Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kissing by Ellie Brixton blitz


#Kissing
Ellie Brixton
Publication date: June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I was always the good girl.
Then when the pressure became too much, I took off and found me a bad boy.
Niko. The hot, British rock star and frontman of the Halos.
He took my angel wings and gave me a lot of things, well, everything but the Big O.
And fidelity.
So with my #fail in hand, I did the worst thing imaginable.
I went home. The insta-nagging, criticism, and impossible expectations reminded me why my life #sucked—the reason I left in the first place.
Well, everything was the same except for JQ, my high school crush. With a snug T-shirt and jeans that fit in all of the right places, it looks like he became man and maybe it was time for me to become a woman.
#Kissing is a sexy, rock star romance for new adult, college, and contemporary romance readers who enjoy love stories with an HEA.
Author’s note: #KISSING is a full-length, standalone novel. Due to strong language and content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
EXCERPT:

The particular frenzy of backstage morphs from last minute monitor repairs—and choking back the remnants of stage fright—to the synchronous heart-pumping anticipation of those opening chords as the music stretches from here to infinity. Instruments and amps and hundreds of voices transform what might be understood as merely sound and instead whisper their truths to our souls.
Since I can't have the dream house and dream life, I'll take this. The moment promising the transcendence of music.
Niko told me he used to puke before going on stage and then said it stopped when I came along. The blowjobs and sex help, I'm sure of it, because he's one-hundred percent swagger as the lights follow him across the stage.
Mitty appears, his bass strung low, but not for style points, rather, his long arms. Jill ghosts into position, but then the light catches her hardcore expression and if nothing else, she's a rock goddess. There's no disputing it even if there's not much else to like about her.
Kenji's last, having changed into a purple robe with a white fur collar and a gold crown studded with jewels. He throws off the robe and pounds his chest, his nightly ritual before going bananas on the drums.
My body hums as I elbow my way to the front. Hundreds of fans keep the autumn chill out of the venue. The lights dim before flaring back on.
My shoulders relax. My mind goes quiet. People all around me cheer, calling out to the band, hands already raised in the air, yearning for that thing only music provides.

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Interview #1 with Ellie Brixton, author of #Kissing

What was the inspiration or the story behind #Kissing?
I don't know. That's not an answer, is it? I guess it started with a vision of Josie with a kick ass attitude. I love contemporary romance, but had been reading a lot where the main character was sweet, maybe conflicted, but always a good girl. The question that came to mind was, what happens when the good girl goes bad? Josie wasn't always wild and irreverent. I dug a little into my imagination and learned her back-story and what tormented her. It made sense to position her with the backdrop of rock and roll, the romanticized, trashing hotel rooms, taking over the world kind. Then of course, at her core, she's still the good girl, but maybe a little wiser when she comes through it all to the other side.

What was the biggest challenge of writing #Kissing?
The biggest challenge was time. I never have enough time to get done what I want to in a day. Either that or I have poor time management skills, and it's not because I procrastinate or get distracted by social media. Ok, maybe a little bit, but not reeeeaaallly. One trick I read somewhere is to always leave off a scene so you know where it's going or begin the next chapter and leave off. In other words, when you start writing again, you'll have a clear direction. The other challenge was getting the tension right and the intimate scenes and the characters and... The truth is, it was all a challenge, but totally worth it when I wrote the last sentence and now can share #Kissing with readers.

Describe Josie, Niko & JQ in one sentence each. Who's your favorite?
Josie: has a big heart hidden behind her sneer.
Niko: a beautiful and talented bastard.
JQ: perfectly imperfect and deliciously sexy.
They're all my favorites, but probably JQ ;-)

Do you have a favorite scene or line from #Kissing?
The what would happen scene is probably my favorite, but I can't say more than that because spoiler! But I really enjoyed writing the deep point of view concert scenes. I love the feeling of being part of the crowd, dipping right into the wild, noisy, crazy moment when live music reaches right down to my bones.

Describe a typical day of writing for you.
Responding to and sending email to start, then I check in on social media for about a half hour. After that, it depends on what projects I have going on, but I'll either outline, draft, or edit until lunchtime. A little puppy playtime, social media, and then I'm back at it, usually writing. The late afternoon often brings regular life stuff, not the glamorous of a writer in my yoga pants and bare feet. Ha ha. In the evening, I'll spend a little while on social media, emails, and often wrap up something from earlier, organize myself for the next day, or do non-writing writerly tasks such as marketing, promotion, and outreach.

What are you reading right now? To put a spin on #WCW who's your #ACW (author crush)?
My Kindle is stacked! To name a few I have a few Rachel Van Dyken titles in the queue, Mr. O (can't wait!), and I'm kind of feeling like reading Right by Jana Aston again. Also, there are too many series' to name that I want to dive into. I fantasize about a week-long retreat where I lay on the beach and read. That should be a thing. Reading retreats. At a spa. With hot waiters.

Do you have a book boyfriend?
Do I have a book boyfriend? A? As in singular? The beauty of the book boyfriend is that I can have multiple. I'm currently dating Miles from Melanie Harlow's Some Sort of Crazy, Sawyer from Right by Jana Aston, and I've always had a soft spot for Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables.

What's your most guilty pleasure?
Cookies. All kinds of cookies. I've never met a cookie I didn't like. I love cookies. Did I mention cookies? Also brownies are pretty good.

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Speed round:

Starbuck's order?
Cold: Passion tea
Warm: Anything pumpkin

Favorite color?
Pink

Favorite band?
Of all time: Taylor Swift
Of the moment: Vance Joy

Righty or lefty?
Right handed

Biggest pet peeve?
Websites that take AGES to load are evil, usually it's because they have pesky ads that take forever. I'll find a delicious looking (cookie) recipe on Pinterest, click the link, and then wait so long to get the post that I'll end up closing the window.

This is your first book, what's next? What do you have in the works for readers?
#Kissing started as a standalone-all by itself-no thought of any books beyond a part four in the form of a novella told from the point of view of another key character. Yes, that's happening. It's called XOX and will be available in September.
But then…the gears started turning in my mind (as they so often do), and I came up with a second full length book telling the story of another character and her companion novella. And that was it.
But then…I was lying in bed and had to turn on the light and jot down another idea…a third story, and it became the Rock and Romance series. There will also be a companion novella.
Characters will make cameos in each of the stories, but they'll standalone.
I'm so excited to get working on it!
I have a rough outline for another series that will hopefully come into being in late 2017.
I'm so grateful that I get to write, for the opportunity to connect with readers, and hope that can continue!

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The playlist for #Kissing by Ellie Brixton
Josie, in the novel #Kissing, is a huge music fan. These songs reflect her tastes, the moods of the novel, and of course, my own preferences!
1. Band of Skulls: Friends
2. The Veronicas: Untouched
3. Maroon 5: Hands all Over
4. Pink: So What
5. Gwen Stefani: Used to Love You
6. The Rolling Stones: Paint it Black
7. Prince: Purple Rain
8. 1 Direction: Kiss You
9. Vance Joy: Riptide
10. The Lumineers: Hey Ho!





Author Bio:
Ellie Brixton is a unicorn by day and an author by night. She's a firm believer in eating dessert first and fancies herself a cookie connoisseur. Although she runs every day, she wishes for a 1959 Cadillac convertible, in pink of course. This is her first novel.

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