Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The New Rakes

By Nikki Magennis

THE NEW RAKES – Out now!

Hi all! It’s lovely to be back here on Lust Bites, and I’m very excited to bring you a peek of my second novel, The New Rakes, which is out now in the UK. (Okay, nearly now. Tomorrow. If you order it now, they might even slip a sneaky one in the post this very afternoon.)

So, what’s it all about? Well, I wanted the strapline: ‘Sex and sex and rock n roll’, but the editor sensibly went with ‘She’s got a lust for life’.

Here’s the blurb:

The New Rakes are known for the hot, dirty electro music they play in basement gigs all over the city, but lead singer Kara has ambitions beyond underground success.

Fuelled by her sexy performances and the love/hate relationship with her guitarist Tam, the band is poised on the brink of stardom. And when Mike Greene, the charismatic head of a record company, offers The New Rakes a deal, it seems all their hopes are about to be realised.

But Kara and Mike have history - and this time he wants more than a professional relationship. Kara is seduced by his glamorous promises and despite the attempts of Lina, his manipulative ex-girlfriend, she becomes Mike's lover.

As she gets tangled in a web of sex, power and deceit, Kara learns the hard way what success really means. Will she have to choose between the limelight and true love?

What else can I say ... I think the book is very, very dirty. Hopefully dirtysweet. And hopefully intense.


I’m patently no use at writing promotional copy. Which is why I made a short film instead. Are you sitting comfortably? Voila!

(No paper dolls were harmed during the making of this movie. Well, not much. I glued them back together afterwards.)

Lastly, here’s a wee snippet:

She shoved him up against the white-painted breezeblocks with a force that made him raise an eyebrow and smile at her, even as she was slipping a hand inside the waistband of his trousers and groping for his cock. The shaft sprung up to meet her fingers, plump and promising and already leaking a little drop of pre-come.

It was always a slight shock, feeling Tam’s prick in her hand – like discovering an old friend in an obscene pose. Which was exactly the situation, she decided, letting him grip her wrists and pull them up, swinging her round until she was the one with the hard scrape of the wall behind her.

‘My turn, I think,’ he said, sinking to his knees in front of her and burying his face in her lap. Through the thin fabric of her skirt, the heat of his breath scorched her pussy, turning her molten and making her thankful for the hard wall at her back.

Meanwhile she could feel the wiry strength of his fingers working their way up her legs, pawing at her skin like a cat working its claws. He pushed her clothes aside, shoving her skirt up and tugging her knickers down simultaneously to reveal the light fuzz of her pubic hair and the little deep pink bud of her clit, which he kissed, softly.

Read more at my blog.

And if you’d like a chance to win the book, I’ll be giving away two signed copies today – just say hi in the comment box and tell me which rock star you’d be a groupie for!

Nikki x

Amazon UK

Out on January 6th in the US and Canada – preorder now!


Crystal Adkins said...

HI! I would be a groupie for Bret Michaels... I loved poison when I was a kid!

Janine Ashbless said...

Huh - I'm sitting up watching the electoral coverage and I was sure I'd be first on the blog, but Crystal beat me!

Nikki, lovely to have you back on LB - and that film is brilliant! Did you make it yourself? *whimper* I want one for my book too!

And - I'd be a groupie for Rammstein. It'd be a tough tough gig...

Pheebles said...

This book looks good! Something I could definitely get my teeth into.

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Do you really need me to answer your question? I already wrote a novel about him! LOL

Madelynne Ellis said...

Wow! I want a paper doll film too. It's brilliant! The book is pretty damn amazing too, BTW, reading it at the moment.

As for who I'd be a groupie for...Think you all know the easy answer to that.. Gackt...Gackt...Gackt.

Although, I could quite go for some fun with these guys too Finntroll.

Nikki Magennis said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

Is about all I'm going to manage to say today. Or dance. Hooray, hooray!


Thanks all! Yes, I made the film myself. It was nothing *coughcoughcough*.

I'll be dropping in today to say hello, scatter exclamation marks about the place and hear your groupie choices. (Dayle, we should write a story with my band meeting your band! A super-fictional-erotic-group!)

Off to find out who Finntroll are now ...

Nikki Magennis said...

Madelynne! They're like Meatloaf on bad acid! *shudder*


Portia Da Costa said...

