Originally released in August 2004 by Winterwolf Publishing of Ohio, "Wild Side" made its debut to several rave reviews, and was subsequently voted among the Top Ten fiction novels of that year, placing #5 in the Preditors' and Editors' Annual International Readers' Poll. The story - a rock and roll romp loosely based on the author's observations and experiences working in the promotional aspect of the music industry - spawned 3 songs in the rock genre. They were eventually recorded as a mini-soundtrack that was made available along with the book. Winterwolf featured the songs on-line and coordinated a campaign whereby listeners could vote for their favorite and request to hear them on select radio stations. The attention they received caused many well-known musicians to request the novel and soundtrack for review, and ultimately sparked the vocalist, Heidi Propp, to record a full-length CD that included the "Wild Side" tracks. The book itself went on to be included in a special Book Den venture hosted by the flagship Hallmark store in Kansas, wherein patrons could purchase autographed copies of top-selling novels. "Wild Side" was also reviewed by quite a few celebs, including actors, producers, and directors, and was even considered as a screen play. Unfortunately, at the height of the book's popularity, Winterwolf encountered managerial and financial problems that eventually saw the closure of the publishing house. Therefore, promotion of the novel ceased and projects that were in the works fell along with Winterwolf. Since then, Wild Side has continued to sell copies of remaining stock in bookstores and at all on-line book retailers, but a new print run obviously has been unavailable. But that is about to change, thanks to Whiskey Creek Press, as they recently offered a contract for the book's publishing rights. Although the book cover will be re-designed by Whiskey Creek, the story will remain the same, albeit with some editing changes and a few paragraphs of new content. The new release date has yet to be assigned to the book, but it is presumed it will be made available for purchase by late 2008/early 2009.
EXCERPT FROM WILD SIDE:
Slowly, methodically, his fingers plucked at his favorite vintage 12-string, as he stared deep into her eyes, awaiting her reaction to the new song he had been working on.
“Well, what do you think?” he asked with a soft stroke of the last chord, and then gingerly placed the guitar beside him on the floor.
“I think it’s amazing,” she replied. “I think what’s even more amazing is how effortlessly you play. It so natural, like it’s second nature to you.”
He chuckled slightly as he considered the comment. “Second nature, huh? That’s interesting – maybe it’s ‘cuz I’ve always equated playing guitar with sex. For me, playing a ballad on an acoustic guitar is like making love. The body of the guitar is curved, just like a woman’s, and the pace is slow and deliberate. The longer you linger on a chord, the more vibration you get; the slower you play, the softer the sigh of the music.”
She exhaled deeply as a shiver of excitement coursed through her. “I’m almost afraid to ask, but what’s the difference between acoustic and electric?”
Without wavering, a wicked smirk spread across his face. “That’s easy, honey! The answer you’re looking for is right in the name – ELECTRIC! Forget the slow sweetness of making love, ‘cuz rockin’ out with a kick-ass solo on an electric guitar is more like a GOOD, HARD FUCK! It’s raw and urgent; faster and rougher, and like nothing else exists. Do it right, do it long enough, and it’ll leave you sweatin’ and drained.”
“So, what would I be?” she asked boldly, “a ballad or a rock solo?”
His dark eyes narrowed and again he flashed a dangerous smile. “You’re a whole lot of both, baby. Definitely, a whole lot of both.”
Her head was spinning and everything was a dizzying blur as she tried to make sense of why she was in a hotel room with a man she barely knew - a wild, worldly man who was the complete opposite of everything she had ever known in her sheltered, mundane existence. It was all so unlike her. But this wasn’t just any man - this man was a rock star - the embodiment of her ultimate fantasy, and right or wrong she wasn’t about to let the opportunity of a lifetime slip away.
Envisioning his explanation, she closed her eyes momentarily and then swallowed hard as she mustered the courage to continue. “If you don't mind, I think I’d like to save my song critique for morning. Right now, just teach me how to play guitar.”
(The preceding excerpt from “Wild Side” was based on a portion of an actual conversation I had with a well-known musician, during my stint in concert promo in the late 80's & early 90's. During the eye-opening discussion, he compared and contrasted his personal taste for both acoustic and electric guitars. He so closely related playing with sexual awareness that he chose to experiment with sounds using a woman’s vibrator, as opposed to using a pick. Who, you ask? I’ll never tell. Did the discussion end the same way as in the book? Maybe - maybe not. I can’t reveal that, either. All names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. It's up to you to figure out who's who. Want a hint? It was the heyday of glam and metal music, when bands like Motley Crue, Skid Row, Guns & Roses, Cinderella, The Scorpions, and Whitesnake caused chaos and controversy, and reigned supreme. To view some of the bands I worked with, check out my slide show at MySpace - www.myspace.com/laurielonsdale In the meantime, put your thinking caps on and Happy Reading!)
“Wild Side is a sexy, saucy, rock ‘n’ roll thriller that empowers, enlightens, and – most importantly – entertains.” R. Scott Bolton – Editor – RoughEdge.com – www.roughedge.com
“Wild Side is a riveting account of one woman as she attempts to find her true self during the drug-infused, sex-obsessed, and often dangerous 80’s heavy metal scene. Laurie Lonsdale has written the most action-packed “Behind the Music” episode ever!!” - Chris Dugan – Editor – Metal Dreams – www.metaldreams.go.to
"Booze, drugs, sex, a stalker, romance, and rock n'roll! This book almost sounded like a story of my life! How could I not love it?” Brian Vollmer – Lead vocals - Helix – www.planethelix.com
“Wild Side is a tidy little thriller in addition to portraying the best and worst of fame's rewards. Such a life is not all fun and frolic, and the author does a good job of showing both sides. The language and sexual situations are graphic so the book is recommended for mature readers. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a famous rock band - warts and all - check this one out.”
Laurel Johnson - MidWest Book Reviewer
“To understand the 80s, you had to be there, but if you weren't, ‘Wild Side’ is the next best thing.” Billy Childs – Britny Fox - www.wcafe.com/britny