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So I came across this series, or maybe Susan did. I don’t know. I can’t find any posts we’ve made about it in the past, so here goes.

It’s the Falling Stars series, written by Sadie Grubor. There’s now two books and an in-between, and it’s about two bands, Falling Star and Hush, and how members of the two bands forge a relationship. The in-between novella can’t be read without reading the first, apparently.

The second novel is Hidden in the Stars, and it’s about a second member of The Forgotten.

This has a lot of potential to be a long series, if it’s good and if readers can find it. Two bands, connected by Christopher and Mia, means a lot of members who need to find love — because of course this is a romance series.

And there’s also the idea of a book about how Christopher and Mia coexist in a pretty tight-knit community if they don’t make it. Think Rob Zombie and Sean Yseult, or the members of Fleetwood Mac or … who else is famous for inter-band romances? Yeah, I know this isn’t an inter-band romance so maybe we should be talking about Gwen and Gavin and Blake and Miranda. Maybe that’s the better comparison.

Either way, it’s got potential, and that makes me want to read it.

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Woo hoo! This series looks like one no smart Rock Fiction lover should walk away from. One of those couples with an explosive chemistry who are SO hot, they have problems getting past it to do the hard work of a relationship. Secrets. Ex-spouses. Jealousy. It’s all there, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a kitchen sink run through, too. The difference here is that from the book descriptions — and that’s all I’ve got to go by, since review copies haven’t trickled from Susan to me [word from Susan: I ain’t got ’em, either, babydoll.]

Jackie Collins, sit up and take notice because Emily Snow is on the scene with what might be the first series with as many half stories as full stories. You know, the books numbered .5 and 1.5 and man, I am hoping there’s a 2.5 and a 3 and a 3.5…

The Devoured series features Sienna and Logan. They come together and part in the first couple of books, but in the final one, they get over themselves and try to make it work.

YES! YES! YES!

I’m leery, though… the final book (so far?) is set on the road. That always leaves me with that moment of hoping really hard that author Emily Snow will get it right. Only one way to find out, though, so bring on the Devoured series!

Jett-300x300I like how A. Meredith Walters uses a period after her first initial so we know she’s not some generic Meredith Walters or something. Nope, that A. is very pointed. She’s making a statement.

Hope she’s making a statement with her trilogy — although it looks like it’s gonna be a quadology soon — of books called the Bad Rep series. Girls and their Rock Stars…

Looks like it’s an interlinking series, or whatever they’re called. Same band. Different people, mostly. Readers like those, and so do I. You get to know everyone in the band, not just the couple from the one book, and when  you like the people in the band and their women, well, it makes for some good comfort reads.

One note from Susan, though. She caught typos in the book descriptions and wanted me to remind the world that her editing team is always glad to clean up a previously published book to get rid of those mistakes.

But who ever said Rockers are supposed to be literate?

Yeah, I’ve read more than my fair share of mistakes and bad English. I went through a stage where I read every single Danielle Steel I could get my hands on (and I’m not as old as Susan. My best friend’s mom had them around and when you’re twelve, they’re the best things ever). Yeah, I am over that part of my life. And yeah, I wish every author would use Susan as their editor so she’d stop bugging me and let me run this place the way I want to.

Maybe the books aren’t that badly edited. They sure have a lot of potential.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a fresh plot! Check it!

The last thing marketing assistant Kayla Morgan expects to do on a Friday morning is give a tour of her emergency shelter to a flighty rock star. When her boss orders her to play nice, she acquiesces.

Sebastian Cox, lead singer of The U.K. Underground, finds the American bird with the bunker in her backyard more than wacky, but the band’s looking for a location to shoot their latest video.

When an earthquake strikes, the unlikely couple gets trapped and finds a few ways to keep themselves busy. Once reality sets in, will their differences leave them on shaky ground?

There is so much to say about this one, where do I start? How about this: Where’s the review copy???

 

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The series is called Curves for the Rockstar, and from the description of the four really short books (more like stories than books), the curves aren’t the type I first thought. I figured it’d be more like this one, where the rocker goes through a bunch of different chicks.

Nope. The curves refer to curveballs thrown into the lives of the rocker and his honey. One honey. Same one through all four shorties. That part’s nice. I’m getting tired of all the rockers being playboys. (Why are they either playboys or totally devoted? Where’s the middle ground? Man, I gotta start writing again.)

The plots sound okay, but … wow. These are short. They aren’t even novellas; it’s more like linked short stories. And while we saw Rock Fiction short stories win the National Book Critics Circle Award when Jennifer Egan put them in one volume, not everyone loved what came of it. (Like me)

Nope. Want great Rock Fiction short stories? Pick up Sylvie Simmons’ Too Weird for Ziggy. Again, linked … but not all of them are. And they don’t tell one story, like the Curves for the Rockstar Series seems to.  (Insert gratuitous mention of my own short story collections here.)

So… I don’t know. I’ll have to read this and see. I think the plots sound too full and rounded to be completely satisfying as short stories. As always, I’m  hoping I’m wrong because this couple faces some pretty big mountains. Maybe too many for true believability, but I’m always up for some good escapism. If this series is done right, we will be treated to some really good, complex character growth and a real examination of what it takes to make a relationship work, no matter how high the flames get around them.

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Susan sent this one over; I guess now she’s sending links and letting me do all the work. It’s about time.

I’ve got to admit that when I see books that say things like, “an epic love story about rewriting destiny,” I roll my eyes. Like… really? Haven’t we seen this a million times?

But then it gets interesting. Sort of a Sliding Doors, you know that movie with Gwyneth Paltrow that I haven’t seen yet. Or so it claims to be. How many books have you read that claim to be one thing and turn out to be another?

This at least has some potential to it. Check it:

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she’s tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he’s never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he’s never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he’s never felt like his life had any purpose… until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.

 

Lots of questions here. What sort of success does Crush have? What’s his real name, or did  his mother not want him?

Susan says this sounds like a book one of her clients wrote, Beyond Parallel. I don’t see it, but she says it’s the whole chance encounter thing. One more book to read, I guess…

And come to think of it, we don’t see a lot of these chance encounter themes in Rock Fiction. Why not? A musician’s travelling life (transient, Susan says) is perfect for these casual run-ins. Seems this is an area where Rock Fiction needs to make some inroads. I dunno… I’ll have to ask Susan’s client if these chance encounter books are hard to write.

I really gotta get these posted before Susan has a chance to read them and edit them and add her two cents…

We’ve got another “reporter assigned to uncover the star’s mystery” trope books!

It’s a perfect trope for Rock Fiction, if you think about it. Rockers are often creations; they’re not the sort to wear their hearts on their sleeves. If you look at my own fiction, Mitchell and the band are very open about the persona’s Mitchell created in order to build space around himself. In a world lived under a microscope, you can’t blame a single public figure for trying to remain a mystery to the press.

Author Nancy Loyan seems to be putting her own stamp on this style of Rock Fiction, and man, it’s a cool twist she’s cooked up. Singer Angelique doesn’t even know her past; it’s been kept secret from her by the nuns who found her and by the scheming couple who adopted her. From the three reviews I read, it sounds as if this couple puts Les Mis’ Thernardiers to shame.

The question at the heart of this book then becomes if Angelique can trust Richard, the reporter. Not just to handle her story the right way but, so the reviews say, to keep her alive.

Oh, I hope that last part is as cleverly handled as the rest of the plot. A reporter with good connections could be so much more than an ordinary guy pressed into action hero status.

I’m SO pulling for this one to live up to its potential ’cause its potential is pretty darn huge.