Music In Sin City – With Author Kristen Strassel

I’m delighted to share my blog today with a great friend of mine, fellow author Kristen Strassel. Her book, Because The Night, just came out and if you’re looking for Vegas, Vampires, and Rock, you have just found it. Without further ado, I’m turning things over to Kristen!

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When Julie and I put together this blog post, she asked me a question no one had asked before. What kind of music are your characters listening to?  I thought this sounded like a pretty easy post, but then I realized, like Blade, Callie, and Tristan, they didn’t fit into nice, neat little categories.  So with some grumbling and complaining, I got the three of them to hand over their iPods, iPhones or whatever they stored their music on. I was a little surprised what I found to be their top songs.

Blade turned out to be my hipster of the bunch.  I thought he might be into Led Zepplin and that sort of stuff, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Here’s what he’s been listening to:

  • The Pack A.D.—Haunt You
  • The Tragically Hip—Little Bones
  • The Black Keys—She’s Long Gone
  • The Dead Daisies—It’s Gonna Take Time

Some of these bands were new to me, and I have to say, I’m loving The Pack A.D. (very similar to The Black Keys, but two girls!) and The Dead Daisies.

Callie had no Immortal Dilemma on her iPod.  They’re too heavy for her. She’s really only there for Tristan. She likes rival band Fire Dancer better, as they’re a little more melodic.  They were nowhere to be found on there, either.  Here’s what she’s into:

  • Bruno Mars—Treasure
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis—Thrift Shop
  • Ray LaMontagne—Let It Be Me
  • John Mayer—Heartbreak Warfare

I love Ray LaMontagne! Go Callie!  I guess it makes sense she’s the more mainstream/rhythm and blues fan.

Tristan was probably the most predictable of the bunch. Again, not a huge surprise, since he’s a pretty straightforward guy.

  • Marilyn Manson—No Reflection
  • Rob Zombie—Pussy Liquor
  • Nine Inch Nails—Terrible Lie
  • Misfits—Dig Up Her Bones

Alright, I better give these things back, and to the right people.

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Because The Night

Sex, Blood, and Rock n’ Roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Available in ebook from Amazon

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About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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2 Responses to Music In Sin City – With Author Kristen Strassel

  1. Morgen Rich says:

    That was a fun read. Thanks for sharing!

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