Love at First Note Grand Prize Giveaway

It’s been a busy book launch month so far, but we’re not quite finished yet! And this next giveaway? It’s most my favorite ever. Love at First Note is a book all about music, so I wanted to pull together a collection of prizes that celebrate great music and the role it can play in our lives. (Also, great chocolate. It’s in the book, but even if it wasn’t, do we need an actual reason to celebrate great chocolate?)

2 lucky winners will receive the following:

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  • One signed copy of Love at First Note
  • One signed copy of pianist, William Joseph‘s latest album, Be Still
  • One signed copy of violinist Aaron Ashton‘s latest album, Split the Difference
  • One original playlist of the songs and sounds of Love at First Note
  • One 6 piece box of Truffles of assorted flavors from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC

So let’s talk about the prizes a little, yeah?

Love at First Note. Obviously, I’m a fan. Hopefully you don’t need me to give you a reason for why I included this one.

William Joseph’s Be Still. I’ve always loved William Joseph’s music, but just for the sake of the book, his style and approach to music is similar to what I imagined for Elliott when writing Love at First Note. (Elliott is more a cross between William Joseph and the Piano Guys… though William might take the edge in comparisons. I mean, he and Elliott have the same hair, and we all know how important THAT is.) The album included in the giveaway is a personal favorite. It’s a collection of hymns: my go-to “calm my soul and sooth my weary heart” music.

Aaron Ashton’s Split the Difference. Year’s ago, Aaron Ashton did some missionary work on my side of the country and got to know my family pretty well. He’s an incredibly talented and accomplished violinist and I love the music on this album. The back of the album reads . . . about that place between violin and fiddle. And it’s a really great place. To me, it sounds like my home. Like my mountains and the traditions and history that exist here. I’d love to know what it sounds like to you!

The original Love at First Note Playlist. To be fair, I couldn’t include ALL the classical music mentioned in the book. It would take four hours to do so. So I borrowed my sister’s brain and whittled it down to a sampling. I can’t stop listening to it myself. Such amazing music.

French Broad Chocolates. Emma and her sister, Ava, visit the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in the book–a place that is very real and very delicious. It’s my favorite date night hang out. Their truffle flavors are amazing and different and totally unexpected and I can’t wait to share.

So! You know you want to enter. There are lots of ways to do so thanks to Rafflecopter, including one, very free, very easy, very “you don’t have to share anything anywhere” way. (I do hope you will share, though. It matters.)

Just click below and you’ll see all your entry options. Giveaway runs through March, 28th, 2016.

As always, thank you for reading, reviewing and supporting authors in their writing endeavors. We couldn’t do it without you.

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Love at First Note: The Music Inside the Book

12657436_797790563687230_806852708837214012_oI’m sure you couldn’t tell from the cover and title, but Love at First Note is a pretty musical book. And if I do say so myself, it’s got an incredible playlist. I never could have written a book all about music without the help of my older sister, Emily, who happens to be a professional musician. She answered so many questions and helped me land on the pieces that were just right for Emma and Elliott. She sent me links. She suggested concertos and nocturnes and movements and never hesitated to pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the symphony.

So I’m proud of this playlist. Emily and I worked hard to make sure it was an accurate reflection of my characters down to the  very last note. And so I want to share that playlist with all of you! This is all classical stuff. Great for studying. For writing. For lounging on the grass and staring up at the clouds as they float across a Carolina blue sky. I hope you’ll read the book, then come back and listen! (Even better . . . listen as you read?)

Without further ado: The music of Love at First Note

 

Now, I can’t pretend like the book is ALL classical, not with Elliott and his rock star edge. After all, what made him famous was “pianos in weird places” a la Piano Guys or William Joseph.

A piano in the middle of a lake? Um, sure. Why not?

Happy reading . . . and Happy Listening!

Love at First Note – March 2016

12657436_797790563687230_806852708837214012_oConfession? I’m not a great musician. I can struggle through a few songs on the piano, and I played the oboe for two years in middle school. Hardly noteworthy. But I did grow up in a musical family. With parents that taught us to appreciate and find inspiration through music. And I’ve pretty much got that part nailed. I am inspired by music. ALL. THE. TIME.

Which is why this book was so much fun to write. But before we get into that, a little history:

Last summer, my publisher called and asked if I would contribute a novella to a collection they were looking to publish. I said I’d love to and set out to plotting what my mini novel would be. As I walked my dog through the streets of West Asheville, I decided I needed my story to happen right there on those streets. With the old funky houses and the wide roads and the huge Maple trees shadowing the sidewalks. It was the perfect setting.

My daughter’s violin teacher lived in West Asheville at the time so I decided that would be a fun career for my character, Emma, to have. After drafting a few chapters, I realized that music was going to be a central theme in the story and I better find a way to make sure, if I was going to write about music, I was going to do it right.

Lucky for me, my sister, Emily, is a professional musician. A symphony native, a music teacher in her own right, and the perfect consultant. For hours we searched scores of classical music, looking for the right song for the right moment. Emily’s knowledge is extraordinary and she didn’t disappoint! (I’m working on compiling a soundtrack of the classical pieces mentioned throughout the novel. Stay tuned!) At the end of the day, there’s no way I could have written, nor would I have enjoyed writing this book, without Emily’s help.

Except, it wasn’t a book quite yet. Twenty four hours before my lovely novella was due to my publisher, I decided I might not ever be satisfied with just a novella. I loved my characters. I wanted them to have their own book–a full length, full blown, nothing held back novel of their very own.

I’m sure my editor loved that email. You know that novella you were counting on me sending in tomorrow? Yeah. That’s not happening.

Lucky for me, (again) she was wonderful and supportive and encouraged me to take Emma and Elliott’s story to the next level. And so I did.

I love this story, guys. It’s funny and flirty and romantic ( I hope, I hope, and I hope). And the music! I love all the music.

Here’s a little blurb about the story.

Concert violinist Emma Hill has left her high profile career as concertmaster of one of the nation’s premiere symphonies and moved home to Asheville, North Carolina. Career suicide? Maybe. Dating suicide? Absolutely.
But then Elliott Hart, a pianist famous for crazy YouTube videos and contemporary mash-ups moves in next door. He’s handsome, at least he’s got that going for him, but Emma is convinced he’s nothing but a giant ego that clearly plays the wrong kind of music.
Of course, Emma and Elliott have more in common than they first realize. Their connection through music (and kissing) is intense, but dating someone famous brings challenges Emma doesn’t expect.Will sizzling chemistry and a little bit of Rhapsody in Blue be enough to keep her hanging on?

Love at First Note will be available on bookstore shelves and on Amazon in March, so stay tuned for links and purchasing info. Plus, I’ve got a great giveaway planned for book release week, full of books and chocolate and music. I’ll post it on the blog, but be sure to like my Facebook author page for up to the minute updates.

Lastly, and most importantly, thank you always for your reading and for your support! I couldn’t do what I do without all of you.