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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 38 – Elvis Impersonators…Yes or No?

Sorry this is posting on Saturday instead of Friday. And late at that. These past few days have been a whirlwind!

 

Elvis impersonators, we’ve all seen them. Some are talented and respectful, others look like caricatures with their ridiculously bushy sideburns and poofed up hair, their squatty, fat bodies and homely faces. They think they can deepen their voices and mumble, “Thank you, thank you very much” and we’re supposed to think they’re like Elvis. I’m not sure if they are trying to be funny (if they are trying, it’s not working), or if they really think they look and sound like Elvis. I can tell you right now, you don’t. No one does, no matter what they, or anyone else thinks. There was truly only one, and always will be only one, Elvis Aaron Presley. 

 

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There are also Elvis Tribute Artists. These guys seem to be a bit more respectful and serious. They seem to be a little closer to looking and sounding like Elvis. This guy, Donny Edwards, has won several ETA contests, and he seems to truly love Elvis. 

 

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But again, I’m afraid they all miss their mark. No one has that tone, that quality to their voice. That magic in their performances, that way of carrying themselves and moving the way The King of Rock and Roll did. Case in point, watch this video of Elvis singing Bridge Over Troubled Water in concert. You can feel it, deep in your soul. I can’t listen to him do this sound without getting choked up, and watching him sing it magnifies it ten-fold. Beautiful and moving. There absolutely is no other Elvis. No one who even comes close.  

 

 

I dislike watching impersonators and tribute artists, because, if I can’t have the real thing, what’s the point? I can deal with substitutions for margarine, sugar, and even crab meat, but not for the one and only Elvis. I don’t even like it when people say “Thank you, thank you very much.” Anything to do with Elvis should be left to Elvis.

 

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I’m going to be in Vegas toward the end of April, and they’re opening a new Elvis exhibit called The Elvis Experience, and I am going to try to go, just because I want to see the items on display and it should be a big, beautiful, exciting extravaganza, but apparently, a guy dresses up and performs Elvis songs. Personally, I could do without that part. Although, I might change my mind once I see it. It’s endorsed by Graceland Enterprises, so I’m sure it’s fabulous. I’ll be sure to blog about it when I return.

 

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http://www.graceland.com/vegas/

 

So, how do you feel? Do you enjoy impersonators or do you think they should give it a rest?

 

EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

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All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 36 – Elvis the BadA$$

Today is Friday the 13th, so I thought it fitting to center the post around some of the danger Elvis encountered in his lifetime. What a lot of people might not know is that Elvis wasn’t just a pretty face, a sexy body, an incredible talent, a phenomenal singer/entertainer, etc, etc, he was also a bit of a tough guy. Just the fact that he went into the army and insisted on being treated like any other soldier, pulling KP, marching with a pack, sleeping in the snow, and so forth shows his toughness. But, he was also a Karate expert and had some altercations over the years that demonstrated his badass-ness.

SIDE NOTE:

Here is an awesome interview right after Elvis returned to Graceland from the Army. The interview took place in Vernon’s office at Graceland. Isn’t he just so adorable and sexy, yet down to Earth?

 

 

A few of the many incidents over the years…

At a concert in Vegas, Elvis was rushed on stage by a group of men who had been drinking all day and listening to their wives and girlfriends go on and on about how beautiful Elvis was. Elvis managed to get in a Karate kick before the men were taken into custody.

George Klein, one of Elvis’ best friends, tells a story of a threat to Elvis while in Vegas that was taken seriously enough that the FBI recommended Elvis cancel his show. Elvis refused to run and hide, but he did ask a few of his guys to be in the audience, armed with guns. At one quiet moment in the show, a man from the balcony yelled out, “Hey, Elvis!.” Elvis dropped into a Karate stance and yelled back, “What?” The guy said, “Sing Hound Dog.” Elvis immediately launched into Hound Dog and later told George it was ‘the best Hound Dog he’d ever done.’

One night in October, 1956, Elvis was at a gas station in Memphis and the station attendant became angry because girls were hanging around Elvis’ car. He became aggressive with Elvis and cuffed him on the back of the head. A fight broke out, and another guy, who was 6’4, jumped in. Elvis took them both on and held his own until police arrived. When the officers asked Elvis for his name, he joked, “Well, maybe you’d better put down Carl Perkins.” 🙂

All three were brought into Court, Elvis was acquitted but the other two were charged with assault and battery and fired. Look at that overgrown bully in the center. 

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Here are some interesting newspaper articles from the time.

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What would be his final incident occurred in June, 1977, just two months before his death, in Madison, Wisconsin. Elvis was riding in his limo and noticed two guys at a gas station (what was his deal with gas stations? :)) attacking a young guy. Tom McCarthy, a Madison detective was in the limo with Elvis and recalls Elvis saying, “Look at those two punks. I don’t go for this two on one deal.” Before anyone knew what was happening, Elvis had bailed from the limo and confronted the attackers, ready to fight. The guys were so shocked and overwhelmed that Elvis was standing in front of them, that they immediately backed off their victim, and ended up shaking hands and apologizing.  

