Twenty-five years of fame comes at a price for Nick, leaving him hard—a machine to produce nothing but his music. True to his British upbringing, he’s very set in his ways. Things are just as he wants them—no deviance.
In steps Kate—a studio musician who, by a strange twist, manages to get hired into his band. Everything starts out with the boundaries firmly placed, and it doesn’t take long for Nick to realize she’s going to change his world. To his surprise, he’s the one who is attracted to her first. She gets under his skin.
Living by the creed that letting people close gets you hurt, Nick stays driven in his commitments. He is a musician, first and foremost, but a turn of events leads him to investing in the recording company who produces his music. Can he handle this new venture, his music, and keep the woman he now loves?
Nick called Mickey once they got back. He agreed to come back and help Nick put some kind of structure in place at the studio. His new band was done with their mini-tour so it was a good time for him. Nick also did some research and came up with an offer to Jerry for the rest of the studio, which he rejected as he didn’t think it was high enough. Jerry countered with a number making Nick swear loud enough in his office to make his secretary, Terry, blush. But Nick wasn’t going to give up – and he had his people make a larger offer - one Jerry agreed to. Once the dust settled, Nick would be the sole owner of Empire Records on April first. And, with Mickey running the daily stuff, Nick had been able to get the rest of his music written and sent off for the arrangement work to be done. Now all he had to do was find a manager to run the place, since Mickey would be traveling with the band once they started touring again.
Nick found early on it was easier to have Mickey on the road with him than to have to find him if something went astray. Three things he had learned toward the beginning of his career – drag his manager on the road with him, hire the same security each time, and record and tour with the same band members. The first kept all kinds of surprises from being an impediment; the second, you knew who the security guys were, their quirks and they knew yours; and lastly, the music didn’t have to be learned by more than one set of musicians and what the fans got on stage was pretty close to what they heard on the record. Nick’s shows were always sold out and, if there was time in the schedule, it wasn’t unusual to have another night added, which always sold out as soon as it was advertised. Nick would do promotional spots on the local radio stations and that brought out fans in droves.
Jeanine Binder grew up in a small town in California on the outskirts of Palm Springs, where the Hollywood celebrities liked to vacation. After thirty years, she packed up, moved to Arkansas where she still lives today. Writing has always been a passion and hoping the next twenty years will bring many enjoyable books for others to read.