Thank you, Melissa Keir, for hosting me today in celebration of the release of my contemporary romance/women’s fiction, THE PHOENIX SYNDROME.
I was destined to write this book, since my day job is in scientific research. In reality, I have little interaction with the lab mice, but it was easy for me to get the information I needed from my colleagues. And the premise? Well, I have a little secret: even though I’m in my late fifties, I’m a closet heavy metal fan. I still go to live concerts in Manhattan with my brother. On one such occasion not so long ago, my brother was teasing me after the concert about running off with one of the roadies. I replied, “Hell no. If I run off it will be with the yummy drummer.”
Therein lies the seed that grew into The Phoenix Syndrome. The manuscript won first place honors in 2014 in FCRWAs The Beacon Contest in the Women’s Fiction division.
After she’s bitten by a laboratory mouse, a research technician goes a little crazy, taking off to chase her latest crush: a rock band drummer.
Turning forty, for lab technician Lannie Marvin, is rough. It’s the day she discovers her husband is leaving her for a younger “soulmate.” At work, a crazed mouse brutally bites her. Then Lannie goes a little crazy, too.
Seems she’s recently developed a serious crush on the drummer of her son’s favorite heavy metal band. Waking up to her husband’s empty closet, her finger still throbbing from the mouse bite, Lannie snaps. Under the ruse of a shopping trip, Lannie kidnaps her sister-in-law/best friend and heads toward Bethel, New York – the site of the original Woodstock concert.
Just so happens Dreamwish is playing a concert there, and Lannie managed to procure the pair of tickets her son won but couldn’t use.
Tristan Allard, the band’s drummer, holds this breast cancer benefit every year in memory of his late wife. The musician is beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when a sexually charged, extremely attractive, slightly older woman literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.
The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality boomerangs way too soon. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album’s scores. And for Lannie, an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.
Lannie soon discovers the treated mice have gone deaf.
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Bio: Claire Gem writes intensely emotional romantic novels in the genres of contemporary & paranormal romance, and also women’s fiction. A native New Yorker, Claire has lived in five states and test-driven a number of career options, from a (very bad) waitress to a (slightly better) hairdresser to a (pretty good) bridal designer. She finally turned to her keyboard to express her creativity.
Her first 2016 release, Hearts Unloched, was named a winner in the New York Book Festival. She has begun a series, the Love at Lake George Novels--A Taming Season came out in June of 2016. Her first women’s fiction/contemporary, The Phoenix Syndrome, is set to release on September 29th.
You can find out more about Claire at her Website or Amazon author page. Also, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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