Today I’m happy to have Sandy Wolters drop in to tell us about her two-book set, The Rock Star series. First a quick interview with Sandy.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married for 36 years now. I have two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter that just went through basic training at Lackland AFB. I’m an avid reader with very eclectic tastes.
How has your experience with self-publishing been and would you do it again or take a traditional route?
I would definitely do it again. Self-publishing is difficult to say the least. There are so many learning curves with this profession if you are going to be an Indie author. I’m a person that loves to learn, thank goodness, because you have to dig deep and take care of everything yourself from writing, managing a website, publishing your work at all the digital retailers, formatting it to a print format, marketing as well as anything else that may come up. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it to have control over the final product.
What was the inspiration for the Rock Star series?
As with many people, I love to listen to music. I also like to daydream about the people that sing and achieve public notoriety. We all hear stories of some of the absurd things that rock stars like as far as being pampered. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at two internationally known rock stars, Lilly and Clay, and see what makes them tick. Why do they do what they do? Even though they have everything they could possibly want, are they happy? What are their relationships like?
What do you like best about Lilly, your heroine from When One Door Closes?
I just really love Lilly. She’s in the business because she just wants to sing. She’s not in it for the trappings like her best friend, Clay. She’s a shy woman caught in the spotlights of stardom and all she really wants to do is live a peaceful, quiet life with family and friends. She’s so far out of her element; she’s lost herself and her purpose in life. After being hurt so badly by the person she trusted and loved, she digs deep and finds the strength to change her life.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently collaborating on a new paranormal mystery/crime drama/police procedural series. I’m having a lot of fun with it so far. It’s not romance, so it’s something new to me. I’m also enjoying working closely with another author and learning to give and take in the whole writing process. You have to check your ego at the door, which for an author can be difficult, but the first novel in the series is turning into something really special because of it.
We are using real towns and places in the book and I’m loving researching everything. We want it to be as authentic as possible when it comes to this series.
Now, let’s read a bit about When One Door Closes.
Her marriage a disaster, Lilly closes the door to her personal life. Can meeting Bruce open a door to a new life or will her fear shut her off from love?
All Lilly has ever wanted to do is sing, but being an internationally famous superstar has turned her life into a living nightmare. Closing the door on her destructive marriage, she runs to her best friend’s rural home in northern Arizona, hoping to stay out of the public’s eye and sort out her life.
Bruce Silk, a Flagstaff police officer, doesn’t approve of his brother’s rakish rock star lifestyle but still keeps an eye on his remote home when he’s out on tour. More than once he’s had to arrest groupies who invaded the property to steal some small memento from the famous Clay Silk. So why does he feel sucker-punched when he slaps the cuffs on this latest trespasser? When One Door Closes is the first book in the “Rock Star Series.” Each book in this series is stand alone.
Curiosity gripped him. Who was this woman his philandering brother seemed to care so much about? Bruce watched from the kitchen doorway as she finished preparing their hot cocoa. Her small size seemed incongruent with the amount of sensuality exuding from her. No wonder she’s Clay’s favorite, he thought as a pang of jealousy swept over him.
Dominating the room, her sensuous presence relaxed his cop perceptions and stimulated his male senses to a full appreciation for the view in front of him. Looking at her feet, he realized that despite the six-inch heels, the top of her head had only come up to his chest while he was handcuffing her. Damn, he thought, she is one fine woman. Who the hell wears those kinds of shoes sitting on a back deck all by themselves?
Observing her skintight, leather-clad legs, lust filled him as his eyes and his imagination quickly moved to gaze at her curvaceous southern regions. Staring at her beautifully rounded bottom, his mind swiftly moved to a destination that he had not been fortunate enough to visit lately, even though it wasn’t for lack of opportunity. A lascivious grin, coveted by most of the women around these parts, crept across his face.
Lilly turned to find him leering at her, locked away in his own private daydream. Still it was a look she would recognize anywhere. She’d seen it countless times but never really appreciated it until tonight. Too bad, she thought, that I’m not the type of person to have a one-night stand, unlike my husband. A stab of fresh pain hit her in the chest, and she had to catch the sorrowful moan before it left her lips. No. I’m not going to do that to myself—not anymore. She had an inkling that if she let him, this man could make her feel better for a while at least. Letting these dangerous thoughts slip away, she cleared her throat to get his attention.
He came back from wherever his imagination had just taken him to find her smiling sweetly at him. As she moved toward him with the mugs in hand, he was grateful she had let him off the hook so easily. There was no way in hell he wanted to explain where his daydream had taken the two of them. It was bad enough that she obviously knew that his thoughts were lustful—no need for her to know how much further they had taken him.
