Spotlight & Giveaway: I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

Posted July 13th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 124 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Erika Kelly to HJ!

Hi Erika and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, I WANT YOU TO WANT ME!

Thanks so much for hosting me today!

Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

I-Want-You-to-Want-MEIntensely romantic
Wuv story
You will love
To read, about a
Woman raised in foster care, who overheard a social worker say that kids like her weren’t capable of forming attachments or fully experiencing love and a
Man whose dad, a has-been jazz prodigy, cuts him down in the press at every opportunity.


Please share the opening lines of this book:

“You’re gonna give a girl a complex.”

Derek Valencia looked up from his phone to take in the woman coming out of his hotel bathroom. Licking her glossy lips, she cupped her big tits and leaned forward, giving him a view of lush cleavage. His pulse quickened, and he got hard.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book.

Derek’s an intense, passionate, natural-born leader. Where his bandmates want to enjoy the rock star lifestyle, he craves recognition for his talent. It’s because his dad, a former legend in the jazz world, always shut him out and demeaned him. He’s not a manwhore, but he doesn’t do long-term relationships. He’s just had a lifetime of rejection, and he’s not down for any more.

Raised in foster care, Violet’s had to make her own way in the world. And she’s done a remarkable job. Without an education, role model, or skills, she builds a business minding recovering CEOs. She’s strong, real, and steady. She also wants nothing whatsoever to do with rockers. Happiness to her is owning the farm she’s leasing and developing her wildflowers into products like tea, soap, potpourri, and stationery. She wants safety–and Derek’s the last man to give it to her. Or so she assumes.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

I got the idea for Violet’s profession from an article in the New York Times about minders. It sat on my desk for years, and then when I started thinking about a woman for Derek, I remembered it. It seemed pretty perfect to have the record label assign Derek a babysitter since he so badly wants to be taken seriously in the music industry. Especially with his dad telling anyone who’ll listen that this generation of musicians is all about flash and no substance.


What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

Well, let’s be honest, Derek is undeniably hot in a Charlie Hunnam kind of way. He’s got an earthy sexuality and intensity that drives women crazy. But beyond that, Violet needs his passion –only someone who loves her so wildly can break through the false beliefs she’s built over a lifetime in foster care.

And Derek craves Violet’s unconditional love. She sees the real man underneath the bass player swagger and accepts him wholly as he is. He needs her strength and guilelessness in the chaotic and decadent world of the music industry.


The First Kiss…

This isn’t exactly a kiss, but it’s their first moment of physical intimacy. And it comes pretty darn close.

Just as he started to step away from her, he caught movement in his peripheral vision. He recognized the reporter’s red flannel shirt. Derek set his hands on her waist, holding her in place.

Violet took in a sharp breath. “You have to stop…possessing me like this. It makes me uncomfortable.”

“Good uncomfortable or bad uncomfortable?” He didn’t need an answer. He could see it. The heat burning in her eyes mirrored the lust raging through him. He lowered his mouth to hers.
When she flinched, when he saw her expression turn angry, he said, “There’s a reporter over there. Can I please kiss you? Just for the shot?”

“I don’t kiss clients.” But her gaze lowered to his mouth, and her expression turned outright hungry.

“You’ve never wanted to kiss a client before.”

“It’s one of my rules. No kissing clients.”

“Tonight, just this once…break a rule. For me.”

“Easy for you to say. You have no rules.”

“I don’t need rules. Neither do you. Kiss me.”

“No. It’s unprofessional.” Her cheeks flushed pink, her breathing turned shallow, and her breasts quivered.

“Violet, please? Please f**ing kiss me.”

“Derek,” she breathed. “Don’t do this.”

He set his hands on her waist, lowered his mouth to her ear. “Can I do this?”

“I guess so.”

“And this?” He licked the shell of her ear.

Her hands fisted in his shirt and her body shuddered. “You jerk.” But he could hear her laughter.

“Is this unprofessional?” His hands skimmed up her ribcage, his thumbs brushing the undersides of her breasts.

“Yes, you ass. It’s completely unprofessional.” But she’d tipped her head to his shoulder and he could feel her body shake with laughter.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

When both of their worst fears collide in a spectacular moment of humiliation, Derek shuts down and ignores Violet’s pleas to try and work things out. She goes to visit him in his hotel room, only to discover him surrounded by three groupies. This scene is devastating, and the actors would have to dig deep to convey the complex array of conflicting emotions these two are experiencing .

