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Fan Mailing!

Last week, it was my pleasure to pick winners for the Fallen for Rock launch giveaway extravaganza. Over the weekend, I had a blast packing up prizes and writing letters. And today, I posted the whole lot out. I have a huge smile on my face even now. I simply can’t help loving sending ‘stuff’ to readers and fans. I guess that’s why I keep running giveaways!

This is me, grinning like the Cheshire cat, as I'm packaging Fallen for Rock SWAG packs and other prizes...

This is me, grinning like the Cheshire cat, as I’m packaging Fallen for Rock SWAG packs and other prizes…

All done! Sending letters-slash-parcels to California, Chile, Texas, Jersey (UK), Canada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois, Slovenia, Macedonia, Texas again, Portugal, plus Internet-based prizes to California and an unknown state in the US...

All done! Sending letters-slash-parcel to California, Chile, Texas, Jersey (UK), Canada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois, Slovenia, Macedonia, Texas again, Portugal, plus Internet-based prizes to California and an unknown state in the US…

At the post office keeping the clerk busy with all this international mail. She hasn't asked me yet why I keep sending all this stuff out all over the place, but I can tell that's she's totally curious! :-)

Me at the post office keeping the clerk busy with all this international mail. She hasn’t asked me yet why I keep sending all this stuff out all over the place, but I can tell that’s she’s totally curious! 🙂

If you’re a winner on this occasion, why not share a photo on social media when your prize turns up? I’d love that! 🙂

That’s it for now, my friends. Fallen for Rock is now well and truly launched, but it’s not very long until Fairy Tale in New York will come your way, so watch this space.  Rock on!

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One of my favourite perks of the job: Picking Winners!

The launch tour of Fallen for Rock is drawing to a close, and what a blast it’s been! The giveaway registered 3,258 entries, and I just had some serious fun picking the winners. Well, actually, Rafflecopter picked them for me, but it’s awesome to see names appear. I hope everyone will enjoy their prize!

Fallen for Rock Swag

Thank you to all you lovely folks who entered, shared, tweeted, shouted about the launch, and emailed me. You make all the difference! It gives me great pleasure to announce the winners as follows:

One large signed poster of “Fallen for Rock”
Cindy Wells
(no relation of mine, incidentally, just a shared surname!)

One set each of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Swag (Postcards and Bookmarks)
Donna James
Vera Machado
Ana

One set each of signed “Fallen for Rock SWAG SPECIAL” including 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards and 2 guitar picks
Irma Jurejevcic
Enrique Herrera
Jodi Ciorciari-Marinich

One set each of signed “Fallen for Rock” Guitar Picks
(two picks per set)
Elaine BookWhore Grey
Melisa Fernanda Gamboa Ponce
Mick Murphy
Bev Wong
Paris Baker

One set of “The Complete Nicky Wells Swag” (signed): Bookmarks and postcards for Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, Sophie’s Encore, Spirits of Christmas and Fallen for Rock
Melissa Crisp

 One Audio CD: Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” (2010)
Nicole Henke

One Amazon Gift Certificate for £5/$7 or equivalent
Summer Laird Grinstead

Winners have been notified by email already. 🙂

Congratulations if you are a winner! If, however, you haven’t won on this occasion, watch this space for future launches and random giveaways.

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Rock on!

Congratulations~It’s a book!

Publishing a book is like giving birth. It’s a long time coming, it involves a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and the euphoria when you finally hold your baby in your hands is second to none.

I gave ‘real’ birth twice, to two wonderful little boys. But this is my FIFTH book baby, and the emotion, excitement and pride are every bit as intense as they were for the previous four book births and their real life flesh-and-blood-baby counterparts.

I write romance with rock stars, and here’s your latest fix:

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

Fallen for Rock: Out today!

 Fallen for Rock

‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

 Get it now!
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Amazon.de | Amazon.ca | Amazon.au

Party Time!

