Idea for All Access:
The original idea for Brothers of Rock was to take a band and take them off stage and say, “Here. Go live.” I wanted a band that had already seen all the success they could see… a multi-album deal, millions of albums sold, tours, concerts, fans, cars, houses, riches… the true rockstar dream come to life.
But each guy in Chasing Cross is a different person. It’s not just the instrument they play or the music they write or what they bring to the band or the shows. They are all different people. They have pasts, presents, and futures. Of course, all of this interconnects because of the band. For example, in All Access (Brothers of Rock #1), Rick (the drummer) makes a careless decision that compromises the bands immediate future.
I titled it ‘Brothers of Rock’ because that’s what these guys are. They are brothers on stage and through music. But the interesting part is that as the books go on, they become more than just brothers on stage and through music. They walk through life together, helping each other, standing up for each other and to each other.
To lead off the series, I had to use Johnnie, the leader singer. He’s the most headstrong guy in the group and is pegged as the leader of the band even though he doesn’t consider himself that at all. It puts him in a tough spot when he has a major career decision to make… all the while meeting a beautiful woman who honestly has no idea who he is. The idea intrigues him and thus begins a romantic relationship.
All the books in Brothers of Rock can be read as stand alone novels but they are best enjoyed in order. There are story-lines that connect throughout the series that readers are really enjoying. As of right now, the series is slated to be five books – one book per member of Chasing Cross – but my plan is to take Brothers of Rock beyond the five books and beyond Chasing Cross. And for that, I have the readers to thank. They’ve been reading the books, reviewing the books, and messaging me for more, more, more!
So before I go, here’s a chance to ‘meet’ the band…
Johnnie: lead singer / guitarist
The second book in the Brothers of Rock series is now available and titled Broken Sound. The third book – Bitter Farewell – is planned for a June 2013 release!
Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He's mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there's something hidden about him.
As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can't believe she doesn't recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you're the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie's side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.
After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn't know much about the band, but that's all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can't believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.
Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie's passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess's dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it's not always an easy path to take.
Rockstars expect women to show up at their hotel room, but when a woman shows up with an infant and tells Davey he is the father, his world is turned upside down.
Anna is a teacher and part-time waitress, desperate to make enough to pay off debts left to her by an ex-boyfriend who made her life a living hell. When her boss schedules her for an extra shift, he tells her it's her job to take care of a special guest... lead guitarist of Chasing Cross, Davey. The second Anna meets eyes with Davey, she feels something she's wanted for a long time. But with someone famous? That's impossible. Besides, Davey is there with a date.
When Davey returns to the restaurant, sans date, he asks to see Anna. She doesn't understand what he would want with her. He is a man with a big heart, kind eyes, and the true power that only a real rockstar could have. Then Anna learns the truth of Davey's life, from his haunted past to his rocky present. Still, she longs to be part of his future. But when Anna's own past turns potentially deadly, life and love suddenly collide in a way that could hurt everyone and leave someone dead.
Hope everyone enjoyed this guest post with Karolyn James! Expect to see more regular blog posts come summer. :)