Monday, March 5, 2018

Forbidden Song

Today I welcome author Brooklyn Ann, who's doing a virtual book tour for Forbidden Song , a romance available now from Boroughs Publishing Group. The tour will run February 26 - March 9.

Brooklyn Ann will be awarding $15 in Boroughs Bucks to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the following link:

I asked Brooklyn Ann to comment on the choice of genre. Here's what she told me:

Hi, I’m Brooklyn Ann. I got my start writing historical paranormal romance. You might know me as the author of Bite Me Your Grace. However, as much as I love writing about the scandals and ball gowns, and dangerous dukes, and of course, sexy vampires, I also love heavy metal music.

Something about shredding guitar riffs, fast drums, and powerful vocals makes my passion rise.  Aside from taking joy in the music, I’m also fascinated with the musicians themselves. The hard work they endure to fulfill their dreams, and the crazy situations they encounter on the road. I’ve read all about Ozzy Osbourne’s notorious exploits, Ronnie James Dio’s extensive accomplishments, and Dave Mustaine’s struggles with drug addiction as he sought to outdo the band he was fired from… and subsequently succeeded by creating my favorite band, Megadeth.

As I learned more about my favorite rock stars, I realized that there is more to the metal world than sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. They are passionate artists and although some are real jerks, others astounded me with their kindness to fans, and the charitable acts these musicians have undertaken.

Also, I realized that the music industry would be a difficult world in which to find love, with the constant travels from gig to gig, and the overzealous groupies. But of course, my romantic imagination spun a tale.

And that’s how my Hearts of Metal series was born. My heroines tackle the challenges of a male-dominated world, and find love and respect as a result. Some of them are metal musicians, others are women who have a deep passion for the music.

In Forbidden Song, the heroine, Christine Mayne is the younger sister of a famous rock star. Her brother has tried to keep her shielded from the music industry to protect her, which only makes her more determined to observe and become part of his world. Naturally, she falls for one of her brother’s colleagues, the exact type of rock star she was taught to stay away from.

Some information about the book then:


After having one of the worst experiences a young teenager could endure at the hands of cruel musicians, Christine Mayne's rock star brother Quinn tried to lock her away from the world. She had to fight to live her life, go to college, get her master's and enter her PhD program. Now, she's determined to complete her research on group dynamics by touring with Bleeding Vengeance, even it means deceiving her brother and lying to the band's fabulous lead singer, Cliff Tracey.

Cliff Tracey hates being manipulated, lied to and deceived. He'd know, having gone through a string of exes who had done just that. When he thinks he's found a kindred spirit, and a beautiful babe to boot, imagine his surprise - and disappointment - when he learns she played him so she can tour with his band to complete her PhD. When he finds out why, he knows he's in double trouble because Quinn Mayne will kill anyone who touches his sister, and Cliff Tracey has all sorts of plans for Christine Mayne that involves more than either of them ever expected.


Cliff turned back to Brand. “I heard Kat and Kinley brought on a new blogger for Metalness. Is she here?”
Brand chuckled and nodded. “Yeah, but I’d stay away from her if I were you.” And with that, the bassist toasted him with his beer and walked off.
Cliff shook his head. What the hell did Brand mean? Was he dating her? Kat hadn’t said anything about that. And, nah. If that gorgeous princess was Brand’s, he wouldn’t have laughed when Cliff asked about her.
Then the meaning behind Brand’s warning to stay away from the woman became clear: Since both Kat and Kinley had ended up joining their bands, Brand probably thought Metalness came with some sort of curse. Or, maybe the bloggers were witches who enchanted musicians. But unless the new chick was a drummer or something, Cliff didn’t have anything to worry about.
Maybe he should find out.

Author bio and links

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romances and urban fantasies, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.
Brooklyn Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.