Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Matter of When - Character Introductions - Michael Lindley

The man sits on a stool, face half hidden in shadow. Eyes closed, he caresses the strings of his guitar, not so much playing as encouraging the instrument to sing.

Fingers fast as lightning, he coaxes out melodies. Chills rise on your arms. Never in all your life has someone been able to move you with a few simple chords.

Tall, lanky, and dressed in a button-down shirt and khakis, he’d be few people’s idea of handsome. Yet when he holds a guitar, the rapture on his face transforms him into a angelic being.

Then he opens his eyes…and stops cold.

In my upcoming novel, A Matter of When, protagonist Henri Lafontaine loses his band and must start another. Tired of having knives in his back, and wanting musicians who play from the heart, he recruits a former band mate whom he trusts, but who his manager had dismissed for not being pretty enough. Oh, and then there’s that whole stage fright thing.

As beautifully as Michael Lindley plays, he can’t hit a lick with an audience watching.

A problem Henri hopes to overcome. Michael WILL be his lead guitarist.

I leave you with a stunning example of a gifted musician to get you in the mood for some of Michael’s playing when A Matter of When releases September 15.Here's Eddie Van Halen and Eruption. 

If you’re reading this on Goodreads or Amazon, you’ll probably need to go to my blog to see the video. Sorry.

A Matter of When, now available for preorder at Dreamspinner Press.

Wealth. Fame. Gold record. Hookers and Cocaine front man Henri Lafontaine has it all…including a control freak manager, band members who smile as they sharpen blades for his back, and last but damn well not least, a fan out to steal his heart. Literally. Trying to write hit songs and plan a comeback in the midst of the hi-fi white noise of LA feels more like watching his world implode, until he’s offered a month in the Colorado Rockies for vocal coaching.

Sebastian Unger’s rich, classically trained tenor inspires wicked thoughts. More than a pretty choir boy, he cracks the whip without hesitation to drive tattooed bad-boy Henri to give his all to his music. Working, fighting, and finally establishing a fragile peace, they find inspiration and perhaps more in each other. But the clock is ticking. Time will pull Henri back to the grit and gold of LA’s mean streets and fame machine, while Sebastian must return to the opera circuit, where a mysterious man known as “the patron” holds far too much sway. Only the trust they've built on a handful of notes bridges their two worlds...and shields them from malice.