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Monthly Archives: November 2014
It’s not about a stripper, if that’s what you’re thinking. Nope. I mean, clothes do come off…it’s an Alexis Anne serial after all… but that isn’t the kind of stripping taking place in this story. This time around it’s all about the music.
I have a long love affair with stripped down songs. A major reason my husband and I like to go to concerts is to hear the different ways bands play their studio songs. Especially when they go acoustic. It highlights the lyrics, it gives the song a new twist, and sometimes it give us new insight into the singer and songwriter.
And because we love music so much, Nate and I are big fans of The Voice. Last season I was in the middle of writing Tease when Christina Grimme came on and sang “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. It instantly became one of my favorite songs. Then Nate turned to me and said I should write a love story about a singer who becomes famous for stripping down songs.
Stripped was born. The only problem was that I was still writing Tease. The good problem was that I was still writing Tease. It meant I had time to watch her sing a bunch more of these songs, including “All of the Stars” which she sang with Ed Sheeran. (I’m still convinced he was totally going gaga over her while they were singing. You’ll have to watch and tell me if you think so, too.) This duet was specifically the inspiration for Travis and Kristen and the way they sing together on stage.
Then she sang with her coach, Adam Levine, and I had all the inspiration I needed for Stripped.
This is another serial. I love serials. What’s a serial? A story told in shorter episodes over several episodes. My episodes are typically fifteen to twenty thousand words. Or, something you can read in about an hour. As a busy mom and writer, I absolutely love serials because they give me the opportunity to sit down and read a story in the short time I have available, while still giving me something to look forward to.
But if you hate serials, don’t worry! I always write mine in a set arc with a predetermined number of episodes. You can wait until the last episode goes live and then read the entire serial at once. Tease was five volumes, Stripped will be four.
Real quick I want to address a question I get pretty frequently. Will I write more Tease? Yes. Next year I will write another three-five episode arc for them that picks up somewhere along their journey. So if you are looking for more Adam and Elizabeth, it will be out later next year!
In the mean time, Stripped: down (Volume 1) is now available! Here is a look at what to expect:
Travis Brantley, the sexy rock musician from Tease, wants nothing more than to finally get his big break. When he lands a record deal with a major label, Travis is convinced all his dreams are about to come true. His dream turns into a nightmare when he is sent on tour with a pop princess who is more auto-tuned than talent. Kristen Holt may have a beautiful face, but the electronically garbled music and nonexistent clothing are more show than substance. While her body is sexy as sin, Travis is convinced she’s nothing more than another dead-end on his road to obscurity.
When Kristen sheds the the “Pop Princess” persona designed by the label and goes indie, she captures the attention of the audience, and the sexy rocker who never bothered to give her the time of day. Singing a stripped down acoustic song with him in front an eager crowd, their musical and sexual chemistry explodes, skyrocketing them on a fiery two week publicity tour…and into an intense love affair that takes them both by surprise.
With the label breathing down Travis’s neck, Kristen’s mysterious connections, and an overeager group of paparazzi, their two week tour comes with a lot of strings and a lot of passion—and it will change everything.
Stay tuned for Volume 2! Stripped: away