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Woo hoo, Jaine Diamond fans! (like myself and Jett) She’s got a give going on, starting TODAY, that’s promising to get you on board the Jaine Diamond bandwagon — or let you spread the goodness to one of your friends, if you’re already on board. I’ll let her tell you about it:

THE GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Jaine Diamond is giving away her biggest prize pack yet!

This one includes signed paperbacks of the entire Dirty rockstar romance series so far—Dirty Like Me (Dirty #1), Dirty Like Brody (Dirty #2), AND an extremely limited Special Collector’s Edition of Dirty Like Us (Dirty #0.5), containing bonus excerpts from upcoming Dirty books featuring Zane and Maggie’s story—as well as a $20 Victoria’s Secret gift card and cosmetics kit full of goodies* to get you date-night ready!

* Cosmetics kit includes: silver makeup bag and samples of Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, Tarte paaarty Amazonian clay 12-hour blush, Make Up Forever waterproof eye pencil (black), Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara (black), Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil (soft brown), Comptoire-Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco Eau de Toilette, and Prada Candy Eau de Parfum spray!

Giveaway open internationally. Age 18+.

Here’s what you need to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Or use this link.

Go for it! Jett loved Dirty Like Me, and I have to admit it was a really solid, fun read and I’m eager to spend more time in Jaine’s world. I also read Dirty Like Us, and that’s also a book worth spending time with. (I will post the review here shortly. I promise!)

Regardless of your status as a winner, if you’ve read any of Jaine’s Dirty series and would like to post your own review here at The Rock of Pages, I’d be glad to set something up for you.

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Here’s another trilogy that I’ve heard so much about, I could have sworn I’d already drooled over it. But apparently not ’cause I can’t find it in the archives anywhere, which is weird because Lily Harlem is another author Susan follows.

The series is the Mattress Music series, and it’s three books, and it’s old. 2010 and 2011 release dates. Really, we are overdue to bring it to your attention!

So here goes.

The description of the first one sounds like it’s music-as-fan, which is fine. Look at Nick and Norah for how music can be a soundtrack. But given that the other two books in the series are more directly about men rockers and the women who encounter them, I’m kinda skeptical that the first book is so lacking rockers. I bet he’s there.

Book Two is an old flame trope, and Book Three is about a threesome (how fitting that it’s book three!). The only issue I have is in the last line of the third book, where it sounds like the woman is the band’s manager, but it’s a throwaway line, and maybe manage is meant differently. Only one way to find out!

These were originally published by Ellora’s Cave, and didn’t they close? If so, I hope Lily has the rights back and will republish them– and will share them with us here at The Rock of Pages. (hint!)

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This one’s more of a duo than a series, to be honest. I don’t think two books can be a series, especially when the series is named for a publication, but there’s no mention of the publication in the description of the second book. (That said, the heroine is a photojournalist, so there’s hope for the tie-in there.)

It’s The Sound Wave Series, written by Michelle Pace. And I know next to nothing about it; I just found it by surfing GoodReads. The books were published in 2012 and 2013, so it’s not looking like there will be more of them.

In the first book, Fury, it’s the usual journalist is the only one who is allowed access to the band — but from there, what happens is murky. Romance? Something different? It sort of hints at a thriller, but not totally:

Once her assignment begins, Fury’s tour explodes in a Molotov cocktail of sex, scandal, and violence that threatens to ruin Fury’s quest for worldwide success. Can Cheyenne navigate her treacherous path unscathed, or will the demons of her past poison her blossoming career?

The second book, Rage, is all about a rocker and his girlfriend, the photographer. I’m guessing romance here. But, again, a lot of vague description:

When fate brings both Fury and Stephanie to a remote Brazilian paradise, the former lovers have no choice but to face each other head on. Will their wildfire chemistry burn down the wall between them, or will the tumultuous pair simply go up in flames?

Still, I’m intrigued. I’m intrigued why there are only two books in the series. What actually happens in them. And if there should have been more.

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Now, this is an interesting-looking series because of the five books in it, three are devoted to this trio, Jessi, Tommy, and Angel. It’s their story, how their relationship goes from being just Jessi and Tommy to including Angel. In the final book, there’s a baby.

But books three and four? Are all about others in the bands. There are rockers hooking up all over in this series; it’s possible Jessi is the only character who isn’t in a band, but even she might be. Makes for some fun adventures and great potential, if this series is going to keep going! Hard to tell if it will or won’t; the first two came out in 2014, two more in 2015, but only one last year. Last January, which makes it a year since we’ve had an entry. Are we done at five? Does the series really end on a cliffhanger, like it seems to?

