Posts Tagged ‘big secret trope’


Susan and Jessica Sorensen need to make friends. I only say that because part of the deal here is that I don’t talk to authors, Susan does. And this is an author who’s got to be authentic Rock Fiction through and through.

It’s Jessica Sorensen I’m talking about, and in addition to the other book I coveted, she’s got a whole series of Rock Fiction goodness. Seven books, to be exact, although almost half of them are the in-between books that are all the rage right now.

Micha’s in a band. He and Ella love each other. And the series seems to be about their navigating their love and their relationship. Or… at least, part of this series is about Ella and Micha. Book Three is about a different couple entirely, and so is one of the in-between books.

I don’t get why. This is starting to look like a new trend, and to be honest, it’s one I don’t like. Either do a series that focuses on all the people in the band (or group, or whatever), or do two different series. But don’t confuse the issue with new people. It’s like you’re pulling a bait-and-switch on me or something, even though this time around, the book titles tell us which characters the books are about.

Ella and Micha, I want to read about. I want the Rock Fiction angle. Those other two? The ones who seem to have nothing to do with music? Yeah, no thanks. Not until I’ve read the others and can decide if it’s worth the deviation. I mean, have you seen how much Rock Fiction there is out there anymore? And yes, it’s my mission to read ’em all.

I’d better get busy.


Woot! Talk about a score (and don’t tell Susan, who’s bound to be jealous)! A NINE-BOOK SERIES. It’s one of those “each character in the band gets a book” (or two) themes, and that’s fine by me.

Book one, All Access, though, starts in a place we’ve been before. Oh, how many times: Jess doesn’t recognize the lead singer of Charing Cross. He’s just some stranger in a cafe who wants company (uhh, bring your security guy if you’re that recognizable? Why isn’t he mobbed? Where are the cell phones that’re being pointed at him? No one tells her she’s suddenly all over the place, with gossip mongers everywhere wondering who she is?)

The second book, Broken Sound, starts off just as familiar as the first, but it seems to deviate. Lead guitarist Davey finds out he’s a daddy. But then the story seems to take a left turn and the description doesn’t mention Davey as the father of Anna’s kid. So I’m confused on this one.

Book three, Bitter Farewell, is the “rock star goes in search of the girl from his past he left behind and shouldn’t have” storyline.

But Buried Notes, the fourth book? Now we’re talking. Secret marriage, time to sign the divorce papers. Of course, he can’t, but that’s okay.

Last Song is the dropout story. You know: the guy drops out of the band in search of something. In this case, it’s to quiet the “demons in his soul.” — Yeah, we’ve seen this one (most famously in Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street, which is described as a satire, but somehow, I never read it that way). But it looks like James might take the story one step further and do good stuff with it.

Now, this is where it gets interesting. A Voice to Love is the sixth book in THIS series, but the first in ANOTHER. Wild, huh? Kinda confusing. But the fresh plots continue: this one’s got a rocker with a secret. Think Mick Mars, folks. We’ve moved into a different band now, too. One who was introduced in the dropout book.

And it goes on from there. Interesting stuff, and I like that James is taking chances with her plots. Yeah, some of them are familiar, but it looks like what she’s doing with them is new. And that’s what it’s about. Keeping the category new, keeping it fresh, pushing its boundaries.

I definitely gotta read these.


Another Rock Fiction series to make me drool! I love series, and when the three books in it are all about the same characters, well… if there’s enough to make three books work without falling into cliches and stupid plot twists, I’m all for them.

This one is the Heartbeat series, and it’s by Renee Lee Fisher, who I’ve never heard of before now. It’s about Madison and Rand (what is it with rockers whose name starts with R? Does it secretly stand for Rocker?), and their story.

But wait! There’s a fourth book, with two more promised, and they feature Madison’s best friend and Rand’s drummer, whose name also starts with R. Raeford, which might be a Southern name ’cause it sure sounds like it but isn’t anything I’ve ever run across. This half of the series starts with the dark secrets that’ll pull them apart idea.

I may like this Renee Lee Fisher lady, even if her other series is a fantasy series (Susan says that’s okay. She likes fantasy. I don’t. Susan can read those.).

Definitely gotta find out what these are all about… two more are set to be published, and I’m going to guess they’ll be about Jillian and The Second R-Named Guy.

Really, what’s with all the letter Rs?

Lisa Gillis and I have started crossing paths via social media more and more often of late. I’m not arguing; I love having cool people in my life.

Her first in the Silver Strings G series has come across my radar and since I don’t recall having blogged about it before, here we go.

Marissa is a craps dealer, and in one quick second that she never wants to remember, her life turns to crap. Her best friend convinces her that the cure for a breakup is a hookup, and reluctantly, she heeds this advice.

However, Jack (what was his name again?) is not the average girl’s revenge sex.

Jack is a celebrity in his niche of the music world. Women throw themselves at him, toss their lingerie on the stage, and scream his name. Marissa has no idea of his public identity, and while she does not initially throw herself at him, she does go on to toss aside her lingerie and ultimately scream his name.

Five minutes after parting, Marissa holds no illusions about seeing him again, but does vow a new outlook on her life and herself.

Five days later, they exchange a very short text.

Five months later, Jack astounds her with an invitation to Los Angeles. Although Jack is now a star in her very non rock star fantasies, Marissa is concealing a huge secret that prevents her from accepting.

Five years later, the secret comes out and despite the conflicting emotions each feels towards the another, they must meld their two worlds together.

Hmm. Big Secret Trope. I’ve seen them done well, and I’ve seen them done badly, and I’ve seen everything in between.

The frustration here is that I haven’t read anything of Lisa’s yet. I want to talk about how confident I am with how she’ll handle this, but … I can’t.

Gotta read it and see, I suppose. And what better place to start than the start of the series? There’s even a series of short stuff meant to enhance the experience, Storm Cells. Reminds me of … well, the Demo Tapes series. Go figure.

One final note… there are comments over at GoodReads about these books needing a better editor. There’s always room on my client list for a Rock Fiction author whose social media world overlaps mine…