by Diana Simmonds
Jody Johnson is the rising Queen of Country who’s just been outed by the press. Adoring fans and groupies are fascinated by her cool image and unique voice, but they don’t see the loneliness beneath her seductive exterior.
On tour in the Australian Outback, the Johnson Band bus is marooned at Davanzo’s, a dot-on-the-map truck-stop motel. Also marooned—not that she’d admit it—is painter Grace Davanzo. She helps her parents in their restaurant kitchen and avoids anything that might stir past dark memories.
Grace is not charmed by the flirtatious musicians and definitely not by their leader. Yet there is a spark between Jody and Grace and it could be the one to start a bushfire, if they let it. Both are fearful, cautious and destined to go in different directions. Will Jody’s next album be one of heartbreak, or of hearts on fire?
Originally published by Naiad Press 1996.