Start the Fire
Love On Fire Series Book 1 by Cherié Summers Genre: Erotic Rockstar Romance
Adrian "Bolt" Hall doesn't give a shit about anything....except music.
His goal? Rock stardom.
In 1981, he is on his way. He has the look, the attitude, and a band that kicks ass.
The last thing he needs is a distraction. And that's just what SHE is.
From the moment he sees Melody wiggling her ass across the high school parking lot, he can think of nothing else. He vows to make Melody his. There's just one problem. She can't stand the sight of him.
Melody Stewart grew up in a life of privilege, with wealthy parents who shipped her off to boarding school when she was younger. As she returns to public school for her senior year, there's only one thing on her mind...fitting in.
She's not trying to attract anyone's attention, least of all that of an angry punk rocker intent on taking her virginity. A guy who will use her, then discard her as he has done to countless others.
Melody's determined to resist Bolt's advances...even it if means denying her own attraction to the spike haired, rockstar wannabe.
♥♥♥Start the Fire is a rockstar romance about falling in love and making love for the first time. If you love opposites attract, enemies to lovers, bully, new adult romance, Start the Fire will be a great addition to your library. ♥♥♥
Author's Note: This book contains a scene of sexual violence that some might find upsetting. Another character will step up to stop it. (This scene is further discussed in future books as these characters grow and mature) Other content matter includes child abuse and the deaths of loved ones.
“Be back in a minute,” Adrian shouted to the guys. Then he escorted Annette to her car. “Make it quick. What about Melody?”
“Don’t act as if you don’t have a clue. You tell me you like her, then you write some stupid song about her and get her upset. What’s going on with you two?”
“Calm down. Everything’s fine. I talked to her after school and I promise everything is great between us.”
“You must think I’m an idiot. Why don’t you leave her alone? Forget about her first day at school and let her live without your vengeance. She’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had and she’s very sweet.” Annette tossed a glance to the girl waiting on Adrian. “She’s not like the trash you’re used to.”
“You think I don’t know that?” Adrian leaned on Annette’s car. Hell, that’s what I like about her—and hate about her.
“Then leave her alone. She’s not your type.”
He winced. Did Annette think he wasn’t good enough for Melody? That all he deserved were the chicks that hung out at the club—the ones who so easily spread their legs for him?
“Will you please stop bothering Melody? For me? You’re family, and I care about you. I care about her, too. I don’t want to see my own cousin hurt my best friend.”
“I don’t want to hurt her,” he admitted, admiring his cousin’s loyalty to her new friend. “I do like her. A whole lot, in fact. But, she doesn’t exactly fit my image, and I have a reputation to uphold.”
“Oh? And is the reputation you’re protecting more important than Melody’s feelings?”
“I don’t know.” Adrian shifted his feet as he grew uneasy with his cousin’s questioning. There were too many unresolved issues with Melody. How could he even put into words the way Melody made him feel? “I like her at times, but sometimes I’d like to slit her throat.”
“Adrian!” Annette gasped as her hands flew to her mouth.
“Come on, you know I’d never do something like that.”
Annette turned away clearly mortified by his words.
He hugged her tightly and kissed the top of her head. “Sorry, I was joking.”
She turned back to him and smacked his chest. “It wasn’t funny.”
“Forgive me?” He stared down at her, pushing his bottom lip into a pout.
“Look, I believe you’re telling the truth about liking Melody.” Annette pulled from his embrace. “I think she likes you, too.”
Annette turned to the girl who was still waiting for Adrian’s return. She was staring at the two of them, arms crossed, rolling her eyes and tapping her foot.
“Be careful with Melody. I’m serious. She’s not like these girls. She went to an all-girls private school. She doesn’t know much about guys and dating.”
“I’m not so sure about that,” Adrian scoffed. “She’s always talking like she’s been around. After the scene with her today, I almost believe it.”
He smiled wickedly. “In her car. She may not know much about guys, but someone taught her a thing or two. She kisses like a pro.”
