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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Excerpt/Promo/Giveaway:Heart of Rock - Karyn Gerrard



I had to make that extra big so you could all enjoy the beauty of that cover. Whew!!  Enjoy!!


HEART OF ROCK 
from Silver Publishing Release Date June 30th

It's 1974. Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of rock music success, but a memory burdens his soul. Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive anxious to make a name for herself. Can she heal Byrne's heart of rock?

Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of rock music success in 1974. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you'd think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs. Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she's detached and tough as nails, Carly's cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses. Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A memory weighs on his soul and affects his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains MF, FMF, and MFF sexual situations



**EXCERPT**

"Where the feck am I again?"
Looking at him, Carly shook her head. "Are you going to become one of those pathetic, burnt out, brain-fried bastards who need index cards wherever you go so you know what city you're in?"

He interrupted her and in an uninterested tone explained, "Love, I always needed index cards to tell me what city I was in."

She sighed in exasperation but continued, "We're still in Philly in a private VIP lounge at the airport waiting on a flight to JFK. In New York. You have a concert in two nights, remember?"

"Far out," Brogan mumbled in annoyance.

"Guess I'll have to introduce myself again. Carly Montgomery. I'm your new manager. Byron quit last night. I suppose you don't remember that, either."

"No. I really don't remember. The show went well, I suppose."

"Yes, the concert went fine. What happened after the show caused the concern. You all but trashed the dressing room at the Spectrum. Your mess is going to cost a pretty penny, Nigel is not impressed."

"Carly? How original. Copy Carly Simon, did you?"

He watched as her jaw set in annoyance. "I don't copy anybody. My name is Cara, but my family has called me Carly since I could crawl — and why am I explaining this to you?"

Brogan blinked and had a good look at this infuriating-as-shite woman. She was no more than 5'3”, her hair was long and wavy, dyed some two-tone shade of black with bright red streaks throughout. She wore a skintight black leather skirt and sexy four-inch black pumps. A tight gold tiger-patterned sweater hugged her feminine curves. Under the six layers of makeup he supposed she was attractive enough, no raving beauty but adequate. Her voice, however, sounded like nails on a chalkboard.

"I don't have to stay here. You can't keep me. I'll find my own feckin' way to New York —"

Carly whistled shrilly through her teeth. The door to the private lounge swung open. A man as big as a Volkswagen with a human head on it stood before Brogan with his legs apart and tree trunk-sized arms crossed defiantly.

Carly's laugh sounded smug and amused, which pissed him off further. "This is Giovanni. Gio gave you the cold shower, remember?"

He interjected again, this time more sarcastically, "Love, it's not the first cold shower I ever had."

"Regardless, he'll be your shadow going forward. Gio will keep you in line. Make sure you're a good boy and behave at the venues in future."

"I need a drink." Brogan snarled.

Carly inclined her head toward the counter. "There is fresh coffee in the pot, and some donuts in the box. That's all you're getting for now."

Jaysus Christ. He clasped his hands together to keep them from shaking. He did need a drink — badly. Times like this, he wished he smoked. He could use a fag right now. He was sober for the first time in days. Well, he would try to stay somewhat lucid for the show itself. But after the concert was over he would put aside the few restraints. Stalking the stage and whipping the crowd into a wild froth wasn't enough for him. He always needed more. His irritated gaze roamed over the huge man in front of him. Great. His own gorilla."Listen to me, Byrne. I've been around enough rockers these last three years to see the signs. Your own band can't stand you. They went to Nigel. They will be around you only for prerequisite rehearsals and the show itself. The rest of the time? They don't want to know you. They demanded separate travel and different hotels, though I can't see that happening. You're arrogant even to your own family and to your girlfriend," Carly hesitated. "You don't remember a thing, do you?"

Brogan Byrne didn't know why he acted this way and didn't know how to stop. This monster lived inside him, and it had resided there for a long time. The demon was a voracious beast. Even now it clamored and groaned. The beast wanted to be fed. The only thing quieting the fiend was drugs and sex. He needed some type of hit. He glanced over at Gio. If Tiny wasn't here he could put the moves on this Carly. Jaysus, where did that come from?
Next, check out the soundtrack right here!  All of these songs are the songs mentioned in the book!  Then afterwards, fill out the Rafflecopter and comment (there's a question in the rafflecopter!) for your chance to win a copy of HEART OF ROCK!


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46 comments:

  1. I was a big fan of Three Dog Night. I loved their song "Joy to the World".

    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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    1. I love Three Dog Night. 'One' (is the loneliest number) is my fav of theirs, thanks so much for commenting!

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  2. Queen! And their hit Bohemian Rhapsody!

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    1. Queen rocked, and I am proud to say I can sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody verbatim! Thanks so much for entering!

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  3. Thanks for the chance to win ! Glad I stopped bye.Have a great day !

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  4. Hi Karen (and Liz)

    I love the cover of your new book! Hero's hair is soooo kewl! Wishing the best on your new release, Karen.

