Who are the Civilized Heathens? @KMNbooks #rockband #books

Civilized Heathens is a fictional rock band in my story Two Worlds Collided.

Meet the band:

Bellamy Lovel, lead singer for Civilized Heathens

At five-foot-ten with dark curly black hair and striking blue-eyes, Bellamy Lovel was

the frontman of the Civilized Heathens. He was the main vocals, guitarist, and co-wrote the

songs with Leon Green. He was a vibrant and sometimes wild man who could

light up the stage with just his presence, but then add his sultry voice to the mix

and he had the audience mesmerized.

He died tragically on Sept. 22, 1997, during the Fall Fest Tour.

 

Leon Green

Leon Green, blonde and blue-eyed, is vocals, plays the keyboards,

percussion, and has co-written most of the songs with Bellamy Lovel.

Maury Green, drummer form Civilized Heathens

Blonde, blue-eyed, Maury Green is the drummer and vocals.

He has a dimple on his right cheek that winks when he smiles.

T.C. Worth_Civilized Heathens

Baby-blue eyed, T.C. Worth is a red-head, but dyes his hair black for a more edgier look.

However, no amount of stage makeup could ever cover up his freckles.

He is the bass player and backup vocals.

Clark Barrymore_Civilized Heathens

Clark Barrymore, the tallest of the band stands five-foot-eleven

with dark brown hair and darker eyes.

He plays the rhythm guitar, saxophone, and is the backing vocals.

Albums:

Civilized Heathens_Greatest Hits

 

 

Beyond the Sea by the Civilized Heathens

Eye of the Beholder by Civilized Heathens

Pieces of Eight_Civilized Heathens

 

 

 

 

Open Road by Civilized Heathens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Worlds Collided by Karen Michelle NuttABOUT THE BOOK:

Evie Reid on a whim agrees to travel back in time to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she is still fan-girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

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Two Worlds Collided_mediumWelcome to Snippet Sunday! I've decided to switch it up this week with a WIP called Two Worlds Collided.

This is a time travel tale where an obsessed fan has a chance to save her beloved rock star from ending his life. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are a cocktail that is neither glamorous nor pretty for rock star, Bellamy Lovel, but in the dark of night when the shadows threaten to consume him, he finds the one shining light that may guide him home.

I'm finished with the story and is now in the hands of my editor. 🙂 Can't believe how fast I wrote this one, but the characters just spoke to me.

Remember this is still unedited material. 🙂

LOOKING FOR last week's SNIPPET: http://www.kmnbooks.com/two-worlds-collided-chapter-1-3/

Now for Chapter One, #4 snippet

Los Angeles, 2007

Disappear

This is in Evie's POV. Evie's connection to Bellamy is she'd been asked to be his assistant prior to the official date the band would go on tour, but she didn't accept the position. Kelsey wants to send her back in time to that moment for her to say she will take the job. Note: Evie would only be with Bellamy for three weeks to keep him on schedule for interviews and such and wouldn't be with the band when they started the tour or on the day Bellamy ends his life.

We're jumping ahead a few paragraphs. Evie asked why she can't be sent back in time to the day Bellamy commits suicide instead? Seems like a logical question, right?

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No," Kelsey again interrupted and appeared alarmed. "You can't tell him he's going to commit suicide. If you do, you'll be snapped right back here so fast your head will spin. You can only shift events, not shout on a soapbox as if you're a prophet. Bellamy, in the end, will still have to make the decision without you spelling it out for him. It's all about balances in the universe." She sighed. "He may still end up dying, but on the off chance, he was leaning the other way, your subtle influences like perhaps a conversation you'll have with him will be the factor that keeps him from making that fatal decision. We're all connected in some way, Evie. We never know who might be influenced by something we said or something we've done."

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Seems like a tough spot for Evie–to know what will happen and not be able to just tell him.  Love to know what you think of the book cover?

Possible blurb for Two Worlds Collided:

Evie Reid on a whim agrees to travel back in time to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she is still fan-girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

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Time Traveling 101- Two Worlds Collided @KMNbooks #8sunday #snippetsunday

www.kmnbooks.comWelcome to Snippet Sunday! I've decided to switch it up this week with a WIP called Two Worlds Collided.

This is a time travel tale where an obsessed fan has a chance to save her beloved rock star from ending his life. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are a cocktail that is neither glamorous nor pretty for rock star, Bellamy Lovel, but in the dark of night when the shadows threaten to consume him, he finds the one shining light that may guide him home.  58k into the story so far and about finished. Then I'll be reading through it again. I can't believe how fast this story came about.