Numbness seeped in, leaving her with a dull sense of emptiness.

He’d done it. He’d moved on. She was just another notch on the neck of his guitar.

All three of the women spoke over each other, vying for his attention. He laughed, turned on that charm and cockiness. He was gone. He’d left her completely.

“You wanna mess around here first or you wanna meet up with everybody?” one of them asked.

“And miss the celebration?” Derek said, all full of energy and joviality. “I waited a long time to go gold. We’re gonna party first. ”

“Then let’s do this.” And the women headed out of the bedroom, one of them holding his hand.

He was going to walk out on her, leave her alone in his hotel room.

“Derek.” Screw him.

He snapped around at her tone.

“I’m hurt, too. I don’t have a dad in my life to keep the wound open and fresh, but if I don’t always respond the way you want, it’s because I’m hurt, too. I gave you more in the six weeks I’ve known you than I’ve ever given anyone else. My feelings go deeper, take longer to build, but when they take root, they last. That might not seem like a good thing to someone who wants everything from me all at once, but it’s a good thing for someone who actually wants to marry me.” She waited, gave him a chance to put his hurt aside, come back to her. To them.
But he stood there stonily.

“Come on.” The woman tugged on his arm.

“Yeah, yeah.” And then he turned away.

“So I was right after all. I’m no different than all the others.” She pushed past him, past the women raiding his mini fridge, and out the door.


If your hero had a sexy-times play list, what song(s) would have to be on it?

  • Closer by Nine Inch Nails
  • Sexy MF by Prince
  • You Shook Me by Led Zeppelin
  • Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Doin’ It by L.L. Cool J
  • Have Love Will Travel by the Sonics


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what – would it be and why?

For Derek, I would tell him to ignore his dad. He’s spent too many years wanting something a narcissist is incapable of giving.

And for Violet? I would tell her that when love walks in the door, jump right into its arms. Never let fear hold you back from going after what you want.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m just finishing up book 3 in the Rock Star Romance series. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT should hit the shelves April 2016.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble.

Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything.

Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?
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Meet the Author:

Erika KellyAward-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.
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124 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly”

  1. Inga

    I listen to numerous genres of music and I choose what to listen to by whatever I am feeling at the moment.

  2. Sharlene Wegner

    Wow, you had my heart breaking with that groupie scene! I am a country fan! I also listen to some pop – I have a teenage daughter!

  3. ELF

    It depends on what I’m doing. I like smooth jazz and sometimes classical if I need to concentrate and bouncy pop if I am trying to be energetic and do something physical. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. clickclickmycat

    I’ve got a lot of favorites, and like all kinds of music. Today, I read an interview with the guy that wrote, “I’m Walkin’ in Memphis”, so they had it there, and I had to play it. Now, it’s stuck in my head.

    • Erika Kelly

      I hate when that happens! I’ve been told many time since this book came out that the Cheap Trick song, I want you to want me, is now an earworm for them!

  5. Linda Henderson

    I listen to a lot of different types of music but probably listen to more pop and country than anything. The only kinds I don’t care for are jazz and oldies.

  6. Kermitsgirl

    I listen to everything, which is so cliche to say, but it’s true. Some days I’m into rap, others the twangiest country can you think of, and everything in between. Pop, classical, Gangstagrass (bluegrass/hip-hop…), jazz, oldies, you name it and I probably have a favorite artist in the genre. As long as it evokes some kind of emotion in me, I’m all for it! My favorite, though, is probably the same as yours: alt/indie – it feels so raw, like their music really matters to them and they don’t care what anyone else thinks.

    Right now I’m back into Hinder’s Extreme Behavior on repeat in the mornings (when I listen to music the most). The whole album plays like a love story with ups and downs.

  7. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    What I listen to all depends on my mood, but very rarely POP. The norm is Billy Idol (yes, he’s a category on his own), country, rock, metal and everything 80’s.

  8. Patricia Barraclough

    I believe there is a generation gap here. I recognized most of the bands you listed but not the songs. I listen to a lot of celtic music, currently it is the soundtrack for Outlander. I like both traditional and the newer celtic rock. There are too many favorites there to mention. Classic rock and classical music as well as good jazz round things out.

  9. mrsmac19

    I’ll listen to quite a bit! Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammar is my current favorite. My all-time favorite song is Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard.

