Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star
by Cathrine Goldstein
Genre: Adult Romance
The Wild Rose Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.
Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.
When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?
“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”
“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.
Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.
“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”
The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.
Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”
Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.
She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.
Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes. “I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”
Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?
He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”
Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.
Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”
• Give us the history of you.
I’m a New Yorker who loves autumn, any and all kinds of art, yoga, chocolate, and coffee. I’m that odd person who’ll take gazing at a filthy city street over a patch of flowers any day, which is why I write gritty romance. I’ve been writing for a long time, and I started my career as a playwright. I’m married to a great guy, and have two amazing little girls. Although NYC is home, right now we are happily living in the Charlotte, NC area. We have a cat, and too many fish to count.
• Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
Bad boy rock star falls for good girl vet.
• Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
When I write, I get an idea and run with it. With Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star, I “saw” or imagined one particular scene—I don’t want to give the story away!—but I’ll tell you it had to do with a veterinarian. The rest of the story built from there. I loosely plan my attack and always, always, as I began my writing career as a playwright, let the dialogue guide me.
• How did you come up with your book’s name?
Ah, interesting! I knew she was going to be named Summer, embodying everything light and good, where Malcolm represents all that is dark and dangerous. And Summer needed a change from who she was—she needed Malcolm and his irreverence. Summer has one last summer of freedom, before she begins her career as a veterinary surgeon. Together, that became: Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star.
• What made you decide to write this book?
I think writing is one of those things you can’t help. Even when I turn off my computer for the night (which is pretty late!), as soon as I hit my bedroom I’m inputting notes into my phone. I think most writers will agree that the characters haunt you until you give them life and set them free. I really like this story and these characters, and I’m hoping my readers will enjoy them, too!
• How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
No—these characters aren’t based on any people in real life. However, as you build characters and write them they become like family, and I always fall in love with my characters and root for them.
• How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am very fortunate that I work directly with my editor, and she sent it on to publication with The Wild Rose Press—my wonderful publisher who also publishes another of my series, The Letting series.
• What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Although I adore reading, I have been so locked in writing and editing mode, my reading time recently has revolved around the books I read with my two young girls. Right now, we adore the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. Lol! It is a fabulous series for anyone who has young kids at home. And I can tell you my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, publishes a fabulous and wide variety of romances—check them out! There’s sure to be something you’ll love!
• Any tips for new writers?
Take an acting class. I know it sounds crazy, but acting coaches can teach you how to break down characters more thoroughly than you ever imagined possible. Once you see what an actor needs to find in a character, it makes it easier to see how to build one.
• Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Okay, it’s not that I like them better, but I do love The Hunger Games movies. Some of my favorite actors are in those movies—they were fantastic! If there are other fans of Jennifer Lawrence out there, have you seen, Winter’s Bone? She was amazing!
• Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Well, I didn’t read books two and three of Fifty Shades. I’m certainly not opposed to them in any way, and I admire their success!
• What are you working on now?
My genre is Gritty Romance—I like characters with an edge. Right now I am working on the next two books in The New York Artists Series, and I love them!
• Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the thoughtful questions! I hope people will “follow me” on Twitter and “like” me on Facebook for the latest updates, and please stop by my website and join my mailing list for behind-the-scenes info. Through the holidays, I’ll be offering more scenes from Malcolm and Summer’s life. Thanks for featuring Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star!
About the Author
I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.
I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.
To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com
Thank you so much Catherine, for being a part of our blog today!!!
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