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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Why Detroit? by Lisa Gillis - Blog Tour - A Sh!t Storm

Today I welcome Lisa Gillis to my blog to talk about her new book 'A Sh!t Storm'.


Why Detroit? 

by Lisa Gillis

I began A Shit Storm with one agenda in mind. Tristan would run away. But where to? As I lay awake in bed at night, instead of counting sheep, I considered the possible places this barely grown kid would go. I initially decided on Black Rock City, Nevada. 

If this place is familiar to you then, fist bump. If you’re googling now, you’ll find it’s a city in the desert, built and torn down in less than two weeks every year to stage Burning Man. I’d love to go on about this fascinating festival, but when Tristan made his road trip, somehow he ended up in Detroit. You see, characters too often have a mind of their own, and Tristan was particularly strong willed.

Why Detroit? Maybe because as a Texas boy wanting to leave behind everything he knew, moving from the Mexican border to the Canadian border would be as extreme physically, as the mental anguish he was already going through. 

Sunshine to snow. Safety to uncertainty. Wealth to poverty. The suburbs of Dallas and Detroit—for the most part—can’t be more different. There is also much symbolism between a city once dubbed ‘Paris of the United States’ now having to rebuild itself, and the kid who ‘has it all,’ wanting to reestablish himself.

The nuances of Detroit subtly weave their way into the story. There is mention of the historic home the band acquires. In reality, there are many homes, schools, and other places now vacant and falling to ruin in the city, and they are often bought for mere pennies on their original worth. When Sash tells Tristan the home was rewired and drywall repaired because the copper had been stripped and stolen—this is the least of what has happened to these vacant homes. Too often, these homes are trashed by vandals or are a burned shell of a structure because of vagrants looking to keep warm.

Speaking of staying warm… Weather often works its way into the setting. Our Texas boy isn’t accustomed to blizzard conditions or the layers of clothing required to avoid frostbite. When circumstances send him home, there’s the obstacle of a road trip through states of freezing temperatures and ice on the ground. 

Detroit may be a ghost town of the glory it once was.  And it may be a snowy tundra in the winter months. But in the music world, much talent originated in this city. , and as the E-Strings Set of Six Silver Strings continues, Splynter will emerge as one of those bands. 

About the Book

Title: A Shit Storm
Series: Six Silver Strings E String Set
Author: Lisa Gillis
Editor: Pedantic Punctuator
Page Count: 328 pages
Genre: New Adult - Rock Romance
Published: March 13, 2015

Goodreads A Shit Storm

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Tristan Loren is the first to admit he’s lived a privileged life.

However, the top schools, the best games and phones and cars, the finest of whatever his heart desired has come with strangers yelling for his attention and camera flashes in his face.

His classmates have visions of college life in the fall following senior year, while his fantasy is a normal existence. Whatever normalcy is, he’s sure it’s not graduating with honors--and his virginity.

Aside from having a paranoid mom who has made it her mission to see that he’s never alone with a girl, he wants his first time to be with someone who doesn’t know him as Jack Storm-of-the-multi-platinum-Jackal Junior.

Chasing the vision of a woman and a world who doesn’t know of him takes him from the sunshiny suburbs of Dallas to the snowy streets of Detroit.

When he sees Sash in person, the girl he’s texted, phoned, and Skyped for the better part of a year, he’s drawn to her secret smile, and the tattooed half sleeves decorating her arms. Her fiery, fun personality and musical skills make her seem the soul mate he’s been seeking.

But Sash has her own secrets—secrets that make him wish he’d never met her. Falling for Sash and finding his own identity may cost him more than what’s in his wallet.

A Shit Storm can stand alone but for fans of Six Silver Strings Series, this novel includes scenes with characters from G-Strings and D-Strings with several appearances of Jack and Marissa Storm.

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Lisa Gillis lives in Texas among family and loves it all, from the beaches deserts to the sprawling metropolises. Her loyal, loving musician husband inspires her fictional men, and her beautiful-hearted son brings the light to her world.

Writing is her passion, and she strives to blend the perfect mixture of fantasy and reality into her books. While listening to music, the little voices in her head become the fascinating characters in her novels, and each series, including Silver Strings, is infused with her love of music, bands and concerts.

When she’s not writing or making her own music on her guitar or drums, she’s catering to her spoiled, hyper and lovable chocolate lab, Bailey.

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