Preview of “Rowdy”

“Rowdy”, part three of the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series, is coming out at the end of the month. Here’s a little preview: Chapters 1-2. Enjoy!


Chapter One



            I was sitting on the couch inside the recording studio at Urban Collective, scanning an article in Alternative Press magazine. If anyone had asked me what the article was about, I couldn’t have told them. I wasn’t reading it; not really. There were words and pictures on the page, but all I could see was red. I’d never been so pissed off in all my life. My friends and I had been busting our asses to make a name for our band, and my idiot ex-husband was working to destroy it all! Who the hell does that?

            “Did you know Kurt Cobain died on my sixteenth birthday?”

            I looked up from the magazine to see Aidan, sitting across from me on a stool, scrolling through his phone. He looked up from the screen and smiled at me. “That’s pretty trippy, right?”

            I shook my head and sighed. “I’m sorry, Aidan,” I said. “I completely forgot you were here. I’m still so angry about this whole thing with David.”

            “I know,” Aidan said. He slid his phone into his back pocket, and clasped his hands in his lap. “So, what are we gonna do about him?”

            “I don’t know yet,” I replied. “Nick said he wanted to talk to David, one on one. And Rob…well, Rob just wants to kick his ass.” I set the magazine down on the cushion next to me. “So does Jon.”

            “Well, you can add my name to that list, too,” Aidan said. “Piece of shit. What was he thinking?”

            I shook my head at the idea. “To think we used to be friends,” I said. “I mean, I always believed we would still have that, you know? I believed, even if we didn’t work out as a couple, we could at least hold on to our friendship. I guess I thought wrong.”

            Aidan smiled at me. “David never knew what he had when he was with you,” he said. “That’s why he’s so pissed off. He lost the greatest thing that ever happened to him.”

            “Aidan?” I said, feeling my eyes becoming watery. “Dude, don’t say stuff like that! You’re gonna make me cry.”

            “It’s the truth!” Aidan insisted. “Losing you fucked him up.”

            At that moment, Nick walked in, and plopped down beside me. “Hey,” he said, with a sigh. “What’s up?”

            “The ceiling,” Aidan replied. “What’s up with you?”

            Nick smirked at him. “Trying to figure out what to do about this David situation,” he said. “I could just have him killed, you know. The Lianetti name carries a lot of weight in Sicily, and all I have to do is make a phone call and pay for a plane ticket—”

            “Stop,” I said. “We’re not having anyone killed. We’re going to be rational adults about this.”

            “I don’t want to be a rational adult,” Aidan said, flicking his tail. “I wanna put my foot up David’s ass.”

            “So do I,” I said. “But that’s not the way to handle this.”

            Nick reached up and scratched the back of his head. “Yeah, you’re right,” he said. “What we need to do, is keep doing what we’ve been doing. We need to keep making music.”

            “We need to release another album,” Aidan said.

            Nick nodded in agreement. “I’m going to start working on some songs. If you guys come up with anything, let me know, and we’ll work on it.” He paused for a moment, then added. “I did try to call David, but he wouldn’t answer his cell or return any of my calls. I know he got my voice mails.”

            “Don’t worry about him,” I said. “Like you said, we need to focus on making music.”

Chapter Two





            It’s always the ones you least suspect, who screw you over. If a total stranger had been behind all of our problems, I could live with that. But my cousin? My own family? How am I supposed to feel about that?

            When I left the studio, I went home. Nyda wasn’t in yet, so I had the place to myself. With so much idle time on my hands, I figured I could get some writing done. We needed a new album; one that would blow all of our haters out of the water. I had a lot of work ahead of me.




Tribute To The Black Parade

I recently purchased a copy of Rock Sound Magazine, which came with a copy of the Black Parade Tribute Album. Before I popped it into my CD player, I had to remind myself of something very important: this is a tribute album. I had to tell myself, “You are not about to hear MCR. Gerard Way’s melodious voice singing “I Don’t Love You” or “Disenchanted”.  With that in mind, I pressed play.

Thirteen different bands cover thirteen tracks of the original Black Parade album (I guess no one wanted to do the hidden bonus track, “Blood”).   Like any member of the MCRmy, I have my favorites from the Black Parade, so I was hoping they wouldn’t be ruined by the other bands. As far as the tribute album goes, I have my likes and dislikes.


State Champs’ cover of “The Sharpest Lives” is pretty sweet. I also liked Crown the Empire’s version of “Welcome to the Black Parade”.  I sort of liked Moose Blood’s “I Don’t Love You”.  That is one of my favorite MCR songs, so I was counting on whoever covered it to do it some justice. Twenty One Pilots’ take on “Cancer” was interesting as well.  It had a techno/electronica vibe to it that I wasn’t expecting, but enjoyed.


Well, you can’t win them all, right? There were only two tracks on this album I wasn’t completely happy about. One, is Creeper’s cover of “This Is How I Disappear”.  It sounded as though they were trying to sound like My Chem, which ruined it for me. The other, is “Disenchanted”, performed by Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! “Disenchanted” is one of my favorites, so that was a little disappointing.


Absolute best:

Palisades cover of “House of Wolves”. I loved the emo-screamo towards the end. Ghost Town’s cover of “Mama” and Asking Alexandria’s “Famous Last Words” were definitely on point. My favorite track, belongs to New Years Day. Ash Costello’s cover of “Sleep” is the best cover I’ve ever heard of this song.

Just my humble opinion.

Aidan is not to be messed with…

You tell David,” I began, “If he does anything to hurt Amy, I will rain down on him like a fucking biblical plague.

Yeah, you don’t want to mess with Aidan from Our Lady of Righteous Rage. I’ve had a few readers tell me he’s their favorite character from the “Our Lady” series, and it’s no wonder. He’s funny, sarcastic, and very protective of the people he cares about. Get to know Aidan and the rest of the “Our Lady” cast in “Rowdy”, the third book in the series, coming at the end of October!

Get Ready to Get Rowdy

Hello, dear readers. It’s October: one of my favorite months of the year. Fall has arrived, there’s a chill in the air, and Halloween is on its way! There’s something else on its way: Rowdy, the third installment of the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series (third, because Novocaine is a companion book).

So, I’m sure by now you’ve read the other books in the series. If you haven’t, fear not. There’s still time before I release Rowdy to the public. Plus, I will provide a very brief recap of the previous books.  Of course, I still recommend reading the other two. Sort of the way you can only get so much info from Cliff’s Notes.

What can you expect from Rowdy? More song lyrics, of course. This story will touch on some real issues, such as alcoholism and racism (didn’t see that coming from a story with a feline cast, did ya?).  Some familiar faces are going to resurface, but not in a good way.

That’s all I’m going to tell you for now! I don’t want to spoil it for you. Check this blog throughout the month, along with my social media pages, for updates on Rowdy.