By Nico Rosso, author of MÉNAGE WITH THE MUSE
What happens when two very different satyr rock stars find their Muse…and discover it’s the same woman?
Musician Mia Dillon’s having the week of her life. Sharing the stage with the world’s biggest acts at a hedonistic festival is a rush, but she discovers new thrills as she frees her sensual side. A brief flirtation with sexy drummer Wolfgang quickly escalates as they lose themselves in wild music and the desert heat.
And then there’s Ethan. Silent, almost samurai-like, he’s the best guitarist she’s ever seen. He’s broken out of his quiet reserve just for her.
But Wolfgang and Ethan share two secrets. One: they’re demons. Two: they’re starving. The ancient rules of demons have shifted and if they don’t feed soon, the lights will go out for good. Mia’s energy has marked her as The One…for both of them.
Mia’s never had two men—let alone two demons—at once. Nobody’s heard of demons sharing a Muse, either. But the three of them make a sexual melody unlike anything else. Mia’s never felt so alive, but with the enemy growing closer by the minute, it will take everything Wolfgang and Ethan have to keep her that way.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a band perform live. The music becomes more immediate. Even if you’ve heard the songs a thousand times, you don’t know where the musicians and singers might take you. Solos change, lyrics change. What might seem like a flaw in a recording studio is part of the excitement of a live show.
You’ve probably heard Tina Turner do “Proud Mary,” now see how different the live performance is (where she has what looks like a million people in the palm of her hand).
But what about the other side of the stage? What’s it like to get up in front of an audience and perform without a net, for everyone to see?
I’m not a musician, but I did some acting in high school and college and got a taste of the interaction between the performer and the crowd. Even though everything I was doing was scripted, with little room for improv, the energy of the people still had a lot to do with the way the show played out.
If the audience isn’t very engaged, the actor can try harder to pull them in, but that can seem forced. A raucous crowd, keyed to every beat of the show, can drive the energy even higher. I can only imagine what this would be like for musicians, in a performance that can change with every beat.
With the satyr rock stars I created in the Demon Rock series, they literally feed off the energy of the audience. They’ve been alive for thousands of years, drawing this life force and adapting themselves to the different trends of music. Things change, though, when a demon’s Muse shows up. She’s his one true love, the only other being he can feed from.
In the third book, Ménage with the Muse, Wolfgang is a bona fide wild rock drummer, free and reckless. Contrasting him is Ethan, also a demon, but more focused on the music in his guitar and less on the partying. They’re both aware that other demons are finding Muses, but don’t know if that kind of pairing is in their own destiny. Neither expects that Mia, a hard-rocking guitarist, is the Muse to both of them.
And she has no idea what’s going on the first time the literal energy from the audience rises up like a wave of fire and electricity during a performance, and slams into her.
So my questions for you are: what experiences have you had in front of a live audience? Did you feel the energy? How did it affect you? And if you haven’t been in font of a crowd, would you ever get up on stage? Looking forward to hearing from you!
Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He created the sci-fi romance Limit War series, and set off the apocalypse in The Last Night. With the steampunk Ether Chronicles, he got to write more closely than ever with his wife, trading off tales that span the globe. In Demon Rock, he takes you into the dark world of satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them.