SUPERSTAR (Sneak Peek!)


SUPERSTAR
- Christopher Long -
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As the face and voice of Cherry Hill 
the hottest act in country music, he's
achieved success beyond his wildest
dreams. Yes, Trent Davis IS a superstar.
And he's about to blow his brains out!
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OVERVIEW
Currently in development, SUPERSTAR, marks author Christopher Long's fiction debut and will be the first in his Crossroads Trilogy.

"Looks really good and is a book I would read."
-Creston Mapes
(#1 Bestselling Author - Sky Zone /
Poison Town / Fear Has a Name)

SUPERSTAR will offer readers a gripping, fictional behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fast-paced world of today's thriving country music industry — a story so riveting and authentic, it could have been ripped straight from recent tabloid headlines.

"Great storytelling and a compelling read."
-Brent Jensen
(Author, Leftover People /
No Sleep 'Til Sudbury)

But SUPERSTAR is more than a sensational account of sex, drugs, egos, greed, power plays and revenge. It also presents a greater message — one of faith and forgiveness triumphing over fame and fortune as chronicled through the meteoric rise, scandalous fall and spiritual redemption of international country music sensation, Trent Davis.

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Sneak Peek...
February 2012
3:02am

PULL THE TRIGGER — YOU FREAKING COWARD! JUST DO IT!

Running on empty, and running out of time, Trent Davis stood alone — peeling off his sweat-soaked V-neck. Brilliant rays of neon blue beaming from a flickering NO VACANCY sign penetrated the tiny scum-coated window — providing an authentic strobe-like light show, synced perfectly to the erratic, pulsating rhythm of his ever-revving heartbeat. Pockmarked with untold cigarette burns, the patchwork linoleum complemented the nicotine-stained floral wallpaper — while a unique fragrance of ineffective pesticide mixed with the ripe aroma of sour bath towels permeated his latest temporary abode. Life on the run.

Still reeling from yet another near-lethal combination of roadie-prescribed meds, Tennessee whiskey and multiple sleepless nights, Trent had “clearly” run out of options. And his incessant tap, tap, tapping of the gun butt against the cracked Plexiglas shower door quickly created a disconnected, Morse code-type cadence.

Hey, ‘superstar’ — just look at ya now! Like father, like son — PATHETIC!

A prisoner of his own inner war, Trent finally had submitted to his ruthless captors by 3:09. Now brought to his knees, he propped up his arm atop the sticky toilet bowl rim to steady the loaded .44 magnum snub nose buried in his mouth. It was all just a matter of time before Richard Moore’s henchmen would come crashing through the door. But Trent Davis wasn’t about to give those thugs the satisfaction of carrying out their mission. He now was prepared to finish the job himself.

Quit stalling. There’s NO other way out. Be a man — for once in your life.

The only thing louder than the tormenting voices inside Trent’s head and the intermittent screaming sirens outside his motel lookout would be the impending blast of the gun. Just another night in West Hollywood.

Time’s running out. Do it — DO IT NOW!

He’d achieved fame and fortune beyond his wildest dream — virtually overnight. However, with a week’s worth of scruffy facial hair, a frumpled Gamecocks jersey and hiding behind a pair of black truck stop bargain shades, Trent maintained complete anonymity as he traveled cross-country in his white Prius rental. Not even Angie, the fresh-faced blond night clerk, sporting the “baby doll” top emblazoned with the Cherry Hill logo recognized the 23-year-old country music star at check-in.

The writing had been graffitied across the backstage wall even before his band, Cherry Hill, had struck gold with their first hit record. And the near-endless subsequent procession of enablers — dubious associates and tag-alongs, masquerading as friends only helped to further cloud Trent’s concept of reality. Four years later, not even trusted friend and longtime mentor, Dan Dickey, could pull Trent out from his nightmarish, self-inflicted tailspin.

Sara would ultimately face a lifetime of endless grief. Had Trent only heeded her heartfelt warnings, she would certainly have been spared the unspeakable agony of burying her only child. Yet, at 3:13, not even the vivid Technicolor image of his mother sobbing while placing a bouquet of roses on his casket could pierce the veil of Trent’s depression, delusion, and paranoia.

