Friday, August 12, 2011

Take a Joy Ride with Desiree Holt!



Who ever though that in the Fifties when deejay Allen Fried coined the term “Rock and Roll” the music—a blend of blues, country, jazz and gospel—would have such a major impact on our culture. But there’s no question about the fact that it has. We have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Aging but still highly popular rockers like Steven Tyler writing best selling books and judging on American Idol. Grunge icons like Kurt Cobain still casting their shadow over the industry. And let’s not even talk about The Grateful Dead. 
Do you remember the music you listened to in high school? College? On dates? Driving to and from work? I’ll bet a lot of it was and is rock in some form. And Ohmigod, who doesn’t think a guitar player is sexy, his body in fluid motion on stage as he coaxes and pulls the notes of a tune from his guitar.
In one of my many other lives I was in the music business, both as an agent and a manager, and my clients were primarily rock bands. I can still remember the excitement of walking into a club where one of my bands was playing, feeling the electric excitement in the air, watching the crowd go wild as the music filled the air. It’s a rush that isn’t equaled by anything else. Trust me.
Jackie Joyride 2011
Fast forward to the present. Last year I was lucky enough to be party of the Decadent Publishing crowd that went to Johnny Depp’s Viper Room to see a performance by Run Devil Run (a totally fabulous band, by the way). The moment I walked into the club, it all came back to me–the excitement, the rush, the headiness of the environment. But what really caught my eye was the bass player, Jackie Joyride. OMG! Can you say sex on a stick? Of course, I think bass players are the sexy foundation of any band. That heavy thump of the bass just gets you right where you live. I knew I had to write a story where the hero was based on him.

Joy Ride (notice the play on words!) was a labor of love to write. It’s all about who people really are and how they find themselves, with the world of rock music as the stage on which it happens. “Emma was the good girl poster child until she meet sexy bass player Marc–and he took her on the joy ride of her life.”

 

Out today at Decadent Publishing (and soon at all online bookstores) here’s a taste for you.
To celebrate the release, I’m selling t-shirt,, mugs, water bottles, whatever in my CafĂ© Press store with the specially designed logo for the band in the book, Lightnin’. Leave a comment and you might be one of two lucky people to win a mug or a t-shirt.

23 comments:

irishshammrocks said...

I just broke my fav. mug! I would love a new one! :)

Barbara Elsborg said...

I love all sorts of music but if I want something to get my blood pumping and my legs moving, some sort of rock works every time. Even better if I can make out the lyrics - not always possible - because they often inspire a story.

Desiree Holt said...

Wait until you read the lyrics of a special song in this story. I got chills just writing them.
Thanks for coming to the party, ladies. And I hope you'll take a JOY RIDE with me.

Maureen said...

I remember the very first live concert I went to, and the high feeling I got from just the music.

Mmmm mmm!

Allie Standifer said...

Anything by Desiree Holt is bound to be hot, sexy with a touch of danger. This ones already in my iPad & I can't wait to read it.

Desiree Holt said...

Allie, here's your hug for the day!
Maureen, there's a great club scene in this book that will take you back to that concert.

Chele Blades said...

rock bands are awesome...they really know how to put on a show...but most groupies i can do with out...ok so that is just the jealousy talking...

can not wait to read this story...I love the cover

seachele71@hotmail.com

wendydbooks said...

We are a huge music family. Music helps with expressing oneself and can uplift a mood! My hubby and I have tried to raise our daughter with a love of all music...classical, hard rock, oldies, country, alternative, etc

books4me67 at ymail.com

Debbie Gould said...

I love music of all kinds. Much of it inspires my writing.
Congrats on the new release, it looks fabulous!

Desiree Holt said...

Rock music has been a part of my life for so long and writing this book was a real work of love. Hope you enjoy the JOY RIDE.

Sherry said...

Congratulations on Joyride.. Des.. You sweet thing are an inspiration..

Keep up the sexy work,

Love Ya,
Sherry

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, Sherry! Enjoy the book. It's a real JOY RIDE!

Toni said...

Just think either sleeping in the shirt and dreaming of Marc (Jackie) or waking up to hot cup of them. Sign me up!!

Heck, you already know what I think of the book...YUM!! I'll be able to look at the cover and know I'm looking at the real man.

tsteinerid(gmail)

Leanne109 said...

Stopping by to show my support and give ya a big WAHOO!

HUGS!

Leanne

Desiree Holt said...

Toni, you crack me up! And yes, sleeping in the shirt is exactly what you're supposed to do.

Leanne,m it just wouldn't be a party without you.

Leanne109 said...

Well ya know I try! (wearing a stetson and twirlin a whip) oops wrong book, try that again (Wearing a wife beater, leather pants and carrying a set of drum sticks ;) yeah that's better.
Pants r too tight though can't... sit... down....

Desiree Holt said...

LOL! Leanne, you are too funny.

Becca Dale said...

I adore Jackie - he is such a cutie - so love the cover. This sounds so great, Desiree, and the logo idea is fantastic. I might have to blatantly use something like it in some way in the future. ;-D

Desiree Holt said...

I'll tell you, Becca, when I wrote the t-shirt into the story I thought how great it would be for fans to be able to buy gear with the band's logo on it. A friend of mine designed it and she caught it just right. And Jackie? He's the ideal hero. Just the right mix of badass and good guy that you want to take him home forever.

Lorraine said...

Would love to take a joy ride with you, Desiree! Love old time rock and roll. Can't wait to read it!
Lorraine Nelson
lornel@xplornet.ca

Desiree Holt said...

And quite a joy ride it is! Those of us born and bred on old time rock really have the moves, don't we?

Shadow said...

this book sounds great! i love music. old rock, especially from the 80's, is my favorite. :) rock music is so good. thanks for sharing.
shadow_kohler(at)att(dot)net

Mai said...

Congrats Desiree!! You are super duper talented, your stories rock!!