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Ruby Release: Finding Her Rhythm by Dani Wade

One of the joys of my Indie-publishing endeavors is being able to write a book how it wants to be written– let the characters lead me and follow them without restraints (or into restraints, if that’s where they want to go). My editors have led my Harlequin books in great directions, strengthening them and my skills. But there are just certain things Harlequin books don’t do. So Indie publishing lets me explore different aspects of my creativity.

In this case, I was able to follow the leading of my hero – my rock star hero.

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When I first envisionsed Michael Korvello, little voices nagged at me. There’s a long-held rumor that editors don’t want Rock Stars. They aren’t popular enough. But still he hung around – that bad boy, brooding rocker attracted to the anti-thesis of his high profile lifestyle, his nanny.

I just couldn’t get him out of my mind, and before long, despite the push and pull of my first print release and new proposals, I had the full-blown story of a man who was lonely but afraid of revealing his true nature. And a woman so battered by life that trust had been all but obliterated – especially for a first rate performer.

So I chose to follow my characters and discovered a world beneath a world. The performer who wants to be seen and loved as a real man. A family who misses him. A woman who learns to trust him to protect her. A brother who teases and torments him, but who always has his back – on and off the road.

They took me on a journey and I enjoyed every minute! (Well, until I reached revisions.) A journey of a family trying to find each other again, and a man hell bent on using his sexual talents to teach a woman everything that she’s capable of, and everything they can be together.

So let’s celebrate those fun journeys we get to take when we follow wherever our characters lead! Share the last “fun” discovery you made about your book/characters while writing!

One commenter will win a giftie! An Amazon or B&N giftcard for a new journey of discovery.

Dani

33 responses to “Ruby Release: Finding Her Rhythm by Dani Wade”

  1. Jenn! says:

    I love rock star stories, Dani! Of course, I’m a bit bias as I was once in the rock and roll industry as a band manager.

    Your story sounds intriguing, too. ALWAYS follow your heart – or in your case, the little voices in your head. LOL.

    Congratulations on your release. May your sales blow the speakers!

    Jenn!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      I like the sound of that, Jenn!!! I love that Michael can be intense and artistic, but not lose any of his edge. I’m sure behind the scenes isn’t nearly as fun, but its another one of those “can you imagine” scenarios. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      • Jenn! says:

        No. Behind the scenes is not nearly is fun. Lots of work, loads of drama (go figure), and not nearly enough reward.

        Thank goodness we writers can take creative license. HAHA!

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  2. Congrats on bringing your rock star hero to life, Dani! I’m partial to musicians, so I’m sure I’ll love Finding Her Rhythm. 🙂 It’s a great feeling for a writer when the characters takes control and leads you to places you’d never dreamed of. We have to rein them in sometimes, though!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      Oh goodness, do we! Some days I want to ask my characters, “Are you sure you want to do that?” Some gentle guidance is helpful (unless they’re stubborn).

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  3. I actively search for rock star stories, so ppfffttt! on editors who don’t like them! c; Since I’ve read FHR, I won’t give away too many details about what happens except to say how great it is! But I did want to say congrats. Sometimes stepping outside the box is a great refill for our creative well.

    Great job, Dani!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      It is! That’s what I’ve found so renewing about my Indie work. It moves my imagination in a different direction, and often lets me see my other books outside of the box too.

      Thanks for all your help with FHR!!! You’re the best!

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  4. Tamara Hogan says:

    Dani, FINDING HER RHYTHM sounds delicious! I love rock star stories, so much so that I wrote my own…though in my debut, TASTE ME, the heroine is the rock star. So it’s a bodyguard story, too. 😉

    As a series writer, I tend to be pretty analytical about character development, knowing how a certain character will drive the series arc four books down the road. But there was one character in TASTE ME who I intended to be a walk-on, momentarily there to jack up the conflict between the hero and heroine, who tapped me on the shoulder at the end of the book and said, “Not so fast.” So much so that Chadden will get his own HEA a few books down the road. 😉

    Happy Release Day!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      And Tamara, Taste Me has a rockin’ cover!!!! I love it! If y’all like paranormals, check out Tamara’s series!

