Friday, June 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Tie Me by Olivia Cunning

His heart is tied to his past…

When Sole Regret’s rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison, vowed to be faithful to his fiancée and love her forever, he meant it. He never expected to lose her to cancer so early in life. He’s certain he’ll never love again, but destiny has another plan for him.

Her heart is tied to her work…

Grammy-winning classical composer and piano virtuoso, Dawn O’Reilly, is overwhelmed with music-writing deadlines, a fickle muse, and high-expectations. She doesn’t have time to find love, but chance seeks to interfere with her carefully devised plans.

They’re bound to become entangled...

From the instant Kellen hears Dawn’s latest musical composition, his spirits rise. The stirring melody and the remarkable woman responsible for its creation are impossible to resist. His attraction is undeniable; her passion unquenchable. Kellen teaches Dawn there’s freedom in bondage, while her sensuality drives him to unleash his tightly controlled self-restraint. Will the ropes Kellen uses to secure Dawn’s body be the force that binds them together or ultimately sever all ties between them?

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock 'n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She's been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction -- first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. 

Olivia's first book in her Sinner's Tour Series, Backstage Pass, was published in 2010 by Sourcebooks. Book two in the series, Rock Hard, was published in 2011 and the third book, Double Time just released November 2012. The last two books in the series are expected to be out in 2013. Aside from the Sinners Tour that launched her career, Olivia has been hard at work on a few other series and stand alones . . . of course with the music turned up.


~ In November 2012, Double Time made the USA Today Best-Seller List

~ Backstage Pass won the Reader's Crown in 2011 for both Best First Book and Best Long Erotic Romance

~ Backstage Pass won More than Magic in 2011 for Best Erotic Romance

~ Despite the encouragement of her English teachers to pursue writing, she majored in biology in college.

~ Olivia earned a master's degree in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine. After her beloved grandfather died of a heart attack, she aspired to find the cure for atherosclerosis, but found biomedical research tedious and frustrating, so switched to teaching.

~Olivia loves to attend metal concerts. She regularly embarrasses her college-aged son by headbanging in public and gets accused of not "looking like" a metal head.

~Olivia finished writing her first contemporary series romance novel at age 19. It remains unpublished.

~Olivia has always had a vivid imagination. At age three, she had seven imaginary friends and still remembers the stories she made up about them. One, named Splinter, was a giant talking skunk.

~Olivia is an army brat. She has lived all over the United States and in Germany. She tends to move every three to five years. Her most recent move to Galveston, Texas will hopefully be her last.

Hey everyone! Today Owen "Tags" Mitchell stopped by the blog to talk with me. Owen is the bassist for the rock band Sole Regret. He’s stopped by to answer some questions for me. You can find out more about him in the book Touch Me—the 4th volume in the One Night with Sole Regret series.


 So Owen, how long have you been playing bass guitar?
Owen: I actually started with a regular guitar, but switched to bass guitar after a couple years of trying to keep up with Kelly. He took lessons from some old dude at a bar, and I followed him around because I was bored. Kelly taught me to play because I was cramping his style or something. So long story short, I started when I was fifteen and switched to bass when I was seventeen. My fingers have been thanking me ever since I decreased string count.

How did you become a member of Sole Regret?
Owen: I actually started as a member of Shade and Adam’s original band, Desperation Normal. I answered an ad I saw on a bulletin board at a bar. They were looking for a bassist. I brought Kelly along to the try-out and convinced the guys that they were also looking for a second guitarist. Then our drummer, Quint, apparently had his balls removed by his wife and he left the band to change diapers or something, and Shade remembered he knew this one geek who played drums in marching band back in his high school days. So he found Gabe with his nose in a textbook, and somehow talked him into become our new drummer. Once we had our lineup complete, Kelly had this amazing idea to change the band name to Sole Regret. So yeah, that’s how it happened. Mostly.

