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Mac dug his cigarette case and lighter out of his pocket. For a while he smoked in blessed silence.
Movement caught his eye. A woman wandered up the beach, flirting with the waves teasing around her bare feet. In the light of the rising moon, she was all ember-bright hair and pale skin. The wind plastered her short white dress to her long legs. She waded knee-deep, laughing softly, her head tilting back as she watched a seagull gliding overhead. Something about the purity of her profile in the silver moonlight caught him. He paused for a second look, cigarette smoldering forgotten between his fingers.
A high wave crashed over her. With a yelp, she staggered back. The sodden dress clung to her skin, the white fabric gone transparent. Mac told himself he wasn’t a crude sod and he shouldn’t look.
But he did. He had a pulse, didn’t he? Her braless breasts were clearly visible beneath the flimsy fabric, the rosy nipples puckering into hard points. The sight was more erotic than if she’d bared it all to go skinny-dipping.
“Oh, bollocks! Bloody fucking fuck.” Her curses, uttered in a posh English accent, made him chuckle.
Mac strode forward as she squelched across the sand. “Here.” He offered his jacket.
She gaped at him. “Where the devil did you come from?”
“Melbourne.” It was an asinine response, but her husky voice, so at odds with her prissy accent, was doing strange things to him.
“You’re laughing at me,” she muttered as she draped the jacket over her shoulders.
Altruistic impulses were overrated. Her gorgeous curves, those lovely pink-tipped breasts, were now hidden beneath black leather.
“I am.” Somehow, a statement of the obvious seemed necessary.
“Thank you,” she murmured. “I never imagined the Pacific would be so cold.” She swept windblown hair from her face and met his eye.
As he finally got a good look at her, that tight, tangled knot within him came loose, and for the first time in ages, he could breathe. Mac tossed away his half-smoked cigarette. It spun, glowing, into the darkness.
He wanted to say, Oh, it’s you.
What he said was, “Who the fuck are you?”
She cocked her head. “Of course, you’re Richard Mac. I should have known one of Sloan’s mates would have the looks of a Viking and the manners of a caveman.” She offered her hand. Her palm was cool against his, but her touch seared straight through him. Her breath caught, as if she felt it too. When he skimmed his thumb across the pulse fluttering at her inner wrist, she trembled.
“I’m Natasha,” she said. “Sloan sent me to fetch you. Said you should stop chain-smoking and pretend to be sociable for a bit.” She glanced down at her hand, still clasped in his. With a gasp, she tugged free.
Natasha. The name roused a dim memory—Sloan going on and on about his new girl, with legs up to here and long, red hair.
Never in all his twenty-nine years had he begrudged Sloan anything—not his poster boy good looks, or his voice, or even his effortless charm. Mac had always known his own talents complemented his mate’s. He’d always been content to let Sloan have center stage.
For the first time in twenty years, he contemplated taking something of his.


Messy bookshops and lives

What a laugh! I’m going to guess that the author looked through MumsNet and the records of A&E hospital departments to come up with some fo the ideas of what little boys stick up their noses and in their ears. I guess little girls do that too but possibly (?) not quite so much. Though it was our daughter who had the slug farm!

This book contains a lot of my favourite things. A bookshop that has coffee and cakes; pets; kids and their funny antics; imagination!

So we have a working mum, kids in a small flat with no father and no outside space, living above her bookshop and often in her bookshop too. And …

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A fun read and a reminder of the chaos that often comes with kids and only one parent who is trying to hold down a job…

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Rock and Roll goes wild: Author post

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The question is why did I choose to write about rock stars?

Our Author Answers.

I’ve been a fan of rock music forever. Attending rock shows is one of my favorite hobbies. Before the pandemic, I averaged five to eight concerts a year. Rock concerts are so much fun. The way musicians play around with the songs we’re used to hearing one way on the radio or on our downloads always delights me. Something new and unexpected in the music always shows up in a live show. Plus, interacting with other fans and the bands as we all sing along to the songs connects everyone in the venue in a common purpose, which is a kick. Some of my favorite bands are obvious when you look at my Spotify playlists for the Balefire Series. Shinedown, Theory of a Deadman, Hinder, and Daughtry are a few of the bands I listen to regularly and have had the good fortune to have seen live.

