Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rock Stars & Love

Keith Urban
So who doesn't love rock stars? In this day and age, they come in all genres of music. Whether it's pop music, country music, rap, hip hop, new age, etc. What draws us to rock stars?

They're larger than life. They are the best at what they do. And they're usually sexy as all get out. Well, at least my favorites are sexy. There's something about their voice and their story-telling ability that draws us in and hooks us. The songs they sing touch us, they move us, they tell us something about ourselves and our culture. They are the poets of our time and the chroniclers or our present state. Through them we see ourselves and our generation reflected in the lyrics and music they write. We can tap into emotion through music and the songs we hear. We visit the past and are pulled back to memories evoked by the music of the rock stars of our childhood and teenage years. We've been formed and shaped by the music and words of artists we've internalized. Words that lull us, teach us, challenge us, heal us, recharge and energize us.
Katy Perry in Vogue Magazine

I'm fascinated and drawn to rock stars, as many readers are these days. I love the larger than life status. The expertise and hard work they pour into their creative careers to achieve their goals. They inspire me.

As you can see by at least two of my photos, a few of the artists who inspire me are Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Blake Shelton, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and many many others.

In my new contemporary romance release, Every Heart Sings, which is out on March 4, 2015, I explore what happens when a rock star loses his way and needs to re-find his voice when he has creative differences with his manager. By going back to his musical roots and helping to mentor a young teenage boy, Josh Nicodemus becomes the artist he needs to be and discovers what it is that has helped form him along the way. Of course his interaction with heroine Jordan Drake pushes Josh to face the fissure in his past with his grandfather--the primary relationship that formed him creatively. 

Josh has his own work cut out for him because Jordan Drake allows the fear of her own past as a former childhood actress to trap her on Serenity Island, a dying island community, and she refuses to support her nephew, Tony, who wants nothing more than to become the next big rock star. In Every Heart Sings, rock star Josh Nicodemus finds his true voice and true love when he helps former actress Jordan Drake break out of the self-imposed prison she’s created for herself in Serenity and at The Down Dog CafĂ©.

A whole island of quirky characters comes together to meddle, forcing Josh and Jordan to admit their love for each other and help expose the injustice done to Jordan’s sixteen-year-old nephew, who is more than a little music crazy and a huge fan-boy of Josh Nicodemus.
Find my hot contemporary romance at Amazon.

Stop by and let me know a few of your favorite rock stars. And why you love them. I'd love to know.


  1. These names are in no particular order: Bruno Mars, Pharrel, Michael Buble, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Lenny Kravitz, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake...all have attitude and when I think of them, I see them in suits. I wonder what that means? When I listen to their music I smile...

    1. Diane ~ We love some of the same artists. I love that you see them in suits. And, yes, they always have personality and attitude. That's good. I'll add it to my list. <3

  2. I dig Tim McGraw - he just gets better with age! (and yeah, he does he rock a suit, Diane, lol!)

    I was listening to Miranda Lambert this morning - The House That Built Me - getting teary and feeling feelingz. What magic rockers fit into 3 minutes of lyrics, melody, voice. Amazing.

    Mac - happy book birthday! I love bad boy Nicodemus (who's really a sweetie) and Jordan totally deserves her HEA with him!

    1. Thanks, Keely! Yes, I love Tim McGraw, too. He does just get better with age. And I adore The House That Built Me. Talk about an evocative narrative. It makes me cry, too. Powerful song. Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Omg, I love the bigger-than-life aspect of rock stars, the energy and sparkliness (is that a word, lol?) and the sheer creativity of professional musicians. My favorites are always the singer-songwriters: love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nina Simone and The Eagles. I've also developed a deep and abiding love for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Brett Detar and Gillian Welch. Oh! A very recent addition to my favorite list is a little band called Opus Orange.

    What a fun topic! Thanks for writing about it. I know the world will love Nicodemus and Jordan's story! :-)

    1. Wow! What a great list, Misha. Many of them I don't know. So you've opened my eyes to some new singer-songwriters. Yes, they're my favorite, too. And absolutely. The bigger than life aspect is a huge draw. Thanks for sharing your favorites today!

  4. Congrats on your new release! And I'm with you. I adore Katy Perry! And Adam Levine. And...To many to count! They remind me of Katherine Hepburn's comment about star quality. She always said she didn't know what it was, but she said she knew she HAD it. And that's what we love, isn't it? Great post!

    1. Absolutely, yes ... that star quality ... is it. It's their presence, or as Misha mentioned, that bigger-than-life presence. Love it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing what you love most about stars. ;0)

  5. Great post, Mackenzie! I love your book and can't wait until the rest of the world sees it so they can fall in love with it as well.

    Here's my list:

    Adam Levine - OMG HOT, great singer
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge - What emotion packed into that song.
    Tim McGraw - Loved the song he did with Taylor Swift - Highway Don't Care
    Eagles - Awesome - great songwriters
    Fleetwood Mac - So many talented vocalists, musicians and songwriters
    Boston - Brad Delp, one of the strongest lead singers ever and so under appreciated. Love his voice. RIP
    Ed Sheeran - My daughter and I saw him in concert in September - awesome show. Shows how one man can own a show be with just his voice and a guitar.
    Blake Shelton - What a Swagger
    Panic At The Disco - Their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody is wonderful. Lead singer Brendon Urie is soooo sexy.
    Aerosmith - I love Joe Perry - still hot. And Steven Tyler...
    Anna Nalick - 2 AM - LOVE the honesty in that song.
    Pearl Jam - Eddie Vedder - Great hair and great voice.
    Bruno Mars - Remember him doing the splits at the Superbowl? I had to rewind that performance a couple of times.
    Christina Aguilera - Ever heard Candyman? Great retro song.

    I could go on and on. Thanks for listening. :)

    1. Lisa ~ Thank you! What a great list. You brought back so many memories with your list. It's amazing. What fun. Thanks for sharing your favorite rock stars with us & for taking the time to comment! ;0)