    Thanks Fictional Candy for the opp. to win her FAB-looking book!
    Keta
    http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks so much Keta!! I love that the art dept at Silver Publishing copied his hair exactly as described in the book, thanks for stopping by~

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  5. Thanks for the great post and excerpt! I'm not usually a fan of "rock" stories but this one may be the exception. I admit, I had to google music of the 70's ( was an 80's child) and I was surprised at how many of the songs I did know! I'm gonna go with Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees b/c it's the one that I know most of the lyrics for :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. For the latter half of the Seventies, The Bee Gees ruled, great pick and thanks for commenting!

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  6. I loved Journey, The Eagles, Queen, Chicago...thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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    1. great picks Barbara, love all your choices, thanks for commenting! ;)

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  7. This looks great. I love contests! I think this book will be great fun to read. Good luck.
    Linda

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, and thank you for entering!

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  8. I love the Eagles and particularly the live version of Hotel California. It's hard for me to single out one band or one song regardless of the era. I am a fan of all rock music!

    Best of luck with the release Karyn!!

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    1. I love the Eagles Gayl! Hotel California is another song I know by heart! Thanks so much and thanks for entering!

      "...up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light..."

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    1. Wow The Eagles, These Eyes by The Guess Who is my Favorite!

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    2. Being Canadian, I LOVE The Guess Who! Great song, I so agree! Thanks for entering!

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  10. led zepplin, black sabbath, journey....thanks for the give away :0)

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    1. Love those picks, I love the hard rock as much as I love the slower stuff, cheers and thanks for entering~

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  11. Congrats on your release, Karyn! It sounds great!

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    1. thanks so much Heather! And thanks for commenting! ;)

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  12. Congrats on the new novel and what a hot book cover.

    As far as my fav 70's group I'd have to say Air Supply they had some beautiful love songs.

    authorleighsavage@gmail.com

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    1. Leigh, isn't the cover fantastic? I think its my fav to date! Oh yes, Air Supply, great choice! And thanks for entering!

      ..."I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you..."

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  13. Wow, everyone is naming such great bands! I am a big fan of the 70s, myself. Pink Floyd, among my favorites. But I also love the disco fun music...American Band Stand! Ahh, so many good times. Ok, I was only born in 76, but still! :)

    Thank you Karyn for coming by so much, I appreciate it. As always , it is a ton of fun having you here.

    now please excuse me while I scroll up and drool over that cover some more. >:)

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    1. Thanks for having me, Liz, always have fun at your blog~

      Oh Pink Floyd, good choice! I hate to say it, I was not a fan of Disco, lol!

      I know, love that cover! cheers~

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  14. I was born in the seventies, but I do love the music, especially David Bowie, I have loved him since I saw him in Labrinth, I love nearly all his songs, I don't have a real favourite but if I did have to choose, I would say Heroes, it's a classic, Thankyou for a wonderful giveaway and for making it International x x
    juliernewberry(at)btinternet(dot)com

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    1. David Bowie is mentioned in my book! He is also listed in the song list above~ He had an amazing voice, multi-octave and I kind of based my guy on Bowie, voice wise, Cheers and thanks for entering!

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  15. The Bee Gees, the Eagles and the list goes on and on...
    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

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    1. Good choices, there were so many in the 70's to be sure, thanks for commenting!

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  16. Don't forget about the ROLLING STONES & KISS....

    Thanks for the invite.. The Excerpt sounds Amazing!!! Love it...
    DebbieUherLaurie
    Sdhl3@hotmail.com

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    1. Excellent choices! The Stones are mentioned in the book and a song in the grooveshark list above! Thanks for entering, Debbie!

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  17. I love and listen to most of all music but i do love ELO, =) Xanadu was a favorite movie.

    best wishes, Linda xo
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

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    1. Linda, great choice! I loved the song "Telephone Line" had it on a 45 record, lol! Cheers for entering and thanks for the best wishes!

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  18. Yes! I'm hyped up for this one! Especially after a complete barforama of Rock of Ages! Cover love-yes, music list-far out man! Okay so I'm not sure I can wait till the end of the giveaway. I might not be able to contain myself and keep from buying this one! Already posted/shared on Facebook ;)

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    1. Oh thanks! And thanks about the cover and the music list! Thank you for sharing this on facebook, and for entering!

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  19. Yes! I'm hyped up for this one! Especially after a complete barforama of Rock of Ages! Cover love-yes, music list-far out man! Okay so I'm not sure I can wait till the end of the giveaway. I might not be able to contain myself and keep from buying this one! Already posted/shared on Facebook ;)

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  20. The Doors! With Touch Me!!! LOL thanks for this chance, the book sounds awesome!

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    1. Lobe The Doors, and Jim Morrison was rock eye-candy to be sure! Thanks for commenting!

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  21. Love Led Zeppelin. They rock.
    Thanks for the giveaway:)

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    1. Becky, the Zep was fantastic, Stairway to Heaven still one of my favs! thanks for entering!

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  22. I love I Will Survive. I mean who doesn't like that song? I also like a lot of Kool & the Gangs stuff.

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    1. Hi Megan! Not crazy about disco, but I did have a Kool and the Gang album. I liked their sound! "Get down tonight!" thanks for commenting!

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