Sunday, May 5, 2013

Avery and Marcus Interview Black Cat Records Trilogy

Love Evolution Book #1

Nineteen year old Avery Jones can play the guitar as well as any guy. Better Even.

Brutal Strength, one of the biggest bands around, needs a new lead guitarist.

Seems like the perfect fit, except for one big problem. Temperamental lead singer Marcus Anthony won't allow a woman in his band.

Read Love Evolution, a rock 'n roll adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Love Revolution Book #2
The 2nd book in the Black Cat Records Shakespeare inspired series has more MUSIC, more ROMANCE, and much, much, more STEAM...

The wheels of love are always turning at Black Cat Records. Things are just starting to settle down there, but two Texas sisters are fixin’ to stir things up again at the Vancouver record label. CEO Mary Timmons sets spirited country superstar, Sara Daniels, on a collision course with cocky rocker, Chris Alex. Meanwhile, Brutal Strength’s suave drummer, JR, has his head turned by pretty young intern, Samantha Daniels. Do all their highways lead to happiness or will the wheels fly off when the sisters’ tragic past comes back to haunt them?

Love Revolution is a rock ‘n roll romance inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and is the second book in the Black Cat Records Trilogy.

Love Resolution Book #3

To forgive or not to forgive…
There’s a storm brewing at Black Cat Records and lead singer Marcus Anthony and guitarist Avery Jones are at the center of it.
Brutal Strength is leaving Vancouver and heading out on a big stadium tour with the reprobate rockers from Tempest as their opening act.
Avery is forced to deal with a troubling figure from her past while being pursued by Tempest’s tatted bad boy, Bryan ‘Bullet’ Jackson.
Meanwhile, Marcus must battle his own internal demons as well as this rival for Avery’s affection.
Can Avery and Marcus keep their fairy tale happily ever after together when the prevailing winds of the real world are against them?
Love Resolution is the third book in the Black Cat Records series.
**A new adult contemporary novel with mature subject matter**

Interview with Avery and Marcus

“Good Afternoon. I’m Lisa from Three Chicks.  Jen and Kristie are covering another interview, so they won't be joining us today. I just wanted to say congratulations on your engagement. Have you set a date? Are you thinking of having a big bash or something quiet and intimate?”

“Thank you,” Marcus says. Not a man of many words. It’s obvious the adoration the handsome dark haired lead singer of Brutal Strength has for the woman on the overstuffed leather couch beside him. His sky blue eyes sparkle as he shifts closer to the flame haired beauty. He threads his fingers together with hers, pulls their intertwined hands to his mouth and presses a long lingering kiss on Avery’s knuckles. Twin spots of color appear on the recently turned twenty year old guitarist’s cheeks. Marcus lifts a brow as he pulls back and stares at her.

I use my iPad to fan down the heat on my own face. I feel like I’ve intruded on something extremely intimate and intense. Damn. There’s some serious chemistry between these two.

