Please tell readers a little bit about ROCK IT:
It’s the story of a girl who falls in love with a boyband pop star when she’s just a teenager—then he grows up to be a rock star and she grows up to be a junior entertainment exec… and he’s her number one client. Despite her holdover crush of epic proportions, Lacey must keep up her professional demeanor even when Dante turns on the heat—which he does, from the first moment they meet.
Please describe the setting in ROCK IT?
ROCK IT begins in Boston, then moves down the East Coast to New York, Baltimore, Virginia Beach, and Daytona.
Please give readers an overview of the Rule Breakers series:
The Rule Breakers series is made up of four books with a tied premise. Four new-, near-, or never-graduates live together in the same Boston brownstone. They each have their own rules to follow about how they live their lives. Only love has a way of making you break a few rules.
ROCK IT is book 1 in the Rule Breakers series, and features a former teenage head-over-heels-in-love fangirl of one of the hottest boybanders in music. Now, Lacey is all grown up, and so is her number one crush. Only she is now a junior exec at an entertainment agency… and he’s her number one client. Her challenge: to keep her professional cool around the sizzling hot rocker Dante Falcone.
FAKE IT is book 2 in the Rule Breakers series, and features Anna, a new-grad corporate go-getter who has let work get in the way of her social life. Now she desperately needs a date for a weekend wedding, and has waited too long to find one. Enter her jaw-droppingly gorgeous biker neighbor Jake. Only what starts as a game to be played for one weekend only, quickly becomes a passionate connection neither one of them can ignore.
WANT IT is book 3 in the Rule Breakers series, and features Erin, a gifted artist stuck in a failure-to-launch loop: She knows she needs to graduate, sell her art, and pay the bills to (literally) keep the roof over her head, but she can’t let go of her deeply emotional work. Enter young Boston tycoon Zander James, who gives Erin an offer she can’t refuse—and who wants Erin in his life for far more than the perfect portrait. Zander isn't used to not getting what he wants--while Erin knows she can never be the woman he believes her to be. Sometimes, though, love has a way of making things...perfect.
RISK IT is book 4 in the Rule Breakers series, and features Dani, a college-drop out con artist for whom men are a throwaway convenience. Then she captures the attention of the wrong mark, and she’s suddenly playing a far more passionate game. Rich, arrogant and impossibly gorgeous playboy Rand Sterling Winston, IV, prides himself on needing no one. Women are for pleasure, and will never crack his hard-won control. But when he locks horns—and bodies—with the one woman who could break him for good, he realizes that to win, one of them will have to lose everything.
New Adult (NA) is distinctively different from YA in the fact that NA characters are usually sexually active, and there's a lot of "on-page" sex. In fact, there has been an explosion of NA titles that border on the cusp of Erotic Romance. Where do the Rule Breakers books fit on the heat scale compared to other comparable works?
The New Adult Rule Breakers books borrow from both sub-genres on either side of the romance spectrum because they have the coming-of-age, starting-a-new-life aspect of Young Adult romance, while presenting Adult romance characters in their early twenties who are already a bit established, and who are also sexually awakened. The heat level of my books stops shy of erotic romance, but is above most mainstream romances—they can be pretty steamy stories! In all cases, however, these books are absolutely more about the romantic fantasy than the erotic fantasy, so by definition, they would not be considered erotic.
In your opinion, what type of readers will enjoy ROCK IT?
New Adult/Rock Star romance fans who are looking for a steamy romantic fantasy—but should know going in that this isn’t erotic romance.
Share a bit about your hero with us, and what makes him "hero" material:
Dante Falcone is what would happen if Justin Timberlake grew up to be a rocker (and looked sexy and Italian) vs. a pop star. He’s an all American kid who broke into music through band competitions and made it big. Now solidly a star, he’s still looking for the music that really matters. He also had an older brother who was very sick, in and out of hospitals, so he funnels part of his income to children’s hospital charities.
Did any real-life rock stars inspire your male lead, Dante?
Real-life rock stars run the gamut of looks, talent, lifestyle choices and personalities, but with Dante I wanted the kind of guy who could have been found in a high school Battle of the Bands, who then ended up on an “American Idol” style TV show which launched his career on the teen pop idol circuit, and who then made it through the transition from boybander to adult musician without all of the attendant celebrity breakdowns we see in the news today. This is a tall order! If Justin Timberlake had evolved into more of a heavy-metal rocker (and, you know, he looked like an Italian rock god), he would be Dante Falcone.
Tell us what makes your heroine the "leading lady" in ROCK IT:
Lacey Dawes is a typical teen who falls hard for the boybander of her dreams. She uses music to serve as a grounding element for her life. In Dante’s music, however, she finds something more, and so she becomes a super fan of his, crafting scrap book after scrap book in his honor. Outside of Dante’s musical influence on her, she finds a real love of the music industry as a whole. She works hard and makes a career in entertainment, getting her first job at the company that represents Dante Falcone. Her biggest hope is to maybe see him in a few more concerts for free, or pass him in the hallway someday. Instead, he becomes her first major assignment, and she’s forced to try and hide her fangirl crush.
Are there any plot twists you can talk about without giving too much away?
Lacey is determined to have her overbearing boss assigned to Dante, but Dante turns the tables and insists on having the green junior agent Lacey with him on the tour.
