Little Spirit

      DaNeo Duran
Little Spirit

Little Spirit is a fictional 3-piece pop-rock band seeking musical success in the 1980s. It's a lengthy mix-paced novel ideal for readers of all ages; an underdog story full of adventure, romance, poverty and 80s excess, family dramas and pitfalls. The characters will illuminate anyone wanting to know how things were and seeking musical success in today's music industry.June 1983. Before dawn, the uncommonly beautiful Katherine wakes up on yet another luxury yacht in Saint Tropez. Calvin, having slept on a beach nearby, is woken by seagulls. 800 miles away in London, Danny wakes up in his messy student flat having fallen asleep playing guitar. And Amy, she isn’t sleeping. Following another agonising one night stand, she returns to the student flat she shares with Danny and Calvin.Katherine has a secret which strangles her paradisiacal life Saint Tropez. Calvin has a dilemma that rational thought can’t help with. Danny has a problem with a bullying drummer. And, Amy’s sick with love for Danny. As the story’s layers unfold these characters come to rely on each evermore. They just require one more soul to begin their Rock ‘n’ Roll adventure.Raphael has the talent and the desire but will Calvin and Danny have enough impact to sway him to join their band or will they need Amy’s help?Years in the making, Little Spirit is DaNeo Duran’s debut novel. Within the interweaving plot threads, Little Spirit’s journey calls on industry studies from the era and DaNeo Duran’s personal experiences in signed and unsigned bands.
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    Johnny and The USed Wonz

      DaNeo Duran
Johnny and The USed Wonz

This, DaNeo's 2nd 1980s set novel, follows Little Spirit. The USed Wonz are a UK mixed-sex 4-piece rock band touring America. But someone is either out to ruin them or Linda, their delightful booking agent. Highly compelling, the story tells of Johnny's brutal upbringing which developed his ability to handle challenges and explains his romantic obsession with one particular older women.In a dressing room in Wichita minutes before show time Johnny feels like a caged animal. His English band The USed Wonz mightn’t be enjoying the same degree of success Stateside that Little Spirit are in England but they believe they’re doing well. Records and concert tickets are selling. But Johnny knows that the American recording conglomerate that markets and distributes their album could be having a change of heart and might terminate their contract. They need a second album. But Johnny has jeopardised that by gambling the money they’ve been advanced to pay for its recording.Believing he’s ruined his band’s chances of further success he contacts the only person in America who would care.Alone and working late in her office Saturday, Linda the band's delightful agent picks up Johnny’s call. Unfortunately she has problems of her own. The booking agency she’s spent years developing is in trouble. Can she help the band anyway?Johnny and The USed Wonz is DaNeo Duran’s second novel and begins on the day Little Spirit ends. Deeply emotional, Johnny and The USed Wonz takes the reader back to 1970s England when a teenage boy escapes the violence of an alcoholic father. Love the child who grows into a martial artist and musician and who as a young man leads his band into the 1980s towards the promise of success in the USA.Set in the UK and America the writing is both mature and sensitive. As with Little Spirit, aspiring musicians will enjoy Johnny and The USed Wonz as well as fans of romance and drama.
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