About the Book
So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?
A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?
She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.
Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.
He can’t wait for it to be over.
When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.
Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.
Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?
A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.
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Blame It On The Love Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Part 2 – The Teenage Years.
My first proper ‘grown up’ gig was Adam and the Ants, the Prince Charming tour. I was only fifteen and I had begged my mum to let me go. We lived about seven miles from the centre of Glasgow and I would be getting a bus there and back. I was going with two other friends so she relented. I had to pay for the ticket myself but, having three paper-rounds at the time, this was not a problem. My mate got the tickets. I don’t know how he managed it as they were like gold-dust.
The venue for this momentous moment in my life was the rapidly disintegrating flea-pit known as The Apollo. Unknown to me at the time, this venue was, and still is, considered by many bands and artists as the ultimate music venue due to the explosive atmosphere and exuberant crowds. It had a massive, fifteen and a half foot high, stage and a bouncing balcony. The balcony was designed to do this and many bands would encourage the fans to jump more in order to see the effect. While I didn’t know the venue was iconic back then, I firmly believe that the magic of it set up my love and expectations for all future gigs I would attend.
I was fortunate enough to see a few bands at The Apollo before it closed its doors on the 16th June 1985 but the two most memorable for me are Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Nik Kershaw. I’ll start with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Frankie-mania had hit Glasgow with the same force as it had hit the rest of the UK. This meant that when tickets went on sale for their tour in early 1985, there wasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of getting one. Yours truly, however, would not be thwarted by this. There were other ways if one used a little ingenuity… You see, living in Glasgow had certain advantages when it came to meeting your favourite band or artist because there were only a handful of hotels considered exclusive enough for the bands to stay in so it was easy to find out where the bands were staying when they were in town. My friends and I, however, had learnt that you do not hang around outside the hotel like ordinary fans. No. The secret is to dress nicely and buy a drink in the hotel bar. This technique had worked a few times and it was about to work again.
I was sitting in the bar of the hotel on the night of the 20th March 1985. Frankie had just played the first of two gigs at The Apollo and had come down to the bar to relax and unwind. At the time, the band had the reputation of being a bolshy and they were living up to it that night. Several girls had approached them to ask for an autograph but had been sent away with a flea in their ear and no signature. So I decided to go in with a different tack.
I walked over to the three band members who were the main perpetrators of the abuse – Brian Nash, Mark O’Toole and Peter Gill. The conversation went as follows:
Me: Excuse me, sorry to interrupt but I was wondering if I may take a photograph please?
FGTH: No you fookin’ well can’t.
Me: Phew! I was hoping you would refuse because you’re all so bloody ugly the camera would probably break!
FGTH: What did you say?
Me: I said you’re all so ugly you’d probably break the camera!
Cue 5 seconds of silence before they break out in loud, raucous laughter.
FGTH: Fook me! More front than bloody Blackpool this one! For that, you can take your photograph.
Me: Oh well, if you insist. But, if it breaks, you owe me a new one.
After the photograph was taken the banter continued between us and I was invited to join them, along with my friends of course. Through the course of the conversation, I was asked if I had been to the gig. Now I could have been very polite and simply said no but I chose to inform them that, if I wanted to listen to the sound of cats caterwauling, I would take myself off to the local animal rescue. This was met with the response of “For that, you cheeky mare, we’re putting you on the guest list for tomorrow night!”
Hah! Mission accomplished!
For the record, the gig was amazing, the atmosphere was electric and I hung out with the guys again back at the hotel. Overall, they were a great bunch of lads and fun company to be in.
The other memorable gig at the Apollo was Nik Kershaw on the 11th of November in 1984. I had been a fan of Nik’s for a few months prior to him hitting the big time earlier that year. When my friend Pam and I entered the foyer of the venue we saw his manager hanging around. We recognised him from a gig of Nik’s we’d been to in the summer so we went over to say hello. He remembered us and we got chatting. He left us with the instruction to head back to their hotel afterwards and he would ensure we got to meet Mr Kershaw himself.
After the gig, Pam – who had only just passed her driving test two days before – haired it down to the hotel and we were sitting with a drink in the bar before the band had even gotten off the coach. As promised, we were introduced to Nik and I can tell you now that he was one of the nicest, sweetest musicians I have ever met. He was polite, funny and quite happy to have a laugh and chill out. When he and the band found out that Pam and I were also attending their gig in Edinburgh a few days later, we were invited to meet up with them all again because ‘we were fun and we didn’t hassle them’. Once again, Nik and his band were simply lovely and friendly and we had a blast just hanging out with them. Nik Kershaw was, for quite some time after that, my absolute hero and I didn’t miss any of his gigs. Including one very big, extra special, event that brought a whole new experience to rock and pop music…
Thanks so much, Kiltie. Don’t forget to catch up with the rest of these fabulous guest posts!
For Part 1 – The Early Years, see My Life, One Story At A Time yesterday
For Part 3 – Live Aid, have a look on Carole’s Book Corner tomorrow
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences – which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.
In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
Author: Alexandra Sokoloff
Performed by R.C. Bray
Released: October 2017 by Brilliance Audio
Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review, Audiobook, Books, Reading
Revenge has no limits.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
Book five in the Huntress series sees Matthew Roarke returning to the FBI, despite his intention never to go back to the Bureau after he followed in the teenage Cara’s footsteps, her group home and high school, discovering what she endured, and in the process solved a sixteen year old cold case. This has given him something of a dilemma. His feelings towards Cara had changed.
Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.
Losing It All was published in 2013 and was a five star read for me. Set in the 1980s, it’s gritty and realistic with great characters. I didn’t know what to expect when I began but was soon immersed in the story.
She’s an Israeli data analyst. He’s a headstrong Bulgarian detective. Together they must track down those responsible for a horrific bombing.
In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria, Israeli and Bulgarian intelligence agencies launch a joint investigation. Detective Boyko Stanchev on the police task force teams up with Ayala Navon, a young Israeli intelligence analyst on her first overseas assignment. The two must establish whether the terrorists were assisted by a Bulgarian crime organization in laying the groundwork for the attack. It should be a routine investigation, but shadows of the past keep interfering. Boyko’s interactions with a crime boss pursuing a vendetta against him threaten to throw him off track. Ayala’s pursuit of the terrorists and their accomplices brings up painful memories of a family tragedy. Boyko and Ayala form a shaky alliance, one that evolves into growing cooperation and affection as they desperately race against time to uncover who was behind the Burgas bombing.
Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
Genre: Chick-lit, contemporary romance
At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.
That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger. Continue reading
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage, a contemporary holiday romance by Linn B Halton. Published by Harper Impulse and released on November 3rd 2017.
The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elena James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed. Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?
The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.
Elana James and her young daughter, Maya, are approaching their second Christmas without Niall, Elana’s husband and Maya’s father, who was killed in a tragic road traffic accident. Bay Tree Cottage is a work in progress, which isn’t actually progressing much at the moment as Elana was left mortgage free but without the funds to tackle all the renovation work needed. And more bad news comes from her good friend and next door neighbour, Eve. Both their chimneys needs urgent repointing which means Elana is unable to light the fire in her cottage and Maya is desperate to send her wishes up to Santa, via the chimney, as they always do.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Answers From Heaven