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Title: Heart & Soul
Author: Shae Connor
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 11/14/2016
Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.
Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.
Got the Music in Me
Thanks to Brandilyn and the Prism crew for having me for the Heart & Soul release day!
Music figures prominently in this set of novellas. In each case, one of the main characters is involved in a music-related field: a Broadway dancer, a rock singer, and in Heart & Soul, a pianist. (There’s also a bass guitarist waiting in the wings!)
You’d think I would’ve written these stories with music playing full-time. But I’m a weird one among authors, it seems. I rarely listen to music while I’m writing. For that matter, I rarely listen to music at all except when I’m driving.
It’s strange when I think about it, because I love music of all kinds. I spent most of my school years in band. I’ve gone to dozens of concerts. I love musicals. I’ve made mixtapes galore. But even when I’m writing a set of novellas in which music plays a central role, I’ve been keeping the music turned off.
Part of the reason for the silence is the same reason I don’t have television running in the background. There’s too much noise pollution. It’s not just distracting for me. It’s downright exhausting.
As I write this, I’m sitting on my sofa, and things are relatively quiet. The television is off, and no music is playing. I can hear the keyboard, the air conditioner, a fan, and a softly snoring dog. Occasionally, I hear a car go by outside. Even the usually noisy neighbors are currently silent.
Even so, that’s a pretty high level of background noise. Add on music, or television, or conversation, or whatever, and I’ll start hunting for earplugs. It’s overload.
Aside from the noise, though, there’s the distraction factor. I’m notorious for singing along with almost any kind of music. Doesn’t even matter if there are lyrics. (You haven’t lived until you’ve heard me and my mom sing Sousa marches.) If there’s any kind of melody, I’ll be right there in the thick of it. Classical music? I’m not only singing, I’m probably conducting, too.
About the only kind of music I’ve found that I don’t sing along to is the kind they play at spas. That’s probably because they don’t have much of a melody. The problem? Spa music puts me to sleep, which isn’t exactly conducive to getting much writing done.
So mostly, I sit in near-silence when I write. Even when I put together playlists, the songs are rarely things I listened to when I was working on the story.
Of course, for some things, I don’t need music because my brain fills it in. If you don’t think I’ve heard “Heart & Soul” in my head constantly for months now… LOL
About the Author
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. A member of the Romance Writers of America, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not in front of her laptop, she enjoying cooking, traveling, watching baseball, reading voraciously, wearing tiaras, and hugging a lot. She’s also the volunteer Director/Editor for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon.
You can find Shae hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com or email her at shaeconnorwrites @gmail.com. You can also sign up for her mailing list.
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