Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Release: Come Undone

Finally! Come Undone, book 1 in the Rock Hard series about goth rockers, Black Halo is out today. I feel as if I've been waiting forever for this moment. I'm really tied to Xane and the boys, and hope my readers are going to love them as much as I love writing about them.

I'm currently working on Come Together, book 2 in the series, which is also about Xane and Dani's relationship. In addition to that, I'm working on what I think will be a series of three novellas about Ash Gore, the band's lead guitarist.



On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone?
 Come Undone is available from the following vendors:





 Sneak peek at Xane and Dani's first meeting.

Another few paces on, and she stopped to perform a double take. Hang on … Wasn’t that Ash Gore, the Black Halo lead guitarist, lounging against the stacks? Why wasn’t he on stage with the rest of the band?

Unless he had an identical twin brother?

Nah — it would have cropped up in interviews. Stuff like that gave the fan girls wet dreams. Nor did it account for the thick rim of kohl around his eyes or his crazy metal-head hair. Or indeed, why Rock Giant hunched beside him on top of a busted amp.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pepper


As if the household wasn't crazy enough already, we've added a puppy into the mix. This is Pepper, my new writing companion, she's a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise cross, and a mere 10 weeks old. I'm not sure she's going to help me produce many words, but maybe that'll change once she's settled in properly. Right now, she's doing a sterling job as a foot-warmer. Apparently, she thinks resting her fluffy head on my foot while she sleeps is an ideal arrangement.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Mr Ash Gore

Last, because he was so busy entertaining the fans that we couldn't pin him down, is Ash Gore. Welcome Ash.

Ash Gore

Position: Anything involving the girl’s head being lower than her hips. Oh, you mean in what instrument I play. Well in that case, lead guitar.
DoB:  11th January
Vitals: Black hair, blue eyes, 5ft 11”
Hobbies: Licking. (Interviewer: You mean your guitar? Ash: Anything really.)

Born Ashley Ryan, the younger of two brothers, Ash Gore learned to play guitar after listening to his dad’s Hendrix collection. Ash maintains that he had no formal guitar training; rather he plays the music as he sees it in his head. Ash typically uses a range of hammer-ons and pull offs to speed up his riffs and soloing, particularly good examples of this can be heard in The Garden of Lost Time and Lilith Licked.  The latter is Ash's favourite Black Halo track to date.
 
Completely dedicated to the band, Ash maintains that he has no time for hobbies as his quest to entertain the fans takes up all of his time and energy. 


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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Her Husband's Lover Print Giveaway.


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Who Put a Girl in Here?

Elspeth Shriik 


Position: Keyboardist & Backing vocals
DoB: 12th April
Vitals: Hair: Blonde, Eyes: Blue, Height: 5ft
Hobbies: Clothes designing.

‘The only woman in a land of giants,’ is how Elspeth Shriik (born Elspeth Laura Shaw) once described the experience of performing on stage with Black Halo. Standing at only 5ft, diminutive Elspeth is the keyboardist for Black Halo, and also provides haunting backing vocals, which perfectly mirror Xane’s harsher sounds.

Elspeth is an only child, but grew up in an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family were heavily into the folk scene, which is how she met and became friends with bassist, Paul Reed.

Elspeth is often rumored to be romantically linked to vocalist Xane Geist, though neither party is willing to confirm or deny that they are intimately involved. Elspeth is also frequently seen out with Paul Reed, though the pair maintain they are best friends and nothing more.


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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Drummer boy...

Steve Matlock

Position: Drummer
DoB:  17th October
Vitals: Hair:Black, Eyes: Blue, Height: 5ft 11”
Hobbies: Swimming.

Co-founder of Black Halo along with Xane Geist, Steven Aaron Matlock is the older sibling of Jilly Matlock, and a native of Cornwall.

Steve met Xane at high school aged 11 and the two quickly became friends. They’ve been hanging out together ever since. They formed their first band together Halo aged 14, and have remained together through numerous incarnations and line-up changes.

Steve is an enthusiastic swimmer and would love to see a tour bus that incorporates a pool. His favourite place to swim is in the ocean. He hates the gym, preferring to get his work out on stage.

