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Jun 16

Music Monday – Inspiration for Loving Among the Dead

Picture-of-Music-Notes-300x300As most authors do, I have a playlist of songs I work with when I’m writing. It’s the playlist I think embodies the story, the characters and the mood of a certain scene.  I have all that set out before me, at my fingertips so I can access it at the press of a button.

However, there are those songs that occurs to you after the story’s done, edited and published.  That song which pops up out of almost nowhere and declares itself an official sponsor of your story.

It continues to amaze me how much music can not only soothe the savage beast but also bare one’s soul.

Judith Graham holds her own in her zombie-proofed fortress that was once her childhood home.  Through the foresight of her survivalist parents, she’s set for at least a year, but overwhelming loneliness and crushing boredom drives her out into the deserted, yet still dangerous streets of her neighborhood.  She crosses paths with another traveler, Sky Beckett, who has decided to take the dangerous journey South to find out if his family is still alive in Tennessee.

A reluctant Jude allows him to stay at her home.  Determined to remain a “Lonely Stranger”  …..

When I walk, stay behind
Don’t get close to me
‘Cause it’s sure to end in tears
So just let me be
— Eric Clapton

she doesn’t want to get close to anyone because anything could happen, at anytime.  Sky takes more of a moderate, if not almost optomistic  view of post-apocalyptic life, wherein you keep trying until you can’t try anyone.  He struggles to get her to see the facts as they stand and staying in her house is only going to get more dangerous, no matter what fortification she thinks she has.

He also sees that Jude is perhaps not as strong as she thinks she is.

Who’s gonna tell you when
It’s too late?
Who’s gonna tell you things
Aren’t so great?

You can’t go on
Thinkin’ nothing’s wrong,
Who’s gonna drive you home


Just by chance, those songs rolled up on my playlist (while I was cleaning no less)   and I was struck at how apt they are and I had to share.

Thanks for reading!



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Jun 13

What’s your Favorite Bond Theme? Free For All Fridays

BondTuxI was going over my Google Playlists and I found one that I created a long time ago  with the James Bond themes.  Back in the day, I would never miss Bond movies on the television.  Being a woman of a certain age, my favorite Bond was Sean Connery, next George Lazenby (even though he only appeared in one Bond film) and I tolerated Roger Moore.  By the time the franchise worked its way around to Timothy Dalton (yuk!) and Pierce Brosnan, I had lost interest.  Thought my interest was somewhat  revived with the new Bond, Daniel Craig, my heart still belonged to Sean.

Never mind the movies, though, what about the songs?  The iconic songs that told you that a cool movie was about to start?  Many of these songs were sung by the hot artists at the time and were almost always chart worthy.

For this blog post, let’s take a look at my top five favorite Bond themes, starting with number five. As always, I’ll add some tidbit of trivia!


Number 5

Die Another Day – Madonna

I can’t even tell you which Bond was in this movie, but the song is hot.


Number 4 

Skyfall – Adele

Her dramatic rendition of this theme recalls the old days of Shirley Bassey.  While I did not see the movie, Adele does a wonderful job with this song and it won the Oscar!


Number 3

For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton

Sheena is the only singer to appear in the opening credits of a Bond movie singing the theme song.


Number 2

Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon

When it comes to Bond, we all know what the “it” is.


Number 1

Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey

Aww, you knew it.  Of all the Bond themes, Dame Shirley Bassey does it the best.  She has also recorded the most Bond themes.

From Wikipedia:   Bassey did initially have issues with the climactic final note which necessitated her slipping behind a studio partition between takes to remove her brassiere. Bassey would recall of the final note: “I was holding it and holding it. I was looking at John [Barry] and I was going blue in the face and he’s going, hold it just one more second. When it finished, I nearly passed out.”

Bad for her, but good for us.



Jun 12

Loving Blog Hop – Historic Interracial Couples

Although the Loving case was a historic civil rights decision as it struck down laws banning interracial marriage, there have been many, varied interracial marriages throughout history.


Joseph Laroche and family.


Joseph Laroche, 26, a Haitian-born, French-educated engineer who was moving back to Haiti because he could not find work in his profession in France because of racial prejudice.  The family was meant to travel via first-class on the French ocean liner France.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the Laroches discovered that the ship wouldn’t allow them to dine with their children.  They traded their first class tickets for second class tickets about the Titanic.  

Due to the protocol of  “women and children first”  Mr. Laroche separated from his family and went down with the ship.



Pearl Bailey and Louis Bellson, married 38 years


Pearl Bailey,  a Black American actress and singer known for vaudeville and for the title role in the all-Black production of “Hello, Dolly!”  was married to Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, who went by the stage name Louie Bellson.  He was a composer, arranger, bandleader and jazz drummer.




