I am so pleased to welcome debut author Olivia Cunning to FVBR. She is the author of the Sinners On Tour series. It’s a series of books about the adventures of the bad boy rock stars of the fictional rock group The Sinners. I read and loved the first book, Backstage Pass. Take it away Olivia!
Ten Reasons Rock Stars Make Great Romance Heroes
To celebrate my first publishing contract, I joined Romance Writers of America this year and went to my first ever RWA National convention in Orlando, Florida. I’m telling you this, not to bore you tears, but because there was one devastating moment during that fun, exciting, and completely overwhelming conference that crumpled my self-confidence into a tiny paper ball with someone’s discarded, ABC gum inside.
When you attend your first RWA Nationals, you get a ribbon to stick on the bottom of your name badge that says “Beware of Newbie” (actually, it says “First Timer”) and when you make the leap from aspiring author to published author you get a ribbon that says “Dreams Finally Coming True” (actually, it says “First Sale”). I had both of those ribbons at the bottom of my nametag, and…
Get to the point, Olivia.
Right! So, I’m standing in line to score a free book and get it signed by a really cool, bestselling author. Squee! As she’s signing my book, she notices my First Sale ribbon and asks what my book is about. Squee! Bustin’ my buttons with pride, I start babbling about my five-book erotic romance series, Sinners on Tour.
The books are about these five uber-sexy rock stars in the band Sinners who…She gets this look on her face, like ought-oh, you’re screwed, lady. Then she laughs and says, “You know what they say, there are two types of romance heroes you should never write: rock stars and…” She said some other hero archetype that is forbidden (we’ll pretend she said circus clowns), but I honestly don’t remember what it was because I was utterly stunned. Devastated. Not squee, not squee at all. More of a curl into fetal position under the table moment. Why didn’t someone tell me this before I feel in love with this fictional rock band and started writing their stories? WHYYYYYYY?!
And then I went into all-out defensive mode. Internally, of course. I’m not a confrontational person. Who in the heck is “they” and why do they think rock stars are lousy romance heroes? Cold, dead guys with pointy eye-teeth are romantic; guys who become incredibly hirsute under the full moon are romantic; guys who compensate for shortcomings by packing guns are romantic; but guys with guitars are not romantic? I beg to differ, sister. There’s room in this genre for every sort of romance hero. And they can ALL be romantic. Even circus clowns! Okay, maybe not circus clowns. I get carried away sometimes. (But you know what they say about guys with huge feet and big noses… I digress!)
Now that I’ve shifted out of fetal position, removed the ABC gum from my belly, and recovered my poise and mettle, I’m here to prove the naysayers wrong. Rock stars make great romance heroes. Today, I’m going to concentrate on guitarists, because the hero of Backstage Pass, Brian Sinclair, is lead guitarist of Sinners. If you stick with me through the entire series over the next couple years, I’ll prove it four more times—once for Sed, Sinners’ vocalist; again for Jace, the bassist; for Eric, the drummer; and Trey, the rhythm guitarist. For now, we’re focusing on Brian. So here we go. My proof!
The top ten reasons why lead guitarists make great romance heroes:
Number 10: Lead guitarists have incredibly fast fingers.
· Backstage Pass pg 57
Myrna drew his hand to the moist heat between her thighs. “What do you think?”
Brian’s fingers stroked her through pink lace. He turned her body to face the wall. Her eyes flipped open lazily and she caught her reflection in the mirror. Their eyes met over her shoulder in the reflective glass. So he wanted to watch her while he made her come. He didn’t have to wait long. His fingers stroked faster. Faster. Faster. Her eyes slid closed, her mouth fell open, and…
Number 9: Lead guitarists have groupies to remind you how hot your boyfriend is, least you forget.
· Backstage Pass pg 132
“Oh, nothing. I’m just standing outside the stadium to get better phone reception and have been recognized by a group of fans. Bad timing. I have a raging hard-on, thanks to you, and can’t run very fast.”
“As long as it’s thanks to me,” Myrna said, laughing.
Some chick squealed in the background. “Oh my God! Oh my God! It’s Master Sinclair!”
“Could you hold on a minute. I’m on the phone,” Brian said to someone.
“Oh my God! Will you sign my tits? Please. Please. You’re soooo hot!”
Number 8: Lead guitarists will let you borrow their eyeliner.
· Backstage Pass pg 90
Brian’s hard body trembled against her. She leaned back to look at him and couldn’t help but gape. Heavy black eyeliner surrounded his eyes.
“You’re wearing more makeup than I am.”