Annette’s emerald eyes widened. “You kissed her?”
Adrian’s grin stretched wider as he thought about it. “Yeah, and it was fucking amazing.”
“Well, don’t go teaching her anything else.” Annette poked a finger into his chest. “I know you. You’ll have sex with her once, and ditch her.”
“Maybe if I did, I could get her out of my system.”
“If that’s the case, let her stay in your system.”
Adrian laughed, then playfully punched Annette in the arm.
“Hey, if I’m not mistaken—” he said, ducking the punches she began returning in his direction— “you said something about Melody liking me.”
Annette stopped the childish play and opened her car door. “She said she loved your blue eyes, and that you were good looking…in a perverted kind of way.”
“She said that? Cool!” He smiled as he strutted around like a peacock.
“I knew you’d be thrilled.” Annette rolled her eyes. “Look, I’ve got to get home. I’ll see you in school tomorrow.”
“You’ll see me.” He winked. “But I’ll have my eye on Melody.”
Annette shook her head as she eased into her car. “You’re crazy, Adrian.”
“It’s Bolt, remember?”
“Bolt? Adrian? Doesn’t matter. You’re still crazy!”
Adrian watched his cousin drive away. Melody likes me! He pumped his fist in the air, feeling victorious.
He headed back to the van, and saw that the girl was no longer waiting on him. For some reason, he didn’t care. He wasn’t in the mood for another girl tonight. It seemed wrong for him to be with someone else after the kisses he and Melody had shared. Shit! What am I thinking? He smacked himself in the forehead. When have I ever not wanted sex? Melody is making me lose my fucking mind!
But the kisses they’d shared were hotter than anything he’d ever experienced before. He realized he needed to get his ass in gear and put the wheels in motion. No matter what Annette said, he needed to fuck Melody and be done with her—get her out of his head so he could go back to thinking straight and being his normal self again.
Burned By the Fire Love On Fire Book 2
Five years. Five long years without HER.
Melody. The only woman to ever break down Adrian's icy walls and capture his heart.
And not just Melody. But Adrianna, too. His child. A daughter he never knew existed.
Until now. And now, they can begin planning a future together.
But, Adrian's plans to spend time with his family are thwarted by a contractual agreement.
With his band, Lightning, forced to hit the road again, Adrian's world spirals out of control.
Melody becomes the object of desire for one of Adrian's longtime friends.
Adding fuel to the fire, is Adrian's former lover, who will stop at nothing to get into his bed once again.
And when Adrian's long lost mother reenters his life, the situation becomes even more explosive.
As the tour moves from city to city, the doubts and mistrust build. Suspicion turns into arguments. Arguments turn into fights. Fights become a separation.
Adrian and Melody's relationship will be tested in the cruelest of ways. Is their fiery love destined to turn into ash?
♥♥♥ Burned by the Fire is a rockstar, new adult, erotic romance filled with drama. It will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Adrian and Melody navigate (sometimes successfully and sometimes not) the most heartbreaking situations.♥♥♥
Author's Note: This book contains sex without consent and deaths that some readers will find upsetting. Other content subject matter includes parental abandonment, romantic obsession, suicide, violence, drug abuse, anger and jealousy. The events of this book will change the characters in profound ways that will resonate and become important in future books of the series.
At the door, Melody cleared her throat. She hadn’t expected to find her husband discussing her butt with his former lover. Why is Tempest here? Why is she touching him? She wanted to be angry with Tempest, but she wasn’t. Hitting her had helped. She was upset with Adrian—that he would allow her adversary in his room after everything that had happened.
“Excuse me.” She frowned. “I don’t mean to interrupt. Adrianna wants to know where she’s sleeping.”
“Guess that’s my cue to exit.”
As Tempest passed her, the two of them glared at one another. Tempest eyed her up and down, flipped her hair, smiled, and walked away.
Adrian smirked. “Jealous? Now you know how I felt watching you run to your pal Ringo.”
She closed her eyes, willing herself not to argue back.
“Where is Adrianna?”