Join me today, 30 June 2014, on Facebook and Twitter for all-day launch festivities including games, music, flash giveaways, and virtual food and drink.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Fallen for Rock and to spread some joy, I’m giving away the following items:

One Large Signed Poster of “Fallen for Rock”

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Swag (Postcards and Bookmarks)

Three Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock SWAG SPECIAL” including 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards and 2 guitar picks

Five Sets of Signed “Fallen for Rock” Guitar Picks (two picks per set)

One Set of “The Complete Nicky Wells Swag” (signed): Bookmarks and postcards for Sophie’s Turn, Sophie’s Run, Sophie’s Encore, Spirits of Christmas and Fallen for Rock

One Audio CD: Bon Jovi “Greatest Hits” (2010)

 One Amazon Gift Certificate for £5/$7 or equivalent

Fallen for Rock Swag

ENTER HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Small Print: Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway closes at midnight on 14 August 2014. Winners will be notified by email.

The Tour

I write romance with rock stars. I know all about touring. Of course I’m taking this release on tour! Here’s a list of all the wonderful blogs that will be hosting Fallen for Rock with reviews, guest posts and/or interviews over the coming weeks. Give these bloggers a big round of applause when you stop by there: they are truly amazing, and I couldn’t do what I do without their support.

30 June 2014 Samantha Stroh Bailey
30 June 2014 Celtic Connexions
30 June 2014 Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog
30 June 2014 Rosie Amber
30 June 2014 The Adventures Within
30 June 2014 Love Between the Sheets
30 June 2014 Perusing Princesses
30 June 2014 Random Rants and Rambling from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Drama Queen
02 July 2014 Bless Their Hearts Mom
02 July 2014 Brook Cottage Books
02 July 2014 Comet Babe’s Books
02 July 2014 Read My Dang Book
04 July 2014 Creating Serenity
05 July 2014 Kim the Book Worm
05 July 2014 The Boyfriend Bookmark
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (1)
07 July 2014 The Love of a Good Book (2)
07 July 2014 Bookworm Brandee
07 July 2014 Crooks on Books
08 July 2014 Julie’s Book Review
09 July 2014 Booketta
10 July 2014 Me and Reading
10 July 2014 Chick Lit Plus
16 July 2014 Cosmochicklitan
19 July 2014 Books to Light Your Fire
21 July 2014 Jersey Girl Book Reviews
24 July 2014 Sky’s Book Corner
04 August 2014 Emma Calin
07 August 2014 Chick Lit Central
07 August 2014 The Phantom Paragrapher
11 August 2014 Jera’s Jamboree
11 August 2014 Best Chick Lit
11 August 2014 My Pen Name Only
04 September 2014 The Book Chick
 September 2014 Literary Chanteuse
September 2014 Supportive Business Mums

See you on tour… and rock on! 🙂

Have you Fallen for Rock yet?

Last minute panic…

Good morning! Or not, as the case may be. I’m sitting here, poised and ready to upload Fallen for Rock to Amazon for release on Monday. The files are polished, the blurbs are ready, the pricing is worked out to the penny… all systems are go, and then this happens when I try to visit the Kindle Direct Publishing homepage:

KDP down

Now I’ve been an Amazon customer since it was first born way back when and a KDP author since 2011. I’ve never seen a screen like that. My first reaction is abject terror. What is going on?

Fallen For Rock

I have a book launch on Monday. I need to upload my book file urgently. KDP can take anything from 12 hours to 48 hours to upload a file to Amazon. With that, I have to walk a very fine line. I don’t want the book available too far ahead of launch day because that’ll spoil the fun. I definitely want it available on launch day because otherwise… that’ll spoil the fun too.

Thus I thought: Upload on Saturday morning for a Monday release. That ought to do it. Right?

Yes. Unless, of course, I can’t get the book uploaded!!

So I do some digging, and it turns out that the problem doesn’t lie with Amazon at all.

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I dig some more and discover that the problem is countrywide… (we’re talking UK here, of course).

