Thursday, April 10, 2014

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Night Moves by Kristen Strassel

NIGHT MOVES is about a girl who thinks she’s done all the right things, because she did what people told her what was right. But at 24, Melanie has a miserable job, no social life, and a boyfriend who is moving on.  She’s buried what she really wants down so deep inside her that she doesn’t realize how pissed off she is until she snaps. Now on the run, Melanie winds up hiding out on the road with Soul Divider, a band desperate to reclaim their heyday. So desperate that will give anything, even their mortality, to get back to the spotlight. 

I’m not a writer who writes to music, but I’m very inspired by music. I find musicians to be absolutely fascinating because they live outside of the bounds of what we consider everyday society. They can make up their own rules. There’s something very sensual about that—the art and the anarchy coming together to make something that’s worthy of fantasizing about. 
Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m driving and listening to music. My mind begins to wander, expanding my plot, answering the questions that I’ve been stuck on for my characters, and then I either wind up voice texting myself my ideas or scribbling a scene down furiously in the work parking lot. 

I don’t remember what song sends me off into my inspiration, so I put this together after NIGHT MOVES was written. Soul Divider could probably be considered classic rock, so I kept with that theme, for the most part, with a few newer songs sprinkled in because they’re trying to make a comeback. I know that I do my best thinking listening to Bon Jovi, so that’s why they dominate this playlist. 

Up in The Air—30 Seconds to Mars

I Used to Love Her But I Had To Kill Her—Guns and Roses

Dance Little Liar—Arctic Monkeys

Older—Bon Jovi

#1 Party Anthem—Arctic Monkeys

Tokyo Road—Bon Jovi

Damned –Bon Jovi

Whiskey in the Jar—Metallica version

27—Fall Out Boy

Crew Slut—Frank Zappa

(We Are) The Road Crew—Motorhead

Sugar, We’re Going Down—Fall Out Boy

Bed of Roses—Bon Jovi

I Want You—Bon Jovi

Starting All Over Again—Bon Jovi

Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore—Bon Jovi with LeAnn Rimes

Night Moves—Bob Seger ( of course!)

Night Moves
The Night Songs Collection
Book 2
Kristen Strassel

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Foreword Literary

Date of Publication: 3.26.14

ISBN: coming soon
ASIN:coming soon

Number of pages: 294

Book Description:

We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clan leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in uncharted territory.

About the Author:

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

Twitter: @kristenstrassel

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