Remember this is raw, unedited material. 🙂

LOOKING FOR last week's SNIPPET: http://www.kmnbooks.com/two-worlds-collided-chapter-1-2/

Now for Chapter One, #3 snippet

Los Angeles, 2007

Disappear

This is in Evie's POV. Kelsey explains the rules of time traveling and what her mother experienced on her trip.

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When she'd first met Kelsey, she told her the story about her mother being in prison, but she'd conveniently left out the part about time traveling. "Your mother traveled back in time to kill her boyfriend?" she repeated just to make sure she'd heard this correctly.

Kelsey paused to peer at her and said, "Am I speaking a different language or something? Listen, she traveled back too far in time. She should have waited for when Barney – the boyfriend – was far into his cups, but she plopped back when he had just arrived home from work. Makes it difficult to claim your life and your children's were in danger when the man bore no weapon and his blood alcohol level was zilch."

"So why didn't she just travel back to the correct time and fix her mistake?" Lisa offered.

Kelsey rolled her eyes, as if she were explaining the details of time travel to a bunch of imbeciles. "You can't travel back in time to the same year twice. It's a one time shot."
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The rules to time traveling- wonder how many there are. 🙂

Possible blurb for Two Worlds Collided:

Evie Reid, on a whim agrees to travel back in time to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she's still fan girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room, unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

*****If you’re a writer (regardless of published/unpublished status) come join us and share a snippet of your work in progress, a new release, or an oldie but goodie.

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Is that blood? Two Worlds Collided @KMNbooks #8sunday #snippetsunday

www.kmnbooks.comWelcome to Snippet Sunday! I've decided to switch it up this week with a WIP called Two Worlds Collided.

This is a time travel tale where an obsessed fan has a chance to save her beloved rock star from ending his life. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are a cocktail that is neither glamorous nor pretty for rock star, Bellamy Lovel, but in the dark of night when the shadows threaten to consume him, he finds the one shining light that may guide him home.  44k into the story so far. Did a lot of writing this last week.

Remember this is raw, unedited material. 🙂

LOOKING FOR last week's SNIPPET: http://www.kmnbooks.com/two-worlds-collided-chapter-1/

Now for Chapter One, #2

Los Angeles, 2007

Disappear

We're jumping ahead in the chapter to where Kelsey is preparing to send Evie back in time. Kelsey is speaking first.

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"Stop looking at me as if I murdered your grandmother, Evie. I picked up the blood at the butcher shop."

"Tell me again, why do we need blood?" Evie asked, really concerned that Kelsey was suffering from some kind of mental breakdown.

"Time travel requires fresh blood," she answered. "It's life, the essence of all living creatures."

"Well of course blood is needed," Lisa said and her sarcasm didn't go unnoticed, then she added, "You do know Time travel is not possible, right?"

"Tell that to my mother who's serving 10-20 behind bars.

"They arrested her for time traveling?" Lisa asked as she followed Kelsey's progress of carefully making sure the line of blood remained unbroken, adding more blood if it was.

"Don't be idiot, Lisa," Kelsey snapped. "My mother time traveled back in time to kill her no good boyfriend, at the time, before he could beat my sister half to death."

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Kelsey may have proof time travel is possible. Hmm... wonder if Kelsey's mother meant to get caught?

Possible blurb for Two Worlds Collided:

Evie Reid, on a whim agrees to travel back in time to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she's still fan girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room, unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

*****If you’re a writer (regardless of published/unpublished status) come join us and share a snippet of your work in progress, a new release, or an oldie but goodie.

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Welcome to Snippet Sunday! I've decided to switch it up this week with a WIP called Two Worlds Collided. This is a time travel tale where an obsessed fan has a chance to save her beloved rock star from ending his life. Remember this is raw, unedited material. 🙂

LOOKING FOR last week's SNIPPET: http://www.kmnbooks.com/flowers-and-fangs-chapter-5-3/

Now for Chapter One

Los Angeles, 2007

Disappear

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Emerson Violet Reid, the president of the Civilized Heathens fan club slid into the booth at the local coffee shop where two of her friends were already seated. The gala planned for the next week was coming along wonderfully. Tribute bands were auditioning for the live performance and Leon Green, the keyboard player of the original band confirmed he would make a special appearance.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of Bellamy Lovel's death, the lead singer and songwriter of the band, who died too young, a tragic death where he took his own life. Millions mourned, still mourned for the vibrant and sometimes wild man who could light up the stage with just his presence, but add his sultry voice to the mix and he had the audience mesmerized.

