Please join me in giving a huge, warm welcome to Alice Gaines. She was one of the first people I met when I joined Romance Writers of America in 2010 so it's appropriate we start with her as our first 1st Time (that's a lot of firsts!). What I love the most about Alice? Her straight-forward, tell-it-as-she-sees-it style.
Tower of Power is a soul band that was formed at the Alameda County Fair in the summer of 1968. Their music has its roots in all the great soul music of the 1960’s and on.
Every TOP fan I know remembers the exact moment they first heard this band. Mine was at a party in my apartment when someone asked if she could put a record on my stereo. When that sound came to me in the kitchen, I rushed out, pointed at the stereo and said, “What is that?” The answer, Tower of Power, literally changed my life.
We Bumpsters like to refer to someone’s first TOP concert as getting their “Soul Vaccination,” after one of the band’s songs. I got my first in the early 1970’s.
It was at a little club in Berkeley called the Keystone Corner. There was a balcony with seats upstairs, space for standing in front of the stage, and a bar and pool table in the back. By the time my boyfriend and I got there, the only place to squeeze into was on top of a bench that ran alongside one wall.
I’d heard the band, but I’d never seen them. When they started coming out, I was astonished. There were six of them…no seven…no eight, nine, ten. Actually, the band had eleven members at the time. Along with their equipment, they all squeezed onto a tiny stage. The sound was amazing. Funky and pure. Simply great music.
At one point, even though you would have needed a shoe horn to fit another person in the club, the lead tenor sax player jumped into the audience and continued to play as he danced around the floor. Man, that guy could play. He (Lenny Pickett) went on to become the music director of Saturday Night Live.
I love the current line-up. Some of them have become friends. The Bumpsters get together at least once a year, drawing people from all over the US and Canada. I’m always down front and dancing. Here’s a picture of me with the band, singing along with Marcus Scott to What is Hip?
I got my vaccination, but I always need booster shots.
Alice Gaines lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in a fixer-upper house she never fixed up. Aside from writing and reading hot, hot romance, she loves cooking, knitting and crocheting, and her church. She has a pet corn snake named Casper. She's insanely passionate about the funky soul band, Tower of Power.
Alice writes contemporary, erotic romance, paranormal, historical and can be found here:
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~February 19, 2018
Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.
When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!
Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.