Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rockin' the Alternative by Morticia Knight: Guest Post

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The Real Inspiration Behind Rockin’ the Alternative

When Totally Bound approached me to write a story for their new What’s his Passion? imprint, I knew immediately what passion I would write about. I love music, but I was very specific about what genre of music. It would be rock, but not just any type — it had to be alternative rock.

Before I turned my sights to writing again, I took a fifteen year journey crawling through the trenches of the music industry in Hollywood. I was the lead singer/songwriter in two bands — one was more late eighties hair band than anything else. The photos and recordings from that stint are blackmail worthy. Yes. I back-combed. *shudders*

I finally redeemed myself (maturity is a wonderful thing) by putting together a group of genuinely talented musicians who all shared a love of what we called ‘alt rock’. It was a newer genre in the mid-to-late nineties and encompassed bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Collective Soul, Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, Radiohead and many others. Mixed in were the grunge bands ala Nirvana and Pearl Jam as well as industrial rock ala Nine Inch Nails.

For a few short years I was on the fringes of that scene. I toured the West Coast of the U.S., charted on college radio and consistently played the famous Sunset Strip. But there’s a whole other side of the Hollywood entertainment industry that isn’t experienced unless you manage to dip your toes into the poisoned waters of the business aspect. What I have to say about that would encompass an entire book, so I won’t go any further than that for now!

The one thing that has always remained consistent regardless of any other consideration, is how much music drives me. When I write, it flows better and brighter when I have the headphones than when I don’t. For my two lovers in Rockin’ the Alternative, it’s what brings them together and what binds them. It’s their passion.

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.

Buy Rockin’ the Alternative HERE.     

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.


To celebrate the launch of What’s his Passion? Totally Bound Publishing are giving away a bundle of great prizes. Enter for your chance to win HERE.

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