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Rhythm In Blue
     

Rhythm In Blue

4.7 9
by tfc Parks
 
Rick Rowland isn't your typical rock star. Certain he�s undeserving of the love and adoration of his fans, the attention makes him uncomfortable. As the bassist for a popular rock band, the perks are great, but stardom will never make him as happy as the one that got away. Well, more like ran away screaming after Rick's misstep with her young heart. Forgiving himself

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Rick Rowland isn't your typical rock star. Certain he�s undeserving of the love and adoration of his fans, the attention makes him uncomfortable. As the bassist for a popular rock band, the perks are great, but stardom will never make him as happy as the one that got away. Well, more like ran away screaming after Rick's misstep with her young heart. Forgiving himself may be hard as he spirals out of control, but her forgiveness will be impossible if she won't stop running. How much sorrow can a man endure before he finally takes control and finds the way back to his heart?

Revised November, 2012

Editorial Reviews

Smashwords - Larry Batts
The best stories don't tell a story, they bring you into the story. When reading this book, there was never a moment that I didn't feel as though I was actually in the scene and watching these characters come to grips with their various choices.
The center of this story is Rick and Shelby and as we follow them over the course of the novel, we find much to love and hate in each. We hope that they are meant to be together, but the beauty of the writing is that we are never sure what Ms. Parks

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012393203
Publisher:
tfc Parks
Publication date:
03/19/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
994 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in South Dakota, but was raised around the US and world, as my mother and I followed my geologist/writer father from place to place. I spent many years as an adolescent living on a Greek, Cycladic Island, where my father taught creative writing at an American art school. It is this background that has given me a unique life experience and outlook. My travels and knowledge of different cultures have given me an uncanny ability to sense the inner workings and emotions of others.

As an only child to a family that frequently moved, I often found myself alone in unfamiliar places. It was this "alone time" that spurred me to create stories to keep myself entertained; a habit that I continue to this day.

I eventually returned to South Dakota as a young adult, finally finding a place to settle down and call home. I now live with my three teenage children in an old (out of use) funeral home.
I am currently in the planning stages of the sequel to Rhythm in Blue, and have several other projects in the works! You can learn more about my future projects by visiting www.tfcparks.com

