Monday, September 21, 2020

BREAKING THE CHAINS Spotlight #3: Rockin' It Sober

Sex. Drugs. Rock and roll. Those all seem to go hand in hand--that is, until the drugs get to be more trouble than they're worth! It doesn't matter how much money and fame a person has; even the brightest star can fizzle out due to drug and alcohol addiction.

In THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS, Raina Emerson, who is the notorious bad girl/lead-guitarist for The Neon Fishnets, returns from rehab to try and rebuild her life as a rock star, only sober this time. It's a challenging goal, but one that will determine not only her future with the band but possibly the length of her life.

In last blog spotlight on BREAKING THE CHAINS, I wanted to give some love to a few of my favorite musicians who are in recovery. They realized they had a problem, but they were strong enough to admit it and get help. They battled against addiction and won, and they are still rockin' it sober to this day. Some of them have gone back to rehab after falling off the wagon, but they didn't give up. Sobriety is a process, and if at first you don't succeed...well, you know how it goes.

(By the way, if you aren't familiar with one or more of these musicians, I implore you to look them up and listen to their music. You won't be sorry you did!)

                                           Nita Strauss

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Elton John

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Lana Del Rey

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Ringo Starr

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Steven Tyler

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Eminem

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Stevie Nix


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THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS is now available!





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If you missed the first two spotlights for BREAKING THE CHAINS, you can check them out

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2) --> here <--.


And as always, thanks for stopping by!

- Scarlett

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Monday, September 14, 2020

BREAKING THE CHAINS Spotlight #2: The Flying V

Hello, and welcome to the second post in my series of spotlights on my new FF release, THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS! In these spotlights, I'm sharing some behind-the-scenes goodies and fun facts that were part of the real-life inspiration behind the fictional FF rock band romance.

If you missed the first spotlight, --> click here <--!

Today I wanted to focus on one of Raina's favorite types of guitars and one she plays in the books: The Flying V.

If you've never heard of this kind of guitar before, you might have actually seen it and not realized it! Here's a sign for the Hard Rock Cafe that takes a Flying V's shape:





The Flying V has been around since the 1950s. Rock superstars have used them in abundance in their musical careers. There's something about a Flying V guitar that just shouts "Rock-n-Roll!" To see some pics and footage of 26 different superstars using this iconic guitar, click the pic below! It'll take you to a really cool article I discovered on ultimateclassicrock.com.


The one and only Jimmy Hendrix playing a Flying V.


And finally, just for fun, here's an awesome metal rendition of the song "Let It Go." Most of you will recognize it from the uber-popular Disney movie Frozen. In this cover, the guitarist plays a Flying V, so you can see one in action. By the way, I've listened to this song about 1,000 times over the past couple of years, and it never gets old. Way better than the original if you ask me!






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THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS is now available!






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Thanks for stopping by!

- Scarlett

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Monday, September 7, 2020

BREAKING THE CHAINS Spotlight #1: Deep Ellum

Hello, and welcome to the first post in my series of spotlights on my new FF release, THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS! In these spotlights, I'm sharing some behind-the-scenes goodies and fun facts that were part of the real-life inspiration behind the fictional FF rock band romance.

Those of you who read Book 1, you know that it was set in Dallas, and this novel is as well. I wanted to show off more of DFW in Book 2, so I had a few of the band members visit one of my favorite real-life hang-out spots: Deep Ellum!

Although the Deep Ellum restaurant featured in the book is not real, this fun, artsy neighborhood in Dallas absolutely does exist! Here are a few pictures from one of my adventures over there last year.



First, I had to stop and have my friend take a picture of me next to this mural. One of the coolest aspects of Deep Ellum is their fabulous murals.


Groovy mural!

One of the things we did that night was to stop at this Quentin Tarantino-themed popup bar and have a drink. All the drinks were themed from his movies, and my friend and I ended up getting one of the strongest whiskey drinks I have ever had. We were both troopers, though, and finished them!


A Quentin Tarantino- themed popup bar 


We ended up at the popular concert venue Trees where I had tickets for us to see Mac Sabbath, a spoof on Black Sabbath. They were actually really damn good! And funny! I'd totally go see them again!



Mac Sabbath at the concert venue Trees




To explore more of Deep Ellum, ---> click here <---!



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Thanks for stopping by!

- Scarlett

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Now Available! THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS

 It's live! Grab your copy of the second installment in my FF rock band romance, THE NEON FISHNETS trilogy! 




The Neon Fishnets’ lead guitarist, Raina Emerson, returns home from rehab a changed woman. Embarking on rock star life as a clean and sober musician isn’t easy, especially since Raina has been the band’s notorious party girl for the past decade, but she is totally up for the challenge. With a new album topping the charts, a tour coming up, and her band mates providing their love and support, everything is moving along perfectly.

That is, until a different kind of temptation enters her life in the form of a beautiful woman named Lara Thompson. Complicating things even further is the fact that Raina and Lara have a history, a shared dark past that Raina isn’t ready to confront.






--> Now available on Amazon !<-- (Kindle and Kindle Unlimited)  



I'm so excited about this release and even more excited to know what you think! Download it today! Happy reading! 


XoXo


Scarlett


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Guest Post on My Journey Through Rock and Roll

 If you have a few, please stop by Shelby Kent Stewart's website to read my guest post! I talk about my personal, transformative journey through rock and roll and how it inspired THE NEON FISHNETS trilogy. Check it out!





Thanks to Shelby for having me on her website, and thanks to you for reading!

XoXo

Scarlett

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Coming September 3!

We have a release date! Coming September 3, the second installment of THE NEON FISHNETS trilogy - BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS.


