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So awhile back, Jett wondered why, in an age where authors give their rockers pretty charismatic names, Nicky Wells would name her dude Dan. Lucky us — Nicky saw Jett’s post and dropped Susan a line, offering to explain. And so, without further ado, here she is.

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What’s in a name? Meet Dan Hunter, lead singer of rock band Tuscq

Why is Dan called Dan? Susan and Jett asked me. Dan is a pretty humble and down-to-earth kind of name, not exactly en vogue as far as fancy rock star names go, or so they say. And they’re most probably right.

Well. I have a confession to make. I didn’t do any research of any kind on rock star name fashions. But I did think long and hard about the kind of person my first golden-voiced bad boy hero would be. He’d be a serial womaniser, for he loves women as much as he loves rock ‘n’ roll. He’d be notoriously hard to tie down, and he’d be known for his many flings and dalliances. On the plus side, he’d be clean. As in, he wouldn’t do drugs; apart from anything else, they’re bad for the voice. He’d love sex, but he‘d be down to earth and kind. This man would be no Christian Grey. He’d want his women to be happy when he’s with them, and he’d like to leave them with a big goofy smile when he takes off again. He’d be smart, intuitive, and occasionally tempestuous. His friends would matter to him, and he’d be a bit of a joker. Oh, and if you saw him on stage, you’d throw your knickers at him for he would be charisma on legs.

Bearing all that in mind, I settled on the name Dan for a number of reasons. Here goes.

1.) I like the name. Yup, it really is a simple as that. I like the name Dan. Short, sweet and to the point, and it has an ‘a’ sound in which goes very well with ‘aaaaah, Dan!’ You can shout and swoon over one-syllable names much more easily than two syllable ones!

2.) I didn’t know anyone else by that name at the time I picked it. I knew a few Dans in my time, but there was no Dan in my life when I started writing. I’ll admit that the positive traits of some of the Dan people I knew in the past probably influenced me, but other than that, Dan was a clean slate.

3.) I thought that ‘Dan’ and ‘Hunter’ worked very well together. If the first name is short and humble, the second name introduces that predatory element.

And last but not least: 4.) By the time the last book in the series would roll around—that would be Sophie’s Encore—I would need a name that would be very similar to ‘Dad.’ Some of the key moments in Sophie’s Encore hinge on the close proximity between ‘Dan’ and ‘Dad’ in a two-year-old’s speech repertoire. See, I’m a woman with a plan!

And there you have it. I’ve been very, very happy with Dan, and I cried when I had to leave him and Sophie behind. I’ll be writing many more rock stars in the future, but there’ll never be anyone else quite like Dan. He’s simply perfect with all his imperfections.

Oh hey, and don’t forget to check out Dan and Sophie on Tuscq’s single, Love Me Better, a classic eighties-style rock ballad!

Susan here again… man, do I need to read these books. Nicky’s been an absolute doll to talk to and I have nothing but respect and esteem for her. I hope she’ll be a semi-regular in these parts going forward!


Not only is Rock Fiction super hot right now, it seems Rock Fiction series are hot. When they’re good, when they can be good through all three (or however many, but I’ve noticed that three is the magic number), this almost better than good sex. Almost.

Today we’ve got the first in the Rock Star Romance series, Sophie’s Turn. Here’s the description:

Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan’s life and moral universe is turned upside down when rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do?

It’s all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost!

Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance poses a whole new dilemma.

Having accompanied Dan’s band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is… well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of self-discovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her.

Sophie’s Turn is a glamorous contemporary fairy tale that will make chick-lit and romance lovers laugh, cry and rock along every step of the way.

A new twist on a familiar trope! And it sounds like this is more about Sophie’s choice (har) than real Rock Fiction, but who knows? Maybe Dan’s got the charisma to lift this above a chick lit sorta read and bring the music.

Looking at the series, it’s really a sort of Sex in the City with a rocker as Mr. Whatever-his-name-was. Sophie loves Dan. Or does she? Will she come back to him? Why’s he waiting so patiently?

Lots of questions, and I’d love to see the answers. But the one that won’t be in the books is this one: Rockers today have super slick names. Devin. Magnum. But Dan?

Well, there’s Dan Spitz and Dan Lilker and Daniel Adair, and more, so it’s not unheard of. It’s just…

Bucking the trend. Again.

I may like this Nicky Wells. Would love it if she’d stop in for a guest post about why she named her man Dan.


Just in time for a Christmas read! Perfect timing!

It’s called Spirits of Christmas and it’s about… well, take a look for yourself.

At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction. Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls. Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.


Yep, sounds exactly like a Dickens tale, and probably with the wake-up call at the end. Ever notice how we never get to see if they actually take the lessons to heart the next day or a week later or a  month or a year?

Just sayin’.

This guy sounds like a train wreck, though, and if anyone can find redemption, it’s a train wreck. Bring it on.