Welcome to the Spicy Butterfly Garden, Jewel Quinlan! And how exciting! I get to feature not only her first Evernight Publishing release, but her first published piece, Rock Star Ex! And it’s about a rock star! Who doesn’t love a sexy rock and roll hero?!?! 🙂 Thanks for being here, Jewel!
Hello everyone! Thanks, Jessica, for having me on your spicy blog. I am so excited about the release of Rock Star Ex. It is the first of my works to be published. The scheduled release date for it is October 10th, 2013 and will be closely followed by another novella and also a full-length novel that are currently churning through edits and so forth.
I had so much fun writing Rock Star Ex! Although I do live near Los Angeles and often travel to Las Vegas there was a lot of research I had to do for this novella. My characters are in settings that I have never personally been in such as back-stage at a concert and inside a tour bus. I rarely go to concerts so I even had to research what a typical groupie looked like, how many members are normally in a band and what route the tour would take. I can only say that it was a lot fun discovering the details of all these things and it is one of those rare moments where I was thankful for technology instead of grouchy about having to wrap my head around it all. The Internet has my eternal gratitude! Now, on to details about the story…
Social media consultant, Eve Everett, is less than thrilled when her business partner hooks them up with a job covering celebrity rock band Arsenal. Their new lead singer, Devon Quinn, is the man who broke her heart five years ago. But there’s no way Eve can turn down the assignment. It’s the big break their fledgling company needs.
To boost Arsenal’s social media presence the band’s manager wants intimate coverage, especially of Devon, which means traveling with the band in their tour bus while they promote their new album. It’s not long before Devon tries to rehash the past but Eve would rather leave it buried where it is.
When Eve is asked to be part of a music video, she decides it’s a great opportunity to reap some revenge by showing Devon what he’s missing. But soon she’s the one losing control. Will Devon once again claim her heart as well as her body?
“It’s good to see you again, Eve,” he said softly so the others wouldn’t pick up on it. He knew she wouldn’t want to hear it. It couldn’t be helped, but it just had to be said.
Her head snapped up, eyes wide.
“That’s what I wanted to say the other night, but you didn’t give me a chance.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I didn’t give you a chance? Then I’d say we’re even.”
“Look, Eve, things didn’t happen the way you’re thinking. It wasn’t like that.” He set the bottom of Tommy’s guitar on the floor, his hand on the neck, and leaned closer in to talk to her.
“The way I’m thinking?” she repeated. Standing up straight, she stuck one foot out to the side and said in a low hiss, “Look, Devon, the facts are the facts. You left and I never heard from you again. Not once. It has nothing to do with the way I’m thinking.”
He tensed. It was happening again. She was misunderstanding him. “No, look, that’s not what I mean, okay?”
“Oh, then what do you mean?” She cocked her head at him and waited.
“It’s…it was hard on the road, to keep in touch with anyone, for a lot of reasons. You don’t know what it was like. I mean we were bouncing around from place to place, driving for long periods of time and then having to work until really late at night. It was pretty much impossible to communicate. Besides, you had no answering machine back then, remember?”
She visibly puffed up. “I see, so it’s my fault you couldn’t communicate with me?”
“I’m not saying it was anyone’s fault, Eve. Just that there was no way to call.” He felt relieved. He had finally been able to tell her, to explain. Maybe now she would understand. Well, when she calmed down at least.
“And you couldn’t write a letter?” She spoke quietly but the words dripped acid.
She had him there. Even though she was several inches shorter he suddenly felt very small. He looked down and stuck a hand in his pocket, not knowing what to say. That was an even more complicated topic.
Her cold eyes were on him. The silence stretched on for another moment. Before he could gather any other words to try to explain she turned and headed back up front, her ponytail slapping him in the face as she went.
Where to buy:
I don’t have the official links as of yet but, according to the Evernight, it will be available at the following: Evernight Publishing website, Amazon, All Romance e-Books, Barnes & Noble, BookStrand, Sony, Apple iBooks, Chapters-Indigo/KOBO, Coffee Time Romance and Rainbow Ebooks (GBLT)
Add it to your TBR list!
About Jewel Quinlan:
From a young age, Jewel Quinlan has had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny. For more information you can visit her website www.jewelquinlan.com or follow her on Facebook – AuthorJewelQuinlan and Twitter @JewelQuinlan.