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This one seems to have been around for awhile. It’s even been released under a different title. And the plot? Also different! Check it:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

Long before I met Susan, I read a Rock Fiction book that involved fairies and a war between factions. I don’t remember what it was, but this makes me think of that. And I know these aren’t the same book.

The question, which is our usual question, is whether or not Annika’s rocker status has any bearing on the story, or if that’s just a detail included to make her look cool.

Only one way to find out, although if anyone’s already read it and wants to write a review, we’d be glad to post it!

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First in a series alert! First in a series alert!

And while the book title is awesome, the series falls back on the old Cliches. This one’s All Access.

Here’s the description of Book One, The Search for Paradise:

If you’re like most fans of rock and roll, then you imagine the life of a rock star is all about easy fame and fortune, big money, all-night partying, and doing what you love most. The same goes for writers and film stars, right?

Well, the money is good, the parties are happening, and we are doing what we love more than anything in the world, but getting there isn’t as easy as you think. My name is Tina Marz, and while I’m searching for my paradise, life throws me a lot of curves and hard lessons in my search for my success. It is all about hard work, long hours, and just when I think paradise is within reach…maybe it’s not. Come join me on my journey to the top, and I’ll give you an all access look at the truth about life in the spotlight…my life.

Okay, so this is… the character or the author talking to us? Or both? Yeah, okay, the lead character sports a variation on the author’s name, but… c’mon.

Lots of questions here, beginning with if this is fiction or not. Doesn’t seem to be a romance, either, so that’s another point in its favor.

Anyone else as curious as me?

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This one’s a toughie because there’s no book description. Seriously. Nothing. Just one review at GoodReads that makes it sound like it’s got no plot: couple meets. Couple has wild sex. End of story.

Conflict? Plot? Characterization?

Still, if it showed up in an inbox near me, I’d check it out. Just… to see what the heck it is.

(and read the author’s name out loud after reading that one review. Hunh.)

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Let’s get right to it ’cause I got no intro today. Just not an intro kind of day, I suppose.

Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor of an ultimatum that cost him everything.

It was supposed to bring a new beginning, a new life. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.

Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to calm the storm in a man he doubts he can tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past.

With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue must work to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes trust is worth the risk.

Blue features one of the most popular characters from the Saving Liam saga! Destined for greatness, he reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy readers love.

I’m not sure I have anything here, either. What the heck is this book about? He wants a calmer influence but gets a hurricane. I get that we don’t always get what we want, or even know what we need. I am a living example of that.

But I’d like to know some concrete examples.

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Ask and ye shall receive, right? I wanted something different. And here it is. (I hope)

Krissa was sheltered from a violent father by the brother she idolized. Danny was determined to escape the mines of Minnesota with his sister. Quinn is privileged and wealthy. Drawn together by the two passions they share – music and Krissa – Danny and Quinn set up a successful pop group.

So this is more about Danny and Quinn, right? The romance, it’s secondary?

Hard to tell until it gets read. There’s really not a lot here to go on, but at least it’s not what’s turned into the same old. Bring it!

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Here’s a twist of a book for you. The second in a series, this is the only Rock Fiction so far. I think.

Shy music geek Emerson Foshay breaks into a cold sweat and is rendered speechless whenever Lola Brown, the girl of his dreams, steps into his guitar shop. But once a stray cat named Sam follows him home, everything changes and Emerson becomes the coolest guy in town.

Love that it’s a cat that makes the guy cool. Me, I’m a dog person and dogs make a person the coolest of the cool, but here, it’s a cat.

But… what’s the book actually about? Emerson being cool? Landing the girl? Connecting with Lola? Outgrowing her ’cause of the cat? And does catnip make him roll around and drool?

Inquiring minds. Like mine..

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This one wins the “It might be really weird, but cool weird” award. Check it.

“Madness dances with brilliance” – a wild rock singer, a lonely white dolphin and other unworldly misfits emerge from their strange stories to challenge a young boy as to why. A gaunt tree leans wearily over them, like a guitar with too many strings. And the Angel leans on her gate, watching. – “Never seen anything quite like this”; “A unique & wonderful manuscript”.

“This is not a normal book with a normal story…”

It is the story of a rock singer and the unearthly
harmonies plucked from a strange 13-string guitar;
and of a bumptious yellow honeybee encountering a
strange little man on a planet that isn’t there;
and a tired, cynical old philosopher conducting
a strange debate with a stone in the woods.

