Sunday, November 25, 2012


Described as a "feel good Christmas story," THE BODYGUARD will be a free download every Monday from November 26 through December 24.

The other books of the Rock'n'Romance trilogy, THE ROCK STAR and THE LEADER OF THE BAND, are specially priced at 99 cents through December 31. PLEASE CLICK ON THE COVERS AT RIGHT FOR BUY LINKS.

Happy holidays!

Here's an excerpt from THE BODYGUARD.
(Copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Two weeks before Christmas, Mitch decided he had waited long enough.

"Come on, mutt." Mitch grabbed his coat and a pair of work gloves. "Let's go find the twins."

Gabe bounded to his feet and bumped the doorknob with his nose. He sniffed and marked around the yard while Mitch pulled the Ferrari out of the garage. As soon as the dog jumped into the car, Mitch drove to a lot selling Christmas trees. He selected one that would fit nicely in Julia's small apartment and strapped it to the top of the car.

The mutt hung his head out the window, riding in silent watchfulness until the apartment building was in sight. "Woof!"

"You have to be quiet or we'll get caught smuggling you in." Under cover of the falling twilight and a bushy evergreen tree, Mitch and the dog walked quickly toward Julia's apartment.

As soon as Julia opened the door, the dog pushed inside and sniffed out the twins, quickly falling back into their game of hide and seek. Within seconds, the twins' giggles let Julia know the dog had found the children.

"I brought a tree." Mitch stood the evergreen upright.

"I see that." Julia bit her lip as she walked around the tree. "Nice choice. Bushy all around."

"I had three picky sisters who trained me in the fine art of Christmas tree selection."

Julia smiled. "They trained you well."

"I thought we could decorate it tonight and maybe have cookies and hot chocolate."

The wistful look on Mitch's face tugged at Julia's heart. She didn't want to disappoint him--or miss the chance to spend time with him. "That would be great. Except..."


"All the decorations were left behind."

Understanding dawned in Mitch's eyes. "I'm sorry, Julia. I didn't think--I'll go buy some."

"Wait--" Julia didn't want to owe Mitch anything more, and she couldn't afford to buy decorations for an entire tree right now. "Let's make decorations. We have construction paper for paper chains and snowflakes, and we can pop corn to string together. I haven't done that in years. It will be fun."

"How about the angel for the top?" Mitch asked.

Julia tapped her chin thoughtfully. "Origami. We can do a fancy folded paper one." She hoped.

"Sounds great to me." Mitch took off his jacket. "I did remember a stand."

While Mitch set the tree in the stand, Julia gathered supplies for ornaments and explained to the twins what they were going to do. The twins were delighted, as they hadn't been allowed to touch the fussy tinsel and glass ornaments on the tree in the West Hills house. Just one more reminder of how suppressed her children's joy had been. Julia much preferred this homemade Christmas tree.

The tiny apartment soon became littered with scraps of paper, as loops of red and green chains took shape. The popping of corn rattled a cheerful accompaniment to the giggles of the twins as Julia brought another bowl of popcorn for Mitch to add to the string the dog snitched pieces from.

"Why don't you just give him some popcorn?" Julia asked.

"He won't eat it except off the string." Mitch threw a disgusted look toward the dog. "It must be a new game."

Julia turned away to hide her smile. The tree was shaping up beautifully, even if Angelina insisted on hanging all her handmade ornaments on the same three branches. "Anyone want refills on hot chocolate?"

When Julia returned from the kitchen, the room had grown quiet.

"Your helpers are asleep," Mitch said.

The twins lay curled like cherubs next to the dog beneath the spreading limbs of the now decorated tree.

"Do you want to move them to bed?" Mitch asked.

Julia nodded. Soon the twins were settled in their beds for the night.

"Sometimes I just want to watch my children." Julia's heart swelled with joy as she gazed at Abraham and Angelina. "If I could have one thing for Christmas, I'd ask for my children to be safe."

