Sami Lee and I—with the support of our publisher, Samhain—are running a Go Pink blog tour to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. We have both published books that feature heroines dealing with breast cancer in some fashion. During the month, we are talking about those books and how we came to write them with the aim of spotlighting the issue. We’re extremely grateful to Kitty Kelly for allowing us to visit today!
Samhain Publishing has generously offered to join forces with us and will donate $1 of every copy of Erica’s Choice and Fix You sold on their site during the month of October. The money will be donated to Pelotonia, an Ohio based organization that directs 100% of funds raised toward cancer preventions research.
Emory Austin said, “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” This quote resonated with me as I considered what I wanted to write in this blog. Kitty Kelly and I share a love of music. We are constantly sending songs we love to each other saying, “Listen to this!” or discovering we have yet another favorite song in common! Our taste in music is eclectic, yet exactly the same! We jokingly refer to ourselves as song sisters.
Because of that, I thought it would be appropriate so share some of the music I listened to as I wrote Fix You. I don’t always have a “playlist” for books. Some do, some don’t. Fix You had a long list, simply because—for me—music evokes emotion and my feelings as I wrote the story were running the gamut from fear to sadness to hope. There were some days when the music kept me writing. The fact that the hero in the story is a singer/songwriter also impacted the types of music I listened to as I found myself constantly turning to James Taylor, the Beatles and Eric Clapton. Even the title of the book was taken from a song—Coldplay’s Fix You.
Fix You – Coldplay
In My Life – Beatles
She Loves You – Beatles
Something in the Way She Moves – James Taylor
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Dream On – Aerosmith
Bring on the Rain – JoDee Messina
I’m Gonna Love you Through It – Martina McBride
Having my Baby – Paul Anka
Fix You excerpt:
“Will you sing to me?” When he was first learning how to play guitar, he’d drag her into the garage or his bedroom or to a quiet place in the park and perform for her. Asking for her opinion of his voice or the lyrics to a song he’d written or just to show off. She’d loved every minute of it, always enjoying those quiet moments with him strumming the guitar, his voice soothing all the rough spots inside her away.
Her happy place.
She looked around. They were the only two people in the small room, separated from the others by thin walls and a curtained door. Even if his voice carried, she didn’t think there was a person in this place who wouldn’t be comforted by Robbie’s singing.
“I play the guitar better than I sing. You know that.”
“Liar. Mooching for compliments?”
He squeezed her hand. “Yeah. And as always, you play hard to get. Fine. Let me think of something to sing.”
He was quiet for a moment and she could imagine him filing through the thousands of songs in his head, trying to find the perfect one. She had no doubt whatever he chose, it would be the exact one she needed to hear.
“Okay. I know you like this one. Wish I had my guitar.” He sang softly at first. Zoey recognized the song the second he started. She’d been right. He’d found the perfect song to calm her down. He sang “Something in the Way She Moves” so beautifully James Taylor would have been proud. His eyes never left her face. For the first time ever, she truly listened to the words and she was touched. Robbie left no doubt in her mind he meant them.
If you have questions about breast cancer, www.breastcancer.org is a wonderful resource I was directed toward while writing Fix You.
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari finds time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet.
Erica’s Choice and Fix You are both available at Samhain Publishing in every format including Kindle and Nook.
KittyKelly here and I gotta say I just love these two ladies to pieces. I love them even more for doing this. Mari had me crying almost the entire time I read Fix You. The book was beautiful and full of love. Please take a minute and click the links below to buy these books from Samhain. This is a great cause for a great organization!