What Are the Chances

Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely

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Country music legend Kenny Rogers teams up with Spur Award–winning author Mike Blakely for a rousing tale set in the heyday of Nashville in What Are the Chances.

It’s 1975, and Ronnie Breed’s chart-topping rock band has just self-destructed in a recording studio fistfight. Ronnie makes a bold decision—return home to Texas and reinvent himself as a solo act.

Enter Dan Campbell, Ronnie’s cousin, who recruits Ronnie for a new kind of venture. Dan, who always had a penchant for wild schemes, wants to televise a Texas Hold ’Em tournament…and Ronnie could never say no to his cousin Dan. 

As celebrity spokesman for the poker tournament, Ronnie soon finds himself recruiting world-class gamblers in illegal card games while trying to put together a new country band and win a Nashville recording contract—not to mention trying to avoid falling head-over-heels in love with his new manager, Dorothy. But when things start to get weird—hidden cameras, secret high-stakes side-bets, a visit from the FBI—it seems that Dan’s poker tournament may be a façade for something much bigger and much more dangerous.

Ronnie begins to wonder if he will end up with the girl of his dreams in the Country Music Hall of Fame, or broke and lonely in some prison cell. What are the chances?

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I KNEW it was time to break up the band when that two-thousand-dollar Neumann microphone bounced off the side of my head, leaving a gash just behind my right ear. If you’re up on your Ronnie Breed trivia from my rock-and-roll years, you may be familiar with the incident.
The members of my band, Ronnie Breed and the Half Breeds, had gathered at my bungalow in L.A. to learn some new songs I had written, and to make some demos that we could use to land another recording contract with Walnut Records. I had a decent demo studio in my bungalow.

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Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely

 KENNY ROGERS is a legendary music icon who has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances and rare storytelling ability. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist, and consummate entertainer, the Grammy Award-winning country and pop superstar has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly five and a half decades, receiving hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including 18 American Music Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards. In addition, Rogers has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Entertainment Buyers Association, is a recipient of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music, and in 1990, he was honored with the Horatio Alger Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves despite humble beginnings.

MIKE BLAKELY is the author of several novels of the West, including Comanche Dawn and Moon Medicine. His novel Summer of Pearls won the Spur Award for Best Novel in 2001. Blakely makes his home in Marble Falls, Texas.

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What Are the Chances
Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely

Hardcover

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765323859
ISBN10: 0765323850
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466824850
ISBN10: 1466824859
320 pages
$11.99
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