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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-23 09:00
Subject: Transmission
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Guilt is the weirdest thing. Guilt is like a parasite that doesn’t help the host at all, it grows for its own sake even if it kills you. Yet you’re convinced that you feel that way for your own good. You’re so sure that the reason you feel so guilty is because you actually do know better. The reason you feel that awful gnawing burn in the bottom of your stomach is that you’re doing wrong and if you’d only do right that terrible feeling would go away.

But it’s a lie.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-18 09:00
Subject: State of Mind
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

There must be people who think of hospitals as wonderful places full of healing and Florence Nightengales, right? Not me. But you knew that.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-16 11:32
Subject: I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Daron.

That’s my name.

Daron.

It’s probably the only thing my parents gave me that I like.

Daron.

It has a nice sound to it and I like the way it looks when it’s written. I know that’s the weirdest crumb of a thing to have good self-esteem about, but there it is.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-11 11:43
Subject: Heavy Fuel
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The venue was a large outdoor place. Have I explained the term “shed and festival” yet? If you do a lot of “shed and festival dates” it means a lot of summer outdoor venues, and the ones like this and Red Rocks, Great Woods, and Lakewood in Georgia are the best, but there’s a seedy end of things, too. You hear sometimes about bands past their prime eking it out on the shed and festival circuit, i.e. playing the local amusement parks, the multi-band bills with bigger names or better draws, that sort of thing. The thing about a place that only does shows for a couple of months out of the year is a lot of them are somewhat–shall we say–rustic in their facilities.

I’m not even talking about the plumbing or lack thereof but that the backstage areas are sometimes literally shed-like. This place was pretty nice, but there are some where you know they get away with stuff being substandard because they know you’re only there for a matter of hours so you’re not going to make a big fuss about it and if they’re the only large venue in an area they know they’ll have acts coming through trying to pack their tour schedules as efficiently as possible.

I’ll tell you about some crappy places later.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-09 15:21
Subject: Weird Science
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Tags:i hate talking on the phone, ziggy

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

(Sorry for the late post! Here’s hoping it goes through…! -ctan)
One of Flip’s great talents was his hangover cures. He knew how to cure every kind of excess, not just booze, including too much playing, too much singing, too much of any kind of drug, et cetera.

You know what happens when you squeeze a lemon into half a bottle of Gatorade, mix in Tang, and then top it off with Mountain Dew? You get something that looks like it should’ve come from a mad scientist’s lab. I was feeling better within 15 minutes of downing it, though.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-09 02:03
Subject: Orlando Fanwork: Art by Amy
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Tags:daron, ziggy

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

dgc-daronziggy-orlando

Any thoughts on what Ziggy’s wand would be made of? Daron’s would clearly have a core of guitar string ;)

(A note about the Orlando fanworks & fanworks submitted earlier in the year. I apologize for how long it’s taking to get them posted. I hadn’t counted on traveling taking up July in the way it did, or needing to disconnect from much of the internet after some of the news in the US. It’s been a rough summer, yeah? I have several more submissions waiting, including songs from Bill and Meg and stories from S and Chris, and will be posting those over the next few weeks. I promise you, they’re all worth the wait.  ~sanders)

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-04 09:00
Subject: Native Son
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

That night we went to what I was told was a legendary hole-in-the-wall to see Cray’s new band play. I guess you would describe the venue as a honky tonk. It was a club so no-frills that the stage was backed with wood paneling like a suburban TV room and only had two different colors of lights. Like in some of the jazz clubs I’d been to, you didn’t go there for a “show,” you went there for the music. The audience sat in plastic chairs at formica tables and could get pizza from the bar. The ceiling was low and so was the stage itself, which was maybe twelve inches at best. I’d say the capacity topped out at 200 and that would be if they pushed it to the absolute max.

Cray’s band were going to play two sets. Before the first set he came over to say hello. Flip gave him a bear hug just to make him uncomfortable but it didn’t really work because Cray either wasn’t as uptight as he had been in Japan or he he’d gotten better at hiding that he was. We introduced him and Jam, who looked about as out of place in there as a circus clown on a submarine, and they shook hands and then mostly ignored one another.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-03 11:30
Subject: First day reviews roundup for WILD LICKS! (New BDSM rock star romance)
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Tags:writing news

Wow! I’ve been blown away by how universally awesome the reviews have been pouring in for WILD LICKS! Apparently folks out there love dark, angsty Mal Keanneally and deeply kinky Gwen Hamilton as much as I do. Some excerpts:

“This one is great for those of you looking for plenty of smoking hot consensual BDSM sex.”
Bustle “Ten Romance Novels for Steamy Afternoons”

“Emotional angst, drama, and a seemingly impossible romance are just the tip of the iceberg for a couple whose dark erotic desires can either bring them together in the ultimate salvation or drive them apart forever.”
Heroes & Heartbreakers “Erotic Romance Best Bets, July 2016”
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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-02 09:30
Subject: Wild Licks: Released today! New rock star romance from Cecilia Tan
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Tags:writing news

It’s here! It’s live! Get it now from all your favorite places!

wild_licks_pb_cover_200x300WILD LICKS
Paperback: $12.99 ISBN: 9781455533640
Ebook: $5.99 ISBN: 9781455533657

Indie Bookstores | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Hachette

In this book the dark, broody guitar player we met in Taking the Lead gets together with sunny heiress Gwen Hamilton and discovers she has a dark side, too. But can Gwen bring out the light trapped in Mal’s heart?

Gwen wants to succeed at acting without using her family name: she wants to be judged on her own terms. But when an exercise in Method Acting leads her accidentally into the arms of Mal Kenneally, the rock star with a reputation for unusual sexual appetites, Gwen thinks maybe she’s found the ultimate test of her acting abilities. Or maybe she’s finally met the man who can see, and appreciate, the real Gwen…

Mal Kenneally has done his best to leave his aristocratic British family behind. The Rough, the rock band he started with his childhood friend Axel, is his family now. But will he be forced to choose between the brotherhood of the band and his growing obsession with Gwen Hamilton?

Mal and Gwen push each other’s limits, each convinced that one day they’ll go too far. But the farther they go, the more they discover that two can delve far deeper than one.

I’ll post an excerpt later! Just had to get this live before the day slips away!

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ceciliatan
Date: 2016-08-02 09:00
Subject: Children
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I didn’t wake up so much as come to in a somewhat dingy hotel room in Nashville. The curtains were shut but a line of bright sun made it past one edge. I could hear two snores, one that was definitely Flip and another one from the floor beside the bed.

I could also hear the sound of my pager beeping very quietly from somewhere.

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