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Title: Rock N Soul
Author: Lauren Sattersby
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Gay Fiction
I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.
But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.
But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?
Hi, I’m Lauren Sattersby, and this is the blog tour for my very first novel, Rock N Soul! I’ll be featured on various blogs over the course of the tour, and I’ll be sharing deleted scenes, playlists, answers to questions, and some of my thoughts on what it’s like to write a ghost story and make it both hot and romantic. Comment on each spot to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to buy some books from Riptide Publishing!
I’m one of those writers who thinks that the characters “speak” to me. I start out each story with a plan of where I’m going with it, but it’s not a set-in-stone outline, because I like to let my characters say what they want to say and do what they want to do. A lot of writers say that they are in total control of the story, and I guess that’s technically true for me too, but I enjoy having the feeling that I’m just transcribing the life story of my characters rather than making it up myself.
And the way I do that is by knowing my characters on a deep level. Sometimes I fill out character profiles with all sorts of information on them, and sometimes I just sit back and let the characters tell me what they want to tell me. So Tyler in particular became almost a real person in my head. I know details about his life that didn’t make it into the book—some of it was never going to make it into the story, and I knew that when I was considering it—and that level of detail made him more of an interesting character.
For example, I know what Tyler would order at a Chinese restaurant (General Tso’s Chicken) and what his middle name is (Joseph) and what exactly happened to his mom that kept her out of this story (that’s a long story, but the short version is that she could see ghosts too). I know what his likes and dislikes are, how he feels about his family members, the exact layout of his apartment. I know everything there is to know about Tyler.
And because I know all of that, you could throw any scenario at me and I’d be able to tell you how he’d react to it, what he’d say, the face he’d make. That’s what lets me say that he speaks to me—because he’s so real and fleshed-out in my head, I don’t have to consciously decide how he’s going to respond to the last thing I typed. I just know what he’d do, and sometimes that’s not what I actually intended. Sometimes I have to go off-book and just erase that line in the outline and let the story go where it organically wants to go.
There’s a whole section of Rock N Soul that wasn’t supposed to happen. Without giving too many spoilers, it has to do with Chris’s mother, and I never intended to get into that area of Chris’s life. But as the story progressed and the characters talked to me and to each other about it, it became very clear that it needed to be there. Chris was a much harder character to make “talk” to me than Tyler, but once he opened up, I knew exactly how the rest of the book was going to go. It’s a thrilling feeling, when everything finally clicks into place and you have that breathless rush of “oh, now I understand.” I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
When I finished writing Rock N Soul, I actually felt a little sad. Chris and Tyler had become so real to me that it was almost like saying goodbye to my best friends, because I was done telling their story and would have to let them go. But the great part about being an author is that even though I have to let go of them, I’m sending them out to you so that you can be friends with them too. And that makes all of this worthwhile.
To celebrate the release of Rock N Soul, Lauren is giving away $25 in Riptide credit! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!
About the Author
Lauren Sattersby works as a budget manager by day, but while she’s at her desk mindlessly crunching numbers, it’s a good bet that she’s also writing M/M romance in her head and counting the minutes until she can get home and write it all down. She is a grammar enthusiast, which is why she has a Master’s degree in technical writing, but that tends to scare friends away so she keeps that to herself.
Lauren lives in Wisconsin with her partner and their three terrible cats. She’s a recent transplant from a thousand miles further south, so she still gets crazy excited about snow. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found playing video games or scouring the countryside looking for interesting birds.
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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