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Mar 19, 2014

Rock It Blog Tour: Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Rock It Blog Tour hosted by Barclay Publicity. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Rock It, an amazing guest post by Jennifer Chance, and the epic tour wide giveaway to share with all of you, so stick around and don't miss a second of any of it! ;p

About the book:

Title: Rock It (Rule Breakers, #1)
Author: Jennifer Chance
Publisher: LoveSwept
Release date: March 4, 2014

Jennifer Chance unleashes her hot new series with the tale of a smoldering rock star and the fangirl who catches his eye—and finds herself living out her wildest dreams.

Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it doesn’t hurt that IMO Worldwide Media represents Dante Falcone. The rock god has starred in her fantasies since she was sixteen—and remains her secret crush to this day. So when Dante picks her to be the interim manager on his Dream It tour, Lacey can’t believe her luck. Handling Dante is sure to be the most exquisite, spine-tingling, nerve-wracking mix of business and pleasure ever.

Although Dante is grateful for the adoring fans who scream for one more of his full-throttle, soul-searing songs, being surrounded by a cadre of corporate types backstage is wearing thin. Then Lacey shows up. Yeah, she’s organized, smart, quick to get him what he wants before he knows he wants it—but Dante senses there’s something else going on with sweet, sexy Lacey. One kiss tells him what that “something” might be . . . and makes him hungry for more.

“Jennifer Chance’s Rock It is perfect for those of us who like our books the way we like our rockers: smart, sexy, sweet, and a damn good time!”
—Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Unbreak Me
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Excerpt from Rock It:

Either Way, You’re Screwed

“Why can’t I find a rock star to hang out with me for a weekend?” Anna moaned. “I can’t even find an ordinary guy to go out on a date with me.”

Lacey shot Anna a rueful glance. It was already June, and Anna was locked into being a bridesmaid at the mother of all society weddings at month’s end. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but Anna had been working the story of an imaginary boyfriend for so long, even Lacey forgot that the sexy lover who was Anna’s constant excuse for missing weekend trips, evening parties, or pretty much anything more than a text exchange with her work and college pals wasn’t a real, live, flesh-and-blood man. But now Anna was going to have to produce said man to keep her tenaciously matchmaking friends from hooking her up with some loser at the upcoming wedding, and that . . . was going to be a trick. Since, you know, the guy didn’t exist.

“Dude, you haven’t even really looked for a date,” Dani pointed out now, drawing a scowl from Anna. “I keep offering to set you up at the bar, but you’re always working. Like night and day and night again. Makes it kind of hard to get busy.”

“Busy is not what I need,” Anna grumbled. “I just need a date, not anything more.” Then she perked up, flashing Lacey a grin. “Besides, Lacey is going to be ‘busy’ enough for all of us. Because she’s going on tour. With a rock star. Who looks like he’d just as soon rip her clothes off as talk to her.”

“Oh, please,” Lacey said, feeling the blood rush into her cheeks again, her heart doing a happy little stutter step. “Dante is not interested in having sex with me.”

For the barest moment, all of the air seemed to get sucked out of the brownstone’s kitchen. Then it whooshed back with three women dissolving into abject gales of laughter.

“You’ve got to be kidding—”

“Did you see the way he looked—”

“Girl, you’re not going to get out of the parking lot, let alone the city—”

“Enough!” Lacey held up a hand to stay the onslaught. “This isn’t about me hooking up, okay? This is my job we’re talking about here. If it got out that I slept with a client—that I so much as have a crush on my client—my reputation would be absolutely shredded. For every moment of this fourteen-day tour, I’ve got to play blue-ribbon babysitter to a guy who could make or break my career. I can’t afford to screw up.” Lacey shook her head. “And I can’t afford to screw him.”

Dani leaned back against the kitchen table, lifting up the last steaming pastry from Anna’s early-morning bakeathon. “Then it looks like either way you’re screwed, sweetheart.”

Want to learn more about Rock It? Be sure to check out this exclusive interview with Jennifer Chance!

What’s your favorite thing?

Boys with tight tee-shirts and silky dark lashes
Girls who work night jobs to pay for their classes
Lovers who try to make good on their dreams
These are a few of my favorite things! (about NA)

Writing New Adult romance has been an absolute blast for me, but to understand why, you have to know a little bit about my own writing journey.

I fell in love with writing when I was just a young teen, crafting a tale that we would now classify as fan-fic (think a mash-up of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars worlds) as well as one about a girl who discovers a Silver Key and takes off on choose-your-own-adventure style journey. Even back then, however, I was all about mixing romance with my adventures.

Fast forward (cough) years, when I finally got serious about writing for publication, and the first stories I wrote were about young twenty-somethings falling in love. Those tales didn’t connect with New York at first, so I turned to paranormal and historical romance, eventually getting my start as a writer of Elizabethan spy girls stories (under a different name). But my contemporary romances just wouldn’t let me go, and I finally returned to that world with the opening of the Rule Breakers series: Rock It.

Once I stepped back into the realm of young, contemporary romance, however, I realized that there were certain things about these books that I particularly enjoyed—and so for your reading pleasure, here are my top five!

5. Boys, boys, boys

No doubt about it, NA romance definitely features boys: cute boys, driven boys, boys with bad attitudes. Heck, just in the Rule Breakers series, you have rock star boys, biker boys, military boys and playboys. With so many boys to love, how can you choose just one!?

4. Dreams are free (some assembly required)

The heroes and heroines of my books are generally in their early 20s, just out of college. They have their whole lives ahead of them, but the decisions they make now are critical to ensuring they’re on the right track. So thinking about, planning for, and going after one’s dreams are big themes for me.

3. Love… exciting and new

(And yes, I know NO ONE will get that old TV show theme reference!) Romance in your early twenties is like no other time in your life. Everything seems to matter so much more. You haven’t had (too much) time to get jaded, you still believe in true love, and you still think maybe, just maybe, you can have it all. What better setting for a romance novel?

2. Ten thousand stories in the naked city

The diversity of NA romance also makes it incredibly appealing. You can write about students still struggling to finish their college careers, new grads searching for that first job, or young guns out in the corporate world. You can write about cowboys, cops or werewolves, if you’d like. New Adult romance tends to focus on slightly-more-mature coming of age stories, but beyond that, the only guidelines you “must” follow are your own!

1. When you wish upon a star…

And the best part about writing NA? The fact that at the age of most NA heroes and heroines, the future is brilliantly bright. You can accomplish anything! I tend to write “wish-come-true” romance vs. super angsty or dark themes, but to me, that’s part of the beauty of the genre: No matter which story you choose to tell or how you choose to tell it… that happily ever after is always within reach.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on NA romance! And happy reading wherever your TBR stack takes you next.

About the author:

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the New Adult series Rule Breakers. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. Visit her website and find her on Twitter.

Connect with Jennifer Chance: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

  • An iPod Shuffle
    • (open to US entrants only, if international entrant is chosen they'll receive a $50 gift card to the eTailer of their choice).
  • Additionally, Random House is sponsoring the tour with a $50 e-giftcard, and swag including a Loveswept mug and tote
    • (open to US entrants only).

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1 comment:

  1. Momo! Thank you so much for hosting Rock It on the blog tour, and I'm in love with your site. :)


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