BT Outage

To add insult to injury, the site for logging outage queries or complaints with BT is also down! In fact, the only sites that are working right at this moment are Google, Facebook and, thankfully, WordPress (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this). Speaking of Facebook, I posted there and had a heart-warming response of sympathy and encouragement. I love you, folks! Here’s just a snapshot of the conversation that ensued…

FB response

So what’s next? Drink tea and stay calm, I think. (I’d post a photo, but I’m still in my jamas!)

There’s nothing much else I can do right now except sit tight and wait. At the time of publishing this post, all the affected sites, including KDP and Amazon, are still unavailable to me. Don’t get me wrong. I know technology goes wrong, and I suspect (hope!) that the good folks at BT are working like mad  to get this fixed. But why did it have to be this particular Saturday morning? I mean, come on, I only upload books twice a year!

Still, there’s no point in ranting. I’ll keep checking and trying, because that’s my job as your friendly author of romance with rock stars, LOL. In fact, this whole situation is not unlike the sound desk going down just minutes before a gig, so I do feel quite rock star. 🙂

And the reason I’m writing this? Well, for one, it gives you a lovely insight into the world of publishing, specifically the last minute hiccups that make life so very exciting. And for another, it’s just so that you’ll know why Fallen for Rock may not be available very first thing on Monday morning, 30 June, as previously promised. But I’ll do my utmost to make it happen.

Thanks for reading, and rock on. Wish me luck! x

12:46pm ~ POSTSCRIPT: My hopes were fulfilled and prayers granted!!! The outage ceased, the sites became available, and the book is uploaded pending review and going live… squeeeee!

Eighty percent orgasmic because of a deep voice and a bit of humour?

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Squeee! Three more sleeps!

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…a small cry almost, sexy yet dreamy…

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EXCLUSIVE! Get your sneak peek at Fallen for Rock via this 1,000 word excerpt!

‘Aha.’ Mike seemed to perk up. He extended a hand for me to shake. ‘I’m Mike.’

I shook his hand. ‘I know that.’

‘Of course you do.’ Mike was entirely unselfconscious about his famous identity. ‘And you are?’

He skewed his head and examined my cleavage. Instinctively, I lifted a hand to my chest to obscure his view, but my fingers connected with the backstage pass instead. I blushed. He had been staring not at my cleavage, but at my pass. He was trying to decipher my name.

‘Emily,’ I helped him out.

‘Emily,’ he read at the same time.

I mustered a smile even though my tummy was doing somersaults. My mouth seemed to have gone very dry. Mike oozed sex appeal from every pore, and it appeared that I wasn’t immune to his charms. Not even remotely. The only other person I had ever responded to like this, physically, was…Nate.

‘You okay?’ Mike grabbed my hand. ‘You look like you’ve seen a ghost.’

‘I’m fine,’ I croaked. ‘Only a bad taste in my mouth.’

‘Bad taste? Is there something wrong with the food?’

Mike leaned over to sniff my plate suspiciously, and I burst out laughing.

‘The food’s fine. It’s me. It was a metaphorical bad taste.’

‘Ah.’ Mike sat back, increasing the distance between his body and mine, and I sneaked in a surreptitious deep breath.

‘You looking forward to the show?’

I nodded. ‘I am, actually.’

‘You are, “actually”? You sound surprised.’

He was extremely perceptive, for a man. Damn, but the parallels between this encounter and meeting Nate were too disturbing for words. I refused to analyse the notion and elected to dig myself a hole instead, for the second time that night.

‘I am. Surprised, I mean. Of course I’m a fan, of sorts. I know your music. My ex used to play it all the time. It’s…it’s…’ I searched for a suitable adjective but failed. How did you describe rock music?

‘It rocks,’ I eventually supplied, and received a bellow of laughter in return.

