Sunday, August 10, 2014



Brothers of Rock Series
 Chasing Cross

Book 1 - All Access


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.

Book 2:  Broken Sound


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.

 Book 3: Bitter Farewell


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..

Book 4: Buried Notes


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?

Book 5: Last Song


The fifth Brothers of Rock novel featuring Chasing Cross finds drummer Rick Saunderst living in a personal hell. After walking away from Chasing Cross in the middle of their tour, he tries everything he can to settle the demons in his soul, but the all night parties, booze, women, and jam sessions cannot silence the voice deep within...

Sarah is a small town veterinarian, not quite sure where her life is going. She walks her opinionated dog and lives her life in a simple routine. When a moving truck disrupts her quiet street, she must learn to accept her new neighbor's noisy habits and sexy stare.

For the first time ever, booze can't mask his feelings. After over a decade of the rockstar life, Rick finally feels like he has a life off stage. Jamming in a garage with old friends and getting to know Sarah, and her loyal dog, Molly, is his definition of home.

The rest of Chasing Cross continue the tour, with help from Fallen Tuesday’s lead singer, Luke, as their replacement drummer. He brings life back to the band, but even still, without Rick, the band feels incomplete.

In the final book featuring Chasing Cross, choices will come to a head. Chasing Cross must decide whether to move on without Rick and Rick must settle his own battles, personally and professionally. Falling in love wasn’t part of the deal, but sometimes love happens when a person least expects it.

Brothers of Rock Series
 Fallen Tuesday

Book 1: A Voice to Love


 Leadsinger Luke Nolan's sudden success is everything dreams are made of. Going from playing at a local dive bar to touring with megaband Chasing Cross, seemingly overnight, and ultimately saving the headliner's tour, has the men of Fallen Tuesday absolutely loving the life on the road. In fact, Luke is loving it so much that he has used every excuse to not tell his bandmates about his medical condition that is worsening with each performance.

In a small town just outside Syracuse, New York, Amy Deleranne seeks solitude in the kitchen of Tommy Two's, her uncle Tom's restaurant that should have been hers by now. She understands his emotional attachment, but she has poured her life into its survival and has more at stake than anyone knows...

With Luke battling a skyrocketing career and the medically unknown and Amy terrified to look over her shoulder at all times, it is no wonder that sparks fly when they meet. However, can their hearts, and their careers, survive the secrets they've been keeping?

Book 2: A Song for us 

 The Brothers of Rock series continues with Fallen Tuesday!


Being on the road with Chasing Cross and then on their own headlining tour, Fallen Tuesday had seen all the struggles that come with the rockstar lifestyle. But when Gray Reish discovers that his non-rockstar brother, Peter's, stint at rehab wasn't enough, he is forced to abandon his band to try to save his family.

Carina Lewitt only landed in Liering, Massachusetts to care for her ailing grandmother. The plan was to leave once she passed away. She has no idea where she wants to go, but when her apartment is broken into and her savings is stolen, it no longer matters. She's trapped... That is until she meets a stranger who seems out of place in her apartment building.

Will Carina's fears keep her from opening up to the one person that she can relate to, or will Gray find a way to convince her that her gift is one worth sharing with the world? 

Book 3: A Sound Like Hope


 Books 4 and 5 Coming Soon 

It was an absolute honour to be given the opportunity to interview Karolyn James, even if it was via a computer screen. I still imagined myself sitting anxiously with my notes as I awaited her presence.

Books and Friendz: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Karolyn James: I’m Karolyn James. I’m the author of a lot of books and under some pen names. I write romance and try to get into every niche in there. That means rockstars, bikers, small town, western, historical, and gritty new adult stuff. I’m blessed to do this full-time right now and I love it. As far as getting personal... I have two sons, two dogs, and a cat. I live in a nobody kind of town and kind of like it that way. I read, write, and enjoy my friends and family. And, of course, I LOVE spending days talking to readers!

B&F:  Why writing?

KJ:  Because it’s awesome! I get to make things up, write them down, and readers tend to enjoy it. It’s truly an amazing thing and a dream I’ve had since I was a kid. I’ve always loved reading and always wanted to be a writer.

B&F:  Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two?

KJ:  Both, I guess. I go with what I know and what I like to learn about. Rockstars are natural because I grew up in that rockstar/music world. I obviously wasn’t around in the 1800’s for my historical romance books BUT I love reading and researching the subject. So I run with what I know and love.

B&F: Who would you say is your biggest supporter? – 

KJ:  Not to be all “awwww” or cliché... but it’s the readers! They tell me what they like, don’t like, and what they want more of. I put out Brothers of Rock with the intentions of a couple books. Because of the response it turned into five... then turned into five more with a new band... AND there will be five more next year in 2015 with a new band!

B&F: What do you think most characterizes your writing?

KJ: Romance you can believe in. It’s not always love at first sight or laced with clichés. I like to write about those who have flaws, are flawed, will be flawed, and those who are challenged in life. It’s not always easy, right? I love building the romance from the ground up and letting the characters come to life.

B&F: For those that haven’t read your series Brothers of Rock, how many books are there so far and what are their titles?

KJ: There are two sets of books. The first five follow the band, Chasing Cross. The second five (four and five are still to be released) follow the band, Fallen Tuesday. You don’t need to read one set to read the other... but you should read them all!

Chasing Cross:
1- All Access
2- Broken Sound
3- Bitter Farewell
4- Buried Notes
5- Last song

Fallen Tuesday:
1- A Voice to Love
2- A Song For Us
3- A Sound Like Hope
4 & 5 yet to come!

B&F:  Break down the series for us? 

KJ:  Each book follows a band member of the bands in the series. It follows not just the band member but the band. The tours, the shows, the writing, the music, the recording. These guys are rockstars on stage but real men in real life. That’s the fun part of writing these books.

B&F: Who or what inspired this series?

KJ:  I wanted to write a series about rockstars off stage. I wanted to capture those moments of being on stage in front of twenty thousand people... but what happens when the music is done? The show is over... the tour ends... it’s time to record... just imagine what it must be like. So I wanted to bring that to life. To show these rockstars as men.

B&F:  Who is your favourite character and why? What makes them so special to you? 

KJ: That’s a hard question... wow. I LOVE Johnnie (from All Access) because he was the original rockstar for me. The guy and book that started it all. He holds a special place in my heart. I also love Danny (Bitter Farewell) for what he did by going home to find his long lost love. AND in the Falling Tuesday series I LOVE Gray (A Song For Us) because of how much he had to endure. But I need to be cliché... I LOVE THEM ALL!

B&F:  What projects are you working on at present?

KJ:  I’m getting ready to launch the fourth Fallen Tuesday Brothers of Rock book. Then I have a HUGE rockstar project starting in September. AND I can’t forget about my MC romance series, Back Down Devil. The third book in the series is coming the end of this month too. So many books!

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