She sighed deeply. “With Ringo.”
Adrian’s smile came to a halt. “He made it here? I shouldn’t be surprised when he has my wife and child waiting for him.”
Melody walked into his room. “She was excited to see him and asked him to play with her. They’re in Kat’s room. I wanted to say no, but I couldn’t.”
“I won’t hurt my child. We’ll have to gradually wean her away from him.”
“We’re still her parents.” Melody felt an ache in her heart. “Even if you and I aren’t together.”
Adrian grabbed her roughly, pulling her close. The hardness of his cock pressed into her.
“Is that for me or Tempest?”
Adrian answered by kissing her hard. She returned every kiss, wanting him as much as he obviously wanted her. His hands explored her body, then lifted her dress. His fingers slipped into her panties and one made its way inside her, finding her slick with wetness.
He put his mouth to her ear. “Is that for me or Ringo?”
Her face grew hot as she backed away. “I’m starting to hate you.”
“Good!” He gloated. “I’m sure you remember how much you hating me turns me on.”
“This isn’t high school,” she replied. “We have a child. Responsibilities.”
“Come here,” he demanded, pointing to a spot on the floor next to him.
“You push me away, then tell me to come to you? What is your problem?”
“My problem is no matter how angry I am with you, I still want to fuck the shit out of you.”
“Well, when I’m angry, I don’t want to fuck you.”
“So that was for Ringo.”
Melody fumed. She knew he loved being in total control of a situation. Although she did not want to fight, he was goading her into it.
“I only want you.”
Melody slowly ran her hands up his arms, then wrapped her arms loosely around his neck. Her lips travelled to his, kissing him sensually, nibbling his bottom lip. Her tongue travelled across his full pout as she ran her hands through his hair, loving the crazy feel of his spiked locks.
She heard Adrian suck in his breath and felt his cock grow harder. She stared into his eyes, and they seemed to soften. He ran his finger over her swollen lip and winced. She knew he was caving in.
Softly, he brushed back her hair. “It would be so easy to forget every problem and fuck you.”
“Yes,” she whispered, caressing his swollen cock.
“Nothing will be solved if I do.” He set his mouth into a hard line as he moved away. He’s still playing games.
“I guess it was for Tempest.” She turned to leave. As she walked away, she glanced back over her shoulder.
He was grinning. “Love that ass.”
“You are an ass!” She hurried down the hall, but not before she heard Adrian laugh out loud.
“Now there’s the little she devil I fell in love with.”
Raging Fire Love On Fire Book 3
It's been five years since Adrian "Bolt" Hall was given a second chance at life and he's made the most of it.
The anger and bitterness of his youth...vanished.
The drama and heartache of the past...gone.
Together with his gorgeous wife, Melody, Adrian has created a loving home and surrounded himself with loyal friends. And just when he thinks life can't get any better, his former band, Lightning is offered an opportunity to make a comeback
There's only one thing missing from this idyllic life, and it's something Melody desperately wants again....a child. But, no matter how many times Adrian makes love to her, his wife can't seem to get pregnant.
With his virility called into question, Adrian's perfect world begins to crumble.
A tragic death reopens old wounds from his childhood.
The band's search for a new drummer leads them to an excellent candidate—one with a very close connection to the man who raped Melody.
Long held secrets are revealed that not only break the hearts of his loved ones, but even puts the life of his best friend in danger.
And when Melody begins receiving myserious threats...it's all Adrian can do to keep it together.
With each new challenge, Adrian's resolve to remain the good man he has become is challenged. He struggles with the temptation to slip back into his old ways of jealousy, mistrust, and anger...the old ways that destroyed his band, took his children from him, and nearly ended his relationship with Melody. Can Adrian and Melody keep their fiery love raging? Or are they destined to be haunted by the ghosts of the past?