      I’ve always been told to be careful what you name incidental characters, because you never know when they’ll want to step up to center stage. 🙂 Isn’t it awesome!?!?

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  5. Hope Ramsay says:

    Dani,

    Count me as another one who loves rock stars — and other musically inclined heroes. This guy sounds deliciously complicated. Congrats on your new release.

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    • Dani Wade says:

      Oh, I thought I was done peeling back all the layers, Hope, then I got to revisions and had to peel back even more! He’s been a great, surprising character to work with.

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  6. Vivi Andrews says:

    This book sounds so good! I love a rockstar hero. Congrats and good luck with your release, Dani!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      You know, I was very intrigued to pair a rock star with the traditional nanny hook…and ended up with something very un-traditional. 😉 Always fun!

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  7. Addison Fox says:

    Dani:

    Congratulations on your release!! And I love me some rock musicians….sexy, sexy, sexy!

    Happy Book Birthday! 🙂
    Addison

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  8. Dana says:

    Who on earth wouldn’t want to read about a hot rock star?!? That’s a classic fantasy – glad you took the Indie route to bring this story to eager readers!

    Best wishes,

    Dana 🙂

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  9. The book sounds great! (And I never understood why rock stars weren’t wanted. They’re fun to read about and hey, they need love too.) 🙂

    I was surprised when the heroine of my current book turned out to be an assassin, but was told that might be a tough sell…making her loveable and all. LOL

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    • Dani Wade says:

      An assassin! I find that awesome! Linda Howard has a book, Kiss Me While I Sleep (I think), where the heroine is an assassin. Very compelling motivation in that book that I found totally believable!

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  10. Liz Talley says:

    Looks terrific, Dani. And I love rock stars…I don’t know why there is such prejudice against them. They’re exciting, sexy and complicated. What’s not to love?

    And I have to say my first reaction to your cover was “she’s got really big boobs!” I have boob envy. LOL.

    I make discoveries about my characters all the time. My initial reaction is “So that’s how it is, huh?” It’s fun when they really come alive. Congrats!

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    • Tamara Hogan says:

      I also noticed the abundant boobage. 🙂

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    • Dani Wade says:

      I love that feeling of the characters coming alive, too! Its fascinating to discover the twists and turns that make them who they are.

      Funny you should mention her boobs. LOL I actually picked this pic because it was 1. sexy and 2. Taylor is not stick thin. She’s actually very curvy and has lots of body issues over it (which Michael has to help her overcome), so this picture was perfect. It doesn’t help that she has a spotlight on them. 🙂 But Michael doesn’t seem to mind.

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  11. Congratulations, Dani. What’s not to love about rock stars. The cover really grabbed me too!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      Thanks, Bev! I worked with a great new cover artist, Elizabeth Wallace, who is incredibly talented. She’s done recent covers for Linda Winstead Jones’s historicals that are gorgeous!!!

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  12. June Love says:

    Dani, thank goodness there are other avenues to take to get the stories out there that can’t find homes elsewhere. I’ve never understood why rock stars wouldn’t sale. The drama is automatically there. So much you can do with them, for them, to them.

    Your books sounds wonderful Congratulations and good luck!

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    • Dani Wade says:

      Thanks, June!!! I’m right there with you on the automatic conflict. And in Michael’s case, he’s conflicted because he loves his music and performing, but only found betrayal with his first wife. She wanted the “wild rock star” life. Throw in some kids and a nanny, and his two worlds are pulling in opposite directions.

      Like Tamara, some authors can find publishers who will take a chance on their rock stars. I wasn’t willing to wait. 🙂

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  13. Elisa Beatty says:

    So exciting, Dani! Congrats on the new book! Count me in on the list of people who love rock stars.

    Off to find my Kindle….

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  14. Sorry I’m late to the party, Dani. Every one of my stories, which readers are now in love with, were rejected by Harlequin at one time or another. So I can attest that writing as an indie is pure freedom and joy.

    I wish your novella many sales, Dani!

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