SOURCE: American Blackguard

June 13, 2012 20:24 ET

International Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver Takes a Novel Approach to His Latest Mystery/Thriller "XO" -- Having His Main Character, a Stalking Victim, Record a Full Length CD

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - With an incredible 29 novels under his belt as a mystery/crime novelist since the late '80s, Jeffery Deaver -- the internationally-acclaimed bestselling author Newsweek calls "a suspense superstar"-- has sold books in 150 countries and had his work translated into 25 languages.

But how many of his millions of fans around the globe know that his first love is music? Long before he was keeping readers up at night, scared but still turning pages, Deaver aspired to be the next Bob Dylan or Paul Simon -- and performed original songs at clubs from his hometown of Chicago to San Francisco.

A few decades later, Deaver has at last found the perfect voice to help him share his formidable songwriting talents: "Kayleigh Towne," the beautiful and talented pop/country singer protagonist of "XO" (, the third novel in his series featuring heroine Kathryn Dance, released June 12, 2012.

The companion music recording "Jeffery Deaver's XO (The Album)," released May 29, 2012 worldwide and available on sites such as iTunes, Amazon, Emusic and CDbaby, features 11 songs with lyrics by Deaver and music by songwriters Clay Stafford and Ken Landers. It is the first release on the musical imprint of Stafford's Nashville-based multi-media production company, American Blackguard.

Out of a field of 100 auditioning singers, Stafford chose Treva Blomquist to "play" the role of Deaver's main character on the album. Blomquist is a renowned independent folk/Americana singer with three solo albums to her credit.

In the novel "XO," the gorgeous "Kayleigh," a Taylor Swift-type performer who becomes the target of a crazed stalker fan, is rising to the top of the country and pop charts with her hit single "Your Shadow" -- the opening track of the album and is available as a free promotional download from the "XO" website (

Deaver fans can listen to the clues contained in the song as they read the book, joining along with detective Dance. Other listeners can just enjoy the infectious country/pop songs on their own -- think Swift and Miranda Lambert with a touch of the Paul Simon poetics, and you'll get the vibe Deaver is aiming for.

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