♥♥♥ Raging Fire is a rockstar, erotic romance filled with drama. The friendship that binds this band together is rock solid and their loyalty to one another is what keeps them going even in the worst of times. Be prepared for highs, lows, and a lot of sexiness from our main characters, Adrian and Melody.♥♥♥
Author's note: This book contains a scene of sexual violence that some readers may find upsetting. Other subject matter includes infedelity, parental abandonment, gun violence, domestic abuse, infertility, jealousy, and anger.
“Did she tell you what she did?” He turned back to her. “What my dad hired her to do?”
Melody cast her gaze downward. “Yes, she told me everything and apologized.”
He walked back over, grabbed her chin gently, and forced her to look at him. “Her hands were on me. I was hard, but I didn’t want her. She kissed me, and I turned her down.”
“She said that.”
“You never have to worry about me with anyone else. I only want you.” He sat on the bed again.
“And I only want you.” She pressed a soft kiss against his lips. “So, stop worrying about Gio.”
“I’m not worried about you wanting him…just the opposite.”
“Then there’s nothing to worry about.”
He stood again. “Damn it, Melody, you have no idea how you affect a man. You’re beautiful, kind to everyone, and intelligent. My father said you were the type of woman a man would sell his soul for. And trust me, I would. You are everything to me. So, you can’t sit there and say no other man couldn’t feel the same.”
“Gio won’t,” she persisted.
“Oh, for Christ’s sake.” He waved his arms frantically, obviously frustrated. “I’m sick of you defending him. I swear this is exactly like Ringo!”
* * * *
“Tell him, Melody.”
Adrian spun around. Gio stood in the doorway of their bedroom.
“What the fuck do you want?”
“I came to get you. We’re talking band stuff and need you. Then I hear you two arguing about me. I’m sick of it. I’m not trying to cause trouble. I’m not interested in Melody like my brother was.”
“Your brother said the same shit when I questioned his feelings about my wife. Said she was like a sister to him.”
“Melody is like a sister to me. Nothing more.” Gio stepped into the room and went to Melody’s side.
She reached out and held his hand.
“Seriously? What the fuck?” Adrian sneered.
“Tell him,” Gio prodded.
“Tell me what?”
“Gio, no. You don’t have to do this. He’ll get over this eventually. We’ve only had you in our lives a few months. He needs time.”
Turning bright red, Adrian pointed at himself. “You know I’m standing right here.”
“I should let the whole band know. I can’t keep it a secret forever.”
“Will you tell me what the fuck you’re talking about?”
Through the Fire
Love On Fire Book 4
Keith "Kat" Williams is the best friend everyone wants.
As bassist for the rock band, Lightning, Kat's level head and cool composure were the glue that held the band together, even in the worst of times.
His fierce loyalty to his best friend, Adrian, kept the band's lead singer on a path that eventually led him to marital bliss with his wife, Melody. Kat has always envied the love that Adrian and Melody share because it's something he's been unable to find....until now.
Kat believes he has found the love of his life with Annette, a woman he's had a crush on since high school.
Annette has left her unfaithful husband and is building a new life for herself and her three sons. In Kat, she sees a gorgeous man with a good heart. One who has always been there for her, even when her husband was not.
As Kat and Annette begin to look beyond the boundaries of friendship, they begin to see the possibility of a relationship that could last a lifetime.
There's just one problem...her husband wants her back.
Despite all his failures as a husband and father, Adam Bryant promises Annette they can pick up the pieces and put their family back together. But when his wife repeatedly refuses him, something snaps, and a dark, sinister side of Adam emerges—one willing to destroy every relationship Annette has ever had, and hurt everyone she loves.
Including their sons. Can Kat and Annette make it through the fire?
♥♥♥ Through the Fire is a rockstar, erotic romance. There's lots of drama, a hallmark of my books. If you find yourself laughing one minute, and then in tears the next, I've done my job. Kat and Annette will face many obstacles to get to their happy ever after, but with their loyal friends always there for them, they just might make it.♥♥♥
Author's note: This book's content matter includes the subjects of alcoholism, divorce, infidelity, the outing of a gay character, rape, suicide, jealousy, and anger.
