Interview and Giveaway: The Backstage Pass Series

Books and music are two of my favorite things in the world. When those two things combine (*cough* All the Write Notes *cough*) awesomeness ensues. That’s why I’m SO excited for the Backstage Pass book series!

Confession: as a pre-teen/teen, I was a boy band junkie. The very first concert I ever went to was the Backstreet Boys. I went through a serious Hanson phase. One of my best friend’s bedrooms was wall-papered with Justin Timberlake in his ramen-noodle-hair days.

There’s just something magnetic about boy bands. A book series about a boy band? Also magnetic. Meet Seconds to Juliet:S2J_LOGO blue

Five guys thought winning a making-of-the-band reality TV show would be the pinnacle of their career…until their band scored a sell-out stadium tour and became the hottest group in the country. Trying to keep their personal lives out of the tabloids while they maneuver media near-disasters and dodge rabid fans leaves little time for romance—not that their manager would allow it anyway.


But maybe, if their luck holds out, a summer on the road might lead each guy to that one girl he’s been waiting his whole life to sing for…if fame doesn’t get in the way.

Like boy bands themselves, the Backstage Pass group of authors is composed of five superstars. Today, I’m chatting with Suze Winegardner, author of the upcoming Anya and the Shy Guy.

So Suze, which current or former boy band is Seconds to Juliet most like? Why?

S2J_LOGO_10_FINAL_thicker-border (2)I think each of we five Backstage Pass authors probably have a different idea about this. As far as the dynamic and the international furore around them, I would say One Direction is the closest. They run from the paps, they have to sneak around to have private moments, but when push comes to shove, they are a tight-knit family. Of course this was before Zayn split away. Our guys would never break-up!

Thank you for sparing us all from a break up! Which song best represents Seconds to Juliet’s sound?

Ophelia London, the author of Aimee and the Heartthrob, thinks that this song by British boyband McFly is the closest we’d get to the sound of Seconds to Juliet: I know it sounds weird having a ‘sound’ for a fictitious band, but we really wanted to ‘feel’ the music they’d produce. The band is so real to us, that we even have a band logo, stickers, and band swag!

Love that song, and the fact that you have band swag. What’s the hardest part about five different authors writing five companion novels? The best part?

The best part for me was exchanging cryptic tweets and FB postings before the series was announced. Like… I’m so randomly excited by this K-pop band *innocent eyes* 🙂 In fact, Rebekah L Purdy’s book, Daisy and the Frontman, is about the Korean-American member of the band. She schooled us on K-pop and I fell in love with several bands. They have truly nailed the boyband genre in Korea! The hardenst part of writing the continuity was trying to keep the time-line straight, as well as nailing the voices of the other characters. It was hard for all of us to add in the other authors’ characters without messing up! The number of times we said “but (insert character name) would never say something like that!” So we had to be careful of one another’s creations 🙂

Sounds like fun! What was or is your favorite boy band?

This shows my age! My favorite boyband was British band Take That, back in the day. Then when Robbie Williams split from the band, most everyone followed him on to his fantastic solo endeavors. In fact, at one stage, with Robbie Williams selling millions of CDs and selling out stadiums around the UK, the Prime Minister suggested that he was one of the things keeping the economy afloat, he was so popular! But *looks around* I’d never turn off the radio if One Direction came on…

Your 1D secret is safe with ATWN. 😉 If you weren’t married to your awesome husband, would you ever date a guy from a boy band? Why or why not?

I would totally have dated a boy band guy. I mean, there’s something so compelling about a guy with a tight group of friends, who knows how to have fun, and knows how to spin those intimate moments when you’re sure he’s singing a song for you. Yeah. Totally, I’d have been all over that. I met a reader at the RT convention (for all romance authors and readers) who said she would have dated the shy-boy because he wouldn’t have seemed so ‘available’ to anyone else. All I could say was ME TOO! And that’s why I picked the Shy Guy’s book to write!

Nice! A big thank you to Suze for being here at ATWN. I can’t wait to read Anya and the Shy Guy!

In the meantime, we’re giving away a copy of each of the first two books in the Backstage Pass series: Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London and Mia and  the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein.

Click HERE to enter!

Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London – He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…AimeeAndTheHeartThrob_FC_quote

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister–and off-limits–but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested.Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burnstein – This good girl’s about to meet her match…

MiaAndTheBadBoy_FC (1)Ryder Brooks is living the dream-he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new-and super cute-über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L Purdy (coming soon!) – Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned…DaisyAndTheFrontMan_FC

When Daisy Morris finds out she’s spending the summer with her dad, bodyguard for Seconds to Juliet—the hottest boy band around—she knows it couldn’t be more perfect. But not because she’s a fan. Oh, no. Because ever since front man Trevin Jacobs completely humiliated her by standing her up for homecoming, Daisy is out for a little revenge. Yup, Trevin Jacobs is goin’ down…

When one of his bandmates bets Trevin he can’t make Daisy—the gorgeous but surprisingly ice-cold daughter of their bodyguard—fall in love with him, it’s a bet he can’t resist. Sure, Daisy won’t give him the time of day for reasons he can’t understand, and her dad’s hell-bent against his little girl spending time with a superstar. But the terms are set, and Trevin is determined to make Daisy fall…hard.

But every front man should know never to trust a girl with a pretty face…

You can find Suze Winegardner at and on Twitter @scwine.

You can find Backstage Pass Books at, on Facebook at Backstage Pass Books, and on Twitter @BackstagePassBk.

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