy use of the chocolate connection too!

  10. I like stories where assumptions and first impressions prove so wrong. My two best friends are people I’ve terribly underestimated on first impressions. Admittedly, I was only 6 when I decided I could have nothing in common with my now uber-best friend.
    Great post, Angela. Good luck with what sounds a fun-filled story!

  11. Sold! Both on the book and on visiting the city some day. Thanks Angela, for a fascinating glimpse into both.

  12. Yes I too am intrigued by this setting and story. Note to self, must add Nashville to my ‘must see’ list

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