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I keep finding Peggy Erhhart books and I keep drooling over them. Here’s another one in the Maxx series that was started with Sweet Man is Gone. It’s called Murder Gets the Blues, and it’s three stories. So any of you who like the shorter stuff ought to be happy. I mean, who doesn’t like shorter?

Join blues-singer sleuth Elizabeth “Maxx” Maxwell from Peggy Ehrhart’s Sweet Man Is Gone in three stories that showcase her crime-solving chops.

“Maxx Nails It” Flash fiction—Maxx solves a murder in less than 1000 words.

“Blues Clues” Maxx frees her guitar player from a murder charge by paying careful attention to the dead guy’s trash.

“Daddy’s Girls” The puzzling death of Maxx’s old Atlantic City friend Cecile introduces her to an all-girl band being stalked by an ingenious killer.

There’s not nearly enough blues in Rock Fiction. And why not? The blues are perfect for Rock Fiction! Don’t believe me? Grab some and see for yourself.

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Last summer, I was on about the first in this series, Riff. And now I’m back to drool over the second in the series. It’s called Harmony. So we’ve had Riff and Harmony.

You know, these could be character names. They’re certainly music terms. And now, they’re book titles.

Damn, I’m perceptive.

Here’s what the book’s about:

Sean Scott, lead guitarist of Destiny Fades to Blue, the “it” boys of rock, is used to having any woman he wants. He’s never at a loss for companionship and his philandering ways are frequently on the front page of the tabloids. Summer Anderson, one of the founding members of Sweet Southern Sass, the platinum selling sweethearts of country, has never had much time for romance with her busy touring schedule and all that living the life of a country superstar entails. While on a crossover tour with both bands, Summer finds herself wildly attracted to the tattooed, bad boy of rock, but the close proximity also gives her a front row seat to Sean’s revolving door of bedmates. Sean knows that Summer is attracted to him. He’s interested but knows that she isn’t the type of woman he goes for though he loves the attention… until she suddenly treats him no differently than anyone else. When another man enters the picture and Summer seems interested, Sean must make a choice. Is he willing to forego his womanizing ways for a chance with Summer? Can Summer trust that he’s sincere in his affection? Will the sweetheart of country decide that the only relationship she needs with the bad boy of rock be as a tour mate or can these two find success in the rhythm of love? When the sweethearts of country meet the bad boys of rock… more than the charts heat up.

So we’ve got some cliches here right off the bat… sweethearts of country and the bad boys of rock. I just wanna gag.

But you know what I really like that’s happening here? That Sean’s given some competition that makes him stop and reevaluate. It’s not that his johnson decides it’s a one-woman body part. Nope. This is a decision that gets made with the sexiest body part of all: the brain.

Okay, sexiest after a great set of abs. Sheesh.

A couple points to note here: like I said, this is the second in a series. The first book involved people from the same two bands, so there’s gonna be stuff that repeats. If that’s not your thing, know that now. But for some people, they like having the foundation already laid for them. (Hey! I said laid in a post about an erotic read!) It lets them jump in and focus on the story, not the set-up. I get that. I can respect it.

If you’re reading this series, or if you know Skye Turner, we’d love to hear from you!

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I hope big long paragraphs don’t make your head explode ’cause that’s what the description on this box set is. One big long paragraph. The good news is that it’s informative.