How many of today’s celebrities would jump into a brawl to try to protect some stranger? Even though none are as legendary and famous as Elvis, I can’t see them putting themselves in harm’s way like that for their fellow man, can you? 

Don’t forget about the giveaway. One commenter on this previous blog post will win:

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

 

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

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All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 35 – Elvis Fans Outraged at Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?

Before I begin, I want to remind everyone to please vote for Elvis in the ‘King of Music’ poll. He has been neck and neck with Michael Jackson, sometimes falling behind, and we all need to rally and cast our votes. You can vote every 24 hours. Here is the link: (I believe voting ends this Sunday, but I’m not certain) 

http://thekingofmusic.com/

It appears that many Elvis fans are upset with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for driving Elvis’s ‘73 Stutz Blackhawk III at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last year. (Yes, it’s old news, but I just learned of it, and I’m intrigued) Those who are upset claim it’s disrespectful to remove the car from Graceland, that it’s a piece of history and should be left alone. 

The car was the last one that Elvis ever drove. This picture of Elvis in the car is from just after midnight on the last night of Elvis’ life and shows him driving through the gates of Graceland. Very, very sad. 🙁

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I am one of the most rabid, diehard, protective Elvis fans you’ll ever find. But I’m not upset at all that he drove the car. I think it’s actually pretty awesome for a few reasons… 

  • Dale is a TRUE Elvis fan, and he has nothing but respect for the King
  • Elvis himself loved cars, loved racing, and I feel certain he would have heartily approved
  • The car was driven at Charlotte, where Elvis filmed his 1968 movie, Speedway, with Cale Yarbrough, Richard Petty and other drivers of the era, so to me, it’s only fitting.

Dale was honored to sit in the place where Elvis once sat, especially considering their shared love of cars.

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Some quotes from Dale:

After visiting Graceland: “You get the feeling you’re around something great here”

When asked: If you could have anything that was Elvis’ what would it be?

“His attitude,” he said. “[His] mannerisms. How people were drawn to him. His charisma, swagger. He had it all. That’s what I enjoyed about him. When you walk into a room and you changed the room, that’d be kind of cool.”

 

According to a press release from Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Elvis purchased the ’73 Blackhawk III on Sept. 6, 1974, through a General Motors lease agreement after putting down a $20,000 deposit. It had Pontiac’s 230-horsepower V-8, a red leather interior, and an 18-karat gold trim package. The singer made it known that only he would be driving this one, perhaps a caution he developed after the first ’71 was severely damaged in an accident. According to Elvis lore, the King often invited members of his entourage to ride with him in other cars, but in the Blackhawk III he was just as likely to be by himself. Over the next three years, Elvis put 8,450 miles on the ’73.

You know, I found it odd that Elvis would only lease it with a 20,000 down payment. Twenty grand was a lot of money in 1974, but still, with Elvis’ wealth, surely he could have purchased it outright. I wonder why he chose to lease it. 

 

I am not a NASCAR fan, but if I were, Dale would be my favorite driver. This is a car he drove in Richmond in 2007. Who doesn’t love a man who would choose to drive a car like this?

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So…what do you think about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. driving the Blackhawk? A disgrace or a tribute?

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 *** Tune in to Bill Rock’s Saturday Elvis Memories show on Sirius Elvis radio at 6:00 CST. Not only is it a fabulous show where Bill plays some of the best Elvis music ever recorded, but he shared memories from Elvis fans. This Saturday, I’m honored that he will be sharing an email that I sent him, on the air. Be sure to listen!

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EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 34 – Just Pretend, Elvis no Velvet

At one time, I had an ‘Elvis box’ filled with various treasures I’d collected over the years, including James Burton’s autograph (Elvis’ guitar player, for those who don’t know. My sisters and I saw him in the aisles before an Elvis concert, and he was kind enough to sign), leaves off a bush from my first trip to Graceland, concert ticket stubs, and newspapers from the time of his death. Somewhere, in one of my moves to a new location, the box disappeared. 🙁 However, I still have many, many Elvis items, memorabilia, etc. I ran across some things this week that I thought I’d share. 

The summer following his death, my sister’s friend, Paula Starr and family were taking a trip to Memphis and Nashville. My sister couldn’t go, I can’t recall why, so Paula invited me. At the time, they were not offering tours inside the home, and, there was no ‘Elvis Presley Enterprise’ with the buses and shops, etc. It was just his home, and we were met at the gate by Vester, Elvis’ uncle. We paid our money and were admitted to the grounds. This is Paula and I in front of the house. I was almost 17. (I’m on the right, in the orange Elvis shirt. I’m not smiling, I think I was very sad the entire time)

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After his death, there were tons and tons of publications, specials, etc. The media was flooded with Elvis news and interviews, etc. I ran across this magazine from 1977. I don’t know if you can see, but it was only $2 and it is filled with fantastic pictures and articles. (I found a few others as well).

