Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Rise & Fall of Radiation Canary by Geonn Cannon



The Rise & Fall of Radiation Canary

By Geonn Cannon

Karen Everett is a poet and a musician. She plays the cello, and has a crush on her fellow band mate and lead singer, Lana Kent.

Karen longs for her poetry be heard by a larger audience. I mean, what kind of person, doesn’t want their beautiful words to be heard by everyone?

Eventually Karen and the Band, “Radiation Canary” land themselves a spot on National Television. This is a good thing, because it causes the band to have a jump on their popularity.

Soon after they end up touring the country and recording the music videos and albums, this is like a dream come true for their band. But with all of this comes a lot of time and responsibilities.  With all of this going on, Karen and Lana find less and less time to work on their relationship. 

Also, we all know that fame doesn’t last forever. With that, comes the responsibilities of keeping the band on top of the world, and keeping the fans entertained. There is a lot of work involved in that. So carefully, working on their albums, their tracks, and performances, together they work strongly on everything, together. 

What is so unique is that Karen is somewhat of an innocent kind of lesbian. She likes to be the quiet little cell playing poet, most don’t see and recognize, but adore. Since the up and coming fame of the “Radiation Canaries” Karen, has learned to come out of her shell a little more, slowly.
This book, “The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary” was a different kind of read for me. Kind of like a star struck, you’re a groupie kind of person, following the band, as you read it. That is what I felt like. It was somewhat a little educational, because like I’ve said, I’ve not read anything like this before. And I’ve never been a groupie, so this was my first encounter. 


I have however, been a fan of many writers. And Geonn is one of them, he is quite an excellent writer, an always keeps me entertained. And with this book, I was just that. This book kept me wanting more. I truly was wanting to know what would happen, and if Karen and Lana would find time for their romance, and make it work. I was rooting for them all throughout, as well as for the band. And I honestly felt like a groupie. I however, felt like their could’ve been a little bit more depth put into Karen, like a piece was missing from her, within this book. Perhaps maybe that’s because there is more to come in another book? I don’t know….But whatever it is, this book is a five star book, worth reading especially if you are into bands, and lesbian lovers. This book is truly a fascinating read, for any groupie!

My questions for Geonn:

1. What made you write "The Rise and Fall of the Radiation Canary" and how long did it take you to write it?
I did not want to write this book. I had no interest in it, as I mention in the dedication. My friend suggested a novel about a musician, and I kind of placated her and said "Maybe someday." Then she was deployed overseas, and I said, "She's fighting for our country and I can't write a damn novel for her?" So I focused up and I absolutely fell in love with this band I created. I LOVE these women. I love their music. It took me over a year until I was happy with what I had and considered it done.

2. Did you do any research for this book?
I did a lot of research in terms of record companies, musicians, I read up on how to write songs. Some people might not consider this research, but I listened to a lot of female musicians. Brandi Carlile, The Corrs, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles... I watched them perform, I watched their videos, and I got a feel for the kind of musicians I wanted the Canaries to be. 

3. How many books have you written?
Over 30? That's as specific as I can be without actually going and counting. ;) The sequel to this will be my 30th release!

4. Is there going to be more to this book?
There is! February 1, "Radiation Canary: Greatest Hits" continues the story!

5. What do you have in store for your future?
More novels! Trafalgar & Boone is a series that's taking off, Underdogs is still going strong, and very soon I'll have a webseries on Tello Films! So things are moving!

6. What all education have you had?
High school educated, and then self-taught from research for all my novels. <g>

7. How long have you been writing?
I think I started writing in earnest around 2000. That was around when I decided I wanted to be an author.

8. Do you have any photos of Karen or Lana or descriptions?
I actually drew a picture of them! (Attached) I cast both Lana and Karen in my head, but I'm keeping that to myself so readers can envision whoever they want.

9. What was your favorite part about this book?
So many things! I love how Seattle became a character. I love how it's really about the friendship between four women rather than a love story (although there is that). I just love the characters. I wish they were a real band so I could have all their albums and see them in concert. ;)

10. What do you suggest to people who desire to become writers?
I'm going to steal Stephen King's advice, which became my philosophy: "If you want to write a lot, you have to read a lot." It shows you what other people have done, it shows you how to do what you want to do, and it shows you how to tell a story. 

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The Rise and Fall of Radiation CanaryThe Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary by Geonn Cannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Karen Everett is a poet and a musician. She plays the cello, and has a crush on her fellow band mate and lead singer, Lana Kent.

Karen longs for her poetry be heard by a larger audience. I mean, what kind of person, doesn’t want their beautiful words to be heard by everyone?

Eventually Karen and the Band, “Radiation Canary” land themselves a spot on National Television. This is a good thing, because it causes the band to have a jump on their popularity.

Soon after they end up touring the country and recording the music videos and albums, this is like a dream come true for their band. But with all of this comes a lot of time and responsibilities. With all of this going on, Karen and Lana find less and less time to work on their relationship.

Also, we all know that fame doesn’t last forever. With that, comes the responsibilities of keeping the band on top of the world, and keeping the fans entertained. There is a lot of work involved in that. So carefully, working on their albums, their tracks, and performances, together they work strongly on everything, together.

What is so unique is that Karen is somewhat of an innocent kind of lesbian. She likes to be the quiet little cell playing poet, most don’t see and recognize, but adore. Since the up and coming fame of the “Radiation Canaries” Karen, has learned to come out of her shell a little more, slowly.

This book, “The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary” was a different kind of read for me. Kind of like a star struck, you’re a groupie kind of person, following the band, as you read it. That is what I felt like. It was somewhat a little educational, because like I’ve said, I’ve not read anything like this before. And I’ve never been a groupie, so this was my first encounter.

I have however, been a fan of many writers. And Geonn is one of them, he is quite an excellent writer, an always keeps me entertained. And with this book, I was just that. This book kept me wanting more. I truly was wanting to know what would happen, and if Karen and Lana would find time for their romance, and make it work. I was rooting for them all throughout, as well as for the band. And I honestly felt like a groupie. I however, felt like their could’ve been a little bit more depth put into Karen, like a piece was missing from her, within this book. Perhaps maybe that’s because there is more to come in another book? I don’t know….But whatever it is, this book is a five star book, worth reading especially if you are into bands, and lesbian lovers. This book is truly a fascinating read, for any groupie!

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