  10. Erika

    I have a very wide range of music that I like! I love finding new songs and bands and particularly love finding new songs on Pandora and Indie stations.

  11. erinf1

    congrats to Erika on the new release! I’m not a big music fan. I only really listen to what’s on the radio. It’s more for background noise. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Nicole Ortiz

    I listen to all different types of music. My all time favorite song is Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.
    Thanks for the chance

  13. Amanda Thompson

    I listen to all different types of music! My favorites are 80’s rock, 90’s rap, and early 2000’s pop. I also love singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Celtic Woman, Norah Jones and so many others, the list is endless. If I had the money, I would have millions of songs on iTunes. Music is one of the best things in life 🙂

  14. Laura Lovejoy Brunk

    I love just about all kinds of music from country to rock….to pick a favorite song is like picking a favorite book….just too many favorites

  15. Marianne W

    I love all kinds of music! Right now, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Pentatonix are the CDs in my car. 😎

  16. Dawn Frazier

    I love Rock, hard rock, metal, industrial, 80s, Jaxxy, classicaku, new age. Lol. Quite the variety.

  17. Debbi Wellenstein

    I listen to classic rock, mostly. I don’t much like today’s music (I sound like my father!)

  18. Suzanne

    There are several local groups that play around here. I call the coffee house groups. They are unlikely to make great fame but the local people enjoy them.

  19. Charlene E

    I like a lot of different types of music and listen to quite a variety. My current go-to is Ed Sheeran. His lyrics and voice are amazing.

  20. ndluebke

    I like a lot of songs, no real favorites right now. As long as it’s not hard rock, I usually enjoy it. Could be why I’m running out of places to put my CD’s.

  21. Colleen C.

    I enjoy a wide range of music from Classical to Pop Rock… I love the Oldies… but I thinks my favs are more towards artists like Enya, Loreena Mckinnett, Josh Groban…

  22. Sharon Sommer

    I listen to all kinds of music, it all depends on what mood I am in or sometimes I can regulate my mood by listening to certain types.

  23. Kristy Petree

    I don’t get a lot of opportunity to keep up with current music, but I like something with a beat – usually pop or light hip hop. Thanks!

  24. Krysten M

    I jump around a lot. Usually I like indie the best though 🙂 Right now I’m stuck on Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better and The Mowgli’s – I’m Good. Great songs!

  25. Lisa Greenwald

    I love Shiny Lapel Trio. I’m an older mom of a 13 and an 11 year old. My 11 year old and I like a lot of the same music and I share my love of making music with my musically talented 13 year old.

  26. Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

    I like rock/pop, but I also like that “hillbilly rock” or whatever it’s called. There’s not much I won’t listen to 🙂

    (I loved You Really Got Me and have been looking forward to this one!)

      • Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

        Yes, I think maybe it is rockabilly 🙂 It’s fun to listen to. Congrats on your continued success!

  27. Becky R.

    I listen to just about everything, but especially, pop, rock, and country. I recently discovered Awolnation, an electronic rock group, and their song Sail, which I love. But the song that I’m currently inspired by is Fight Song by Rachel Platten.

  28. taswmom

    I love a lot of the 60’s and 70’s, when I was growing up. Also a lot that my children introduced me to, from punk, grunge, indie, even some Eminem. I also love country music. If you’re not familiar, What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong is a classic inspiration!

  29. dutcheja

    I love the ’70’s it reminds me of a great time in my life!!! but I usually listen to books on CD I almost never listen to music.

  30. Amy Rickman

    I love music and I listen to a lot of genres, the past few days I’ve been listening to Paramore. Some of my favorite go to artists are Florence and the Machine, Joss Stone, Miranda Lambert, Christina Aguilera and The Civil Wars. I like to check out movie and tv soundtracks from the library to discover new to me artist as well as checking out playlists author mention in books I’m reading.

  31. Sylve T.

    i know its clique but i really do love all kinds of music. Rock, Pop, Hip-hop and country. Love Nickelback, linkin park, ;lady antebellum, Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Christina Aguilera, cold play, one republic, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, lady gaga…many, many more! Fav song depends on my mood and right now it is Bad blood by Taylor swift

  32. mlharper22

    Well, I enjoy lots of music types, but my top are country, Christian contemporary, and I love Classical.
    the song I am listening to a lot lately is actually a 1D song, and it is called Act My Age. I feel that song kind of describes me, A LOT

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