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?
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Thank you so much for having me on your blog this today, it’s always a strange mixture of fear and fun releasing a new book and beginning to look ahead to the future. Desolation Angel will always be special to me because it was actually the first M/M romance novel I wrote and the springboard for writing Guitars and Cages. When I look back and think about writing that initial scene with Dare on the stope spacing out I have to admit I never imagined that two years later his story would be published. In that moment, all I was hoping to capture was something that I’d struggled with all of my life, though not to the same degree. The spacing out, the losing a sense of space and place and time and living in the words that were floating in my head, and sometimes music, but for me it was always more the words.
There were times when writing Dare’s story when I’d find myself in tears over the way he looked at himself the certainty he had that he was broken because he wasn’t normal. I’ve known so many people like that over the years and had many moments of feeling those same emotions and wondering if it was better to work harder at being like everyone else or continue to be myself. Well, I lost two years of my life trying to be someone else’s idea me rather than being the person I’d always been and that was more than enough for me. I’m a little sarcastic, a little messy, a little spacy and more than a little bit impulsive at times. I like living in my head, I like the voices I hear, I love their stories and the characters I meet there and I live with people who get that and love me anyway, so in that the Goddess has surely blessed me.
I feel like my shell is finally melting away, and I’m excited to announce that I will be at two conventions this coming year, the BSDM writers gathering in Everett Washington a bit later this month and the Readers and Writers Unite gathering in late summer in Huston. I am also trying to work out plans to attend a third one but that’s up in the air at the moment. If you would have asked me a year ago if I would have attempted to step out in public and meet new people this way I would have told you no with a bunch of expletives in front of it, so score one for personal growth, and the opportunity to learn some much needed tips to help me polish off Burning Luck, my upcoming Biker/BSDM poly-romance.
I’ve got a snake shifter novel set to go to the publisher later in the year, along with another rocker romance, and a merfolk one. The merfolk one has been done now for almost two years, but it’s needed some polishing which it will finally get in upcoming months. I also have plans to do NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row this year, so at least I know I will start 2017 with a work in progress as that one will certainly need refining and polish. All in all, I’m trilled with all that’s grown out of that one opening scene, and as for the Angels, they’ll be on tour in a new book coming in 2017 as well.
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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