How long did you know Kelly before you joined the band?
Owen: We met the first day of seventh grade. He let me sit with him on the bus.

You have an usual nickname. How did you get the name “Tags”?
Owen: From wearing dog tags with my brother’s name on them. He’s a Marine, currently on a mission in Afghanistan. Hope he makes it home soon.

I heard you have a special piercing. Why did you decide on that particular model?
Owen: I assume you want to know why I went with a dydoe over the more popular Prince Albert? I didn’t want to pee weird. At least, that’s what I tell people. It probably has more to do with how great it feels.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
Owen: Do women count as a hobby? I do like women.

Isn't there someone special that you are seeing right now?
Owen: Caitlyn. She’s the sexiest woman I’ve ever been with. And she’s smart and adventurous. She has a great sense of humor. She genuine and beautiful, has a fantastic rack and… I’m currently looking for a new hobby.

How about answering a few questions from the fans?
Owen: Yeah sure. I’ve got nothing to hide.

Jackie asks, Owen why do you prefer older women?
Owen: They know who they are and don’t play head games. And they’re also better in bed.

Melissa asks, Have you ever thought about leaving the band and doing something else?
Owen: Not really, but I recently had someone tell me I should become a male escort.

hardtof4 asks, What is your favorite indulgence when you’re on the road or when you get home after touring?
Owen: Now or last week? So last week, I would have said my favorite indulgence is going to sex clubs and exploring new activities. But now, I don’t think I could survive without my iPad. It keeps me connected to Caitlyn and my family. That’s what’s important, right? At home, I have to say it’s my Mom’s fried chicken. That woman can cook.

Michelle asks, most of you have traditional, conservative backgrounds, and I suspect your families are not aware about your life on the road. How much of that is still part of your lives? Did you feel a need to rebel or did being in the band give you an opportunity to explore different sides of yourselves?
Owen: My brother knows a bit about my life on the road, but I don’t share that stuff with the rest of my family. My Mom would freak out if she knew about half the stuff I've done. Being in the band does present a lot of opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise. And yeah, I’m talking about that hobby I’m trying to replace.
Shannon asks, who are your musical influences?
Owen: I was raised on country music—don’t tell Adam—so I think some of that seeped into my blood at some point. And I love Lynyrd Skynyrd. As for rock bass players I admire, I have to go with Cliff Burton, Rudy Sarzo and Nikki Sixx.

Jena asks, if you were to describe yourself with one word, what would it be?
Owen: fun

Jill asks, What’s the hardest part about being on the road?
Owen: Being away from home and my family. At least, Kelly’s on the road with me. I don’t think I’d be able to tolerate the homesickness without him there.

Sebu asks, When are you going to acknowledge and admit your feelings for Kellen?
Owen: I admitted to him that he’s my best friend a long time ago. I doubt anyone is surprised.

Ashley asks, I love that the boys in Sole Regret drink and have fun but don’t indulge in drugs. I’m wondering if there is a reason that they stay away?
Owen: I don’t need drugs to have fun, but once you've seen a friend of yours overdose and nearly die, it makes it really easy to stay clean.

F.E asks, How would you describe the way your sex life was before joining the band? Then after the band became famous? And now?
Owen: I’ve always loved sex. I just don’t have to do it alone anymore.

Margo asks, Would you ever let another band member or members watch and or participate in your "special time" with Caitlin?
Owen: I might let Kelly join us. If he promised not to steal her away from me.

Tina asks, If the opportunity ever came up, would you like to co headline with Sinners? and if so would you ever preform any songs together?
Owen: Hell yeah! I love Sinners. I need to find out how Jace does that bass triplet thing in their new single. I’m not sure how it would go if we tried to play a song together. I don’t think our vocalists would be willing to share the stage, but who knows; maybe they could repress their egos enough to cooperate.


  1. Will there be more interviews with the boys, now that all the books are out?

  2. Great interview. Loe both the Sinners and Sole Regret!