Series: Rock & Release #1
Publication Date: November 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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VIP is the first act of Rock & Release, Riley Edgewood's three-part new adult romance serial!
When Cassidy Evans scores VIP tickets to a concert, she decides to use them for one carefree night before beginning a summer internship at her father’s Fortune 500 company. But one carefree night turns into a few too many martinis—with two unexpected twists: A steamy encounter with Gage Logan, sexy singer and guitarist, and a tempting job offer from Gage's boss to work at the concert venue she now knows quite intimately.
She definitely can't take the job. Her internship is an opportunity any business major would kill for. But the thought of working with her father, a man furious with grief over a family tragedy that struck six months ago, fills her with dread.
Then there's Gage. Working with him all summer could be hot. Cassidy can't stop flashing back to their night together. Molten kisses. His hands smoothing across the skin of her belly. The weight of his body above her own…
And suddenly the decision about how to spend her summer is much, much harder to make.
What inspired you to write VIP (Rock & Release, Act I)?
My (awesome) friends gave my husband and me VIP tickets to a concert (Steve Miller Band & Journey—fantastic show, by the way), and at the pre-concert VIP bar, I sat there watching the college-aged staff working their shifts and realized it could be really fun setting for a story. Drinks, musicians, that new adult period of life… I let my imagination run away and it came back with Cassidy.
This is a serial, right? Why did you serialize Rock & Release into three acts?
Well…I do call it a serial because the plot arc reaches across all three acts of Rock & Release. Each act is between 30 & 40k words and each releases two weeks after the last. (In order: VIP, Starstruck, & Show Stopper). At first I planned to put it out as a novel all at once, but a writing friend suggested it worked well in three parts. PLUS, this way, since Im a debut author, readers can pick up the first act (VIP) for cheap (only $0.99) and decide if they want to keep going from there. I thought it might be a better way to allow readers to take a chance on a debut without forcing them to spend the full cost of a novel the first time.
Tell us something you love about your main characters that we cant tell from the blurb?
Hmmm. Lets see… Cassidy loves whiskey. Not that it plays a huge part in the story, but its always been interesting to me because I couldnt STAND whiskey when I was in my young twenties. (Dont love it now, either.) But theres a reason for it, and its something she shares with her father, which is cool. Gage is sexy and sweet (thats in the blurb!) but he has some serious stuff going on with his family. And then theres Luca James, whos not in VIP but plays a very prominent role in Starstruck and Show Stopper. Hes got a few dark secrets…and thats really all I can say about that.
Obviously, authors love their main characters—but who are your favorite secondaries?
This is too hard to answer! I love so many of my secondary characters—and even the tertiaries, too. Lets see… Theres Vera, who doesnt necessarily have the best taste in guys, but is super team girls supporting other girls, which is a trait I adore. Teagan, Cassidys oldest friend who has some issues and can come across a little rough, but came to me so fully formed shell be getting her own book in the future. Clark, whos more of a tertiary character so I couldnt push more of his story into this one, but hes funny and a flirt and I just love him on and off the pages. Zach. Zoey. Katy… I could go on and on—I really do love all my characters! Even most of the bad ones.
Tell us three things about yourself we can’t discover by reading your author profile.
Ummmm… I went skydiving on my 21st birthday, and it was amazing. (Not sure I have the guts to do it again though!) I competed as a gymnast while growing up. (I even competed at the same competition as Dominique Dawes once! #amazing. I also was on an Olympic training team for a while.) I have four tattoos, including a little star on the inside of my middle finger, and I love it.
What are your favorite new adult titles by other authors?
I *loved* All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. (I have the second book of that series lined up (pun = totally unintentional at first) and waiting on my kindle as my prize for finishing my next book). Easy by Tammara Webber. All of Chelsea Fines NA, too. And More than Exes, Elizabeth Briggs new adult rock star novella that just came out.
Whats next from Riley Edgewood?
Well, Starstruck (Rock & Release, Act II) comes out on December 1, and Im really excited about it! In this act, international rock star Luca James sweeps into town, and hes just…yummy. Show Stopper (Act III) releases December 15 as the final part of Cassidys story. And the next book in this series, a companion novel (full-length, this time) is coming soon! This ones a sexy lil beach romance! (New Adult, of course.)
Anything else you want to share with readers?
I love hearing from readers—so drop me a line anytime!
You should stay and have a drink. The words tumble from my mouth before I can stop them, tripping over my tongue and cartwheeling past my lips and if I could grab them and swallow them back down I would.
Or… Maybe I wouldnt. Maybe I like this bold version me who says what she wants to.
He meets my gaze, half of an amused smile across his lips, revealing white teeth, with one slightly crooked cuspid, and, no, I actually dont regret my words at all. His mouth. Those lips. That perfectly imperfect smile… If what I said convinces him to stick around, Id be nuts to be sorry for what I said.
As long as I dont have to drink anything quite this pink. He taps the rim of my glass with a long, slender finger.
Im Cassidy. I stick my hand out to him—because if Im going all confident and carefree Cassidy here, Im not holding back.
Gage. He doesnt hesitate to reach out this time around, which makes me a little giddy though I hide it by swallowing the rest of my drink, which thankfully goes down smoothly this time. When he holds my fingers a second longer than necessary, I dont mind at all. And when he keeps his gaze on mine as he slides into the seat next to me, his expression friendly—and a little suggestive—my lips curve up in response.
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