My readers may have noticed that I sometimes weave the creation of songs into the narrative of my books' storyline. In the novelletta “Montmartre” from Riding a Strong Wind, Rory McKay is moved to compose a song to highlight the plight of the homeless. After some sticky adventures, he manages to release it in support of the cause. The song is called “Homeless in New York” and it's one of my earliest produced compositions. In fact, it was produced three times by three different musical producers – but that's an entirely different story.
Another example is the song "Winter Bites" which my mature, but charismatic, character Randy Riley composes in Book 1 of the “Kyle in Hollywood” series, Kyle Harrison Movie Star. In Book 3, Just Cause It's Kyle, (available soon on pre-order), Randy Riley composes “Sticks and Stones”, in support of the anti-cyber bullying campaign that Kyle is spearheading.
My offer of a free mp3 of the song is now over. To those who downloaded it while it was available, thank you and I hope you enjoyed it.
If you fancy an irreverent, engaging romantic comedy minus the saccharine, Kyle Harrison Movie Star is on sale for 99 cents or 99 pence. On Amazon US from now until 25 April, and on Amazon UK from 23 to 30 April.
For much less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you get a full-length story touching on many current issues, a sneak peak into the lives of Hollywood actors, and an intriguing on-location episode in Almeria. Satire, dry Scottish humour and a dose of romance. And if you fall for Kyle, as many readers have, there is Book 2 already out there, and Book 3 in the works. It might just be the distraction you need to get you through the week.
Just a quick update on my current projects. I have been writing on and off, bouncing between two very different stories. Just Cause It's Kyle is in first-draft stage and queued up to receive a developmental edit. In the meantime, I have started to work on a totally new concept, provisionally titled, The Breath of Death.
For those of you who like short stories, my collection of travel-inspired romantic tales is deeply discounted at 99 pence on Amazon UK only, for a week. The book is called Riding a Strong Wind and it will be available at the sale price until 14th April.
In these trying times, you might find it a diverting antidote to the everyday mayhem surrounding us. Cheers!
~ Author of fiction