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When naïve and sheltered Kelly Carrington agrees to sing back-up for a wild and worldly rock band called Chequered Past, anything can happen…and does! With a dangerous attraction to the lead singer, she finds herself doing things she never dreamed she’d do, and all too soon she’s spiraling downward into the abyss of rock ’n’ roll, losing herself in her new addictions and the outrageous lifestyle.
With a self-destructive lead guitarist and a psychotic fan that’s hell-bent on wreaking havoc for the band at every turn, Chequered Past is on the road to ruin. When tragedy strikes, Kelly and her hard-rocking bad boys come face to face with reality and realize they must make a decision as to their fate. The question is…will they be coherent enough to do so after taking a walk on the “Wild Side?”When it came time to pen her fifth novel, Toronto author/journalist/songwriter Laurie Lonsdale chose to draw on her observations, conversations, and experiences while working in concert promo in the late 80’s. While penning the novel, award-winning vocalist and friend, Heidi Propp, was pursuing her music career, winning the prestigious title of ‘Best Female Vocalist’ at the IMTA Awards in New York City in 2002, and “Best Female Rock Vocalist – Toronto Online Awards – 2007”. Wishing to pen her first full-length CD, Propp teamed with Lonsdale and the writing process began. Three sets of lyrics that were written into Lonsdale’s manuscript for “Wild Side” were then put to music and became part of the CD. Those songs were “Phantom Lover”, “Turn the Page” and the song that would eventually become the title track – “Strong and Wild”. Taking into account that the concept of “Wild Side” was based on the music industry, the creation of the “Strong and Wild” CD slowly but surely began incorporating more of the story. As a result, five additional tunes were inspired by the book, including “Me”, “Bustin’ Out”, “Who I am Today”, “Three Strikes” and “Please Me”, the adult contemporary number currently receiving air play. Also included on the CD are: “Bleary”, the track requested by Venturian Films for a dark comedy currently in production, “Cruisin” and “Skin Deep”, considered anthems for Propp, and Heidi’s self-written ballad, “Thank You”, dedicated to family and friends who have offered support and encouragement. With celebrated producer Steve Sherman guiding the project and Lonsdale as co-writer on ten of the twelve songs featured, the collection is a mix of good-time rock ‘n’ roll, power-pop, adult contempo and ballads, with a touch of the blues added for good measure. The CD on its own is distributed by RDR Music/Rosedale Records of Toronto and in the U.S. by CD Baby (cdbaby.com). All songs are available as digital downloads from Apple i-Tunes, Sony Connect, Napster, Nexhit, and Puretracks, to name a few. They are also available as ring tones from Verizon Wireless.
“Come over here, babe. I won’t bite…not unless you want me to,” he said with a mischievous grin, unabashedly naked as he lay upon his king-sized bed.
Clad only in a mini silk robe tied loosely around her, she gingerly eased onto the bed beside him, admiring his long and lithe body. His bronzed skin sported several tattoos, including a large and intricate serpent that wound its way down the entire length of his right arm, and a tangle of guitars and skulls on the bicep of his right. She suspected he was inked elsewhere as well, but she was too nervous to allow her eyes to wander. Instead she concentrated on his long tousled hair, fanned across the satin pillow beneath his head, his full lips pursed into a devilish smirk, and his bedroom eyes that were already making love to her, despite that their skin had yet to touch. Suddenly self-conscious, she looked away from his intense stare, and in doing so she caught sight of his taut stomach and long legs, framing his impressive state of arousal. Immediately her heart began pumping faster and she quickly averted her eyes.
Amused by her innocence, he slithered closer to her and then promptly scooped her into his arms, silencing her audible gasp with a long wet kiss. Her head was spinning and everything was a dizzying blur as she tried to make sense of why she was with a man she barely knew—a wild, worldly man who was the complete opposite of everything she had ever known in her entire sheltered, mundane existence. It was all so unlike her. But this man was a rock star, the embodiment of her ultimate fantasy, and whether it was right or wrong to give herself to him, she wasn’t about to let the opportunity of a lifetime slip away.
Slowly she ran her fingers through his hair and all at once clasped the back of his neck, pulling his mouth to hers once again. He responded by sliding his tongue between her lips and then deftly began removing her robe. He caressed the soft, smooth skin of her shoulders, and as the silk gown fell away she quivered under his touch. His mouth moved to her breasts, expertly teasing them with a combination of warm tantalizing kisses and soft quick bites, causing her to gyrate wildly beneath him. Rough from years of plucking guitar strings, his right hand fondled the innermost part of her left thigh, rising higher and higher with each stroke until she was raising her pelvis to meet him. She shuddered as his practiced teasing formed an electric circuit between both parts of her body, and just when she thought she couldn’t take any more she felt the sweet sensation of him entering her. Completely in sync, they quickly found their rhythm together and it wasn’t long before she was crying out for release. “Yes! Yes! Yes!” she squealed.
“Kelly,” she heard in the distance as she continued to writhe and groan.
Lost in the feeling, she squeezed her eyes tightly shut, savoring the sound of him calling her name.
“Kelly?” she heard again, but this time the voice sounded questioning, and she wondered why his tone had changed.
And then…“Kelly! Kelly!” again, but this time the tone was undeniably angry.
Quickly she opened her eyes and much to her embarrassment realized her steamy encounter had been nothing more than an extremely vivid daydream. She was not living out her rock star fantasy after all. Instead, she was in her fancy Manhattan office at the headquarters of Impact Music, her workplace of the last twelve years, and her boss, Wade Forrester, was staring down his nose at her from the other side of her expensive cherry wood desk.
“What are you so excited about, and to whom are you screaming yes?” he demanded.
“Oh…uh…uh…I’m sorry,” she stuttered as she tried desperately to regain her composure. “I was deep in thought about something I’m working on and I…uh…guess I got a little carried away about a good idea I had. That’s all.”
“Music promoter for Impact Music, Kelly, knew her job was on the line. Checkered Past was her assignment. The hard rock, heavy metal band was depending on her to make them stand out in the crowd of bands. Her fantasies revolved around sexy men living on the wild side of life. Her marriage is loveless and leaves her wanting more. Courageously, Kelly makes the decision to bring changes in her life.
I was prepared to not like this story. I do not like hard rock and heavy metal music. However, once I got into this book, I was hooked. Kelly’s decision to escape Brad was wise, but she played too hard. Laurie Lonsdale brings abuse to light in her novel Wild Side. She also successfully reminded me not to judge others by their music choice. I like Jason; he was strong and truly cared about Kelly. Wild Side is a good read! Romance with a heavy metal twist.” 4 Stars! Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
“Laurie Lonsdale follows a fictional band called Checkered Past through a not-so fictional series of events during the late 1980’s. While the events in the book are very much a work of fiction, there are moments loosely based on elements of Lonsdale’s exposure to some of the hair-metal bands de jour while working as a music publicist in the eighties. And while she remains aloof on the who’s and what’s – some of the things in Wild Side are based on things that actually happened. It was written to entertain, and entertain it does - containing enough facets of the music industry and eighties nostalgia to make it a very worthwhile read. It’s on my wife’s nightstand now. I guess the real test of truth for Lonsdale is whether she likes it as much as I did.” Mike Bax, FAZER On-Line Music Magazine
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 342
Paper Weight (lb): 14.2
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