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June 8, 2015

Suped Feature: Gone For You by Jayne Frost + Music, Rockstars & Romance

Gone For You
Jayne Frost
Sixth Street Press
Romantica
June 28, 2015


As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?


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Music, Rockstars & Romance


Music has always been a very important part of my life. Every major event in my life had a soundtrack. Looking back, even the minor events had music. Maybe not a soundtrack, but at least a theme song.

Depending on what era you were born, everyone has his or her own vision of the perfect rockstar. I grew up when the only pictures you found of rockstars where courtesy of monthly publications like Rolling Stone. Or on the cover of their CD’s. Without the Internet, what we saw of our favorite rockstars was limited to what their publicists or managers allowed us to see. There was a formula. Long hair. Tattoos. Sexy smiles. Brooding eyes to match their brooding attitude. Why were they brooding? I assumed it was because they were tortured. I mean, how could they not be? All that money and girls throwing themselves at them at every turn. Tough life.

As I got older, I realized rockstars had a persona. Who they were in real life was often very different from who they were onstage. Yet, I couldn’t easily shed the image that formed in my teenage years when I saw groups like Guns and Roses on MTV with their perfectly styled hair. And makeup. Yes, they wore makeup in the nineties and it was perfectly acceptable.

I fell in love with the images. And the images always translated when I listened to music. Any kind of music. I don’t particularly like country, so when I saw a guy in cowboy boots with a Stetson hat, it did nothing for me. But, put an electric guitar in a guy’s hand and slap on a few tattoos? I’m there. That’s the guy I wanted to sweep me off my feet.

When I started my Rockstar Romance series, I strived to make the stories realistic. The characters have flaws. Problems, just like everyone else. But on the surface their lives look rosy. They don’t have to worry about their appearance, or getting women.

Notice I said nothing about relationships. Relationships are a struggle whether you’re a musician or a dog walker.

And that’s where the story comes in. The romance. Exploring what draws the characters to one another. What the musician brings to the table as a person. I wanted three dimensional, not a cardboard cut out.

In Gone for You, the first novel in my Sixth Street Bands series, the female lead was not a fawning fan. Lily did not fall all over herself when she met Cameron. In fact, I tried to downplay that aspect of their relationship. Cameron was a man that she was interested in that just happened to be a musician. A gorgeous musician. With hazel eyes and a perfect body.

I must say, while Lily may not have been Cameron’s fangirl, I was. Lily didn’t have rock posters on her bedroom wall when she was growing up. She saw the man and not the music. So I struck a balance. I told Lily’s story, with my own imagery. The best of both worlds. Lily fell in love with Cameron, the man, as the story unfolded. And I was allowed to fall in love with the rockstar.





I guess I should start with the basics. The backstory. I was born and raised in California. At this point I'm usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don't know. I grew up in the "other" part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away...and it belongs to your grandparents.

By the time I went to high school, I started writing romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero's do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.

We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.

True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is.

Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me...but I always come back. Some of the stories don't seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that's life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.


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40 comments:

  1. Great new look for your blog, Braine, summer is here ! :D And thanks for sharing about this book, I'm in a rockstar kind of mood, this one looks good :)

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    1. tY, still workin on it. it's starting to become a pain!

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  2. I like that Lily isn't a fawning fan girl, that makes the relationship sound like it is going to work. Looks like a very sexy and fun series.

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    1. I don't like groupies, they're a tad delusional lol

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  3. I'm not fond of the cover, but with a synopsis as sexy as that, maybe I can let it slide. ;D I'm assuming this book has a lot of love-hate relationship going on, and those are the kind of romances I love to read about... plus, they usually have hotter sex. ;D Thanks for sharing, Braine!

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. haha! It's Summer, temps are bound to rise so why not the smexy too?

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  4. Sounds like I might be a fan of Cameron myself, lol :) Rock star romances are great. I will, most definitely, read a few this summer. Suggestions, Braine? Hugs :)

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    1. ooh try Karen Booth after this, I'll comment on your blog for the titles.

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  5. I love music in books but usually don't go for the musician romances. Usually they seem to focus on the popularity rather than the music. However, since you say there was a effort for reality that intrigues me. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Perfectly put. the conflict on these romances usually is about the other persons fame and how it's getting in the way of things

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  6. I haven't actually read a lot of rockstar books

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    1. Maybe it's time to break the ice on that?

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  7. Great guest post I love Rockstar romance and love this premise. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  8. I've not read many rockstar romances, and every time I decide to try one, another book grabs my attention. This one looks great and I added it to my tbr. This whole post makes me want to watch Rock of Ages for the hundredth time. I love my Classic Rock! Great review!

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    1. For a change, RoA made me like Tom Cruise even if for a just. Short while

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  9. I haven't read a rockstar romance for a while. They do seem to make good summer reads.

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    1. Tis the season for music fests so it can inspire readers to be a groupie for a short time

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  10. <3 rockstar books!!! Digging the new blog theme :D

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  11. It is interesting to see how Jayne bought her characters to life. I was the girl with posters on her wall. I'm not a country fan either, but I like that look with tatts too! Great post!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    Love the look Braine!

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    1. Me too! But mine weren't of musicians, just Leo diCaprio hehehehe

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  12. I've only read a few rock star romances and this one sounds pretty good.

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    1. Happy to hear that, I hope you like it :)

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  13. Holy hannah. *wipes sweat off brows* Love me some rockstars. I think I'd like to check this one out. :)

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  14. OMG, I love the new blog look!!! I am obsessing right now.

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    1. Thank you! I am still trying to polish it.

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  15. I haven't read a lot of books with a music topic in it but I know I should try more.

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    1. there's a few good ones, definitely worth exploring

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  16. I don't know that I've ever really obsessed about rockstars in that I wanted to fall in love with one or whatever. I was obsessed with Kurt Cobain but I don't think I ever saw him as attractive. Which I guess I haven't really thought about, but that's kind of interesting...I guess I thought of them as kind of dirty which I don't really like. I tend to go for the cleaner ones maybe. Though I don't mind the tattoos. And the personalities really intrigue me. The persona and then who they really are. So this might be interesting to read. I'd like to see something realistic.

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    1. Well the grunge era were filled
      With dirty rockers... You crack me up!

      I was more of a pop fan myself. I remember crushing hard on Kevin of BSB & JC of N'Sync

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  17. Your blog looks amazing my friend..and so does that V up there..LOL I could handle a rocker - perfect for a hot summer night :)

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    1. That V hahaha! Thanks, I try, I try.

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  18. Oh great guest post! It's always fun to hear where authors get their inspirations from. And for some reason I love those characters who's live seems perfect, but there are struggles you don't see on the surface. Makes me think of that quote how everyone you meet is carrying some burden you know nothing about. I like that about books, seeing deeper in a characters and getting to know their good and bad parts.

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    1. True, that's why they say be kind because we don't know what shit the other person is going though. Easier said than done though. It's hard to be kind to assholes lol

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  19. Besides paranormal, rock star books are a favorite of mine. I hadn't heard of this one but it's on my radar now-I will be checking this one out. Great post!

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    1. Ooh this book might be a perfect read for you then!

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