Demons live in the world of popular music. These evil creatures of deceit and greed hunger for power and control. And this voracious lust for dominance is not wielded by the executives alone. The music makers themselves consume equally the life-force of fans and all they touch.
We are all driven by our needs and passions, and likewise constrained by our fears. The fear of exposure-the exposure of our darkest secrets. It is said that the measure of a person is their ability to recognize and control the vectors of life and to control his or her own fate. These carrots and sticks of our psyches are what separate us from these demons. Life specializes in irony and the unexpected. Everything comes at a price.
Regret is the anguish that lingers deep inside our souls. Seldom do the powerful and renowned dwell within the abyss of these sorrows. This fact is an empirical truth of humanity; regret is the unintentional reality. This is the world in which Chris Grant finds himself. Two years later, two years older ... two years too late.
Heather O'Brien is a contemporary mainstream fiction author with a special affinity for stories painted upon the corrupted canvas of the music industry. She is no stranger to the creative arts. The great-great-granddaughter of world-renowned cellist Bruno Steindel of the Chicago Symphony, Heather can trace her creative passion back to five generations of notable musicians, artists and toy makers. Her family tree contains the branches of many disciplines of the finer arts. In 1999, Heather formed Word Rites Literary Group. Along with her then-editor, a science-fiction writer and enthusiast, she assisted other budding authors with the benefits of her talents and experiences. Heather continues to run Word Rites and hopes to continue her inspiration to others. Far from the oft-portrayed one-dimensional glamour stories, Heather explores the complicated dynamics of life and love, of choice and consequence, of regret and reconciliation. One such story was the completed first draft of The Ties That Bind, written when she was in the 6th grade. Yes, even as a pre-teen, Heather possessed a fiery passion for story telling. Like all human drama, The Ties That Bind is complex and surpasses the confines of a single novel?or a single life. The saga currently spans six novels. The third novel in the series, When First We Practice to Deceive, is currently in production with an anticipated release in 2011. Heather loves to talk plot lines, writing, music and movies. She currently lives in Alabama, the Heart of Dixie. There, she bonded with like minded friends and grew beyond her humble beginnings into a more focused writer. Heather enjoys spending time with friends and family, and enjoys travel, research, gardens (not to be confused with actual gardening ) and ceramics. But her true love is the story of life and living."
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