"Hey, Evie," Lisa the twenty-five, leggy blonde, greeted her. She lived at home with her parents, while she tried to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She'd enrolled in college for the third time with plans to stick it out this time around. In a huff or something her mother had said to her, Lisa tossed her long strands over her shoulder and it fell like a waterfall of silk.

Evie would love those straight strands to her unruly reddish brown tresses she kept knotted at the base of her neck.

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Have you ever been obsessed about a band and couldn't seem to get enough of their music? If so what was your favorite band now or in the past?

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Don’t make a sound… Flowers and Fangs @KMNbooks #8sunday #snippetsunday

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Rone-Badge-Finalist Silver-2016Welcome to Snippet Sunday.

Enjoy the previous snippet of Flowers and Fangs, Chapter 5 #2

Chapter 5. This is in Sloane's POV.

Quick update from last week: Sloane made an attempt to flee from Derek, but he caught her. If things couldn't get any worse, Derek's brothers have arrived on the scene and are looking for Derek. Only Derek doesn't seem too keen on alerting them to where he is.

*The excerpt may have been modified to fit the 10 sentence limit. :)

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Derek murmured something under his breath, a curse she would imagine, but she didn't have time to think about it as he managed to drag her to her feet and usher her behind the shed with his body pressed against hers, in a manner that would be deemed inappropriate. "Don't even try to call out," he warned her.

She rolled her eyes at him. It was a little difficult to call out with his hand clamped over her mouth, but he didn't seem to notice.

"That's Axel, my brother," he said and gestured toward the back door. "You don't want to draw his attention. Whatever you're thinking about me, he's ten times worse. He reacts before he takes in the whole situation, and believe me little lady, you'll be toast."

She didn't understand any of this–Tim's attack and… Derek, the boy whose kisses made her toes curl–what was he doing here? Did he remember her?
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Wait until Sloane finds out Derek does remember her. Wonder what she'll think then? Will she trust him? Think him crazy?

About Flowers and Fangs, "Stake and Dust series, Book II":

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New Valentine Romance Collection from VTP is available!

Be My Everything 2016 Valentine Collection Available at Amazon / Amazon UK / iTunes / Smashwords /Nook/ Createspace

About the Book: My story in the collection is Heart of the Sea. Mermaids anyone?

Look for Tears of the Sea, coming soon.

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Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords /Nook (coming soon)

Coming soon to Print: Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble /Createspace

ABOUT THE BOOK: Passion sparks and love burns ever brighter in these five complete stories from five multi-talented authors.
Let us ignite your imagination on those hot summer nights with sweet embraces and tantalizing kisses to melt your heart.

Winning her Heart by Nan O'Berry
Stevie Darden mourned for her husband long enough. When her daughter, Becca, pressures her to sell the beloved T-Bird he rebuilt, Stevie decides to take one last joy ride to Daytona, Florida to view the Great American Race. The last thing she expects to find is love.
Michael Jennings follows his son to Daytona to watch him race. When Stevie falls into his arms, Michael can't believe his luck. Sweet kisses, leave both Michael and Stevie wanting more. However, Eli, Michael's son is skeptical of Stevie's motives.
Not willing to come between Michael and his son, Stevie returns to Rebel's Crossroads. It's a race to win her heart, and Michael is up for the challenge, but can he convince her she's already won his heart?

Spooky and the Gumshoe by Gerald Costlow
It's a hot July night. Charlene is on her way home from the local Goth club when she's attacked for the second time that week. Once might be random, but twice means someone is trying to kidnap her. Considering the company she kept while living on the streets as a young runaway, she figures someone from her past might be after her.
Buck Johnson is a Private Detective just trying to earn a living. When the sexy Goth woman walks through his office door, he agrees to tag along and provide protection while she checks in on some old enemies. He's used to dealing with thugs and lowlifes.
But Charlene happens to be a Sherritt witch, and her old enemies aren't your normal lowlifes. Fortunately, Buck Johnson isn't your normal Private Detective.

Back to the Beach by Denise Stout
Darby McKinnon, preschool teacher, escapes to a beach rental to refresh her life. Running into a former boyfriend creates the distraction she needs. Alex Markham, workaholic owner of a cyber security firm, takes his job too seriously until an unexpected stay at the beach makes him pause. Their chance encounter begins with nostalgia, but kisses ignite into possibilities of the heart.
Summer fling or a second chance at forever? Almost losing each other when the past and present collide, both realize love requires determination to stay together when obstacles seemingly get in the way.

