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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Audiobookworm Presents: Dead Rockstar by Lillah Lawson; #Audiobook #BlogTour, #Now Available, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Review


Author: Lillah Lawson
Narrator: Danielle Joy Foley
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Apr. 28, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:  3.5 Stars
Told in the first person.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lillah Lawson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Stormy Spooner is at her wits' end. Careening towards bitter after a nasty divorce, she sometimes wonders what her life is becoming. After unearthing a cryptic set of lines from a dusty album cover, Stormy tries the impossible: to resurrect Phillip Deville, enigmatic former frontman of the Bloomer Demons. Stormy's love for her favorite dead rockstar knows no bounds...but it was all supposed to be a joke. When she answers a knock on her door the next day and finds herself face to face with the dark-haired rock god of her every teenage fantasy, her entire world is turned upside down. Turns out, she’s awakened more than just Philip, and Stormy will have to do battle against a cast of strange characters to keep herself and her new undead boyfriend safe.
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This was an interesting book to listen to - an interesting premise.  Can you imagine if you could bring an artist back to life based on something hidden that only you can figure out.  It reminded me of one of my music classes where the teacher brought up that if we listened to a Beatles song backwards, we would hear a hidden message. 

One issue I had was that Stormy is a divorcee that seemed to be looking for a hidden message that she knew about.  I actually wanted more of Phillip and hear his thoughts on how his life changed.  Another issue I had was how quickly he seemed to accept how the world had changed.  It seemed like we came on the scene in the middle of things.  We’re left wanting to know what we missed. 

When listening to Ms. Foley, it seemed as if our main character was being dumbed down.  I usually like to listen to the speed of the story as it is sent – 1.00x.  But with the way Stormy was coming across, I almost felt like the speed should be increased hoping that would change. It was like she had to make things simple for the reader to understand what is going on. 

This is one case where I’ll have to read the book.  The narration did nothing for me.  No disrespect to our narrator and I did go out and see what else she has narrated and didn’t get that same impression.  Maybe we just interpret the character differently.  For the author, I would like to see what else she has out there.  Especially when I found out that there’s a sequel to this book.  

Having written professionally for many years, Lillah Lawson enjoys crossing lines when it comes to literary genres. Having dabbled in horror, southern gothic, fantasy and historical fiction, she loves to write outside the lines, using different genres to explore the common threads between people. Her debut novel, Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree, was published by Regal House Publishing in 2019. Her second novel, the first in a dark fantasy trilogy, Dead Rockstar, was published by Parliament House Press in 2020. Her short story The Lady and the Tall Man was published in the horror anthology Shiver: A Cold Weather Anthology, edited by Nico Bell, in February 2021. Her novel So Long, Bobby, was published by City Limits Press in August 2021. In addition to writing, Lillah's passions include cycling, playing bass, baking, genealogy, and travel. She is a voracious reader and music lover. Most of Lillah’s work takes place in her home state of Georgia, where she finds the culture, history and spirit to fuel her literary fire. She currently lives just outside of Athens, Georgia with her husband, son and three furry friends.
Narrator Bio  

Danielle Joy Foley has her BFA in theatre arts and postgraduate studies in Meisner technique at Playhouse West (LA) as well as Linklater Progression with The Phoenix Theatre (PA). She has performed for Stage, Film, Internet TV and Audiobooks. Danielle loves to be a part of telling stories and is endlessly fascinated by the human condition. She considers herself to be a conduit for the writer's words to pass through to be heard, seen, felt by the audience. Danielle also has a masters degree in Dance/movement therapy and is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader! She lives in the greater Philadelphia area with her family and enjoys painting, dancing, dabbling in poetry and being an alpaca enthusiast.
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