HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO KRIS RIPPER!
We are thrilled to have Kris Ripper with us today, on the release day of zir latest novel Gays of our Lives. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Gays of Our Lives, a Soundtrack
by Kris Ripper
I almost always write to music. When I was fourteen, fifteen years old, I wrote to oldies. (The late, great KFRC out of San Francisco, if you must know. LONG LIVE KFRC!)
By the time I hit college, I had a small collection of CDs, but that quickly gave way to the awesomeness of having a friend with a CD burner, and two dormitories full of people with music I could borrow. I still have my friend Mark’s entire Tori Amos collection, to say nothing of acquiring Dar Williams from my roommate Margaret and staging entire dance parties around my pal Joel’s They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies albums.
I still write to some of those songs.
For Gays of Our Lives I branched out to YouTube, which was a new format of playlist-making for me.
Most of the songs on my writing playlists don’t have deep lyrical resonances to the book I’m writing. I’m a creature of habit; once I’d gotten addicted to this playlist, I kept adding to it, but I couldn’t abandon it during the writing of the rest of the series. It kept me company from beginning to end. I’m not super visual, and I try not to hop over to YouTube while I’m writing, even if it’s the thing that’s playing music, but there are a few songs on this list I just can’t resist.
My hands-down favorite is Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright doing a duet of “Careless Whispers.” You cannot beat this. And it’s not a song I particularly care for, in terms of plot, but with these two guys singing it, I feel for them.
Plus, they’re clearly having fun. I love a live version of a song when the folks are having a good time.
Next up, a song guaranteed to make me dance wherever I happen to be when it comes on: “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring. This is not a happy, uplifting song. It’s something between a psychoanalysis and a story, but it’s got a hell of a beat, and I adore it. Should you ever see someone at the library clearly rocking out with headphones in, that might be me listening to this song.
If this comes on, both of the kids in my household run to find me to dance. And let’s be clear: I can’t dance. “Flail” might be a better descriptor there, but apparently flailing to good music fills me with joy, so hey. And it also entertains the children. Even the teenager tries very hard not to laugh at my antics.
I cannot hear the opening of this clip of “The Sing-Off” with Pentatonix doing “The Dog Days Are Over” without clicking over to watch. I love everything about this video. (Ahem. So much that “The Sing-Off actually made it into Gays of Our Lives.) The drama of it. The moment—you know the moment—when everything stops just to nail you right in the gut.
This version of this song is what good narrative is made of, people. It sweeps you up along with it until you’re breathing hard right alongside the folks singing. Man.
Last, but certainly not least, the rare song I find captivating even though I can’t sing along with it. I mean, I could, but I can’t match k.d. lang’s vocals, so why would I bother? The remarkable k.d. lang doing “Hallelujah.”
There are no words. I stare at this video, riveted, each time it comes on. I can’t write. I can’t even think. You want to watch a performer go entirely over to a song? This is it. And there are a lot of gorgeous versions of “Hallelujah” (my personal favorite is probably Wainwright’s), but this one stops me in my tracks and forces me to be present.
I can’t watch k.d. lang sing and be anything other than present.
For the rest of the playlist, if you like that sort of thing, please hop over to YouTube: Queers of La Vista Soundtrack! Do you ever find yourself totally and completely consumed by a certain song? What’s your current obsession, the song that if it comes on you’ll drop everything to dance to?
Gays of our Lives
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 11th July 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary BDSM Romance
Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work. Having MS—and trying to pretend he doesn’t—makes everything more complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down. Finding a partner who’ll explore that with him isn’t Emerson’s idea of a realistic goal.
Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider. Obie is happy, open-hearted, and warm; what’s more, he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he’s begging. It would be perfect, except for one thing: Emerson isn’t made for happiness, and he doesn’t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him.
But as far as Obie’s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson. Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who’s more invested in his future than he is? Emerson’s barely convinced he has a future. But when Obie’s smiling at him, anything seems possible.
Meet Kris Ripper
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
To celebrate the release of Gays of Our Lives, Kris is giving away your choice of ebook from zir backlist. (Any release from Kris Ripper prior to Gays of Our Lives.) Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 16, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!