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Title: Desolation Angel
Author: Layla Dorine
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Rocker Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Dare gets lost in music only he can hear.
Since childhood, it’s rolled through his mind, drowning out the rest of the world. When he comes back to himself he has the notes and lyrics for the songs his band plays. But he wonders if such talent is worth it, when the rest of his life is such a mess.
All Sionn ever wanted was Dare’s attention.
But that won’t happen as long as Dare has his ‘musical dreams’, so he keeps his attraction a secret. Too bad it’s impossible to keep anything secret when you live with your three best friends. When Sionn’s temper reaches breaking point, he sets Dare on a quest to ‘fix’ himself, in the hopes of gaining the love of the man he adores.
But Fate has a funny way of twisting things.
And ‘normal’ is just a state of mind, isn’t it? While Dare struggles to change, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the band is offered the chance of a lifetime. Can they pull themselves together fast enough to take advantage of it, or will Dare’s desire to be ‘normal’ unravel all their lives?
Sionn came through the door and immediately went looking for Dare. He found him sprawled on his black beanbag chair in the music room, eyes closed, feet up on a stool, coaxing a slow song from his guitar. For a moment, Sionn stood back and watched him, taking in the contented look on Dare’s face. How utterly and completely relaxed he was. He almost seemed to glow from somewhere deep within his soul as he played.
It took Sionn a minute to realize the song was new. Dare so captured his attention that the music itself wasn’t registering. Sionn felt his heart beat just a little bit faster when Dare stuck out the tip of his tongue and ran it across his lips, a soft humming coming from him as his fingers traveled a little faster over the chords. In all the years of playing together, Sionn had never seen Dare in the act of actually creating a song. He only heard it for the first time when Dare was ready to share it with the rest of the band. This was beautiful; this was one of the most captivating things Sionn had ever seen and he quietly took a step back out the door and ran to his room to grab his camera.
He returned to the music room, DSLR in hand, and stopped just inside the doorway, not daring to get any closer for fear he’d break the spell. He stood watching, the camera emitting a steady click, click, click as he took shot after shot, faltering only when Dare began to sing.
“Cloaked in the dust of ages
chokin’ on the ashes of gods
drownin’ in dreams n’ visions
that never can be or will be ours
I saw God in the painted face
of a dead street corner mime
watched the angels turnin’ tricks on Jackson square
played poker with the devil
to get some wings so I could fly
fly outta here.”
Sionn found himself frozen with the camera. He took in the words until they gave way to humming again. Then Dare wiggled and ceased playing as he sat up and wrote down the bit he’d sung. Sionn tried to remain quiet, but Dare must have sensed him there because he turned and smiled. When he caught sight of the camera, he raised an eyebrow.
“I’d ask what you were doin’ with that, but I’ve already got some idea. Only question left is why?”
“I couldn’t resist. Do you have any idea what you look like when you play?”
Dare laughed. “It’s not like I stand in the mirror and watch myself, so no.”
“Och, well, it’s like watching one o’ the Aos Sí dance with a will o’ the wisp.”
Dare sat there a moment, blinking, then cocked his head. “Did you just compare me to a fairy prince? Because, if you did, I’m not really sure how to take that.”
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes, even when I have several projects going on at once, I still have times when nothing flows and none of the characters are talking. In winter, when it’s too cold to do many of the outdoor activities that I like to be involved in, I tend to do a lot of cooking/baking, or even sitting around planning out things like home repairs. Giving my mind a much needed break from creating is usually the best and only way for me to get past it.