Anyway, these look like fun, with all the music connections all over the place, so bring ’em on!

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Looks like my trip through the oldies of Rock Fiction continues, ’cause this series was published between 2013 and 2014, which might turn out to be the Golden Age of Rock Fiction Series. Hard to tell; it’s too recent.

So this is the Battlescars Series. And yep, the band is Battlescars. Not a bad name. Not a bad name at all.

The series looks to be a one-book-per-band-member series, and the only bummer is that the fourth book’s description seems to reference other series, but I’m not part of the insider’s club and I don’t have a solid idea of what the heck is going on with all these mentions of Conflicted, Afflicted, and Repented. Sounds maybe religious? I may have to dig deeper — but if you know, have at it. We could use some good guest posts around these parts lately.

Or I can get on the job and realize those are the previous book titles… Good thing Susan needs me too much ’cause that sort of sloppiness is a grounds for firing me!

(really, if you want to help out, we’d love to have you! Drop Susan an e-mail.)

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From the book descriptions, only the first two full novels are Rock Fiction. There’s a half-story, and then a third book, but they don’t look like Rock Fiction, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they are, since the series is named after the featured band, My Misery Muse.

It would be so much easier if authors and publishers everywhere would tag all their Rock Fiction as Rock Fiction.

Anyway, this series is supposed to be about first loves, which is a great thing to have a series be about. I’m into that ’cause there’s a purity and sense of wonder in first loves. It’s a nice break from the angst and ugliness of the world — and from jaded rockers, which we see a lot of.

So books one and two are called My Misery Muse and Faith, respectively. They were published in 2012 and 2013, with the last book out in 2014, so it’s probably a fair bet that the series is over. If it’s a good series, that’s too bad.

Anyone know anything about these books? Kinda old, but then again, if they are good books, who cares?

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If you’ve got a generous gift-giver in your life, it might be the right time to ask for this TWELVE BOOK SERIES. I’m not kidding. Twelve books — so far. Will there be more?

I don’t know, but if you know Terri Anne Browning, ask her to stop in and answer that question for us!

It’s The Rocker Series, if you haven’t guessed or read the headline by now. And man oh man, am I intrigued. The descriptions are all over the place, some in first person, some in third, some talking about romance, some talking about familiar character names, some not. This isn’t a bad thing, depending on how Terri Anne Browning pulls it off, and it looks, from the number of stars she gets on each book, that she’s pulling it off.

Twelve books. Color me in awe; I can’t think of any other Rock Fiction author who’s got twelve books in ONE series. I don’t think even Cecilia Tan’s Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is up that far yet. (yet)

Can you think of any?

Have any of you read any of these?

C’mon. No need to keep silent. We want to hear from you over here.

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The Runaway Train series is one of those series that lets most of the books feature a different set of characters — in this case, the dudes from the band Runaway Train. Pretty simple stuff, really. And the one book that repeats characters is a 1/2 book — you know, one of those short things that lets the world have more favorite characters but without putting ALL the focus on them and messing up the rhythm of the series.

Heh. Rhythm of the Rock Fiction series.

But this is why Rock Fiction is the perfect thing. Fiction’s got rhythms, just like music. It’s just not verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus-chorus. Which is a good thing. That’d be eight books in each series, but five would be repetitive, and who wants that?

This series looks pretty cool, although we’ve got some familiar tropes (Book #3, Strings of the Heart, is built on the “I’ve always loved my brother’s best friend, but he thinks of me as a sister” story). And man, do the guys in this band have a lot of sisters! Maybe a couple too many… what’re the chances that life really is that sorta-incestuous?

Still, this is a series that looks like all the books came out in 2013-2014, so it’s over and done, which means you who like to read a series only when it’s complete so you’re not waiting for the next will be in love. And those of us who came onto it late can be happy, too, because hey, it’s all right there and easy to get our hands on and do a weekend-long power read. I’m all for that. Once I’m caught up on the rest of what’s here, waiting for me.

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This must’ve not made it over after Susan’s original Rock Fiction site was nuked ’cause she swears she’s written about it. Before it was a series. When it was only one book.

IT is Nico Rosso’s Heavy Metal Heart. And Susan knows she wrote about it ’cause and and Nico’s wife are Twitter buddies. I think it sounds like something too horror-like for me and she’ll have to read it. Why not pull some strings with your friends and get a copy, Susan?