Mark your calendars! And if you still haven't grabbed the first installment, it's available on Kindle Unlimited!



XoXo

Scarlett


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Couple of Life Lessons with Toxic Folks and How I Got Back on Track



Last month was so wonky for me. Do you ever have times in your life when you feel like the people around you are pulling you completely off your path? That happened to me not once but twice in June, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again.

If you're like me, you like to help and uplift those around you. And over time, you may find that certain people take advantage of that. I've gotten better over the years at being able to sniff out the rats who demand so much without giving much in return. You know they types--the leeches that do nothing but drain you without respect for your time and energy?

As life does, I was provided with two more lessons last month to see if I'd learned from last time, and the time before that, and the time before that. Even though I nipped both instances in the bud pretty quickly, it still stripped me of 3-4 weeks of my time and focus. That's time I'll never get back!

Because of what happened last month, I wanted to write a blog post about how important it is that we stay true to our goals, and tell everyone who is reading that that it is okay and even good to make our own dreams a priority. Everybody has different desires for themselves, and it's so damned easy to get sucked into someone else's plan! Before you know it, you're spending hours of your day, answering frantic phone calls and texts, spending time and energy on this and that to please these demanding people, and giving up your dreams to help the poor, needy ones, and you don't realize until you're absolutely frazzled, that they are draining you, until it's too late. 

The first instance I had to deal with was being roped into helping out someone for a non-profit organization. It was for a good cause, and I had the time, so I figured, why not? Well, there were a lot of red flags from the beginning, including the way this woman treated her employees (verbally abusive), and also the fact that she need to make some major changes to her operation, yet she didn't take advice well. She also had incredibly high turnover for her organization. I chose to look at her through rose-colored glasses. I told myself, "She has had a really rough life," but I also made a deal with myself that if she ever talked rudely to me, I'd bail. No matter what kind of upbringing you have, you still have a choice to treat people with respect. Well, it only took her a couple of weeks before she turned her temper on me, even though I was giving her lots of time and help--and for free! Rather than let it continue any longer, I decided to end it right then and there. I'd seen enough anyway, and I should have trusted my gut from day one. I quit the non-profit, and I also called her out for being disrespectful to me, which is something I would not have done in the past. In the past, I would have stepped out quietly without confrontation. So maybe that was something else I needed to learn that life was trying to teach me. 

The second instance was regrettably reconnecting with a family member after several years of being estranged. Everyone who has been in contact with her had warned me she was manipulative and toxic, but why would I listen to them? Well, I should have. After a few weeks of being back in contact, I found myself being drawn into non-stop drama. I really feel for this girl, but her life choices and drug and alcohol-addled brain had her constantly vying for my attention at all hours of the day. The whole thing completely distracted me from my goals and my life because I was too worried about trying to love her and fix her. I was spending hours each day talking with friends, trying to figure out what I should do next, and ultimately, if this person was playing mind games with me, when I should have paid attention to the red flags and returned my focus to my goals. I ended up initiating a confrontation, and the chaos has finally stopped. The line of communication remains open, but new boundaries have been set.

After dealing with both of those people last month and resolving them, I totally own up to being the one who gave them all that time and attention. People will only drain you if you let them! But now that I'm back on track, I feel so much better. I feel refreshed. I feel re-energized. And I feel like things are finally starting to move with some forward momentum with my own desires and dreams again.

Bottom line with this wordy post today is this: your time and focus is precious. Make sure you're not derailing yourself by helping needy people who have all kinds of red flags around their behavior. The healthy, good relationships in your life won't be so draining. In fact, they'll be energizing and help you move toward your dreams rather than drain you. They'll feel right and fun and light. 

Even though we are in a pandemic, it's still good to set boundaries for yourself. There will always be those who will want to take advantage of you, so even if you're a kind, generous person, remember YOU are worth investing your time in, too!

Hope you all have a good week!

XoXo

Scarlett

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Cover Reveal! THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2

I'm so happy to unveil the cover for THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS, coming soon from Painted Hearts Publishing!





Follow this blog to stay tuned for upcoming release dates and other sneak peeks on the new release!



And if you haven't started the FF rock band romance series yet, THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 1: PLAYING WITH FIRE is currently available on Kindle Unlimited!





Grab your copy today to get ready for the next installment!


XoXo

Scarlett


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February 2020 Update

Hello, all! Valentine's Day has come and gone, and hopefully you've grabbed some of that 75% off chocolate and are enjoying the second half of Februrary.

I just wanted to do a quickie post to update you that I am hard at work on the second draft of THE NEON FISHNETS: BOOK 2! This one's told from Raina's POV, and it's been a wild ride spending time in that reckless rocker's mind. I'm crossing my fingers you'll enjoy this one as much as the first. My goal is to submit it to my publisher this spring.



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In the meantime, if you haven't read THE NEON FISHNETS: BOOK 1, you can catch up to be ready for the sequel! Check out PLAYING WITH FIRE, the enemies-to-lovers rock romance that started the new FF trilogy, here:






Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to stay tuned for all the rockin' lesfic updates!




XoXo

Scarlett




Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview at Your Kinky Friends

Hello! We're already halfway through January; can you believe it? How are those New Year's Resolutions going? Given up on them? Or maybe you're still going strong?

I hope it's been a good month so far.

I wanted to do a quick post to share an interview that I did with Nicholas Tanek over at his website yourkinkyfriends.com. In it we chat about writing, we discuss what I'd like to see more of and less of in erotica, we talk about some of my favorite movies, and more!

Click the pic below for a link to the full interview!






And as always, thanks for stopping by!


XoXo

Scarlett


www.scarlettknight.org