“Do I look like a pussy?” Staring into the mirror above the sink, he barred his teeth at his reflection to make himself look mean.
Myrna hugged him from behind. “No. As always, you look sexier than should be allowed by law.”
“Are you going to arrest me?”
Her hand slid down to cup his…
Number 7: Lead guitarists are not embarrassed to tell ten thousand people that they think you rock.
· Backstage Pass pg 99
The crowd yelled so loud that Myrna covered her ears with both hands. When they quieted, she pulled her hands away. She didn’t want to miss a word of what Brian was saying on stage.
“Myr, this is for you.”
Number 6: Lead guitarists stay in nice hotel suites with Jacuzzi tubs.
· Backstage Pass pg 62
“I’m done cuddling.”
He slid her body in front of the Jacuzzi jet and lifted her slightly so the water gushed down the crack of her ass and between her legs. She leaned back against the edge of the tub…
Number 5: Lead guitarists are generous, kinky, and have at least one hot friend with a pierced tongue (a winning combination, trust me).
· Backstage Pass pg 327
Something harder than a tongue flicked against her nipple. Myrna gasped in surprise. She’d forgotten Trey had his tongue pierced. And God, it felt good.
She relaxed against Brian’s body, concentrating on the feel of Trey’s eager tongue flicking over her nipple. “Do you have magic fingers like Master Sinclair, Trey?” she asked in a low voice.
Number 4: Lead guitarists are interested in saving the environment (by using less paper).
· Backstage Pass pg 42
Brian paused and looked down at her. “I need something to write on.”
Myrna’s eyes widened. “You’re kidding me, right?”
“Baby, I haven’t written a new riff in months. “You’re beyond awesome.”
He reached for a pen on the side table and uncapped it. He wiped the sweat from her body with the sheet and drew a straight line across her chest. He then added a series of dots on, above, and below the line. Scribbled letters appeared here and there. E. C. C#. She just watched him, too surprised to protest. The line of musical notes continued across her breasts, under her…
Number 3: Lead guitarists maintain a fast, steady rhythm most of the time, but switch to something more chaotic and spontaneous in the middle of the act.
· Backstage Pass pg 95
Myrna couldn’t take her eyes off Brian, not even to blink. She watched him stalk the stage, playing his guitar as if it were an extension of his fingers. It was almost as if he were making love to it. And she wasn’t jealous of the attention he paid to the strings. It excited her in a primitive way she couldn’t describe. Perhaps it was the ten thousand other people he engaged with his wickedly seductive fingers. When they reached the guitar solo, Brian took center stage and Sed moved to the back next to Jace. The crowd roared, bodies undulating against each other in a sea of flesh and sweat before the stage.
(Well, what did you think Number 3 was referring to? Pervs…)
Number 2: Lead guitarists can have just about any woman they want, so when they fall in love with you, you know you’re pretty freakin’ awesome.
· Backstage Pass pg 195
“I’m sorry,” she said.
“What do you have to be sorry about?”
“I didn’t mean to hurt you. I thought… I didn’t realize you treated me specially.”
He looked at her. “Why wouldn’t I? You are special.”
She snorted. “Brian, you can have any woman you want. There’s nothing special about me at all.”
“You sell yourself short, Myr. You’re wonderful. And I don’t want just any woman. I want you…”
And the Number 1 reason rock stars make great romance heroes:
They’re all well hung. (At least in my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, they are! Hot damn, pass the sugar!)
· Backstage Pass pg 30
She supposed guys didn’t want their cocks referred to as beautiful. She hadn’t called it cute at least. It wasn’t cute though, it was at least ten inches of smooth, gorgeous man flesh. […in the book, there’s a graphic description of a certain guitar hero’s beautiful man flesh here…] She tore her gaze from his cock to look at him.
“It’s a f*cking beast, Brian. You’re going to tear me in half with that thing!”
So what do you say? Are rock stars lousy romance heroes, or do they rock your world? And do you think it’s funny that Brian refers to his Willy-Wonka as “The Beast” after Myrna tosses him a manliness-cookie? Because I laughed my ass off every time I wrote it.
Thanks so much for stopping by today Olivia. I admit I died laughing when Myrna called Brian’s wiener a f*cking beast. LOL. –FV
Olivia would like to giveaway one personally autographed copy of Backstage Pass one lucky commenter (US or Canada). To enter leave a comment telling us if you’ve ever read a rock star romance novel or if you are a rock star romance novel virgin. 🙂 Good luck to all who enter!! Giveaway ends October 15, winner announced soon after.
Olivia Cunning’s Website.