Calisa Rhose Welcomes ~ Karolyn James

All Access (Brothers of Rock #1)

How did the writer’s journey begin for you?

I LOVED to read books as a child. I read everything I could, ranging from kids books to adult books. I read a full 500 page novel when I was eight or nine. That kind of started it all for me there. I started writing little stories, just for fun. I wish I still had some of those first stories! Of course, as I got older, I got better at writing until I finally started getting stuff published. The past year though has been the best year. I’ve seen several books reach bestselling status on and the launch of the Brothers of Rock series has only made that success greater!

I started the same way years ago, and though I don’t have any of my rock star stories now (my sister accidentally lost them) I do have a lot of my other stories that I pull out to read now and then.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

1. I have to drink three cups of coffee to actually wake up

2. I have ‘experience’ with rock stars… so I know what I’m talking/writing about!

3. I can’t get enough romance. EVER. EVER. EVER. EVER.

It all began when…

I walked through the aisles of a library. Studying the covers. The titles. The author names. Seeing how amazing it was that SO MANY WORDS could be written, shared, and enjoyed. There was something magical about being ‘lost’ in a library.

Where did you get the premise for this book?

KJ_BoRAllAccessRock stars. What could be sexier, right? 🙂  But honestly I wanted to capture the life of a rock star on and off stage. I came up with the idea for a successful band that’s out on tour but the members are battling their own lives. On stage they’re together as one, as a band of brothers even, but off stage they are five different men. They have hopes, dreams, heartache, and the longing for romance. The band is Chasing Cross and the first five books follows each band member as they fall in love, face the past, prepare for the future, and test to see just how powerful love can really be.

What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?

It’s real. As said, I know rock stars. I’ve been to concerts with 20 people and with 20,000 people. I’ve seen the ups, the downs, the lives, the deaths, everything. But off stage, musicians are people. That’s the best part about this… it’s rock star romance, sure, but they’re people. That’s what makes it so different for me at least. To see these rock stars off stage, and vulnerable.

Were there any difficult challenges or special subject matter you came across while writing this book/series?

The hardest part of the book (and series) is managing the band and their life! They’re sometimes on tour, sometimes off tour, sometimes in the studio, etc. It’s not just managing the book or the story, it’s the series!

What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?

I’m bringing romance to the table. The story of falling love. But with that comes the life of these rock stars. It comes with their pasts, their demons, and the battles they face, not just falling in love. There are some steamy scenes in the book(s) but they aren’t the dominating parts of the series, which makes it exciting. It’s just about sex all the time! These guys have feelings… and so do the women.

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

A belief in love. To fall in love with Johnnie (lead singer of Chasing Cross) and to feel happiness for Jess, who finally finds love and finds her ‘voice’ in more than one way. Also, I want them to be excited for the rest of the series! Readers get the meet the entire band and get glimpses at what’s to come!

Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?

The shocking ending leaves the opening for the second book featuring guitarist Davey…and the same could be said for the rest of the band. They’re all facing problems, just like everyone else in life.

With ALL ACCESS, a contemporary romance series begins that explores, life, love, and music. Join the five band members of Chasing Cross as they find that there’s more to life beyond the stage.

Why don’t you share some of this book with us?

Well, sure!

Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He’s mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there’s something hidden about him.
As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can’t believe she doesn’t recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you’re the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie’s side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.
After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn’t know much about the band, but that’s all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can’t believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.
Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie’s passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess’s dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it’s not always an easy path to take.


Where can readers find you and your books?

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KJ_BoRBrokenSoundIs there anything else you want to share or add?

Just want to share my thanks and love to all the readers, reviewers, and bloggers who have embraced this series and all my books! Thanks to you all, Brothers of Rock will be extended beyond its original five book deal AND I have more romance coming soon!

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Brothers of Rock:

  • Book 1 – All Access – NOW AVAILABLE!
  • Book 2 – Broken Sound – NOW AVAILABLE!
  • Book 3 – Bitter Farewell – NOW AVAILABLE!
  • Book 4 – Buried Notes – COMING SOON!
  • Book 5 – Last Song – COMING SOON!

I can tell you this is one series I’d love to read! After all, who wouldn’t like to know their favorite star? I know I would. Thanks for sharing your wonderful books, Karolyn!

Posted on 07/11/2013, in Blog Tour, Friday Fanfare, Goals, guest blogging, Interview, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Karolyn! Thanks for coming over to share your series!


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