Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author Eli Lang joining us today to talk about new release “Escaping Indigo”, book 1 in a new series.
Eli talks about books and music and there is a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Eli 🙂
Favorite Books Featuring Musicians
I’m exceptionally picky about stories about rock musicians. But there are definitely a lot of really excellent books out there that feature musicians. These are some of my favorites. I tried to list ones here that really have the music as a central plot.
TruNorth by Alexis Hall: This is a short story in a wonderful anthology called How We Began. It’s about a band put together by a record company, and it’s YA. But aside from it being just an absolutely gorgeous story, I thought Alexis did a magnificent job of capturing the feel of music—both in a big stadium, playing to hundreds of people, and in the small club where the main characters sneak off to.
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull: Fantasy and music and so beautifully done. I’m constantly recommending this book. Emma Bull is a musician and has been in, I think, several bands, so this is a very true account of what it’s like to try to make it as a musician. With some fairy magic thrown in just to make everything a little bit more sparkly.
American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane: This is an amazing and, I thought, really honest look at a rock band from the very beginning to when they’re successful. I love the style—it’s really fast paced but also has these wonderful moments where the band is growing and writing music. The romance is also really sweet.
Stygian by Santino Hassell: I love the way Santino writes about being in a band. How uncomfortable it can be, how challenging, but also how wonderful it can feel. All of this feels so true and like it came from a very real place.
Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson: This is also YA, but one of the most accurate stories about trying to be a rock star I think I’ve ever read. It’s about a high school boy who decides he wants to be a bass player in a successful band. And it’s about… starting to make it and then not quite making it so much, and all the struggles… It’s a really excellent story.
Rock n Soul by Lauren Sattersby: In Rock n Soul, Lauren Sattersby does a really amazing job of describing what music meant to her character, how it shaped and changed him. Plus, this story is simply overall gorgeous and made me cry all over the place.
Nana by Ai Yazawa: I’m sort of cheating here because this is a manga, but it’s about two separate bands and their friends as they sort of… venture into adulthood together. It’s beautiful and very touching, and it’s really fascinating to read about the rock music scene in Japan.
About Escaping Indigo
Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.
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About Eli Lang
Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.
Connect with Eli:
- Website: www.leftoversushi.com
- Blog: www.leftoversushi.com/blog/
- Facebook: facebook.com/EliLangAuthor
- Twitter: @eli__lang
- Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/eli_lang
To celebrate the release of Escaping Indigo, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 22, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!