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Monday, August 22, 2011

Sex, Music and a helluva Joy Ride

Available at Decadent Publishers and online booksellers

 First of all, be sure to leave a comment. My publisher will be giving away a copy of this book to one lucky commenter.
I look at the places my life has taken me and hope that I was smart enough to enjoy them all while I was there. I had great experiences working as a reporter for weekly newspapers, covering everything from local political meetings, to the trial of a man who shot his wife because she wrecked his car, I once did a tour of thirty stores in one day interviewing Santa Claus. It’s a good thing I didn’t wreck my car! I’ve done things both sane and insane, like promoting the opening of a shopping center by sending a band up in a hot air balloon and stopping traffic for four miles in every directions.
But I think the real richness of my life came from my years managing rock bands.
Rock musicians are a breed unto themselves. The music is their life, and one of their first goals is to be able to move their practice sessions from someone’s garage to a real practice studio. Sometimes they’re lucky and they get to practice far enough out of civilization that only the cows and horses can comment. Other times the poor manager gets to field phone calls from neighbors and—if you’re not lucky, the police—about that “awful sounding stuff”.  But wherever they practice, it’s all about the music.
The sound.
Their sound.
And the music is great. It’s good. It’s terrific. The success of a good song can give you the same high as really good sex. The success of your client can take you to orgasmic levels.  And despite all the pitfalls, there’s nothing like being at the top, even if the bottom is always just a misstep away.
Last year I went to Johnny Depp’s Viper Room to see a performance by an excellent rock band, Run Devil Run. The moment I stepped into the room it was like stepping into my past, surrounded by memories, excitement and hot music. The person who drew my attention, however, was the bass player. Can you say sex on a stick? He was sooo into his music, and so “hawt” on stage you could feel the energy and electricity sizzling from him.  I knew I had to write a story where the hero was based on him.
Check out this shot of him.
And so Joy Ride was born.
The traditional story of the good girl and the bad boy, set against the world of rock music. I hope you’ll come along for the ride with Emma and Marc.
And to celebrate, Decadent Publishing will give away a copy of Joy Ride to one lucky person drawn from those who comment today.
Available at: Decadent Publishing, Amazon, Sony, All Romance eBooks.
Also, celebrating the opening of my Caf√© Press store where you can purchase all kinds of items with the logo of Lightnin’, the band in Joy Ride.
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Emma, the good girl poster child, is running from a life she suddenly sees as grey and suffocating. A life where she’s successfully buried all her hopes and secret dreams. Until the night she wanders into Aftershock and is immediately drawn to Marc, the hot bass player with the band. Marc doesn’t much care for the groupies who hang around the band. He wants a woman he can create a life with that’s a counterpoint to the craziness of the rock music business. When he sees Emma for the first time something inside him cracks wide open. Just one sizzling glance between them and he’s sure he’s found the woman he wants. But as the relationship grows, there’s a huge stumbling block: Emma won’t tell him her name.  The sex is fabulous but he wants more. So does Emma but her fear of everything falling apart builds a barrier she can’t seem to cross. Marc is taking her on the joy ride of her life, but will her own insecurities destroy everything?
Clutching the cold beer bottle in her hand, she wedged her way between gyrating bodies, hypnotized by the music until she reached the front of the crowd…and stopped at the edge of the stage, mesmerized. The bass guitarist stood with one foot balanced on the monitor in front of him, his body leaning into the sound. His head was thrown back, dark hair flying around his face as he pounded out the rhythm of the song they were playing. He was wild, uninhibited, totally immersed in his music. He moved with an incredible grace to the accented beat, hips thrusting as his clever fingers plucked the strings and slid on the neck of the guitar.
For one incredible moment, Emma had the feeling he was playing only for her and she realized she really had been struck by “Lightnin’.” Permanently electrified by it.
A surge of heat raced through her, and it wasn’t the kind that emanated from the tightly packed sweaty bodies. Instead, an electric excitement gripped her, sending a charge of unfamiliar sexual thrill to every nerve. Her breasts tingled and between her thighs, she felt a throbbing as deep as the sound of the bass. At first she stood stiffly, clutching her drink. People jostled and shoved her as they kept time to the beat. She took two quick swallows of the beer, grimacing at the bitter taste. But as the alcohol eased her tension, she found herself catching the rhythm of the music and trying to mimic the movements of the bass player, totally caught up in the seductive lure of the song. For one crazy moment, she was gripped by an uncontrollable urge to jump up on the stage, and bump and grind with him. Her! Emma, the good girl!
Clumsily juggling the beer bottle, she slipped the thin strap of her purse over her head so it lay crosswise between her breasts. Her focus still on the bass player, she swayed to the beat, hips moving, rocking. When the song ended, the bass guitarist threw back his head on a final note and then looked out into the crowd, peering beyond the glare of the stage lights.
His eyes seemed to find hers as if pulled by a magnet, and a fist slammed through her.

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Unknown said...

This sounds like another winner, Des. I love stories with musicians. I love musicians period, especially rock. :)

Unknown said...

yes, when you see any band, be it in a major arena, or in a small venue, it's hard not to be drawn in by their charisma! sounds like a GREAT book Des. congrats!

Carol L. said...

Oh this sounds like a great read. Having been married to a singer and feeling all those things one does when they get up on stage and let it explode. On my TRL for sure.
Thanks for this chance.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Tina Donahue said...

Joy Ride sounds amazing, Des. Can't wait to read it. :)

M. S. Spencer said...

Too weird! My daughter's name is Emma and she does audio engineering. One job was working at a huge Richmond venue where she met ageless bands (earth wind & fire etc.). Only thing is she's not always a "good" girl...Sigh. Books is on my list. M. S. Spencer

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, Amber. I spent so many years in the business I still have a very strong love for it.

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, Liz. I agree with you.

Desiree Holt said...

Love those singers, Carol!

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, tina. Hope you enjoy it as much asI loved writing it.

Desiree Holt said...

Tell Emma this is for her, too! And sometimes it's really hard to be "good"!!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the sound of this one! What could be sexier than a rock star setting his desire exclusively on you? LOVE the cover too!

hugs, Kari Thomas,

Jacki C. said...

Musicians are some of the best bad boys out there! Can't wait

Desiree Holt said...

Kari, the cover model (male) is the bass player who was the inspiration for the hero. Isn't he hot? And yes, Jackie, what could better "badder" than a hot musician!

Molly Daniels said...

(smacks lips) I have a 'thing' for certain aging rock stars, and not always the lead singers! This sounds like another Must Read:)

Janice Seagraves said...

Sounds like a fun read.


Artemis said...

Oh Desiree, I've seen nothing but sinfully good things about JOY RIDE. There is just 'something' about a bad rock-n-roll boy. On The List it goes.

Patti P said...

I don't think I have ever read a musician story or if I had it has been so long I forgot it. This sounds really interesing and I am putting it on my wish list.
musicalfrog at

Desiree Holt said...

Janice, you are so right. And Artemis, this is a great ntro to rock in this book.

Desiree Holt said...

Well, ladies, today's winner of a copy of Joy Ride is....drum roll...Carol L. I'm sending your email addy to my publisher who will be in touch with you about which format you'd like. Thanks to everyone for coming to the party today.

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