Author of the New Adult Musical series Brothers of Rock, Karolyn James, has stopped by to give readers a look into the story from behind the words. Check it out below:
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE STORY
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 (Chasing Cross #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 the Chasing Cross series can be read as stand alone novels but they are best enjoyed in order. There are storylines that connect throughout the series that readers are really enjoying. The five Chasing Cross books are coming to end in October but the Brothers of Rock series continues from there with another band! 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
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About the Series
Release date: February 28th 2013
Publisher: Hundred to Home
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.
Release date: April 23rd 2013
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.
Release date: August 1st 2013
When Danny boards the private jet for his father's funeral, he knows he isn't just going back home to settle the estate.
He is going to back to find her... the girl who loved him, the girl who understood his family problems, and the girl he left behind to chase his dream of becoming a rockstar.
Liv Cryers is stuck in Bakersville. Literally. She came back hoping to find peace inside her empty heart, but now she's forced to care for her ailing father who doesn't remember her most days. She's tired of being forgotten. The sounds of her past seem so far away...
When rockstars come to town, crazy things can happen...
Release date: August 21st 2013
Finally exposing a secret to his band after years of hiding, Chasing Cross bassist, Chris, confesses that some years ago, during a wild night, he ended up marrying someone. It was supposed to be a no-big-deal kind of thing, with a stipulation... if one of them fell in love or wanted to get married to someone else, they would divorce.
Chris has been served divorce papers, and it should be easy to just sign them, but he can't. His heart won't allow it.
Becky loses her mother to breast cancer and realizes that life sometimes really is too short. She finds the ring she received from a sexy rockstar the night she secretly married him. The memory should have been fun, but after being pushed into a corner to stay married while that rockstar's band took off, Becky can't do it anymore.
She sends divorce papers and waits... and waits... and weeks after sending the papers, she wonders what's taking so long...
In a journey that forces Chris to step back in time to find his future, he knows he needs to find Becky - his wife. He isn't sure what he'll find, but he knows he wants the truth.
Was it love back then? Or just a crazy night with a rockstar?