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Date: 2016-02-09 09:00
Subject: Move Any Mountain
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

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I’ll give you one guess who the first person was I called about the drumming gig.

Martin.

It never occurred to me he would say no.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-02-08 09:30
Subject: The key that unlocks the meaning behind all of David Bowie
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Tags:art, general blather

Oh my god. I just figured out what the central overarching meaning of the entirety of David Bowie’s life’s work is. All of it. It all fits. And I can’t figure out why I never saw this before.

My god. It all makes sense.

No, I’m not on drugs. No, I wasn’t even trying to figure it out. But since Blackstar came out I’ve been pondering the meaning of the video and lyrics, and especially since Bowie’s death I’ve been re-pondering it over and over, and listening to The Next Day, and other Bowie albums and songs, as well as listening to a radio documentary about him (narrated by Tim Minchin), and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff’s string quartet tribute, and other things as comfort in the wake of grief, using the music to try to fill up the inexplicable hole that was left in my psyche.*

Tonight I was watching the DVD “Best of Bowie,” which I’ve had for years (got as a fantastic Christmas present) and I usually watch piecemeal. Tonight I tried to watch it chronologically, starting at the beginning, but now I’ve paused to start this essay because the video for “Space Oddity” is the key to the entire thing.

Here it is. Here’s the secret that’s been in front of our eyes all this time:

In all of Bowie’s work, outer space is a metaphor for fame itself.

Maybe a million semiotics and pop culture theses have already been written on this subject: I don’t know. All I know is I never realized it before now, and now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it. And the more songs I analyze the more I realize it fits.

Let’s start at the beginning, or pretty close to it.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-02-04 09:00
Subject: For What It’s Worth
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Christian and I went out the next night. We went to a place I had been with Jonathan years before, the Union Oyster House. We got recognized as Somewhat Famous People by the host and shown to a table where we couldn’t be seen from the door. The host, a young-looking guy but with his hair so short it made it seem like he was balding, fluttered nervously, though. “Is this all right?” he asked. “It’s somewhat close to the kitchen.”

Chris patted him on the shoulder. “We both worked in kitchens before we made enough money to afford to eat here. It’s really okay.”

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Date: 2016-02-03 09:00
Subject: Photo references for upcoming BDSM rock star romance WILD LICKS
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I know, I know, I just released a BDSM rock star romance last week (TAKING THE LEAD), but I’m already getting ready for the summer release of book two in that same series, and here’s a post collecting a bunch of my visual references to my hero, heroine, and other elements in the book, which I’ll also try to tack up on Pinterest.

In book one (TAKING THE LEAD) we met Axel Hawke, the lead singer of bad boy rockers THE ROUGH. Now meet Mal Kenneally, the guitarist.

Here’s the description Gwen gives of seeing him:
On the side of the stage closest to me was the guitar player, Mal. We’d met once or twice in passing at industry functions. My impression of him from those occasions was that he never smiled and rarely spoke, looming in the background like a judgmental gargoyle. But on stage he was animated, explosive, leaping into the air with his guitar and then landing, flinging his long, dark hair forward and then flipping it back with a head toss. He still didn’t smile, but he matched Axel’s energy with a feral grimace as he sang, and then he sauntered out onto the long runway into the audience, playing a solo and practically humping the guitar as he went.
Pure sex. One-hundred percent pure sex that walked on two legs and played the guitar. When that song was over he tore his shirt off and flung it into the audience. His arms and chest looked like something from a fitness craze informercial: you too can have these abs! These biceps!

Some dark, long-haired rockers & actors to contemplate:

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-02-02 09:15
Subject: Reviews & author blog tour roundup: BDSM romance TAKING THE LEAD
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Tags:writing news

taking_the_lead_tame_200x300Reviews are coming in for my new book TAKING THE LEAD! It’s been out for one week so far. Before launch I was super-happy to have gotten great reviews in both Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews, but now that the book has officially launched, a slew of review sites and bloggers have posted this week! Here are some excerpts and links to the full posts:

Reviews

“I really enjoyed this sexy rockstar romance – it’s a nice easy read that kept me gripped from start to finish. …Axel is a fabulous character, he is very sexy. His bad boy image hides a soft heart and a good man. I also love his relationships and banter with his band mates and friends. Ricki and Axel had great chemistry, they were so hot together. The storyline was interesting, the characters were likable and the sex was steamy – five stars.” —JJ’s Kinky Books

“So that’s what sets Taking The Lead apart, for me at least: It’s more than just another steamy, erotic romance. It’s an emotional and psychological examination of being a feminist with also being sexually submissive.”
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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-02-02 09:00
Subject: Chorus
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Tags:allston, courtney

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I barely moved until the last song, a Spanish-language version of “Do It,” played, and then there was the sound of the needle hitting the end and I jerked reflexively before realizing that this was a tape of the vinyl. I hit rewind and sat up. I swung my feet over the edge of the bed to put the second empty bottle back into the cardboard caddy. I turned to Court.

