SPECIAL AUTHOR GUEST: Karolyn James
Author of: THE BROTHERS OF ROCK SERIES
(The Boys of DownCrash)
The Stronger, Safer Kind
(The Boys of DownCrash #1)
All Scarlett wanted to do was thank the sexy stranger who helped her push away a drunk, grabby college boy at a bar. When that stranger identifies himself as Tripp and then takes the stage as the lead singer and guitarist for rock band, DownCrash, everything in Scarlett’s life begins to change.
Her best friend, Andy, confesses his love for her and leaves her with what should be an easy decision to make… yet each time she looks in Andy’s eyes, she can’t help but face her secret, nightmarish past.
The only thing that makes Scarlett feel better is Tripp… but Tripp isn’t just a bad boy rockstar, he’s hurt. He’s in pain. He tries to hide his pain in a bottle, but Scarlett believes that, perhaps, their secrets can help each other.
Friendship and love is suddenly put to the test, and Scarlett is torn… Will she choose an easy, comfortable, happy life or a life clouded with mixed signals, raw emotion, and intense romance?
Torn to Pieces
(The Boys of DownCrash #2)
Trying to forget about the promises she was forced to make as a young, naive eighteen year old, Maggie creates a false persona that paints her as the girl who never says no…
However, once she lays eyes on the drummer of DownCrash, everything clicks. From his sexy lip ring to the way he stares at her from the stage, Tatum becomes everything Maggie has ever fantasized about.
When trouble catches up to her in a parking garage after a DownCrash show, and Tatum shows up out of nowhere to protect her. For the first time in years, she is intimidated by a man’s kindness and sexiness, and not by his temper and jealousy. As real feelings begin to grow Maggie is faced with her past and wonders if she’ll ever be able to escape the promises she once made to keep the promises she wants to make right now.
Some Kind of Hell
(The Boys of DownCrash #3)
DownCrash bassist, Logan, has his sexy eyes on Maggie’s best friend, Annie. But Annie is still reeling from the way her relationship ended. She’s hurt, angry, jealous, and the last thing she wants is some wannabe rockstar looking for his next hookup… although it may just be what she needs.
Logan wants more for his life. The past is living in his apartment, which forces him to spend nights in his car to avoid reliving the nightmare over and over again.
When Annie’s guard comes down, tragedy strikes and their lives will be changed forever. Determined to win Annie over and help DownCrash get signed to a record deal, Logan has his work cut out for him. His gorgeous body and no-bullshit personality may just be the key to both…
(The Boys of DownCrash #4)
Finally exposing a secret to his band after years of hiding, Chasing Cross bassist, Chris, confesses that some years ago, during a wild night, he ended up marrying someone. It was supposed to be a no-big-deal kind of thing, with a stipulation… if one of them fell in love or wanted to get married to someone else, they would divorce.
Chris has been served divorce papers, and it should be easy to just sign them, but he can’t. His heart won’t allow it.
Becky loses her mother to breast cancer and realizes that life sometimes really is too short. She finds the ring she received from a sexy rockstar the night she secretly married him. The memory should have been fun, but after being pushed into a corner to stay married while that rockstar’s band took off, Becky can’t do it anymore.
She sends divorce papers and waits… and waits… and weeks after sending the papers, she wonders what’s taking so long…
In a journey that forces Chris to step back in time to find his future, he knows he needs to find Becky – his wife. He isn’t sure what he’ll find, but he knows he wants the truth.
Was it love back then? Or just a crazy night with a rockstar?
(The Boys of DownCrash #5)
The fifth Brothers of Rock novel featuring Chasing Cross finds drummer Rick Saunderst living in a personal hell. After walking away from Chasing Cross in the middle of their tour, he tries everything he can to settle the demons in his soul, but the all night parties, booze, women, and jam sessions cannot silence the voice deep within…
Sarah is a small town veterinarian, not quite sure where her life is going. She walks her opinionated dog and lives her life in a simple routine. When a moving truck disrupts her quiet street, she must learn to accept her new neighbor’s noisy habits and sexy stare.
For the first time ever, booze can’t mask his feelings. After over a decade of the rockstar life, Rick finally feels like he has a life off stage. Jamming in a garage with old friends and getting to know Sarah, and her loyal dog, Molly, is his definition of home.
The rest of Chasing Cross continue the tour, with help from Fallen Tuesday’s lead singer, Luke, as their replacement drummer. He brings life back to the band, but even still, without Rick, the band feels incomplete.
In the final book featuring Chasing Cross, choices will come to a head. Chasing Cross must decide whether to move on without Rick and Rick must settle his own battles, personally and professionally. Falling in love wasn’t part of the deal, but sometimes love happens when a person least expects it.
AUTHOR POST – Karolyn James:
I’m now at the point where I’m asking “what comes after the rock?” because the fifth book in the Chasing Cross books in my Brothers of Rock series is out. I had written series before but never like this one. This was the first time I was very organized, and on top of that, with the support of the readers, I was able to get the series expanded for another five books next year following another band, which allowed me to work that band into the first five books.
For those who have followed the first five Brothers of Rock books, they get to meet the next band – Fallen Tuesday – in books four and then five. I often get asked how I organized the series, or how I will organize the next set of books. I’m not an expert and everyone is different, but I’ve found it so much easier to write a series when you have a proper outline for the series. Maybe not each book, but I think it’s important to have storylines that cross between books yet there’s a storyline that’s fully told in each book. If a reader grabbed the fourth book of Chasing Cross, they’d be able to read it and understand everything. They’d hopefully be enticed to go back and start from the beginning to get the full complete story. Before I started writing Brothers of Rock, I started with the band, the names of the band, and then started plotting. The fun part of this was creating Chasing Cross as a band on top of the world… while working on the Fallen Tuesday books I chose a band that was on the rise. So the books go along with the series but it’s totally different.
I think that’s extremely crucial too… you have to make it different. Each book is a piece of a bigger puzzle but each one needs to entertain and satisfy. I have three notebooks that contain everything Brothers of Rock related.
Thank you to all the fans who have read Brothers of Rock and Chasing Cross. If you haven’t, hurry and start reading! The first Fallen Tuesday book will be released in January 2014!
Now… how about some favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions??? These are my top five…
The smell of turkey cooking!
Waiting for family to come over!
Watching the parade!
Seeing the look on my kids face when they see Santa at the end of the parade!
Laughing at the dinner table!