Read entire first chapter excerpt: http://sandywolters.weebly.com/when-one-door-closes-excerpt.html
Purchase Links: ($1.99 digital)
Amazon Geo URL: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B00I6S8KA0
(Available in Print – $7.99)
Book 2 in the Rock Star Series is titled Another Door Opens. While this is the conclusion of the series, it is a stand alone book.
Can a man who has never lacked for women in his life meet the challenge when the woman he truly desires wants nothing to do with him?
Clayton Silk has reveled in the attention he receives as a rock star. His only close friend is Lilly, another international rock star, but she has chosen to step back from the spotlight and enjoy her relationship with his brother Bruce, which has started Clay thinking about his life.
When he decides to take a break from touring and spend some time with Bruce and Lilly, he meets a woman who drives him to distraction, a woman who resists all his usual charms, and makes him wonder what it will take to break down her resistance before he loses his mind. As he discovers, it may just cost him her life.
They were both startled when Barney picked that moment to come running through the house. He moved back and forth in front of them with urgency. When all he got was curious looks, he stopped and gave them both an inquisitive stare.
Nancy reached for the dog. “What is it, boy?”
Barney started to whine quietly, his big blue eyes almost hidden from view because of his wrinkles, but still able to convey his consternation through his expressive face. Nancy set her beer on the table and moved forward so her knees were almost touching the mammoth-sized dog. “He looks like he’s in distress, Clay. What’s wrong with him?”
At that moment, both Nancy and Clay heard a faint voice. “Help! Help!”
Nancy jumped back and practically landed on Clay’s lap. She grabbed his leg and held on for dear life. Never taking her eyes from the dog, she yelled, “Did you hear that? Clay, did you hear that? Did Barney just actually say help?”
Something akin to terror sparked in Clay’s eyes as he looked at the enormous dog in front of him. Shit, he thought, this can’t be happening! Did the damn dog actually find the spooks and get himself possessed? Unnerved because he no longer knew what to expect with the disembodied voices and where they were coming from, Clay’s voice broke when he spoke. “Barney?”
Panic set in, and Nancy’s fight or flight instinct raised its ugly head as the dog moved slowly toward her with a look of desperation in his expressive eyes. The death grip she had on Clay’s leg would definitely leave bruises.
The beast gradually opened his mouth and spit a slimy, mucous-covered, green mass of feathers out on her cozy, white bathrobe. Nancy jumped and gasped for air at the sight of the unmoving bird covered in goo and lying limply in her lap, its bony little legs straight up in the air with talons clinched tight in a death grip.
Nancy and Clay, stunned at the gift Barney had brought them, stayed perfectly still, not knowing what to do next or how to react.
Barney nudged the bird with his cold nose and whined. The bird chose that moment to move as fast as possible to get away from its captor. It turned quickly, gained its footing, and ran as fast as its little legs would carry it up the bathrobe. With determination, it dove down the front opening of the robe and found respite between the warmth of Nancy’s bare breasts.
Jumping up, Nancy stood there, stunned, not knowing what to do, arms spread wide, fists clenched and chest heaving, her body stiffened with pure panic. Her eyes, filled with hysteria, darted toward Clay, whose eyes crinkled with humor. He had his fist pressed against his mouth to stop the laughter, but one look at her standing there, ready to freak out, and he burst out laughing.
The bird chose that same moment to stick its head out of the opening of the bathrobe. “Help,” it yelled once again. She felt it shaking with fear and realized the poor thing was only trying to protect itself. Barney tried to reach out with his nose to comfort his newfound toy, but the bird quickly retreated back into the warmth and safety of Nancy’s breasts.
Read entire first chapter excerpt: http://sandywolters.weebly.com/another-door-opens-excerpt.html
Purchase Links: ($1.99 digital)
Amazon Geo URL: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B00PQT7MRO
(Available in Print – $7.99)
About The Author:
Sandy Wolters is a prolific writer with five other novels to date. Soul Mates, her steamy time travel romance, won first place in the Paranormal Romance Guild’s 2013 Reviewer Choice Awards for Paranormal Romance-Novella.
Sandy’s Spotlight Blog: http://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight
Twitter @SandyWolters: https://twitter.com/SandyWolters
Books by Sandy Wolters:
Maggie Mae – Steamy contemporary romance with a ghostly paranormal twist
Justice For Emily – Steamy romantic suspense/crime drama with a ghostly paranormal twist
A Brother’s Love – Contemporary romantic suspense
Soul Mates – Award winning, steamy time travel romance
Rock Star Series:
Book 1 – When One Door Closes – Steamy contemporary romance (stand alone) – Bruce and Lilly’s story
Book 2 – Another Door Opens – (Conclusion to series) Steamy contemporary romance with a ghostly paranormal twist (stand alone) – Clay and Nancy’s story