Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rockin’ the Alternative by Morticia Knight

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Happily-Ever-After, Maybe-After or Never-After?

Most romance novels have the requisite happily-ever-after, although there are many romance readers who are also fine with a happy-for-now. They can handle ‘maybe’ for their MC’s. Rarely seen in romance, and almost universally frowned upon is the never-after. I can’t imagine the point in reading a romance where the couple — or threesome, foursome, etc. — don’t form some sort of a committed bond by the end. That sucks. I see enough of that in real life — I don’t need to pay for it.

Okay, okay. I’ll calm down. Sometimes I want to read something filled with more drama and angst — I do like some oomph to my story — but…they still have to fall in love and be together at the end. Sorry, I can’t get away from it. There’s other fiction I adore where there isn’t a hint of love in the air. There’s non-fiction I read that is filled with gruesome true crime details. Those typically involve more hate than love. But when I read romance — it needs to actually have romance.

If the author has written something engaging enough that I become invested in the character’s lives, I don’t want to have the rug pulled out from under me at the end. They can struggle and hate and fight and misunderstand (not cheat…nonononono) to their heart’s content, as long as they are safely ensconced in one another’s arms after it’s all over. That’s a romance novel.

On a final note, I write romance novels and stories. Bearing that in mind, I will give you a permanent spoiler to every book ending Morticia Knight will ever write. Here’s the gist of it: “…and they lived happily ever after.” 

Blurb for Rockin’ the Alternative:
The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man.
It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music, has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about penning the star’s memoir. Aubrey and his dark, angsty songs are the reason Bryan was inspired to become a leading rock journalist. His obsession for his career has alienated the women in his life, but Bryan doesn’t care. What really matters to him is the music.
Aubrey King has been out of the music scene for almost ten years—ever since his alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo, broke up. Questions about his sexual preferences have always surrounded him, and now that he’s ready to make a solo comeback, he wants to tell his story, his way. He’s followed journalist Bryan Gallagher’s career for a while and believes that Bryan’s obvious passion for music mirrors his own. He loves his writing style, but is also enraptured by the boyishly handsome writer.
Brian finds pushing his fanboy nervousness aside is difficult when Aubrey finally stands before him. He’s amazed at how little Aubrey has changed—his intense gaze, his unique style and his still youthful looks epitomise the star he’s always been. But Aubrey’s vulnerability when he sings and shares the deeply personal lyrics of a new song triggers something in Bryan that he never knew was there. The need to give himself to Aubrey, to let the rock god do to him what he’s never before desired a man to do.

Author Bio:
Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on a new historical MM series, as well as a steampunk horror and sci-fi ménage.

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