Posts Tagged ‘Let’s see if it’s Rock Fiction’


Here’s the kickoff to another new series. I love the idea of series, when they’re done right, because we get to spend extra time in what becomes a familiar world. As the series goes on, each book turns into a comfort read (Sookie Stackhouse, I’m talking to you).

This one starts off with a fun vibe.

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt out rock star Layla—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten heritage in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loudly. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

So I bet this is more of a Rock Star Who Could Be Anyone than actual Rock Fiction, but it’s cute! The dude’s possessive about his flowers!

(and I can think of some other Rock Fiction that feature flower shops and/or greenery. Is that a thing?)

Jett and I love hearing from authors (and yes, to reach Jett, use Susan’s e-mail), so we were super excited when author MJ Kane popped into my inbox.

She was responding to my Coveting post, where I’d talked about my curiosity being piqued as to whether or not her book, A Heart Not Easily Broken, is Rock Fiction. Here’s what she had to say (reprinted with permission, duh. Like I’d ever dishonor someone like that? Sheesh.)

Is this Rock Fiction?
My answer: No, it was not my intention to write Rock Fiction. My stories are a combination of Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, and Interracial Romance. I write reality romance that addresses subjects that nearly every reader can relate to in some way. The subject matter of A Heart Not Easily Broken is about a couple who enters an interracial romance, how their relationship grows organically, and how Ebony handles being raped, her insecurities, and fear of loosing her boyfriend. My goal was to encourage readers to look outside the box for love, embrase the differences, and learn to open up to friends and family when something bad happens to them. We are not made of stone and holding things, thinking we are protecting those around us is not good. We all need help. Brian is not necessarily a rocker, lol, but he is a musician who plays bass guitar in a band and owns his own company. His dream is to make money in the industry, but primarily as a studio musician, thus the reason why music, or the band, isn’t a major focus in the story, but a part of him and his aspirations. I hope this clears it up for you. It was never my intention for him to come across as a major rocker. 🙂

Now, does THAT make you think, or WHAT?

Now, of course, part of what makes a book Rock Fiction is how the characters inhabit their musicality, so when MJ was kind enough to offer me a free copy, I snapped it up. Gotta see for myself, right?

(And yes, Jett is fumingly angry at me. I got Nancy Loyan’s book and now this one and yes, I’m a hog and keep them for myself. When she’s caught up on the stack I gave her, she can have others and do I sound like a mother, or WHAT?)

Was MJ not gracious enough for you? Well, she knocked my socks off with her next e-mail: she’s offering TWO copies to my readers.  Just leave a comment, make sure you fill out the e-mail part of the comment form — it won’t be visible or kept or anything — and I’ll pick two names out of a hat and boom, you’ll get a copy.

Join me. Let’s see what this one’s all about. I can’t wait.