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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day! It's Teaser Blog Hop Time! ;-)


I am only working on my rock and roll trilogy at the moment so here is an excerpt from that novel. Yes, I said novel because Falling into Us is no longer a novella but a full-length novel. ;-)


Excerpt


Kaz turned away from me but it had more to do with what he was thinking about rather than avoiding my gaze. “We have two well-known druggies on tour. They have relapsed after very expensive rehab stays and this could pose as an issue.”
“Don’t drugs and rock stars usually go together?” I tried to make a joke out of it but the way he looked at me when our eyes met told me loud and clear he wasn’t buying what I was selling.
“It’s a little 80s and 90s of a concept, yes, but at one time, most rockers and hip hop stars used drugs and didn’t even hide their addictions. Just so you know I am not some health freak, I have no problem with drugs—I’d rather not use them because I have a fairly straight forward personality. I loved getting high when we first made it but it got old and it was no longer fun. I stopped using cold turkey.
“I might have the odd hit off a joint every now and then because I have a weakness for well-grown marijuana but I don’t do anything harder than that. It’s my policy—not Introspect Records. They couldn’t give a crap what we did as long as we performed our jobs to the best of our abilities and didn’t go on stage noticeably high where people would make comments and the rumor mills would start.”
I played with several strands of my hair. “I take it these members you are talking about aren’t recreational users, then?”
“No. I mean, they pretty much have addiction issues. They do coke to function and then they take hillbilly heroin to come down. The worst part is the OxyContin is prescribed by our tour physician so if they are caught with it, they won’t get busted. They aren’t stupid enough to carry coke on them, especially when the physician gives them Adderall or Ritalin. It’s not as good as cocaine but it will do in a pinch and it’s legal. Plus Jaden has a lifetime prescription since he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was ten.”
I suddenly stood and began to pace. “Damn. Does Faith know?”

To be Continued...

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2 comments:

Andrea Heltsley said...

I liked this weeks teaser :) I think it's great how you address the drug situation!

Elle Chardou said...

Well, we are talking about a rock band here and I didn't want people to think I was being unrealistic but at the same time, I don't believe every rocker is high as a kite 24/7. I do believe a lot of it is a cliche and like people enjoy an alcoholic beverage once in a while, I believe there are also recreational drug users and not everyone abuses drugs.

I also want to be responsible about how I portray this because it is a New Adult novel and drugs aren't cool or glam. They just cause a whole lot of issues for that person and everyone they love when a person becomes an addict.