New novel by Deke Rivers Strikes Chord with Readers

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‘The Singer and His Songs’ infuses elements of rock ’n’ roll into engaging narrative

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A teenage rock ’n’ roll idol must choose between two women who helped shape his career in Deke Riversnew novel, “The Singer and His Songs” (published by iUniverse).

When Chris Smith arrives with his family in Australia, his family is left impoverished by the war. With the help of his girlfriend, April, Chris discovers his hidden musical talents and becomes the lead guitarist of a teenage rock band. Just as his musical career is taking off, Chris’ parents announce the family must move to Canada.

Chris is forced to start from scratch away from his parents, who care little for his music career. When Chris is accidentally discovered one night at a studio, the studio owners and Chris’ new girlfriend Sarah help reinvigorate his music career. Now an idol once more, Chris feels torn between the love of his past and the love of his present. Which will he chose?

Based in part on episodes from Rivers’ life, “The Singer and His Songs” captures the rock ’n’ roll climate of the 1960s. Through his book, Rivers hopes to remind readers of the vital role music plays in their lives.

“Music had become a huge part of life,” Rivers says. “People were able to relate their own lives to the music that was being played at the time. Look at your own life and then look at the music that you remember in each era.”

“The Singer and His Songs”
By Deke Rivers
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 484 pages | ISBN 9781450217934
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 484 pages | ISBN 9781450217941
E-Book | 484 pages | ISBN 9781450217927
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Deke Rivers lives in Bellingham, Washington. As an architect, he has designed numerous recording studios and witnessed the birth of rock ’n’ roll and its evolution in his youth in Australia as well as during his teenage years in Canada and the United States.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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