I recently finished up first-round edits on Rock Bottom, my contemporary coming in June 2011 from Lyrical Press. Lyrical has great covers, so I can't wait to see the Rock Bottom cover!
I’m so excited! I love this story. The hero, Jet Trently, is a rocker. It’s what he knows and loves.
When I imagined Jet, the image resembles Tommy Conwell, whose song, I’m Not Your Man, is how my hero acted at the height of his fame. If you watch this video, Tommy’s love of creating music shines through.
Here's the unofficial blurb:
Can journalist Billie Prescott trust her heart to distinguish real love from reality television? A reporter for Philly rock magazine Strung Out, Billie’s assigned to cover the second season of Rock Bottom, a reality dating show starring has-been rocker Jet Trently. On site in Malibu. And just when things had begun heating up with her editor. Life went from blissful to bleak in a blink.
Jet Trently’s bored with Rock Bottom, but the show is key to reviving his sagging career. So says his manager, Stu. When Jet meets Billie, her cool wit and intelligence intrigue him, her natural beauty makes the contestants pale in comparison, and her passion for music excites him. Her relentless questions about making new music, however, hit a sore spot. He’d love to release new songs, but Stu cautions he’ll alienate fans.
Jet’s life has hit Rock Bottom—or so Billie thinks until she hears his latest songs. They touch her heart as his music did when she was 15. When he touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?
Last but not least, this story's dear to my heart because I dedicated it to my friend Jerry Trently, and named the hero for him. You can read more about that here.