‘I should certainly hope so,’ Mike yelped, wiping tears of mirth from his eyes. I pouted and returned my attention to my food. If in doubt, stuff your mouth with canapés to absolve yourself of the need for small talk.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Mike looking me up and down carefully.

‘Let me guess,’ he said. ‘Your ex got the VIP tickets, and you’re only here because of him.’

I swallowed hastily to clear my mouth. ‘Is it that obvious? Do I have a tattoo on my forehead or something?’

‘Not really. But you’re different. From, you know, our normal fans.’

‘Yeah, so I’ve been told,’ I replied wryly.

‘No, it’s good,’ Mike hastily amended. ‘It’s nice. It makes a change. I like it.’

I like it. The way he said it, it sounded like he meant, I like you. A ferocious blush spread across my cheeks, down my chest, and right down to my toes.

‘So where is he?’ Mike’s eyes were all innocence, entirely belying the nature of his leading question.

‘Who?’ Two can play your game.

‘The ex.’

‘I don’t know.’

‘You don’t know?’

‘I don’t know. He’s not here, if that’s what you’re asking.’

Mike inclined his head and his eyebrows lifted, making his eyes look wide and excited. They were a light, chestnut brown, similar to Nate’s and yet entirely different. They shone with an easy-going, teasing light.

Mike was extremely handsome, in a rugged kind of way. Where Nate’s hair was only on the long-ish side, Mike’s was unashamedly long. But it suited him. Inexplicably, it seemed to accentuate his manliness, especially when combined with that smooth, bare chest peeking through from under his unbuttoned shirt.

My all-body blush ratcheted up a few degrees, and I felt extremely hot. I couldn’t be attracted to this man. I couldn’t. I was on the rebound. I loved Nate. I had only just figured out that I loved Nate. I was only here because I wanted him back. Therefore, I couldn’t possibly be having that kind of reaction to a different man. A different rock musician, at that. Was this life’s cruel way of ramming home the error of my ways?

It took a moment for me to register that Mike had claimed my free hand again and that he was, in fact, gently massaging my palm with his thumb. His touch was warm and gentle, but every time the pad of his thumb alighted on the base of mine, my vagina jumped with joy. I had had no idea that my thumb was an erogenous touch point, but there was no mistake. Mike had a direct line to my loins, and he seemed to know it.

‘Well, well, well,’ he muttered softly. ‘He’s not here. How long since you broke up?’

None of your business, my head screamed. Back off, I’m not interested.

‘About four weeks,’ my mouth said coyly. ‘You know what it’s like.’

Mike’s eyes softened. ‘I do know what it’s like,’ he concurred. ‘From one free soul to another.’

A bell rang out from somewhere, and it pierced my consciousness like a knife. I felt as though I was waking from a trance.

‘Would you like an autograph?’ Mike asked, changing the subject completely. I reeled but pulled myself together.

‘Yes, of course. Um…’

I was still holding my plate, and I had no paper whatsoever to write on. But that didn’t prove a problem.

Mike grabbed my right arm and turned it inside up. Before I could object, he was writing on it with a marker pen that he had produced from his shirt pocket. The thick nib of the pen tickled the sensitive skin of my inner arm, and I held my breath, too stunned to object. Mike took his time, and the moment was almost sensuous in its significance. I found myself covered in delicious goosebumps from head to toe. It seemed that rock musicians had a peculiar effect on me. My body clearly knew me better than my mind.

I sat rigid and barely breathing until Mike finished with a flourish, released my arm, and planted a kiss on the back of my hand.

‘I must be off. Enjoy the show.’ He got up and left before I could reply. Dumbstruck, I stared after him until he had exited from the room. Only then did I examine his handiwork on my still tingling skin.

To Emily ~ I hope you’ll come after the show. Mike xxx

Fallen for Rock releases 30 June 2014 in ebook and paperback editions!

FFR_Cover9forPaperbackMeanwhile, you still have a few days left to enter my Goodreads giveaway of two signed paperback copies! Hurry, giveaway closes 23 June!

ROCK ON!