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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard


Young Adult Romance



Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?


Lark Singer

THE GUYS ARE impatiently waiting for me. Bean’s foot jiggles so fast; it appears as if a current of electricity runs through him. We have to be down at Pearl’s by seven.

We’re all geeked about playing on stage, I can tell. Performing at Pearl’s gives us the face time we need for when it’s really going to count. The real event — the competition — is only a few weeks away. I pick up my pace, we have three hours to jam and grab some food before we go on stage.

“Come on, Chickie,” he says, gesturing with his sticks as he settles into position behind his drums.

Rushing forward, I plug in my amp. As I crank out a few chords to warm up, that old energy buzzes through my veins. After a couple of licks, I’m ready and my nimble fingers tingle. I’m wired. I love playing in front of a live audience. “Which one are we jamming on?” I look over at Bean and wait for his answer.

His brow creases as he tries to decide. “This one here.” He holds up the lead sheet and waves it impatiently in the air.

I squint to see it. It’s the one we titled “Secrets.” Pointing to the lead sheet sitting on Stevie’s stand, I get into position. I had taken a few minutes and titled Stevie’s lead sheets for him the other day.
He nods. “Thanks.”

Bean slams his sticks together and counts out. “One… two… three.”

We’re off, filling the garage with musical energy. My body’s rigid, as if every muscle’s flexed and ready for action. Screaming chords fill the air, as my nimble fingers crank on my Gibson. I feel like I’m a live electrical wire, popping and snapping with unrestrained energy.

When we’re done with that song, no one speaks. Instead, Bean holds up another lead sheet and then we’re off again. Tonight’s performance is going to be epic. I can tell just by how we’re coming together. I grin in spite of my intense concentration; my confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. We are so ready for this competition that I can feel it all the way down to my bones.

After the second song, I hold up my hand and say, “Our sound smokes. But don’t you think we should play some of the music we’re going to be performing tonight?”

Bean snorts. “Yeah. Probably.”

We take a few minutes and discuss some of the songs we want to play. We usually crank out tunes that were big hits in the seventies and eighties, a lot of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Rolling Stones. They’re more mellow than what we’ve been playing, but they’re still good melodies and the crowd at Pearl’s digs that classical sound. Playing this type of music broadens our musicianship, but there’s nothing like cranking out our own songs. After choosing a few of the harder tunes we immediately start jamming.

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the bestselling author of “The Starlight Chronicles” and I’m a guest on Archaolibrarian’s blog today and I thought I’d share with you what inspired me to write “The Starlight Chronicles.”

I know I’m dating myself here, but it was a band from the sixties that’s still popular today. One night my hubby and I were watching a documentary about this band and their musicianship and lyrics astounded me.

I’m amazed that teens from the sixties have grown up and introduced their own kids to this band. There are only a few bands that’ve been able to cross over to younger generations and this band has not only done that, but they’ve created a very loyal fan base. That band is RUSH.

RUSH started out in the late sixties and gained a wide audience that has been incredibly loyal to them. They have been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums. They’re living legends.

I have to make a confession here. When I was introduced to them in the eighties, I wasn’t a huge fan. My first impression of them was that of another hard rock band who destroyed their hotel rooms after concerts to get attention from the media.  So I didn’t become a fan until I saw their documentary. My bad. They’re an awesome band and what impressed me the most was the fact their whole career has always been about the music, their driving desire to improve their sound. After concerts, they return to their hotel rooms and watch TV. They don’t need to destroy them to get attention from the press.

So, after the documentary, I turned to my hubby and said, “I want to be like Geddy Lee.” He’s the bass player in the band. What impressed me about him was that his parents were Holocaust survivors. This fact leads me to believe Geddy Lee inherited a strong survival instinct I admire.

The documentary reminded me of my own desire to become a rock star when I was younger. Doesn’t everyone have this dream at some point in their lives? Since it’s a little late for me to go down that road, I decided to write a book about it. That book turned into three books. “The Starlight Chronicles.”  Here are some links to some of my favorite RUSH songs. Check out their musicianship!

The Spirit of Radio:

The Limelight:

Closer to the Heart:

Fly by Night:

These songs really inspire me. How about you?

In the Starlight Chronicles my main character Lark struggles with her home life while trying to launch her musical career. It’s a story filled with teen angst and hope. A story about overcoming obstacles and reaching for the stars!

My publisher and I have a special promotion going on right now. All three books are available in a boxed set and this boxed set is on sale for $.99!

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

Twitter: @lisaorchard1

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  1. If you had a week to live, how would you live it?

    1. I would live on a beach by the ocean. :) I love being near the water!

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    1. Thanks Becky! I appreciate your kind words. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for having me as your guest. I enjoyed writing this post. :)

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    1. Thanks Rita! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I appreciate your kind words.

  5. You're welcome, Betty! Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!