Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cara Connelly's Ready to Rock ♪Review & Giveaway♡

 by Cara Connelly
Available 12/01/15

Readers of Cara Connelly’s Save the Date series met Jack and Lil McCabe in The Wedding Favor.  Go back in time and experience Jack and Lil’s original love story, with a hefty dose of romance and suspense.  Ready to Rock, is Connelly’s first indie title. Ready to Rock won RWA’s Golden Heart award (under the title The Sinners), and the Valley Forge Romance Writer’s Sheila Award (also under The Sinners).

His name's on everyone's lips--sexy rocker Jack McCabe. His gritty New York City band is red hot, almost as hot as his fiery affair with photography student Lil Marchone, the girl from his past, now the woman he loves. The problem is, Lil's controlling ex wants her back. Rich, powerful, and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing--including murder--to get Jack out of her life. But Jack's a badass himself, always up for a fight. And with the stakes this high, he'll risk everything for Lil, even his band. Even his life.

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I fell madly in love with Jack and Lil. Ready to Rock was my epic love story for this month. They had the most amazing story to tell and it had so many twists! Jack was delicious while Lil was super sweet and yet very naughty. Cara Connelly has gained another follower in me with this book. I loved her writing and her story telling skills with this book. She was able to draw me in and keep me tightly drawn into the story of Jack and Lil. I did not want to put it down. 

I was literally on tenterhooks from nearly the first chapter until she found him again. Then I bit all my nails off because so many things were happening and so many twists and possibilities were being thrown up at this couple. This was one of the best books for me. I loved it. It was highly entertaining. The love and commitment may have seemed to have moved fast but when you have a connection like they do what do you expect, honestly. I highly recommend this book to any who loves a romance that will not only knock your socks off but will force you to acknowledge that soulmates exist.
This is a 5☆ on Amazon. See my rating chart to the right.

            A wolf whistle sliced through the street noise, calling me back to the present. I’d wandered into the crosshairs of a dozen construction workers sitting along the Jersey barriers that separated their work site from the sidewalk. They were eating lunch and checking out the girls, including me. Most of them were grinning. One waggled his fingers in a wave.
            Hiding behind my sunglasses, I pretended to ignore them while I checked them out from the corner of my eye. They were the usual assortment of sizes and shapes. A few beer guts, a few shaved heads. But when my gaze hit the last guy in the row, I did a double take. And then I froze in my tracks.
            Jesus Christ, it can’t be him!
            But it was. I would have known him anywhere.
            Slowly, inexorably, I walked toward him. Obviously, he didn’t recognize me. He wasn’t whistling or grinning like the others, just watching me with a calm expression, admiring but not leering.
            I stopped directly in front of him. “Jack? Jack McCabe?”
            Surprise flickered in his eyes, but he said coolly, “Who’s Jack McCabe?”
            I pulled off my sunglasses. “He’s the man who pulled me out of a burning car six years ago.”
            His eyes widened. “Well, hell,” he breathed. Then he broke into a smile so dazzling that it literally knocked me back a step.
            My God, he’s gorgeous! His face was cut from the finest granite, rugged with two days’ beard. His black hair was straight and glossy, falling loose to his shoulders. And when he stood up, he towered over me, six foot two and built like you dream about, narrow waist rising in a V to wide chest and broad shoulders, his long arms roped with the lean muscle of a man who earns it the hard way—by working, not lifting weights at a gym.
            Touching one big hand to the small of my back, he started to walk, drawing me away from the rest of the guys.

The Book Quarry – Authors and Social Media

Whenever I get together with other authors, the one topic that’s sure to come up is social media. Opinions vary on whether it’s a time suck that destroys creativity or a fun place to hang out and be energized, and whether being readily available to readers is a positive or a negative thing.

I believe that, as with most things in life, there are plusses and minuses, but overall I think it’s a positive. Needless to say, I’ve heard of some negative reader/author interactions on social media, where readers berate authors about the subject matter of a book, or the behavior of one of the characters, or about writing a TSTL heroine. This can be hurtful for the author so sometimes they lash out in response, which is bad for everyone involved, especially the author.

But for the most part, I’ve found readers to be complimentary, encouraging, and happy just to have the author’s ear. For the author, it’s a tremendous boost to hear from readers who appreciate their stories and love living in the worlds the author has created.

Writing is an isolating job. Sure, you can take your laptop to a coffee shop and do some writing there. But it’s not the same as going out to that coffee shop for a latte with friends, chatting and laughing and catching up on each other’s lives. It’s more like sitting alone with your Starbucks, staring at the screen and maybe eavesdropping on other people’s conversations.

So a message from a reader—especially a friendly message!—can make an author’s day. During those solitary hours when we’re filled with doubt, wondering if anyone will care about, or be moved by, the feelings we’re pouring onto the page, a quick Facebook message or tweet from a reader can make it all seem worthwhile.

It’s also nice to know what’s resonating with readers. Which storylines do they love? Which are they tired of? What characters would they like to see more of? This kind of feedback is invaluable, and it’s only possible because readers have so many avenues to reach out to authors.

It’s also fun to share anecdotes about family and pets and holidays—things everyone has in common—and to have readers reciprocate in kind. This is what I enjoy about interacting with readers, and I hope they enjoy it too. So let’s keep the dialogue going, keep it friendly and supportive in both directions, and make it a rewarding experience for everyone!  

     Meet the Author     
Learn about Cara’s Save the Date series-
 Cara Connelly is the author of the Save the Date series of contemporary romances published by Avon Romance. The latest book in the series, The Wedding Gift, was released in May 2015. Cara’s smart and sexy stories have won several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. A former attorney and law professor, she lives with her husband Billy in the woods of upstate New York.
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