Friday, July 12, 2013

Heart of Rock and 1974!

Buy Heart of Rock HERE

By Karyn Gerrard
I decided to set Heart of Rock in 1974 because at heart, I’m nostalgic. Also, if I was going to set a story in the 70's, I wanted to do it before disco (not a fan) caught on in a big way.

I will no doubt age myself, but I was a tween in 1974, so I remember a lot. Hard to believe but color TV only started making inroads in the early Seventies. By 1974 it had become the standard. It’s the year we got one. Watching Bonanza color! Far out!

We also obtained cable TV. After a childhood of black and white TV and two Canadian channels (which did show some American programming) we now had all the channels from Bangor, Maine! Whee! (I grew up on the East coast of Canada)

One of the top selling songs in 1974 was Kung Fu Fighting by one-hit wonder, Carl Douglas. Yep, I had the 45 record. Though classified as Funk, it had that annoying disco beat that soon took over the music charts. 1974 is also when Abba hit the charts. (not a fan) However, on the upside, Canadian rock group, Rush, hit the charts as well!

My hero, Brogan Byrne, is a rocker all the way (and Irish!).The name of his rock group?—wait for it—Byrne n' Flame. Sorry. Couldn't resist.
This erotic romance is not about the technical ins-and-outs of the rock music world, but rather a story of boy meets girl. Girl (heroine Carly Montgomery) doesn't take any guff; her tough outer shell is a protection from past hurts. Boy isn't exactly likeable a lot of the time, and carries a lot of baggage. Brogan may just have found the one woman to help him carry the load.

Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of 1974 rock-music success. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A past memory weighs on his soul, affecting his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?

NOTE: This is a re-release, it was available a few months in 2012 before I had to get back the rights from another publisher. With more than 5000 words added and a new edit, this!  My thanks to Decadent Publishing! 


Anonymous said...

Great cover!

Barbara Elsborg said...

Just what I was going to say, writer - it is a great cover!!