Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Static by Eric Laster + Two Great Giveaways

Welcome to Day #7 of the #STATIC Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of #STATIC by Eric Laster (4/19/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Eric and 10 chances to win a copy of #STATIC, as well as a chance to win a 6-in-1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center in the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Recording Punk Rock by Eric Laster

Whenever he’s not scribing, Eric records punk rock and presses it to vinyl.

As a writer, I spend most of my time being as precise as I can, choosing the right words and stringing them together in sentences I find pleasing; sentences, paragraphs, the pacing of chapters—there are so many details to consider in every piece of writing, and I can never be too detail-oriented.

Recording punk rock allows me to indulge in overall attitude instead of details. When I write and record punk, I embrace messiness—spewing emotions without painstaking forethought. And this might sound weird, but for me it’s also a celebration of anger. Punk allows me a cathartic release from the strictures of the everyday and acts as a steam valve through which I vent some of the worst aspects of my personality (though I do exaggerate and poke fun of this over-the-top version of myself). Curiously, when I “sing” punk I become a character, which in the end is not unlike being a novelist or short story writer.

Parsing the whys of my interest in punk is dangerous. The music should be heard and felt, and certainly not dissected by the one playing it. You can check out some of Eric's music on Bandcamp.


Stop by Pretty Little Memoirs tomorrow for the next stop on the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 18th – The Book Cellar
April 19th – Once Upon a Twilight
April 20th – Fall Into Books
April 21st – Twenty Three Pages
April 22nd – The Fandom
April 25th — Book Briefs
April 26th – Shooting Stars Mag
April 27th – Pretty Little Memoirs
April 28th – A Belle’s Tales
April 29th – The Reader and the Chef

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When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart—a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products. Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices. Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.
A New Yorker by birth, Eric Laster lives in Los Angeles. After a successful stint as a best-selling ghostwriter, Eric re-launched under his own name with the middle-grade novel Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior.  Whenever he’s not scribing, he records punk rock and presses it to vinyl.
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Medeia Sharif said...

Receiving messages from the dead is a premise I've always found interesting. Fantastic giveaway.

The Nerdy Me said...

Sounds like such a good artist! Great giveaway, sad that only in US and Canada :/

-Leta | The Nerdy Me

Erika Sorocco said...

I loved learning more about Eric - he sounds like such an awesome guy!


Tracy Terry said...

Interesting post and what a fantastic giveaway. it's great to think vinyl is making a comeback. With a box full of records unopened in a cupboard for the last 19 years now I just have to hope for a record player.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this. It sounds quirky and something that reminds me of my step-brother. And, I could really use the entertainment center to listen to some of my old vinyl. Not sure if I can find a replacement needle for my stereo.

Kindlemom said...

Great post and giveaway! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

Lili Vu said...

Sounds like a great giveaway!

Aylee said...

Definitely looks like a grand prize to fit the book and author! As for the book, I'm definitely curious to learn more about that premise!

Jennifer Humphries said...

I like the premise of this book! Although I must be old because I had to look up what scribbing is. Now I am going to be dropping my hipness and knowledge around to everyone I meet :)

Claudia Arroyo said...

Wow! What a great Giveaway! And the premise for this book is even more alluring, thanks for hosting this Lauren :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What an awesome giveaway! #STATIC sounds really interesting :)

Naomi Hop said...

Ooooh... #STATIC sounds kind of creepy, but would be sooooo good! Thanks for sharing!