Julia and Mitch lapsed into silence for a moment, absorbing the innocence of the twins as they slept. "What would you ask for, Mitch?"

Mitch stared at Julia for a moment longer. His gaze caressed every inch of her face and finally settled on her mouth. "A kiss from you."

Startled, Julia tried to cover a thrill of excitement by folding her hands primly in front of her. "That's all?"

"Maybe that kiss could be delivered early." The hunger in Mitch's eyes generated a tingle between Julia's breasts.

"Maybe it could." Julia didn't believe the words slipped from her mouth. However, the expectant look in Mitch's eyes confirmed Julia had spoken her thoughts aloud. And now she felt honor-bound to carry through. She could do this without acting like a fool. It was just a kiss, right?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Between now and December 31, 2012, all the books of the Rock'n'Romance trilogy will be 99 cents each! (Click on covers at right to buy now!)

Friday, July 27, 2012


Today and tomorrow, July 27 & 28, you can download THE LEADER OF THE BAND for free at

"...As [the author] peels the artificial layers away, she reveals some most interesting surprises..." said The Long and The Short of It Reviews of this sensual and humorous romance. "...not the least of which is the character who turns out to be the real antagonist."

On stage, band leader Zach Zacata controls the emotions of thousands of fans, but he can't control his middle-aged body. When he has a heart attack, best friend and sometime lover Lauren Westover provides a place where Zach can heal. And Zach realizes he has one more chance to win Lauren's love--if a killer doesn't get to them first.


Friday, June 29, 2012



Leading up to the 4th of July, who better to rock the birthday of the United States than Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Born In the USA himself?

Along with the E Street Band, Springsteen's songs have paid homage to the struggles of every day American life since the early 1970s.

The songs on his 1984 album, "Born in the USA," protest the Vietnam War, lament jobs drying up in small towns, chronicle looking for love--for at least a night, express the search for a better life, and confide sometimes landing on the wrong side of the law.

Over his career to date, Springsteen and the E Street Band have sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide. They have earned numerous awards, including 21 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. In addition, Springsteen is widely regarded by many as one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.

Though they lost band member and saxophone player, Clarence Clemons, following a stroke in 2011, Springsteen and the E Street Band are now in Europe on their Wrecking Ball tour, and will return to the States in mid-August for concert dates scheduled through September.

For more about Springsteen and the E Street Band, check out the official Web site at <>.

Friday, June 22, 2012


The rock band, Journey, has been around for almost forty years, and what an incredible journey it has been!

A quote from their Web site <> states, "Since the group's formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. The band's Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders."

Starting as an all-instrumental act, the band finally found soaring success when it hired the legendary Steve Perry as a vocalist. A string of hits followed, such as "Don't Stop Believin'," "Faithfully," and "Open Arms," as well as a number of changes in the band's members. Perry developed health problems that led to the cancellation of a scheduled tour in 1996, and eventually left Journey permanently, and the band seemed to fade away.

However, when their song, "Don't Stop Believin'" was featured on the finale of the TV show, "The Sopranos," interest in the band flared again.

But they had no lead singer.

Desperate to find someone who could recreate the classic Journey sound, founding member Dean Schon turned to YouTube and discovered Arnel Pineda fronting a band in the Philippines that mimicked classic rock bands--including Journey.

Schon was so impressed he called the other band members and they flew Pineda to the U.S. for an audition. Within a few songs, Pineda was their new vocalist, joining the band in 2008. I especially enjoyed this CBS News Sunday Morning interview <> that mixes an interview with the band, old Journey clips featuring vocalist Steve Perry (in the earlier days), and footage of their new frontman Arnel Pineda. If you watch the entire interview, be prepared for a touching story.

Journey has released two albums since Pineda joined them and are touring extensively--currently in the United States and Canada for the rest of 2012. See <> for tour dates and how to order tickets.

Friday, June 15, 2012


…who is a huge fan of Steven Tyler and Aerosmith.

Aerosmith kicks off their Global Warming Tour of North America this Saturday, June 16 in Minneapolis, MN. 

