Utah Alumna Writes a Suspenseful Thriller Set in Utah

Discern is a fictional novella about the kidnapping of a wealthy teenager from Salt Lake City, Utah.  This suspenseful thriller is the first book written by Utah native, Emily Sneddon.  Sneddon graduated from the University of Utah in 2014 and currently lives in Nova Scotia with her family.

From the Author
Writing a book is hard work, but finding inspiration in Utah is not.  The culture alone is incredibly unique, but the diverse landscape throughout the state is incomparable. After growing up near Salt Lake City and attending the University of Utah, I felt like part of the tapestry that makes up the terrain. I considered myself born from the red dirt and raised by the mountains. Imagine my surprise when I met a man capable of convincing me to leave such a beautiful place. And while I’m grateful for the beauty and adventure that I’ve experienced since leaving, I will always be a Utahn at heart.
When I decided to write a book, I knew it was going to be set in Utah. I came up with the idea for this story during the summer before my wedding/relocation. So, this was my last chance to really immerse myself in thought about my home state. I also wanted to write a thriller because I’ve been fascinated by scary stories since childhood, but Utah has always felt like a safe place. So what would happen if something (or someone) sinister was lurking around the corner?
About the Book
 
The Avenues is an upscale neighborhood in the north-east part of Salt Lake City. Savannah Blake attends a prestigious, private high school nearby and is royalty among her wealthy friends.
One day, Savannah’s biggest concerns include which parties to attend and which boys to date. The next, she must fight for her own life.
Taken from her home. Taken from her friends and family. The last thing on her mind is which dress to wear to formal.
Discern was published on October 25th by Olympia Publishers and is currently available for purchase on their website: https://olympiapublishers.com/books/discern

Westward: The Deadly Rapture of Space

The Deadly Rapture of Space is the first album released by a band that goes by the name of Westward. Studied and experienced musicians in their own right, the band was created by some of our own Salt Lake City locals: Andrew Marshall as lead vocals and guitar, Karl Grimm on bass and Matt Morrison on drums.

The intro to the title track is the static sound of astronauts talking to each other over a radio intercom and an announcer saying, “Most of the world waited 100 miles below, the crew had completed final preparations, the cabin was depressurized and the hatch open.” It immediately sets up the space odyssey that you are about to take part in. I imagined the guitar and drums breaking in as soon as they leave the atmosphere and enter the dark depths of space.

I can tell by the vibrato of the song “Drive’m” that their live shows are not something to miss. The chanting of the chorus, the electric guitar and the way Marshall delivers the lyrics sounds like a very theatrical and lively performance.

To give you an idea of the inspiration behind Westward’s sound, their musical influences are rock artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Jack White. Their fans have coined the term “cowboy space rock” to fondly describe their music and I can hear why. I felt like I was being transported to a distant rock n’ roll western with awesome instrumentals and sexy vocals. Case in point, listen to my favorite song on the album called “When I Give You Control”.

The guys have been working over the last three years to make a name for themselves, opening for various bands in different states and even went on their own 2015 Deadly Tour. Westward has played gigs at venues like the Utah Arts Festival, the Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Lounge and The House of Blues in Las Vegas.

They are now working on new material as they go on the 2016 West Coast Tour. If you want to check them out live they will be making a stop in Salt Lake City on Saturday August 6, 2016 at The Urban Lounge 241 S. 500 E. 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

REVIEW: In The Shade by Aspen Grove

What do you get when you cross Pink FloydGodspeed You! Black Emperor, and Salt Lake City? A fantastic local band called Aspen Grove! Aspen Grove, the band formally known as Archeopteryx makes some dang good music! This album is full of soothing vocals, bad ass instrumentals and radical chord progressions. Only three songs long this album has a soul behind it and you can here the passion in every bar.  It’s not every day that I get blown away by local bands but this one has something special. Even though at times the band has a tendency to vamp for a little to long it moves at a quick enough pace to keep me from having to strain my ears to enjoy it.  Most measures build on the last and it climax’s and melodic restitution’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good local album 9/10!

Listen to there album or download it here!

HOLY SMOKES THERE’S SOME GOOD MUSIC BEHIND THIS LINK!