Seduced (Lost in Oblivion)
by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott
Contemporary Erotic New Adult Romance
Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 74,000
A PREQUEL to the NA rock star series Lost In Oblivion.
Warning: Get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver’s seat in Seduced – and the ride’s gonna rock.
Twenty-three year old Nick Crandall has one focus in his life: Oblivion, the band he formed with his best friend Simon Kagan. With gigs coming up and the band members lacking focus after losing their drummer to rehab, they’re out of ideas. Until Oblivion’s bassist, Deacon McCoy, poses a surprising suggestion.
Bring in someone new. Two someones.
One You Tube video gone viral later, Oblivion is poised on the brink of stardom. With their new hot drummer chick — who comes in a package deal with a talented guitarist who happens to be head over pick in unrequited love with her – it seems like everything’s falling into place. Or will the band Nick and Simon have fought to keep together disintegrate before their eyes?
Four guys & one woman + more success than they ever bargained for = trouble, of the sexiest kind.
Get Seduced by this novel-length introduction to the band Oblivion. This preview occurs before the four forthcoming books about each of the band members. Sometimes getting lost means finding yourself…
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations (including m/f/m menage) and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
“I don’t know why I’m crying.” Jazz shook her head, her sobs leaving her throat on shuddery gasps. “I can handle fuckers like them. I have before, so many times. But they caught me off-guard, and they grabbed me from behind. That always reminds me of…God, it reminds me.” She stopped there, shuddering.
Of what? Nick almost asked, then decided it wasn’t his business. She wasn’t. Even if the idea of anyone touching her like that—sneaking up on her from behind—scorched through his show nerves and left his muscles quivering for a whole new reason. He wanted blood.
Tucking it away, Nick wrapped his arm around her shoulders and lowered his face to her hair. She was shivering so violently her jaw kept clicking. “Hey, hey,” he murmured, stroking all those wild curls he hadn’t been able to get out of his mind. She sparkled, even in the dark. “It’s okay. You’re okay. They’re gone.”
She only shivered harder. “They didn’t have any right to t…touch me,” she said through clenched teeth. “I told them no and they did it anyway. I said no.”
“I know you did. I heard you, loud and clear.” Nick took a risk and touched her cheek, tilting her heart-shaped face upward. Her cheeks were sheened with moisture. Even her lips were trembling. His heart lurched again. “Hey, look at me. Jazz.” It felt weird to call her that, when he found himself calling her Jasmine more often than not. How could he resist when she’d tossed such an irresistible opening line at him? He was an asshole, and she was as beautiful and delicate as jasmine. Too delicate for a bastard like him. “Jazz, look here.”
Her eyes stayed resolutely closed. “It’s…Jasmine to you, asshole.”
Just like that, he knew she was okay. That she’d faced worse in the past and survived. Survivors came in all kinds of packages. Sparkles or grime, giggles or growls.
Chuckling, he stroked his fingertips along her jaw. Lightly, to give her something to focus on. And maybe to satisfy his curiosity if her skin would feel as satiny as it looked.
Knowing that it did didn’t exactly give him comfort.
Her big eyes flashed open and locked on his, and he let out a long breath at the punch of awareness. What the hell was it about this girl that worked him over so thoroughly?
Guest Post by the Author:
Thanks for having us on your blog, Jody. We really appreciate it!
Cari Quinn and I are working on a rock star series starring the boys from Oblivion. And because music plays such a large part of the writing, it also is the main ingredient in the inspiration. I’m the visual one of the partnership. I’ll pour over pictures and research for settings. And you’ll find that in my writing. (Although I’ll tell you it was tough to do in this book because it’s solely in the male pov and those guys just don’t allow for the lyrical and flowing writing I use for imagery. Grrr.)
Cari’s strength is the angst and soul bleeding twists she puts into a story. And believe me for the purposes of this series…Cari is just awesome. She knows how to create a complete labyrinth of problems to resolve through the 5 books that make up Lost in Oblivion.
But one thing we always agree on is the need for a playlist when we’re working. And we can’t quite get the book going without one. We have very eclectic taste, and not all the songs on our playlist are genre specific to what Oblivion plays, but they do inspire us based on whatever chapter and scene we’re working on.
One of my personal faves is Slipknot’s “Snuff”. It’s not the typical growly heavy rock song that they generally play. This is a bit more low-key and the lyrics are pretty heavy. But the feel is perfect for the story. Because when these guys love, they love so hard and so completely that it eclipses all reason sometimes.
Seduced is a love story about a band. There are romantic entanglements that make themselves known, but in all reality…Seduced concentrates on the band’s infrastructure and just how 5 very different people come together and create something new.
The next book in the series, ROCKED—coming out this fall, will narrow the focus onto Deacon, the bass player of the band. And that’s when we get into the sexy romance.*rubs hands* In the craziness that is Oblivion’s first US tour, Deacon will have to navigate the minefield that is social media while falling in love with a woman that is predisposed to hate rock stars. Oh, and in the middle of all of that he and the band have to make a major decision about their first full-length album and the pitfalls of fame.
Next will be TWISTED, coming out in February, 2014.
Thanks so much for having us on Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess!
About the Authors:
Cari Quinn – USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.
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Taryn Elliott – She’s from the great state of New York–upstate NY…you know, above NYC by about three hours. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. Her writer-friends are the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends are the reason she’s not a complete hermit. She can’t go a day without laughing and truly does fall in love with each and every one of her leading men as she writes their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.
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