Davis was booed by many of the Southern delegates when he appeared at the 1960 Democratic Convention because of his engagement to May Britt, a Swedish-born actress.  Because of his close association with Frank Sinatra, who in turn supported the John Kennedy in the presidential race, Davis was asked to postpone his wedding until after the election.  Unfortunately, as a performer constantly on the road, he spent little time with his wife and they divorced in 1968.  As a side fact, it is said that the one love of Davis’ life was actress Kim Novak.  This relationship caused a mob contract to be put on Davis’ life, thus ending the relationship.  (allegedly, of course)


Betty and Barney Hill were from New Hampshire, and claimed to have been ….abducted and probed by aliens.  I first saw this story on Mysteries at the Museum and just had search these two out.  They

Betty and Barney Hill (Love the dog!)

seemed to be a perfectly ordinary couple, he a postal worker and she a social worker.  Both were members of the NAACP. On their way back from a vacation in Southern Canada in 1961, they claimed their alien encounter.  They wrote a book called “Interrupted Journey” and their experience was made into a movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.



Diana Ross and Arne Naess, Jr.





Diana Ross and Arne Naess, Jr.  married in 1986 is Switzerland.  She and her Nordic mountain-climbing beau had two sons before they divorced in 1999.  Shortly after,  Naess died in a mountain-clilmbing accident.  Ross has claimed that Naess was the “love of her life.”


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May 02

Hot n Sprung Blog Hop – Hot Summer Reads

Usually the spring/summer season is when most television shows go in hiatus and we’re left to our own devices to entertain ourselves. Yeah, we could catch up on all the movies we refused to pay real money for last summer or try to get involved in a new series on Netflix or Hulu.

Don’t do that though. Stick with your fall/winter shows and use the better weather and lovely sunshine to stick your nose in a few great reads. There are so many great romance novels out there that by the time you get from under your to be read (TBR) pile, it’ll be fall. (And you’ll have a great tan.)

I like zombies.  They scare the crap out of me, but I like ‘em anyway.  When I started watching The Walking Dead, then reading the graphic novel (highly recommended if you’re a fan of the show), I realized that I had a lot of questions.  For example, when Rick is rescued by Morgan Jones, what happens to Morgan (and his son) after Rick leaves?  Were there any other survivors, hiding out in their homes, looking for rescue?

What are their stories?

And that’s how Loving Among the Dead started, with a “what if”?  What if a woman, sheltered constantly by her parents, the “good girl”, was suddenly thrust into the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Even though she is nearing thirty, an age where most people are making their own way in the world, her only security is getting home to her parents.  But when she gets there, they’re dead.  And she has to bury them.

What does she do now?  Find out in Loving Among the Dead, my newest and first release with Loose Id.

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Apr 18

Fame is Murder – Freakquency by Caddell Brown Review

Welcome to Caddell Brown’s Book Tour. I am so pleased to host her today on my blog.


BlurbRick Chamberland had it all, fame, fortune and women. Until a phone call from his mother forced him to come home and confront the dark secrets of his family’s past. With club singer and small-town girl Song Peters at his side, Rick discovers a demonic presence connecting their families that threatens to destroy all that they hold dear. 

My Review:

I had the distinct pleasure of reading an advance copy of Ms. Brown’s book. First of all, this is not a romance, but an erotic supernatural thriller, and it lives up to its promise.

Without giving too much away, Ms. Brown weaves a tale of generational secrets come to light with the return of rock star Rick Chamberland to his hometown. Called home by his mother for the funeral of his childhood pet, Rick crosses the path of Song Peters, an up and coming singer who works part time as a waitress. From then on, the story takes you down a winding road of closet skeletons, promises made and debts (not necessarily money) owed.

When you begin reading, you are sure you are reading one story, but Ms. Brown cleverly switches gears and pulls you even deeper into the supernaturally rich tapestry entwining the families of Song and Rick.

It’s not an easy read—there’s nothing light and fluffy about the subject matter—but it is an engaging narrative that showcases the author’s ability to take us to the dark places in the human psyche.

Highly recommended.



Author bio:
Caddell Brown, born and raised in East Texas, authors a range of speculative fiction. Among her early influences are artists Rene Magritte, film director Andrei Tarkovsky and authors Dan Simmons, Toni Morrison and Ai. It wasn’t until after taking a course in Creative Non-Fiction that she grasped what writing could be as a form of expression and while most of her works are fiction, there’s always something inside each story that touches on her years as an observant youth. Freakquency, her first novel under this penname, was inspired by the storytelling of her uncles, and other legends and folklore from around the world.

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