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So Susan was talking to her friend Joyce Tremel the other day and pinged me about an author: Peggy Ehrhart. She’d read Peggy’s debut, Sweet Man is Gone a bunch of years ago and did I know anything more about Peggy’s books? She’d liked the one she’d read and was crazy busy with edits (really, you guys: if you need your book edited, call Susan. She’s damn good) and besides, this is my department anyway.

Like a good partner in Rock Fiction, I went and checked. Yep, Peggy’s got new books out. And so here’s one of them.

Got No Friend Anyhow might not be the second book after Sweet Man. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read it!

Maxximum Blues has a solid foothold in the Manhattan blues scene but Maxx (Elizabeth) Maxwell knows a CD will make the band irresistible to festival organizers. Prowling Rooster Records is her label of choice but when the CD is nearly finished producer Rick Schneider disappears — and it looks like he’s hooked up with his old girlfriend singer-songwriter Brenda Honeycut.
Maxx’s quest is complicated by a rooster with personality to spare and by her old boyfriend Sandy who’s determined to win her back.

Got No Friend Anyhow in classic whodunit style takes the reader on a ride that keeps pages turning all the way to a dramatic and unexpected climax.

“A rooster with personality to spare” — what? Huh? Does it have to do with the fact that the record label is named Rooster Records?

Anyway, I like mysteries, and Susan liked Sweet Man — she says she has a copy of it on her shelf still. She said she might loan it to me, if I ever get caught up on what’s already here. So even though this description is a little thinner than I like, I’d read this. After all, Susan liked it!

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Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I swear, I have read some Rock Fiction where the heroine runs a snarky blog site. I have! (If you have, too, you know where the comments are.)

Emily Watts just wants a weekend break from the workaholic hours she’s taken on to keep her business — a popular fashion-snark web site — up and running. What she gets is overnight celebrity and a career-killing media scandal.

While taking time out to attend a concert in support of friend Jesse Cinder, a struggling musician, Emily meets Cory Sampson, the lead singer of a chart-topping rock band. When she agrees to a date with Cory, making entertainment headlines is the last thing she expects. Even so, it’s a minor surprise by comparison to her discovery that in the music world, media notoriety trumps all. Tabloid allegations erupt when Cory and fame-hungry Jesse use Emily for personal gain, and her tarnished image spells disaster — personally and professionally. To save the web site and writing career she’s made her life and dream, Emily must go from being a pawn in the Hollywood headline game to becoming the media mastermind.

Previously published as J.F. Kristin.

I think what makes this rise above its own cliches is that it seems to focus less on the cliches and more on the idea of the scandal and how to work the media and the whole game. Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know, but honestly, that’s what I’d like to see this book be about. It doesn’t even seem to be a romance, despite the fact that it starts off with a date. And that, too, helps it rise above the fact that it’s the chart-topping singer who singles Emily out.

If only wishes could be real things. And if only I could get my hands on a copy of the book and see for myself!

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Because I do it every year… I’ve put the digital version of a few of the books in the Trevolution on sale during Rocktober. Only Trevor’s Song and The Demo Tapes: Year 1, though. (If you’d like a review copy of any of the others, holler and I’ll fix you up. But please… post a review! That’s the purpose of the review copy. See how that works?)

I figured those are my two best-sellers, so let’s bring some new friends in.

Here are the links that generate the best sales, but use your favorite retailer. Independents rule!
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And, as always, if you Amazon shoppers could take a minute and report Mannequin as free everywhere BUT Amazon, I’d appreciate it.

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We don’t get a lot of Rock Fiction written by rockers themselves, but here’s one for you. And maybe you don’t consider a mere songwriter to be a rocker, but I sure do, especially when you’ve got as many Grammys on her shelf as Cynthia Weil’s collected during her career.

And now she’s writing books. I bet you dollars to donuts (who came up with that phrase and can I just have the donuts, please?) she’s written a fab book. I mean, hello? The woman writes for a living!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.

JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder.

Susan, who once had a friend who worked at Tin Pan Alley, is going to be beside herself to get her hands on this one. You have to know Rock’s past to fully understand it, she says all the time. I’m not sure I agree, but music history is a heck of a lot more interesting than some of the history I had to learn in school. And working for a symphony, I get a lot of music history.

Nothing this recent, though.

Okay, then. Bring it on and hopefully I can hide it from Susan and read it myself.