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Rhythm in Blue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AWalls More than 1 year ago
This book makes me want to go slum it at a run down bar in Greece. Nothing I could say about this book would do it justice. I will say I read this book in one sitting, turning my body into a mass of different emotions. From falling in love to despair from giving it up to do the right thing. Drug abuse, fame and fortune... music. The sense of family that comes with the band. Doesn't get any better. Crazy! I loved it and will read it again.
MStanhope More than 1 year ago
What happens when you read "Rhythm In Blue" by TFC Parks an author who takes the pen and delivers you a story of emotion. Is it a romance hmmm, probably not but a good look at life when things can go very good and so wrong all at once? Anyone who can remember their first love can relate to the hurt, pain and sadness that is felt when that person is gone. You seem to move to the next and next and the next again until you finally get to a point where you can accept and want the company of another. When you add music and the start of a rock star in the making you are heading on the path of destruction, if you don't keep yourself in check. Rick will take you with him on all the check points and then the path he chooses at each turn. You will find out who his friends really are and how he handles the bright lights whether they are truly on him on in his mind. The author did very well with this character. You feel like you know him and are standing beside him at times. Will Shelby be a distraction for him or can this be another point to keep him in check. The torn feelings of Rick over Shelby make the story interesting too. Are they right for each other and should they find a way back to each other or should they remain apart? As you read the book you find reasons to support both comments. What I enjoyed about the story was the behind the scenes of the up and coming star, the touring and the travel, the hazards of stardom and falling without a pillow to safeguard the landing. Then you get to see how one can rebuild and the steps they take to get there and how they handled things along the way. It is a journey that Rick took and Shelby was who he was after in the end. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book. It is a very good read and one that will draw you in when needed and back you off when you need to watch from the sidelines. The author does well. I hope to see more soon.
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Grace_Elliott More than 1 year ago
Loved it :)
Summer_Ellis More than 1 year ago
This whole book is a song. It's sad, and happy, and so real. I loved it.
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HeatherHHH More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel Rhythm In Blue, tfc Parks introduces the main storyline through the character of Rick when she writes: "How things unfolded after five hours would determine if the last seven years of his life were a waste, if all his suffering would leave him broken or a man finally at peace with himself." And therein lies the book's most compelling element: its ability to transcend a single genre as it weaves together the components of a travel memoir, a character-centered work of fiction, and a universal story of suffering and survival. Almost immediately, the reader is invested in Rick's choices and his eventual outcome as he embarks on his geographical, artistic, and personal journey. Whether by water or land, Parks' characters are in constant travel mode, always heading "somewhere else," in an apparent attempt to avoid the "here and now" that they cannot handle, don't want to look at, or conveniently rewrite in order to cope. While none of the characters seems truly content or at peace with life, they continue to search for answers as they journey to other countries, into and out of relationships, and even into the memories past, as a way deconstructing the layers of confusion and pain that permeate their present. One could even argue that Rick's descent into the world of substance abuse and addiction is a journey of sorts, and one that certainly provides him with information about who he is and what he wants out of life. Arguably, he uses his past and his present struggles as his compass pointing him in a healthier direction. Yet with new directions come hope, which Rick seems to lose each time he experiences loss, failure, or feelings of defeat. His character lives a life that suggests it is easier to destroy oneself through conscious choices than to wait, unprepared, for life to attack. Perhaps one of the most telling lines in the novel is delivered by Erin, in one of the opening scenes. While disclosing her father's sexual abuse of her to her friend Shelby, Erin admits: "I liked it; it was the only tenderness he'd ever shown." Erin's confession, not uncommon in a sexual abuse survivor, introduces the story's tension, the push-pull conflict that permeates throughout, mostly in the form of music and rhythm. From her pacing of language and character development to her measured sentences and precise language, Parks creates a literary symphony or sorts, populated by a cast of characters who are simultaneously tragic and euphoric, defeated and victorious. And as they arc and dip through the novel in a rhythm of their own, the literal subject of music, Rick's band music to be precise, emerges as perhaps the melody line of the story, but really supported by the deep undertones of character and conflict and, ultimately, resolution. At the climactic moment that Rick truly reveals his inner pain and his raw humanity, he admits to his bandmate Devon: "I can't do it . I'm so tired. I'm so tired of hurting. I just can't do it anymore." Unaware of what "it" signifies, Devon questions Rick, finally extracting the novel's central message from Rick's distraught and jumbled words: Integrity and character are what shape us, even in our darkest hour. And when Rick finally admits the same to Shelby, the woman at the center of his pain, Parks delivers the novel's most beautiful moment of two empty souls joining together to find something they call "home."
Julie85 More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sparks and Vladimir Nabokov had a baby, and she is TFC Parks. I believe that is the best explanation I can formulate for "Rhythm in Blue." In this story, the reader is invited into the life of Rick, an abused teen turned rock star. I was drawn into the trials and tribulations of Rick, Shelby, and all of his band mates and friends in beautiful, graphic, painful, sensuous, and heartfelt detail. I know that everyone wants a story that draws you in and makes you read it in one quick sitting. Rest assured, this book has that capacity, but I read it slow, savoring every word, thought, and feeling expressed by the realistic characters. At times, I found myself rereading a section just to relive the emotion, trying to somehow will Rick or his friends to make the right decisions. Maybe I had some fantasy that I could change the heart wrenching parts by re-reading them-that's just how this story draws the reader in! I felt like I wasn't just reading the words, I was living right beside Rick, struggling to overcome past history and poor decisions, and win the heart of my one true love at any cost. TFC Parks does an outstanding job of bringing the reader into the story, set in the late seventies and early to mid eighties, transporting the reader to the beautiful Mediterranean and contrasting this surreal beauty with equal pain and hope. Great first effort by TFC Parks. I can only hope to read more from her in the future. Five stars all the way!