“PRETTY IN PINK MEETS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE”
Is that a great tagline or what? Welcome to the tour for Jukebox Hero by Jason Stuart! Read on for book details and a chance to win an amazing giveaway — A signed copy of the book AND in keeping with the theme, a couple of John Hughes box sets (80’s movie classics)!
(SledgeHammer: A Rock and Roll Fable #1)
Expected Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
Genre: 80s Mashup/ Superhero Fantasy
Publisher: Burnt Bridge
It’s Back to the ’80’s like never before!
Things aren’t all rainbows and cupcakes at the corner of Elm and E streets. Molly Slater just wants to forget everything she can’t remember and play heavy metal with her best friend in the garage. And maybe get a date for prom if he’s not a skeeze.
But someone in this ‘burb has been killing redheads, and Molly has the reddest hair of them all.
When a night of babysitting gone wrong gets her in the crosshairs of the local gang scene, Molly discovers fabulous secrets about herself.
The hunted becomes the hunter as she prowls the darkness that has crept into her sleepy town. But a far more sinister force, some thing from another world, has other plans in store for her…
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—Night Ranger, 1983
Three standing grandfather clocks gazed down at her that morning, ten years to the day since they found her wandering alone with no memory—not even a name.
There, at the corner of Elm and E Street, Molly Slater (the name they’d given her) gripped her Fender Stratocaster like it were a weapon forged for her hands. Her fingerless gloves whispered at the strings, ready to saw down some serious noise. Jordache jacket with the sleeves ripped off at the shoulder. Purple lipstick and double-earrings. Corvette red hair. Bette Davis Eyes.
The garage smelled like the early morning—no other sound but her Cons slapping the dewy concrete. She kicked away shorted out gizmos and various half-finished contraptions littering the cold slab floor. Hoyt, her foster dad, fancied himself the inventor. Any day now he’d invent their way into riches untold. Any day now.
Those grandfather clocks ticked at her as she plugged into the Peavey. More of Hoyt’s tinkering, thinking he could set his machines by them. Each triggered a different chain reaction every morning. One fed the dog. Another opened the garage to the day. A third…well it never worked anyway. She stared at them, as did they her in return. They held no judgment, only the looming doom of the impending hour.
As the garage doors groaned, opening to the dim autumn light outside, she cranked up and twist-tuned her axe. She gave it a gooseneck and sliced right in. Mötley. Halen. Bowie. Duran. Whitesnake. Saxon. Maiden! Fluidly, she moved from one riff to another. She was totally, epically zoned.
She lived in that fifteen minutes.
Those granddads thundered their terrible news.
The parentals shouted.
“Shut that racket off! You’re gonna be late, I swear to every god,” the mother said. As if there were gods. Molly just shook her head, put up the guitar and grabbed her bag. “And put on a hat on that red hair. I don’t want you getting murdered by that maniac!”
So dramatic. Like anything that interesting could ever happen.
She always knew it would be like this.
About the Author
Jason Stuart is from the ’80’s. He came through that cocaine-fueled fever dream and lived to tell this story. Find him on Twitter: @raiseaholler on IG @80sinsane and Facebook.com/raiseaholler. This is his 4th book. And, no, that’s not his real hair.
*Spoiler free review*
Growing up I discovered my love for superheroes. While my favourite supers are actually anti-heroes (like Harley Quinn), I’ve always found love with superhero stories. Who wouldn’t want to have special abilities? Some people might want to fly and others might want to be able to turn invisible. Everyone has some power they wish they had – at least at one point or another in their lifetime.
That’s why I enjoy reading stories like Jukebox Hero. While I’ll never personally have super powers, I can experience them vicariously through the characters that do. Some people might treat powers you don’t understand like the work of the devil, but I think they’re cool.
I enjoyed my time in this world immensely. I could never personally give up my Saturdays to detention just to take a teacher’s Saturdays away, but I applaud Molly for her gumption and fearlessness in doing just that. I can’t imagine knowing that girls were dying who looked like me and not being terrified enough to change up my appearance – even if just a little bit. I’m sure if I was a teenager and girls who looked like me were being killed I could convince my parents to let me dye my hair. As a precaution, you know? But Molly is brave enough and comfortable enough in her own skin to stay true to herself.
If there’s anything that I’d love to take from Molly’s story, it’s her confidence in her own abilities. The world might not be as simple as she thought it was, but that doesn’t stop her from living life to its fullest. She might just want to rock out in the garage with her best friend, but sometimes plans change. Sometimes, you’ve got to risk it all.
Giveaway: Signed copy of the book plus two 80’s classic movie box sets!
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