When I started writing the Hot Under Her Collar series, I thought people would be interested in the secret lives of young clergy women and the very real sorts of conflicts our work presents--sexuality and female authority are still taboo in some church circles, after all.
What I didn't really expect would be that other clergy woman would embrace the books and revel in seeing women like them (us) depicted in popular culture. This week I posted something about my upcoming release in an online group of female clergy, and many of them let me know how much this means to them. Honestly, I was shocked and very heartened by their words.
So I decided to dedicate Not Another Rock Star to all my fellow lady-priests and clergy women who truly inspire me.
Lots of us lady priests are happily partnered, so I won't wish for them that they find a sexy rock god playing the organ at church next Sunday. But for any of you bravely facing the dating scene: May you find your very own Rush Perez to stand by you no matter what comes your way.
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Here's the blurb:
Not Another Rock Star
Suzannah DeWitt knows how to run a church: as long as she never lets her people see her sweat, she’ll lead them to do miraculous things. But when rock star Rush Perez shows up straight from rehab to play her church’s organ, she finds herself sweating with him quite a lot and feeling like a fool for it. She dated a rock star once, and she swore never to do so again.
Rush hates church, but since he’s in hiding from the paparazzi and his own band in San Francisco, he may as well help out the hot lady-priest. He’s fighting a secret battle with a disease that threatens to take away everything that matters, and an affair with Suzannah is the perfect way to forget his problems. She makes him optimistic about his chances of winning—almost.
Rush’s feelings for Suzannah develop into the epic emotions he usually only sings about. He wants something real, but first he has to stop hiding and let her into his heart. Once he does, will she trust hers to another rock star after all?