Posts Tagged ‘singer diva’


This is the second in a series, but it’s the only Rock Fiction entry (so far; the third was just released on Valentine’s Day, so who knows how many more there will be?). Sounds pretty solid.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

This reminds me of something else I read recently, Dream Maker — but only because we have new kids to Nashville who want to be songwriters, not performers. After that, the stories each take their own path.

But here’s a thing. In the first paragraph, she’s a songwriter — or so it seems. “to write music, not get famous.” That says to me she’s there to write songs, not get famous. The way to get famous is to sing those songs.

But in the next paragraph, she’s now a “feisty country singer.”

So which is it? And most important, does the Rock Fiction get lost when the love interest shows up?

So I’m confused and as usual, there’s only one way to find out… gotta read this puppy.

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.