Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Revenant: Falling Awake II by Kristoffer Gair, Tour & Giveaway !!!

Title: Revenant: Falling Awake II
Series: Falling Awake Book 2
Author: Kristoffer Gair
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: June 19
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 90,000 words
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Andrew O’Donnell’s childhood friend, Thomas, was murdered when they were ten years old. Nightmares and guilt have plagued Andrew ever since. And he believes himself responsible for delivering Thomas into the very hands of the men who committed the atrocity.
Now, fourteen years later, Andrew is driven to uncover the mystery of what really happened to Thomas, the reason behind the brutal abduction, and whether the assailants—who were never caught—have set their sights on someone else.
Even the help of an unlikely ally may not be enough to stop the darkness, the threat of what it will do to them in this life…or the next.

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The Music Of The Falling Awake Series
If only books had soundtracks. Mine do. I can never release them because I don’t own the rights, but I do come up with a pretty nifty playlist. Music inspires me, and when the right song inspires a scene, on the playlist it goes. I have fellow authors who absolutely cannot listen to music when they write. I’m the exact opposite. Even in airports, on a plane, or at a hotel, I’ve got headphones on and music playing in the background.

You’ve heard of legendary filmmaker, director, writer, composer John Carpenter, haven’t you? Did you know aside from soundtracks, he also released two albums in the last three years called Lost Themes and Lost Themes II? I was listening to the first Lost Themes and the track Vortex became, in my mind, the main title if Falling Awake was a film. It establishes the mood perfectly. There’s a remix of the track, the Uniform Remix to be exact, I completely imagined playing at the very end of Falling Awake II: Revenant. The remix fits perfectly with where the story leaves us, and it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

I fell in love with the music of Jerome Froese during the writing of Falling Awake. He’s the son of the equally legendary Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream. Jerome wrote a piece titled My Reality At 52 Degrees Of Latitude that absolutely resonated with me. It inspired a major scene towards the end of the chapter The Gate in Falling Awake, and a live version has inspired a major sequence towards the end of Falling Awake III (which I’m in the middle of writing).

For Falling Awake II: Revenant, I listened to songs from the first book, but expanded the track list. First up is Astrophel and Stella (String Version) by Tangerine Dream, which I considered a main title sequence. This has changed to the main titles from The Crow: City of Angels. Towards the end of the story, there’s a rescue the main character contributes to, and John Murphy’s Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor) plays to the horror element perfectly. Throw in Elton John’s Sacrifice, Arm’s Length by Kacy Hill, and Dami Im’s Sound Of Silence and they pretty sum the book up.

Oh, there is one more. Before my father passed away from Alzheimer’s, I always made a habit of playing music when he was with me because doctors have said music stimulates the mind. I played the Simple Minds album Graffiti Soul and fell in love with the song Stars Will Lead The Way. The track stuck with me so much, the title became an actual theme in Falling Awake II: Revenant, and one between the main character (Andrew) and his father.

If you’ve read the first book, are going to read the second one (obviously, I hope you do) or have already read it, the music might add another dimension to the experience. And you should hear what I have lined up for the third book!

He glanced at the racks of new releases near the front of the store—Frank Zappa, The Dooby Brothers, and Golden Earing seemed to be selling well—then headed into the middle aisle, past jazz on the left and soundtracks—still a few copies of Jesus Christ Superstar in inventory—on the right, and deep into the popular section past the midway. The store was fairly empty, another reason he wanted to head there on a Monday evening. Fewer people meant he could look at the albums he wanted to without fear of stares. Even the employees left him alone unless he asked them a question, probably because they knew he wasn’t a long-term local.
Olivia Newton-John…Paul McCartney & Wings…Bob Dylan…Neil Diamond, Song Sung Blue played over the store’s speaker system…Chicago… Christopher reversed direction and made his way back to the “E” bin, flipped through several albums, many he recognized and some he didn’t, until finally laying hands on one of his artists of choice.
“Elton John, huh?”
The voice startled him, and Christopher breathed a huge sigh of relief he’d said a word instead of letting out a light scream. Little yelps tended to escape him when surprised, something his family teased him about unmercifully. He looked up. A very cute, very tall, slightly older, redheaded boy with intense, yet sad, brown eyes stared back at him from the next aisle. Where the hell did this guy come from? Had Christopher been so enraptured in looking at the album cover he missed someone else the next aisle over?
“Elton John?” the young man repeated, and smiled shyly.

Meet the Author
Author/Blogger Kristoffer Gair grew up in Fraser, MI and is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He currently lives with his husband in a suburb of Detroit.
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Tour Schedule
June 19 - Mirrigold
June 20 - Outrageous Heroes of Romance
June 21 - Love Bytes
June 22 - Queer Sci Fi
June 24 - My Fiction Nook
June 27 - Life at 17


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