"The Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America's soul," states their Web site <>. Twenty-three dates will bring this popular band to the United States and Canada.

The band celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010. They have sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. 
Also of interest to me as a writer is that Steven Tyler has released a memoir entitled "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?"
Here's the blurb on the book: Tyler tells what it's like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world's most revered and infamous bands--the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that "gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Demon of Screamin', the Terror of the Tropicana." And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children. As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life.
My Rock'n'Romance books are definitely not the same style, focusing on reformed rock stars, making peace with the past, and finding a monogamous life partner. :)
For more info and links on where to buy tickets for their upcoming concert dates, visit the Aerosmith Web site <>.

Friday, June 8, 2012


If you live in the Northwest and are of a certain, ahem, age, you probably have personal memories of the song, "Louie, Louie." Recorded by The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and a number of other bands, it's long been rumored the lyrics were obscene--at least for the 1960s, when it was recorded by The Kingsmen. 

Of course, this song and its notoriety has spread far beyond the Northwest now. If you've ever heard this song performed, you'll probably notice the lyrics are at times indecipherable. I attended a concert with Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) and Jack Ely (lead singer of The Kingsmen when Louie, Louie was recorded) a number of years ago. I don't remember the lyrics, but the concert was fun. :)

Was the rumor of lewd lyrics a ploy by the record company to sell more records? Did bands sing different versions of this song? The mystery surrounding this song is part of its fun!

There is an interesting discussion of this song on the Songfacts Web site <>. WARNING: some of the comments and rumored lyrics might be offensive to gentle eyes. :)

Link to The Kingsmen Web site: <>
Link to Paul Revere & the Raiders Web site: <>
Link to Mark Lindsay Web site: <>

And, of course, if you'd like to immerse yourself in Louie, Louie trivia, just search for this title on the Internet. Amazing what comes up! Have fun!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I was delighted to discover the theme for this year's Portland Rose Festival is Rock'n'Roses--pretty close to my Rock'n'Romance trilogy. Part of THE ROCK STAR takes place at during Rose Festival time, and one scene takes place during Packy the elephant's birthday party at the zoo. Well, Packy is the grand marshall of this year's Grand Floral Parade. 

THE ROCK STAR and the Portland Rose Festival also share roses! The Rose Festival is all about roses, of course! Each year the Lloyd Center ice rink is turned into a delightful garden for the annual rose show.  In THE ROCK STAR, Geoff takes roses to Shannon, and Shannon adds another rose bush to the garden for special occasions near the house she inherited from her grandmother. 

My Rock'n'Romance trilogy also received some very nice reviews. Here's what some reviewers had to say:
--THE ROCK STAR is "…well written, with realistic dialogue
and fully developed excellent tale of love and the power of healing..." --Reviewed by The Long and The Short of It Reviews
--THE BODYGUARD ""...a fantastic story...the plot is explosive with the twists and turns evenly paced. [the story] will have you clenching your fist in anger as well as reaching for the tissues a time or two... An absolutely brilliant read! [The Bodyguard] stands up and roars."  ----Kwips and Kritiques
--THE LEADER OF THE BAND "...As [the author] peels the artificial layers away, she reveals some most interesting surprises about some of the characters, not the least of which is the character who turns out to be the real antagonist." --The Long and the Short of It

The Portland Rose Festival was named the Best Festival in the World in 2011 by the International Festivals and Events Association (for the second time in five years).

And, finally, both the Rock'n'Romance trilogy and Rock'n'Roses 2012 have Rock'n'Roll! My trilogy tells the stories of three men connected to a classic rock band. On Saturday, June 2, the Rose Fest offers the Battle of the Cover Bands starting at noon in the RoZone. Bands include Petty Fever (Tom Petty), Rolling Tones (Rolling Stones), Garcia Birthday Band (Jerry Garcia-Grateful Dead), Drop Dead Legs (Van Halen), Ramble On (Led Zeppelin), and Metal Machines (A Tribute to All Things 80’s Rock). Check out the Rose Fest Web site for times and details <>.