Get the first three stories in USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Rinella’s, Visionary Fiction, Rock and Roll Fantasy Collection at a special price. It’s A Marshmallow World (novella) Once upon a time, Darla was given a mystical gift, along with an ominous message. Now, meeting Chris puts her head in a spin. Could it be that gift from long ago holds the key to their happiness? Scary Modsters…and Creepy Freaks (novel) “A fantastical romance involving a woman, the music that fuels her, and her Ouija board.” Rosalyn seeks acceptance, but is always ridiculed for her eclectic wardrobe and unconventional music collection. One fateful night, Rosalyn bewitches Niles, a stylish man whose quirky character is the perfect complement to her own. Unfortunately, Niles has a secret flaw that always ensures relationship suicide-and he can’t hide it much longer. During a tango with a Ouija board, Rosalyn summons the ghost of Rock and Roll deity Peter Lane. Peter entices Niles with the key to saving his relationship with Rosalyn. When Niles hears the price is avenging Peter’s murder, how far will he go to secure Rosalyn’s heart? Queen Midas in Reverse (extended novella) For Jacqueline, a second date is as rare as a unicorn. She’s beautiful. She’s intelligent. So why is she experiencing a string of first dates that leaves her ducking behind bushes and running for buses? Contrary to her nature, trading in her heels and curling iron for an easy chair surrounded by cats sounds appealing. Is she cursed, or can she find the man who will steal her heart? The Rock and Roll Fantasy Collection takes place in a mystical world where rock and roll will save your soul. Although the books can be read in any order, the collection begins with It’s A Marshmallow World before moving on to Scary Modsters … and Creepy Freaks, Queen Midas In Reverse, (all found here in Pretty Things) and then Voices Carry and Moonlight Serenade (also found in the special set Forever Changes).

So these don’t all sound like Rock Fiction until the end here, when we’re told it’s a “mystical world where rock and roll will save your soul.”

But that’s a pretty cool premise. Even though we music fans know that yes, rock and roll will save our souls, no mystical world needed.

But the idea of a mystical world? I am SO there. What a fun, fresh approach to our favorite category!

Bring this. Bring it soon. I gotta see what the mystical is all about.

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This might be out there, even for us. And it’s the first in a series, so hopefully it’s out there in the fun sort of way that makes us want to keep reading and spending time and reminds us of some of the best crazy fun Rock Fiction we’ve come across.

Here’s the description:

Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she’s kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.

Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

Well. I wasn’t a big fan of High Fidelity, Bridget Jones wasn’t someone I could relate to, and Doctor Who is okay, but this description does sound like zany, crazy fun. It’s perfectly silly and goofy and has that feel of who really cares, we’re just gonna have a laugh at pop culture’s expense and let the reader share the joke and be there to catch all our winks.

Maybe that’s more wishful thinking than truth, but… I can wish. And I can want to read it based on my own delusions. So there.

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Right off, I like it. We don’t get a lot of jazz here at The Rock of Pages, which is too bad. Jazz is awesome music.

Here’s what the book’s about:

While all Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, a sudden orphanhood casts its icy shadow across Emily Ann Teegarten, a pretty young teen. Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, “Baby” Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that makes church ladies cry and angels take notice. “I’m gonna sing jazz up to New York City,” she brags to anybody who’ll listen. ‘Cept that Big Apple–well, it’s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she used to call home. So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all kinda shortcuts, Emily soon learns it’s the whorehouses and drug joints promising to tickle more than just a young girl’s fancy that can dim a spotlight . . . and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out. Jazz Baby just wants to sing–not fight to stay alive.

Wow, there’s a lot going on in here that makes me absolutely drool to read this… the period, the fight to get to New York, the atmosphere of New Orleans… Maybe I’m being romantic, but this one could have it all. Or maybe, based on those last few sentences, it can turn kinda typical and boring. Only one way to find out, but my money’s still on the great romance of the story itself!

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I read a review of this one that said that music permeated the book, so here I am, drooling over it even though 90s music wasn’t exactly my forte. I’d found classical by then and was waiting for the birth of Slipknot and my one true love.

So here’s the description:

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt “right.” But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.

Doesn’t sound real Rock Fiction-y, but I trust that review I read. So we’ll go with it. Gotta give this one a read ’cause it’s been a long time since there’s been a book where the music forms the atmosphere so well.

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This is the second in a series, but it’s the only Rock Fiction entry (so far; the third was just released on Valentine’s Day, so who knows how many more there will be?). Sounds pretty solid.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

This reminds me of something else I read recently, Dream Maker — but only because we have new kids to Nashville who want to be songwriters, not performers. After that, the stories each take their own path.

But here’s a thing. In the first paragraph, she’s a songwriter — or so it seems. “to write music, not get famous.” That says to me she’s there to write songs, not get famous. The way to get famous is to sing those songs.

But in the next paragraph, she’s now a “feisty country singer.”

So which is it? And most important, does the Rock Fiction get lost when the love interest shows up?