It is the story of a shipwrecked sailor and his
pet egg that hatches into a strange seagull;
and of a worn-out, unworldly old lady dying
in a strange land where no-one dreams;
and a sad, downtrodden gardener tending
a Wise Woman’s strange, disquieting weed.

It is the story of a lonely white dolphin, and a tree –
curiously shaped like a guitar with too many strings.

And of a young boy who discovers
– with a little help from an Angel –
The Seven Gifts – that came to Earth

“A most unusual and beautiful story”
“This is a book to make you think”

Gotta see this one to believe it, I think. I can’t even wrap my brain around it, and that doesn’t happen often. I’m intrigued as hell.

Jett-300x300Susan swears Rock Fiction and romance go together like peanut butter and chocolate, so I hate to tell her I’m not much of a chocolate fan. But she’s got a point about romance and Rock Fiction. But when I looked over some of the reviews on GoodReads (don’t tell Susan I do that; she says not to ’cause it’ll change how I approach the book when I finally read it), this sounds more like Junkie Fiction than Rock Fiction.

Here’s the description:

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?

Sounds good. Doesn’t say it’s the final piece in a trilogy, though, and it’d have been nice to know that earlier. Is the whole series Rock Fiction? Nova plays in a band… what’s the deal?

So I’m confused as hell. All my friends are rolling their eyes and saying, “That’s not new, Jett. Quitcher whining.”

But when it comes to Rock Fiction, I’m usually not this confused.

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This is one of those books I came across during some sale or other at Smashwords. Yep, I’m finally getting around to telling you about it now. Here’s the description. It’s not terribly revealing:

Told from a drummer’s point of view, Drums: a Novel chronicles a small-time 80s rock band’s run at making it big-time. The story moves from San Luis Obispo to Lake Tahoe, where the band chases the ultimate gig. Drums celebrates those musicians who achieve commercial success, as well as the 99.99% who give it their all, only to fall short from attaining mega record deals and glitz-glam fame.

People. The point of your back cover description is to make people want to buy your book. It shouldn’t be vague marketing blather. I don’t care what the book celebrates. I care what it’s about. There’s a difference. “So soft! You’ll never be the same again!” is great to hear, but it makes a difference if we’re talking about toilet paper or the way someone breaks your heart.

So we know it’s about a band in the 80s — which probably means Spandex and Aqua Net and eyeliner, and if it’s not there, I’m going to be bummed — trying to make it big. But what else? Is there a mystery? A romance? Relationship struggles? Does it come easy? Do members leave? Self-destruct? How much sex and drugs is in with our rock and roll?

I gotta tell you, from this description, I’m not that eager to read it. But once I start asking these questions, I’m convinced I gotta find out for myself.

Anyone discovered this one yet?

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Have I got a doozy for you today… or not. This one can go either way, and here’s why. It’s not written by a writer, per se. Carla Harvey’s name is probably more popularly linked with The Butcher Babies and if you don’t know who THEY are, well, you’re missing out on some rockin’ music. (And, if you’re a guy, some hot chicks.) Or maybe you know Carla from her days as an adult entertainer and frankly, I’m not sure what that means exactly. Dancer? Movie star? Both? I’ll let you be the sucker who Googles her.

Now, Carla’s inexperience in the publishing world is pretty clear. Look at how she opens the page on her website about the book:

It has been a dream of mine to release this novel for a very long time. It’s finally here!

This book is not for everyone. It is a raw, graphic work of creative non fiction. Decide for yourself what is real, and what is not 😉

So first she says it’s fiction. Then she says it’s non-fiction. And then she says to decide for yourself.

Color Jett here confused. I mean, hello? I’m the reader. It’s not my job to decide. That’s your job, as the author, to know what sort of book you’ve written. And it’s the publisher’s job to know things like genre and category and which shelf on a bookstore it belongs on.

But anyway, here’s what it’s about:

Autumn Franklin is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she’s been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to “kill you off,” making it easier to walk away.

Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin.

So… is it Rock Fiction or not? I’d bet there’s some rock and roll happening in there. And, of course, we have to wonder if this is Rock FICTION at all, or if it’s totally her story, with a different name plastered on the main character, sorta like Pamela Anderson’s Star. What’s the word for that? Roman a clef? Yeah. That.

Only one way to find out…