If you are in the Portland area, I hope you enjoy the Rose Festival. If you are anywhere in the world, you can enjoy the Rock'n'Romance trilogy! Remember, THE ROCK STAR is a free e-book from on June 2. 

Friday, June 1, 2012


I am excited to announce the Summer Comeback Tour, featuring the three books of my Rock'n'Romance trilogy re-issued late last year: THE ROCK STAR, THE BODYGUARD, and THE LEADER OF THE BAND.

To kick off this special tour, the e-book version of THE ROCK STAR will be free on the Kindle program on June 1 and 2. <> You don't have to own a Kindle to take advantage of this--free apps are available on line for both PCs and Macs.

The Summer Comeback Tour will also feature contests and prizes throughout the summer, with themed baskets each month, as well as random drawings for smaller prizes such as guitar keychains. Just leave a comment here to be entered. 

I'm looking forward to a wonderful summer, and hope to share some of it with you!

Friday, May 25, 2012


The Rock'n'Romance trilogy is launching a Summer Comeback Tour on June 1. Watch for more details soon--including free books and contests!

Friday, March 2, 2012


With many other fans, I am saddened by the sudden passing of former Monkee band member, Davy Jones, and would like to extend my condolences to his wife and family.

Thank you for sharing him with the world and thank you, Davy, for giving us beautiful music and happy memories!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Michael Nesmith's mother invented Liquid Paper correction fluid.

Davy Jones owns and races horses. See his Keeping Up With the Joneses web site for pictures <>.

For awhile, Peter Tork penned an advice column. You can check out some of the questions and his answers here: <>

When the Monkees ended Micky Dolenz moved on to do voices for cartoons. From 1970 to 1978 Micky provided voices for "The Funky Fantom," "The Scooby-Doo Movies," and other Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Check out <> for much more info.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Three must be the magic number for The Monkees in marriage. According to Internet sources, each of the band members has been married three times.

Davy Jones has been married three times: to Linda, to Anita, and to his current wife, Jessica. He has four daughters from his first two marriages, and several grandchildren. You can enjoy some wedding pictures on his site, "Keeping Up With the Joneses" <>.

Dolenz has been married three times: to Samantha in 1967, to Trina in 1977, and to Donna in 2002. He is the father of four daughters.

Michael Nesmith has been married three times: to Phyllis in 1963, to Kathryn in 1976, and to Victoria in 2000. He has four children.
Official site for merchandise and projects <>
Fan page <>

Peter Tork has been married three times: to Reine, to Barbara and to Tammy. He has three children.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Photo from
I confessed in an earlier post to being a rock'n'roll wimp. And one of my favorite bands as a teenager was The Monkees. Well, by the time I realized they weren't a real band, but four guys cast in the role of a band for a TV show, I was hooked on the fun. 

“The Monkees was a television show about an imaginary band living on the beach, getting into all these adventures and making music," says Micky Dolenz, who played the drummer on the TV show. 

However, the foursome went on to tour to the screaming success of thousands of teenaged girls--myself included. 

These days, the old TV shows are still playing as reruns and available on DVD. The group members are touring. A variety of merchandise is available for Monkee fans. And I have most of their original vinyl records. 

If you want to see more, check out their Web site: Of course you can also listen to YouTube recordings of their hit songs. 

Sit down, flash back, and enjoy!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I've had so much fun revisiting the heroes and heroines of my Rock'n'Romance trilogy I don't want it to end! So it's not going to. :)

Throughout the upcoming year, I'm going to feature a different classic band each week, starting on Spotlight Sunday. 

And since I write romances, we'll take a look at the marriages of the band members on Wedding Wednesday. In doing earlier research, I was impressed that some band members had been married to the same spouse for 10, 20, even 30 years or more. 

We'll wrap up the week on Fun Fact Friday with amusing, odd or impressive facts about the band.

I hope you come along on our tour of classic bands. And may you have a rockin' 2012!