Tuesday, August 6, 2013


YAY! It's my stop on the Wicked Beat Blog Tour, brought to you by Sourcebooks. My stop includes an interview with Olivia Cunning.

  Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)Series: Sinners on Tour #4
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: 8/6/13
Format: eARC
Source: Received from publisher for review

From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.

Interview with Olivia Cunning

Sticks was more lighthearted than the other Sinners. Did this make him easier or harder to write?
OC:  I loved writing Eric, because I never know what is going to pop out of his mouth. Some days, nothing would pop out of his mouth and it’s hard to come up with corny jokes when you try. So I guess it would depend on if my own corn-ball sense of humor was in full gear or not. I knew Eric pretty well by the time I wrote his book, so it made it easier to write. I have the most difficult time with writing the second book of a series. The first book is new and exciting and I can’t get the words out fast enough. Then I get to book two and I don’t know all the characters very well yet, and the excitement has waned a bit, so I struggle a bit. By the time I get to the third, fourth and fifth books, I know the characters, so I’d say Eric’s book was fairly easy to write, because Eric and all the other guys were fully formed in my mind by that time. Sed’s on the other hand…

Rebecca's ex, Isaac, had an interesting secret. Did you have this planned going into Wicked Beat, or was it a surprise to you, too?
OC:  This will be hard to answer without spoilers. I knew Rebekah had her “problem” and I knew it was Isaac who had caused her to feel bad about it, but I wasn’t sure why he would be such a jerk to her. His reason for being a jerk was the only solution that made sense to me, because he’s not a jerk by nature. And of course by having that particular secret, Trey got to help Rebekah and Eric in way that only Trey can help. *wink* (That’s the most convoluted answer to a question ever!)

What song would best describe Eric and Rebecca's relationship?
  The theme song for Wicked Beat is “The High Road” by Three Days Grace. But in actuality, I’d say their perfect song is “Alive” by Adelita’s Way. I’d already used that song on Double Time’s play list, though, so didn’t want to use it again. It’s a great song and when you first fall in love you DO feel more alive than usual, but it’s especially true for Rebekah. I come up with official play lists for all the books, which isn’t particularly easy. You know, I’ve found there aren’t as many metal love songs out there as there are in other music genres. This woman broke my heart (that b*tch!) songs? Yeah, plenty of those in the metal genre. But not so many lovey-dovey love songs.

 ** Great songs! Here are links for "The High Road" and "Alive". **

What's your favorite aspect of writing these books, the relationship between the guys and their loves, or between the Sinners?
  Both of course! It really depends on my mood. If I’m in THE mood, I so enjoy putting some heat on the page. When I want to be entertained and laugh, I stick the Sinners together in a room and let them interact. They never fail to amuse me. If I’m feeling all maudlin and emotional, it’s time for a mushy scene. When I’m excited and hyper, I like to write concert scenes. I guess it’s a good thing I’m moody or my books would be rather dull and one-dimensional. Today? Hmm, I feel like writing a concert scene.

Your all-time favorite drummer?
  The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold. That’s why the book is dedicated to him.

**I cheated. I knew this would be OC's answer. Here is the "Top 5 Avenged Sevenfold Videos featuring Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan".

Now that the last book is out, is there anything you would like to say to fans of Sinners on Tour?
  Being on the Sinners Tour bus was the wildest ride of my life. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you’ll stick around for the next tour with Exodus End. Even the sexiest of rock stars need their groupies to survive. I love you all and the Sinners love you too.

 Thank you so much to Olivia! *wipes tear*

Sinners on Tour Series
Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1)Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour, #2)Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour, #4)
Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)Double Time (Sinners on Tour, #3)
 (click on cover for GoodReads page)

My Reviews of:
Backstage Pass  |  Rock Hard  |  Hot Ticket  |  Double Time  |  Wicked Beat

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About the author
Olivia CunningCombining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She's been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction -- first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she's lived all over the country and overseas. She recently moved to Galveston, Texas.

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  1. Avenged Sevenfold is awesome! :))) I love everything about these books and it's weird to hear that Sed's book was the hardest to write since it came out perfectly. I can' wait to read about Eric. Rebecca's secret and whatnot make me intrigued about this story and so did your review, doll! I. Can't. Wait!!!

  2. Great interview Andrea! I love Avenged Sevenfold! Also, I need to mention once again how much I love that cover haha

  3. Nice interview! I definitely need to get back to this series!

  4. Great interview! We MUST meet her someday.

  5. Noooo!!! I'm not ready to say goodbye!!!! Your interview made me horny! I love this series *sniffle*

  6. I love how you describe your characters. Makes it clear that they are real to you and so will be real to me. I get frustrated when characters act outside of their character when authors force. They sound perfect.

  7. I love Three Days Grace. I love that The High Road is the theme song for Wicked Beat. Really brilliant interview! :)

  8. What a great interview!! I love how real and awesome the characters sound. I know how much you love this series and I definitely have to read it sometime!!

  9. I LOVE Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace! Its really cool how Olivia's passion really shows through her characters. Ever since I read your reviews for this series, I have been meaning to read them and now I can't wait! They sound fantastic! Fabulous interview! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Great interview! I love how she writes different types of scenes depending on her mood!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  11. Olivia Cunning's writing is SUPER hot! I've read the first one of this series and a few of the Sinners on Tour series and I always need to have a fan nearby, lol! Eric sounds like a sweetie and now I'm curious to find out what Rebekah and Isaac's secret is. Hmm..

    Great interview ladies! :)


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