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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456316540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456316549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,795,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Helene Gottfried is the author of ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes: Year 1, The Demo Tapes: Year 2, The Demo Tapes: Year 3 and the e-book-only short story, Mannequin. She can be found online at http://westofmars.com, where you can find The Meet and Greet, among other goodies. In real life, West of Mars is a real place -- if you know where to look. A tone-deaf rocker-at-heart, Susan worked in retail record stores, in radio stations, as stage crew, and as a promoter while earning two college degrees in creative writing. Susan invites you to come hang at West of Mars, where the Meet and Greet is hopping with more than just Trevor and the other members of ShapeShifter. The cast has grown; come meet them before they have books of their own.

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This book was a all-around fun read.
Shayna Gier
If there is a problem with this story, and this is a minor one, is his attitude for the first half of the story became frustrating and tiring.
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The dialogue is very well done in the book, the characters are believable and the writing is really wonderful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GraceKrispy (MotherLode blog) on January 17, 2011
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Trevor Wolff is the vision behind ShapeShifter, the hottest new band. What he lacks in musical talent, he makes up for in attitude. He's a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy, and he plays life according to his own rules. When his best friend and talented band member, Mitchell, finds the girl of his dreams (Kerri, aka "Rusty"), Trevor is forced to reevaluate his own idea of what it means to be Trevor Wolff. His friendship with Mitchell must change, and he begins to wonder if he's ready for a real relationship himself. With a few potentially life-changing decisions in front of him, Trevor has to dig deep and truly question who he is and what's important to him in order to move forward.

The author, Susan Helene Gottfried, has a background in the music industry, and she's given us an inside look at a band on the edge of stardom. The characters of Trevor, Mitchell, and Kerri are well-defined, with Trevor truly as the star of this story. There are several layers of complexity to Trevor in his feelings and his relationships; he doesn't even really understand himself. Conflicted by memories of a hinted past and uncertainty about his future, Trevor's story is an engaging study of emotional growth. It's Trevor's song that reverberates throughout this story, and the background music of other characters is there only to support and reinforce Trevor's own refrain.

In addition to Trevor's other relationships, a special relationship is implied with Kerri; animosity on the outside, but an unexplainable internal connection. I felt this relationship lacked something to help define it. Perhaps it would have been clearer with more backstory on Kerri that could help explain why they had that special connection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CandysRaves (and Rants) VINE VOICE on November 15, 2010
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I was first introduced to Trevor Wolff a few years back. It didn't take long for me to swoon and dedicated myself to full Trevor Groupie status. He's so dreamy and so hot. I mean, hello! He's Trevor Wolff! So you may be asking yourself, who exactly Trevor Wolff is... Trevor is the brainchild of an online friend of mine, Susan H Gottfried. He's the bassist for the hottest fictional rock band in history, Shapeshifter, and he's a bad bad bad boy. And well, that, makes my blood boil very nicely indeed.

Susan has had an interesting marketing idea behind her book. She started a blog called the Meet and Greet where we got to know Trevor and his band mates a bit, read some outtakes and swoon over the Wolff hotness. She then took those blog posts together, gave us an intro to each one and released the Demo Tapes 1 and Demo Tapes 2. It took a LONG time (not that I'm bitter) but we finally, at last, have Trevor's Song. Was it worth the wait?

Oh, heck yeah! What a just plain fun read. It will take you back to the early 80s-90s. And for those of you sitting there shaking your head, you know you got your Poison on back in the day! Susan takes us for a wild ride through the world of Shapeshifter, making us laugh so hard we cry and learning things about Trevor and his band mates along the way. It's a wild ride, so you want to hang on tight!

It's not all fun, there are a few serious things going on that keep the story moving forward to a climax that left me wanting to hang the author from the nearest clothesline and beat her with a wooden broom until she spilled! The ending will leave you wanting more. I really like my stories to have a very definitive ending. I like to see it all wrapped up in a pretty blue bow and she used a pink one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2011
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I have to admit, I didn't much like Trevor at the start of this book. He took great pleasure in annoying his friends and altered between a spoiled, narcissistic brat and a clingy, scared child. I did like his best friend, Mitchell, and had to wonder why he put up with Trevor's antics.

Despite my annoyance with Trevor, Gottfried's writing style made the story fun. Her familiarity with the music world brought vivid detail to the band's life. The dialogue and characters felt like I could have been reading the journal of a real-life young band.

About midway through the book, the story really got going. Trevor's challenges forced him to make difficult decisions that tamed his self-involved immaturity. In the end, Gottfried leaves the perfect opening for a sequel. I had a sense that all would be well and that Trevor had grown, though we might have to wait to know that for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kirkpatrick on February 20, 2011
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Susan Helene Gottfried has created a character so strong and complete, he can be viewed from any angle, any perspective. If you want him to shock you, Trevor Wolff has already started. If you want him to endear himself to you, he will. Don't tell him he did; he won't like that.

He does love attention. `Trevor's Song' is more than his moment of fame; he realizes that and appears as expected in every scene. Even the scenes without him are about him. When you begin to define this story, and struggle to do it without spoilers, you begin to wonder who created it. Trevor is the reason every word of it exists, I believe. He assembled the band, somewhat by accident and experiment, Susan tells us. She doesn't admit that he demanded the book, yet it feels like it. He must have insisted she write it all down.

Staying away from setups that feel like hastily created TV shows which attempt to explain why we all still love that one, tired song, Susan Gottfried takes us where it is forbidden to go - into the living part of that life. We get a limited number of naked, groping tag-alongs, and instead get some enlightening conversation about how difficult it may be to realize your dream is rolling right over you. Trevor wanted to be famous, and it has happened, almost while he pranced around to avoid it. Was he really trying to get into trouble the whole time? We also learn what binds him to Mitchell Voss, and what Trevor-tremors that bond can endure.

The author lived this life. She accurately, honestly, shows the moments that flip Rock Stars into monsters or burn-outs. But she won't let her characters lose all their dimensions to go there. She would have to remove so much to make this fit the late-night clichés. `Less is more' would not work here. Perhaps that explains why there are three books about this band, `ShapeShifter', and why this author cannot stop writing this character. Trevor Wolff is very demanding.
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More About the Author

Susan Helene Gottfried is the author of The Demo Tapes: Year 1, The Demo Tapes: Year 2, Trevor's Song, The Demo Tapes: Year 3, King Trevor, and The Demo Tapes: Year 4 -- six books (and counting) about the fictional band ShapeShifter. The short story, Mannequin, is a stand-alone, but if you're familiar with the band, you may catch a cameo. You can also find me in a few anthologies, where you'll find my greatest diversity as a writer.

A tone-deaf rocker at heart, Susan worked in retail record stores, in radio stations, as stage crew, and as a promoter while earning two college degrees in creative writing.

Drop in at Susan's online world: http://westofmars.com and stop by the official author's blog, The Meet and Greet. Check out the Rock Fiction book reviews and maybe even become one of the select clients Susan takes on for manuscript editing work.

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