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And the copyright:

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An artist friend of mine, Steve Cass, presented this charcoal drawing to me in around 2005, I believe. He called it ‘Elvis, No Velvet’ because so many Elvis paintings were done on velvet, and he wanted to highlight the fact that he didn’t do his on velvet. This is a drawing of the original painting, which he sold. Sadly, Steve passed away a few years later. (As you can see, it was signed to me, my ‘real’ name is Alice. I will treasure it forever)

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This is a pic I took at a 1976 Oklahoma City concert, my second Elvis concert. The quality is horrible. My camera sucked, and I was not close to the stage, but if you’re an Elvis fan, I’m sure you can tell it’s him. Even in this grainy, out of focus, small photo, that walk is unmistakable.

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I have mentioned before that I wrote my first ever story at age 11, and it was a romance, about a hero who looked like Elvis. It was titled ‘Just Pretend’ (after the Elvis song) and I named my hero Lonnie Beale after Elvis’ character in one of my favorite movies, Tickle Me. Side note, I named my heroine’s mother Ruth as a tribute to my sister and lifelong Elvis buddy, Ruth, who was also the first to read my masterpiece 🙂 Below are a few shots from my hand-written story. I’m not sure if you can read it, it’s in faded pencil and hard to read ink, but actually, my handwriting was better then than it is now. 🙂 For the first time ever, an exclusive peek at Just Pretend by Alicia Dean…

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 I don’t know if you can read this, but in the excerpt above, my heroine Trish’s younger sister has been getting to know Lonne, or Dr Beale, and has discovered his favorite singer is Elvis, etc, etc

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Apparently, in the scene above, I was revising and decided that section must go. I guess I decided that it wasn’t necessary to be specific about which song she was listening to, nor was it necessary to share the lyrics. In my rewrite, I just have Trish listening to Elvis records, in general. 🙂 (How nice would it have been to have a computer back then, or heck, I’d have been happy with a typewriter :)) 

Now, for your viewing and listening pleasure, here is Elvis singing Just Pretend and being precious to a fan in the audience. 

 

EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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Ramblings of a Lifelong Fan – Part 32 –  Reblog – The Ultimate Celebrity and More…

I apologize, but this has been a crazy week, so rather than post a new blog, which I didn’t have time to write, I am reposting an older blog. Hopefully, some of you will be seeing it for the first time. 🙂

 ***Keep an eye out for an upcoming contest where one lucky winner will receive this prize, along with a $10 Amazon Gift card. Follow my blog in order to receive notifications, including details of the contest. 

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As everyone knows by now, in my opinion, Elvis had it all. He was insanely gorgeous and sexy. His voice was phenomenal, magical. He could dance, he could act. He was generous and down to earth. And, people who met him said he had this special charisma that was impossible to put into words, impossible to resist.

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And, Elvis did things that no other entertainers will ever do. Can you imagine performers of today; Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Bruno Mars, and others like them, taking two years away from their careers to serve in the armed forces? (I guess these are good examples of the currently popular male singers. Either way, you get my point. :))

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Elvis was so special, that my sister, Ruth, and I had to make a ‘deal’ when we played Barbies. Instead of having actual Ken dolls (we didn’t have a lot of money, so we had to make do with just the Barbies themselves), we would have imaginary guys for our Barbie boyfriends. However, since we would both want Elvis, and neither would give in, and it would be unfair for either of us to have him for our BB’s (Barbie Boyfriends), we struck a bargain. Neither of us could pick Elvis. He was just too untouchable, off limits. 🙂 Instead, we had to settle for guys like David Cassidy, Donny Osmond, Bobby Sherman, and so forth. Somehow, we made do. 

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Elvis generosity is legendary. He purchased FDR’s Yacht in 1964, intending to donate it to March of Dimes, but they refused the gift, saying the upkeep was too much. He ended up donating it to St. Jude’s Children’s Research hospital. I’ve heard stories, although I’m not sure how many of them are true, about his giving nature. One story is about a man who saw Elvis and a friend in Memphis one day. Elvis was searching his pockets for a dime to make a phone call. The man gave him a dime, and Elvis asked for his address so he could send him a thank you note. A few weeks later, the man received a letter from Elvis with the news that he’d paid off his mortgage. Of course, the stories about his giving away cars is almost as well-known as Elvis himself. One of my favorites is the story about the black lady who worked as a housekeeper at a hospital in Memphis. She was walking down Union Avenue and saw a stretch limo in front of a dealership with its doors open. She stuck her head in to look inside and commented on what a beautiful car it was. Elvis was in the car, and he instructed the man with him to order her one just like it. I also heard that, In 1975, he bought an electric wheelchair for a poor woman in East Memphis, and that he picked her up and personally sat her in it. The woman’s teenage daughter told Elvis she liked his car. He gave it to her and even gave her boyfriend a job. Even if some of these stories are exaggerated or fabricated, enough has been documented about his philanthropic nature for me to be certain he had a kind and giving heart.

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Who is your ultimate celebrity? Why? Is it mainly because of their talent and appeal, or does it go deeper than that?

 

 

EOLS Charity

Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.

Learn more here, including how to donate:

http://www.graceland.com/epcf/

On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.

EndofLonelyStreet_w9180_FINAL

All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

***ONLY $1.99***

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