Monday, June 6, 2011

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Doesn’t that phrase immediately bring the song to mind? Music is so intertwined with love – and heartbreak – that it seemed a natural mix. My daughter’s obsession with Bret Michael’s reality dating show also seemed like the perfect setting for a romance that rocked!

So Rock Bottom began. I’m so excited that in two weeks, Lyrical Press will release this contemporary rock ‘n roll romance

For rocker Jet Trently, success means playing the same platinum-selling hits over and over. Philly rock journalist Billie Prescott thrives on covering the latest releases. When her editor sends her to Malibu to cover Jet’s reality dating show, Rock Bottom, her blog’s success keeps her trapped there. Her life’s at Rock Bottom too, until she hears Jet’s new songs. They touch her heart as his music did when she was 15. When Jet touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?

Here’s an excerpt:
With a gasp, she clutched the seat as they roared away. “What do you think you’re doing? Let me out.”
He knelt in front of her and slid his hands up her thighs. “You called me ‘baby’.”
She hoped he’d missed that. He definitely seemed too clear-eyed now.
Through clenched teeth, her voice shook. “It’s an expression. I am not one of the Bimbo Brigade.”
Clasping her neck, he drew her close. “Thank God.” His lips brushed hers.
Anger melted into confusion, surged with passion. “Stop,” she whispered.
“I can’t.” He leaned between her legs, gripped her and slid her against him. Tender yet fierce, his lips sought hers, his tongue probed.
White static filled her brain. How could he feel so good when he was all wrong?
“No.” She broke away.
He sank onto his feet, the deepest yearning in his eyes. “Billie.” His urgent whisper sounded like a fervent prayer.
His plea awakened something fierce and tender within her. “Dammit.” Her urgent whisper matched his.
His face lit with hope.
“Jet.” An overwhelming urge hijacked her reasoning. She fought to regain it but lost ground.
He drew a ragged breath and touched her cheek.
“Don’t.” She couldn’t finish her thought. Don’t toy with me. Don’t break my heart.
“Shh.” His finger traced her lips. He eased in slowly.
Although she had every opportunity to stop him, instead she clutched his shirt. “You won’t remember this tomorrow, anyway.” She pressed her lips to his, wrapped her legs behind his.
His embrace engulfed her as he pulled her to the floor. “Oh yes, I will.” With soft, purposeful kisses, he kept his eyes open, watching as if to imprint her in his memory.
Yes, he’d remember.
And so would she. Dammit.

I’d love to give an ebook of Rock Bottom to a commenter. I’ll leave the giveaway open until this weekend and select a winner at random on Saturday, with the prize to be delivered on release day: 6/20/11. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you!  

Thanks so much for reading! Romance rocks!


Sandra Nachlinger said...

What a terrific premise for a book! And after reading your excerpt, it lives up to that promise. I'm looking forward to reading this, Cate.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Sandy - this was such fun to write!

Jen B. said...

Ha, I watch some reality tv. What a great idea for the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Jen! I actually don't watch it, but that gives me a disclaimer, lol.

JeanMP said...

Must admit have never watched Bret Michaels dating show. I would rather read your book, the excerpt was great!

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Maria D. said...

Congrats on the upcoming release! Love rock n roll romance books, guess it's my way of living


Paula Martin said...

LOVE the excerpt, Cate!
I visited Malibu last year and fell in love with it, so your setting for 'Rock Bottom' makes it even more appealing to me!

Anonymous said...

Hot!! I'm really looking forward to reading this, too. There's a great upbeat flow to this that pulls you along. On my list! Rina

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much Jean! So glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks Maria! Writing them's my way of living vicariously! ;)

Thanks Paula! I've never been there so I hope the visitor's guide was accurate, lol

Thanks so much Rina! Billie and Jet are a fun couple! :)

Nikki said...

How awesome! I have a weakness for books that feature heros and heroines that are singers :) I'd love to have this book!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Nikki! I'll be doing more giveaways after it releases, so watch my blog! :)

June M. said...

Gotta love those rockstars! I think just about everyone had a serious crush on some rockstar during their youth. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Cate Masters said...

Thanks much June! Yes, at least one, lol.

Arlene said...

Hot damn, what a great excerpt.

Cate Masters said...

You are too funny Arlene. Thanks!