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Indie Recs: Play Dirty

I still have to catch up, but I can’t recommend enough LP Maxa’s The Devil’s Share series. I found Play Dirty more addictive than the first book, and it did a great job setting up Jacks story as well. If you want a great contemporary romance novel, you’ll breeze through these books!

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As bassist of the Devil’s Share, Smith James revels in being the ultimate bad boy, until he meets a good girl…who likes it dirty.

PILLS. PAIN. LOSS. LOVE.

Smith James doesn’t need drugs. He just likes them a whole lot. And as bassist for the Devil’s Share, they are easy to come by. So are the women. With a steady supply of both he doesn’t have to think too hard about his past. But when a beautiful physician’s assistant joins the tour, Smith can’t help but want…more.

After watching her high school boyfriend OD, there is no way Dylan Lawson is going to fall for a rock star with a tenuous hold on sobriety, no matter how sexy his New Orleans drawl. She’s been hired to do one job: monitor the health of the lead singer’s girlfriend and her unborn baby. But once Smith flashes that sweet, vulnerable smile, Dylan can’t help but want…more.

And more is what they’ll get. Love on tour is never simple, and with a music festival in Smith’s hometown, a place he’s avoided for years, near his illiterate, abusive, meth-addled father, Smith is one bad night away from a relapse. But with her heart already lost, Dylan is willing to do whatever is necessary to save him—even play a little dirty.

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Indie Recs: Play Nice

If you’re in the mood for a rockstar romance, LP Maxa is your girl. In her book Play Nice, we’re introduced to the band the Devil’s Share and holy hell, what a fun group they are! The group is memorable, the story engaging, and the romance hot, so it was definitely a read I ended up breezing through and wanting more. Luckily, there IS more…

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Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. As lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash Conner could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant.

MONEY. FAME. WHISKEY. SEX.

For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. For a chance with her, Dash would do that and more.

Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Unless that night ends with a broken condom.

For Lexi and Dash, that’s just the beginning. Add an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jäger, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.

 

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Music Monday- Three Yuletide Wishes

Just another Music Monday!

Today we’re welcoming Alanna Lucas with her book Three Yuletide Wishes

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Listening to music is a great source of inspiration. When a character connects with a particular song, I will listen to that song over and over again. Each time, the character reveals a little more of themselves to me.

A Marchioness for Christmas is my latest release (yeah, none of the music on the list are Christmas songs)- hope you enjoy!

Goodbye Agony by Black Veil Brides

The moment I heard this song, I envisioned Dracon visiting the gravesite of his first wife and unborn child. For ten years he struggled with her untimely death, unable to move forward. But when he heard Antonia play the violin, her music touched a part of his soul that he thought was dead. Dracon realizes he has to let go of the past to have future with Antonia. He says goodbye to his agony.

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

Beethoven has always been a source of inspiration for me. I love playing this on the piano when I want to relax- and even taught both my kids to play this piece as well.

This sonata represents the quiet moment when Dracon and Antonia realize their love for each other, but each are too afraid to speak, too afraid to confess their secrets.

You Belong To Me by Dean Martin

Despite all the wasted years, foolish decisions, and misunderstandings between Dracon and Antonia, he is still in love with her and wants to protect her. Deep in his heart, Dracon knows Antonia is his one true love. Antonia makes his world complete. She belongs to him.

The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

The intro to The Phoenix has a powerful violin sample from Dmitri Shostakovich’s IV. Allegro Non Troppo. My heroine, Antonia plays the violin and was very drawn to this song. Every time I hear it, I imagine Antonia playing the introduction. At first, it was a way for her to release her anger toward her father, but as her journey progressed, she used that passion to express herself. Antonia discovers that she has more in common with Dracon than she first realized.

Immortals by Fall Out Boy

“I try to picture me without you but I can’t” This line sums it all up for Dracon.

What’s your next project on the horizon?

My novella, Stolen Kisses from the Viscount, is part of an eight-author anthology entitled Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss. The collaboration with such a talented group of authors has been an amazing experience. https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponATrueLovesKiss

Where can your readers find you?

www.alannalucas.com

https://www.facebook.com/alannalucas27

https://twitter.com/alannalucas27

http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/alanna-lucas

http://www.amazon.com/Alanna-Lucas/e/B00HPC0MYU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1420506577&sr=8-1-spell

http://www.romancebooks4us.com/Alanna_Lucas.html

Three Wishes: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/3-yuletide-wishes

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.

Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

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Music Monday- Picture This

One of my favorite ways to push through writer’s block and attract some inspiration is through music, and I’ve taken to making playlists. That’s why I wanted to start this feature–to find out what songs served as inspiration for some of your favorite books!

