When I wrote Rockin’ the Alternative, the prequel to Rockin’ it Forever, I talked about how the story was inspired by my own experiences in the music industry. I never really went into a lot of detail in regards to which parts related to me personally, so I thought I’d share some of that now.
To give you some background, I was a rock singer and songwriter for over fifteen years. Like most struggling musicians, I worked odd jobs to pay the rent in-between gigs. So I’ve done my fair share of waitressing, commercial jingle singing, songwriter demo singing, background singer, top forty band singer and the one that almost sent me to the loony bin: Karaoke hostess. Every time someone would sign up to sing Desperado, The Rose or the extended version of American Pie, I would raise my hand to get the bartender’s attention. I’m amazed I never became an alcoholic.
However, in my quest to get signed to a record deal, I did the Sunset Strip rock club rounds. I played The Whisky-a-Go-Go (where Jim Morrison got his start), The Roxy, House of Blues, The Baked Potato and big name clubs that have gone under since then. I ate at the Sunset Grill, and loved their egg sandwich as much as rock star Aubrey King did from the book.
We have lots more in common, Aubrey and me. We both love Thai food and our favorite place to eat is at Toi, Rockin’ Thai Food. Both of us had our hey-day from 1994 – 1998, during the height of the Alternative rock era. In an amazing coincidence, both Aubrey and I sang the exact same songs! Yes, the songs in both books are from my former repertoire. Most significantly, however, is how we both got burned out on the whole music scene.
For me, it wasn’t so much that the record labels and A&R guys (they’re the talent scouts) were all about money – I’ve always understood that the music business is first and foremost a business – it was the truly vicious manner in which everyone scratched and clawed to succeed. Publishing has been such a pleasant surprise in contrast!
With few exceptions, everyone who I had dealings with in the industry were corrupt to the point of being criminal. In some cases, there were a few who did cross that line into breaking the law. And my fellow musicians held no qualms about screwing me over or anyone else who would stand still long enough for as little as fifteen dollars. That’s not a joke. It was literally fifteen dollars that someone screwed me over for. Eventually, all the joy I’d gotten from performing and writing music was sucked out of me. I did what Aubrey did, I walked away.
In Aubrey’s case, he decides to come back after ten years, to give it another try. Not that anyone was waiting with baited breath wondering if I’d ever perform again, but I’d already begun ghostwriting two autobiographies of music industry people and was ready to make writing my career going forward. But since the only language Aubrey speaks is the language of music, he decided to give it another go. This time, though, he’s going to do it on his own terms. They can take him as he is, or not at all.
Aubrey also decides it’s time for a memoir, and it’s the perfect opportunity to meet the young rock journalist, Bryan. Aubrey’s been lusting after Bryan for a while, so he thinks this would be the perfect opportunity for them to meet. When they do, sparks fly, because as it turns out, Bryan has idolized Aubrey for years and is just as obsessed about music.
All of this takes place in the prequel, Rockin’ the Alternative, and sets the stage for the rest of Aubrey and Bryan’s story. Rockin’ it Forever begins the day after the prequel ends. As much as they want their relationship to work, there are several obstacles to overcome before they can have an ever after. Aubrey is still in the closet. Bryan is too, but it’s primarily because he’s questioning his sexuality for the first time and coming to terms with being bisexual. Add in the crazy of the music industry and a secret Aubrey’s afraid to reveal to Bryan – and there are a whole lot of challenges to overcome before our boys can rock it forever.
Rockin’ it Forever By Morticia Knight
Can the touch of a rock god last forever?
Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.
Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.
Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.
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