In the third book of Dee J. Adams’ Adrenaline Highs series, Dangerously Close, rock star Seger Hughes finds himself in some serious need of R&R. To evade the paparazzi, he dons a disguise and takes up residence in an isolated cliff-side mansion in Malibu. There he finds more than he ever expected: Ashley Bristol, the love of his life. But their romance is not without obstacles. Ashley is recuperating from an accident that has taken her sight, and Seger, no matter the precautions he takes, can’t shake one very persistent and dangerous fan.
Now, back in the limelight and creating music with his love by his side, Seger spills his story to famous-actress-turned interviewer, Julie Frasier (from Adams' Danger Zone ). And Julie, it turns out, is a very persuasive interviewer. Look at all the secrets she convinces Seger to spill:
Julie: Hi. My name is Julie Fraser and I’m sitting in a multi-million dollar mansion in Malibu, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This is the first time I’ve been on the question side of the interview and I couldn’t ask for a better subject than one of my favorite rock-n-roll stars, Seger Hughes.
Seger: Thank you, Julie. It’s my pleasure. And I’ll have to return the compliment because I’ve been a fan of yours for a lot of years, but I really loved you in Dangerous Race.
Julie: <blushing> Thank you. You’re sweet. But we’re talking about you so I’m just going to dive right in with the first question. Let’s start with the most recent news. Why did you disappear from the public eye? You pretty much vanished after your last tour. Can you tell us what happened?
Seger: I don’t think it’s a surprise that I was unraveling a little at the seams. It’s safe to say the paparazzi caught me at my worst. I needed to take a break. Needed to find out who I was.
Julie: Did you manage to do it?
Seger: <nodding> I’d have to say, yes. I found a few things, including a new love for music. But I didn’t do it without some help.
Julie: You did a great job of hiding out from the press. You shaved off all your long hair, gained about thirty pounds of muscle and grew a beard. I’d say you really thought out this whole disappearing act. You also started using your given name, is that right?
Seger: <nodding> Yeah, the disguise worked for a while and I went back to my roots. I was born Mel Summers.
Julie: What made you decide on the name Seger Hughes so many years ago?
Seger: I thought if I had the name of someone I really admired and respected in rock-n-roll that success would follow. With a ton of hard work, it turns out I was right.
Julie: You can’t leave us hanging after that. Who did you take your name from?
Seger: The one and only Bob Seger. I’ve always been a fan of his. I remember seeing Risky Business and hearing Old Time Rock And Roll and I had to get more of that voice. Even just listening to the Ford commercials and hearing Like a Rock, I’d have to go find one of my Seger albums and crank the music.
Julie: I still rock out to Keep it Real or Keep it Quiet. I’ve heard you’ll be releasing a new version of the song? Do you think you’ll have the same success the second time around? It might be hard to top thirteen million in sales.
Seger: <laughing> Wow, you’ve done some homework. But yes, I do plan on releasing an acoustic version of Keep it Real or Keep it Quiet. I guess I’m mellowing in my old age.
Julie: You’re hardly old. Not even thirty-six. I have the chorus of the song that I’d like to read and was hoping you could tell me what inspired it?
Keep it real or keep it quiet.
Find a way to stop this riot.
I loved you more than you’ll ever know.
I never knew you could be so cold.
Julie: Seger… who broke your heart?
Seger: <laughs> I think I was writing about an ice cream cone and I got brain freeze from too big a bite. <laughs again> I’m kidding. Seriously, I’d been spending a lot of time at the L.A. club scene and heard a guy talking about catching his girlfriend in bed with another dude. I figured that had to hurt and out came the song in a matter of minutes. The club was really loud, but I made it work into the song. <shakes his head> I never dreamed it would be as big as it was. I figure if Eric Clapton can re-release an acoustic version of Layla, than I can do the same thing with my song.
Julie: I can’t wait for the new version. Now, I have the chorus from a new song of yours and I’d like you tell me a little about it.
So here I am all alone with you
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
As long as I’ve got Ashley here with me.
Tell me about Ashley Here With Me?
Seger: Well, you know YouTube had an unauthorized version that the record company eventually took down. The song will be a little different on the album. But I met Ashley when I moved to Malibu. To put it bluntly, she changed my life. She inspired most of the songs on the new album. I’ve never met anyone like her. She’s funny, smart and sexy as hell. I was lucky to find her.
Julie: Okay… That is too sweet. Sounds like you got bit by the Love Bug. Congratulations on the new album and on finding someone perfect for you. We may have to rub elbows so I get some of your love mojo.
Seger: Here <rubs elbows> I predict you will find the man of your dreams.
Julie: I can’t think of a better way to end our interview. Thanks again for talking to me.
Seger: You’re welcome. Thanks for making it easy. And give me a call when that love mojo kicks in.
Julie: <laughing> Deal! This might be the end of my interview, but if YOU all have any questions for Seger, don’t be shy. Ask away!
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