SUPERSTAR (Sneak Peek!)

SUPERSTAR
- Christopher Long -
with
Bryan Dumas
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He's the face and voice of
the undisputed hottest act
in country music. Trent Davis
IS a superstar. And he's
about to blow his brains out.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Coming April 7, 2019 from Moonshine Cove Publishing, SUPERSTAR, marks author Christopher Long's fiction debut and will be the first in his "Crossroads Trilogy."

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

Presenting an incredible message of salvation, SUPERSTAR is more than a sensational account of sex, drugs, egos, greed, power plays and revenge. It also delivers a greater message of faith and forgiveness triumphing over fame and fortune as chronicled through the meteoric rise, scandalous fall and spiritual redemption of fictional country music sensation, Trent Davis.
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OVERVIEW
It's a surefire recipe for disaster — too much success, too young, too soon. Yes, many paths can lead to salvation. But for country music sensation, Trent Davis, his journey to salvation just might kill him. At age 22, Trent no longer is the naive Midwestern church boy who wrote songs in science class to his high school sweetheart, Tracy. Adored by legions of fans worldwide, Trent now has become a delusional, greed-driven, drug-addicted alcoholic with a raging ego.

Trent's life spirals further out of control after he is exposed in a torrid affair with the wife of powerful and vengeful businessman, Richard Moore. He's soon forced from his world of sold-out concert appearances, backstage pampering and luxury tour buses, and into a desperate life on the run — an unfamiliar place where his fame and fortune are of no value. Embracing the drug-hazed perception that his own marriage and career have been irreparably destroyed, and fearing the certainty of Moore's fatal wrath, Trent attempts to seal his own fate by "finishing the job" himself. But just as he cocks the trigger of the loaded .44 magnum revolver buried in his mouth, Trent's phone rings suddenly. Could his guardian angel be on the line?

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Buzzzzz...

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

"Long is a master raconteur — delivering a
riveting story with a powerful message."
-Michelle Wilson
(Entertainment Critic - Ink19.com)

"Great storytelling and a compelling read."
-Brent Jensen
(Author of All My Favourite People Are Broken
and No Sleep 'Til Sudbury)
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Sneak Peek Excerpt

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
3:02am

PULL THE TRIGGER—YOU COWARD! There’s nobody else here to save you—not this time. It’s just YOU and ME. C’mon, pal—this is your LAST chance. So, do it. DO IT NOW!

Gasping desperately for each painful breath, Trent peeled off his stained white V-neck while lying on the cracked, scum-spackled bathroom tiles. Neon blue rays beaming from a flickering NO VACANCY sign poked through the tiny half-broken window, providing a genuine strobe-light effect that synced perfectly to the erratic rhythm of his revving heartbeat. The ripe odor of ineffective pesticide and sour bath towels permeated his latest temporary abode. Pockmarked with cigarette burns, the patchwork linoleum flooring and nicotine-stained floral wallpaper evoked images of the motel's seedy past.

Hey, “superstar”—just look at you now! Like father, like son—YOU’RE PATHETIC!

Still reeling from yet another near-lethal combination of roadie-prescribed pain meds, Tennessee whiskey and multiple sleepless nights, Trent now had run out of options.

If you keep tap, tap, tapping that gun butt against the shower door like that, you’re gonna drive me crazy. Just what is that annoying little cadence, anyway? Morse code for, “HELP-ME! I’M-A-COWARD?” Don't forget the words of Seabo King—a REAL man NEVER draws his piece—unless he plans to USE it!

A prisoner of his own inner war, Trent finally had submitted to his ruthless internal captor by 3:09. Now brought to his knees, he propped his arm on the sticky toilet bowl rim to steady the loaded .44 magnum snub nose buried in his mouth.

Yeah, good boy—”superstar!” Richard Moore’s thugs are gonna come crashing through that door any minute. And you CAN’T give them the satisfaction of carrying out their mission. Look, we’ve been over this a million times. YOU gotta finish the job—YOURSELF. So, quit stalling. There’s NO other way out. Be a man—for once in your life!

The stabbing chest pain and constant headaches—faithful reminders of Trent's recent, near-fatal accident.

An accident? There are no "accident's" in Richard's world. Just well-orchestrated doom and destruction. And what about Katelyn? Such a shame. But THAT one is ALL on YOU, dude!

The only thing louder than the tormenting voice 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.

Ha-ha, “superstar!” Fame and fortune can’t buy you out of this one. You shoulda stuck with the rest of those church weirdos when you were a kid. And your goody-two-shoes friends, meddling in your life these days—where’s their magical “savior” now? What a joke! C’mon—time’s running out. Just do it—DO IT NOW!

The week’s worth of unshaven scruff, frumpled Gamecocks jersey and truck stop bargain shades had provided Trent complete anonymity for the last several days as he traveled cross-country in his white Prius rental—seeking refuge and a quiet place to think.

Aw, just look at yourself. You’re a has-been, pal. That little blonde hottie working the night desk USED to wear a Cherry Hill T-shirt. But she didn’t even recognize you when you checked in at this dump. She woulda been all over you—a year ago. Face it—you’re washed-up—at 22!

The writing had been graffitied across the backstage wall long before Trent achieved any solid gold success. The endless procession of enablers, masquerading as friends only helped to cloud his concept of reality even further.

Where’s ol’ “Big” Dan Dickey now, pal? NEWSFLASH: Your mentor is a fraud—just like you! And you don’t REALLY think that Sara is gonna actually miss you—do you? She tried to warn you, dude. Ugh, her only son—what a disappointment. You’ve been a thorn in that woman’s side since you were a little kid. Listen, pal—the day she puts roses on YOUR grave will be the happiest day of her life. In fact, everybody in your world hates you!

Months had passed since Trent last heard the 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 precious little daughter and your sexy trophy wife—you sure messed that up. You know they’re better off without you. And don’t worry. There will be others who’ll step up to take care of them. Trust me, they already have.

Given the solitude of his surroundings, the cold snap of steel against steel was deafening. With the hammer cocked into proper position at 3:18, the stage was set for Trent’s one-time “Cinderella” story to end tragically.

Ahh, I’ve finally got you where I want you, “superstar!” Just relax, and do it. Pull the freaking little trigger, you coward. DO IT—NOW! 

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Christopher Long
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher Long is an author, show biz analyst, entertainer, radio host, and a rising name in Christian ministry. Entitled, C'MON! his debut faith memoir was released via Digital Books International in January 2012. May 2014 brought the arrival of his next book, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, also via Digital Books International. Entitled, SUPERSTAR, his fiction debut as well as his latest Christian Living release, LIVIN' ON A PRAYER, are both currently in development. Long also contributes lively content to various entertainment publications, including Ink19.com, MuenMagazine.net and PureGrainAudio.com.

Bryan Dumas
ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR
For a decade, Bryan Dumas 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 on board as a content consultant for Christopher Long's popular "Show Biz 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 and LIVIN' ON A PRAYER. In August 2017, Dumas relocated to Bella Vista, Arkansas with his wife, Lisa and their sons, Luke and Daniel.

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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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