Michael Rays


Michael Rays grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Northwestern University and served nine years in the Navy, flying the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter. Michael lives in Billings, Montana with his wife and daughter.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading biographies of rock stars, mathematicians and historical figures. Some of my favorite authors are Truman Capote, Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian and William Manchester.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Therefore, every sentence I write is imbued with the majesty of Pikes Peak.
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Where to find Michael Rays online


"Highway Star" Guitar Solo
Michael Rays plays the solo that consumed his guitar life for two years and is the centerpiece of "Guitar Odyssey."

Talk Dirty To Me guitar solo
subject of "Guitar Odyssey 2: talkin' dirty"


Guitar Odyssey 2: Talkin' Dirty
Series: Guitar Odyssey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Guitar
First Deep Purple, now Poison! Guitar Odyssey 2 is the continuing journal of amateur guitarist Michael Rays as he learns his favorite rock solos. In GO2, Michael tackles C.C. DeVille’s gem in Poison’s “Talk Dirty To Me,” chronicling each practice session and taking frequent side trips into music theory, rock trivia and of course poetry. Inspiring and entertaining for guitar players of any caliber!
Headers: Scores & Headlines from Brazil 2014
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Headers is a look back at the sixty-four matches of soccer's 2014 World Cup through kooky, hyper-sensationalized headlines. If you love the “beautiful game” and groan-worthy puns, you’ll find Headers pitch perfect!
Guitar Odyssey
Series: Guitar Odyssey, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,860. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Guitar
Entertaining and inspiring, Guitar Odyssey is the day-to-day journal of amateur guitarist Michael Rays as he attempts to learn the guitar solo on Deep Purple’s “Highway Star.” Michael dives right in, blissfully unaware the project will take him two years. It's a book for 1) guitarists of any caliber; 2) rock music lovers; and 3) fans of persistence and patience.

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Smashwords book reviews by Michael Rays

  • Picking Our Future : Essays on Food, Change, and Farming on Jan. 15, 2012

    You only THOUGHT you knew lemons and figs! 'Picking Our Future' is an easy-to-read and extremely informative look at the state of farming in present-day Ventura County, CA (though many issues discussed apply to farms everywhere). Farmer Chris Sayer takes you month-by-month through a calendar year, discussing the MANY factors, both natural and man-made, that today's farmer must consider to run a sustainable operation. Lots of light shed on terms such as 'organic' and 'sustainable.' A great read for anyone who wants to take their understanding of food and farming to the next level.