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When and How Jewel Finally Became Serious About Writing
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very young but, unfortunately, I followed another path for a long time before coming back to my true desire. All my life I had dabbled in writing on an off and sometimes even dared to tell people about my dream. When you are unpublished, though, people tend to cock their head when you tell them this and say “A writer huh?” in that tone. Me being shy, that tone would always make me tuck the dream away again, sorry that I exposed it to the light of day.
I turned forty this year decided I should finally do something about the perpetual feeling dissatisfaction that kept buzzing around like a pesky gnat. There was something about my life that still wasn’t quite right after all this time and I kept questioning if my day job was still the right place for me to be. Luckily, I didn’t have to quit my job to pursue my dream. I had joined my local Romance Writer’s Association chapter again (yes, I joined and dropped out once before) and was at a meeting when I finally became serious. At every chapter meeting, those authors who have gotten contracts for their work are announced and awarded roses.
That day author Nikki Prince received her thirteenth rose and the chapter president announced that she had received all thirteen roses within the last year. She finished and published thirteen stories within a year? I mentally gasped. I had to talk to this woman! So, at lunch, I introduced myself and we chatted for a while. She is the nicest and most friendly person I have ever met, by the way. When I found out she also had kids and a husband in addition to her full-time day job, I had to hang my head in shame. Here I was, single with only two sweet dogs to care for. What had I been doing with all my time?
Meeting her was truly inspiring and it lit a flame under my ass. Since that day I went on to finish my first novel (which had been meandering along for a while) and two novellas. All three works received contracts too! Rock Star Ex is the first to be published, but the other two are following closely on its heels and I have others currently in the works.
The pesky dissatisfaction gnat has gone away and I find that it’s kinda fun (now that I’m published) to tell people. They still give me the look and the tone…until I flash them the cover of my book on Amazon. *g*
Now, on to details of Rock Star Ex which is currently available…
Social media consultant, Eve Everett, is less than thrilled when her business partner hooks them up with a job covering celebrity rock band Arsenal. Their new lead singer, Devon Quinn, is the man who broke her heart five years ago. But there’s no way Eve can turn down the assignment. It’s the big break their fledgling company needs.
To boost Arsenal’s social media presence the band’s manager wants intimate coverage, especially of Devon, which means traveling with the band in their tour bus while they promote their new album. It’s not long before Devon tries to rehash the past but Eve would rather leave it buried where it is.
When Eve is asked to be part of a music video, she decides it’s a great opportunity to reap some revenge by showing Devon what he’s missing. But soon she’s the one losing control. Will Devon once again claim her heart as well as her body?
“It’s good to see you again, Eve,” he said softly so the others wouldn’t pick up on it. He knew she wouldn’t want to hear it. It couldn’t be helped, but it just had to be said.
Her head snapped up, eyes wide.
“That’s what I wanted to say the other night, but you didn’t give me a chance.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I didn’t give you a chance? Then I’d say we’re even.”
“Look, Eve, things didn’t happen the way you’re thinking. It wasn’t like that.” He set the bottom of Tommy’s guitar on the floor, his hand on the neck, and leaned closer in to talk to her.
“The way I’m thinking?” she repeated. Standing up straight, she stuck one foot out to the side and said in a low hiss, “Look, Devon, the facts are the facts. You left and I never heard from you again. Not once. It has nothing to do with the way I’m thinking.”
He tensed. It was happening again. She was misunderstanding him. “No, look, that’s not what I mean, okay?”
“Oh, then what do you mean?” She cocked her head at him and waited.
“It’s…it was hard on the road, to keep in touch with anyone, for a lot of reasons. You don’t know what it was like. I mean we were bouncing around from place to place, driving for long periods of time and then having to work until really late at night. It was pretty much impossible to communicate. Besides, you had no answering machine back then, remember?”
She visibly puffed up. “I see, so it’s my fault you couldn’t communicate with me?”
“I’m not saying it was anyone’s fault, Eve. Just that there was no way to call.” He felt relieved. He had finally been able to tell her, to explain. Maybe now she would understand. Well, when she calmed down at least.
“And you couldn’t write a letter?” She spoke quietly but the words dripped acid.
She had him there. Even though she was several inches shorter he suddenly felt very small. He looked down and stuck a hand in his pocket, not knowing what to say. That was an even more complicated topic.
Her cold eyes were on him. The silence stretched on for another moment. Before he could gather any other words to try to explain she turned and headed back up front, her ponytail slapping him in the face as she went.
Where you can buy it:
Goodreads – add it to your reading list
Coming soon to:
Barnes & Noble
From a young age, Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny.
For more information visit www.jewelquinlan.com or you can follow her on Facebook (Author Jewel Quinlan) and Twitter (@JewelQuinlan).
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