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Title: Fever Pitch
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Mr. Music Please: The Intense, Extensive Soundtrack to Fever Pitch (Part 1)
I forget exactly when Fever Pitch became a novel infused with orchestra and a cappella choir, but I know it was sometime around the time I viewed this YouTube video.
I watched it on repeat for a week, and eventually I learned how to rip sound off a YouTube video exclusively so I could have this song with me wherever I went. And then, while I was there, I made myself audio of this one.
It was a good thing it didn’t occur to me until I was well into the novel how insane it was to write a book about people playing music. Were this a movie, it would be one thing, but I somehow had to convey the thrill of arranging, composing, and performing music using only words to do so. The particular songs they played were vital to me—but only I could hear them playing. I might have come to my senses and abandoned the crazy…except every time I listened to the story soundtrack, these two songs in particular, I knew a zealous fever to write the story the music told me. And so, here we are.
Each novel I write has a soundtrack I wrote it to, but this one’s is a soundtrack on steroids. The one I used for drafting is 125 songs long—not unusual exactly, but it is unusual that a lot of those are referenced in the text, and there were even more that had to be excised on the cutting room floor. Usually I would argue the songs I listen to while I write are there only for me, not the reader, but this time peeking at my Spotify playlist would have practical application.
This novel is also the bridge between when I made my soundtracks exclusively from iTunes purchases and my home library and sounds I found in Spotify. In my profile playlists I have two Fever Pitch soundtracks: one is called “Fever Pitch (Drafting)” and the other “Fever Pitch Official.” The drafting version has more songs on it, though a number of them won’t load in Spotify because they’re from my personal library, that or they’re ones which really don’t have anything significant to do with the story, just my building of it.
In part two of this post, I’ll go over some highlights of individual songs, but in the meantime, you’re welcome to listen to the playlist yourself.
And if you really want a deep cut: this YouTube video of the Oxford a cappella group Out of the Blue is the best real life stand in for the Ambassadors you’re going to get. As an added bonus, you can purchase the song in this video, and the proceeds will go to charity.
Book Two of the Love Lessons Series
Sometimes you have to play love by ear.
Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.
Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
About the Author:
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality.
Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
Book Page for Love Lessons (book one in the series)
September 15, Guest Post at Boys in Our Books: Serendipity in Writing, or, Why KA Mitchell is the Bomb
September 16, Interview and Giveaway at Love Bytes Reviews
September 17, Guest Post and Giveaway at The Novel Approach: Heroes With Big Ears – Giles Mulder, the Non-Hunky Lead
September 18, Interview and Givewaway at Under the Covers Book Blog
September 18, Guest Post at Enchantress of Books: What’s Next in the Love Lessons Series (Hint, There’s A Lot!)
September 19, Guest Post and Giveaway at Prism Book Alliance: Mr. Music Please – The Intense, Extensive Soundtrack to Fever Pitch (Part 1)
September 20, Excerpt, Review and Giveaway at Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy
September 22, Interview at Boys in Our Books
September 23, Guest Post and Giveaway at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
September 24, Guest Post and Giveaway at Gay List Book Reviews: Mr. Music Please – The Intense, Extensive Soundtrack to Fever Pitch (Part 2)
September 25, Guest Post and Giveaway at The Book Pushers: Writing Survivors
September 26, Spotlight and Giveaway at Live Laugh Love and Read a Book
September 27, Excerpt and Giveaway at Kimi-chan Experience
September 28, Excerpt and Giveaway at Because Two Men Are Better Than One
September 29, Group Challenge Review and Giveaway at Boys in Our Books
September 30, Review and Giveaway at Smexy Books
September 30, Guest Post and Giveaway at Joyfully Jay: How Walter Lucas Hijacked My Story
October 1-2, Excerpt and Giveaway at Smutketeers
October 1, Excerpt and Giveaway at My Fiction Nook
October 2, Excerpt at Tara Lain
October 3, Excerpt and Giveaway at Penny Reads Romance
October 4, Interview and Giveaway at TT Kove
October 5 – Excerpt and Giveaway at Lily’s Reviews
October 6, Guest Post and Giveaway at The Blogger Girls: Sometimes Beauty is a Curse – Why Aaron Seavers Would Rather Be a Wallflower
October 8, Guest Post at Coffee and Porn in the Morning: The Real Life Choir That Inspired Fever Pitch
October 9, Interview and Giveaway at Fallen Angel Reviews
October 10, Giveaway at Coffee and Porn in the Morning
Heidi Cullinan has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter an eCopy of Fever Pitch. In addition there is a grand prize Rafflecopter, so don’t miss out on either!
eBook Contest will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
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