My name is Arturo King, and I’m told I’m a legend in music. My band is called the Nights and we got our start at the underground Round Table in New York City. Raised by a foster father, I didn’t know the extent of my inheritance until I was twenty-one, and it was all more than I bargained for. I wanted to play the guitar and rule the world with song, but I learned I have a mother from old money, a dead father who was once a real estate mogul, and a record company that needed some rebuilding.
Mure Linn, my friend and mentor, has been by my side through it all, teaching me to play, strengthening my lyrics, and guiding me in the music industry. There was one area he couldn’t guide me, though, and that was love. Guinevere DeGrance changed everything for me, I suppose, including the reason I’m here learning the legend of my life without remembering any of it.
The legendary rock star series begins…
Being a fan of all kinds of literature, the thought of a modern day King Arthur’s Court story intrigued me! As I started to read The Legend of Arturo King my mind went right back to my childhood, remembering some of my favorite characters. So, history and rock stars, two of my favorite things combined and OFF WE GO!
Arturo and Guinevere (aka Guinie) come from the same world yet they are worlds apart. He’s the hot, cocky, panty melting rockstar and she is the daughter of a local music mogul Leo DeGrance, who runs the Round Table – the local hotspot for up and coming talent. Guinie is off limits to say the least.
“She wasn’t interested, and that never happened to me. Women were always interested.” ~Arturo~
“Arturo King would never be interested in me, for me. I was Guinie.” ~Guinevere~
The two are brought together in an unsuspecting way. Their friendship turns into more as they learn each other’s pasts and secrets. The slow build kept me itching for more and wondering where things were going. I love how LB Dunbar weaves their story and that of their friends and families. I was always thinking of the correlation to King Arthur and it only made me want more.
This is the type of story that you have to read and experience for yourself, don’t want to give too much away!! Just know that The Legend of Arturo King is #SchmexyJeseyApproved!!
About the Author
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.
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