Inside sources tell us that Steve is romantically attached, but refuse to reveal the identity of the luck lady.

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Monday, August 05, 2013

On bass...

Paul "Rock Giant" Reed


Position: Bass Guitarist
DoB: 31st May
Vitals: Hair: Black/Red/Purple (depends really), Eyes: Hazel, Height: 6ft 6”
Hobbies: Martial Arts with a preference for Kung Fu and Chinese Broadswords.

Born Paul Matthew Marcus Reed, to parents Deborah and Marcus Reed of legendary folk rock band, the Toll Puddle Martyrs, Paul initially rebelled against a role in the spotlight, dedicating his efforts into martial arts training, and only learning to play guitar in order to please his mum.

It was while touring folk festivals across Europe, that Rock Giant met Elspeth, who would subsequently introduce him to the founding members of Black Halo.

At 6ft 6”, Rock Giant is one of the tallest if not the tallest bass guitarist currently playing. According to internal sources, despite his scary appearance, Rock Giant is really a big softy. We wouldn’t know, we daren’t get close enough to find out.

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Say Hello to Mr Yummy!

We're taking a break from introducing the band members today in order to flaunt the lovely cover for Come Undone featuring Mr Yummy. (Okay, so officially Xane has longer hair, but I'm imagining it's tied back :)) I'm all super excited about the release now. I'm also weirdly excited about the fact that it specifically states that this is book 1, like it's a proper series and everything :) I mean, I know it is, but that sort of makes it official.


I still don't have the official blurb, so here's the decidedly unofficial one:

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone?
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Friday, August 02, 2013

Black Halo cont.



Jan “Spook” Mortensen
Job: Rhythm Guitarist, Lyricist.
DoB:  29th February
Vitals: White blond hair, blue eyes, 6ft 1”
Hobbies: Photography & Scrapbooking

Jan “Spook” Mortensen is the rhythm guitarist for Black Halo. Born in Växjö, Sweden, Jan met fellow band members Xane, Steve and Ash at university in the UK. He is the fourth of five children. Spook’s solo techniques include sweep picking, sliding and legato work. He occasionally employs extreme whammy bar use. He is not particularly known for shredding, as his rhythms tend to be more melodic in nature, although examples include Midnight Wych and Hole.
The other members of the band tell us that Spook’s main passions outside of his music are for baseball boots. He owns several hundred pairs, and for cataloguing the band’s antics in his ever growing collection of scrapbooks.

He's currently single.


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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Introducing the Band

It's August, which means the date for my new release is on the horizon (29th August). Come Undone is the first in a new series of books to be published by Mischief, HarperCollins, following the relationship between Xane Geist, the lead singer with gothic metal group, Black Halo, and the woman brave enough to run away with him, Daniella Fosbrook.

I'm also planning a series of short novellas about the other members of band, the first of which will initially be exclusively available via my newsletter. I'll also be posting a sneak preview of the first chapter for Come Undone via the newsletter, so consider signing up if you haven't already.


So, let's start introducing the band. There are six members, Xane Geist (vocals), Ash Gore (lead guitar), Spook Mortensen (rhythm guitar), Paul Reed, (bass), Elspeth Shriik (keyboards), and Steve Matlock (drums).


Xane Geist
Position: Lead Vocalist, Composer and Lyricist.
DoB:   19th  July
Vitals:  Black hair, Yellow Cat's Eyes (rumored to be grey/blue), 6ft 2”
Hobbies: None that are printable.

Born Alexander T Liddell, the youngest of three siblings, Xane formed the original version of the band aged 14, along with drummer, Steve Matlock, Steve’s kid sister Jilly, and his cousin, Ric Liddell. (Note: Ric would later provide the artwork for albums, Belladonna, Darkly Hysterical and Beyond the Lich Gate, as well as an unreleased erotic artbook of the band.)

Xane is best known for his incredible vocal gymnastics, which incorporates both a metal growl and melodic singing. He's often described as being Beauty and the Beast in one package. Interestingly, his only formal voice training was as a choir boy while at boarding school.

Xane has a degree in Visual Arts, or something like that. He refuses to state from which University. He is currently single and has no known offspring.

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