King of Rain by Michele Fogal
Thanks so much for having me Elizabeth!
The Give-Away is at the bottom for those who might like to win a free e-book of my new release, “King of Rain.”
“King of Rain” is book 2 of my West Coast Boys series, but they are meant to work as standalone books. It was exciting to see 2 different reviews that had conflicting opinions about the reading order. One reviewer felt that it was important to read book 2 first, because then the reader has no prejudice against Jeremy and Logan (for their bad behaviour in book 1). Another reviewer felt when you read book 1, and really hate these guys, there’s a magic that happens as you get to know and understand them in book 2. To me, conflicting ideas like this are golden! It means that both experiences had value to those readers.
Each book in the West Coast Boys series has its own Soundtrack. Music is a big part of the lives of the West Coast Boys. Sometimes a song is playing in the background, setting a mood and sometimes one of the guys hears and connects with a song based on what he’s going through at the time. I wanted to give you an idea of how that works by sharing an excerpt with its connected song. I’ve put the playlist on Grooveshark, so it’s in a sharable format and readers can turn it on while reading if they want to, or check it out afterwards as a memento of a favourite scene. Grooveshark is free and lets you create your own playlists, so I hope to share some of my favourite musicians with readers and spread the music-fan-love too!
Excerpt of “King of Rain”
Soundtrack Excerpt - Tracks 12 & 13
12. “Dangerous” by Big Data
13. “Take Me To Church” by Hozier
I was feeling kinda low and restless as I cleaned up the apartment. Kodi and I had a deal that I did more cleaning and he did more cooking, and I figured any minute that Logan wasn’t here I should get it out of the way. I put on some music really loud and scrubbed the kitchen sink out. Weird, I know, but Kodi loves a shiny sink. This song called “Dangerous” by Big Data came on and it had this super hot sex groove to it, so of course I got to thinking about Logan. That dangerous streak in him did draw me in. I wiped everything down, turned the music off, and Googled the lyrics of the song on my computer.
I listened to the song again with the words this time, and it was all about hiding and running from people who were going to find out your secret. It totally sounded like a gay song, but then, maybe every forbidden love song sounds that way to me. I thought about Logan at the soccer game and what it must be like for him in the perfect closet he’d made for himself.
I e-mailed him a link to the song on my Grooveshark account, put the words “Is this what it’s like for you to be with me?” in the title of the e-mail, and hit Send. This moment of dread washed over me. Had I just sent him a love song and asked him about his feelings? Fuck. This was so not me, and I wouldn’t blame him for making fun of me. I shut the laptop and went back to scrub the fuck out of the kitchen floor, and it was pathetic how fast I checked my e-mail when my phone chimed about half an hour later.
He’d written back, and my stomach tightened, waiting for him to trash me. I’d have to blow it off and pretend like I’d been joking. I fumbled my soapy hands over the touch screen, wiping them on my jeans as I read it. It said, “No. It’s like this (except with male pronouns)” and there was a link. I admit I walked pretty damn fast over to my laptop and fired it up to open that link on a better player than my phone. It was a Grooveshark link too, to his own account, and it linked to the song “Take Me To Church” by Hozier. I listened to it while I was looking up the lyrics, and then I listened to it again with my laptop plugged into my bedroom speakers and cranked it.
It was a hot song—man, it sounded like the hottest thing I’d ever heard, and I was so relieved and delighted that I started dancing around my room, letting my body rock and thrust out all the crazy roaring in me. It was a painful song too, but instead of being about the pain and fear of hiding, it was full of worship and devotion to the high-voltage connection that surged between us in all its harsh physical glory. I jumped on my bed and dragged down the covers, seeing if I could smell his scent on my sheets. My face buried in the pillows, I felt myself get hard just thinking about him. I texted him.
How soon can you get here?
The Back Cover Blurb
Being uber-tall and broad made it easy for Logan to hide his sexuality and vulnerability behind armor made of strength, ambition, and emotional detachment. His mask of macho success is shattered when he discovers the friend he’s carried a secret torch for has a boyfriend, and everything he’s always wanted now belongs to someone else. Logan can’t pretend not to care anymore, as his rage erupts in a horrible act of revenge. It’s impossible to hide his demons, now that they’ve broken loose.
Since losing his sweet boyfriend, Jeremy’s loud and proud life of sex parties and clubbing feels empty. When he meets the dark and self-destructive Logan, Jeremy recognizes the demons he sees in Logan’s eyes. After all, he has plenty of his own.
Logan isn’t looking for love, he’s looking for punishment and release, but with Jeremy all three seem momentarily possible… until he learns his victim was Jeremy’s lost love. Logan doesn’t expect forgiveness and knows he doesn’t deserve a real life, but after a taste of intimate closeness, finding salvation alone will mean he has to change, or die trying.
12. “Dangerous” by Big Data 13. “Take Me To Church” by Hozier
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I hope you’ll enter the draw for copies of “King of Rain.” You can comment to enter below – let me know if you have a favourite song on the Soundtrack, or let us know if you’ve read another book that had a Soundtrack before. You can also enter by using the Rafflecopter thingie! Contest closes Apr 20 2015.
Thanks so much for hosting me Elizabeth!
Hearts and happy reading!
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4/15/2015 09:51:31 am
Thanks so much for having me Elizabeth! Note: hey readers, this is the final stop on my book launch Blog Tour, so last chance to enter the give away.
4/16/2015 04:48:50 am
The first book I read that had a sound track was Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan. I think having a sound track is a great bonus!
4/16/2015 07:32:26 am
Congrats on releasing the second book last month! I love when authors give play lists! The first one I remember commenting about music playing while writing was Stefenie Meyer's love of Muse for the Twilight Series. Now she has playlists that go through her head while she reads it! But I have only heard of three artists in you playlist: Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, and Sara Bareilles (love her!) The first band in pretty, um, bold! Thanks for the chance!
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