Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author Sean Michael stopping by today to talk about new release “Just the Right Notes”.
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One of the characters in Just the Right Notes, Graham, is a composer and conductor of an orchestra. While classical music isn’t very often my go-to, I like it and there are some pieces that I really love. Mozart is a favorite, most of his music being light and happy.
My very favorite piece ever is The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. I first heard this the year we lived in Germany. I was only just eleven years old and we went to one of the churches in Heidelberg to hear a concert put on by an all boy’s school. This piece was their finale and so it came after over an hour of not exactly an eleven-year-old’s favorite music, so I was a little restless. Then came The Lark Ascending.
I was riveted. The violin solo is incredible. The acoustics in the church were amazing. The piece is over fifteen minutes long, but I didn’t fidget or wish it was over or sigh or anything. I just sat and listened. I remember being near tears by the time it was done. It was just so beautiful. It remains to this time my all-time favorite classical piece.
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Just the Right Notes
Elliot is an up-and-coming architect who just opened his own firm—which is a lot more work and pressure than he expected. His partner, Graham, is a respected composer and conductor. They share their love and lives in a beautiful house designed by Elliot, and whenever things get too hard to handle, they retreat to their cabin getaway where Elliot becomes Dom to Graham’s needy little sub.
When things at Elliot’s firm begin to crumble, Graham needs to be the tough one, the one to suggest the cabin and the games they play there, knowing Elliot’s role as Dom will give him strength and that their games will recharge his lover. Together, they keep working to find that precarious balance in their lives—until an accident threatens to change everything. Elliot and Graham’s love faces its greatest challenge yet, and only the resilience they draw from each other can see them through hardship and keep the music in their lives.
“Hey, El.” Graham reached up, cupped his cheek. “I… I must have fallen asleep.”
“Yeah. You had a bad day.” It wasn’t a question. “You’ve had a bunch of ’em lately.”
Leaning in, he pressed their lips together, tasting tears and wine and the intense, addictive flavor of Graham himself.
Graham kissed him softly and then leaned back. “The song won’t come out. I keep working on the bridge.”
“Well.” He stood and stretched and then held out a hand. “Leave it for now. You’re coming with me.”
“I am?” Graham’s long, talented fingers slid into his, the green eyes just beginning to wake up.
“Oh yes. You are.” He walked backward, taking Graham with him, grinning.
“You look wicked….” Graham looked back at the papers on the floor, that frown returning.
He let go of one hand to take Graham’s chin in his fingers and turn his lover’s face back to him. “That’s because I am wicked.”
The lean cheeks went pink, Graham’s lips parting just a bit. “Are you?”
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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