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My Twitter pal and fellow erotic romance author Anya Breton is at the helm of RNRHS this week, in celebration of her latest book release. Lots of people have shared stories of seeing disparate musical acts, but I’m not sure anyone can top the fact that Anya saw both Huey Lewis and P-Funk within a fairly reasonably span of time. In fact, I would love to hear from anyone who has seen both of these artists in their lifetime. Just so I can both mock you and bow to your superior musical taste.

Anya Breton

Concord High, Concord, NH, Class of ’95, Currently: Web Design/Smut author

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: I wish it weren’t the case, but the theme song from Friends – “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts was played at my Senior prom. And everyone flipped out. They were crazy dancing and pretending to splash in a fountain. I’m not proud of my classmates. LOL. To this day hearing that song reminds me of high school rather than the show.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I didn’t buy any posters or t-shirts in high school (I was pretty broke) but my copies of “Throwing Copper” by Live and “Sixteen Stone” by Bush got seriously worn out from repeated plays.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Backstreet Boys

Best show or concert you saw in high school: Erm, didn’t see any concerts in high school. *flush* (note the broke part) When I was younger I saw Whitney Houston and Huey Lewis and the News (not at the same time). The spring after graduation, I saw George Clinton and the P Funk Allstars at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and got a serious sunburn (along with a contact high).

Best high school make-out song: “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boys II Men

Anya Breton is a multi-published author of erotic romance and urban fantasy. Her latest is A’s Surrender, out now from Siren Publishing! You can learn more about Anya at anyabreton.com

Back in the saddle with Rock ‘n’ Roll High School after a sliver of time away from the topic. Feels so good to swim around in the murky depths of adolescent music memories once again! Today’s post is from my dear writer pal, Hanna Martine, who is an amazing author and semi-professional beer drinker. Her debut paranormal romance, Liquid Lies, is out now and I think you are a complete fool if you don’t run right out and buy it. (No pressure.) Hanna writes about so many amazing bands in her post today, I hardly know where to start, but one thing that really stuck out to me is that I’m fairly certain no other RNRHS guest has mentioned INXS. How is that possible?

Hanna Martine

Western Chicago suburbs, Class of ’92, currently does mommy things, drinking things, writing things, happy things

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: I entered high school in 1989, and was promptly introduced to “alternative.” You know, back when that word actually meant something. I was obsessed with Ministry and Nitzer Ebb. I think I tried to become an alterna-kid, but failed miserably. By the time I graduated high school I was on the dance team. A complete one-eighty.

My senior year was 1991-1992, which was when grunge just exploded. All the hair bands were shoved aside and suddenly–it felt like overnight–there was this completely new sound coming out of tape decks and car stereos everywhere. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the obvious song choice for that time, but I remember being more affected by Pearl Jam. “Ten” made me go wow. It still does, to this day.

U2′s “Achtung Baby” came out at the end of 1991 and it (besides being absolute perfection and my most favorite U2 album ever) completely defined my senior year. I “re-discovered” who would become my all-time favorite band (after a brief flirtation with them during junior high), each song makes me think of a different episode in my senior life, and it signified a shift in how I thought about myself and my future direction (deep thoughts, I know).

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I get a little lump in my throat when I think about my Sinead O’Connor T-shirt from her 1990 tour. Once upon a time it was white, with a blue dove on the front and “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” scrawled in gold on the back. It was huge and baggy, and when it finally dissolved into molecules I might have given it a funeral.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: I’ve never been a fan of either Mariah Carey or Gloria Estefan. And I don’t think I ever took Color Me Badd seriously, even back then.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: INXS with the Soup Dragons opening. I was more excited to see the Soup Dragons and wore their T-shirt for years. We missed the first few songs because my boyfriend at the time was the worst driver ever and for some reason couldn’t find this giant arena just off the interstate. Michael Hutchence was a god, and their CD “Live Baby Live” was recorded that night.

Best high school make-out song: “Say Anything” came out my freshman year, solidifying “In Your Eyes” as the Make Out Song De Rigueur for my entire generation. This was before standing outside a girl’s house holding a radio was considered stalker-ish.

Hanna Martine’s debut, Liquid Lies, Book One in the Elemental series, is out now. You can learn more about her at hannamartine.com.

Lucy Felthouse takes the helm of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School today–thank goodness she brought us some Backstreet Boys love. There has been way too much in the way of NKOTB-ness going on around here lately.  Lucy’s an astoundingly prolific author, a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth.

Lucy Felthouse

William Allitt School, Currently: PR & Marketing/Writing

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” by The Offspring. For no other reason than when it came out, the entire school seemed to be obsessed with it, singing it constantly, etc. It could possibly be because some of the lyrics sounded rude, too: “Give It To Me Baby” which of course at that age was hilariously funny. Now, it sounds more like a line from one of my books.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Ah, that would depend on the year (or the month, day of the week, direction of the wind…). I changed my mind frequently, depending on who the newest boy band was. I had Take That, Boyzone, Robbie Williams, Backstreet Boys, Westlife and Blue posters. Then suddenly I was too old for posters, which is probably just as well because I changed my mind so often that I’m surprised the wallpaper wasn’t filled with holes from frequent poster removal.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: I honestly can’t remember one. I’ve always been a bit of an individual with my music taste, particularly as I’ve got older. Now my iTunes is full of tracks which range from 60s and 70s rock and pop through to the boy bands and female vocalists of today. I have seriously eclectic taste.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: Probably the Backstreet Boys. I did see them three or four times, and I loved them. Sadly, though, I saw them again a couple of years ago, and it just wasn’t the same. It felt like they were just going through the motions, rather than touring because they really wanted to. The passion was gone – it seemed. Either that or they were incredibly jetlagged.

Best high school make-out song: I don’t remember a song that you would classify as a make-out song, but I do remember at the local disco, which is where spotty teenagers congregated to swap saliva (*vomits at the thought*), hearing “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65 quite a lot. Like I said, not at all a make-out song!!

Find out more about Lucy at lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Her latest is The Cottage in the Woods. Excerpt and links to purchase are here.

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Living in her remote cottage in the woods, Heidi doesn’t get many visitors. So when she spots a fox in her garden, she’s delighted. However, her joy quickly turns to dismay when she thinks the beautiful creature may be injured. Heading out to see how she can help, Heidi is astounded when something happens that makes her question her eyesight – not to mention her sanity. Once she gets over her shock and discovers the reason behind the peculiar encounter, Heidi is mighty glad that the fox chose her garden to visit.