Book: Red Dirt Road (Saving Angels Series, #2)
Author: Annie Rose Welch
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 24, 2013
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
The Saving Angels Series continues…
A new cast is introduced, while journeys already taken start to merge with the present, leading you down the old Red Dirt Road.
Death has always seemed just one step behind Layla Hill, taking almost everyone she’s ever loved. After she loses the love of her life, Layla vows to never love again—how could she, when she’s a death magnet?
Trying to outrun fate traveling with her uncle Willie and his band, Layla meets Michael Roberts, a beautiful Irish boxer as gentle on the piano as he is brutal in the ring. He proves as relentless in life, fighting for a place in her world even as she pushes him away, trying to protect him from her killer tendencies.
But neither foresees the sinister presence waiting for Layla at the end of the Red Dirt Road.
Layla Hill/ Maggie Grace:
Layla was and will always be very special to me. I heard her before I imagined her. I could hear her deep, soulful voice (think Faith Hill meets Mavis Staples.). And as I got to know her, I fell for her childish sense of humor, her bravery, and her resiliency. After everything she had been through, what amazed me the most about her was her strength. Layla was powerful in ways that she never truly understood. I admired her, and as I got to know her better and took her journey with her, I wanted nothing more than for her to have the happy ending she deserved. I craved that for her. She was an inspiration to me, and to this day, when I feel my own life is not going as planned, I think of her. Somehow my day doesn’t seem as bad. I will always remember the youthful vibrancy I felt when I was writing her story. And that’s why I felt Maggie Grace would be the perfect choice to play Layla. There’s something about her that makes you think of sunshine and rainbows, but on the other hand, she seems like she could be tougher than nails.
Michael Roberts/ Scott Eastwood:
Ahh, Michael. The Irish boxer who is just as magical on the piano as he is in the ring. I didn’t know what to expect from him at first. It’s a gorgeous phenomenon when the characters you hear in your head start to take physical form in your thoughts. In the beginning Michael was very quiet. At one point, I feared that I wouldn’t be able to finish the story because all those feelings he had for Layla were hidden away. I could feel them, but he was keeping silent. It wasn’t until the story started to unfold that his feelings, little by little, started to emerge and become louder with each turning page. That’s why I chose Scott Eastwood. He seems like a real man’s man. He’s a bit Dirty Harry (and yes, the man who played that iconic role is his father), but on the other hand, he seems like he could do something awesome in the kitchen if need be. He seems to have the potential to play it all. And that’s why I fell in love with Michael. Not only was he strong and almost indestructible, but he didn’t feel any less of a man because he was also gentle and loving.
Lizzy Gaines/ Julianne Hough:
Layla’s best friend and the perk in her day. Julianne Hough seemed like a no-brainer to me. It’s not in my nature to model characters after actors; most of my characters are shaped by… well, everyday people. So when I pick the actors I’d choose to portray them, I try to choose by personality. And there is something bouncy and energetic and vibrant about her—the same with Lizzy.
Andrew O’Doyle/ Garrett Hedlund:
Michael’s best friend and Lizzy’s better half. Andrew balanced Lizzy’s extreme springy side. He is rugged and country and something about Garrett Hedlund screams that to me.
Seamus Rock/ Chris Owen:
Oh, Seamus. He’s tall and lanky and has fire-red hair and the shitest of luck when it comes to finding love. I thought of a million red-haired actors that could portray him, but when I came across Chris Owens (the actor, not the burlesque dancer from the New Orleans French Quarter), I thought he’d be the perfect Seamus. I think the hair and smirk say it all, don’t you?
Review by Courtney
“Because if things were meant to be, they would be. Fate was strong-willed. The Inevitable was her partner, and together they were the world’s best ally and, in the same breath, worst enemy.”
-Layla, Red Dirt Road
Red Dirt Road by Annie Rose Welch is a novel about living life, moving forward and accepting that what is meant to be, will be. Red Dirt Road is the second installment in the Saving Angels Series. Following Marigny Street, the first installment, the reader is introduced to a new set of characters and a new story. Although it is said Red Dirt Road can be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading Marigny Street first. There are connections that are made in Red Dirt Road that the reader would only understand if they read Marigny Street, and I have a feeling, and hope, that Gabriel, Eva, Michael and Layla’s lives will be intertwined in the next book.
Annie Welch writes beautifully. Her words flow, they’re descriptive and help the reader visualize exactly what is going on. While certain parts of the story were a bit slow the eloquence in her writing kept the story moving forward and kept me engaged. I cannot wait to see how these stories and lives come together and how they are connected. I am looking forward to the next installment! I give this book 4 books.
About the Author
Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.
When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).