When performer exits stage for politics in “Roll the Dice,” dark secrets are exposed and scandal is around every corner


ENCINO, California – When Tyler Sloan, famed singer-songwriter and member of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, retires from the Las Vegas stage to campaign for election as Nevada’s next U.S. senator in “Roll the Dice” (Fiery Seas, Nov. 28), intrigue and scandals bubble up from every corner.

Issues with his father, a former California governor who nearly became president, permeate their relationship and the campaign. Sloan’s attorney has one eye on protecting Sloan and the other on his own interests. Another musician blackmails him with a decades-old video sex tape of Sloan and two women, one of whom is his Republican opponent. Sloan’s edgy relationship with his attractive young media advisor borders on the edge of propriety, and his campaign manager is embroiled in legal troubles with the FBI.  Throughout this turbulent ride, Sloan tries to protect his 13-year-old daughter from all of this, but finds it difficult to shield her from her mother, who is becoming increasingly dependent on prescription medications.

Wayne Avrashow knows politics and campaigns inside and out, and it shows in his first novel. In pre-publication review, Kirkus awarded “Roll the Dice” as one of the year’s best unpublished manuscripts, and termed it “politics at its corrupt, dysfunctional best.” It is filled with dark secrets, family tension, blackmail and bribes.

Sloan is a unique character who runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions and disdains support from lobbyists. “Roll the Dice” takes the reader on a tense, thrilling ride through the campaign for a seat that will ultimately control the equally divided Senate.

Wayne Avrashow is an attorney, former campaign manager in Los Angles politics, government commissioner, and author of numerous op-ed articles on political and legal issues. “Roll the Dice” has received positive blurbs from a New York Times-bestselling author, a prominent movie producer and elected political figures, including the former mayor of Los Angeles. Avrashow is also the author of “Success at Mediation-10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.” Find him online at www.wayneavrashow.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter, @WayneAvrashow.




About the book


What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?
The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics – his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.

Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with; sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties. Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

“Roll the Dice”
Wayne Avrashow | Nov. 28, 2017 | Fiery Seas
Paperback | 978-1-946143-32-7 | $18.99
E-book | 978-1-946143-33-4 | $7.99
Contemporary political thriller


An Interview with Wayne Avrashow

Was there an exact moment you knew you wanted to write a novel? Or was a feeling that grew over time?
I enjoyed political and legal books, fiction and non-fiction.  I read a political novel that received critical acclaim, and with all due modesty, thought I could weave a story based on my experiences and creative license of a novel.

Were Tyler Sloan or any of the other characters inspired by real life figures? 
A combination of political candidates I have known personally, and watched on tv.  I blended those characteristics with a few celebrities I have interacted with and also watched.  Sloan is not one person, but imagine your favorite fifty year old, rock or movie star with political sensibilities…that’s Sloan.

How does Tyler’s campaign differ from campaigns you’ve worked on? How is it similar?
I took a writing classes at UCLA Extension and the teacher had an expression “go big.”  I took my experiences and inflated them to “go big.”

How is the writing process for a novel different from writing your previous book “Success at Mediation-10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys?”
My mediation book was a more serious analysis, with casual examples of how-to for attorneys in mediations or any settlement discussions.  The novel is based on factual circumstances and then…boom…the creative juices flow.  The pleasure of writing a novel is the creative process, a LOT more enjoyment than drafting a legal document.

If you were able to sit down and have dinner with three political figures, who would you choose?
George Washington, he could share his recollections of all the founding fathers and how they created this perfect union.  It was a government masterpiece. Abraham Lincoln on how he held the union together.  His “malice toward none” is a stark contrast to today’s polarized politics.  I’ll tweak the question and listen as FDR and Winston Churchill discuss how to prevail in WWII.

Same question, but for authors. 
I marvel at how John Grisham and Michael Connelly can continue to remain fresh, with clever plot lines and characters after so many books.  J.K. Rowling created an alternative universe in Harry Potter…the creativity is mind boggling.  Her rise from abject poverty is also awe inspiring.

There are numerous plot lines in “Roll the Dice.” Did you have to devise a way to keep everything straight? 
I wanted a smart, but politically less knowledgeable candidate like Sloan to face an onslaught of attacks from various forces, angles and people.   Some of the attacks are legitimate, some nonsense, the current state of politics.  All of the plot lines weave together and are resolved.

What make Las Vegas and Nevada such good backdrops for a political thriller? 
Las Vegas is sui generis, Latin for unique.  It is internationally known, some love it, others loathe the city.  Nevada is a large state with vast open space.  In Reno and many of its smaller cities and towns, the state retains its westerly heritage and culture.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
I just wrote a blog on that for my webpage, www.wayneavrashow.com.  Keep your creative dream, write frequently, educate yourself on your subject matter and how to craft your story.  Be patient, it is not a quick or easy process.

Can we expect more from you, and possibly Tyler Sloan, in the future? 
The sequel is being outlined as we speak!!



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