Today is the day! Bane and Shadow, Book 2 in the Empire of Storms trilogy, is available wherever fine books are sold!
I asked my friends Rachel Hardin and Steve Fragale to record a rendition of the old folk song “Troubled Waters” for Misfit. At one point I had this whole grand idea of building a trailer/video around it for the launch. But my lack of time, experience and skill in creating video got in the way. So that’s disappointing.
But who needs a trailer? This track is awesome all by itself. Better than I could ever have hoped! Rach and Steve, will you two just start a band already?!
I’m so thrilled and flattered that Jael’s story inspired them to create this!
Check our the full post on their website where the fabulous Nico says things to melt an author’s heart like:
“The library’s advanced copy is already looking dog-eared because it’s been passed around and read so quickly by everyone who picks it up.”
From reader Lex, via my contact form:
I notice that your book features a male protagonist in a band in high school at a battle of the bands competition. Is there any female presence in the music scene in your book? I’m in college now, but I spent all 4 years of high school as a female guitar player (no, I don’t suck, either, just because I’m a girl) trying to put together a rock band, and getting treated like crap because of my gender. For this reason I am very interested to see if gender is equally represented, or at least ADDRESSED in your book, or if you’ve just got a bunch of stereotypical high school guys bumming around on their instruments and leaving the girls to be groupies.
This message troubled me. I don’t think the girls in Struts & Frets are weak. In fact, I would say Jen5 is the strongest, smartest, and most self-assured character in the book. But still. No female musicians? What was I thinking?!?
Well, I can’t be all things for all people, the story is done and there will be many more to come. I promise to you, Lex, that I will rectify this egregious error in a future work. In the mean time, here are some of my favorite smart chicks who are currently making noise today. These are not just pretty faces manufactured by the music industry. They are songwriters, musicians, and often producers of their own label. The next time some asshole guy tells you that you can’t be a guitarist because you’re a woman, I suggest you hand him an album from one of these amazing people. If he still doesn’t get it, then there is no hope for him and you don’t want to be in that band anyway.
Photo taken of Struts & Frets in the wild at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland (one of the coolest indie bookstore ever!) by my awesome editor Maggie.