I clear my throat.
Avery’s emerald eyes flick to mine. “What was your question?” she asks.
Now I’ve forgotten too. I look down at my notes and repeat the question about the wedding date and the type of wedding they plan to have.
“Oh.” Avery suddenly seems a little unsure. “No. We haven’t made any firm plans.”
Hmm, I think. That’s kind of unusual. I lean forward in my upholstered chair and address Marcus. “What was it about Avery that captured your heart and made you change your life around?”
His expression turns serious, the playfulness that had been there a moment before erased. “Her soul speaks to mine. There’s a connection, an understanding between us that deepened during the songwriting process for the Love Evolution CD.” He lifts a tendril of her auburn hair and sifts it through his fingers. Her eyes flutter closed and I hear a soft sigh escape her lips. Another long glance is exchanged between the two. “Avery’s a gorgeous, capable, intriguing, generous, talented, and loving woman. I’m a very fortunate man.”
I lean forward, grab the bottled water from the coffee table that separates my chair from theirs. I take a sip letting the chilled liquid moisten my parched throat. “Avery,” I say and she turns her attention back to me. “How is your father doing?”
She stiffens ever so slightly, almost like she’s nervous. “He’s fine.”
It doesn’t appear as though I’m going to get much more from her than that. I shift my tactic. Maybe I can get her to talk about her brother. “Now that Justin seems to be standing on his own two feet again, will he be joining you on tour?”
She shakes her head, the glow from the pendant lights above creating shimmers of gold in her copper hair. “Justin is his own person. You’d have to ask him what his plans are.”
“Ok. Fair enough.” I scroll to the next question for Marcus. “Everyone has their demons to face. Yours are just much more public. Why do you think that you have had issues with sobriety, both before and after you met Avery?”
“That’s a pretty personal question.” Marcus hits me with a hard stare, his jaw rigid. I can tell he’s grinding his teeth together. “My problems with substance abuse have nothing to do with Avery. It’s my own burden to bear. It’s not her responsibility to keep me sober. It’s my own. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that having her in my life makes it easier to stay away from the stuff.”
Good answer, I think. “Avery, do you ever see yourself touring without Brutal Strength?”
She tilts her chin up to look at him. He gives her a subtle nod. Something is communicated between the two of them without words. “I’m considering the possibility, but haven’t made my final decision yet.”
“Marcus,” I ask. “What were you thinking when you acted like such an asshat to Avery after your accident?”
Six feet of lean sculpted male suddenly tenses before my eyes. I hear Avery’s sharp intake of breath. “Sorry, Ace,” he apologizes, loosening the grip of his fingers from hers. He focuses his attention on me. His expression is dark, but for a brief moment I’m sure I saw something vulnerable flash in those gorgeous eyes of his. “Obviously, I wasn’t thinking. Not rationally that’s for sure.” He pins me with an enigmatic gaze. “Haven’t you ever done something that you regretted, but thought was the right thing to do at the time?”
Avery puts her hand on his thigh. He covers it with his own. A little nervous now, I nevertheless plunge right onto the next difficult question. “Avery, what made you madder, thinking that Marcus actually did what he wanted you to believe he did or finding out the truth?”
Solemn green eyes lock with mine. A moment passes, then another. Marcus throws an arm around her, squeezes her shoulder, and then frowns at me. “Next question,” he growls.
I straighten my shoulders. I’m not afraid of him. I give it to him both barrels loaded. “What was going through your head when you saw Avery in the hotel room with Bryan?”
His dark eyebrows lift. “I have no idea how you know about that. But I can tell you it made me sick, physically ill. Basically, I felt the same way she felt about Adrienne I imagine. Devastated. Betrayed. It’s no more than I deserved though.” He turns to look back at her. She reaches up and strokes his cheek. They seem to forget that I’m even there. Watching them interact it’s hard to believe all the rumors flying around about groupies and affairs.
“Marcus, if Avery hadn’t taken you back, what other tricks did you have up your sleeve to win her heart?”
“I would have done whatever it took.” His voice is low, his expression intense. “Anything.”
I get a chill from the look he gives me. I rub my arms and turn back to Avery. “What is your relationship like with Bryan Jackson these days?”
I notice Marcus watching her carefully even though I can tell he’s trying to pretend he’s not worried about her answer.
“We haven’t really talked much since New York,” Avery replies, pausing as if she’s choosing her next words carefully. “He was a good friend when I needed one.”
“Ok you guys. I’m sorry I had to ask all those hard questions. The rest of these are a lot lighter.” Marcus still looks wary, but Avery gives me a soft smile. “Music is a huge part of your lives. Who were the influences of your career? We know your first answer would be Van Halen, but besides them?”
“Our moms,” Avery answers. “Marcus’ mom is a high school band director. Mine was a professional musician. I think it would be fair to say our love of music can be attributed to them.”
“Both of you have your whole lives ahead of you, but do you think you want children someday and how many?” I ask.
Marcus looks at Avery smiling widely for the first time in the interview. I see that cute one sided dimple that I’d been warned is impossible to resist. True. I smile back as he answers.
“Yes. Eventually. Lots.” He laughs.
“Avery, you have a wonderful relationship with Marcus’ family, especially his mom. Why do you think you feel so comfortable with them and them with you?”
“It has nothing to do with me,” Avery replies. “It’s all them. If you’d met them you’d understand immediately. They’re such a warm, welcoming family.”
“What’s the one song that best describes your relationship?”
They answer together with shared smiles.  “Shelter.”
“What’s one word that best describes the other?”
Avery’s hands frame Marcus’ face. “Incredible.”
He kisses her parted lips and breathes, “Generous.”
“Last one. Where do you see yourselves in five years?”
“Just like we are now.” Marcus stands, reaches back his hand, and pulls Avery to her feet. As they walk away hand in hand, I find myself hoping he’s right.


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