Adam grinned. What was she thinking, letting me in? Maybe she had lied and had been drinking. Perhaps she wasn’t completely clear-headed. Whatever the reason, Adam knew he was about to wear out his welcome even more. It was time to go for blood.
“You’ve read these books for years. All this romance and wild sex. But, you never injected any of it into our marriage.”
“What?” She appeared confused.
“Maybe that’s why I strayed. Maybe I wasn’t satisfied with the generic sex you were offering.”
Hurt registered on her face, and he knew he’d struck a nerve. He didn’t like hurting her, but he also didn’t like her fucking Kat or destroying their family.
“Kat’s probably had enough wild sex when he was younger, so he doesn’t need anything crazy now.”
She jumped up from the seat and pointed to the door. “Get the hell out, Adam. I’ve had enough. I don’t know why I let you in.”
“You miss me, Annette. Be honest. You miss what we had. A family…a real family.”
“You were never there for us.”
“And is Kat here now? No. He’s off fighting crazed fans and singing to even more screaming women who’d love to fuck him.”
She bit her lip. “Kat isn’t like you. He’s a loyal, honest person. Always has been.”
“Except about Vegas.”
“I’m sure he wanted to tell me, but Adrian probably talked him out of it to protect my feelings.”
“Sure. Bolt worried about your feelings? He’s the biggest asshole I’ve ever known, and the last thing he gives a fuck about is people’s feelings, even those of the woman he claims to love so much.”
She put her hands on her hips. “Adrian loves Melody. He had problems in the past, but they have a wonderful relationship now, and you know it.”
Casually, he leaned back against the couch cushion and crossed one leg over the other.
“Did you know Giovani’s gay?”
Annette’s mouth dropped open slightly as she sunk back into the chair. “Why would you say such a thing?”
“One of my office assistants told me. Apparently, they go to the same gay bars as one another.”
Annette stared into her lap, shaking her head.
“Guess Kat didn’t mention that either.”
“Maybe because he doesn’t know. Maybe Gio wants to keep it a secret. People tend to keep that sort of thing quiet. Especially celebrities.”
He casually waved a hand through the air. “Well, let’s hope it stays a secret. With the way these tabloids are…”
His intent was not lost on her. The realization of what he was implying registered in her eyes.
“How could you even think about outing someone? In high school, you helped set up a safe zone for kids who were being bullied. Remember Daniel Roberts? He was one of the kids you helped.”
“Daniel Roberts doesn’t hang out with my kids.”
“You’ve never been homophobic! Why are you acting this way?”
“I’m not. But the courts are far more conservative. They might agree that Gio is a negative influence on three young, impressionable boys.”
She left the chair again, crossed her arms in front of her, and paced back and forth in front of the coffee table.
“This is too much, Adam.” She threw her arms up, clearly exasperated. “You have sunk to a new low. If Gio’s gay, then he’s keeping it a secret from his family. They’re very religious. How could you ruin his life like that? He’s a sweet guy.”
“So was his brother, Ringo.” He shrugged. “And look how he turned out. A dead rapist.”
Love On Fire Book 5
John "Buzzy" Thomas, keyboardist for the band, Lightning, has been called all these things. What he's never been called is someone's boyfriend. Or a man in love.
While his bandmates have settled or slowed down from their promiscuous days, Buzzy still enjoys the sexual perks of being a world-famous musician.
Then he meets Danielle, a young woman fleeing from an abusive marriage, and unfamiliar feelings begin to stir in his heart. He longs to protect Danielle and make certain she never hurts again.
Danielle Jones has had her share of disappointments. From a young age, life dealt her a difficult hand. But, with the help of Melody Hall and Douglas "Dagger" Meyers, she and her young son, Tyler, escape their house of horrors and begin again. For the first time, Danielle feels in control of her life. She has a job she loves and plans to continue her education. Even though she loves Buzzy, she sometimes feels smothered. And because of her disasterous past, she keeps him at arm's length, not able to fully commit.
