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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: Lyrical Press

Rockstar by Mina Carter

A sexy Rock Star. A man bent on revenge. One explosive love affair.

Zette Matthews, darling of the music industry, has it all: haunting voice, dramatic looks and curvaceous figure. Every woman wants to be her, and every man wants to be with her.

Unlike the rest of her fans, Jarrett Jensen isn’t content to adore Zette from afar. He intends to have her. Especially now as he finds himself in need of a wife before his birthday, or he’ll lose control of the business he’s run for years.
Revenge may be best served cold, but JJ prefers his hot, with a side order of pleasure, secured with a wedding band…

Rockstar. That’s all I started with. A title, a name for a book and a basic concept. Plus I’m a sucker for a good revenge storyline. There’s just something about an alpha male with a ruthless streak that captures my attention. Add in an agenda like the one JJ has and I literally couldn’t resist the temptation.

As a character though, JJ pretty much arrived and introduced himself, fully formed. It’s quite scary when that happens. Usually I take my time over character creation so to have this character turn up and tap me on the shoulder with ‘Hi, I’m JJ and I’ll be your leading man for this story’ was a bit of a shock. Other than that though, JJ was an absolute joy to write (Probably had something to do with me threatening to write him in a pink tutu in the final scene and ruin his street cred).
But like any story, JJ had to change. It was a revenge story in the beginning yes, JJ wanted revenge on Zette for leaving him years before. Of course, these things don’t always go as planned and JJ’s revenge turns around and bites him in the backside when he realizes Zette isn’t quite the scheming woman he’d taken her for.

With Rockstar I very much wanted to explore the nature of the revenge storyline. It’s one of the plotlines in romantic fiction I have a fascination for as there are so many ways it can turn out, and so many ways the power balance shifts from one character at the beginning to the other at the end.

So, Rockstar is my interpretation of the revenge storyline told through Zette and JJ’s eyes. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy reading,
Mina xx

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