Sissy and the Anniversary Secret by Teresa K. Cypher
Nearly forty-five years earlier, Sissy, married her high school sweetheart, Philip. They were young and everything was possible, even going to Paris, someday. The years rolled by with their ups and downs, raising children, building a business, but the dream vacation never came. For their wedding anniversary, Sissy let Philip decide where they'd go. He chose New York City. Then, weeks before they are to leave, Phil abruptly cancels their celebration trip because, he claims, business is bad and money is tight. Over the following two weeks, a series of events happen that convince Sissy her marriage is crumbling. She's beginning to accept that some dreams will never come true. However, sometimes things aren't what they seem, and Sissy is in for a big surprise.

My Stick Family by Barbara Miller
Tess Byerly hates sirens and ringing phones since they often signal her younger sister has crashed her car with or without her children in it. Amber is headed for jail after she is caught selling drugs, but a handsome public defender tries to rescue her.

Ray Tanner can't imagine why Tess Byerly would not want to speak on behalf of her sister, would not want to keep her out of jail. Amber has made her share of mistakes but she has children. Families should stick together, shouldn't they?

VICTORY TALES PRESS is always looking for well-written, engaging tales from all genres.

We release four anthologies per year. Be My Everything, Valentine Collection was our first anthology published for 2016.

Those Summer Nights is our Summer Romance release!

Tales wanted for our next anthologies…

Halloween/Fall stories (Title to be announced): The deadline for submissions is Aug. 20th.

Christmas/New Years stories (Title to be announced): The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20th.

The short stories may be any genre as long as there is a romance. The romance doesn't have to be the main focus. The stories may have a western, fantasy, history, time travel or even adventure theme to them. They can be eerie tales and capers, too.

What are we looking for?

  1. A themed romance that fits one of the anthologies listed above.
  2. The romance must be male/female, sweet to sensual romance. Please, no erotica or anything explicit in nature.
  3. Word count between 5000-20,000 words.

When do we need the stories? Now until the deadline listed above for the anthology you wish to participate in. The sooner you can email your submission the better.

***Please note that we will do some light editing only.

Please send submissions to kmnbooks @ yahoo . com (no spaces).

In the subject line place: 2016 (and the theme name of the anthology you wish for your story to be featured in.)

I can't wait to read your tales! Any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

Happy writing!

Karen

VTP Anthology Coordinator

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Rone-Badge-Finalist Silver-2016Welcome to Snippet Sunday.

Enjoy a snippet from last week: Flowers and Fangs, Chapter 5 #1

This week's snippet more from Flowers and Fangs, which is a RONE Finalist for best New Adult tale! Thank you so much to those who voted. This couldn't have happened without you. Now for the second round–the judges will read the stories. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Chapter 5. This is in Sloane's POV.

Quick update from last week: Derek has tackled Sloane to the ground in her backyard, trying to keep her from escaping. He claims vampires are real, but she believes he's nuts. She hasn't quite grasped he might be telling the truth, and for good reasons. He told her he thinks she might turn into one of those fiends. Not a great reason to trust him when he's a hunter who stakes and dusts such creatures. Then to make matters worse, Derek's brothers show and they are calling to him. Derek clasps a hand over Sloane's mouth to silence her. If the brothers find them, Sloane is a good as dead.

*The excerpt may have been modified to fit the 10 sentence limit. :)

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At this close range, his rugged face half lit by moonlight proved almost too beautiful to be on a face of a madman. She pursed her lips realizing how stupid her reasoning sounded because let's face it, if potential killers had crazy tattooed on their forehead, they wouldn't have any murderers and rapist roaming the streets. The police could just arrest them on sight. Then she realized what the man standing at her backdoor had said and her eyes narrowed. The madman was named Derek. Her gaze riveted to him, taking in every feature with knowing dread.  The truth hit her hard and her breath solidified in her chest. Older and more muscular…but it was Derek Hayes. He'd been the bad boy, the one not afraid to do as he pleased, but he'd also been kind, and he stood up to bullies, protected the underdog.

Lad growled, but not at Derek who held her captive, but at the newcomer.


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Sloane now realizes she knows Derek. Will this make her trust him? Would you trust someone you once dated if he told you vampires were real?

About Flowers and Fangs, "Stake and Dust series, Book II":

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Be My Everything 2016 Valentine Collection Available at Amazon / Amazon UK / iTunes / Smashwords /Nook/ Createspace

About the Book: My story in the collection is Heart of the Sea. Mermaids anyone?

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