Leaving Amarillo: A Neon Dreams Novel

Paperback | March 17, 2015

byCaisey Quinn

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Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother Dallas are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

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Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on ...

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Music is my everything. After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents' ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather's shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play.In Houston, I'm a typi...

Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several new adult and contemporary romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062366815

ISBN - 13:9780062366818


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and emotional LEAVING AMARILLO is the first installment in Caisey Quinn’s contemporary, new adult Neon Dreams romance series focusing on twenty year old musician Dixie Lark, her brother Dallas, and the man that she has loved for close to ten years Gavin Garrison. Dixie, Dallas and Gavin make up the band Leaving Amarillo. Told from first person point of view (Dixie) LEAVING AMARILLO follows the Dixie, Dallas and Gavin as they wander the minefield of musical stardom. A chance entry into a five day music festival finds the trio on the cusp of making it big but Dixie begins to feel uneasy when their new manager makes a change to the direction of the band. Meanwhile, Dixie’s relationship with Gavin takes a step towards something sexual when Dixie offers Gavin one night-no strings- knowing that there will never be any going back once the couple have crossed the line between friendship and sex. Gavin has loved Dixie since the day that they met but a warning from Dixie’s brother not to cross the proverbial line has found Gavin on the outside looking in. Gavin’s earlier years are heartbreaking and traumatic, and he has always had Dallas and Dixie at his back but changes in the band will find our hero losing everything he has always wanted when the band’s new manager pulls the members apart before they have a chance to make it big. LEAVING AMARILLO is the introductory storyline that focuses on heartbreak and betrayal; anguish and regret; loving and letting go. Caisey Quinn writes an emotional tale that will merit a tear or two for a woman whose life is about to change when the man that she loves searches for his future in another direction. LEAVING AMARILLO is an entertaining and enjoyable storyline about two tortured souls whose lives are about to change.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful first book in series! It is not often that I stumble upon the second book in a series and after finishing it immediately purchase the first book because I fell for the characters and needed to know their stories but that is exactly what happened! However I enjoyed this book better then the second book because the writing style seemed more authentic , the second book seemed like it was written in a hurry. I cannot wait to read the third book about Gavin and Dixie and only hope it is as good as Leaving Amarillo!
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a story that will stay with you! I fell in love with Caisey Quinn two years ago when I opened Girl with Guitar (the Kylie Ryans series) and was instantly addicted. If you follow me on this blog (or anywhere else), you know my love of Caisey Quinn and her writing, so getting my hands on Leaving Amarillo was like my birthday coming 6 months early! I have a big soft spot for Kylie Ryans (from Girl with Guitar) but I have to say I think Dixie Lark is my new favorite character! I don't have the words for how much I loved Dixie and her fiddle but I will try, because Leaving Amarillo is a book you MUST read! Caisey Quinn makes everything she writes seem so real, from being a struggling musician to a young girl who just can't take the wanting any longer and lays out what she wants from the boy she has loved for years. I was fascinated from the first chapter and I was addicted. I was sneaking in reading Leaving Amarillo in the carpool lanes, while waiting for dinner to cook, while my kids were doing homework; if I had a free minute my eyes were gobbling this story up! Then at 80% I stopped reading. Follow me here for a minute... Have you ever read a book so good that you were afraid for it to end? You are watching the percent left get smaller and you just know that there is no way all that you need from this story is going to get done? I had this moment and I stopped reading for 3 days because I didn't want to be done with these characters. I knew going in this was a series, and knowing Caisey, I knew there would be questions left to be answered for the next installment, but with this book it was like saying goodbye to friends. (Yes. I am a big dork). However, I got over myself and devoured the last 20% and cried, had my heart broken and my spirits lifted. Damn, this was an excellent start to a series! Caisey Quinn is magical; her lyrics and creativity are simply amazing. While Dixie stole the show, the characters in this book were so rich and layered. Gavin! Ugh. I just want to hug Gavin and mother him to death. Gavin is a character I can't wait to get more from, I loved how he was loyal and struggled with what he really wanted and what he craved because of a promise. Caisey Quinn does such a excellent job creating characters that are bent (not broken) angsty, and slightly tortured. Her characters come off as genuine, real and people you could actually run across in real life. I loved the cast of Leaving Amarillo, and while I can't wait to get to know Dallas (Dixie's brother) better in book 2, I really need to check in with my girl Dixie too. Leaving Amarillo is brilliant. The plot was different that what you expect from a "band-rocker" book and the writing is phenomenal. Caisey Quinn knows how to pull on your heartstrings, heat up your Kindle, make you wish you had musical talent and effortlessly has you fall in love with this cast of characters. If you have never read Caisey Quinn then you are in for such a treat! (and after you devour Leaving Amarillo, I HIGHLY suggest the Kylie Ryan books too). Fans of Caisey Quinn, you know you are getting a good book when you pick this up but, Leaving Amarillo is special. There is just something about Dixie Lark that will stay with me until the next book and probably longer, this story resonates inside you. Basically, Caisey Quinn nailed it! Stop whatever you are reading-doing and go 1-click Leaving Amarillo. You are going to love Dixie, Gavin and Dallas. Leaving Amarillo is one of the BEST books I have read this year, I promise you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I wasn't into this book right away. I couldn't get into it and things were constantly bugging me. A couple examples along with my rantings: I don't understand why the dad's last words to Dixie and Dallas would be "take care of each other." That's something a dying father would say. But this father was just going out and happened to die in a car accident. That just doesn't seem like something a parent would say to his children before merely going out. It seems like the author just needed to add that to make the siblings' relationship more meaningful or give more of a reason for Dallas to watch out for Dixie. I don't know. I just don't see why he would say that. In one of the first chapters, Dixie gives Gavin a hard time about smoking. She grabs the cigarette he's currently smoking and chucks it. Then, she talks him into handing over his whole pack for her to throw away. No smoker would ever do this!! A smoker would already be extremely pissed that she took his smoke and chucked it. There is no way he would actually hand over his whole freaking pack. Smokers, back me up here! A couple chapters in, however, I was hooked. While I never felt fully captivated to the point that I didn't want to put it down, I enjoyed the story and the romance. There was quite a bit of depth to the story. This made it break apart from the typical NA Romance. The characters grew together and apart. There were endings and new beginnings. I don't really like how it ended. I prefer these types of books to be stand alones, personally. This one ended with a bit of uncertainty and I was disappointed that it didn't completely wrap the story up.
Date published: 2015-03-18

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Editorial Reviews

“Quinn’s series debut is a refreshing look at one band’s quest for country music stardom, from the back roads of Amarillo, Tex., to the bright lights of Nashville… Quinn’s novel is a complex emotional rollercoaster ride, with love for family and friends playing as much of a role as romance.”