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Title: Breathing Betrayal
Author: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Release Date: 06/07/2016
Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.
Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.
Sadie’s Ten songs/artistes that have influenced the writing of this book
Part of my inspiration to write, anything at all, comes from my love of music. For me a song or a piece of music needs to tell a story. The style of music isn’t important. I’ve never been stuck on one particular genre.
My husband and I were on the move a great deal during the writing of Breathing Betrayal so our extensive record and CD collection has been in storage. I’ve been grateful for the existence of You Tube during that period since it not only gave me access to the songs that I’ve loved but led me to discover new ones, as well. And because it stores my favourites I also have a handy reference to the songs that I’ve been listening to during the last eighteen months.
So without further ado, here is my Top Ten.
10.) Stop – Erasure https://youtu.be/ITyXjY5L-_E
I spend a lot of time trying to inhabit the heads of my cast before I start writing and Mari, my primary character, is a larger than life figure who likes to have a good time. He is generally very cheerful about things, even when life throws him a whole vat of lemons. It felt quite natural to give him a dance/pop soundtrack, although his personal musical tastes run to things that are quite a bit heavier and darker. This song seemed to suit him.
9.) Faithless – God is a DJ https://youtu.be/oZJBqhft1CU
This song is playing in the background when Jake takes Mari on his first date to the club beneath his flat. When I first heard it, I remember being convinced that it was Bowie doing the talkover parts. I’ve always loved it, and Mari does too.
8.) IAMX – Cold Red Light https://youtu.be/_VG54Pjnc-Y
Breathing Betrayal has, for me at least, quite an electronica heavy vibe. I always write best to electronic music for some reason. In my youth I wrote an entire novel to a soundtrack of Gary Numan and The Pet Shop Boys. I adore the spikiness of this track. Chris Corner, who is the lynchpin of IAMX also co-founded the band Sneaker Pimps, and is a pure genius. When I’m writing Mari in a feistier mode, I love listening to his output.
7.) Sinead O’ Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U https://youtu.be/auUPqxI1vqg
Occasionally my mind slips out of dance mode and when I want to take the mood of a scene down a notch and inject some emotion, I have my go to tracks. This is one of them. The last year has seen the loss of some of my pivotal inspirations, some true giants of music and writing. The recent death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who was the original writer of this beautiful song, had a much greater impact on Bellora, I know, but I have always loved this version. When we were writing the first scene where Jake and Mari address their feelings for one another, I had this on heavy rotation.
6.) Shirley Bassey – Moonraker (Theme) https://youtu.be/gt3oQN0cAv0
I love Bond Themes. It’s part of my tacky charm. That and Eurovision. *I see Bellora shaking her head sadly at me, but it’s true*
Dame Shirley is famous for two better known themes than this, Goldfinger and the epic Diamonds Are Forever, but this sweet, understated little song is my favourite of hers. When she starts ramping up the vocal power to that final “You love me…” all the hairs on my arms stand on end. For some reason it always makes me feel very emotional. It’s actually a very difficult song to sing, the vocal range is huge.
An interesting fact, it wasn’t written for her at all. John Barry had originally pencilled in Johnny Mathis to record the track but he wasn’t available. Shirley never sang it live until 2006 because she never felt that it was properly her song. She still does it great justice.
5.) ABBA – My Love My Life https://youtu.be/gt3oQN0cAv0
When I was a kid I was madly in love with Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA. She just seemed like I imagined an angel ought to be. She also wrote this song, which gets overlooked by people that think Benny and Bjorn did all the creative work on ABBA’s music. I recently hypothesised in another blog that, in my head at least on a subconscious level, Mari Gale from Breathing Betrayal is a kind of male version of Agnetha. She has a very pure, unconventional kind of beauty and watching her I saw many elements of Doctor Gale slotting into place.
4.) Placebo – Bosco https://youtu.be/B-qQ7fDSJyg
I adore Placebo. Some bands wind a special way into our hearts and Placebo are a bit like that with me. They’ve been with me from the start, back in the 90s when I was writing vicious, vampire porn, full of damaged characters and bad choices. This is probably my favourite song of theirs, a gorgeous little number about addiction and pain and the strength of genuine love. Mari isn’t an alcoholic but he does have one very dangerous addiction and I found myself listening to this a lot while I was thinking about that particular issue.
Another one that leaves me feeling shivery.
3.) Japan – The Other Side of Life https://youtu.be/FXC29KsLreA
This song is way up in my list of inspirations for Breathing Betrayal. It kind of sums up my musical framework, in that it’s an obscure song from an obscure English band (though not from their Obscure Alternatives album). The last track on side on one of possibly their best selling LP, Quiet Life – I always used to play the record B-side first because this feels like an album closer to me. I love Sylvian/Jansen/Barbieri and the late Mick Karn with a passion. The young David Sylvian is another of my visual inspirations for Mari and I actually listened to this song more whilst writing later storylines for him. Like Bowie, they had a talent for writing lyrics that really didn’t make a lot of sense when you listened to them analytically, but the words flow like poetry and I find that very soothing and good for visual inspiration.
2.) Suede – Always https://youtu.be/tZJjLz0zx5c
Suede, like Placebo, are one of my go-to bands. When life hurts I reach for Suede like kids reach for Band Aid. They write wonderful kitchen sink drama songs that have soundtracked my life almost constantly, since 1992. This year I have mostly been listening to their astonishing new album Night Thoughts but this track from their previous release, Bloodsports, is another that makes me shiver. It’s about unrequited love and obsession, two of my favourite topics. Their singer songwriter, Brett Anderson, was one of my visual influences for the character of Detective Inspector Cordiline in Breathing Betrayal.
1.) David Bowie – I’m Afraid of Americans https://youtu.be/u7APmRkatEU
Bowie was without a doubt my number one influence musically. I’ve been listening to him since I was a tiny thing and his death in January hit me like a freight train, side on, no brakes. I don’t hold with public outpourings of grief, but when Bowie’s death was announced I cried like hadn’t done since the day I lost my father, 8 years ago.
There are so many David Bowie songs. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) was also on the shortlist but that was also a strong inspiration when I was writing about another character, Rayne Wylde. Wild Is The Wind, was one that I listened to a lot when writing Breathing Betrayal, but it’s one of the few Bowie numbers that he didn’t actually write. I wanted to end on a punchier number so this track, along with The Motel, from Outside, fit the bill for me.
There is a lot of comparison in Breathing Betrayal between life in London and in Detroit, where Jake Chivis comes from. Mari clearly isn’t afraid of Americans because he pursues Jake with great determination. At first we believe that Mari isn’t afraid of anything, but all men have their faults and one of Mari Gale’s is a kind of tunnel vision.
I like the energy of this song and the characterisation Bowie put into it, how people have this idealised picture of their world that they can’t see past, and it colours their lives and dealings with others.
This list has been fun to do. I hope that you’ve enjoyed sharing my top ten with me, and will enjoy Breathing Betrayal as well. Thank you to Prism Book Alliance for letting me talk about music for a while.
About the Author
Bellora Quinn: Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Sadie Rose Bermingham: A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography, live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
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