Come Get Your Touch Up!

October 15, 2018

It's here, woooo!! Come and get your copy of ROSE AND THORNS: TOUCH UP digitally from any of these retailers or in print from Amazon.

Cover by Vanessa North

Last year, twenty-three-year-old actress Dina Gilbert snagged the lead in the summer’s biggest blockbuster. It wasn’t easy: she’s black, openly queer, and has actual curves she refuses to let people Photoshop. Now, overwhelmed by sudden fame and homesick for Georgia, she’s becoming someone she doesn’t recognize. Maybe that’s why she’s out partying her face off most nights.

Enter Colleen Thomas, an ex-model turned photo editor whose issues with her own body are only surpassed by her issues with other peoples’. Colleen knows the rules but Photoshops Dina’s magazine cover anyway, incurring the wrath of Dina and her fans. And, okay, maybe that cover image was unbelievably sexy even before Colleen’s alterations. So what? Dina’s not fooling anyone with that girl-next-door, I-eat-Snickers-in-my-Golden-Globes-dress BS. Colleen knows a train wreck when she sees one.

Tensions rise even more when Colleen and Dina have to work together at the Rose Social Club’s annual charity gala. When they realize they have something in common, no one is more surprised than they are. The sexual chemistry doesn’t hurt either. Their differences could either be a source of strength—a life raft in the heaving waters of Hollywood—or the makings of a titanic crash.

I tend to flit between writing fluffier things and heavier things, and y'all, this is the latter. Warnings for body-shaming, eating disorders, racism, microaggressions, drug use (cocaine, marijuana), excessive drinking, on page sex, and wyvern dildos.

... >.> Okay, it's not ALL serious, only mostly.

These girls have some issues, but maybe they can help each other become something more? Love does that sometimes.

And don't forget to check out all the Rose & Thorns books, including Vanessa North's OFF LIMITS, already out, and Brooklyn Wallace's upcoming SUGAR & ICE, coming next month! ROSE & THORNS: Where fame, sex, scandal, and sisterhood are always in vogue…

Catch J.A. Rock & me reading from TOUCH UP this weekend at GRL in Virginia on Friday afternoon. We'll be bringing some prizes, too!

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