Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR w/EXCERPT, PLAYLIST, REVIEW and GIVEAWAY - ROCKIN' THE HEART by Gracen Miller:


Title: Rockin' the Heart
Series: A Hot Wired Novel
Author: Gracen Miller
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2014
Published by: Author
Format: eBook
Pages: Approx. 236

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Book Blurb:
If music nourishes the soul…

Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.

A man can desire nothing else…or can he?

Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?

Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…

Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have her, he will have to risk it all.

One that might be responsible for Rockin the Heart!





REVIEW...
Reviewers Note: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


5 Rockin’, Super Sexy Stars!
Four Hot, Steamy Rockers That Will Set You On Fire and Have You Beggin' For More!

The Review: 
First off, I want to say how much I appreciate Gracen Miller for allowing the opportunity to read and review her latest masterpiece. She’s a fabulous writer and her talent really shines super bright in this book. I was hooked from the start with the edgy, provocative heroine and the rockin’ hot alpha hero. They burned up the pages with their chemistry and if I wasn’t already a huge fan of this authors work, this book would have cemented her as one of my all time favorites.

Story...
Samantha Collins is a twenty year old hellion who’s been trying to live up to her own reputation as the troublemaking sidekick to her brothers band, Hot Wired. After her parents died when she was a young teen, her brother took her on the road with him and his band and along with all the parties, drinking and rockin’ out, there was little time for discipline or the time to suss out an identity of her own. Having been wrapped up so long in the bands orbit, Sam’s never had time to create a future thats away from the paparazzi who are constantly recording her life, so she acts out in a rebellious way. And what's worse, she’s in love with the lead singer, Fang, who is most definitely off limits and who she thinks only sees her as a little sister. She literally has no control over her own life.

Heath Fangor is the sexy lead singer of Hot Wired who’s had an endless procession of fangirls in his bed. He’s no novice to no-hassle one night stands, in fact preferring them. But since Sam turned eighteen and his view of the gangly teenager turned sexy vixen changed, he’s had a hard time watching her move through life and not being able to act on his hidden desires for her.

After Sam gets in trouble once again and Fang has to rescue her and a flirtatious video of the two of them goes viral, the bands press agents decides to capitalize on the media storm, forcing Sam and Fang to play out a fake romance. Only thing is, with both having feelings for the other one, the fake romance soon turns real. But not everyone is on board with these two would-be lovers and soon the band members find themselves taking sides.

Characters...
How sexy was Fang? Sexy as hell! Thats how! Wow, this guy totally had me panting between scenes with the way he dominated his way past Sam’s walls. Once he decided to take up arms and fight for what he wanted, which was Sam, no one was going to tell him he couldn’t have her. He charged in and stole Sam’s heart as well as my own. His swagger, his dialogue and his confidence all shined through in the authors phenomenal writing and truly made Fang one of the best rock characters I’ve read to date. I loved him!

Quote Spotlight... 
"You're all I want, Sam. You're the chords that pluck my heart and create the music inside me. Without you I am a hollow man, lyrics without music, notes minus the beat." -- Fang

Sam was wonderfully chaotic! I absolutely loved her. She was wild, out of control and her loyalty was inspiring. And though she was tough she had a vulnerable side she hid behind all that rough exterior. She wanted out of the limelight desperately but even when she tried to control herself, the media created fanfare so she decided to just go with the flow and really live life to its fullest.

I loved the dynamics of the band. They might have had their differences but they were a real family. I enjoyed all their dialogue, their playfulness and their individuality. The author gives each one their own unique voice and I hope each character gets their own individual story. And with the events that happened towards the end, there was a perfect setup for things to come. 

The Wrap Up: 
Simply irresistible, this book captivated me from beginning to end with its beautifully written prose, sexy and steamy characters and superb storytelling. In conclusion, I absolutely loved it.

Buy the Book!
  

