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Monday, March 19, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: J.L. Bryan- Fairystruck Book Launch

Happy Monday, Cupcakes! I'm very excited to have author J.L. Bryan here today to celebrate the launch of the newest book in his Songs of Magic Series- Fairystruck! Both book one, Fairy Metal Thunder, and book two, Fairy Blues, are awesome reads and you have the chance to win a copy of both, below. But first let's learn more about some of the fun research that has gone into writing this music filled series...

Fairystruck (Songs of Magic, Book 3) Book Launch & Giveaway!
J.L. Bryan

Today, Aeicha was kind enough to host the book launch for Fairystruck, the third book in my Songs of Magic series (thanks, Aeicha!).

I thought it would be fun to give some background on the research that went into these books, which follow a teenage garage band who acquire enchanted instruments from the fairy world and go on to become international rock stars, as well as enemies of Queen Mab of Faerie.

Part of the research has included reading lots of autobiographies of actual rock stars so that I could accurately portray the experiences involved.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Life by Keith Richards.  This was the first one I read and still possibly my favorite of them all.  The guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of the Rolling Stones relates all aspects of his life with amazing honesty.  It was fascinating to read how they started as a dirt-poor blues cover band, spending every waking second listening to American blues albums and taking the songs apart in order to learn how to play the blues.  Another aspect of this story that impressed me was how his experiences as a rock musician and numerous run-ins with the law led to a kind of political enlightenment, in which he decided that political power is an illusion.  Politicians in the 1960s were terrified of the huge, wild, young crowds at rock concerts, and the Rolling Stones and other major bands were carefully monitored by the Nixon administration as threats to national security, which Richards finds hilarious.

Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny by Nile Rodgers.  Rodgers is most famous as a producer who seemed to touch every major act in the 1970s and 1980s, producing hit records for David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, and other huge stars.  This book was very educational about the process of making songs, and hit songs in particular.  

I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne.  This was a really funny and wild book!  Ozzy and Keith Richards had very similar childhoods, growing up in bleak, bombed-out industrial areas still wrecked from World War II.  

I Slept with Joey Ramone by Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil.  Mickey Leigh tells the life story of his brother Joey Ramone from childhood to his death, a fascinating and tragic story.  The book offers rich insights into the history of the Ramones and the early days of punk rock in the United States.  It was interesting to read about a band that was far more influential than they were successful in the traditional sense.  While the Ramones didn’t have hit records, the importance of their music to the history of continues to grow.

Currently reading: Bit of a Blur, by Alex James, the bassist for Blur.  So far, I’m just at the teenager-learning-to-play phase of the book, but I’m enjoying it so far!

These are just a few of the books I’ve enjoyed along the way.  Reading all of these autobiographies has gone a long way to enrich the Songs of Magic series while making their characters’ experiences as realistic as possible.  It’s also pretty fun research!

Thanks for reading!  And thanks again to Aeicha for hosting me today!

You are very welcome! It's been awesome having you here today :)

J.L. Bryan is the author of The Paranormals series (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, Alexander Death) and the Songs of Magic series.
The Songs of Magic series on Amazon:
My Reviews:

Win Fairy Metal Thunder & Fairy Blues!
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JL Bryan said...

Thanks so much for hosting the book launch, Aeicha!

pandalovesyou said...

I read Jenny Pox and loved it. I already own the first book in this series, I just need to read it!

Sayomay said...

Awesome! XD I havent read the series yet, but ive had my eye on them

Unknown said...

I'm going to have to find this series. I love the covers!

Unknown said...

I have them all on my Kindle, but I would love paperbacks for my classroom library.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the Songs of Magic books. I can't wait to read the new one!!


JL- I'm sorry, but I think I'd be bored out of my skull reading those books. I'd have given up writing this series if I had to do that kind of research. But thankfully, you aren't that kind of writer! I can't wait to read Fairy Struck! Review coming next week!

Aeicha- can I have that cupcake up top? It looks delish!


JL Bryan said...

Pandalovesyou (awesome name!)- Hope you enjoy it when you get time to read it!

Sayomay and Lauren - Thanks, I hope you get a chance to try the books!

Amy, you're going to guilt me into donating your classroom...

Thanks, Missy!!

Heather - Well, hopefully I was able to just pick out the interesting details!

MrsDash said...

I would LOVE to win the first two books. I did read Jenny Pox and LOVED it! Thanks for the contest :)

Jessie @ Jessie's Random Place said...

This is the first time I've heard of this series. Thank you for the giveaway!

In Julie's Opinion said...

I can't wait to read this series!! I've heard such great things about it, and about all of his other books as well! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway:)

Summer1938 said...

Can't wait to read it! Here's to hoping!

Nikki said...

I can't to read these books! They sound really good!

JUgale said...

I love Jenny Pox and can't wait to start this next series. There next on my list :)