In the warmer months it’s different, I can get in the truck and roam the backroads, fish, hike, wander, fossil hunt, or just drive, I always carry a notebook and pens with me so if inspiration strikes I can just pull over and get to work. Changes in scenery have never failed to clear up a case of writers block. Sometimes, I just sit brainstorming with my roomies and that can really do the trick as well. Things become clearer when you have someone to talk things out with.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
The musical dreams that Dare suffers from is actually something called Musical Ear Syndrome and I came across it, ironically enough, while I was researching classical composers. I was searching at the time for some amazing cello pieces as I love the dark, haunting way the instrument sounds, and in the process of reading about a particular composer found that he’d suffered from it. Well having never heard of it before I started researching and that research led to the creation of the character, Dare, and ultimately his band and his story. That’s one of the reasons I love research so much, because I never know where it might take me.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I’m working on finishing up a snake shifter romance. I’ve put it off and put it off and am at the point where my poor Beta Reader is getting so frustrated that she hasn’t been sent any new chapters to proof for me. I sort of got stalled out working on anthology submissions as well as another novel that just sort of took off and dominated my attention. The snake shifter story, tentatively called Serpent’s Kiss, is about a seerer who doesn’t realize he’s a snake shifter, he’s been medicated for so long his memory is crap. He’s a bounty hunter who tends to misuse his powers, until he gets a very unexpected visit from a brother-sister pair who are looking to see him fulfil his potential. Compelled to go with them, he is exposed to a world that he’s forgotten existed and he’s able to learn what his part in it all needs to be. It’s been slow going, I actually started working on it before the 2014 NaNoWriMo contest, and have been struggling to get back into the flow of it. I’d say at the moment it is about halfway done.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written a total of 13 complete manuscripts. Two were more about the learning process, four were joint projects with a friend that we someday hope to polish up and find a publisher for, and I’ve written seven now as Layla Dorine, six of which are under contract with Wayward Ink, while the seventh is not yet ready for submission but getting there. Of them all, my favorite is the one that I’m still polishing up, Burning Luck, which is a biker romance with some surfing elements and elements of BSDM sprinkled throughout as well.
One of the reasons that it is my favorite, is because as I was writing it I really let myself go. Writing the romantic scenes has always made me blush and squirm so I shied away from it in other books, or really limited the scenes I wrote. In Burning Luck i didn’t hold back and I didn’t shy away, I wrote the scenes in my head, despite blushing as I did so, and in doing that, I felt like the book was less restrained. (Though I’m not sure how Lucky would feel about that, considering how much he loves ropes and having his lovers Thorn and Cain tie him up.) I’m excited to finish the project and submit it, hopefully here before the end of the month.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer and/or a musician. Both have always been passions of mine, so I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to do both. I still play music, just picked up a new guitar last month and am also working on teaching myself to play the harmonica better. I grew up in a house where there was a lot of singing, a lot of different kinds of music. My grandmother used to time her cooking by the songs she sang and I tend to do the same. As for writing, I was hooked on the desire to try my hand at it as soon as i discovered that S.E. Hinton had written her first book when she was fifteen. I was about twelve at the time and decided to give it a shot, I’d already been writing poetry for about 2-3 years. I only managed to write a few chapters, but the love of writing never left me and I wrote my first book when I was 24. I’ve only ever shown it to one person and technically, it is a giant mess, but i was proud of the fact that i was able to finish it. It inspired me to try again and again to keep on learning the art, developing a style and characters.
How do you do research for your books?
As hands on as I can possibly get. For example, I’ve watched welding courses and plan to take one myself, all to get a better understanding of a character I’ve written that works in metal sculpture in the hopes of expanding a short story into something more. Skills that I give to my characters, interests, these are all things I’ve at least taken the time to dabble in. I’ve not only hung around mechanics shops, I’ve helped work on cars and motorcycles, I hunt, I fish, I’ve learned to make basic household items from wood, to plant and grow a garden, bake, can and preserve things, with music I’ve got about seven different instruments that I can or am learning to play, I’ve been part of a band, so these are all elements that I can easily work into my stories.
When I need a different profession for a character, or setting for a story, I travel and visit places that might fit, stay awhile and explore. I research mythology and legends, not just in books and online, but in sitting and listening to oral storytellers and folklorists. I ask questions and take part in as many different events as I possibly can, take a lot of pictures, and am starting to make contacts that I can call on to ask questions of when/if i get stuck on things. I’m actually signed up to attend a BSDM writer’s conference in Everette Washington next month, so I can have a better idea of how to write those elements into my stories. I’ve been on horseback, repelled, fossil hunted, ect. I was taught to write what you know, well in order to write a wider variety of things, that just means I have to go out and learn about them.
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About the author
Layla Dorine lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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