Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Musical Inspirations for Shannon's Law - Purgatory Hill

Thank you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel SHANNON’S LAW. It’s  the second in my PASSION PATROL series - stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals and always get their man.

February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.  

Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world.  They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all  my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.

Today’s subject is: Music of Shannon’s Law – Super-cool band Purgatory Hill

Purgatory Hill

Music plays quite frequently in Shannon's Law.

My heroine trains hard on her mountain bike to keep fit.  She used to buzz around the streets of London – but has now been relocated to the more rural Fleetworth Green.  She listens to music to keep up the pace.  

One of my own favourite albums to work out to is the  raunchy rock of  Pat Macdonald’s “Purgatory Hill” It was inevitable my heroine Shannon would inherit my taste in music.

I first came across Pat Macdonald’s music in my twenties,  in a post-punk group called “Timbuk3.” I believe they only had one hit in the UK : “The Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.”  It was intended as a rather dark and ironic comment on the future – but it got hijacked as a bit of a theme tune for the graduating middle classes in those hedonistic days of the 80’s.  

Since then Pat Macdonald disappeared from the mainstream.  He has been busy playing local gigs and has become an icon of the “Cigar Box” guitar scene.  These guitars are literally made out of old cigar boxes and broom handles. They frequently only have 4 strings – 3  electric guitar strings  and one deep bass string. The sound they make is  absolutely RAW!  Pat is more or less a one-man-band and gets this hard-rock bluesy sound that is so deep down and dirty it touches the corners of your soul. He is an incredible musician. I want one of these guitars and of course, Pat Macdonald to play it!  It certainly gets my adrenaline going.

The music press describe their sound as


If you have never heard cigar box guitar,  here is a link to Pat Macdonald playing “Baby Love.”

You can download their album here – spice up your workout!

Book Blurb

Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.  

Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.  

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.

All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.

Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version

You can pre-order the digital version at a pre-launch special price from Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords

See this post and others from my tour as they go live on Pinterest

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Visit the Shannon’s Law Website for book details and pre-order information.

Win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book PLUS a free gift for every entrant (see prizes below).


The draw will be made at random, by Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2013.

Companion Cook-Book

In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cook-book with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.

 It’s called  COP’S KTICHEN - Read the love story and taste the romance!

To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages etc.


Main Prizes in the Draw:
$30/£20/€25 Amazon Gift Voucher, 2 paperback copies of Shannon’s Law, 3 digital copies of Shannon’s Law.

Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.

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  1. Hi Jo,Thanks for hosting me here today. I hope a few readers check out the music. Emma x

  2. You're welcome thanks for having me as part of your posts xx

  3. What fun to learn about the music in Shannon's Law! I am looking forward to giving it a listen! Welcome to the group, Jo!