With determination, love, and a healthy dose humor, Buzzy breaks down Danielle's protective wall. But, as soon as she gives him her heart AND body, a friend of Buzzy's comes forward with an announcement that alters all their lives.
Devastated, Danielle runs away from the pain of another broken heart while Buzzy sinks into despair as he struggles to do the right thing.
The band family rallies around the couple, trying to help them find a way back together. But only Buzzy and Danielle know if their hearts can heal and find their way back to one another.
♥♥♥ Hearts Ignited is a rockstar, erotic romance about two people touched by tragic events coming together and finding love, only to lose it. This single mom, second chance romance is sweet, funny, AND sexy.♥♥♥
Author's Note: This book contains a death readers may find upsetting. It also contains the subject matter of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
He felt terrible. Dagger had warned him not to rush things with her, and yet as soon as they’d sat down on her sofa, he’d been all over her. She seemed into it at first, but as soon as he slipped his hand under her dress, she’d freaked.
She stared at the floor, unable to meet his gaze. Often, he noticed she was like that, fearful and shy, afraid of everything and everyone. But tonight, he thought they had made a connection. The football game had been a great time, and she seemed to accept the idea that he, like her, had come from humble beginnings. She had loosened up a bit, even inviting him into the house. He’d been over before, but always with Tyler here, or their friends, but never alone with her. They had shared a few hugs and kisses on the cheek, but nothing like tonight. I went too far.
He kissed her forehead. “I should get home.”
“Are you upset?”
“Why would I be?”
“You’re used to women throwing themselves at you. And having lots of sex.”
“Who me?” He laughed, trying to lighten the mood. “I play keyboards. That’s like the nerdiest instrument in the band.”
Her gaze rose to his. “So, you are a nerd?”
“Hell no, but no one notices me. I’m in the background.”
“Didn’t Bolt call you a man whore the other day?”
“Bolt’s full of shit.” He grinned.
“Dagger said I need to be careful around you.”
Buzzy rolled his eyes. Dagger had been counseling Danielle for months. “Okay, so Dagger’s not full of shit. But I’m not someone to be afraid of.”
“I’m not afraid of you. You’re very sweet. But…”
“I’m still married, and things will be ugly when we go through the divorce. If Lyle knew where I was…or that I was with you…I don’t know what he’d do. He’s mean, Buzzy.”
Buzzy took her trembling hand. He was happy Dagger and Melody had convinced Danielle to leave her abusive nutcase of a husband. Bolt had even allowed her and Tyler to live in the house that was once his childhood home. Bolt had inherited it after his stepmother died. Danielle was safe here, and things were changing for her. She’d been working at Melody’s clinic and was becoming self-reliant. But she still came with a lot of emotional baggage. He didn’t know every detail. Dagger said when she felt comfortable, she’d open up to him. He knew it was bad, though. The day they’d met he’d seen the bruises her husband had left behind.
Buzzy wasn’t a violent person but seeing Danielle’s injuries had made him want to punch the idiot. It made him feel protective of her. Ever since they’d met, she’d been creating feelings inside him that were completely foreign. Bolt was right—he was a man whore. Until Danielle, he’d never met a woman he wanted to get close to. Traveling with the band, and then later as a studio musician hadn’t allowed him to form close bonds with women. Up until a couple of months ago, he was rarely home. Now that the band had been offered a new record deal and the chance to tour again, he’d been staying closer to home. That also meant being closer to Danielle. And the more time he spent around her, the more he wanted to see her.
“You’re safe.” He pulled her close, hugging her tight. “You’re going to get through the divorce…with me, and everyone else, by your side.”
When they parted, she smiled. “You’re all so good to me.”
“Because you’re a wonderful person, Danielle. Everyone who meets you, loves you.”
Her cheeks turned pink. “Including you?” Damn! Why did I say love? “Yeah…you’re a great friend. And I love all my friends.”
“I like being your friend.”
“Sorry, I’m an idiot.” He smacked himself in the forehead. “I’m not used to having feelings for a woman.”
