Blood and Roses

by MB Panichi

Arienne my love, if I can’t have you nobody can. -Celestian

It’s Earth Year 2453 and hot lead guitarist Ari Walker and her slam-thrash band Shattered Crystal Enigma (SCE) have just embarked on their first interstellar tour. But they are not alone. Somewhere among the thousands of devoted fans is a demented stalker named Celestian who is determined to win Ari’s devotion—or be her destruction.

Too intense and focused on her music for a real relationship, Ari’s always been the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. Until she meets a woman whose power and passion matches Ari’s playing—and her heart—beat by beat.  Badass drummer Rhynn Knight, SCE’s newest member, is ecstatic to be in the band of her dreams alongside the woman of her dreams.

As the tour continues and Ari’s new relationship takes center stage, the danger around them grows. Even the superior skills of SCE’s bodyguards can’t stop the stalker’s psychotic wrath. Is Celestian lurking in the darkness of the concert hall or hiding in plain sight?

Bella’s MB Panichi is a hard-rock girl at heart. A GCLS Goldie winner and talented drummer, MB is an obsessive science-fiction fan who likes placing human stories in worlds that don’t exist—but she would really love it if they did.





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Genre Fantasy, Romance
Length 294 pages
Publication Date September 12, 2019
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642470765e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Sandy Knowles



"Blood and Roses is a melding of a few ideas that were floating around my head. I knew I wanted to do more with Shaine, Morgan, and Friday and their world. I’ve also always wanted to write a book about a seriously kick-ass drummer (drummers—the “other” musicians) and women in a heavy metal band, because that was my experience back in the day. I love the toughness of playing in a metal band, and the rawness of it. I read a lot of lesfic books about singer/songwriters or classical musicians, but not so many about metal heads and the dynamic of an all-female band. So, Blood and Roses is the amalgam of all those different pieces, and a little adventure and romance on top of it. I could wax poetic for hours about the band days of my youth, but this seemed like a lot better way to tell a story that, hopefully, everyone can enjoy."

—MB Panichi


Lex Kent’s Reviews - If you like books about musicians and rock bands, I would recommend this. It’s been over two years since Panichi last released a book (...) I hope we don’t have to wait that long for another book from her.

The Lesbian Review
Panichi is an adept world builder and has created a unique atmosphere, particularly around the slam/thrash bands.

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