Hard Rock Improv (The Lonely Kings, #3)Rose Alton had her future all planned out: excel at her career, find love, make a family and get rich. Then she got fired. Now after years of 90-hour work weeks she’s living out of her car and struggling to hold it together. Convinced she’ll turn it around any day now, keeping up appearances is her highest priority, but when Manny Reyes, her sister’s friend and drummer of the band The Lonely Kings, discovers her deception her secret is out… or so she thinks. To her surprise, Manny offers to keep her secret and invites her to Kauai, where he grew up and where the band is shooting their latest video. Rose hates to be anyone’s charity case, but with nowhere else to go and needing a vacation she reluctantly accepts and is whisked away to the island paradise. Rose soon discovers Manny isn’t like anyone she has ever met, rock star or not, Instead of preferring lavish hotels, fine dining, and parties until the break of dawn, when not on the set Manny prefers eating Spam, playing for change, and smoking out with the local hobos on the beach. But there’s a dark secret lurking on the island, one that plagues Manny, even when he’s on the other side of the ocean. As the heat between Rose and Manny builds, Rose begins to realize that there are some times when you need to break the rules…and that the only thing you can’t plan for is falling in love… Available Now for $2.99 at these major retailers: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo Books All Romance eBooks A note from Ava: Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I think. Sorry for the long wait, and please enjoy what turned out to be the longest Lonely Kings novel yet! If you like it, leave a review on Amazon to help other people discover The Lonely Kings! Sonya’s story is up next…and it’s a doozy. 😉 Best, Ava
In case anyone is wondering where I am, I am staring at an approximately 92% completed manuscript of Hard Rock Improv and this book has been giving me THE HARDEST TIME. I have been struggling to get it right for well over a month and a half now and I’m so close I can taste it, but the end keeps retreating like the horizon. It will be out. Soon. I’ve been slaving over it and trying to get it as good as can be… Incidentally, this is why I loved writing serials. When writing serials, there’s no time to agonize over whether or not it’s ~*perfect*~, but when dealing with full manuscripts the perfect is the enemy of the good, and the good is the enemy of the published.
I’m dragging myself toward the end. I like the book. But it doesn’t like me.
I was finally sobering up by the time the sun started to set and the rest of the band, with attendant significant others, came stumbling through the front door.
“Jesus shit,” Carter said, alerting Sonya and me to their presence. I turned and looked over the back of the couch to see him stagger across the marbled entryway. He collapsed just at the border of the living room, his long legs stretched across the white tiles behind him, his arms outstretched, and his pretty, boyish face planted firmly against the floorboards as he closed his eyes and appeared to hug the beach house. A huge sigh escaped him. “I thought we would never get done.”
“We probably would have been done sooner if you hadn’t decided you wanted to get a new tattoo during lunch,” Kent said drily as he stepped over his brother’s limp body. “That sort of thing can put a kink in continuity, you know.”
“Continuity, schmontinuity,” Carter replied. “A video is for five hundred million hits on YouTube. A tattoo is forever.”
Next to me, Sonya scoffed. “YouTube will probably still be around after you’re dead and I sell your tattooed skin for a line of fine leather purses,” she said. “I’ll be rich.”
Carter turned one bloodshot eye toward her. “And old,” he said.
“And rich. Rich can buy a lot of young. Especially in the form of pool boys.”
Has grown a bit bigger than I anticipated. Short novel sized. 50k words at least. *sigh* This always happens to me. I have another novella due in November… I’m not quite sure how long THAT one will be. Hopefully short. Then Hard Rock Improv should come out in late December.
In the meantime, because of the Rock Star Romance boxed set, this happened:
Yup. NYT and USA Today, bitches. Will post some RtW teasers later tonight or tomorrow.