Here’s the description:

Rock Star. Front man. Demon. A descendant of satyrs and the lead singer in a band that feeds on the energy of its audience, Trevor Sand is growing weary of the constant need to perform. He needs the legend of the Muse—a woman destined to be a demon’s eternal companion and only source of sustenance—to be true.

Misty Grant has never been bold, but when Trevor singles her out among hundreds at a concert, she takes him up on his explicit offer. During an erotic night in his hotel room, she learns that his touch is as electric as his lyrics. But when Trevor’s demon is aroused, her desire turns to horror and she runs.

Knowing that he’ll die if he loses her, Trevor must find Misty before his enemies do. But even if he can save her, he knows that regaining the trust of his fated Muse will be his greatest challenge.

The second book is kinda similar, in that it’s about another demon in the form of a rocker, who’s looking for his soul mate. And there’s only two in the series, too, and it’s been a couple of years, so here’s what Slam Dance with the Devil is about:

All those wild rock stars you hear about? Some of them really are demons, sustained by the energy pouring off the audience…

Wild, destructive and immortal, rocker Kent Gaol has given up the search for his Muse—a demon’s one true source of inspiration, his forever partner. After losing the one woman he thought might be his, he’s convinced she doesn’t exist.

Hard-as-nails private investigator Nona Harris has been hired by a mysterious client to track Kent. She knows nothing of his truths, until one night when Kent tricks her on stage during one of his concerts. Amazingly, she not only senses the energy around the demons, she feeds from it…and it turns her on.

Kent never expected Nona’s response to be so intense, nor that she could enter his world and so thoroughly rock it. This is beyond a tumultuous love affair—this is a sexual and emotional bond that will change them both forever. A bond strong enough that now Nona’s shady client wants them both dead…

But the woman’s response is the complete opposite.

I don’t know. After that, where else is there to go? Wish we’d gotten a chance to find out.

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Yes, you see the right avatar. I shoved Jett out of the way because this one’s set in Pittsburgh and that immediately disqualified Jett from writing about it. It’s Rock’n Tapestries, the first book in Shari Copell’s series of two. The books came out in 2013-14, so I’m doubtful we’ll see more entries. In fact, Ms. Copell leaves a note on the description for the second book, Wild Angel, that she was going for a standalone with it. And the second one may not be set in my favorite stomping grounds; if it is, it doesn’t explicitly say. And no, that quote at the start doesn’t tell us much of anything. How many bands have opened a show with that same phrase?

That’s a bummer.

Here’s the description of Rock’n Tapestries:

“Asher Pratt had been a drug for me, and I wasn’t sure I wasn’t still addicted.”

Chelsea Whitaker works as a waitress at Tapestries, a trendy Pittsburgh bar. She’s doing her best to avoid Asher Pratt, the Pittsburgh rock legend who shattered her heart years ago.

When he takes a job at Tapestries just to be near her, Chelsea has some decisions to make.

She soon discovers that some things never change. It’s all she can do to keep a tight hold on her heart as Asher takes her for another wild ride.

As she struggles to gain some perspective on their relationship, she learns that he’s never needed her more. She must put the past aside for the sake of the future.

I am DYING to know what bar this is modeled on. Is it one I used to hang out in? Or is it straight out of the author’s imagination? Is the author herself from here? A current Yinzer?

But back to the book. It’s a familiar trope, no? The “Loved him when she was younger” trope — do we ever get over those early loves?

And then here’s the description for Wild Angel:

“Hello, Pittsburgh! You ready to rock?”

Nicks Sorenson, guitarist extraordinaire for the band Wild Angel, has a lot going on during her last year of high school. In fact, she sometimes wonders if someone has painted a bull’s eye on her forehead.

Stone Jensen, lead guitarist for the band Heavy Remedy, shows up everywhere she plays despite the bad blood between them. The high school principal is targeting her with endless detentions for some reason. And she’s starting to wonder if her mother is losing her mind.

Life soon spins into chaos for the Sorenson family. It began when Nicks learned the name of the dead musician who’d willed her his four guitars. Then came the dreams of a man shrouded in mist. She doesn’t recognize him, but he seems to know her.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Nicks goes on an unexpected—and painful—journey into the past.

She’s about to learn what you don’t know can hurt you.

Umm… wow, this is a departure! Why are these two books in the same series? They seem totally unrelated beyond the fact that they’re going to be pretty hard to challenge for their Rock Fiction qualities. What am I missing?

Like Jett so often says, I need to read this to see for myself. All of it: the setting, the stories, the whys and hows of this two-book series.

If you’ve read it and have a review you’d like to share, send it on. I’m always glad to post reviews for anything Rock Fiction.