So I’m confused and as usual, there’s only one way to find out… gotta read this puppy.

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Here’s one that needs attention. It’s only got a handful of reviews (which I haven’t read yet. I swear!), and we all know that books need reviews. Yes, even negative ones.

It’s a novella, so know that up front. It says so right there in the description. Right there. In that first line a lot of people skip over ’cause they think it’s all marketing hype.

Oh. That’s only me? Really?

Here’s the book description:

Max Rock, an erotic rock star novella.

Art conservator Catherine isn’t interested in casual sex, not until she meets a sexy stranger in a bar. Sneaking away from their one-night stand, she has no idea what his name is, only that she found him completely irresistible.

Max Craze is the lead singer for Australia’s hottest new rock band, Punch Sound. Women fall into his bed almost every night, but he never stays interested once he’s tasted their delights. Then he hooks up with a beautiful blonde and can’t get her out of his mind.

When their paths cross again, their mutual attraction is undeniable and things begin to get really hot.

Punch Sound. Four sexy rockers, as hot off the stage as they are on it.

Ooh, an Aussie! That’s a fun twist… is he an exotic, or just proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from ’cause we’re all the same underneath? Only one way to tell!

This is also the first in a series. I’ll see what more I can dig up, but if you know something, let’s hear it! I’m always glad to share space.

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Susan and I have talked about Lisa Marie Rice before, but it doesn’t look like either of us have ever read any of her, although I might be wrong. Susan reads more than I do (nice of her to do some reviews, huh?).

After a violent attack, Allegra Ennis lost everything—her father, her music career and her sight. Living in a world alone, full of darkness and fear, Allegra is haunted by nightmares that don’t end when she opens her eyes.

When she is stalked by an unknown killer, Allegra must trust her life—and her heart—to former Navy SEAL Douglas Kowalski, a fearsome warrior who bears the scars of war. But Kowalski fears that someone as beautiful and talented as Allegra could never love a disfigured and mutilated war hero like him. He can protect her against danger, but can he protect his heart?

It’s not what you see
…it’s what you feel..

**Note: This book was previously published by Ellora’s Cave. The new edition has been lightly edited and updated.**

So… this guy doesn’t think the blind woman can love him ’cause he’s disfigured? Oh, please tell me his nose is at the top of his head or he’s been turned into an octopus or something. Because hello? Blind people? They ain’t exactly repulsed by what they see when they look at you…

But this is one of those stories that makes me wonder how much Rock Fiction this is, and how much is just a detail thrown in to give the character some oomph. And to catch the eye of suckers like me, too.

Only one way to find out, so bring it, will someone?

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Winter is still hanging on and maybe we’re not ready for a refreshing blast of winter yet, but we can always use some Christmas joy, can’t we?

Here’s some, compliments of author Heather Hiestand:

Twelve years ago, Bax Connolly left his small town behind to find fame and fortune with his guitar. Now the legendary, tattooed rock star is back and has purchased a home. The bad boy of the music industry wants to reconnect with his estranged family by throwing a huge Christmas party. But his tough, working class relatives have no clue how to deal with their ultra-wealthy and famous prodigal son and want nothing to do with him.

Yakima Wannassay’s catering company needs a Christmas miracle to keep from going under, but she never expected Santa to deliver her the perfect holiday client—her former next door neighbor Bax. A recommendation from him could take her business to a whole new level. And when she steps under the mistletoe with the irresistible Bax, she finds herself wanting to mix business with pleasure. Too bad a long ago told little white lie could blow up in her face and ruin both Christmas and her future.

The Rock Star’s Christmas Reunion reunites a couple who were never together except in rumor, adds some music industry edge, and mixes in the joy of the holidays!

At first, I rolled an eye at the whole bad boy rocker thing. But then I kept reading and boy howdy, am I glad I did! Trying to figure out how to get along with family whose values you may not share anymore — or maybe you do, but the veneer over everything has changed, so there’s no trust for who’s underneath? Yes. Yes.

It’s fresh. It’s something to think about. I’m SO there.

Even the employer-employee trope gets a twist here.

Yes.

Bring it. And if someone sends it now, I just might get it read in time to post the review in time for real Christmas prep.