Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras. Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.
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I am not fantastic at following rules.
It’s why I’ve lived out of tents and trucks as often as apartments and houses. It’s why my electronic devices are usually set to a grab bag of different time zones. It’s also why I’ve worked as everything from a stunt rider in a western movie to a nomadic wildlife biologist.
So when I started writing books, it’s no surprise that I didn’t want to color inside the lines.
I adore everything to do with love. Even a toenail clipper commercial will capture my attention if it has a love interest. Clearly I needed to write romance. And yet I wasn’t certain what I could write that romance novel junkies like me wouldn’t have already seen before. I wanted something with no bullshit tolerance, featuring a guy you could swoon for and clean the bathroom with, and a girl who had a life outside of her crush.
Okay, I thought, so what do all romance novels have, without exception?
Answer: Great sex.
Which frankly, is one of my favorite things about the genre. But what if there were a romance novel about a girl who wasn’t exactly an Olympic gymnast between the sheets? Well, that would probably be a romance novel that wouldn’t sell many copies. I had a good laugh at my not-so-genius brainstorming and tried to put it behind me.
But the idea wouldn’t leave me alone, especially because I figured there were probably a lot more women in America faking ecstasy than experiencing ecstasy. Plus, I really wanted to write a book about a rock star that was both not a dude, and not a lead singer. I wanted, it turned out, to write about a badass female drummer.
Jera’s voice came to life for me at that moment, and once I found out the first chapter had to do with an unexpected act of vandalism and a truly atrocious sweatsuit, I was hooked.
A Cruel Kind of Beautiful is Jera’s story—of the family she finds in her band, and their rise to fame. Of the one guy who tempts her enough that she might be willing to give sex another try. Of how he shows her everything she’s been missing, and that none of it was about her not being good enough.
So if you’re not afraid to break a few rules, try out the Sex, Love and Rock & Roll Series. I hope you find the family of your heart inside its pages, just like Jera did.
Title: A Cruel Kind of Beautiful
Author: Michelle Hazen
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Series: Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 344
Format: Digital & Print
Digital ISBN: 9781537848204
Print ISBN: 9781975889876
If you can’t get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after?
Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.
When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he’s almost tempting enough to make her forget she’s never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he’ll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he’s also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment.
Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch.
She doesn’t know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she’s enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secrets, even if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house.