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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author R.L. Merrill to Stories That Make You Smile. Ro is here today celebrating the release of her novel, Summer of Hush. They’ve brought along a generous giveaway, an excerpt, and a music playlist answering the question, “What the heck is Metalcore and Why Should I Care?” 🌟
Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill
Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Release Date: September 26, 2019
Length: Novel / 74k words / 225 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, secret identity, band on tour, interracial romance, gay romance, rock romance, road trip, band on tour, music blogger, warped tour
Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.
After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.
For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.
The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?
☆ Guest Post ☆
What the heck is Metalcore and Why Should I Care?
Disclaimer: You do not have to be as much of a music geek as I am in order to read and enjoy Summer of Hush. BUT having background knowledge of the Vans Warped Tour and the metalcore genre will (hopefully) add to your enjoyment of my new series.
So what is metalcore? The easy answer is that it’s a musical genre blending heavy metal and hardcore punk. Here is a description from a far better authority than I, metalmusicarchives.com:
“Much of the metalcore genre has a similar and distinct style, which is based upon intense vocal work, much of which is either screamed or growled, and some artists combine these with clean melodic vocals in choruses and other passages, heavy and often at times technical instrumentation with a heavy emphasis on down-tuned, palm-muted guitar and double bass-based drumming, and a heavy emphasis on breakdowns and solos. Although some bands are exceptions to this style, the vast majority of metalcore bands share this similar style.”
I thought I would find you a good video to watch to demonstrate the differences, and Jared Dines on YouTube does an excellent, and quite comical, job.
So why metalcore?
I have been a fan of the genre since I first discovered Bullet For My Valentine back in 2007. My husband bought me a SiriusXM device and subscription and I discovered the Octane channel. Prior to this, I’d been a huge metal fan for years, but our local rock stations only played classic rock and the internet didn’t have great options. I’d been in a wasteland for years, only buying music from bands I knew. Apple iTunes and satellite radio opened up a whole new world for me when it came to music and I’ve been in heaven ever since.
Then my daughter started discovering music. I’d hear this super cool guitar solo coming from her room followed by…screaming? At first, I was not a fan. She played Bring Me The Horizon for me and Motionless in White and I kind of scratched my head. I liked the music, but I couldn’t get into all the screaming. Then I listened to the lyrics. Deep, emotional, (they don’t call it emo for nothing) funny, self-deprecating, irreverent, violent…and suddenly I was a fan. Probably the moment I started getting into metalcore was the death sentence for my daughter remaining a fan for life (we’re no longer allowed to speak of this time period). Several bands stood out to me, and here are a few examples:
Bullet For My Valentine: Waking the Demon
Avenged Sevenfold: Unholy Confessions
New Year’s Day with Chris Motionless of Motionless in White
The Amity Affliction: Pittsburgh
Ah, The Amity Affliction…Now we get to the part where Ro starts dreaming of a hero who fronts a metalcore band. He’s trying to keep his bandmates together after they’ve suffered a terrible loss and pining over a music blogger who’s covered his band for years, and from this, Silas Franklin was born. TAA’s bass player/clean singer Ahren Stringer was definitely an inspiration behind Silas’s angelic voice and tattooed exterior. Throw in the vocal chops of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Craig Mabbit of Escape the Fate and the crazy stage antics Ronnie Radke of Falling in Reverse and you’ve got a hint of Silas Franklin’s manic energy.
Metalcore is just one of the genres of music featured on the Vans Warped Tour, a traveling music festival that ran for 25 years, thanks to organizer Kevin Lyman. Summer of Hush follows the band Hush as they embark on the last cross-country Warped Tour. I’ve added in real and fictional bands into the narrative and in the first book you’ll meet the members of Hush as well as those in Backdrop Silhouette and Just Like Love. I hope you’ll follow along on this blog tour where I’ll share more behind-the-pages scoops like my visits to Warped Tour over the years, more musician inspirations, what it’s like to live on a tour bus for the summer, and excerpts from the book. Thanks for joining me and Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance!
Meet the Author
Once upon a time… a teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ’n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real life and happily ever after, and she’ll keep writing love stories until she does. Both self-published and traditionally published with Dreamspinner Press, Ro writes romance in contemporary, paranormal, and horror settings inspired by love, hope, and rock ’n’ roll. Ro also loves connecting with other authors online, at conventions, and chapter meetings for the Romance Writers of America, of which she’s been a member since 2014.
A sucker for underdogs, Ro has adopted a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, rats, snakes, a chameleon, and some fish. Her love of horror is evident the moment you walk in her door and find yourself surrounded by decorative skulls and quirky artwork from around the world. You can find her lurking on social media where she loves connecting with readers, or else find her educating America’s youth, being a mom taxi to two busy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or head-banging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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