Posts Tagged ‘AM Madden’


Yep, it’s another first in a series today. I swear, series are the new book crack.

This one is called Back-Up, and here’s the description. It’s long, so get ready.


Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it.

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option.

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.

A quick check with my buds who still work in rock and roll show it’s rare for an up-and-coming band to use backup singers. Established bands? Heck yeah, especially the dudes who’ve aged and can’t hit those high notes anymore. But a new band? Nope, not unless the singer’s a girlfriend.

So that’s the first problem. The second is that once again, the rocker is a manwhore who is reformed by the love of one good woman. Can’t we come up with rockers who are different, folks? They’re starting to be interchangeable, and that’s not a good thing.

Where it gets interesting is as the series rolls on. The third book, in particular, has the oddest description I’ve ever read. There’s no idea of the plot, just a note from the author that it’s a projection into the future and it sounds like the tone is very different from the first two.

And then we go to the fourth — how can there be a fourth after we’ve dived into a crystal ball? Oh, it makes sense when you realize the fourth book is about a different set of characters. At least we stay with the band.

Still, I’m curious, like usual. When aren’t I? This is why Susan keeps me around. Bring it on. I need to read it.


This anthology’s got a cool twist to it: they’re using the sales to raise money for the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which is a charity Susan used to support by doing the same thing. Using royalties as a charity donation has fallen out of favor. I’ve even seen bloggers say they think it’s rude to make readers buy a book in order to make a donation. If they want to donate, they’ll donate.

I don’t get that attitude. This is a great way to raise awareness of the need for music programs in our school. I read an article about a local school that’s talking about cutting music, art classes, and recess. Again. It’s an epidemic.

There are seven authors in this anthology, and some of them have been coveted over here before. And now that they’re together, I’m coveting them even harder because, hey, you gotta see how they stand up to each other, right? Similar themes. Which feed off each other. Which are good and which are great. (Notice I’m holding out hope that none of ’em suck.)

Here’s the books:
Renee Lee Fisher – Rock Notes
A.M. Madden – Back Up
Ahren Sanders – Surrendering
M. Stratton – After the Storm
Lisa Swallow – Summer Sky
Gina Whitney – Saving Abel
A.L. Wood – First Chance

Lots of familiar stuff here… I’m drooling…

Even if you don’t pick up the anthology, think about sending a few bucks to Mr. Holland’s Opus. Music in our schools teaches our kids so darn much. It’s so good for them and my own days playing clarinet is what led me to my current career, even. I loved music and wanted to be around it. So now I work in it, just not on the rocking side.

Give kids like me a chance, will ya? Pick up the anthology. Donate. I don’t care. Just make ’em stop cutting music in schools.