Acclaimed Author Catherine Asaro Celebrates the Launch of
DIAMOND STAR—the Novel and the Music Soundtrack
BALTIMORE, MD: Nebula® Award-Winning author Catherine Asaro announces the publication of her 24th novel, DIAMOND STAR (Baen Books, May 2009). With this release, Asaro blazes new territory. In April 2009, Starflight Music will release a companion music CD, also titled DIAMOND STAR, that offers readers a soundtrack for the book. The songs are performed by Point Valid, a vibrant young rock band from Baltimore, with Catherine as guest artist.
DIAMOND STAR is the latest novel in Asaro’s exciting, sensuous tales of the Ruby Dynasty. It’s the story of Del, the renegade prince who would rather be a rock singer than sit on the throne. The royal family wants him to stop, his friends want to use him, his label wants to own him, and his enemies want to kill him. Del just wants to sing—without starting an interstellar war.
“When I wrote Diamond Star,” Catherine says, “I couldn’t tell the story until I had lyrics for Del’s songs. So I wrote words and a little music. In 2007, I sent one song to Hayim Ani, the front man of Point Valid. He was enthused and said he could do a bang-up job with it. That simple beginning grew into what has been one of the most exciting collaborations I’ve ever done, a full CD performed by the band and the many excellent musicians they brought into the studio.”
Point Valid is an alternative band featuring Hayim Ani on vocals and guitar, Adam Leve on drums and Max Vidaver on guitar. Hayim and the band wrote most of the music for the CD, and Catherine wrote most of the lyrics, as well as music for three songs. Hayim also contributed three of his compositions, both music and lyrics. The CD has twelve songs—eleven originals and a cover of “Sound of Silence.” This collaboration is Point Valid’s second full-length CD. Their first, Of Dreams and Memories, is available through CD Baby or iTunes. About the band, Catherine says, “These are some remarkably gifted young men. Hayim was 17 when we started last year, Adam was 16 and Max was 18. They were even younger when they did their first CD.” Samples of songs from Diamond Star can be found at www.starflight-music.com.
Catherine adds, “To help me write the book, I learned to sing. I enjoy it and plan to keep studying. In addition to taking voice lessons, I joined the Central Maryland Chorale last year as a first soprano. Among the shows we’re doing this year, we’ll be performing Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall. I’m also doing a concert tour in the summer and fall with my keyboard player, Donald Wolcott.”
Asaro, a resident of Columbia, Maryland, won the Nebula® Award for her novel THE QUANTUM ROSE, a science fiction retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Her books have appeared on bestseller compilations such as the Locus list and have won numerous awards, including the Sapphire, RT Booklovers Reader’s Choice, and Analog magazine’s AnLab, as well being a HUGO, Nebula® and RITA finalist multiple times. A former ballerina, Dr. Asaro holds degrees from UCLA and Harvard, including a doctorate in chemical physics. She also coaches the Howard County Homeschoolers math teams, and recently completed two terms as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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