I love the raw energy, the honesty, and the musicianship of rock ’n’ roll players. The music gives me a visceral reaction every time I listen to it. There’s just something primal and sexy about rock music. Rock songs inspired each of the books in the Balefire Series. The Hinder song, “Better Than Me” inspired events in Wild For Me. When you listen to the song after reading the book, I think you’ll see why. 😉

It’s fun and freeing to be able to write about characters who are expected to break the rules. Writing about the ways the guys in Balefire break the rules and how they get away with that—or don’t—lights me up. I enjoy it so much. With the exception of Jack, the members of Balefire are childhood friends who accept each other, even when—or perhaps because—they aren’t politically correct, on trend, or worried about what anyone else thinks. While I know some readers struggle with this aspect of the guys, it’s the part I like best. For me, Balefire is a real band with real people doing real things, not all of them noble. Yet each player finds a way to redeem himself with the woman he loves. In the end, I think we’re all looking for that someone who accepts us as we are yet inspires us to be better. And that’s definitely something I enjoy writing about.

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Tam DeRudder Jackson is the author of the paranormal romance Talisman Series and the contemporary romance Balefire Series. Her favorite “room” in her house is her back patio where she dreams up stories of romance and risk. When she’s not writing her latest paranormal or contemporary romance, you can usually find her driving around with the top down in her convertible or carving turns on the slopes of the local ski hill. The mom of two grown sons, Tam likes to travel, attend rock concerts, watch football and soccer, and visit old car shows with her husband. She lives in the mountains of northwest Wyoming where she spends most of her free time trying to read all the books. Her TBR piles are threatening to take over her office, and she’s fine with that.

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Author Interview: And we need fear:

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  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? 

    Two reasons. The first is my love of Ireland, in many ways this is a love letter to my second country. My husband is Irish and while he is not the inspiration behind Connor, it was awesome to be able to share how much it has influenced me (and a few Irish mannerisms/sayings as well). There’s a reason I’m releasing on St. Patrick’s Day!!  The second reason is my obsession with pop culture and blind items. I’ve been following a few different sites for years, and knew about the #metoo movement from the posts years before it became a thing. I wanted to develop a strong female lead who found herself subject to this type of behavior in the industry – with a couple of twists – and how far she’s willing to go to right the many wrongs in her life.
  • Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

    I’ve not read another romance book that has tackled this subject matter and the lengths that people go in Hollywood to make it big – it is a big industry blight. Combined with my super strong Irish bassist hero, it was just a really enjoyable book to write despite some of the darkness.
  • How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?

    My LTZ series is more or less planned out for the next few books – but each one of the characters surprises me and sometimes do not comply with how I thought they would be. So, I’m always open to my own creative process and let the characters speak.
  • Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

    Yes – i use the “notes” feature on my iPhone when I get an idea, or something pops into my head that a character might say.
  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? 

    That depends on the subject. For this one, a lot of it is first hand experience (e.g. Ireland) and living with an Irish husband who has lots of Irish friends. I’d often use my iPhone notes section to write down little “isms” that I’d overhear.

    For the Hollywood #metoo/bearding storyline – it was something I had already done a lot of research on – but of course I had to make sure it was my own story with my own scenarios. Really, just concepts.
  • What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

    I’m an avid reader and an avid pop culture fan. My background before I was writing Rockstar Romance was a band manager and music promoter. I’m still very active in the music community here in Seattle, so it’s an industry that I know inside and out. All aspects. Business. Management. Touring – it’s in my blood. So its really fun to make it come to life as fiction!
  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them?

     I love this question because it allows me to shout out to two awesome women who help me with all things medical. In Endless, Zoey has an injury and my doctor friend’s husband had a similar injury – so I just used all of the info she gave me. Another friend is a Rock Star Therapist – she used to work in touring and for a major record label and this is her second career. A lot of the things in ENDLESS, LIMITLESS and now FEARLESS when I refer to a counselor – this is her and she’s given me the information/advice to put into these books.  Famous people – especially musicians and athletes who are away from home for long periods of time – they have different issues than the rest of us.
  • Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?  If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

    It helps if you have friends, but I think just reaching out – generally people are nice enough to help.

    All of the above. I love to write and work in places that I’ve been and loved. Helps to have first hand knowledge. I love to look up restaurants I’d love to try. Stores I’d like to get clothes from. Designers that would be fun to have custom make you clothes.

    For Connor’s home in Ireland, I perused real estate listings until I found my perfect home – and made it his!
  • Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

    I always planned on self-publishing. This is not my day job, I’m still running another business and am active in my arts community in Seattle. For me, self-publishing makes sense because I have control. The downside is there is a lot to do – and I’m not always sure I’m on the right path. It helps to put together a “team” – I have a real editor, a real proofreader, a real book cover designer and photographer. It allows me to retain full creative control.
  • Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?

