Different Dressby Lori L. Lake
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Different Dress is the story of three women on a cross-country musical road tour. Jaime Esperanza is a gaffer/electrician and roadie. The headliner, Lacey Leigh Jaxon, is a fast-living prima donna with intimacy problems. She's had a brief relationship with Jaime, then dumped her for the new guy (who lasted all of about two weeks). Lacey still comes back to Jaime in between conquests, and Jaime hasn't yet gotten her entirely out of her heart.
After Lacey Leigh steamrolls yet another opening act, a folksinger from Minnesota named Kip Galvin, who wrote one of Lacey's biggest songs, is brought on board for the summer tour. Kip has true talent, she loves people and they respond, and she has a pleasant stage presence. A friendship springs up between Jaime and Kip - but what about Lacey Leigh?
It's a honky-tonk, bluesy, pop, country EXPLOSION of emotion as these three women duke it out. Who will win Jaime's heart and soul?
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Meet the Author
Lori L. Lake is the award-winning author of numerous novels and collections of short stories and anthologies. She is a 2007 recipient of the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award, and in addition to a 2005 Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category, Lori has been the recipient of nine Stonewall Society Literary Awards. Have Gun We'll Travel was a 2006 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist, and in 2007 she won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Snow Moon Rising. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. She presents seminars and workshops on writing topics such as character building, plot, the writing process, the writing life, mystery structure, and form and structure in the modern novel. When she's not working at her computer, you can find her at the local movie house, singing with the Portland Lesbian Choir, or curled up in a chair reading. Lori very much likes to hear from her readers. You can find out more about her via her website: www.LoriLLake.com.
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The author of such great books as Gun Shy, Under The Gun, Have Gun We¿ll Travel, Ricochet in Time and Stepping Out: Short Stories introduces readers to two new favorite characters to take to heart. Kip Galvin, school teacher, songwriter and singer is asked to join the summer tour of popular singer Lacey Leigh Jaxon, It seems Lacey Leigh has, once again, run off another opening act. Assigned the task of picking her up at the airport, is Jaime Esperanza, electrician extraordinaire who handles and oversees several aspects of the tour, one of which is Lacey Leigh when she¿s `under the weather.¿ As Kip spends more time on the tour, she begins to form questions: Exactly what does Lacey¿s being `under the weather¿ mean? And why are so many of her opening acts quitting? As the tour progresses, Kip is `adopted¿ by members of Lacey¿s band who surprise Kip one night on stage by playing back-up on one of her songs. When Lacey objects to this and throws a fit, Kip literally scolds Lacey as if she were a small child, shocking both Lacey and the people around her. As Jaime and Kip begin spending a lot of their down time together, they form an easy friendship. As time passes, Kip realizes her feelings towards Jaime are changing and she is completely blind-sided when Jaime, who has a history with Lacey, ¿dumps¿ her and goes running when Lacey calls. When Lacey¿s ¿under the weather¿ condition surfaces as a serious drinking problem, more questions arise. How will this affect the tour? The band? The fans? Even Lacey herself? Will it take Lacey all the way down to rock bottom? What happens to Jaime if it does? Could Kip and Jaime¿s friendship survive the fall? And which of them would give all they have for ONE true chance at love? Lori L. Lake is an extremely talented writer who once again snares the reader with skilled telling of an extremely entertaining, event-filled, decidedly well-written tale of a journey by three women as they experience life, love, heartbreak, drama and adventure in the behind the scenes action of touring, and the complicated world of country music.
Some books have a magic that draws readers effortlessly into their world. DIFFERENT DRESS is one such book. Lori L. Lake has fashioned a tale peopled by characters that we recognize-not because they are clichéd, but because we've all known people who fall for someone that isn't good for them, who make bad decisions and miss golden opportunities, and who generally would lead much smoother lives, if they would just listen to our excellent advice. Some might describe DIFFERENT DRESS as a romantic triangle because Kip, the teacher/singer who joins a country music show partway through a summer tour, falls for Jamie, the roadie/electrician, who loves the star of the show, Lacey Leigh, an unstable, shallow and deeply troubled woman who is incapable of loving anything but her next drink. But in Lake's skilled hands, this basic set-up takes unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader riveted. Lake never takes the easy way out, and the reader is guaranteed an engrossing, involving ride, peopled not only with two strong, engaging leads, but also with an entire cast of fully realized supporting characters. Even the smallest roles are filled by well-rounded people, most of whom we'd like to know in real life, some of which we would avoid like the plague. Lake doesn't spare her characters, never glossing over mistakes made, and flaws inherent, even in her two heroines. We question how Kip could ever have been so thoroughly taken in by her callous ex-lover. We wonder how Jamie could be so oblivious to Kip's love and Lacey Leigh's self absorption. And though it is tempting to dismiss Lacey Leigh as the villainess of the piece, she is much more than that. Reluctantly, we have to concede that she is a product of her own abysmal background, and that while all too fallibly human, she actually has a far rougher row to hoe in the long run. When you conclude the final page, you'll bid all these vivid characters a wistful farewell-that is, if you don't immediately go back to the beginning and start reading all over again for the pure pleasure of it. If you want to be reminded of the power of a story to transport you; if you want to be enchanted by characters that could be lifted from your own life; if you want to place your imagination in the expert hands of a born storyteller, then lay your hands on a copy of DIFFERENT DRESS as quickly as possible.
Different Dress follows Kip Galvin, seventh grade math teacher and singer-songwriter as she embarks on a summer tour as country pop diva Lacey Leigh Jaxon's opening act. On the tour she meets Jaime Esperanza, assistant production manager and sometimes musician, and the two become good friends. For Kip the friendship turns into deeper feelings. Unfortunately for her, Jaime still carries a torch for Lacey Leigh. Lori Lake made the whole going on tour experience very understandable and engrossing. From the technical problems encountered by the set-up crew to Kip's pre-performance jitters to the descriptions of the different parts of the country they passed through-it all worked together to make you feel like you really were part of a band on tour. But the best thing about Lori Lake's Different Dress was practically every peripheral character in the story came across as a real person. I loved getting to know not only Kip and Jaime but also the musicians and techs who were part of the tour. Kip and Jamie in particular were so likeable it made you want to meet them in a coffee house and just hang out. The romance between Kip and Jamie was played out with such sweet realism. It was nice to see two people become friends first and then gradually fall into love rather than have them caught up in a frantic, sexually charged obsession from their first meeting. If you're looking for a well-written story that will keep you interested and entertained until the very last page, pick up a copy of Different Dress.
Kip is a teacher by day and folksinger by night who is asked to join the tour of diva Lacey Leigh Jackson. She falls in love with Jamie, the tour electrician, but Jamie is hung up on Lacey Leigh. This is an intriguing romance because Jamie and Kip are genuinely likeable people and the reader will root for them as they make their cross-country musical journey. But there's so much more to the story than that. There's Wes, the exasperated tour manager, Eric, the cool-headed boss, Buck and Drew, the band mates that inspire Kip's career, Emma, Jamie's lifelong friend, and Mary, Kip's giddy friend back home in Minneapolis. Each of these characters round out the story and give it dimension.