“Look, Danielle, I want to get to know you better. I like being around you…and Tyler.”
She kissed his cheek.
“And I want to make sure that you never get hurt again. I want you to be happy.”
This time it was his mouth she kissed. Her lips lingered there, and he parted her mouth, invading it with his tongue. One of her hands wandered into his hair. His lips left hers and traveled down her neck. She shivered and pushed him away again.
“I’m sorry.” She bowed her head once more. “I want to. Part of me wants to…the other part says wait.”
“I know which part I’d listen to.” He rubbed her knee.
As a child, Cherié Summers, dreamed of being a writer. And it's in her dreams that Ms. Summers finds inspiration. At age eighteen, a dream she had about her favorite rock star, Billy Idol, turned into her first novel, A Melody for Adrian. But, Ms. Summers didn't get serious about publishing that novel until she turned fifty. Six years later, she has seven published books to her name.
Writing is only one of Ms. Summers' creative passions. She is also an avid photographer, specializing in portrait photography of animals, nature, and people. Another creative outlet she revels in is belly dancing. She teaches the art of Middle Eastern dance through her local community education program. She also enjoys traveling to music concerts and pop culture conventions with her daughter, Kayla. Atlanta is a favorite destination, and Ms. Summers' dream is to move there when she retires from her day job.
In 1983, MTV came to the remote part of Jacksonville, Florida I lived in, and my entire life changed. I was obsessed with so many bands of that time and one of my favorites was Billy Idol. One night I had a dream about him that inspired me to write my first full length novel. A story about two very different people falling in love with one another. Melody Stewart is the rich girl, straight A student who has been sheltered most of her life. Adrian “Bolt” Hall is the angry, punk rocker who falls in lust at first sight. I called it, A Melody for Adrian. (now Start the Fire).
Over the years, the story evolved and changed, but I always felt because of its sexual themes, no one would ever publish it. I eventually did that horrible thing inexperienced writers sometimes do and handed it over to a vanity press. Then I wrote a sequel. I didn’t try to sell that first book because I had no idea how. Was it young adult? Not with the language I was using. Then came Fifty Shades of Grey, and the New Adult genre. The game was changing. Writing explicit sex scenes wrapped up in love stories was selling, and here I was sitting on two books that could fit into the erotic romance genre. It was time to get serious about publishing. I had just turned fifty when A Melody for Adrian was accepted by a publisher.
Thus far, I’ve written five books in the Love on Fire series. I absolutely love my characters. I’ve grown up with them. I’ve laughed and cried with them. I’ve ripped their hearts apart and put those hearts back together again. When I wrote the first book at age eighteen, I believed it to be Melody’s story. Two books in, I realized, “No, this is Adrian’s story. His journey. He’s the damaged one.” I still count Melody as a main character. She and Adrian are front and center in the first three books. As I wrote their love story, the secondary characters began to step up and grow into fully developed characters. So, it was only natural to begin telling their love stories. Books four and five in the series focus on two of them, Buzzy and Kat. There are two more band members I will eventually write about, and well (spoiler alert) some kids are involved now as well, and because the story’s timeline begins way back in 1981, that means in today’s time the kids would all be adults….and well, I have lots of ideas for them.
Back to Billy Idol. On September 18, 2015, I met him before a concert in Nashville, Tennessee. (Ironically, that very date, albeit in 1987), is a VERY important date in Love on Fire). I rehearsed what I would say to Billy, worried that I’d clam up. Instead, I babbled on so much, his handlers told my daughter to get me out of there. Luckily, I was able to tell him my first book was being published and thanked him for his inspiration. He was gracious and thanked me right back. Nearly six years later, my books are listed in the punk rock eBooks on Amazon and usually hanging out in the top 100 somewhere near Billy’s autobiography, Dancing with Myself which I just so happened to be reading as we traveled to Nashville. I’ve always felt a strong connection to this man and in nearly forty years, that hasn’t changed. (Next time I’ll tell you about me and the ghost of Michael Hutchence)
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