The tour will be uploaded every night to YouTube as a reality TV show, which becomes an ongoing issue for Lacey to keep herself off the air—and to make sure that Dante never figures out how much of a crush she has on him. She’s pretty successful at keeping herself off the air, at least at first… but she’s miserable at hiding her attraction to Dante.
Also, this isn’t really a twist, but becomes more important as the series goes on: ROCK IT introduces all four heroines of the Rule Breakers series—four women who live together in a Boston brownstone, each of them launching their lives in their own unique way.
Do you have a favorite scene from the book?
I’m a ridiculous romantic, so I tend to be a sucker for the “Grand Gesture” scene in romances, where the hero declares his love for the heroine. Dante chooses to do this in an extremely public way, so I tend to slush up a bit when I get to that scene. Beyond that, there is a scene fairly early in the book where Lacey must meet with Dante in his hotel room to secure some signatures on a stack of contracts. She tries very hard to keep up her professional demeanor, but through no fault of her own she loses her tight control and confesses her feelings to Dante—only to be thoroughly mortified when she realizes the next day what she’s done. That experience of having the guy of your dreams RIGHT in front of you, and wanting desperately to keep it together (and then failing spectacularly and having to talk yourself out of a compromising situation) is at the heart of falling in love, I think.
What challenge, if any, did you face turning ROCK IT into fiction?
Learning about life on the road of a typical rock performer. Since I’m not a rock star groupie, I had to hit the Internet and learn not only about the traveling accommodations and tour details for major performers, but also how performers who were just starting out traveled. I know more about outfitting a rock star bus than I ever imagined I would! I stopped short of watching the TV reality show “Rock of Love,” though the idea of that tour inspired my “Dream It” tour. I wanted Dante to keep it classy given his middle-class roots and everyday upbringing. Again—this is a guy who could have been on “Star Search”—I tried to stay true to that.
In addition, while I wasn’t a concert-going music aficionado, I was a bit of a groupie for a local rock performer for many years in my twenties. The late nights spent listening to the same songs over and over again, and still finding something new and magical in the music—I lived that. So when Dante goes to a club in his hometown and just plays the music that speaks to him, that was from me watching a similar scene play out in real life, and seeing how music can transform a guy, a room, and a life—just that quickly.
What do you love most about writing New Adult?
New Adult gives the opportunity to present a love story with characters who are still figuring out their own lives, careers, and identities. You can have a fully-consummated love story, without having a fully-consummated life, if that makes sense. At the end of the Rule Breakers books, it’s not all people sailing off into the sunset together, committed to marriage, family, and a white picket fence. These characters are in their early twenties, after all! And yet, you are left with the knowledge that two hearts have found each other, and that true, lasting love is possible. With New Adult, my tendency toward writing “wish-come-true” romance really seems to fit. When you’re still in your twenties, you tend to make those wishes with a bit more abandon, and why not? As one of the lines from Dante’s songs go: “If only you can dream it, it just might come true.”
What local community or charitable organizations, or writers groups do you belong too?
I’m a member of the Ohio Valley RWA, a chapter of RWA; The Golden Network online community (past Golden Heart finalists and winners). While I am a competitive writer as my main source of activity (coughs), I do try to break up the writing with long walks, spinning classes, and a winter sport called platform tennis competitively (think of outdoor winter tennis, played on a court the size of a racquetball court, surrounded by a chain link fence. It’s very thunderdome, but it’s a lot of fun J)
Have you won any Honors, Citations or Prizes?
I have both finaled in (2x) and won (1x) the Golden Heart award from RWA. I have also won several regional contests for romance manuscripts.
Give our readers five quick facts about you that you think might be interesting or unusual:
- I work in marketing for a digital first publisher who specializes in romance. You can never have too much romance!
- I balance my Chance career with my YA career as a historical novelist, where I write about Elizabethan era spies. I also may be bringing out in a Vegas-set paranormal romance in 2014 under a different name. I was asked how I would combine all of my names in one story, and this is what I’d do: “An Elizabethan spy travels forward through time to modern day Vegas, where she must solve a mystery while trying not to fall for a motorcycle bad-boy… who just happens to be a demigod.” –and there you go. All Jennifers in one. J
- I am an international speaker on marketing and branding, which does NOT stop me from getting tongue tied in public when talking about myself. I’m much better talking about other people, which is maybe why I write!
About ROCK IT:
Jennifer Chance unleashes her hot new series with the tale of a smoldering rock star and the fangirl who catches his eye—and finds herself living out her wildest dreams.
Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it doesn’t hurt that IMO Worldwide Media represents Dante Falcone. The rock god has starred in her fantasies since she was sixteen—and remains her secret crush to this day. So when Dante picks her to be the interim manager on his Dream It tour, Lacey can’t believe her luck. Handling Dante is sure to be the most exquisite, spine-tingling, nerve-wracking mix of business and pleasure ever.
Although Dante is grateful for the adoring fans who scream for one more of his full-throttle, soul-searing songs, being surrounded by a cadre of corporate types backstage is wearing thin. Then Lacey shows up. Yeah, she’s organized, smart, quick to get him what he wants before he knows he wants it—but Dante senses there’s something else going on with sweet, sexy Lacey. One kiss tells him what that “something” might be . . . and makes him hungry for more.
On Sale: March 04, 2014
Pages: 240 | ISBN: 978-0-553-39095-7
Published by : LoveSwept
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