How Washing Dishes Put Karolyn James on the Bestseller Lists

When Karolyn James contacted me about doing a guest post, I mentioned that no one was doing a seasonal post and that maybe she could do something on Thanksgiving. And she did. She’s here today with her Top 5 Favorite Turkey Day foods, but she’s also here to tell us the story of how she ended up on the bestseller lists… from a fairly mundane starting point. Welcome, Karolyn!

Karolyn James

and her Brothers of Rock Series

I often get asked how Brothers of Rock came to be. What is the actual evolution of this series… the series that made 2013 my biggest year ever and the series that put my name on both the NYT and USA Today bestselling book lists in October. It’s been a surreal ride…. But here it goes.

I was washing dishes. That’s where it started. It was a random night and I got the idea of a guy in a band coming off stage, cleaning up, and then asking himself what to do next. I always wanted to do something with rockstars and their life off stage. Brothers of Rock literally came from there. I then had a notebook and started writing like crazy. I started with the band name – Chasing Cross – then came up with the band members – Johnnie, Davey, Danny, Chris, and Rick. From there I just started thinking of ideas. Of plots, twists, turns, romance, and life. I wanted to have each book stand by itself but yet work together as a series.

It was a whirlwind ride getting the first book done. When I launched the book I was lucky enough to part of a major blog tour with ten other authors. The book hit and quickly became a bestselling book in romance! I needed the second… third… fourth… fifth… so I wrote all spring and summer. Then came the point where I needed to make a decision. Chasing Cross would have five books. Then what? Fans wanted more but I didn’t want to expand on Chasing Cross. So I was able to get the series extended with a new band! That’s right, in 2014 the Brothers of Rock series will continue but it will be with a new band. It’ll be five books and just by reading the first one already I can tell readers it’s going to be amazing.

So the evolution of a series that took my career to a whole new level came while washing dirty dishes. Sounds silly, but it’s true. It’s usually in those alone time moments when the greatest ideas come to us. That’s why if someone is experiencing writers block I tell them to step away and clear their mind. You never know what could happen!

Now, how about some Thanksgiving fun??? These are five of my favorite Turkey Day foods…

  1. TURKEY! Lol
  2. Stuffing
  3. Corn
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. ALL of the above mixed together!  🙂

Karolyn James, romance, Brothers of Rock, Chasing Cross, All Access

More About Karolyn

Karolyn James is the author of several bestselling series. With over 100,000 ebooks sold, Karolyn has seen success in both romance and in erotic romance. Her current series include the smash hit Brothers of Rock romance series.

Don’t miss the first part of the series following rock band, Chasing Cross!

  • Book One – All Access
  • Book Two – Broken Sound
  • Book Three – Bitter Farewell
  • Book Four – Buried Notes
  • Book Five – Last Song

Recently announced – coming 2014: The Brothers of Rock series will continue with five more books following rock band, Fallen Tuesday!

Karolyn James also writes under the pen name, Claire Charlins, writing western romances. Upon releasing the first book in the Mail Order Romance series, West For Love, the book shot straight to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! The second book in this mail order bride romance series is now available, titled Finding Love West!

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ALL ACCESS can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Readers, anyone a Rock Romance fan? Have you read the Brothers of Rock series? Which band member’s story was your favorite?

Writers, have any questions for Karolyn on promo, branding, writing a series, or anything else?

Everyone, have you started planning for Thanksgiving this year? (Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?) What are you thankful for?

Me? I’m thankful for lots of things, but I’m going to keep the list for a future post. In the meantime, I’ll just say that I’m thankful to Karolyn for this rocking guest post!

Have a great weekend, all. I’m off to wash some dishes. 😀


Published by

Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

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