EXCERPT
Chapter One

     Heath was a rock star god. The tight lines fanning outward from his silver eyes classified him as a pissed off rock star god.
     “Wanna tell me what you did this time to get the platinum treatment?”      He indicated the jail cell, while ramming his fingers through his shaggy, jet-black hair.
     Preferring to shrink into the shadows and avoid a confrontation with him, Sam took a deep breath and rose from the bench. She stepped away from the metal seat to draw closer to the bars dividing them.
     She’d expected her brother, Jason—Jase—to ride to her rescue. Like always. Her foundation. Predictable. Dependable. Rattled by her sibling’s abandonment, she ogled the skull on Heath’s shirt, mortification overwhelming her.
     If Heath was Jase’s replacement, then he’d been serious when he said ‘don’t call me the next time you’re arrested.’ She’d assumed he yelled that in anger. She was surprised he’d bothered to offer aid at all.
Gut hollow at her brother’s desertion, she cleared the ache out of her throat and asked, “Can’t you just bail me out and we’ll forget this ever happened?”
     Knowing he wouldn’t go for that suggestion, Sam swallowed hard and shuffled her feet. Disappointing Jase was one thing, but letting Heath down was an entirely different matter. She’d crushed on the man since her tenth birthday when he’d given her a heart-shaped jewelry box. Didn’t matter he’d been too old for her at a mature fourteen. That infatuation hadn’t waned with age either, but only grown stronger. Not that he showed her a stitch of interest. To him, she was nothing more complicated than a kid sister.
     His digits curled around one of the bars. The tattoo lettering on his left knuckles fit his current disposition—ired. On the other hand the letters H-O-T-W graced his knuckles. If read together, they spelled out the name of his band: Hot Wired.
     “Not this time, Samantha.”
     She cringed. The only time he broke out her full name was when he was upset or disappointed with her.
     “You been drinking?”
     “You know I haven’t.” Just shy of twenty-one, in her world getting liquor wasn’t an issue. Neither was alcohol her preferred drug of choice.
     “Drugs?”
     She rolled her eyes, the question too stupid to warrant a response.
     “This type of publicity is bad news for the band.” She’d heard that one before. None of her recklessness damaged Hot Wired’s career. Not that she sought to hinder their mega stardom. She wasn’t that selfish, she just struggled with controlling her impulses on occasion.
     Therapy failed to help. Yelling spawned further rebellion.
     Living under the umbrella of the band’s fame grew tiresome. Her life should be her own, to live however she pleased. Weary of the media hounding her, she craved going back to a time when nobody knew her name. A normal life like when she’d been a kid.
     She’d grown up on daydreams of the band making it to the big times.        They won the lottery of recording deals, while Sam discovered stardom came at a high price. Along with that knowledge came the freebie of all lessons…fantasies were often better than reality. The last time she’d visited the mall without a trail of vipers eager to report her purchases she’d been fifteen.
     Sheesh!
     Was it too much to ask to have a date the world didn’t scrutinize? Even the loss of her virginity made headline news. That act should’ve come with the expectation of privacy. Thanks to the tabloids, Jase almost burst a blood vessel over that exploitation.
     Once she’d picked her nose in public on purpose because a rag-reporter stalked her. Scratched her butt on another occasion. Gave them something to write. Those were the photographs and articles that gave her incentive to laugh.
     “The only reason they’re not pressing charges is because of Jase.”
     “Thanks for the reminder.” Along with it came the reminder that her brother sent Heath instead of coming himself.
     Despite the news-hounds, she got out of a lot of shit thanks to her brother’s identity. This incident would be all over the rags and Internet before morning.
     ‘Hot Wired’s drummer’s sister is at it again!’ They’d go on to paint her wild and immoral comportment.
     Have at it you fucks. Can’t hurt me any more than you already have, but what about the band?
     Distance from Hot Wired would aid all of them. She’d get her peace of mind back, and they’d be devoid of the rebel-rouser in their group.
     She’d mentioned changing her last name and moving back to their Southern roots in the small Alabama town where she’d been born. Jase had gone bat-shit crazy at the suggestion and went on and on about how their parents would be rolling over in their grave at her abandoning the family name. 
     The name-change idea had been discarded. Swept under the rug like a dust bunny never to be spoken of again.
     Torn between two worlds, Sam was suffocating. Living with someone she couldn’t have in a world where she didn’t belong.


About the Author...

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs. To learn more about Gracen and her writing or to leave her a comment, visit her at the following sites:


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2 comments:

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! LOVED this book. I must get me a Fang and keep him always! LOL! He was totally yummy :D

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