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I gotta give Susan props. When she sent over word that Cecilia Tan was going to be releasing the second book in her Secrets of a Rock Star series, she also included the note that she had the NetGalley widget for it.

So maybe it’s not right that I’m coveting this book. Because, you know, I’ve got a review copy pending.

But on the other hand, YOU should be coveting this book. Go and preorder it now if you can, from your favorite retailer (and remember: shop independent when you can, and there are other stores besides the Big A to buy books from). And then, on August 2, it’ll be in your hot hands and you can read it, too.

What’s it about? Oh, who CARES? This is Cecilia Tan, it’s the second in a series after a book I adored, and it’s Cecilia Tan!

But if you need to know, here’s the description:

Gwen Hamilton is always looking for a thrill. Not even running a secret BDSM club can fulfill her true desires. It’s only when she’s backstage at a rock concert and attracts the eye—and experienced hands—of guitarist Mal Kennealy that she finds that perfect combination of danger and excitement she’s been craving. Calling herself “Excrucia,” she revels in his uncompromising dominance each night. And yet by day, he knows her only as Gwen, his new escort for public appearances.

Excrucia blows Mal’s mind with her enthusiastic submission to his harshest commands. Even though he has a reputation for never seeing the same woman twice, he can’t help being tempted by the woman willing to fulfill his every fantasy. And when Mal discovers that Gwen—the sweet arm candy designed to soften his surly public image—is really Excrucia, he never wants to let her go. Finally he can indulge his absolute power. But dancing too recklessly on the razor’s edge could cut deeper than he bargained for . . .

Seriously. Preorder it. And watch this space for my review. Whee! Can’t wait!

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Years and years ago, my sister handed me a book. And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to you, by Bay Area writer Kathi Kamen Goldmark.

For me, it was the first time I thought of Rock Fiction as a real genre. Maybe for my sister, it was foreshadowing, since she wound up in the Bay Area. You’d have to ask her.

Even beyond that, though, my copy holds a place of honor on my shelves. I truly loved that book, and every now and then, I debate re-reading it, to see if it will hold up since I’ve lived so much since I first read it. But then I think that as much as I loved it the first time, if I don’t love it this time, I’ll be shattered.

I doubt that’ll happen, to be honest. People continue to rave about this book. I’ve even had a chat with Goldmark’s literary agent about … the purpose of this post.

Goldmark passed on a few years ago, leaving behind an awful lot of unhappy friends, family, and fans. She also left behind one darn smart husband, who decided to take her mostly finished second novel and see it be published.

That book seems to have been released in June, and I totally need it. Just on principle. Just because the first book touched a chord so deeply within me — and within so many others, too.

Here’s the description. Maybe not as Rock Fiction as you may be expecting. But I bet this book rocks anyway:

Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s first novel, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, earned praise from an assortment of well-known authors including Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Scott Turow, Judy Collins, Rita Mae Brown, Carl Hiaasen, and Roddy Doyle; and received positive reviews in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.

Completed shortly before her untimely death from breast cancer, Goldmark’s Her Wild Oats is a honky-tonk road story about two unlikely pals: A smart young woman, Arizona Rosenblatt, leaves home and her role as assistant to a high-powered Hollywood executive when she discovers her husband is having an affair with a woman from Jews for Jesus; and thirteen-year-old Otis Ray “Wild Oats” Pixlie, boy genius harmonica player. In the end, Otis Ray learns what it means to be an adult, Arizona discovers the life she wants, and they both figure out the true meaning of love and family.