Rock Chick Rematch
(Rock Chick Novella)
by Kristen Ashley
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Rock Chick series…
In high school, Malia Clark found the man of her dreams.
But life hits them full in the face way before it ever should. Darius makes a drastic decision to keep his family safe and Malia leaves town with a secret.
When Malia returns, she seeks Darius to share all, but Darius finds out before she can tell him. At the same time, she finds out just how much Darius has changed in the years she’s been away.
She just refuses to give up on him.
Until he forces her hand.
Secrets come between Malia and Darius, at the same time Malia has to worry about weird things going on at the law firm where she works, her kid wants a car and she’s stuck in slow-cooker hell. Luckily, her ride or dies have her back.
And in the meantime, she might just learn she never should have lost hope in Darius Tucker.
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An Exclusive Interview with Kristen Ashley
Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?
This was a process that lasted about eighteen years, give or take. I never expected Darius to get a book. An HEA, yes. His own story told…no.
But since Rock Chick Revolution was released, it became increasingly difficult to keep him to myself. Malia was determined to have their story told, and he’s hers, so I couldn’t hog him anymore!
When I made the decision to tell their story, it just felt so right. And then the story happened, and it didn’t just feel right, it was right.
What’s your cure for hiccups?
I let them ride and don’t stress. Usually, the minute I stop thinking about them is when they stop happening.
If you could watch one scene from this book be played out like a movie, which one would it be and why?
SPOILER (ish)! I would love to see the scene where Malia goes to Darius’s house. I’m giggling to myself just typing these words and thinking about that scene. So, yeah. That.
What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten out of politeness?
Not eaten, drank. Milk. I dislike drinking milk, the texture, taste, the whole shebang. Even if someone is drinking milk in a movie, I cringe.
But when I was in junior high, I was over at my best friend’s house having dinner, and her dad noticed I was forcing down my glass of milk. He asked if I liked milk. I shared I didn’t.
He then said, “Never sit at my table, or any other, and drink or eat anything you don’t like. It isn’t polite. It doesn’t make your host happy. If they find it rude, they’re rude for making you force something down you don’t like.”
Since then, and I was maybe eleven or twelve, I’ve always shared with my hosts if I don’t like something, and I found he was right. People much prefer you enjoy what you’re eating in their homes or their company. I usually ask if there’s something someone doesn’t eat, or they don’t enjoy so I can plan my menu around it or make sure there are plenty of other options for them to have.
So, yeah, the last time that happened I wasn’t even a teenager! And I thank Stephanie’s dad for teaching me that lesson early!
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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