Today let’s welcome Marilyn Baxter onto the blog to discuss Picture This:

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Most of my writing is done to instrumental music playlist because if it’s a song I know, I’ll end up singing instead of writing. And on that playlist is music by Enya, Secret Garden and Ennio Morricone (whose Cinema Paradiso soundtrack is nothing short of pure heaven). I also like Alan Silvestri’s soundtrack from the film Romancing the Stone because it’s good music, it has both soft romantic tracks in addition to more intense tracks, and the heroine of that movie is a romance novelist! I had a few specific songs that really fit this book at certain parts of the story and they are:

So Close (from the movie Enchanted) fits when I’m at the black moment because the characters are so close to reaching that famous happy end. But they’re still so far – until I kick them in the backside and get them to happily ever after.

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N Roses fits on two levels because when the hero sees the heroine’s face she takes him to a special place. And they’re having a baby together – their sweet child.

Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler actually fits every book I write because what woman isn’t holding out for a hero? Doesn’t she toss and turn and dream of what she needs?

Open Arms by Journey worked during part of the book because the hero and heroine sailed on together and then drifted apart and now he’s come back with open arms though she’s not quite ready to take him back.

At Last by the inimitable Etta James – I listen to this at the end of every book because at last the hero or heroine’s love has come along and the lonely days are over. And at last I’ve written “The End!”

My as-yet-untitled WIP involved the sister of PICTURE THIS’s hero, a forty-something woman with two disastrous relationships in her past. Then she meets a cute, hot, smart, talented guy who is obviously interested in her, but can she get over the last two guys who hurt her AND the eight-year age difference between the two of them. Stay tuned for further developments. I can already tell one of the songs on this playlist will be Make You Feel My Love by Adele.

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Music Mondays- Play Nice

This Monday, LP Maxa is popping in to discuss her musical inspiration for her rockstar romance, Play Nice!

Play Nice coverSo for Play Nice I had a lot of different songs going through my head. Obviously there were a few Van Morrison songs, because he is Lexi’s favorite. Into the Mystic is one of his popular well known songs, it’s one of my all-time favorites. The other song, He Ain’t Give You None, is a little less known but I just love the raw sound of his voice in it. There is just something about Van Morrison that soothes my soul. He instantly calms me. And I knew I had to pay him some respect in the book.

Into the Mystic — Van Morrison

He Ain’t Give You None – Van Morrison

Right before I decided to start writing The Devil’s Share series, I read Rocks by Joe Perry. I’ve always been an Aerosmith fan, I get it from my dad. So I have to give them a little love as well.

Ragdoll – Aerosmith

The love between Amy and her brother Luke in this book is actually based on real people. My friend Angela has this amazingly talented little brother who is in a band called Dear You. This is my favorite song by them.

Have You Already Forgotten My Name – Dear You

I love the sound of this band, all their songs. It’s almost like, collectively they are an old soul. This music makes my happy.

S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

And last…If I could compare The Devil’s Share to any current rock band it would be Rise Against. I love how they can sound really chill and then in the next song really grungy.

Audience of One – Rise Against

My play list is a little all over the place, but that’s how I listen to music. I love it all, and I just have one giant shuffle going on at all times. The old deserves respect and the new deserves a chance. That’s my music philosophy.

lpmaxaPlay Nice has been out for a few months now and I know readers are ready for Smith’s story. Play Dirty, book two, will hopefully be out in a couple of months. It’s completed and is with my editor, so fingers crossed, it will be out before the end of the year. I’m on twitter @LPMaxa and Facebook under L.P. Maxa, and I’ve listed my website as well.

www.lpmaxa.com

Get a copy of Play Nice here!

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Solid Ground’s Release Day!

Release day!!

Solid Ground is out with Boroughs Publishing!

Solid GroundMags Javiks has one day left with Lex before she boards her ship to start ambassador training. One more day to confess her feelings for him. If she lets this opportunity slip away she may never get another one.

Buy it at these retailers:

All Romance Ebooks

Amazon

Smashwords

 

Inspiration for this story:

So, I started writing this due to an image prompt of a girl standing in front of a futuristic cityscape near dawn, hair blowing back in the breeze. The rest just kind of poured out of me with very little planning.

I will say, I tend to write a lot of young adult themes, and this fit in line very well. Regret is something I’ve thought very heavily on, and the whole concept of graduation, or of leaving places and people behind tends to bring up those emotions when things are left unsaid. While I’m probably the opposite of Mags–tend to be very expressive with my feelings–I can still empathize with the hesitation and fragility of the moment, of being scared about that sort of vulnerability.

Many thanks to Boroughs Publishing for taking a chance on the story, and hope you enjoy!

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Solid Ground Pre-Order

Anyone who’s been curious about the sci-fi romance short I’ve been working on can now pre-order!

Solid GroundMags Javiks has one day left until she boards a spaceship to start her ambassador training, one day in which to admit her love for her best friend Lex. To do so, she will have to trade the solid ground of a comfortable past relationship for the unknown frontier of a possible future together.

And if you happen to be on Goodreads, it’s up there now as well: Solid Ground