This is my stop on
The Rock Star Tour
for What Goes on Tour by Claire Boston
What goes on tour, stays on tour, or does it?
Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that’s the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.
Until Libby Myles walks into his life.
Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer’s niece looks perfectóthe pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fanóit’s the rock star that’s the issue.
Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone’s good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he’s out of costume he’s differentóshy and uncertain. For Libby it’s a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.
But when a horrible scandal is unleashedóputting young Kate in dangeróthere’s more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show Ö
Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when sheíd run out of books to read her mother handed her ëHot Iceí by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.
The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasnít looked back.
When Claireís not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.
Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.
For this tour Claire was willing to tell us a bit about what she did before she wrote this novel. A thing all authors should do but sadly some don’t.
Most novels require some level of research, whether it’s a quick google to look at a street view image to remind you of what something looks like or whether it’s reading whole swaths of research books to get a full understanding of some aspect of culture or clothing.
What Goes on Tour required a moderate amount of research. The first thing I had to look into was child guardian laws in Texas which is where Adrian is from. I needed to know what was possible in terms of how binding the nominated guardian in a will is and whether there was ability for someone to challenge that. I went to a lot of websites (checking their validity of course) and got a basic understanding of how the law works. Then I found the contact details of a Texas lawyer and explained what I was after, as well as my understanding, to check I was correct. The lady I contacted was really helpful and I was fairly confident my story idea would work.
I also contacted my favourite talk show and asked what happens behind the scenes, before the show is aired. Were there rehearsals? How much makeup had to be applied? What happened after the show? Again there was a really useful response, explaining everything that happened and I realised I had to make a couple of adjustments to my story to incorporate them.
Some things are really easy to research. Want to do know a child friendly activity in and around Melbourne and Sydney? A quick google or look on a travel advisory website and there are a multitude of options to choose from. Other times it’s a little more difficult. The scene where they climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge was one I needed help with as I’ve never done the climb myself. The tour website gave me basic information but then I put out a request on the Romance Writers of Australia email loop, asking if anyone could give me more in depth details. Luckily the group is very supportive and I had a number of people emailing me, telling me of their experiences, what actually happens before the climb and one lady sent me a bunch of pictures showing people on the climb. It was invaluable information and hopefully made the scene that much more authentic.
For my next manuscript I’ll be researching heart attacks, nursing procedures in hospital and sailing. I really enjoy learning new things and so research is always fun for me.
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March 31 – April 20
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