Congratulations on publication of The New Rakes! Hope you sell barzillions of copies! :)

And that's a delicious little excerpt. I do so love a good old Up Against the Wall scenario... it's a classic! :)

Nobody around these days I'd be a groupie for. A bad experience with a rock star I adored who turned out to be unworthy has put me off that kind of fandom now. I'll stick to actors...

Janine Ashbless said...

Wow ... the Finntroll video takes me back to the my last job.

I can smell the soup...

Nikki Magennis said...

Really, Portia? Who was it???

Oh, and I should have said: I'd be a groupie for: Jimi Hendrix, Michael Hutchence, that guy out of the Strokes and Debbie Harry. For starters.

Also Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and Leonard Cohen.

I never said I'd be a *faithful* groupie ...

Craig Sorensen said...

Hey Nikki,

That's one hot excerpt!

I'm pleased that I get to be the first "guy groupie" to post.

I'd gladly follow Kaki King around for a month or two! I also have a long time thing for Nancy Wilson of Heart.

Deanna said...

So great to have you back.

Loved the excerpt, loved the film.


Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks, Craig and Deanna! I've been bouncing in my seat all morning. Might have to go and have a little rest now. Back later!

Madeline Moore said...

Love your little film Nikki. Wish I were multi-talented...oh well. So clever, tho, to have paper characters slip from a novel (full of pages...get it? Oh, I guess you do) to illustrate the novel.

The novel sounds terrific. I'm betting it sells well. Everyone loves a good rockstar story.

As for me, I had a (Canadian) rockstar bf for two horrible years, so I happen to know that all musicians are good for is a good time. I also know that 'going on the road' with your rockstar is a dreadful experience.
So, no thanks. But don't let me stop the rest of you from finding out all about it for yourselves.

Oh, right, fantasy...nope. Still can't do it. I keep remembering the last time 'he' went out on the road and, when he came back, told me he'd paid fifty bucks for a blow job. I laughed! I said, 'You've never spent fifty bucks on me.' Gawd. And I was his girlfriend, not his groupie. Maybe that was the problem...

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi, Madeline. Hm, and there's another tale of bad rock-star behaviour!

As far as The New Rakes goes, the heroine is a rock star too, and just as fickle as the men. Maybe if both parties are all about the parties, it might work?

Kate Pearce said...

Lovely to see you Nikki!

Rockstars I would be a groupie for...I dunno-probably the Beatles if I could whisk myself back in time a couple of decades :) Maybe Madonna and I've always wanted to sing back up vocals for those old rockers Steely Dan-does that count?

Jeremy Edwards said...

Nikki, I love your writing so much! It's so tight and precise and, at the same time, sensual, like left brain and right brain locked in an orgasmic embrace. I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it (I've managed to procure a copy, so contest me not); and though I haven't started reading yet, the excerpts demonstrate that it's going to be as amazing as I knew it would be.

My rock star crush is Prochi. What? Oh, sorry—that's not my rock star crush, that's my spamword. My rock star crush is Kara tha paper doll. (I adore the trailer! I'll drool more over that when I dash over to your Nikki blog.)

[Haha! Guess what—though I was just trying to funny above, I've now googled on "prochi," and there really is at least one musician by that name.]

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi hi hi Kate and Jeremy!

And - ooh yes, I'd do George Harrison.

Jeremy, thank you so very much! I still have the (now headless, 'armless and totally legless) Kara doll. Maybe I should raffle her off for charity!

Jeremy Edwards said...

I still have the (now headless, 'armless and totally legless) Kara doll. Maybe I should raffle her off for charity!

Or you might want to keep her around "for parts," like an auto mechanic would.

Alsto, my current spamword is alsto.

Jeremy Edwards said...

And the next spamword up is crobone. As in "watching your paper dolls get it on gave me an enormous crobone."

Angell said...

Nikki - love the film. It's so adorable. And I can't wait to read the book!

I'm with Dayle on this groupie thing (how do you think we met? :P). Only her book beat out mine. LMAO.

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks, Angell! I'm very glad you like the film. Of course, the book is a *bit* dirtier ...

kristina lloyd said...

Your trailer is amazing! I love it.

Big congrats on the release.

Please can I groupie for NIN? And Placebo when I get tired?

Lil said...

Hmm...John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls as he looked when back in the days of Iris from City of Angels. Would seriously consider being a groupie for him.

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks, Kristina, and yes of course you may. You might need a crash helmet though?!

Hi Lil, I had to go and investigate. Yes, floppy hair, a little bit tortured soul look. All good. ; )