Friday Freebie with Bree Darcy
Tell us about Don’t Mention the Rock Star:
Don’t Mention the Rock Star is about a Sydney-based gossip reporter Kellie, who is hiding a little secret – she used to be madly in love with American rock star AJ Dangerfield (Andy) when they were teenagers. And now this first boyfriend of hers is about to boomerang back into her life. But Kellie certainly doesn’t want the world – and most specifically her husband or headline-seeking boss – finding out that she used to date him. Meanwhile, all Andy wants is to spend time with the girl who loved him before he was famous. The story initially alternates between past and present, so readers can see why their relationship didn’t work out and wonder what’s going to happen this time around.
What inspired this book?
I actually starting working on a novel about the mean girls of blogging. But then this scenario about a showbiz reporter and her now famous ex crashed into my head and the characters wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote their story first. I have always loved books about soulmates who are torn apart due to circumstances, or friends who are obviously meant for one another but fate never quite works in their favour. So it’s no surprise that this is a theme I explored here.
Who are the main characters and why will we love them?
Kellie is definitely the sort of person readers will be able to relate to. Even though she works for a celebrity website, her life isn’t particularly glamorous. As a mother of two teenagers, she is far from perfect at running a household and has to deal with an overly critical mother-in-law. She has also remained best friends with the girls from her schooldays. Yet sometimes Kellie can’t see what’s right in front of her face. She possibly married the wrong man and as much as she tries to deny it, she can’t ignore her attraction towards Andy, even all these years later. And she certainly can’t cook. On the plus side, she’s smart, can see the funny side of life, she sticks by the people closest to her and she really loves her children.
Meanwhile Andy is totally adorable – even though he often gets up to no good. He basically goes from skinny runt to sexy rock star right before our eyes. And for all his faults, he is admirably loyal. I did worry that having a rock star as the leading man was somewhat cliched but readers have reported back that they have fallen for him, because he’s such an endearing and down-to-earth character.
For you, what’s the best thing about Fridays?
I work as a freelance writer/editor from home so Fridays don’t have the same end-of-work-week jubilation for me any more. In fact Friday afternoon signifies the start of yet another busy weekend of kids’ sports.
What’s coming up next for you?
I am currently working on my second novel, called Evie Seizes the Day. It’s essentially about a downtrodden HR staffer who comes to the end of her tether so she ditches work for the day. It’s like a Ferris Bueller for grown-ups. It’s proving a lot of fun to write and it even has a car chase since a reader’s husband expressed disappointment that there was no car chase in my first book!
Don’t Mention the Rock Star
They fell in love in an instant … so why have they spent a lifetime apart?
As a teenager Kellie dated an American boy but circumstances meant they went their separate ways. Now he’s back and she’s so tempted to see him again. But two decades have passed and they are both married with children.
And the last thing a celebrity reporter like her needs is the world finding out about her past relationship with a rock star. Especially as Kellie’s husband doesn’t even know she once dated AJ Dangerfield, lead singer of legendary band Danger Game. And she has no intention of him finding out. EVER.
As Kellie deals with a demanding boss, a bullied son, an infuriating mother-in-law and a best friend who won’t act her age, she finds herself playing a dangerous game. What will happen if her two worlds collide? And is it possible that first love never fades?
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About the author:
Bree Darcy is the pseudonym of Australian journalist Stephanie Pegler. She is the publisher of several popular websites for readers and authors, including Chicklit Club, Connect and We Heart Writing, and also runs the annual International Chick Lit Month event. She has worked as a newspaper sub-editor in Perth for the past twenty years, and is married with three children. Don’t Mention the Rock Star is her debut novel. See breedarcy.com for more details.