Her reaction: “Huh.”

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-02-01 09:03
Subject: BDSM Romance Writers Live Chat Friday 2/5: Tara Sue Me & Cecilia Tan
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taking_the_lead_tame_200x300This is exciting! Something new! RT Book Reviews will be hosting me and Tara Sue Me (author of the Submissive series) in a live YouTube chat this Friday, Feb 5th at 12 noon to 1pm (Eastern US time). Her new book THE MASTER is out this week, and of course my TAKING THE LEAD just hit last week!

Want to leave a question for us to answer? Post it over at RT Book Reviews here: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/87694/live-chat-cecilia-tan-and-tara-sue-me-friday-february-5-noon

Here’s the chat video stream window, embedded:

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-01-28 09:00
Subject: Kitchens of Distinction
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

When Carynne and Bart and Chris went back to Boston, I went with them. There were still two weeks before Team Ziggy would take possession of the audition/rehearsal space, plus Ziggy had some stuff to do on the West Coast, and I really really wanted to get home for a while. Not that I didn’t enjoy living at Ziggy’s, but, you know, that was more like couch-surfing. (Except he had a bed instead of a couch.) I needed to make a lot more phone calls and that was easier to do from home, too, plus I wanted to work on stuff with Bart and Chris…

Yeah. Time to go home for a little while.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-01-26 09:00
Subject: How Much Is Enough
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Okay. Here’s something that happened in New York that wasn’t a meeting.

That night, after we’d eaten, and danced, and drank, and fucked, we were lying side by side in Ziggy’s living room bed, listening to the ambient rumble of wee-hours New York, and he said, “Couple of years ago?”

“Mh-hm?” I thought he was starting to ask a question.

He wasn’t.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-01-26 00:01
Subject: Launch day for the hottest BDSM rock star romance of the year: TAKING THE LEAD!
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taking_the_lead_tame_224pxIt’s here! First book in the new Secrets of a Rock Star series, written by yours truly and published by Hachette/Grand Central Publishing’s romance imprint Forever, TAKING THE LEAD was released in ebook and paperback today!

Join me TONIGHT (Tuesday January 26th) for a live video chat from 8:30 to 10:30 about the book! I’ll read from a steamy section of the book, take questions, and talk about my influences and how I wrote and researched it. (Yes, there’s research… there’s always research!) It’ll be on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/arkd9wjXcdA, and if you want to ask questions in advance add them to either the Facebook event or comment below!

Here are the official blurbs on the book:

Buy links: TTL_sidebyside_500opx
Order the book:Indiebound bookstores | Amazon | Barnes & Noble|Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

When the rich and famous come out to play, nothing is off-limits . . .

Everyone knows Ricki Hamilton as the icy heiress living in a billion-dollar mansion, high up in the Hollywood Hills. But few realize that behind the gilded gates, Ricki is the mistress of LA’s most exclusive private club. A place where no fantasy is forbidden and no one goes unsatisfied-except for Ricki. If she had her way, she’d leave the business behind . . . until she meets the one man with the power to change her mind.

The hottest rock star in the world, Axel Hawke, has the requisite sexy look and bad-boy reputation. Yet even his biggest fans have no clue just how decadently dangerous he can be. From the moment he meets Ricki, he knows there is no other woman who will satisfy him. He can feel the heat hiding beneath her cool demeanor and he’s determined to stoke her flame.

Together Ricki and Axel indulge their every desire. The deeper they go, the more she craves. Submitting to Axel opens her eyes, and for the first time Ricki knows exactly what she wants. All she has to do is take it . . .

Praise for TAKING THE LEAD:

“Everyone knows Cecilia Tan is the queen of hot, but she’s also the queen of wit and angst and voice. Taking the Lead is a book that grabs you by the collar and gives you flirty-eyes. It will tell you, ‘Go sit, over there in the corner chair, and don’t get up until you’re done.’ You will do it-absolutely and happily-because Cecilia knows exactly what you want.”
—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard and Sweet Filthy Boy

“Cecilia Tan writes erotic romance the way it was meant to be written: full of emotion, intensity, and chemistry that’s so hot it burns the page. Taking the Lead is no exception; it’s deliciously sexy and utterly satisfying.”
—Tara Sue Me, New York Times bestselling author

“An emotional whirlwind romance. Axel is as strong and sexy as readers expect in a rock-star hero without being an overly brooding jerk. The length he goes in order to win over emotionally closed-off Ricki will melt your heart.”
—RT Book Reviews

“With a satisfying plot and an engaging cast of characters, the only thing slowing readers down will be their refractory period.”
—Publishers Weekly

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