    Not yet but crossing fingers!
  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

    Rockstar Romances from my sister authors. I really just love contemporary romance. I do read biographies and sometimes I even design a few rooms on my design app!
  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

    Mari Carr, Carian Cole, Cari Quinn/Taryn Elliott, J.A. Huss, Piper Lawson, Jaine Diamond, Michelle Mankin, Anne Mercier – and my new obsession (currently binging) Sasha Marshall…
  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

    Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott and maybe Terri Anne Browning – because they were my first Rockstar Romance authors and really the reason why I’m here.
  • Do you have any pets? If so, what are they?  

    My handsome boy Boudi, a 3-year old Siberian Husky. He’s magical – please follow him on Instagram @boudithehusky
  • Which of your books / series are you most proud of?

    Less Than Zero is my FIRST series – which means I’m super proud of it!
  • What, in your life, are you most proud of doing?

    My business. I own a business where I have 8 women working for me and we support tech/media companies. It is amazing to work with all women and I love mentoring them to be self-sufficient and awesome.
  • Which is your favourite place to visit? Do you incorporate it into your books?

    Ireland and Australia – and you will see them prominently features. Also, Barcelona. Really, I love travelling.  I’m in LA and NYC for work a lot – so these are also cities that factor in heavily into my books.
  • Do you people watch to find characters for your books? How do you do this?

    I love to incorporate people’s traits into my books. The female characters are “inspired” by my close friends and a lot of the characteristics of the male characters I pull from my hubby and friends. Really, I think it’s authentic if you write from what you know.

    What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?

    I love Rock music and am sad that it seems to be a dying musical genre. It’s so ingrained in everyone over 30, and I hope that we get a resurgence.  That is why my band LTZ is a “throwback” band that has brought it back into the mainstream – and they are the biggest (fictional) band in the world because of it!
  •  Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its?

I recently started writing on Scrivener which allows you to do really keep track of everything all in one place – then you don’t need to shuffle around and find it. It’s a computer program, so it allows you to be neat and tidy. You can upload photos and reference material – it’s great!  Each character has a file that you can keep track of details – and all of the sub characters that pop up. Yeah, it’s really fun to write on it.

  • What about turning your best seller into a film or TV series – would you want to write the script or be on the production team?

    In real life I work with a lot of productions and production teams – so YES I’d love to be part of it. I’d love for LTZ to be the next Bridgerton – only more EDGY because it’s Rockstar Romance! 
  • What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

    SNARK IS KING!  It’s the best!
  • How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully? statements

    Sex scenes are really fun to write – especially because you can use your wildest imagination. I love to try to make things realistic yet sexy – and try to avoid common ways to describe things to make it more like the characters see things. To prepare to write my first scenes, I literally skimmed about 50 books of all genres and just immersed myself to get over the “hump.”
  • There are supposedly a number of character arcs. I have listed some archetypes and some characters below as examples. Which of these following do you use most? Why? And do you have any to add? And which book would we find them in?

Transformation:  One of my favorites – because we are all transforming all of the time. Characters never stay the same because people and circumstances change you – so you should allow your characters to grow and evolve. My books take place over a number of years – so it’s fun to see how they change!

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When she was only 15, Kaylene Winter wrote her first rocker romance novel starring a fictionalized version of herself, her friends and their gorgeous rocker boyfriends. After living her own rockstar life as a band manager, music promoter and mover and shaker in Seattle during the early 1990’s, Kaylene became a digital media legal strategist helping bring movies, television and music online. Throughout her busy career, Kaylene lost herself in romance novels across all genres inspiring her to realize her life-long dream to be a published author. She lives in Seattle with her amazing husband and dog. She loves to travel, throw lavish dinner parties and support charitable causes supporting arts and animals.

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and the dragon plays.. rock

Or she hunts down antiquities – and steals them! Which is her prime reason for the tour places I wonder?

We know something about Kaps from her sister’s book – see the list below of the books in order. She has a rock band – and seems not to turn up when expected to sing . But it seems – from this story – that she has something else going on too – something she has been doing since she was really young – treasure hunting. And being a dragon she hoards! All the old and magic and apparently lost items she finds, she hides away in a room only she knows the location of. And always has.

There’s just one small problem – the items she wants, she has to steal, and other people want to stop that from happening.

So this book concentrates on her stealing for her horde and the rock band gets little mention – which I did think was a shame, as her story was so bound up with it. But the rock band it seems is just a cover for her other activities.

Her sister Huntress, is really concerned for her though, as she is getting into deep water, with her parents who want to lock her up so she is protected and safe, and with the people she is stealing from. We learn more about huntress – the last Glass dragon, in the next book in the series.

I would have liked a longer story line and a little more complexity but then I am not really the main audience for this series – for its intended audience I think it works.

Angelbound Offspring
1. Maxon
2. Portia
3. Zinnia
4. Rhodes
5. Kaps
6. Huntress

About the Author

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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.


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