You should have been a good little boy and listened to your mommy — LOSER!

Months had passed since he’d last heard the sweet sound of Ashley’s laughter. And the smell of Tracy’s favorite perfume — just another memory, fading day by day. How did it all go so horribly wrong?

Your wife and your daughter are better off without you. Nice anniversary gift, Romeo!

The cold snap of steel against steel was solitary, yet deafening. And with the hammer cocked into proper position at 3:18, the stage was now set for Trent’s one-time Cinderella story to end in tragedy.
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Christopher Long
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher Long is an author, show biz analyst, award-winning musician, radio host, and a rising name in Christian ministry. His first book, A SHOT OF POISONarrived in stores via CG Publishing in April  2010. Entitled C'MON! his sophomore effort was released via Digital Books International in January 2012. May 2014 brought the arrival of his third book, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, also via Digital Books International. Long's upcoming fourth release, SUPERSTAR, will mark his fiction debut. He currently holds two degrees in Theology and continues to contribute entertainment, political and faith-based content to various publications, including Ink19.com. Christopher Long lives near Cocoa Beach, Florida where he's an active member of Central Life Church.

Bryan Dumas
ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR
For the last decade, Bryan Dumas has worked to fulfill the church vision as the Band and Music School Director at Word of Life Center, located in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 2012 Dumas came onboard as a content consultant for Christopher Long's popular "ShowBiz Guru" website. His full-time career in Christian ministry, extensive knowledge of Scriptures, music industry background and close, lifelong friendship with Long made Dumas the ideal co-author for SHOUT IT OUT LOUD as well as SUPERSTAR. Bryan Dumas currently resides in Shreveport with his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Luke and Daniel.
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A complete SUPERSTAR
proposal is available upon request.
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Agent and publisher inquiries:
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22 comments:

  1. this sounds so enticing!! ca't wait!

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  2. I am intrigued, and based on that "blurb" would DEFINITELY read the book. Writing talent mixed with good story telling, LOVE IT! Can't wait!!!!

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  3. I can't wait to read the whole book! I know that SUPERSTAR will be a great read just like your other 2 books. Can't wait for the release date!

    Debbie Long Nale

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  4. Ok. I'm intrigued!

    Good read so far...want....more...!
    Monica

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  5. Off to a great start. Now I want to know how he got to this point. Where did it go wrong? This can be related to a point in every readers life. MAJOR connecting point!

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    1. You won't believe it -- a MAJOR "connecting point" indeed!

      Thanks for weighing in, and don't be a stranger.

      -Chris

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    2. Great hook. Im very interested. Can't wait to read how he got in the mess he's in. As you read on, it seems to be hopeless for the hero of the story. Give us a little hope for Cinderella that will want us to keep reading even more.








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    3. Oops, I've said too much already. (LOL) Just remember, there is ALWAYS hope!

      Thanks for stopping by and STAY TUNED.

      -Chris

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  6. Very riveting! Can't wait to have the chance to sit down and read the entire story!

    -Vince

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  7. Can't wait to read this book!!! :)

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  8. Sounds good! I am hooked, I want to read more!
    Marianne Spontarelli

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  9. So far......awesome!! Cannot wait to read the rest!!!

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  10. Well, you have done it again! Yet another one of your books has grabbed my attention. Looking forward to the pub date so I can read the entire story. Looking forward to it!

    Robyn

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  11. Intriguing beginning - can't wait to read more!

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  12. Oh my gosh, I want more! I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter what this guy writes, it's gold. Always a perfect balance between entertaining the reader and "this is gonna change my life forever." Can't wait for the full book!

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  13. I'm already so intrigued. Such a short blurb. So many unanswered questions! Can't wait to read more!

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  14. Powerful intro, from the first two lines I was hooked. What happens next!?!?!? Looking forward to when this becomes available.

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  15. Country music, intrigue and redemption; what could be better? Can't wait to pick up a copy!

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  16. Do some appearances at Barnes& Noble in New York,so an old friend from a thrash band you know as Nuclear Assault could catch up with the last 20 years!!

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  17. What a teaser! Just enough to intrigue but not give anything away! Can't wait to read it from cover to cover!

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  18. Nice... looking forward to it.

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